Cohen wanted to help his family. "My mom was going to stick through the storm the whole time, I was going to bring my baby and the rest of my family here, and I was going to go home and sit at the house with my mom. They had Palm Bay and Brevard County evacuated, so no one was allowed in. That really bothered me, but everyone is ok."
Cohen told everyone that the team is really eager to play. "It's making all the players anxious to play. I am just hoping everything goes alright this week so we can play. I was so hyped for the game; I stayed up every night till like 5 am because I had so much energy."
Coach Zook spoke to the media, after practice Monday. The practice had to be carried out on the O'Connell Center basketball floor. The lack of an indoor practice facility hasn't been much of a factor so far this off-season, even with all of the rain. The Gators have been able to juggle practice times for the most part. It is weeks like this when such a facility would sure come in handy. He told the reporters tonight that the field drains well, so they will probably be out on the practice field tomorrow.
When asked about how he and his family did during the storm, "We had a lot of rain, but we were very fortunate."
He made a point to talk about the effect on the team, "It is hard on these guys…..they've done a great job" Everyone was accounted for at practice, "Three freshmen (from Atlanta) got back late, but everyone made it back safe."
Someone proposed the possibility of Hurricane Ivan messing up next weekends plans. Zook replied with a grin, "I can only deal with one hurricane at a time."
Coach Zook was real happy with what his team could accomplish on the basketball court. "Tonight's practice was unbelievable, with this situation, we couldn't ask for anything better. They are looking forward to playing.
The players that were suspended for off the field conduct may get to play for the Eastern Michigan game afterall. Speculation was out that the suspensions would be carried over to this week, but Coach Zook addressed that. "Probably him (Channing Crowder) and Jarvis (Herring) are both going to play. I need to talk to Jeremy (Foley) about that a little more, it will obviously be his call. They were scheduled to miss the Middle Tennessee game and now that will be the 6th game, and that's the game they should miss."