Rutgers Resumes Practice After Hurricane Sandy

By Matt Sugam

PISCATAWAY – As Hurricane Sandy rocked the Garden State, New York City and Long Island, no one in Rutgers’ football family has suffered anything worse than the typical loss of power.

“From what I understand, we don’t have any of those type of tragedies,” head coach Kyle Flood. “Just some families without power, without water, that type of thing…I think everybody’s in a little bit of a holding pattern right now, just hoping it comes back as soon as possible.”

With power back in the Hale Center, things are back to normal for Rutgers football. Sort of. With classes canceled for the week, practices have been moved back to later in the afternoon as the dinning halls are opening later for breakfast. They also don’t have the strains of classes, giving them more time to catch up school work and watch film.

Fortunately for Rutgers, that film doesn’t necessarily have to be of an upcoming opponent. The distraction of the hurricane comes during a bye.

After resuming practice outside today, the Scarlet Knights don’t have to worry about preparing for an opponent. Or the logistics of traveling for an away game or having an opponent come to Piscataway.

“It certainly avoids questions that we might have had to answer in terms of if we would have had to play and things like that,” Flood said. “Certainly, there’s no good time for what just happened, but the fact that we had a bye may be helpful for us. Other than not practicing on Tuesday, we’ve been fortunate enough to not change any of our plans. The people here on campus have done a great job.”

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