Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 AT 10:31 PM / Updated at 10:46 PM
No madness, just practice
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

The madness once associated with the second Friday in October has been replaced by a business-as-usual approach on the basketball court.

Most Division I teams have been practicing for two weeks because of this season’s change in NCAA rules that moved the start of practice away from the traditional second Friday in October. Teams now have 42 days to get in 30 practices before their first competition.

When Creighton takes the court on Friday, the Bluejays already have had five practices. Bluejay Madness — the public event that has marked the start of workouts in each of the past three seasons — won’t be held until Oct. 25.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott has expressed mixed feelings about the rule change, citing concerns about the added strain players would be subjected to with the earlier formal start to practice.

He still isn’t sold on the change, although he admits “we’re in a much better place entering our fall break than we’ve ever been because we have more stuff in. Guys know the drills and can bounce from one thing to another.’’

Because Creighton is on fall break, the Bluejays can practice twice daily over the next week.

“I really believe this is the week we really work to take some steps forward with the amount of time we’ll be able to spend with the guys in the gym,’’ McDermott said.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.