Mark Richt and Mark Fox held a press conference before their appearance before the Rome Bulldog Club Wednesday night, and Fox talked a bit about what it’s going to take to turn the basketball Dogs into winners. The Rome News-Tribune has coverage, including some brief video clips.
Foremost, Fox said, is “we’re going to have to improve our offensive production.” He noted that this past season the Dogs had more turnovers than they did assists and said that’s something he’s going to have to address.
Beyond that, he said, the mindset of the team has to change in that they need to have the “expectation of success. … I’m not sure they had that last year.”
It will mean a “change of culture in the locker room,” he said. “It’s not easily done, but fans can expect our team to play very hard every night.”
Again, something that wasn’t the case last season, though he didn’t come right out say that.
As for Richt, he again made the point that last season’s spotlight on Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno was detrimental to the team.
This year, he said, “the star of our team is … the team. Last year, the media wouldn’t allow that. When you’ve got Stafford and Moreno, that’s what they’re going to talk about. Now [the media is saying] we’re not going to be very good because those guys are gone? That’s a bunch of bologna.”
Looking at what’s ahead this season, though, Richt admitted at the press conference that “we have more of a schedule than most coaches would want,” what with Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Georgia Tech as nonconference opponents all in the same year.