Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 8/4/12
David Bailiff is fired up. No, make that FIRED. UP. That's closer to how he says it. And David Bailiff is FIRED. UP. because he is the Rice football coach, and it is almost time for Rice football season. "I am fired up," Bailiff said on Saturday, the first day of fall practice. "I really am. About two days ago you get, as a coach, where you really don't sleep, because you're excited about what's coming, and you set your alarm this morning for 5:30 but you wake up at 4 and you pull in here and you absolutely get goosebumps." Saturday's practice marked the beginning of the 101st season of Rice football. The Owls went 436-564-32 in their first 100 years. In the program's 50th year, President John F. Kennedy famously noted the challenge of winning at Rice, when in a speech in Rice's football stadium, he asked, "But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?...
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