The New England Patriots have been on West coast time this past week having opted not to head home to Foxboro in between their Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers and this Sunday's match up vs the San Diego Chargers.
West Coast life
With the Patriots obviously unable to use their normal practice facilities during their extended road trip, Bill Belichick and co had been hoping to set up base at the University of California, San Diego. Indeed the school confirmed on Monday that they were preparing to host the NFL franchise this week.
News today however suggests that the New England Patriots have scrapped their UCSD plans, instead opting to use the facilities at neighboring school the University of San Diego due to its stricter rules regarding privacy.
Change of plan
As reported by the U-T San Diego the Patriots canned their original plans at the last minute, leaving the school disappointed and slightly out of pocket:
"It's always a disappointment when you ramp up and work hard to showcase your facility, coordinate everything with the existing users who work really hard to accommodate the needs of that team," explained UCSD's assistant director of scheduling and special events, Zelda McLeish.
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The Patriots had already insisted that no local San Diego media would be able to attend their open practice sessions in the run up to Sunday's game but it appears that the franchise's paranoia has led to the switch.
Chargers beat reporter Marty Caswell explained why USD was more suited to the Patriots' needs.
The school were expecting to receiver $20,000 from the NFL team and had even updated their facilities in recent days - repainting lines, adding a screen fence and adapting the schedules of on-campus teams - in order to accommodate the likes of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
Unfortunately the NFL stars wont get around to using them but the Patriots have promised to pay a reduced fee for expenses incurred.