This year the SEC is adopting new practice policies that will prohibit two-a-day practices and limit live contact periods. The hot summer days of multiple practices are over.
For the salty traditionalists, eliminating two-a-days provides more fuel to add to the “this generation is soft” fire. However, Mark Stoops doesn’t see it that way. The Kentucky head football coach used to suffer through them with a “bent up knee” for Hayden Fry at Iowa, but the game has changed since then.
The function of two-a-days in the past was to whip the team into shape. Now, there are no breaks. Stoops said his team stays in-shape year-round. Physically, they should be unaffected by the change, but he told Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader they will still be missed.
“I’ve always felt like they were important, for anything as much as that, the mental strain and the attitude it takes to go through that,” Stoops said. “We’ve never had that much serious contact in both practices. It’s more just their time and stressing them and pushing them, getting them in condition.”
Stoops is still searching for other creative ways to mentally push his players in fall camp. One way is by making camp longer. It will likely now start a week early and last five long weeks.