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Southwestern University Takes Unique Football Field Trip

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
We first met coach Joe Austin in March. He had just been hired to resurrect a football program that has not played a game since 1950. In Texas, that's no easy task. So coach Austin recruited help from the greatest team in the world.

"You can watch game tapes of the Super Bowl champs or you can watch game tapes of some college teams, but our armed forces and our Army is a great team," said coach Austin.

Tuesday, the Southwestern University football team trained side by side with soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division on Fort Hood's Leadership Reaction Course.

"Like they say, you have to train with the best to be the best," said Southwestern offensive lineman Jose Perez.

The course, known as the LRC, is specifically designed to test mental and physical capacity while leading. For football players, it's like trying to navigate an offense through the red zone - if the football field had water hazards.

"Regardless of our rank and where we are in the military, we look to our right, we look to our left - you have battle buddies," said Lt. Col. Archie Herndon. "So you get on a course like this with the football team and it's the same thing."

"We need unity in order to accomplish things," said Pirates wide receiver Brandon Thomas. "So as a team, it's going to depend on certain people."

For Southwestern, a team starting from scratch - this exercise was just another step in the process of building a program. A project that won't work if everyone is not on board.

"We do have to create that unity, that team bonding," said Perez. "You don't have a good home without a good foundation, so that's where we are right now."

Although coach Austin was hired in the spring of 2012, the Southwestern football team does not play its first game until September of 2013. So this training exercise is as close to a game day as the Pirates will get.

"We don't get to go do the team-building and the competitive part in a football setting this year," says Austin. "We've got just a limited number of practices with a limited number of guys, so this was our game day."

So next fall, as the Pirates navigate through their first season in 63 years - their roster will be thin and their experience will be thinner. But when it comes to overcoming obstacles, there's already a game plan in place.Southwestern University Takes Unique Football Field Trip


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Scores & Schedules

September 19, 2014 07:07 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Pittsburgh 3 Boston 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Texas 7, Oakland 2

N.Y. Yankees 3, Toronto 2

Cleveland 2, Houston 1, 13 innings

Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 1

Friday's Games

Boston (Webster 4-3) at Baltimore (Gausman 7-7), 7:05 p.m.

Toronto (Buehrle 12-9) at N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 10-9), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 8-10) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-3), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Bauer 5-8) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 15-10), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 13-12) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 11-9), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (T.Walker 1-2) at Houston (Peacock 4-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Bonilla 1-0) at L.A. Angels (H.Santiago 5-8), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Washington 6, Miami 2

L.A. Dodgers 8, Chicago Cubs 4

St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 2, 13 innings

Colorado 7, Arizona 6

San Diego 7, Philadelphia 3

Friday's Games

L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 19-3) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 6-14), 2:20 p.m.

Milwaukee (Gallardo 8-10) at Pittsburgh (Locke 7-5), 7:05 p.m.

Washington (Fister 14-6) at Miami (Koehler 9-9), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Za.Wheeler 10-10) at Atlanta (Teheran 13-12), 7:35 p.m.

Arizona (C.Anderson 9-6) at Colorado (Lyles 6-3), 8:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (Holmberg 1-1) at St. Louis (Lackey 2-2), 8:15 p.m.

San Francisco (T.Hudson 9-11) at San Diego (Despaigne 3-7), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at Oakland (Lester 15-10), 9:35 p.m.

NFL

Thursday's Game

Atlanta 56, Tampa Bay 14

Sunday's Games

Dallas at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Houston at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Oakland at New England, 1 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Denver at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City at Miami, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Chicago at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

( 5) Auburn 20 (20) Kansas State 14

Saturday

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 22 Clemson, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Oregon at Washington State, 10:30 p.m.

No. 3 Alabama vs. Florida, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 8 LSU vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan, Noon

No. 13 Georgia vs. Troy, Noon

No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.

No. 18 Missouri vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.

No. 19 Wisconsin vs. Bowling Green, Noon

No. 21 BYU vs. Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

No. 24 Nebraska vs. Miami, 8 p.m.

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