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Big 12 increases time allowed for virtual group activities

The change will help football programs trying to make up for the cancelation of spring practice.

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

After announcing new policies for Big 12 Conference programs on Sunday evening, those policies were tweaked slightly on Thursday when the conference extended the available hours per week for virtual meetings from two hours to four hours per week.

The guidelines released on Sunday noted that the conference board and athletics directors will meet regularly to assess the effectiveness of those policies and made amendments as needed.

So the Thursday decision was likely a result of feedback from football coaches conveyed to athletic directors, who came to a mutual decision to allow more virtual interaction between coaches and players.

As programs try to adjust to the new normal in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, that seems like a step in the right direction.

Here is the full list of the new policies, which will remain in place until May 31 unless the conference provides updated guidance.