Texas A&M will use extra days off to prepare for Florida
With the realization that its season opener won't be played this weekend having finally sunk in, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said the Aggies will now turn their attention to the Sept. 8 game against Florida - the first SEC game in history for TAMU.
The Aggies were scheduled to playat Louisiana Tech on Thursday night, which would have still given them a few extra days to get ready for the Gators. Now, they'll get a few more.
"We'll begin our work today preparing for our home opener againt Florida next Saturday,'' Sumlin said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference.''
Sumlin described the postponement of the game as disappointing, but players obviously understood. The game was pushed back to October because of Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday.
"Obviously we were scheduled to depart today for Shreveport but because of Isaac our plans have changed,'' Sumlin said. "We learned of the news yesterday really right before practice. We told our team and finished up our work that we usually do as a pre-travel practice but today we've moved on, we've moved on to Florida. I thnk that obvioulsy our preparation has changed with the postponement of the game and
the move of the game back to Oct. 13, so for our guys it's a bittersweet kind of sitautohn. Guys were ready to play someotbody else. They were down a little bit yesterday.''
The hype surrounding the Florida-Texas A&M game began months ago, and the postponement adds potentially another distraction for TAMU players, but Sumlin said it won't affect how the team gets ready for the game.
"I don't know that we do anything different,'' he said. "I think we'll have our basic schedule next week. I think the key to this deal is prepare but not burn your guys out."