I’ve blogged before about my faith in the upwards arc of the learning curve of a coach’s second year on the job. Here’s something Smart said yesterday about what he noticed in his second spring:
“The intensity in practice was the biggest adjustment since my arrival, every day bringing attention to detail and enthusiasm,” Smart said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “There’s never a chance to relax.
“We talk about a sustainable focus. Can you sustain focus for an entire practice? Can you sustain that same intensity? The more you get used to it, the more it becomes culture. This spring, they were more adept at handling that than last spring. With more depth coming in, we’ll have practice with more intensity, and that’s the goal.”
Sure, maybe that’s little more than happy talk, but I’ll buy in to that “The more you get used to it” part. Not to say the depth upgrade doesn’t hurt…