by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren and his coaching staff assembled the members of their first recruiting class under one roof at for the first time on Tuesday as the Owls kicked off their first Freshmen Enhancement Week on Tuesday at the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center.
The program expedites the usual orientation activities that had been held each summer for the incoming freshmen while they attended their first classes and participated in conditioning drills.
Changes in the dates for summer class sessions and the Owls’ August 25th season opener which has moved the start of training camp to late July, made it impossible to follow the traditional schedule.
Rice sought and received permission from the NCAA to bring the freshmen in the week prior to starting summer classes in order to complete the orientation activities ahead of starting their first college classes and conditioning work.
For the freshman, the week will provide four days of meetings and activities designed to prepare them for the challenges of collegiate athletics and academics.
For Bloomgren, it’s another milestone on the countdown to his debut as a college head coach.
“It’s going to be awesome to have them on campus,” he said. “I know how excited they all are to get started and we are confident these next four days will prepare them to be successful in the classroom and immediately begin to put these lessons to use with the start of class next Monday.
“When you look at the calendar, it’s time to get rolling. The freshmen are in today, the team reports for camp on July 26 and we play our first game on August 25,” Bloomgren added.