Bulldogs to Hold Open Practice Saturday, October 22

Oct. 10, 2005

  • The first opportunity for fans to get a preview of the 2005-06 Butler Bulldogs is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 when coach Beth Couture has scheduled an open practice. The 5 p.m. practice follows the Butler-St. Joseph's football game in the Butler Bowl and will feature an intrasquad scrimmage. The Bulldogs begin practice officially Saturday, Oct. 15 with two practice sessions.

  • Senior forward Gina Grussing is fully recovered from last season's ACL injury and will participate in the team's first day of practice Saturday (Oct. 15). Grussing missed the final 10 games of the 2004-05 season.

  • Butler head coach Beth Couture will serve as a voting member for the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll during the upcoming season, representing the Horizon League. Couture is part of the Board of Coaches in cooperation with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and will submit her Top 25 weekly. The preseason poll will be released Wednesday, Nov. 2 with weekly polls announced every Wednesday beginning Nov. 16. Couture is one of 31 coaches participating this season, as each conference has one voting member.

  • Former President George H.W. Bush will speak Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as part of Butler's Sesquicentennial celebration. That date is also set for the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament, meaning a scheduling conflict if Butler were to finish in one of the top four spots in the league standings and host that round. The Horizon League Executive Council approved a specific one-year waiver that would allow the Bulldogs to host their quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 1 if they finish second, third or fourth. If Butler finishes first, the game would have to be played on Thursday at a different location in the Indianapolis area because the Bulldogs' opponent (the winner of the No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed) would have played Tuesday, Feb. 28. If Butler finishes fifth or lower in the standings, the team will play on the road Thursday, March 2 as originally scheduled.

  • Butler assistant coach Gene Hill is one of 13 bachelors participating in the 2005 "Guys and Dolls" Auction Gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Hill, the other 12 bachelors and 17 bachelorettes will be auctioned off Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Marriott Indianapolis, Downtown. For more information, visit www.guysanddollsauction.com. In addition to the date package that Hill has put together to bid on, he has arranged a fundraiser for CFF this Thursday (Oct. 13) at Yats in Broad Ripple. For every meal purchased between 5-9 p.m., Yats will donate $1 to CFF. Butler students also receive $1 off their meal, in addition to the $1 CFF donation, during the same time frame.

  • Jackie Closser and Jessica Smart will have new numbers for the 2005-06 campaign. Closser will wear No. 10 this season after sporting No. 4 the past two seasons. Smart switches from No. 24 to No. 32. Freshman guard Candace Jones will wear No. 4 this season.