“Ed Davis did not practice today. Larry Drew did not practice today. They had to go back tonight and get treatment again from Chris [Hirth]. Chris and I did talk on the way up to the [high school] game [on Monday] and got the schedule set up for the guys to get back in there this afternoon and get more treatment… I think that [Drew] will practice [on Tuesday]. I have no earthly idea if Ed will be able to practice tomorrow and I have no earthly idea if he’ll be able to go Wednesday night.”
On turning things around:
“We need a couple of breaks to go our way and we need to play better. I’m not going to sit up here and say that the gods are against us because the stars aren’t lined up the right way and the moon is not shining as brightly or Roy’s wearing the wrong dadgum tie. How about some dadgum idiot saying something about how I’ve got to stop wearing a dadgum tie because it was the same color tie that we lost some other game. My God. What the crap happened – I didn’t wear a tie at the College of Charleston. But that’s what it is. We’ve got to play better. We can say all of those things that we want to say, but we’ve got to play better.”
More on the current difficulties:
“If things aren’t going smoothly for you, if you’re not really confident… You can’t beat people up that aren’t real confident. The better the team you are, the harder you can drive them and I drove last year’s team pretty doggone hard. But right now, our confidence is a little shook. Things aren’t going as smoothly. I don’t think I can go out there and say, ‘Okay, we’re going to get on the end line and we’re going to run 500 sprints.’ We ran a set play this morning in practice and I said, ‘Dexter, what are you doing?’ And he said, ‘Coach, I don’t know what to do.’ ‘Well, whose fault is that – mine or yours? This is practice No. 53, son.’
“But the fact of the matter is that he was hesitant about it. He didn’t know what he was going to do. Guys, I can be the meanest son of a gun in the valley and I can be the sorriest [person] that you want to talk about. But that doesn’t do us any good. We’ve got to get them to a point where they feel more comfortable, they feel more confident about what they’re doing, and then when they start having some more success, then you can get more intense with them.”
“I don’t get too caught up in those negative things that people say. When we go in that locker room, we say a lot of negative things to each other because we’re trying to figure out how to take those negative things and fix them. But we have something invested. On Saturday night, I didn’t sleep. Yesterday, we work all day. This morning we practiced at 8:30. All of those people that had negative things [to say], they haven’t invested anything. So I don’t get too caught up in that. It does irritate you sometimes… I have more desire in my little finger than all of the dadgum Carolina fans in the world. I can’t be concerned about any negative things.”
How difficult has this season been on you?
“Well, it’s difficult. I think it is for any coach. Coach [Dean] Smith told me one time that his biggest worry about me as a head coach was that I took the losses so hard as an assistant and they’re much more difficult to handle as a head coach. And they are. I didn’t realize it until I became a head coach. It’s hard – there’s no question. I described it this way and it’s a little gross, but it’s like somebody reaches their hand and they grab your heart and pull it out and just shake it right in front of you. And that’s what it is. It’s my life.
"The one thing about it is that I’ve got to make the kids understand that let’s do the best we can do. I go home and I don’t go to bed and I don’t sleep and I watch the dadgum tape three or four different times, trying to figure it out, trying to change some things. We’ve changed some things this year that I haven’t changed in 22 years but I don’t believe that I can be stubborn enough to say, ‘Well, it worked for Raymond Felton, so it’s got to work for you.’ I’ve got to try to do some things to help them. We’ve got a wonderful group of kids that are going to bounce back. We’ve got a wonderful group of kids that are going to try to do the best that they can. We’ve just got to fight through this tough time.”
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