Random Thoughts on Common Wisdom
Purple Reign Toomler
Posted Nov 16, 2004
Coach Roy

Once again, NU coach Randy Walker is doing something different.

Unlike some of the other coaches around the Big 10, Walk is talking to the team about going bowling in December.


You're not supposed to talk about anything except the Next Game..
That's the common wisdom around coaching circles.

But then comes word that NU Coach Randy Walker violated that basic rule by laying out all of the possible bowl scenerios to the team last Sunday.

The common wisdom is that you're not supposed to bring up anything that doesn't specifically lead to a victory the next Saturday, and quite frankly if the Cats don't beat Illinois Saturday, then Hawaii the next weekend, they're eating the final team dinner on December 5th and watching the bowls at home.

But winning both games and gaining bowl eligibility is probably going to come down to the 12 Seniors who will be playing their final game at Ryan Field Saturday. and those guys want 3 more games, not 2.
  • "We have to win two games," said CB Marvin Ward. "And we're going to give it all we've got."
  • Noah Herron: "We've got two games left. That's the way it is. There's no other alternative for us.
  • Noah again: "If we want to play postseason ball, we have to get two."
Forget the "common wisdom." That's the right attitude...
-- da Coach

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