With Texas set to play Texas Tech this week on a Friday instead of a Saturday, the Longhorns have had to adjust their schedules.
Texas coach Tom Herman said his coaches spent more time than usual on Sunday going over their game plan for this week. Monday is typically an off day for players, but that won’t be the case this week. (According to Herman, some Longhorns might even miss the workout due to conflicts with their classes.) Tuesday’s practice will have a Wednesday feel and Wednesday will look like a Thursday.
Since a major holiday is this week, Texas players can go home on Wednesday if they are able to return by Thursday morning. On Thanksgiving, the players and their families will have dinner together at the team hotel. Herman had a similar ritual at Houston.
“I think the kids and the families really, really appreciate us allowing them to at least have some semblance of a Thanksgiving meal with their son,” Herman said.
The football team won’t be the only Texas team that celebrates Thanksgiving together. The women’s basketball program is heading to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, which starts on Friday. UT coach Karen Aston told reporters on Monday that three or four of her players will have family members making the trip. Many members of Aston’s staff are bringing along their kin.
Aston expects those organizing the Rainbow Wahine Showdown to have some sort of Thanksgiving banquet for all the teams. In addition to Texas, Hawaii will host North Carolina State and North Texas.
“The players will never think that’s better than their mom’s home cooking and I would agree with that,” Aston said. “We enjoy the time together. It gives them a chance to mingle with the other teams and say hello to each other before you go to battle against each other.”
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