Gridiron warriors prepare
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
Gamecocks on Saturday for the second year
in a row. Georgia fans, 85,000 strong, will be screaming for a win and
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
"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."