This football season, the Warriors are employing their version of Casual Thursday.
In previous years, the Warriors would have a regular practice on Thursday morning and a walk-through session on Friday afternoon. This year, the Warriors are in Under Armour dry-fit shirts during extended walk-throughs on Thursdays. A more intensive practice is held on Fridays.
“It’s good for home games,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said of the new practice schedule. In the past “you practiced on Thursday morning — that’s your last practice — you walk through Friday afternoon. It’s a really long time before game time (and the last full practice). This way, we clean everything up today, and perfect it tomorrow with a little more speed. They’re running around on Friday afternoon, and 24 hours later, they’re playing a game.”
Defensive coordinator Corey Batoon suggested the revised practice schedule. It was a schedule used at Alabama, where Lane Kiffin was an assistant coach. Batoon worked under Kiffin at Florida Atlantic last season.
The format follows Olympic athletes’ timetable. The theory is two days before an event is the most important time to hydrate. Olympians usually ease up two days before an event, and then work hard the day before.
Of UH’s schedule, Batoon said, “It gives them a chance to really absorb the game plan in a walk-through setting, and we come out on Friday full speed, and it’s a regular practice.”