According to NCAA regulations,
teams are allowed to make a trip away from the
LSU will practice through Aug. 31 and then leave that evening for Toronto where they will play three games -- Sept. 1 (6 p.m.) against the University of Guelph, located about 65 miles from Toronto; Sept. 2 (2 p.m.) against York University, the third largest University in Canada; and, Sept. 3 (10 a.m.) against the University of Toronto, the country's largest school with some 70,000 students.
Per NCAA regulations, the team will return Monday night so that the student-athletes may resume classes on Sept. 4.
LSU Coach John Brady sees the practice time as an advantage for his Tiger team, but also sees a bigger picture as his team prepares for the trip.
"The practice time is good, but the time together is going to be the most important thing," Brady said. "It is going to be great for our team to get some early workouts, see the new guys play and get some things on film. That lets our guys see themselves, and we can develop an identity of play before we start practice."
October 12 is the first official
day of practice allowed by the NCAA but the team is allowed to have weight
workouts and individual drills from the time they return from
The tradition of American teams
The Guelph Gryphons were 15-12 a
year ago and played five American teams, losing to
"It (facing American teams) is a
real challenge," said
The Varsity Blues of Toronto were 26-11 overall a year ago and 3-5 in the last two years against American teams.