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| With March Madness approaching, CSTV sat down|
with four of the nation’s top coaches to talk about expectations,
pressure, keys to success and what it is like to succeed on the grandest
stage in college sports.
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|on High Expectations and Distractions|
At Illinois, it had been so long since
a team had gotten to the second weekend that I think people
were excited about the progress. But now it’s a whole different
animal when your season is defined by winning games with the
highest stakes. I think the big thing is just go have fun,
do the best you can do and give ourselves the best chance to
be successful, on and off the court. The expectations might
be tough on coaches, but we try to create an environment where
they don’t make it tough on players.
I tell (my team) that they’re all more popular now, all better-looking,
than they have ever been. But I tell them this is the most important
time and you can’t be everything to everybody. The teams that
win are the teams that are focused and mature and have blinders
on, not seeing everything around them. That’s especially hard
for youngsters to do, especially if they haven’t been around
it before, but hopefully at Kansas, we don’t get hung up on things.
I tell them all the time, we can only focus in on things that
have a direct impact on us winning or losing.