By Matt Sugam
As Rutgers landed in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl, the potential distractions of the bowl atmosphere are upon the Scarlet Knights. And so, the balancing act of football and bowl activities now begins.
“I think you got to compartmentalize the day,” head coach Kyle Flood told reporters as the team arrived at their hotel. “That’s the most important thing you do.”
In other words, treat it like a business trip rather than a vacation.
“We have a motto that says when it’s time to work it’s time to work,” middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais said. “There’s going to be a lot of distractions, a lot of events to go to, but when we step between those lines it’s time to work.”
And so, Rutgers will spend the early part of the day focused on football before enjoying the perks that come with the bowl game.
“The beginning part of the day will be the football. It will be going back through the game plan one more time because everything’s already been installed,” Flood said. “And then when you’re done with practice for the day, that’s an opportunity for the players to relax and really enjoy the benefits of being at a bowl game and being at a site like this.”
Which includes Disney World. However, Flood doesn’t plan on having any of the characters visit practice.
“We’d be very concerned if Mickey shows up at practice tomorrow,” Flood quipped. “Like I said, you got to compartmentalize the day, so there will be plenty of time for that when we’re done with practice for the day.”