Remembering the rules of the road
Former head coach Jim Donnan breaks down the rules of the road for a Thursday night game.
When a team goes on the road, no matter what day the game is on or where it's played, the players not only represent the football family but also the university and their own families.
It's up to the head coach to set the rules of the road and make sure the players know and follow them. During my coaching days I stressed to the players that we were on a mission when we went on the road, and that nothing was to come before the team. Here's quick checklist of dos and don'ts I might have distributed to my team:
That's not all the players have to remember on a road trip, though. Following is a sample itinerary for a team playing a Thursday game:
3:00 p.m. -- Team meeting
4:00-4:15 -- Flex and warm-up
4:15-4:30 -- Offense and defense review
4:30-4:45 -- Special teams review
5:00 -- Practice OT
5:30 -- Offense and defense team meeting
6:00 -- Depart for dinner
6:30 -- Dinner. Make sure you work hard on sitting with different people on trips. Get to know your teammates, managers and trainers.
7:30 -- Movie
10:00 -- Meeting with head coach
10:30 -- Snack
11:00 -- Lights out
8:00-9:00 -- Continental breakfast (optional)
10:30 -- Team breakfast
11:00 -- Position meetings
3:00 -- Chapel (optional)
3:30 -- Pregame meal
5:00 -- Meeting
5:10 -- Depart for stadium
6:50 -- Kickers, punters, snappers on the field
7:05 -- Quarterbacks, receivers, DBs, tight ends
7:15 -- Offensive and defensive line
7:20 -- Offense and defense plays perfect plays vs each other
7:26 -- Dressing room
7:40 -- Take the field
7:45 -- Kickoff
Postgame -- Depart for airport
2:00 -- Training room opens for treatment
ESPN.com college football analyst Jim Donnan takes part in chats and makes observations on Saturdays as part of College GameDay Online.
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