Trolling the news articles and postgame interviews after the Lady Vols loss to Ball State, a few gems turned out. You have to give the coaching staff this much: they don't shy away from sharing their thoughts with the fans, which is greatly appreciated.
One of the assistant coaches - Dean Lockwood - drew the short straw and gave a postgame interview with Mickey Dearstone after the game. (Link: pops up in a new window.) Some of his observations:
- "This is by far ... the most embarrassing loss in the history of the program."
- "No discredit to Ball State. ... Ball State came out and played a heck of a basketball game."
- "We're not satisfied. Our players better not be satisfied."
- "Our posts collectively were 9 for 25. And ... Kelley was 5 of 7. ... So now we're 4 of 18. So again, bottom line is that the job isn't getting done."
- "I think they looked at this team and didn't feel the sense of being threatened like we felt: against a Vanderbilt; against a Florida; against an Auburn that we had in more recent games."
- ""I call it competitive immaturity. ... We're competitively immature at times. And what happens is, in our competitive immaturity, we look at that and we say, "Oh, gosh. They're not a Duke. They're not a Florida. They're not a Vanderbilt. So consequently, maybe we can get by with a little less effort."
- "When you compromise effort and toughness, that's your first sign of destruction."
(In the immediate postgame comments.)
- "Gotta give Ball State credit. They were a lot tougher physically - just more aggressive, made shots. We didn't come ready to play."
- "We had a lot of people that didn't defend, and particularly in the one-on-ones."
- "One of the toughest losses I've ever had to deal with at Tennessee."
(Who played all 40 minutes and scored 14 points.)
- "If no one is motivated right now then they need to leave."
(Who left in the first half after aggravating her right knee. She, by the way, had 10 points and 8 rebounds in 14 minutes.)
- "It's one of the hardest things I've had to do. My heart said one thing but my body told me no."