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14 August 2006

Hoover Uses JSU to Prep for Season

Back-to-back-to-back-to-back Alabama 6A state football champions and reality TV stars, the Hoover Buccaneers took their show on the road Saturday, and it was a road head coach Rush Propst knows quite well. Propst, an Ohatchee native and Jacksonville State University graduate, brought his charges to Paul Snow Stadium on the JSU campus Saturday for a nighttime practice session.

“This is a great place to be,” said Propst, whose 2005 championship season was staged before MTV cameras. “The folks at Jacksonville have been awfully kind to let us use this facility, and this will really help us because our first two games are on this kind of surface.”

Paul Snow Stadium features “grassy turf,” which the Bucs will see in their Aug. 26 opener against UMS-Wright and again Sept. 1 when they travel to Tulsa, Okla., to play Union Hill High School. The game against Wright — played a week earlier than the official start of the season — will be at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

“Working up here at Jacksonville creates the same environment we'll be in those first two weeks,” Propst said. “I've been around this university a long time, as a student back in 1976, and this has become one of the best facilities in the Southeast.

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