Today was supposed to be the start of the CSU football team’s defense of its Mountain West Conference Championship.
The leftovers from the Blizzard of ’03 put those plans on hold.
The Rams’ spring practices, scheduled to start today, have been postponed until the practice fields are cleared of snow. Normally, the plows would be able to clear the fields with no trouble, but due to the wet, heavy consistency of the snow and the fact that much of it has already melted, plowing could severely damage the Rams’ practice facilities.
Officials within the athletic department said practice may not begin until as late as Tuesday, and more winter storms that are predicted to hit Fort Collins could further complicate the Rams’ spring practices.
The NCAA allows for 15 workouts over a 30-day period, which means the Rams may have to cram some practices over consecutive days in order to finish the workouts before the April 26 Green vs. Gold game.
During the spring workouts, players will not only be vying for starting positions, but will also be adjusting to several new coaches on the staff. Steve Stanard will step in as the new defensive coordinator, Darrell Funk takes over the tight ends and special teams coaching and James Ward is the new secondary coach.