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Tuesday, October 12, 2010Like every NCAA basketball team the Lipscomb Bisons will officially start practice for the 2010-2011 season Friday night, but unlike most teams they won’t be on their home court.
The Bisons are moving to the University of the South at Sewanee for practices Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And for three days and two nights it will be a complete move with the luggage including everything from basketballs to video equipment.
“They are very gracious to let us come down there,” Bisons’ coach Scott Sanderson said. “It is going to be kind of secluded. “The guys are extremely excited about it. I’ve heard several players talking about it over the last couple of weeks.”
The Bisons needed to find a place to practice due to the Nashville Symphony using Allen Arena this weekend. Sanderson plans to have one practice Friday night, two Saturday and one Sunday before returning to Nashville. He views the trip as a combination mini-camp and bonding exercise.
“It is a good opportunity for us to get away,” Sanderson said. “Saturday night we will do some team building stuff. There is no better way to get everyone together than to spend 2 1/2 days with each other.
“Hopefully we will become better listeners and better communicators with each other. We thought about taking their cell phones away. But we were afraid someone might have a heart attack.”
The University of the South will be on fall break during that time, but the school’s basketball teams will be practicing.
“There isn’t going to be a lot going on there besides practicing and eating meals together. You grow together on the road. We have a lot of players coming back and three new players in the mix.
“We want the players to have an emotional attachment to each other. I want each player to say I am not going to let the guy next to me down.”
The players will be housed at a hotel on the Sewanee Mountain. They will spend every minute together both on and off the court. Senior guard Josh Slater plans to present a special devotional period Sunday morning.
“Josh has a devotional prepared for the whole team,” Sanderson said. “We are going to have a lot of the guys get up in front of the team and talk to them about the season and what it means to them. We want them to reflect on the good things that have happened to them in the past two or three years and also the things we need to stay away from.
“It is more than just the Xs and Os of starting practice. It is a lot more this weekend. There are high expectations for our basketball team. The closer we can come together off of the floor will help us on the floor.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.