We had only brief phone access to coach Tyrone Willingham today. (We'll get time with some players and other coaches this afternoon, and I'll file again later with whatever comes from that.)
Willingham said there wasn't really anything new since we spoke yesterday. However, he did say that he tried to provide a little bit of a new feel for his players when they got together Sunday, for the first time since their loss at Arizona.
"I think our guys came in (Sunday) and had a nice physical workout," he said. "We tried to changed it up just a little bit to kind of give some freshness to it and not have them be in as long (Sunday) and kind of freshen up and we'll get back to them today and try to adjust things just a little bit to keep the trend going: healthy, work and then develop."
It's an example of something I asked Willingham last week before the Arizona game: if he needs to mix up his message (or at least his presentation of that message) so that his players don't tune out from hearing the same thing each week.
"I think that with the young men that you have today, you always have to have a new message, a new presentation or a new way of presenting it," he said. "I think that's the age we live in. I kind of call it the seven minute culture. I think it's because TV's commercials are every seven minutes. So you've got to change the message. But at the same time it does not mean that you can't drive home the same message because no matter what you do, there are fundamentals to writing, there are fundamentals to reading, there are fundamentals to athletics. There are fundamentals to everything that we do, and we have got to learn those fundamentals so those have got to be a part of our game and you can't get away from those. But you do have to change things up, you do have to have some variety, you do have to have some diversity. So I have to come up with a new way of saying something very consistently that catches their imagination, gets their thought process and triggers it in a different light but at the same time it's still very fundamentally sound with what we have to do. Because no matter what you change, it's still a game of blocking, tackling, running, catching."