There aren't many football coaches who have a harder time with two-a-day practice sessions than their players, but then there aren't many football coaches with a schedule like that of Georgetown's Scotty Glacken, a k a the Scooter, a k a E. Scott Glacken.

That last one probably doesn't mean much when he's on the sidelines but it gets a response at the Potomac Capital Investment Corp., a real estate development firm for which Glacken serves as president. Therein lies the first challenge of a new season at Georgetown -- making sure the coach can make practice.

"You do what you have to do, you make concessions to make sure that it happens," said Glacken, now entering his 20th season with the Hoyas, the last 18 as head coach.

For Glacken, one of a number of part-time coaches at the school, doing what you have to has meant 5 a.m. wakeup calls to make 8 a.m. practices, hustling off to his "real" job afterwards then getting back to Georgetown for the afternoon session.

"You get to be 43 years old and it ain't as easy," said Glacken. "My partner, Mike Parker, really makes it possible for me to coach, and I can stay in the college game and not have to take the vow of poverty with the Jesuits. And I don't have to go on the road recruiting, which is probably the most difficult thing {full-time college coaches} do. Even at Division III, we're probably the last of the part-time college coaches."

To some extent football is also part-time for the players at Division III Georgetown. None of the Hoyas players are on athletic scholarship. Last season two of them, left guard Andrew Phelan and left tackle Tom Reiter, were Rhodes Scholar candidates, and tight end David Simpson was accepted to Maryland's medical school in his junior year.

During the school year, most players have labs on Mondays, which costs the team a day of practice. But Glacken said that doesn't change his approach to the game.

"I have the same anxieties as any NFL coach or one at a major college, and the guys playing the game have to do the same hard work and get the same satisfaction as the players at Maryland," said Glacken, a former all-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback at Duke and a pro with the Denver Broncos for the 1967 season. "The thing we don't have here is the same size, speed and commitment. At major colleges the game requires a 12-month commitment. Here, it's a three-month commitment and two hours a day, not five."

Given Glacken's background, one would expect to find him at a higher level, but he argues that wouldn't be in keeping with his style.

"I guess at some point between the fifth and 10th years {at Georgetown}, I considered doing that," he said. "But that's a situation where you have to kick around for a number of years and I'd done that to my family when I was playing in the pros. I'm a home boy from D.C. -- I've lived here all my life -- and I never wanted to let the job dictate where I lived."

Even with the modest aspirations of Division III, Glacken, who has a career 69-67-1 record at Georgetown, has seen a competitive upswing. For one thing, more athletes who a few years ago might have gone to Division I schools are looking elsewhere because of the NCAA's 95-scholarship limit at major schools.

"We played St. John's two years ago and four of their guys went on to have tryouts with the pros," Glacken said. "The quality has improved immensely over the last six or seven years. We've never had a back like Dean Lowery {who averaged 6.7 yards per carry last year in his sophomore season} before.

"That means we're spending more time here; now on Mondays we watch tape -- we didn't before. It's become a seven-day avocation now."

Glacken has his Potomac Capital partner Parker to thank for the fact that the avocation hasn't cost him his profession, but even so, he admits his daily double has become more of a grind through the years.

"When you get to be 40, I think that's a person's peak earning period, and you need to put more time and attention into what you're doing. From that standpoint, it gets more and more difficult for me each year. Right now, it's a year-to-year thing. If it ever got to where we lost two coaches, I'd have to consider retirement because we rely so heavily on them.

"But there are two reasons why I coach: the caliber of athletes we have here and the camaraderie I've enjoyed. There are guys here who I've been with for 15, 16, 17 years. That goes a long way and is something the average businessman doesn't normally enjoy."