BYU Announces Fall Practice Schedule

The first official activity of the 2003 football season occurs this evening when the entire BYU football team reports in on campus. The first "helmets only" practice is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

All practices are closed to the general public. BYU's media relations office also announced that two-a-day practices will not begin until Friday, August 8 – even though once-a-day practices (not all full pads) will be held Monday through Thursday.

Only six two-a-day practice sessions have been scheduled by BYU before their game opener against Georgia Tech on Thursday, August 28.

New NCAA rules have curtailed the number of two-a-day practices for all colleges because of health and safety reasons, beginning this season.

The university also announced all morning practice sessions during fall two-a-days will be closed to all news media. During days with only one practice or during the afternoon practice sessions during two-a-days, the media will be allowed to attend the first 15-20 minutes and the remainder of the practice will be closed.

The media will also have the opportunity to interview head coach Gary Crowton, assistant coaches and players at scheduled times during fall practice.

BYU's limited media access is not unusual.

Curt McKeever, a Lincoln Journal Star columnist wrote yesterday: "The wagons surrounding Memorial Stadium and the Nebraska practice facilities are circled so tightly that you'd be better off trying to get a glimpse of what's going on in the Oval Office."

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