Arena football: Rain sends Bulls indoors again
Heavy afternoon rains sent USF's football team indoors to practice in the Sun Dome for the second day in a row, limiting the Bulls' preparations for Saturday's home game against Charleston Southern.
"I think Central Florida was smart by building an indoor (practice facility)," coach Jim Leavitt said.
Leavitt has long lobbied for a dining hall tailored for student-athletes, and when asked if he'd prefer a dining hall or a practice facility -- UCF's cost $4.5-million back in 2005, while New Mexico spent $6-million for one in 2007 -- he said he'd rather not choose.
"How about both? Let's be really a Division I BCS school," Leavitt said. "How many BCS schools have a dining hall? Would you say every one of them? How many have an indoor? Not a lot. Up north they do, but Florida doesn't, Florida State doesn't. Miami, I don't think does either. They probably get in the same jam we do. I don't know why it has to be one or the other."
The Bulls worked out on the upper level of the Sun Dome, Leavitt said, in an area where seating is pushed back, but coaches aren't able to do most of what they would do in a typical practice.
"You can throw the ball (in an indoor). You can't do that in there (in Sun Dome)," Leavitt said. "You can punt a ball. You can kick a ball. You can run routes. You can be on turf and actually get footing and do some plays. ... It'd be nice if we went in with the Bucs. I wonder if they run into this jam. Shoot, we could just bus (over) and they could build it where they are. ... It really hasn't affected us over the last number of years."
Leavitt said if he can't practice Wednesday, he could practice Friday, when the team normally just does a walk-through.
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