Starting Monday, USF’s season-opening opponent reportedly will begin preparing for the Bulls conventionally instead of virtually.
Veteran Orangebloods.com reporter Anwar Richardson reported Thursday via Twitter that the Texas football coaches will return to their respective offices three days a week while continuing to meet virtually with players.
That concession, amid the ongoing global war against the novel coronavirus, may be perceived as a slight edge over the Bulls staff, which continues working remotely.
But not complacently.
While the Longhorns transition to another phase of normalcy, Jeff Scott’s staff is wrapping up the second month of a detailed and deliberate ― if not ideal ― virtual schedule with Bulls players.
“Even though we’re all practicing social distancing,” Scott told a Texas-based USF booster gathering recently, “we’re trying to have some connectivity and build the chemistry as best we can.”
Scott holds a virtual team meeting ― players, coaches, staffers ― every Monday at 10 a.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., players meet online with their position coaches. Wednesday mornings are reserved for the offensive and defensive coordinators to meet with their respective units.
Every evening, strength and conditioning coach Trumain Carroll posts a workout on the team’s Instagram account that players are “encouraged” to do the next morning before meetings.
“We’re not able to make any workouts mandatory right now,” Scott said. “But we can encourage them and educate them on maybe what they should be doing.”
Meantime, players have access to an interactive playbook on password-protected software. They’re generally quizzed and tested weekly, with position coaches collecting the results.
“We want to be sure that we’re using this time that we’re away,” Scott told the boosters, “and making the most of it.”
If the 2020 schedule stands, the Bulls and Longhorns will meet Sept. 5 in Austin.