There is little doubt that Tom Coughlin’s least-favorite sound of training camp is the squeak-squeak of sneakers on the basketball courts at the University of Albany. That’s because when it rains his team has to move indoors and the only dry facility on campus they can use is the SEFCU Arena, home of the school’s basketball teams.
That was the case on Wednesday. The team began practice outside on the grass fields in full pads, but about an hour into the workout they were driven inside by rain and lightning.
The Giants waited about 36 minutes for the storm to pass and were considering going back out on the artificial turf field to resume their practice, but ultimately they finished their day with a walk-through on the basketball courts, the yellow line of a volleyball court serving as a makeshift line of scrimmage and players trotting through their routes and assignments with all the spitfire, effort and intensity of Olympic badminton players.
“We had our day off (yesterday) and now we’re half a practice and we’ve got to come inside,” Coughlin said. “I thought we were going to be able to go, but then the rain was worse than waiting the thing out. That would have put us back on the turf field and that wasn’t a good option right now.”
Making matters worse is the CBA, now in its second year, which prevents teams from practicing more than once a day. The new CBA also stipulates that the players must have at least one day off a week. Coughlin was uncertain if the CBA would allow him to make up the time lost today.
“I don’t really know,” he said. “I’m going to ask, but from what I understand the clock’s even running on you, according to the CBA, when you have something like this happen. I would doubt if they allow you to have anything.”