"When I was the offensive coordinator [at SC], we've been up and down before with thinking that we needed to prepare for someone earlier. [In 2011], we spent three weeks preparing for GW, and we ended up getting beat 61-0. This year, we started working on them last Friday. Saturday we had our scrimmage and got a lot of film work in afterward, and the coaching staff stayed and got some more [GW] stuff done Sunday.''
Mays said he can see his coaching staff starting to work on its Week 1 opponent earlier than it did this year, but didn't feel like the time was right this year.
"We've done that before,'' he said. "I think we needed to make sure everything was good for us before we moved on. Focus on the little technical things that [needed work] in the past. You just want to make sure you cover everything you do before you move on to your opponent. You don't want the kids thinking too much.''
Edwards said the limited amount of practice time this month made it almost a certainty that his team didn't overprepare for SC at the expense of its own fundamentals.
"You try to find the right blend,'' he said. "Some years you could overprepare. You try to find the right combination - we're all trying to find that every year because every year, it's a different group. You have to find ways to teach and how they'll react because each team has its own personality.
"You try not to overcoach. You try not to undercoach . . . You try to find the happy medium. You try to get a team to learn each other. Like I said, with the lack of total practice time, you used to be able when you had two-a-days to take some time to fit more things in. Take a day and work some in because there's not the pressure of time. All those things that show up glaringly in your first ballgame or two, you hope are not too bad. You play the hand you're dealt and try to do the best you can do.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.