2006 Fall Camp: Day 15 Practice Report

ATHENS - A campus traffic jam and Mother Nature combined to shorten the Georgia Bulldogs' practice by approximately 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The Dogs delayed the beginning of practice by 30 minutes and then were chased from the fields early.

"There was some kind of gas pipe breaking or leakage...something happened on campus that was canceling some classes, and they had just a terrible traffic jam over by ECV (East Campus Village dorms)," head coach Mark Richt said. "Guys were calling from the cell phones and cars saying they were being delayed."

Then just under two hours into the workout Richt ended practice early when lightning was spotted. As the team made the walk off the practice fields a heavy rain also began.

"(Director of Sports Medicine) Ron (Courson) said that there was some lightning out there," Richt said. "We wouldn't have come in just for the rain."

The missed portions of practice were slated to cover preparation for the season opener against Western Kentucky, including one-minute drills, as well as conditioning.

The rain also ruined the debut of a new straw hat for Richt, who had worn the same hat since arriving in Athens in 2001 before being given a new one earlier in the day.

"Pastor Bill Ricketts was out here yesterday, and he said my hat looked awful," Richt said. "He said he was going to bring me a new hat today, and sure enough, he did. I coudn't say 'no.' I tried to tell him no but he wouldn't have anything to do with that."

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