The Cornell College football team got a head start on the next season and an educational experience at the same time. The Rams returned from a nine-day trip to Italy earlier this month where they played an exhibition game and spent time exploring the sights. Cornell coach Ray Reasland says it’s a great mix of learning about another culture, and getting to know your teammates. He says it allowed players to grow socially and academically. Players had to pay for the trip and many tried to offset the cost by holding fund raisers. He says these things are sometimes a one shot deal, so they wanted to do it the right way.Reasland says being able to hold practices is a good way to prepare for next season. He says they have several multiple sports athletes, so it was a great way to get the athletes and staff together. Reasland says they don’t have a lot of students who stay on campus during the summer, so it gave them some great extra time. On the field, the Rams beat a team from Palermo 62-0 in an exhibition contest.