Football Camp Notebook (#22)

August 17, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following today's practice on Aug. 17)

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON THE MORNING PRACTICE: "Their attitude has been good. They are sore and beat up right now, but we have some that know how to fight through it and some that need to learn how to fight through it and they have not learned that yet. Up to this point they have responded, but they have to continue striving to get better."

HONORING GILLESPIE: Head Coach Andy McCollum and the Blue Raider football team will be honoring the late Cliff Gillespie this season by wearing the initials "CG" on the back of their helmets. Gillespie, a long-time supporter of Blue Raider football and a close friend to McCollum, was the school's associate vice president for enrollment management when he retired. Gillespie recently past away after a four-year battle with cancer. "He was such a great man and a Middle Tennessee man," McCollum said. "He truly loved this university and the athletic program. You can not put into words what he meant. After last season, when we had the winning record, one of the first cards I received was from Cliff Gillespie. The front of it said "Passion". He congratulated us and was so excited about what was happening. It is on my board to this day because of what he and his family means to our university and this community. I could not think of any better honor than to have our players wear his initials on our helmets because of his character and what he meant to our program."

WANTING MORE: The Blue Raider ticket office sold their initial allotment of 5,000 tickets for the Vanderbilt game and picked up an additional 1,500 today. To get your tickets call 615-898-2103 or stop by the Ticket Office on Monday.

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE:The Blue Raiders will hold their final practice of two-a-days on Saturday morning at 7:45 AM. Following the practice, the team will participate in Fan Day and have their team photo taken.

TIDBITS: TE Quan Domineck has changed numbers from 35 to 13 - OL Josh Willoughby continued his work on the stationary bike and is expected to be back at practice on Sunday -The Blue Raider Football Preview will begin airing on MTSU Channel 9 on Comcast cable television on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. It will air each Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for the next three weeks. The show features last year's Blue Raider highlight video along with preseason information on the football team, parking, ticket packages, and more - Fan Day/Media Day is scheduled for Aug. 18 at Noon at Floyd Stadium (free hotdogs and cokes will be provided along with opportunities to get autographs and pictures with all the players and coaches) - If you would like to purchase a 2001 football media guide the cost is $12, plus $3 for handling and shipping - To order, please call 615-898-2968 or email your request to mrowens@mtsu.edu.

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