Monday, September 10, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 13


Gridiron warriors prepare for Dawgs

Cougar Sports Service

With his team forced to practice indoors for the past 12 days because of inclement weather, head football coach Dana Dimel expressed relief when
the Cougars practiced outside Thursday.

"This was more of a mental drill for our team today," Dimel said. "I was very pleased that we had a good practice today, because this is the type of
weather we will face in Athens when we play at Georgia next week."

The Cougars can expect a thunderous reception in Athens, Ga., this Saturday. The Bulldogs were beaten by Lou Holtz's South Carolina
Gamecocks on Saturday for the second year in a row. Georgia fans, 85,000 strong, will be screaming for a win and Cougar blood.

With first-year head coach Mark Richt trying to win the hearts and minds of the Georgia faithful, you can bet the Bulldogs will work overtime this
week to prepare for the Cougars.

One consolation: Only seven of the Bulldogs' 24 head coaches posted a winning campaign in their first season.

"I am very concerned about the lost time," Dimel said. "It was not much of a factor during the Rice game because we had to practice in the same
conditions. But Georgia was able to practice hard all last week while we were indoors. They will have had five more days of practice time to prepare
for our game."

Dimel put the Cougars through hard practices Friday afternoon and Saturday morning while Georgia had to cut back on their practice time in
preparation for its game against South Carolina.

"We will have an advantage today and tomorrow because of their game this weekend," Dimel said. "But they will have the advantage because most
teams improved a lot between the first and second games of the season. Hopefully, with three days of long, hard practices, we can take away some
of those advantages."

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