Because of exam schedules, coaches being out of the road recruiting and the early bowl date, the Irish will use only 10 of their allotted 15 bowl practices this year.
ND’s first two practices were Saturday and Sunday. Players won’t practice again until Friday and Saturday, but they’ll lift and run twice this week in the interim.
During exam week, which starts Dec. 15, the players will lift and run twice during the week. Then there will be a limited practice Dec. 18 for the players who don’t have Friday exams. The Irish will practice once more in South Bend on the afternoon of Dec. 19, before departing later in the day after all exams are finished.
They’ll have four practices in Honolulu, one each day from Dec. 20-23.
So if the Irish only look to be running at 66% effectiveness in Hawaii, I guess we’ll know why.
If nothing else, it’s a nice, built-in excuse for losing the game. “But they had 50% more practices to prepare!” Of course, this all flies in the face of Weis’ statements that you always accept a bowl bid because of how valuable all that extra practice time is to a program.
Something with this entire operation is just broken.