Boise State is self-imposing three fewer practices in the preseason this year and in 2012 due to NCAA violations.
The impact on its Sept. 3 game against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game?
“Probably minimal,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday night in Greenville, S.C. “It may keep them from getting somebody, hurt, you know? You get 29 practice opportunities. Historically, we have not gotten 29 every year. Some years we do and some years we don’t. It’s just based on the weather sometimes, it’s based on the injury report, based on if you think the team is just dog tired.”
Richt says this preseason the way the calendar falls with the summer exam schedules and the NCAA mandated acclimation period, Georgia may be a couple of practices short of 29 itself.
“I don’t know if it will hurt them,” Richt said.
Sixty-three incoming Boise State football were found to have received impermissible benefits worth a total of $4,934.
Boise State is expected to be a top-10 team this year.
“They are a very good team,” Richt said. “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid of people that are saying that `They are in a bad league. They’re not a very good team. They get lucky when they play these good teams every once in a while.’ They are a great football team. When you watch their film you see that they play the game the way it should be played. They play with intensity, they play with confidence. What they do, they play extremely well.”
There’s another stop on the spring speaking tour before Bulldogs fans tonight in Charlotte, N.C., at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Richt and men’s basketball coach Mark Fox are scheduled to be there. They already got some auto racing time in the last week.
They joined defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and team chaplain Kevin Hynes, Richt’s brother-in-law, at the Southern 500 Saturday night in Darlington, S.C., where they hung out with the Carl Edwards’ pit crew as guests of the Aflac racing team.
“It was great,” Richt said. “All of our boys went. It was kind of a father-son thing. …It was a lot of fun. We got to do things that other people may not be able to do as far as get in there where the pit crew was.”
Richt’s son Zach was along for the experience.
“We were there for enough laps to know what it feels like, and two pit stops,” Richt said. “Just over 13 seconds of work, changing four tires, gassing it up. It’s pretty impressive to see how fast those guys can do it.”
Auburn’s Gene Chizik gave the instructions for Nascar drivers to start their engines at Talladega in April. Alabama’s Nick Saban did the same thing two years earlier.
“I didn’t get to do that,” Richt said. “You’ve got to win a national championship to start a race. Is there one in Atlanta? There’s one in Atlanta. Maybe that’s in the future. I hope.”
Here’s today’s story focused on the running backs after Washaun Ealey’s departure. It includes several notes as well.
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