The Tucson monsoon season has forced the Arizona Wildcats to relocate their practices to Tempe for the next two days, but as inconvenient as that might sound, it could be exactly what they need at the moment.
The Wildcats are grieving the loss of Zach Hemmila, who passed away on Sunday night, and getting away from Tucson and the team's usual facilities could serve as a much-needed breath of fresh air.
"It’s probably good for us to get away for a little bit," Rich Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning before the team departed for the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility.
Alsadek continued, "Seeing this stuff is hard still... and I think going away is going to help us with that."
For the players, being around each other has been the key to coping with this tragedy, and in Tempe it'll just be them, the team hotel, and the football field.
"You're going to a hotel with your team, and being with the team has helped everybody," Alsadek said. "It’s made a lot of things easier. Losing somebody in that room is obviously not something that we wanted — I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody — but we’re making the best and we’re doing what we think he wanted — watching film, going to practice and all that stuff."
"We had a team meeting… and the more I’ve been around, I’ve started to feel a little bit better about the situation," Kern said. "And hopefully I’ll be able to get some closure [after going to Tempe]."
Meanwhile, Rodriguez, as the head coach, isn't exactly sure what he can do to help (since he's never been in a situation like this before), but he knows his team will battle through it.
"I told the team... this is not in the coaching manual," Rodriguez said. "It’s not something I’ve experienced doing, so we’ll figure it out together. I think we have a really tight group. Our guys are close. We’re not shying away from talking about it."
"And we'll get through it as a team, that’s what we have to do."
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