Now it's a matter of days and hours, not weeks and months, before the Skaneateles football team kicks off its 2010 season against Homer.
And with that first kickoff, the hype and anticipation that has surrounded the arrival of Tim Green as the Lakers' new head coach will stop -- much to the relief of both Green and his players.
"There's real anticipation (with all of us) to start the season," Green said. "And these guys feel good about the work they have done."
That work commenced not long after Green, amid much community debate, was hired to try and turn around a struggling Skaneateles program that has won just two games in the last two seasons.
First, Green focused on getting athletes of all stripes to play football, and that resulted in a doubling of the team's roster. Forty-four players were present for the first practice on Aug. 16, as opposed to 22 when the 2009 season ended.
Then those players went through an intense, ramped-up weight and conditioning program in the spring and summer, and the energy spilled over into practices where, Green said, several players have suffered injuries, most of them minor.
A large part of the work is learning a brand-new offense and defense. Joe Sindoni is the Lakers' new offensive coordinator, having moved from CBA, where he was the junior varsity coach.
CBA made its name in the last decade (and won a state title in 2004) playing a spread offense, but Green said the Lakers aren't wedded to a single offensive philosophy.
"You've got to make the offense work around the talent that you've got," he said.
That talent includes a pair of quarterbacks battling to succeed three-year starter Tom Schoener. Troy Green and Connor Herr have both seen plenty of action during the August practices, and either of them could start against Homer in the opener.