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Weather forces schedule change


SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Defensive end Everette Brown said it's difficult to learn a new playbook when you're also trying to get in football shape.

It's especially difficult when you're trying to get up to speed on a basketball court.

A summer storm forced Monday evening's practice inside to the Benjamin Johnson Arena and resulted in a change of plans for Tuesday. The Panthers will now take to the practice fields at Wofford College on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. rather than at 6 p.m. as originally scheduled.

"It was more of a mental practice than physical, but that allows us to sharpen up some things. I think we got in good work," Brown said. "But whenever you're not on the field, the next time on the field you've got to get after it. You've got to get two days into one, so we'll come out ready to go."

Even in the cramped conditions, the Panthers ran through all the plays they had planned to work on, according to tight end Gary Barnidge. The kickers obviously couldn't do much, and finding an open receiver - even playing sideways across three basketball courts - wasn't easy for the quarterbacks.

"We still got good work in with the walkthrough, so it's not that bad of a deal," Barnidge said. "You can't really do anything about Mother Nature – you've just got to adjust and make the best of it."

Even with the schedule change, the Panthers will still hold their second of three T-shirt Tuesdays, with players tossing out T-shirts to fans following practice.

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