by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
The Rice Owls will move forward with their practice plans for the days immediately after the Sydney Cup even though those plans will move forward in the Owls temporary headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
Head coach David Bailiff said the team will take off Tuesday for rest and recovery after the 18-hour travel day and then have weight lifting and stretching activities on Wednesday.
“We talked to (former Cal coach) Sonny Dykes about the lessons he learned last year when Cal played in Sydney,” Bailiff said. “One of the things he stressed was he felt they brought their team back to practice too quickly.” Cal downed Hawaii 51-31 in last year’s inaugural Sydney Cup, then fell to San Diego State 45-40 two weeks later.
The Owls travel day on Monday began with wakeup calls before 5 a.m. (Sydney time) and did not end until they arrived at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, which last hosted the Owls in 2012 for the Armed Forces Bowl.
Rice is slated to return to game actin a week from Saturday, when they will travel to El Paso, Texas on September 9 to face off against UTEP.