Redskins will not hold training camp at George Mason

The Washington Redskins will not be partnering up with George Mason University for training camp this summer.

The club and the school in Fairfax, Va., announced that an agreement couldn’t be reached despite the efforts of both parties to iron out a deal. Patriots athletic director Tom O’Connor said in a statement that the university could not give the Redskins assurances all facilities would be available when training camp is scheduled to take place, according to the Washington Post.

The club continues to look for a home away from home for this summer, per the report. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan would prefer his team get away for training camp. The team and George Mason are still hopeful something can be worked out in the future, perhaps as early as 2012.

“We recently had the opportunity to explore George Mason University as a possible site for training camp," general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement issued by the Redskins. "We are excited about the first class facilities at the university and will continue to work with their administration for a future partnership. Once a decision is made, we will make an announcement."

If there is a lockout in the NFL that extends into the summer, it could impact many training camps. The teams that hold camps at colleges typically need to be done before the fall semester begins. That means vacating campuses after the third week of August. If for some reason the start time of training camps are pushed back, that could create a real conflict for some teams.

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