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Pat Sullivan Returns To Practice

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

Pat Sullivan coached his first game of the season last saturday. But is wasn't from his usual spot on the Samford sideline.

"When you're up in the press box, you can see different things that are going on," Sullivan said. "The negative part is you can't be down and get the feel of the players and help motivate them when they need it a little bit."

Sullivan had been out since July due to a cervical fusion.  He missed the first three games.    Defensive coordinator Bill D'Ottavio filled in as interim head coach.

"Billy D has done a great job, as our whole staff," Sullivan said.  "First you got to start with him because he was in charge. But our whole staff are such wonderful people, number one."

Despite not being on the field, he's kept a very close eye on his Bulldogs by watching watching DVDs of practice and talking with coaches.  Sullivan said he's excited for this week's game against Western Carolina.

"It's a huge game for us this week," Sullivan said.  "We start conference play and it's one we need to win. Our whole team is a little disappointed with losing last week, but we lost to a good football team."

Depending on how he's feeling, Sullivan said he might coach one half of the game from the sideline.

Kickoff this Saturday against Western Carolina is set for 2:00 p.m.

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