Taggart not pleased with Tuesday practice effort

26 10 2010

Willie Taggart said Monday that it would be important this week for his team to avoid excessive pats on the back and realize that the same focus that went into Saturday’s win over Louisiana-Lafayette had to be there at practice this week.

Following Tuesday’s workout, Taggart – and the rest of the Western Kentucky coaching staff – felt like they got the opposite of what they wanted.

“They didn’t respond the way I wanted to,” Taggart said. “I think our guys got a few too many pats on the back, we didn’t have the type of practice I expected.

“I’m very disappointed with our senior leadership for allowing that to happen.”

During the latter half of practice Monday, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen vocally lashed out at his defense for not playing up to par – saying aloud that ‘every day is a war,’ meaning that there’s no room for days off during a season.

Especially for a football team that’s still only 1-6.

“They weren’t focused like we were over the last two weeks,” Taggart said. “They made mistakes and seemed to be just happy with that one win and with all those pats on the back.

“That’s not what winners do.”

Taggart added that there’s really no need to remind his group of how things were last week at this time – when the group was still stuck in the midst of a 26-game losing streak.

Whether it’s needed or not, the Hilltoppers received that reminder loud and clear on Tuesday.

“With the seniors and the guys that have been around for those 26 games, we shouldn’t have to remind them,” he said. “We shouldn’t have to remind them what that felt like. It was like a freaking nightmare, and you shouldn’t want to be there anymore.

“It’s time to wake up and improve – and we’ll see how they respond (Wednesday).”

Happy homecoming

Saturday will mark Taggart’s first homecoming as WKU’s head coach, and what might make the day even more special is the possibility of an excited crowd filled with a rejuvenated fanbase.

“I’m expecting a big crowd,” he said. “A lot of our fans and former players and alums will be back and they’re excited. We broke that streak and everybody felt good about that. We need to come out and play well, not just show up – because hopefully it’ll be a big time atmosphere.

“It’s going to be big. There will be a lot of my former teammates back here and it’ll be exciting to see them. But I want our football team to play well for our fans. They haven’t seen us play well yet, we’ve got to come out and do that for them.”




One response

27 10 2010

The team will be fine. It’s normal to have a down day after such an emotional high. They will be fine.

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