Teams Across Texas Have Begun Practice
and Training Camp
From Danno Wise
Although it is still summer, it’s not the sweltering
August heat that is most affecting Texans these days. Rather,
it is Friday Night Fever – and Saturday and Sunday afternoon
fever, for that matter - that is spreading across the Lone
Star State. Football season has begun and no one is happier
than the average Texas football fan. High schools across Texas
began their annual summer practice on the first day of August.
Most teams begin scrimmages with opponents after two weeks
of practice. The official high school season kicks off with
the Texas Football Classic August 25-27 in the Alamodome in
This three-day event features five games from high school
teams across Texas. Although the Texas Football Classic and
high school football in general seems most appealing to local
fans, a surprising number of out-of-state fans make the trek
to Texas to sample some of the state’s fabled schoolboy
action. Of course, fans are interested in seeing more than
just high school sports.
And, Texas boasts a dozen Division I college football programs
and numerous other smaller college squads. Most notable among
the Texas collegiate crowd are the University of Texas Longhorns
and Texas A&M Aggies.
Big things are expected from both teams – Texas even
harbors national title hopes – but other Texas teams
such as UTEP, Texas Tech, and TCU have been making a splash
on the national scene in recent years as well.
And, don’t forget, two Texas cities, Houston and Dallas
are home to NFL franchises as well. As August begins, the
NFL teams have begun their annual summer training camp rituals.
While the Cowboys are spending the first few weeks of August
in Oxnard, California, the ‘Boys will be back in the
Big D later in August for a few preseason games, giving Texas
tourists a chance to see them up close. The Texans are staying
home in Houston, which allows visitors to Texas’ largest
city a chance to see an NFL team at work during preseason
Whatever your football fancy, rest assured Texas has a team
for you. And, with the season beginning in summer and running
through winter, there is plenty of time to get a taste of