I’ve seen this repeated on a number of message boards from some folks I have no reason to doubt, so while I wasn’t listening at the time, I accept it at face value.
Apparently Smart told Chuck Dowdle in the interview shortly before kickoff that, quote, “This team isn’t ready to play”.
I don’t know what was going on in the pregame locker room, but that doesn’t sound good. And before you tell me that’s nothing but coachspeak, I would agree if it were something he said after the game, but beforehand? I find that a little strange.