His time was short at the Mount, maybe too short to really know if he could run a productive Division I basketball program. Or maybe too long. As now we're digging out of a hole that took 2 short years to dig but might take many many more to build a ladder big enough to get out of.
So now that this era is over - and the next era has begun. (Matt Henry said after last night's game that he was informed he'd coach the rest of this season). I, and a lot of other Mount fans are excited again. We're excited that our team, that seemed to be held captive for the last 22 months is ours again.
And I sensed that the players felt that way too. Julian Norfleet didn't exactly come right out and say it. But his quote of “It can definitely carry over with this team. We can play hard and have fun and play loose.”, definitely had me thinking that the players were happy the change was made. How much easier is it to make a 20 foot jump shot when you're playing loose and having fun?
Now I don't want to go right out and say that beating FDU by 17 after beating them by 19 the first time around signals the end of the down time. There is still a lot of work to be done. And time will tell if that work is done by Matt Henry or some other individual.
But for now, the first night was a good one. And there is a sense of excitement about things again.
I like that. And I'm ready to root for that.
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