Tracking Mack: April 1
April 1, 2011
On today's practice: Today went really well. The guys were focused. They're excited about Sunday. They feel like they've made a lot of improvement since they were last out there in front of people on Thanksgiving. I think they'll have a lot of fun on Sunday.
On the new changes: We ask our players with the new ideas and the new staff to move forward and act like it's their first day at Texas. We ask the staff and coaches that were here to greet the new coaches and staff that came in like it was everybody's first day at Texas. I committed to start over like it's my first day at Texas, and I don't think I've ever had any more fun at a spring practice. These guys have really worked hard. We have a lot to do. We're not near as good as we have to be next fall to be competitive and get where we want to get, but everybody's trying and that is a positive sign.
On the importance of communication: Things are still new. We're still a work in progress. The number one thing with family relations and teams is communication. You can't build trust and respect without communication. You can't get on the same page and have a common purpose without communication. What we're trying really hard to do is get it so the players will talk to the coaches and ask them questions and not be intimidated and worried about what a coach is going to think.
On team-building exercises: We're just trying to stress that every minute of every day in your life you need to compete. We had a little sled push between the offense and defense today, and kids like to play. They like to have fun. They like games. They like keeping score, and that's the attitude we've got to have on Saturdays when we play. So we've had a number of competitive situations, offense against defense. The loser has to run, do up downs - something like that. Today was our third one of the spring.
On expectations in the spring game: We are [a work in progress]. Even if we had everything in we wouldn't show it. It's [on] national TV with ESPN. We'll have a huge crowd there to watch. There will be some opponent's fans in the stands. There will be people trying to video stuff in the stands, and you don't show everything. What you do want to show is your fight, your competitive nature and that we've got enough athletes to go back and win.