I guess we should take Rich Rodriguez at his word.
The first-year Arizona Wildcats coach hasn’t been working up a sweat touting his team — either for this year or next. He’s slow-playing the expectations.
Just a coaching strategy? Maybe. Realistic? Yeah, we’re going with that option.
Rodriguez will hand out tepid compliments like this:
“What I think I have is a bunch of pretty good guys who work pretty hard. … I think the guys are hungry to prove themselves. I think we have some talent. I don’t think we are just going to show up and beat anybody on our schedule. But I do think the guys are hungry.”
Even such cautious statements like that, though, are often furthered tempered by comments about merely average intensity at practice, or how improvements still need to be made with conditioning, or how the team lacks depth.
No, I don’t think this will be a “shock-the-world” season for Arizona.