August 6, 2007
Albany -- The Monroe football team wanted to be on the football field in full pads Monday, but with a heat index of 106 degrees, the City Athletic Department cancelled all outdoor activities.
The city adopted the policy this year stating teams are not allowed on the field when the index reaches over 105 degrees.
The Tornados were then stuck inside in the weight room, and head coach Charles Truitt says while it's tough to give up a practice, the policy makes sense.
"The worst thing that could happen as a coach would be a kid would pass out or die on you. Something in place like that, with the weather like it is, it's better to be safe than sorry, and we've been practicing all summer long, so missing a day or two isn't going to affect our season all that much."
Monroe opens the season Saturday, September first against Terrell County.