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    Default STrib: Gophers coach P.J. Fleck wants to move practices from afternoon to morning

    per Joe:

    One fundamental change P.J. Fleck wants to make to the Gophers football program is moving practices from afternoons to mornings, the new coach said Wednesday.

    Northwestern has held morning practices for years, under Pat Fitzgerald, and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz made the switch from afternoon to morning practices in 2015. Fleck said he has heard five of the 14 Big Ten teams now practice in the mornings.

    Fleck switched Western Michigan to morning practices after his first season there and liked how it worked for his final three years with the Broncos. He hopes to convert the Gophers to morning practices by this fall, though internal university discussions are ongoing.

    One potential drawback to morning practices would be trimming the list of available undergraduate classes, which mostly fall between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Shrinking class options could make it harder for players to complete certain majors. Allowing them to start class at 11 a.m., instead of noon, for example, could make a difference.

    “That was the leeway I gave them,” Fleck said of his discussions with the administration. “I said, ‘If noon is too hard, we’re usually done with practice before 11 anyway.’ ”

    But Fleck stressed the academic benefits of morning practices.

    “First of all, when you come to a university that’s a top-20 public institution in the country, the No. 1 thing obviously is our academics,” he said. “And I understand all that. I think part of having morning practices makes them a better student.”

    Fleck said with morning practices, coaches wouldn’t have to worry about players sleeping in and missing class. Their day would start with a 7 a.m. team meeting, often including a motivational session “on a certain topic that gives them perspective for the entire day.”

    “At 11 a.m., they’re done with football for the rest of the day,” Fleck said. “Their academic tutors clear up — those become easily accessible to schedule, meetings with professors that might have only office time at 4:45-5. They can at least go there because their whole afternoon’s [open].”

    http://www.startribune.com/p-j-fleck...ule/413883313/

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    Seems logical from a class attendance perspective.

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    I like it..............I like it a lot.


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    Didn't Kill run mourning practices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Olson View Post
    Didn't Kill run mourning practices?
    Ha! Not sure if you meant this, but it's funny! Probably had them the day after his moral victories.

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    I guess it depends on how much it would impact scheduling of classes, but it seems like a good idea.

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    If most of the courses that they need to take fall between 8 am and 3 pm, eliminating 3 to 4 hours for football practice doesn't seem to jive with the whole 4 pillars of eliteness.

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    It would seem that having morning classes scheduled and afternoon practice would make it really easy to slip into a mode where you skip class but make it to practice. I think Fleck is trying to set them up for success by getting their football in early and allow them to use the rest of their day to dedicate to studies. Otherwise, there's a lot of context shifting: classes in the morning, practice in the afternoon, tutoring and studying at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyganas View Post
    It would seem that having morning classes scheduled and afternoon practice would make it really easy to slip into a mode where you skip class but make it to practice. I think Fleck is trying to set them up for success by getting their football in early and allow them to use the rest of their day to dedicate to studies. Otherwise, there's a lot of context shifting: classes in the morning, practice in the afternoon, tutoring and studying at night.
    Agree.

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    Also encourages the young men to get to bed on time! Nobody likes running sprints after a night of no sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyganas View Post
    It would seem that having morning classes scheduled and afternoon practice would make it really easy to slip into a mode where you skip class but make it to practice. I think Fleck is trying to set them up for success by getting their football in early and allow them to use the rest of their day to dedicate to studies. Otherwise, there's a lot of context shifting: classes in the morning, practice in the afternoon, tutoring and studying at night.
    I don't really see how it changes much. I mean, you can also just monitor class room attendance.

    We all had early classes in college and it was really hard to not just show up and dose off, so maybe he is protecting against that issue. However, I'm not so sure that a 2 PM class, after lunch and a 3 hour practice wouldn't also induce some sleepy students.

    I guess maybe the only positive part of it is that it helps regulate their sleep schedule. Some posters made a good point, you might be a bit more diligent about getting to bed if you have to run at 8 AM compared to having to sit in a class at 10:00 AM. So, that's a positive. The only question is whether that positive is enough to offset the potential negative of limiting their class choices (which I know nothing about, they just referenced it in the article).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Loblaw View Post
    I don't really see how it changes much. I mean, you can also just monitor class room attendance.

    We all had early classes in college and it was really hard to not just show up and dose off, so maybe he is protecting against that issue. However, I'm not so sure that a 2 PM class, after lunch and a 3 hour practice wouldn't also induce some sleepy students.

    I guess maybe the only positive part of it is that it helps regulate their sleep schedule. Some posters made a good point, you might be a bit more diligent about getting to bed if you have to run at 8 AM compared to having to sit in a class at 10:00 AM. So, that's a positive. The only question is whether that positive is enough to offset the potential negative of limiting their class choices (which I know nothing about, they just referenced it in the article).
    I can't speak for others but the few times I skipped class was because I didn't want to get out of bed and/or didn't want to leave the house.

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    Whatever Fleck wants to do is fine.

    But worth remembering that our team GPA/overall academic performance under the previous regime was excellent.

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    UNLV has done the morning practice thing for two years. Has not translated into many wins, but it may be a good use of time.

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