I saw a team playing hard in the 2nd half. We didn't hit anything in the first half and when shots don't fall things always look a lot worse than they are. Maybe Dan was mad at certain players? Maybe he was looking for a spark? Maybe he was rewarding a player with PT who earned it with great practices (something Muller is on record as saying that he indeed does reward that way)? i can't say why he went with certain lineups. I'm sure he was trying to find any combination that might work at that point.ChiRedbirdfan wrote: ↑Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:34 pmWe didn't quit? Muller quit for awhile in the first half when he went let that brutal lineup play for an extended period of time and ISU was then down 39-17 at half. I also believe some players must have quit and that was why Muller put that lineup out there. I get Muller needs to teach players that they need to play hard but I can not understand how he puts several weak players out their together for an extended period of time. He went the nuclear option in the first half after a bad start.DannyCooksey wrote: ↑Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:21 amThe fact is this game was going to be tough even if:
a---we played our best game of the year---which we didn't obviously
b--we had our full roster---which we do not
c---BYU was cold from the outside---they were not
We got our ass whipped. But.....we didn't quit. We played hard in the 2nd half and played a much better 2nd half. This could have been a 30+ blowout like Nevada and it wasn't. I realize it's still a one-sided loss but i saw some good things last night.
BYU is a good team and they are a dominant team at home. That is a brutal place to play. I don't know what the plans are moving forward (I think they are coming to RA next year) but this is a game that I would love to see every year. Good program and a chance for a good W.
Next year we will get revenge at RA.
I wonder how bad ISU practices must be that issues keep boiling over into games? You would think he would generally correct the shortcomings in practice and not during games.
I don't think Dan Muller has ever quit anything in his life. That's the impression I get anyway.
Playing badly and quitting are two different things IMO. We played bad and lost by 12 and it wasn't that close. Had we quit, the loss would have been by 25 or 30 and it wouldn't have been that close.