Aug. 30, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Mother Nature was unkind to the Tulane University football team as lightening in the New Orleans area shortened Day 19 of the Green Wave's drills practice to just 70 minutes Thursday afternoon at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
As the Tulane team wrapped up period 14 of its 24-period day, lightening and loud thunder claps had the squad headed for the locker room. After waiting about 20 minutes, the coaching staff had the team relocate to meeting rooms where it watched film from previous practices for about half an hour before calling it a day.
"We missed 45 minutes of practice, including all of the team (drills) at the end," new head coach Bob Toledo said. "It kept lightening and our kids have classes, so we missed those practices and we can't make that up. There are some things we missed and we can't get that back...It's gone. That's bad because we had some things we wanted to work."
After going through individual drills and the "middle drill," which pits the offense's running game against the defensive front four, inside linebackers and safeties, Toledo and his staff were able to introduce a new wrinkle to the practice as the squad worked on on-side kicks.
Kickers Ross Thevenot and Darren deRochemont worked on executing the high third-bounce required for successful on-side kicks, and the Green Wave also had their "hands team" work on recoveries as well.
"We worked on-side kick and our hands team and that was one of the things we wanted to get done today," Toledo said. "The big thing is we had some stuff planned to work against Mississippi State's offense and defense, and we didn't get any of that in today and that's kind of disturbing."
While inclement weather cut short the Green Wave's practice in the afternoon, the squad will have a chance to do some advanced scouting tonight as members of the Tulane team will meet at Der Rathskeller in the Lavin-Bernick Center to watch the LSU/Mississippi State game. Tulane opens the regular-season on Saturday, Sept. 8, against Mississippi State and will play LSU two weeks later. Both games will be televised as the contest against the Bulldogs will be carried on Comcast Sports while the game vs. the Tigers will be on ESPN.
Tulane returns to the field on Friday, Aug. 31, when it travels to the Louisiana Superdome for a close practice. The Green Wave will load busses for the Dome at 4 p.m. where the squad will go through assorted drills and situational plays on the field the team has called home since 1975.
The Green Wave open the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 8, when Tulane takes on Mississippi State at 6 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. Season tickets remain on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. For ticket information, visit the ticket office on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, by phone at 504-861-WAVE or on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.