Good article from our friend Evan Woodbery who covers Tennessee football for GoVolsXtra.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Friday’s season opener is likely a “one-time deal” that won’t be repeated because of its impact on fans and high schools.
“Hopefully once this passes we won’t have this scenario again,” Dooley said this morning on the weekly SEC teleconference.
Otherwise, Friday’s game against North Carolina State has little or no impact on the team’s normal preparation.
“From a preparation standpoint, we just count the clock backwards,” he said. “When it’s Sunday, it’s Monday. We treat it as a Saturday game from our game-week preparation.
“What does change is how it affects fans and high schools. It’s not something you want to do every year.”
Tennessee has conducted all of its practices this week indoors on the artificial turf.
“(The reasons) are two-fold,” Dooley said. “It’s being inside, but it’s also being on a surface that’s similar to what you’re going to get in the (Georgia Dome). You never get fully adjusted to the dome environment until you get in there.”