Clark wonders if his team will ever reach its potential because of the stop-and-start conditions. Another shot of snow was expected Sunday night going into today.
"We haven't been able to get any continuity in what we're doing out there,'' Clark said, "because we haven't practiced. Then the kids get winded quick - in the first quarter. We're making substitutions and it's . . . we're just not playing well, and a lot of it has to do with not being able to be on the court and practice.''
Greene said he's also been subbing in more players than perhaps he might have intended just to keep five bodies in motion.
"It hurts us with Jon more than anybody else,'' Greene said, "because we rotate a lot of people. But it is a conditioning thing - even for Jon or anybody else. And it's a huge thing, because once you get tired, you can't play this game. You just can't.
"When you're playing a team like Huntington, if you're tired - you're dead. It's not the kids' fault. They haven't been in the gym. I'm happy with our conditioning considering that. We can't hardly even run sets now. You're trying to click some things off.''
The situation has caught the eye of more than just coaches, too.
Patrick O'Reilly of St. Albans, a member of the Southern Board of Approved Basketball Officials and a referee/umpire in five sports, drafted a letter concerning the matter to Pete Thaw, president of the Kanawha County Board of Education.
"When the school closure extends beyond one or two days,'' O'Reilly wrote in his letter, "it raises the following safety concerns: athletes are prone to all kinds of injuries when their activity level is shut down and muscles atrophy. As a point of reference, West Virginia secondary school principals, acting through their agent, WVSSAC, have mandated a strict policy: athletes must go through a 14-day pre-season training and conditioning program before they can participate in actual games.''
Citing "safety considerations,'' O'Reilly petitioned the Kanawha Board to "enact a policy requiring basketball teams to engage in conditioning drills, training and practice during times when schools are closed as a result of unusual circumstances exceeding two days.''
On the flip side, teams will now race the clock to try and get in most or all of the 22 regular-season games they're allotted, and for MSAC teams, their important divisional games.
GW is scheduled to play four games next week, Greene said, then three the following two weeks.
"You can survive playing three [per week],'' Greene said, "because you can get in the gym a couple times [for practice] and get some rhythm to it.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.