“The guys will tell you, the word I hate, I hate ‘cool.’ We were really too cool, and I don’t like cool. Cool will get you beat, and cool got us beat tonight.”
Frank Haith, after his Missouri Tigers lost to unranked Georgia 70-64 in OT at Mizzou Arena, Columbia Tribune
GH: This quote deserves top billing. Missouri could not have looked worse Wednesday night losing to the 226th RPI team and breaking their home-win streak. The loss to 6-6 Georgia basically stripping all of the excitement out of Mizzou’s 12-1 start. Haith’s comment doesn’t make excuses, rather it points a finger at his players’ mental state. Read on.
“I really sensed it during the week preparing. In the locker room before the game, we talked about it and I said ‘guys I don’t think you understand how hard it is to win basketball games.’ We didn’t have the right look about us. Hopefully we can learn from it. The toughness thing is something that’s hard for a coach to accept. You’ve have to compete and that’s hard for me. We didn’t compete.”
Frank Haith, in his postgame comments distributed by MU’s SID
GH: You will almost NEVER hear a coach cop to his team not competing – because it is the coach’s job to make sure his team is prepared and plays hard. Haith has not been my favorite hire at MU but I like how he has responded to his Tigers’ lethargic loss to a woeful Georgia team.
“No way to spin this one folks. Really, really bad loss for #Mizzou. Mizzou now replaces either Gardner-Webb, Lipscomb or Western Carolina as the biggest win for #UGA.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, Twitter
“Tigers looked unfocused and uninterested tonight. They seemed surprised that Georgia actually came to play. Terrible loss…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, Twitter
GH: It will be interesting to see how MU reacts to this loss. Oklahoma State lost to lowly West Virginia early in the football season but was able to regroup and almost win the Big 12. Can Haith get his team to rebound?
“Can’t really expect to win a tough game when the fans sit on their hands for the first 38 minutes.”
The Antlers, @The_Antlers, Twitter
GH: I don’t know which Antler is in charge of their Twitter account but they might want to hand it over to someone not majoring in excuses. This loss had nothing to do with the support from the MU crowd. The fact anyone in the arena was still awake for the second half is a minor miracle.
“You can’t just show up. The 6 letters on your chest mean something! Teams aren’t going to lay down.. You have to BEAT them.”
Kim English, @Englishscope24, former Mizzou player, Twitter
“Think the six letters @Englishscope24 I’d talking about are Missouri. Wait, that’s eight …”
Michael DeCourcy, @tsnmike, Twitter
“Do people really think I didn’t know he meant Mizzou?”
Michael DeCourcy, @tsnmike, Twitter
GH: I don’t know if DeCourcy was trying to cover for his naïve response or actually was trying to be funny. Either way he came off to me as lame.
“Incredible picture of Mark Fox crying on the bench. Just buried his dad, who was a coach. Beautiful.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: ESPN chose to focus their camera shot for an extended number of seconds on the Georgia head coach covering his face with his hands while sobbing so hard his shoulders rose and fell with grief over his father’s recent death. Davis refers to it as “beautiful.” I found it an invasion of the man’s privacy in a very, very private moment. Fox obviously could not help himself and the tears flowed. He tried valiantly to cover his face and hide his emotions. ESPN chose not to capitalize on his humanness. I found it wrong to stay with the shot as long as they did.
“Lost my father far too long ago, I can recall the fog of the days after. Happy is hard to find. Hope tonight brought some.”
Scott Van Pelt, @notthefakeSVP, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, in a tweet to Mark Fox, Twitter
GH: This was a classy tweet from SVP. Anyone who has buried a parent knows how emotional the days and weeks following the funeral can be.
“I grew up in the state of Kansas, and as a child, it was all about Big Eight basketball. … To win at an old Big Eight school less than a week after my father passed is really special for me. I was really proud of my team. We beat a very good team, and it’s a terrific win for us to start SEC play.”
Mark Fox, a Garden City, Kansas native, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: To add even more pain atop MU’s loss, it came at the hands of a Kansas kid.
“I don’t think (Andrew Wiggins) cares about winning. Maybe that’s too strong a statement. I don’t think he cares enough about winning.”
Soren Petro, on the much-heralded KU freshman’s mediocre start to his college career, 810 AM
GH: Wiggins reeks of AAU ball to me. He appears to be extremely athletic but he doesn’t play the game with a lot of savvy or motor. He has that look about him on the court as if he wouldn’t mind sitting out the next pick-up game because he needs a Gatorade.
“Sometimes I feel like Andrew Wiggins has a little bit of that. He almost looks like he’s ‘too cool.’ You don’t see him diving across the floor for loose balls like Wayne Selden did last night. … There just seems to be a kind of nonchalance about the way (Wiggins) plays.”
Nate Bukaty, referring to Frank Haith’s comment that “cool gets you beat,” 810 AM
“(Andrew Wiggins) has so much potential but I don’t think it will be reached while he’s in college. I thought we would see some flashes of brilliance from him as we have, but a lot of times he just blends in with the team.”
Eric Prisbell, college basketball writer for USA Today, 810 AM
“Wiggins didn’t give (Oklahoma) a chance to foul. He just threw that ball up for grabs. A great play by Oklahoma and a weak play by Andrew Wiggins. Just let them foul you! There’s no rush to get rid of it.”
Jay Bilas, as Wiggins turned the ball over on a wild pass after being trapped by two OU defenders in front of the KU bench late in the game, ESPN
GH: This was just a really low basketball-IQ play. One you don’t expect even from a college freshman.
“Are we going to put some of this blame at the feet at Bill Self? Is he failing with the nation’s number-one recruit? Or is Wiggins just a case study in how difficult (ranking high school prospects) is?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Is Wiggins wildly overrated or is Self failing to make him the great player he is supposed to be? I think Wiggins is overrated. He may have fit better on the cover of SI with Xavier Henry and Ben McLemore.
“I’m not smart enough to figure it all out but I know the problem is not Bill Self.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Kansas not playing up to their expectations so far this season, 810 AM
“I’m not sure you can get that wide open in a game. You don’t get that open in a HORSE game.”
Jay Bilas, on KU’s Connor Frankamp being left all alone to drill a three-point shot late in the first half at Oklahma, ESPN
“You know how I feel about that three-point shot. I wish it would go away. And that’s my get-off-my-lawn moment.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: The three-point line has been in wide effect in NCAA play since 1986. How old is Fescoe, 36? 40? I don’t think Bulldog ever played the game without a three-point arc.
“I don’t know how a guy like Bobby Petrino is anything but a criminal.”
Gary Barnett, former college football coach and current TV analyst, in an interview Thursday morning with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Barnett was responding to a question from SSJ asking his take on Louisville rehiring Petrino, despite the coach’s obvious lack of character. This was a strong opening sentence by Barnett, despite saying he didn’t want to say anything that would get him on CNN. Read on.
“What (Petrino) did to Louisville the first time, what he did to the (Atlanta) Falcons, what he did to Arkansas – and he continues to get jobs? Where have we gone in this country in college football to where guys like that continue to get chances? I just think it makes a big statement that college football at least at Louisville and I guess at most places, is about one single thing and nothing else matters.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
“We put guys like that in jail generally. And he gets another chance. I know I don’t know all the circumstances but from the outside I’m very critical about it. … I think you just make a big statement about yourself and you just have to wear those clothes.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Barnett doesn’t usually make hash and critical comments about college coaches or teams in his light-hearted weekly conversations with the Border Patrol. But Petrino brought out some venom in him. Was it because of a past incident he had with Petrino? How well does he personally know Petrino? Is his view skewed because he has been passed over for coaching jobs while a guy like Petrino gets yet another chance? I waited for SSJ and Nate to delve into this fertile opening Barnett had just dug. It was not to be. Read on.
“Finally coach, what do you think of the hiring of Charlie Strong at Texas?”
Nate Bukaty, in his follow-up question to Barnett immediately after the former Colorado coach scorched the Petrino hiring, 810 AM
GH: Are you kidding me, Nate? Put down your list of prepared questions and listen to your guest’s answers! Just an awful missed opportunity by two guys who should know better.
“He brought it pretty strong about Bobby Petrino, didn’t he?”
Nate Bukaty, after Barnett was off the air, 810 AM
GH: Wow. Just wow.
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