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    Coaches find ways to tackle the heat
better practices because of it It's
just one of those things where it
took the athletic world a long time
to figure out what was going on."
So the methods of surviving
adverse conditions had certainly
changed when the dog-day heat
indexes of 100 degrees or higher
raged all over Big 12 Conference
country last week.
The emphasis isn't on punish
ment but on protection, both of
players and coaches.
Case in point: Of the six coach
es interviewed, each one said
water was key to beating the heat
Drinking it, spraying it, even going
so far to set up “mist tents" are
ways to make mid-afternoon
practices a bit more bearable.
It’s Bob Simmons who has the
mist tents at OSU. The makeshift
structures serve as an oasis when
ever the team needs a break, usu
ally once or twice a day.
"I'll take a 10-minute break
and get them in the mist,"
Simmons said. "We just try and
push through it. Sometimes, I’ll
even join them in there."
Nebraska has water tanks set
up for players to lounge in after
ward, as does Missouri. Besides
water, a few coaches mentioned
energy drinks such as Gatorade to
replenish fluids lost during a prac
At Oklahoma, Coach Bob
Stoops maneuvered around the
heat by scheduling practices earli
er in the morning and later in die
afternoon, after the largest con
centration of heat has aided.
The result, Stoops said, is a
mostly happy team, with few
problems because of dehydration.
This is a direct contrast to the
Sooner horror story of 1995 when
then-Coach Howard
Schnellenberger worked OU to
point of vomiting and exhaustion
during two-a-days.
“We managed pretty well,"
Stoops said. “We really didn’t
make a big deal about it Hie extra
time between practices to recover
helped, as well as staying out of
the major part of the heat"
Yet despite all precautions,
nobody mistakes blinding heat for
the optimal practice environment
provided by crisp autumn air.
Coaches listed their precautions,
but they also said the heat slowed
them down.
Kansas State got the worst of it,
going through 12 days of double
practices. The team weathered
dangerous heat levels in
Saturday's 27-7 win over Iowa.
While the field at Arrowhead
Stadium reached temps of 120
degrees, KSU Coach BUI Snyder
recognized a significant fatigue
setting in with his Wildcats, as well
as less-than-perfect footballs.
The fatigue and the footballs
hampered the "average” perform
ance of quarterback Jonathan
Beasley, who threw two intercep
tions to Hawkeye defenders in the
second hall
"Perspiration on the ball was
my major concern. It is so hard to
eliminate because it comes
(through) the center - some big
offensive lineman that's going to
perspire heavily and certainly
Jonathan, as well,” Snyder said.
The relief doesn't look to be in
sight for some teams. Just Sunday,
the nation's high was in Lawrence,
Extended forecasts show hot
temperatures mixed with thun
derstorms, adding midday
humidity as an oppressive prac
tice companion.
With night classes, practices
still begin with the brunt of the
heat bearing down.
At the very least, coping with it
has advanced beyond the grin
and-bear-it stage. NU Coach
Frank Solich, who played in the
early 1960s like Smith, hias noticed
a difference, and he has champi
oned it
But for Solich, the best offense
in combating heat exhaustion is
simple: Have a good defense.
“We've made sure that our
players were in great shape com
ing into fell camp,” Solich said.
“That was the most important
thing. Then, you don’t have to
work them in shape during fall
NOTEBOOK from Page 12
Iowa, Dan McCamey is planning
against it
“We’re not going to take any
short cuts; we’re not going to make
any excuses,” McCamey said.
Coach Mack Brown said
about half of his recruiting class
will play this fall to develop depth.
Depth has been a key word for
Brown so far, as the Longhorns
lost its starting tight end Bo Scaife
last week.
On the quarterback front,
Brown said, both Chris Simms
and Major Applewhite have per
formed well this fall. In fact,
Brown said Applewhite, coming
off a serious knee injury, has per
formed beyond expectations so
fa ^
“He's one of the toughest
young people I’ve ever been
around,” Brown said, “lb be hon
est with you, I didn’t think we’d
have a quarterback situation
because of that injury. But Major's
been amazing.”
Items A&M
Former Aggie running back
Sirr Parker will be the subject of a
television movie sometime next
year, A&M Coach R.C. Slocum
said. Permission was asked of the
school to use the name of logo ol
the program.
Slocum said the story will
focus on Parker’s turbulent youth
and have some focus on his years
at A&M. Slocum did not know
what actor would portray him
Who said a spring practice
finalizes things? While Bobby
Pesavento came out of spring
workouts as the No. 1 quarter
back, he was beaten out by sopho
more Zac Colvin.
According to Coach Gary
Barnett, Colvin “simply had more
points than Bobby did.’'
MZac was really sharp on
Friday,” Barnett said. “He made
some really big plays all over the
place. It was close. But Zac’s the
Soccer team looks for 3-0 start
■ After two shutout wins.
Walker expects third contest to
be a little tougher.
Despite playing its third
game in five days, the Nebraska
soccer team will enter tonight’s
game against Southwest
Missouri State well rested.
The starters for the unde
feated Comhuskers sat out for
the final 35 minutes of the
team’s 11-0 victory over
Arkansas-Little Rock.
However, resting the starters
wasn't Coach John Walker’s chief
"The most important thing
was playing the younger play
ers,” Coach John Walker said.
The players’ fatigue didn't
enter Walker’s mind because of
the way Sunday’s game was
NU dominated the ball
Sunday, allowing the Trojans a
meager one shot
“Running was cut in half
because we had the ball in their
territory most of the game,” he
Midfielder Shannon Tanaka
was pleased with Walker’s deci
sion to sit the starters.
“We’re just getting into the
season now. We want to be rest
ed as much as we can for every
game,” Ihnaka said.
The Huskers weren’t able to
escape injury free however.
Midfielder/Forward Brooke
Jones is questionable for
tonight’s match after leaving
Sunday’s game with a Charlie
Horse and deep muscle bruise
in her leg.
After cruising to easy wins
over Minnesota and Arkansas
Little Rock, Walker is expecting
his team to be tested by the
SMSU finished last season
with a 14-7-1 record, earning
them a fourth-place finish in the
Missouri Valley Conference.
"They’re extremely well
organized and well coached,”
Walker said.
The game was originally
scheduled for Friday, but Walker
and SMSU Coach Rob Brewer
agreed to move the game up
because of scheduling conflicts.
Depth Chart
Offense Defense
08:7 Eric Crouch, Jr., Omaha, Neb. (11 starts in
10 Jammal lord. Ft., Bayonne, NJ.
-or-11 Joe Chrisman, Sol, Longmont, Cote.
IB: 38 Dan Alexander, Sc,Wentzvile,Ma (10)
-or-36Corel Budchalter,St,Colins,Miss.(1)
30 Oahiran Diedridt, Sa, Scarborough,
FB: 15W»eM*et,St,0maha,Neb(9)
4 Judd Davies, Ft., Omaha, Neb
37 Paul Kastl,Sa, Lincoln, Neb
-or-21 Robin Miller,Ft, Kent, Wash.
St 3 Matt Davison, St, Tecumseh Neb (12)
9 WlsonThomas,Sa,Omaha,Neb(2)
20 Tom Beveridge, Sr., Sutherland, Neb
WB:12 Bobby Newcombe, Sr., Aibequetque, Nil
8 John Gibson, Sr., Papilkon, Neb
89Troy Hassebrock, So. Lincoln, Neb(1)
Tt 87Tracey Wistrom, Jr., Webb City, Ma (3)
99 Aaron Goiday,Sa,fork, Neb(4)
84 Jon Bowling, Sa, Lincoln, Neb(1)
-or-88 Trevor Johnson, Fr, Lincoln, Neb
J: 58 Dave Volk. Jr., Battle Creek, Neb(13)
76 Chris Loos, Fr., Lincoln, Neb
67 Nate Koherman,Sa, Seward, Neb
LG: 77Toniu Fonoti,Sa,Hauuia, Hawaii
66 Jon Rutherford, Jr., Midwest City, Okla.
79 Chris Saalfold, Sr., North Bend, Neb
C 54 Dominic RaMa, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii (13)
66 Jon Rutherford, Jr., Midwest City, Okla.
53 Matt Shook, So, Medina, Ohio
RG: 55 Russ Hochstein, Sr., Harrington, Neb (13)
66 Jon Rutherford, Jr., Midwest City, OUa.
50 Jan Dawson, Ft, Cheyenne, Wya
RT: 65 JasonSchwabSt,EganMinn.(13in 1998)
75 Kyle Kolmorgen, Jr., Lincoln, Neb
68 Dan Waldrop Ft, Wilmington, Calif.
LRL98 Demonte Adams, Sa, Pine Bluff, Art
57 Chris Ketsay,Sa, Auburn,Neb(1)
-or-92 Justin Smith, Sa, Sherman, Texas
NT :70 Jason lohr,Jr.Tulsa,OUa.
55 Jon Oanton, Sa, Glendale, Ariz.
85 Casey Nelson, Jr.,Newman Grove,Neb
DT: 91 Loran Kaiser, Sr., FarwHI,Nefai(13)
56 Jeremy Sledita. Jr., LaVisU, Neb
94 Patrick Kabonga Fr, Montreal, Quebec
RRL83 Kyle Vanden Bosdt, Sr., Lardrwood,
95 J.P. Wkhmarm, Jr., Shawnee, Kan.
86 Kyle Ringenberg, Sa, Elkhom, Neb
SIB:43 Scott ShanfoSa, St Edward, Neb
41 Rod Baker, Sr., Hastings, Neb
17TJ.HoNoweil, Fr., Copperas Grove,Texas
MLB:13CartosPoik,Sr.. Rockford, Hl.(13)
48 Jamie Burrow, Jr., Ames, Iowa
90 Tony lata, Sa, Honolulu, Hawaii
WlB:34Randy Stella, Jr., Omaha, Neb
23 Blanchard Johnson, Fr.,Omaha, Neb
44 Jon Penny, Jr., Lawrence, Kan.
LCB:3 KeyouCraver,Jr.,Harleton,Texas (13)
28 Pat Ricketts, Fr., Omaha, Neb
33 Dwayne Mcdary, Sr., Rochester, N. Y.
FS: 14 Dion Booker, Jr., Oceanside, Calif. (5)
-or-19 Clint Finley, Sr., Cuera Texas (8)
42 Troy Watchom, Sr., Columbus, Neb
Rov: 25 Joe Walker, Sr., Arlington, Texas
-or- 190int Finley,Sr.,Cuera Texas (8)
20 Wes Woodward, Jr., Omaha, Neb
RCB: 16 Erwin Swiney, Jr., Lincoln, Neb (13 in
-or-5 DeJuan Groce, Sa, Garfield Heights, Ohio
18 Jeff Hemje, Jr., Grand Island, Neb
Punter/Place Kicker: Josh Brown, Sa, Foyil, Okia.
Kickoffs: Chace Long, Sr„ Wahoo, Neb
Dutton up for national honor
Husker senior Janet Dutton,
an All-American pentathlete for
the Comhusker track team, has
been chosen as Nebraska’s rep
resentative for NCAA Woman of
the Year.
Dutton set the collegiate
pentathlon record in 1996, and
she won Big 12 indoor pen
tathlon titles in 1996 and 1997.
In the classroom, she gradu
ated in August with a 4.0 grade
point average in business
Dutton, a Hershey, Neb.,
native, also took two years off to
serve as a missionary in Spain.
The NCAA Woman of the
Year award honors outstanding
female student-athletes who
have excelled in academics, ath
letics and community leader
The Husker trackster is one
of 51 nominees nationwide. The
national winner will be
announced at the 2000 NCAA
Woman of the Year dinner on
Oct. 15.
may head
to Pacers
Honolulu - Upset at being
the only unsigned Olympian
and growing ever more impa
tient, Tim Hardaway now says
there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll leave
the Miami Heat and play else
where next season.
The Indiana Pacers wasted
no time Monday seeing if
Hardaway was bluffing, placing
a call to his agent.
“I’m dead serious. I’ll go play
for a contending team Idee the
Pacers,” Hardaway said. “I’ll go
somewhere where they appreci
ate me. I think (Indiana coach)
Isiah (Thomas) appreciates me,
and right now I’m getting no
love from the Miami Heat”
Hardaway, an unrestricted
free agent, is seeking a three
year contract from the Heat. But
he says he will consider signing
a one-year deal with Indiana for
the midlevel salary cap excep
tion of $2.5 million.
The Heat can pay him much
more, but Miami president Pat
Riley and Hardaway’s agent,
Henry Thomas, have made little
progress toward an agreement.
With three months having
passed since the Heat was elim
inated from the playoffs,
Hardaway has lost his patience.
“I deserve a lot more respect
than I’m getting,” Hardaway
said. “I took less money to stay
there. (Riley) said he’d take care
of me, and it hasn’t happened
yet. I want to be there, but I’ve
got to look out for Tim
Hardaway and Tim Hardaway’s
Donnie Walsh, president of
the Pacers, placed a call to
Thomas after hearing of
Hardaway’s dissatisfaction over
the weekend.
Indiana plans to move Jalen
Rose to the point-guard posi
tion after losing Mark Jackson to
Toronto on the free-agent mar
ket, but the opportunity to sign
Hardaway could alter those
“I’m looking into it to see if
he’s for real,” Walsh said. “I’m
sure there’s a place for Tim
Hardaway somewhere.”
Hardaway also said he
would consider signing with the
Chicago Bulls, who have
enough cap room to outbid the
Hardaway is from Chicago
and played for Bulls coach Tim
Floyd at Texas-El Paso.
looking for
more in 2000
SCHOONER from page 12
Which all contributes to the •
idea of controlling field position
and momentum with a short
range, unnerving passing game.
OU averaged 11.1 yards per com
pletion. By contrast, Texas aver
aged 12.2, Colorado 12.9,
Nebraska 16.1 and Kansas State
18.1. Heupel heard that compari
son and smiled again. It only
proved his point
“Kinda like a point guard,”
Heupel said. ”1 have to put our
team in the best position to win
the game. And we think we can
win every game we play this year.
But it isn't just the arm. Our
offense is just a little bit different"
Added Stoops: "Around here,
our guys have to think.”
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