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    Listened to Weir today - academics

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    Listened to Coach Weir today speak at a breakfast. He did not really talk much about specific players for the upcoming year or anything like that - mostly -philosophy and approach. Of particular interest to me was his answer to a question regarding the significant slippage in GPA last semester. He emphasized how important academics are to him and said he thought it was an aberration and so far this summer all the guys in school are getting As. He also mentioned he is constantly in communication with Sam and JR pushing them to get their degrees. To him academics & getting their degree are the most important thing about a player's/young man's tenure as a Lobo.

    Regarding last year's season, he said the first guy to really actually "buy-in" was Joe and that later it was Anthony - that's when he felt confident, there was they were going to have success. Coach did say the biggest difference between his prep for the upcoming year and last year is dealing with adversity. He said that he learned that last year during the summer and pre-season, he didn't put the kids in situations simulating adversity and therefore, at the early part of last year when things weren't going well, the team was not prepared for it. Therefore, while he knows he has a lot more talent this year and there are greater "expectations," he is working hard to put the team in positions of dealing with adversity. As such, he relayed they have had a lot of "bad days" and "ugly" practices.

    He was also questioned about recruiting to NM. Coach said the biggest thing in our favor is the Pit - regardless of how some complain, it IS (he emphasized) a top 10 facility in the country and while that may be somewhat of superficial reason for a kid to come here, it none the less is the biggest selling point. He also emphasized the community involvement and atmosphere at the Pit is a huge component of their recruiting - for example he said that when Bragg came and sat in the student section, that is what sold him that he wanted to be a Lobo. Coach also said that some kids want to be in a place like SD or LV and he respects those wishes and knows that UNM is not the place for them. Further, he acknowledged that our style and system don't always match up with what a young player wants - for example he said they recently had a very talented transfer in for a visit but the discussion got around to PT and the kid said he expected big time minutes (30-35? maybe) and coach told him that was not how we played and they both agreed it was better if he went elsewhere.

    All in all, while not at all a preview of next year or anything on scheduling or future recruits it was very interesting and well received.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doublealum View Post
    Listened to Coach Weir today speak at a breakfast. He did not really talk much about specific players for the upcoming year or anything like that - mostly -philosophy and approach. Of particular interest to me was his answer to a question regarding the significant slippage in GPA last semester. He emphasized how important academics are to him and said he thought it was an aberration and so far this summer all the guys in school are getting As. He also mentioned he is constantly in communication with Sam and JR pushing them to get their degrees. To him academics & getting their degree are the most important thing about a player's/young man's tenure as a Lobo.

    Regarding last year's season, he said the first guy to really actually "buy-in" was Joe and that later it was Anthony - that's when he felt confident, there was they were going to have success. Coach did say the biggest difference between his prep for the upcoming year and last year is dealing with adversity. He said that he learned that last year during the summer and pre-season, he didn't put the kids in situations simulating adversity and therefore, at the early part of last year when things weren't going well, the team was not prepared for it. Therefore, while he knows he has a lot more talent this year and there are greater "expectations," he is working hard to put the team in positions of dealing with adversity. As such, he relayed they have had a lot of "bad days" and "ugly" practices.

    He was also questioned about recruiting to NM. Coach said the biggest thing in our favor is the Pit - regardless of how some complain, it IS (he emphasized) a top 10 facility in the country and while that may be somewhat of superficial reason for a kid to come here, it none the less is the biggest selling point. He also emphasized the community involvement and atmosphere at the Pit is a huge component of their recruiting - for example he said that when Bragg came and sat in the student section, that is what sold him that he wanted to be a Lobo. Coach also said that some kids want to be in a place like SD or LV and he respects those wishes and knows that UNM is not the place for them. Further, he acknowledged that our style and system don't always match up with what a young player wants - for example he said they recently had a very talented transfer in for a visit but the discussion got around to PT and the kid said he expected big time minutes (30-35? maybe) and coach told him that was not how we played and they both agreed it was better if he went elsewhere.

    All in all, while not at all a preview of next year or anything on scheduling or future recruits it was very interesting and well received.
    I was there as well. Excellent recap

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    Thank you for sharing. Great insight on how he sets PT expectations with recruits and sticks with his philosophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRLobo View Post
    Thank you for sharing. Great insight on how he sets PT expectations with recruits and sticks with his philosophy.
    That's remarkable, IMO, that he'll let a big recruit walk away with such forthright honesty about playing time. Can't argue with that approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxLobo View Post
    That's remarkable, IMO, that he'll let a big recruit walk away with such forthright honesty about playing time. Can't argue with that approach.
    It is remarkable. It's important as well IMO. I can see where catering to an individual player's desire for a certain role or number of minutes played could end up making that player bigger than the program. We've seen the downside of putting too much stock in one individual over the team as a whole. Go Coach Weir.

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