Aug. 11, 2008
WACO, Texas — Rain and lightning in the Central Texas area wreaked havoc on Baylor’s workout Monday as the Bears returned to the practice field after Sunday’s off day.
The Bears were forced off the practice field less than 10 minutes into Monday’s session. After conducting a 45-minute walk-through beneath the Floyd Casey Stadium stands, the team returned to full practice on the Floyd Casey playing surface and worked for about 40 minutes before torrential downpours forced the conclusion of Monday’s workout.
Baylor resumes practice Tuesday with its ninth fall camp practice at 3:30 p.m. CDT. [Briles quotes below.]
NOTES: Tuesday brings the first day of Summer II final exams for the majority of the Bears. Final exams run through Thursday. … Baylor’s annual fan day – Meet the Bears – is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16; the time has been moved up to noon, following a morning practice and a 10 a.m. scrimmage. … Baylor opens its 2008 season Aug. 28 when it hosts 23rd-ranked Wake Forest at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in front of an FSN national television audience.
BAYLOR HEAD COACH Art Briles – Aug. 11, 2008
On calling practice because of the rain:
“We thought of everything we could think of, but finally Mother Nature won … We need the rain around here and we still have plenty of days left. We got a little bit done. We didn’t get near what we wanted to, but our guys are still in classes, so we’re just going to turn them loose this evening and let them go get ready for their finals. We’ll load it up and go again tomorrow.”
On attempting to practice despite weather:
“When you get a wet ball and then all of a sudden, receivers start to slip, then next thing you know somebody gets hurt. We just didn’t want to take any unnecessary chances … We’re always going to try and be as smart as we can.”
On possibility of scheduling a make-up practice:
“We try and stay on our schedule. We think we’ve got a good schedule. We like the way it’s laid out. We’ll wait and see how tomorrow goes and if it goes well, we’ll stick with what we have … Tomorrow if really going to be like last Saturday, half practice, half scrimmage. Thursday will be the two-a-day, Friday will be the one and then we’ll scrimmage again Saturday. So, I like the way it falls.”
On how he feels his team is progressing:
“Since we’ve been here all we’ve done is go against us. It’s always hard to judge against yourselves. I like this football team. I like our guys. I like their attitude. I like their efforts. So yeah, I think we’re right where we need to be. We’ve got a bunch of guys that are hungry and want to prove something and that’s a good group to be around.”