I had to chuckle a little about this pundit fest, because of the “Kirby went to the Nick Saban school of coaching” bit. How quickly everyone forgets about Alabama’s embarrassing loss to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Actually, I don’t think Kirby’s forgotten that for one second. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team is given a history lesson, either.
But it’s not the coaches you worry about in games like this. They get paid to win, bowl or not. It’s the players’ motivation you never know about until they step on the field.
That being said, this is the attitude I hope the team embraces.
“We just wouldn’t go out there and let anybody beat us,” wide receiver Mecole Hardman said Saturday night. “We definitely are going to have motivation to play because we’ve got to get this taste out of our mouth somehow. Somebody’s got to feel us.”
Bottle that and spread it around the locker room, Mecole.