To be able to compete and win means a lot for our guys. It means a lot, obviously, for our program. We're at the beginning stages of needing these wins like this to be able to, for me personally, to legitimize what I yell and scream about in practice every day. ... Games like this help to get a better understanding of what our team is about and what it needs to do.
But these guys have worked their tails off ever since then and that's when I thought we could get better. They've continued to get better, especially the two guys we named captain Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds. They've given to the point where it hurts them. Sean is as banged up as anybody, but he never wants to admit it.
He's banged up and a result he's mentally banged up too. We rely on him for a whole lot. Everything kind of falls on his shoulders and he takes more pride in that than most people. That leads to a little more fatigue. I'm not a big fan - no coach is - of missed practice time, but we got to hope that if we sneak some days off in he'll be more energized.