“Do you really want to know?” Head Coach Ken McDonald asked the media, in reaction to how he disciplined his team after Wednesday night’s 74-56 loss at South Carolina.
Yes — yes we do.
“We practice outside…Friday, we practiced outside at Lampkin Park,” McDonald said. “It was about 38 degrees. But, you know, we’re not playing hard and we’re going to do things like that. We went out and had a good time for about an hour doing our defensive drills at Lampkin Park.
“The guys embraced it. I told them if any of them act like it’s cold, we’re going to be our here for three hours, and I had to do my best job to not act like I was cold. I had shorts and a t-shirt on and I was determined to not act cold.
“They went after it for an hour, we came back in and practiced for an hour here — really went after each other — and we got better because of it. So there’s a lot of things that we need to improve on, but we’re taking strides towards that.”
Why did he do it?
“You always hear about teams putting on football pads and throwing the guys out on the locker room. I wanted to go to another level to be honest. I wish it was colder.
“I just wanted to get their attention that we’re going to do this the WKU way — the Hilltopper way. We’re not going to continue down this path, and I just think sometimes change is good.
“At this point in the season, I want to see who is going to be in no matter what it takes, no matter what we have to do. I just think our body language hasn’t been there, fighting adversity hasn’t been there.
“I compare it to baseball a little bit. Any time a baseball player gets hit by a pitch, he’s not allowed to rub where he got hit or else the team gets to whack him in that spot. I told the team that when we got down to Lampkin Park.
“I think that’s a great illustration of what our problem is right now. We’re getting knocked in the mouth early in the game and we’re acting like the sky’s falling, and it’s never going to be like that and doesn’t need to be like that.”