Sullivan said Wednesday in a statement that he won’t be able to make the trip for Saturday’s game with TCU because of complications from neck surgery in April. Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Bill D'Ottavio will lead the team for the opener.
Former TCU coach Pat Sullivan won't be with his current team Saturday when Samford travels to Fort Worth.
“It’s been OK,” he said. “We just didn’t practice very well today. It’s just little things. If our standard here was to be the 40th- or 50th-best defense in the nation, it was a great practice. If it was to shut them out, it was a bad practice.”
This is the second-straight season Samford has opened up against an FBS opponent, albeit in a much different environment. The Bulldogs started last year with a 31-21 win against Georgia State in an almost-entirely empty Georgia Dome. They also led Arkansas by four points entering the fourth quarter in a game last year in Little Rock, but lost by 10.