“I am very thankful and appreciative of the fans we have that support us that have come out throughout this whole season. We need to put a better product out there for our fans. We’re close. We made improvements, but not at the rate that is acceptable to me and the performances in the last two games were not acceptable to me.”
The meeting with Coach Broyles:
“When we met, I was 100 percent convinced (about turning down a possible NIT bid). I let him know my thoughts and he supported me.”
On changing his mind:
“When I got back to the hotel, I started thinking about it through and through. When I was talking (about playing), I was talking with my head. I do think in my head that playing extra games and continuing the season is good, but when I looked inside my heart and I really looked at how we were playing and the emotion of the team, I had to go with my heart. It has absolutely nothing to do with any potential opponents and everything to do with how we played in our last two games. Anybody who watched our last two games knows what I’m talking about.”
Telling the players:
“I told them my decision and why I made it. I let them know every time we step on the floor, it is an opportunity. They had mixed emotions, but they knew where I was coming from. I’m the coach and I have to look out for what’s best for not only the team, but for the program.”
Areas to look at for next year:
“I saw a pattern this year that was disturbing. I saw an emotional loss that was translated into the next game with a performance I wasn’t comfortable with. I saw that continuing to happen, and that pattern needs to stop. I’m going to look at that hard and what I can do a better job of. I’m not pointing the finger at this guy or that guy. It starts here and is going to go through the whole program on the court and off the court, mentally and physically to be prepared to have a great season next year. I’m going to do everything in the best interest of our program to be the best team we can be next year.
“Any area I see that is lacking, I’m going to attack it and I’m going to make an adjustment. I don’t have any concrete answers on what that might be right now, but at some point in time, I’ll make decisions. There may not be any decisions, but everything will be looked at and evaluated very closely.
“I have a lot of built up anger inside of me. I have a competitive side of me that hates to lose. It eats me up that we’re not in the NCAA Tournament. It eats me up. I’m not sure when you’re totally rebuilding a program that’s where you’re supposed to be in year three, but that’s where I wanted to be in year three. There’s no question I want to be there in year four.”