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1) When the indoor facility is complete, would you move up spring practices? Earlier start dates and Spring Games seem to be the trend, in part due to more potential recovery time for injuries. I was just curious to get your thoughts.
Chris Coleman: That’s a great question. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to address this, and I’m glad you gave me the chance.
Many schools are moving their spring practice schedules forward. For example, Duke has already held their Spring Game, which was nothing more than a situational scrimmage. They end their spring workouts today, March 6.
Why is that beneficial? First of all, it allows players who are in town for the early Junior Days to actually attend a practice. That helps. Second, if any player is injured during the course of practice, he has more time to heal up and be ready for practice in August than he would if the bulk of spring practice took place in April. We’re talking anywhere from a month to two months of extra time.
From that standpoint, it’s very beneficial to hold spring practices earlier, and I assume that more and more schools will go that route. However, I’m not too sure it’s a great idea for Virginia Tech for a few reasons.
First of all, I’m looking out my window right now, and I see a few inches of snow on the ground. Can you imagine if we were winding down our spring workouts today, as Duke is? It’s silly to hold all of your spring practices indoors. After all, Tech’s games are still played outdoors in...
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