Freshman Stephen Barnett and the Green Wave practiced for the final time during the bye week.
Sept. 17, 2009
New Orleans - The Tulane football team returned to the practice field for the final session during the bye week and worked a little under two hours with scrimmaging and spending a majority of the time preparing for its next opponent, McNeese State, today at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
One day after Tulane head coach Bob Toledo dismissed the team from the field midway through the middle of Wednesday's practice for "not performing," the Green Wave returned and completed the week with a spirited practice. Toledo said he hopes Wednesday's incident will motivate his team.
"Yesterday, we came out and didn't practice very well," Toledo said. "There are a lot of ways to motivate a football team and people. You can motivate them through praise, but we don't need praise right now. We need to win some football games. You can motivate them with money, but obviously we can't pay the players but we can take their scholarships away, and then there is fear and I tried to put some fear in them. I told them if they didn't start performing or practicing harder they won't suit up or travel. If I have to go with 40 guys, then I'll go with 40 guys.
"We had a team meeting before practice today and told them my expectations and as practice went on we had more and more guys step up so today's practice went very well. We're 0-2, we had a problem yesterday and I think we fixed the problem," Toledo added.
Tulane will have Friday and the weekend off before returning to the practice field on Monday, Sept. 21 for regular game week preparation. The Green Wave hosts McNeese State on a first time meeting between the two Louisiana schools on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Louisiana Superdome at 2:30 p.m.
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Coach Bob Toledo: