Remarkably similar sentiments expressed by two coaches at winless major programs –
Brian Kelly: “I like our players. I like where we’re going. I know you’ve got to win; I get that,” he said. “We should have obviously taken care of the football better, made a couple plays here or there, coached a little bit better. We’re all disappointed. It’s not acceptable to lose, especially at Notre Dame.”
“That hasn’t changed one bit,” Richt said. “Let’s face it, could that game Saturday have gone either way? I think it’s pretty obvious that it could have. Did we improve tremendously in a lot of areas? There’s no doubt about that.
“I left the field sick about losing but encouraged about the team — encouraged about so many things that are important to winning.”
There are only so many ways for a coach to spin the hope that his team will get buttah.