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This post was edited by Chris Fisher on 2/18/2013 at 11:38 AM
Make no mistake about it, we are still in a great position to do whatever we want to do. We can still write our own story. The only way to do that is to fight back, to fight our way out of this. We can blame whoever we want to – fate, luck, whoever – or we can take it upon ourselves to choose our own path and fight our way out of this. If we don’t fight, we don’t have a shot.
Not a big surprise. Cal probably let his frustration get the better of him and given time to reflect softened his remarks. He still wants to win and it won't happen if he can't get the guys to dig deep. And if they perceive that the coach has quit on them then there is no chance.
But I think the mainj reason for Cal softening his remarks is because some fans ran with his commnets in a way that Cal never meant. I have seen some ugly things written about these 18 and 19 year old kids that would make Bob Knight look like a cream puff. I don't think Cal meant that these kids are bad kids. And I don't think it's a matter of them just ignoring what he says (i.e., refusing to run a play that he calls). His frustration is much more that some of ther guys are passive and he can't seem to get them to change their nature. But that is exactly the problem. He is asking kids to change the way they have always played the game and that is not easy to do. And it is bound to lead to mistakes as they push beyond their comfort zone. But what happens when they are aggressive and make mistakes? Look no further than the fan wrath at Goodwin. Or the charges by Poythress when he actually does drive aggressively. So some guys remain passive rather than make those mistakes.
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