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Scheduling

One respect in which I really appreciate having a coach as seasoned as Few is in the realm of scheduling. Back in 2008-2009 when the Zags were a pre-season top-10 and expected to make some noise, Few scheduled several difficult road games in a single stretch (and a tough home game on almost no rest). Most of us are still haunted by what happened in those several games (UCONN, Arizona, Portland St., Utah), and questioned why the team wasn't given more rest or a less-demanding travel schedule. I think it is clear that Few learned from that experience--that even a talented team like that 2008-2009 group could lose games they had no business losing if the conditions weren't right. This year, the early season schedule progresses gradually, with each successive game becoming more challenging (Southern, IUPUI, SDUS, K-State, Duke?). For a team with so many things to work on and many questions to answer, I think Few did an incredible job using the schedule to prepare them gradually for the daunting season ahead. And while we do play a number of top teams, the toughest games are spaced-out in such a way that it isn't likely we will drop more than one or two in a row. Being a head coach is an incredibly tough and demanding job, and I just wanted to recognize the incredible job Few and his staff did in preparing this year's remarkable schedule.


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