All your friends will laugh at you if you don't wear the right color!
Still, Diaco said he faces "a massive amount" of challenges to build the program he envisions.
"We’re just at the very beginning," said Diaco, whose team is 2-0 for the first time since 2008 (wins over Villanova and Army). "We’re nowhere even close to resembling what we’re going to be. We’re improving. … We’re not at the point in the program where there’s an unconscious confidence by all people. It needs to be reinforced and re-energized on a day to day basis."
For a program without much of a tradition, other than Edsall’s four-year bowl run, the Huskies have sent a steady stream of players to the NFL — with 25 draft selections since 2005, including 10 picked among the first three rounds. The Huskies have 18 players on current NFL rosters, just two fewer than Missouri.
On game against Arkansas State:
"I think you got to give them credit. I think we were ready to play. But obviously we made some mistakes and created some problems for ourselves. But we battled back and found a way to win. Those games are always scary. It's kind of a no-win situation. If you win, you were supposed to win and if you lose it's devastating."
On the UConn game. Do you remind them of Indiana last year and not to overlook this team?
"Yeah, we brought that up a little bit at the beginning of the week. Don't think it can't happen again. I try to focus on the positives. After today...we focus on ourselves playing well. You got me nervous now, Frank. I'm really nervous. I'll probably do something to get cranked here."
Pete on Kentrell
Great stuff here.
We all may be selling Kentrell Brothers short, though. Because while there's plenty to motivate him this season, it sort of belittles his talent.
Because Brothers is damn good, motivation or not.
Henson was the first Missouri coach to see it. Attending Guthrie's game against Ada a few weeks prior to Yost's death, Henson sat in the stands with Brothers' family. Talking to his mother, Henson began to drift off, mid-sentence.
"Man, that kid has great instincts," Henson told Brothers-Jones.
That's one way to put it
On his 'level of concern' over marijuana in college football...
"We randomly drug test year-round. I think that's important that we do that. I think, responsibly, we have to do it and it's certainly in the best interest and health of our student-athletes. I think there's some real mixed messages going on. There are states that you see it advertised on TV, they're selling it and it's legalized in those states. There's some real mixed messages out there. That presents, I think, the young kids tend to experiment more because, shoot, if states are legalizing it, what the heck's wrong with it? I think there's some broad dynamics there. I get that. But bottom line is it's still illegal, certainly, in the state of Missouri. That's something we have to go by. That's the way it is and how our drug education program is done. But, I say that with a big 'but,' the climate out there and mixed messages out there are significant on young people. I think that's just something we all have to deal with."
On if it's worse now...
"I don't know. I'm sure it is. Honestly, we just do it based on our testing, which I can't talk about what we do. I think, logically, it would be, just because of all that's out there now. You have it legalized in states and, five years from now, you might have it in six, seven more states that have it legalized. Where is this all going to go? I don't know. I think it's just as much a societal issue as it is football. But, obviously, we want our players to play healthy and take care of their bodies. So we're concerned about all those things for obvious reasons."
Welcome back, Mike
So I got admitted to University Of Missouri Grad program this week— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) September 16, 2015
I enrolled in Grad school this Fall to further my education, while I train to get back to football!!!— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) September 16, 2015