Western Kentucky SBC Media Day highlights

20 07 2010

I got a chance to speak with WKU coach Willie Taggart and running back Bobby Rainey after they took their turn at the virtual podium.

Here are a few bits and pieces from that conversation:

On being picked as the unanimous last-place team in the league:

“It was expected, first and foremost. Was I upset? No. Now if it’s that way toward the end of the year, yeah, I’ll probably be upset. If we don’t have anyone on an All-Conference team and we’re toward the bottom of the Sun Belt – then yeah, I’ll be upset.

“Preseason polls are about what happened the year before. And the year before this, we didn’t win a ballgame. That’s it.”

On his decision to put his own team at No. 9 in the poll:

“I didn’t feel comfortable picking us higher than we were last year, but when we get to the end of the year, that’s a different thing. We’re not going to blame anybody, we’re not expecting anything, because right now it’s time to go prove people wrong and go out and do something. That’s about it.”

“We want to get to where Middle and Troy are, where you’re winning a lot and winning Sun Belt championships year in and year out. I hope all these guys are motivated to show people they’re better than others expect – I know I was as a player.

“But right now, it is what it is, and we’ve got to win some ball games. Our goal is still to win the Sun Belt championship. We’ve got two goals: To get better every single game and to win the Sun Belt championship. That’s all we can do.”

On whether or not being picked last and having no SBC All-Conference mentions can be used for motivation:

“That’s part of Coach T. A lot of that has been a big part of getting me to where I am today, and that’s when people have told me what I cannot do. Don’t tell me what I cannot do, a lot of people who tell us what we cannot do have never tried it.

“Let’s go prove them wrong. If we don’t do anything about it, people will always feel that way. We need to start expecting to win every ball game and go out and do it.”

WKU running back Bobby Rainey’s thoughts from media day

On the players’ feelings about getting no all-conference mentions:

“Whatever we did last year, it wasn’t enough to win us a game. So we all have to do more than we did last year, and that means everybody. Everybody has to buy into this.”

On the motivation each player can take from being picked last:

“It’s motivation, no one wants to be picked last in anything – I know I don’t. But as far as motivation goes, everything with us has to be self-motivated. We can’t depend on everyone else to do it for us, we’ve got to do that ourselves.”

– Also on Tuesday, Taggart confirmed that all of WKU’s incoming freshmen class for this season is in fact on campus – but that the team is still waiting to hear from the NCAA Clearinghouse on a handful of players’ eligibility for the upcoming season. The names of those players were not given.

Taggart did say, however, that three more players from last season’s squad won’t return next season – redshirt freshman defensive tackle Galatian King, redshirt freshman defensive back Darryl Williams and sophomore linebacker Josh Carter all are no longer members of the team.

King and Williams redshirted this past season, while Carter recorded 15 tackles in six games during a promising true freshman season. The former Fort Campbell standout was expected to enter spring practice as a backup middle linebacker.

Taggart declined to offer specifics on each player’s departure.

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4 responses

22 07 2010
Glenn Blackburn, M.D.

Can you find out if it was grades or discipline problem? Carter was/is an outstanding LB. Big loss there.

24 07 2010
Glenn Blackburn, M.D.

Does no on have any information, especially re Carter?

24 07 2010
Nick Baumgardner

Glenn,

Agreed – very big loss indeed. He was a guy that played pretty well when healthy as a true freshman last season and looked like he would be a pretty solid middle linebacker for the next few years at WKU.

Taggart wasn’t willing to get into any specifics other than those specific players are no longer a member of the team.

There have been no discipline issues that I’m aware of with any of the three players in question. Beyond that, anything else would simply be speculation unless an official word is given on the matter – and as of now, there hasn’t been any of that.

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