NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University head football coach James Reese and his staff will welcome 90 student-athletes to campus on Saturday, August 2, to begin preparation for the 2003 season.
The players are scheduled to report by 1 p.m. First-year players will have their physicals Saturday afternoon and the first full team meeting will be at 7 p.m.
?We are ready to get these guys in here and get going,? said Reese, who begins his fourth season as his alma mater's head coach. ?We are looking forward to seeing our veteran players and getting an up close look at our new players.?
The players will receive equipment on Sunday afternoon and have unit meetings in the evening. The first team practice is set for Monday afternoon.
The preseason practices have been changed for this year, according to NCAA guidelines. The team will practice in helmets and shorts the first two days, the next two in helmets and shoulder pads, before working out in full gear on the fifth day.
In addition, the Tigers and other college teams will not be able to hold two-a-day workouts on consecutive days.
The first two-a-day session will be on Saturday, August 9. The first full scrimmage will be August 17. The team will have an off day on August 18 as fall semester classes begin at the university that week.
The team will hold picture day on August 23 before having a mock game in the afternoon. The game week schedule begins the following day.
TSU opens the 2003 season by hosting South Carolina State in the Fifth John Merritt Classic on August 30 in the Coliseum.