I'll begin with this: I gave Carli Tritz and DaNae Moore the opportunity to write today's blog and believe it or not - both turned me down. Apparently I didn't give them enough notice to gather their thoughts in a way they felt was presentable to my blogging audience...
Oh well, maybe next week?! Although I hate to admit, this blog does have to come to an end at some point this year.
In the meantime, I still have a little more left in me to say...
Today is the second day of "dead week" for our players. I'm not 100 percent sure why colleges across the nation adopt such a nickname, but I do know it's basically a creative way faculty and students refer to the week before finals.
Regardless of the reasoning behind it, I would have to completely agree with the name. These two days have been pretty dead around here compared to the hectic individual schedule last week. I went from being on the court with our players every hour of the day pretty much to going entire days without seeing them at all.
Can you sense the frustration? If so, you're right on...
Luckily, I was able to run over to the weight room with Coach Huber this afternoon and have some laughs with them before their "optional" lifting workout.
The lift has to be called an "optional" workout because NCAA rules prevent us from requiring our team to do any type of workout during the last two weeks of school.
I went from lifting with the team three times a week to not even being allowed in the same room today while they go through the exact same workout I was doing just a couple days ago.
Again, NCAA rules prevent us from "monitoring" any type of workout during the last two weeks of school and throughout the summer months. According to the rule book, my presence alone is considering a type of monitoring.
Weird, I know...
But, you can see how my week is pretty dead without being able to spend time with the team anymore. I love our coaching staff and getting work done in the office, but I've spoken plenty of times before about how our players make this job. And time spent with them is really the best parts of my day.
And on top of that, the weather the last two days has been pretty depressing.
It is April 26, right?
If I didn't know any better, I would think we were still in the middle of winter...
It sure is the perfect setting for "dead" week though - it's that cold, rainy and cloudy funeral kind of weather.
Oh well, the sun is supposed to shine tomorrow, so let's all cross our fingers for that. Wednesday will also be the liveliest day of the bunch because we have our end of the year team gathering tomorrow. It should be a great time in the midst of good food, good music, and good company.
I'm sure you're not surprised one bit to hear me say that I'm thoroughly looking forward to it.