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"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
Good stuff. Best news has to be the women's incredible, though not surprising, win for the championship. I remember the loss to Penn State a few years ago and I remember thinking it would only be a matter of time. Attribute this mostly to coach Elliot's style and persistence. Unfortunately, I feel that current outlook for our other major sports teams is not as optimistic. Hope I am wrong.
The idea that Harsin's system was holding us back is straight up bullshit.
Jeff, I've been waiting for something on Ash/Harsin and have been wondering along the same lines. All people are not the same in how they respond to coaching. We've all had coaches who were hard asses in varying degrees and occasionally a guy who could get better results because of constant support and positive reinforcement while still expecting the best. It's kind of like parenting. Just because a kid is not disciplined and not performing doesn't mean he is not getting strong love in the home. Not saying this is Harsin, but constant nagging or displeasure or criticism about the smallest things will lead to a kid thinking he can never get it right and will lead to lack of confidence.
I don't think that Mack's coddling of players caused resentment against Bryan. I think that is unrelated. Ash's biggest issue in my opinion is confidence, leading him to not throw with authority on the swing passes and also not throw quicker. I see him as being afraid to make a mistake. That could be due precisely to having a teacher who is a perfectionist. If you think you can never please your coach, that is a bad thing.
From a personal standpoint, hard ass coaches never got the best out of me because I was already so hard on myself I didn't need to be ridden hard. I believe Ash will respond to Major better because of Major's personality. There is a point you reach where you can lose guys by being too hard on them without showing confidence in them. That doesn't mean they are soft or want coddling.
My concern about going more spread is whether Mack will allow Major and Wyatt to actually go more spread instead of sticking with the pure Boise approach. I think Wyatt is going to be a great contributor and collaborator with Major and hope with Mack's respect for both of those two guys as a unit that Mack will just let them call the plays that need to be called.
Congratulations to the volleyball team. Normally I don't watch but it was exciting to see them perform. They proved that they are the best team in the country, no doubt about it.
So glad to see them win it all after coming so close in recent years. We have a fabulous team.
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Major has benefited learning at different schools and various coaching styles before coming back to Austin. He's learned from an offensive guru like Todd Graham and a year with Saban. Nick Saban can grind on you, but if you want to learn how to get the most out of players he's one of the best.
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