Earlier this week, Josh Forrest and Patrick Towles called a players-only meeting to get the team on the same page heading into Saturday’s game against Georgia. I feel the same way about players-only meetings that I do about package deals in recruiting: 99% of the time, it’s much ado about nothing. Mark Stoops said as much on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.
“I hope it has a positive effect,” Stoops said. “It’s nothing earth-shattering, it’s nothing — no panic button. Those guys had talked to me. I saw Josh in the building on Sunday, and we were just having a great conversation. Guys were good, in good spirits, and he just said he had a few things to talk to the team. Patrick had class on Monday before our meeting, so they waited until Tuesday. Just wanted to talk to the team, so I don’t think it’s anything major or anything like that.”
I did a quick search in the KSR archives, and the last time a players-only meeting was called was last season before the Louisville game when Javess Blue got the team together after another embarrassing loss to Tennessee. The Cats weren’t able to knock off Louisville in their next game, but at least they showed some fight. Prior to that, Bud Dupree called a team meeting before the Vanderbilt game to beg his teammates to help him get his first SEC win since his freshman year. It worked.
But again, let’s take it with a grain of salt.