He also mentioned that getting quality offensive linemen to Arizona was the toughest recruiting challenge.
"It was the opposite at USC," Smith said. "There I had to turn them away."
As for the bye week, Smith feels it is coming at the right time. Not only can the team get healthier, but they can take some time to get back to fundamentals, especially the offensive linemen.
"I'd have them work on the basics," Smith said. "I'd have them work in the chutes and on the boards."
If this was Smith's team he'd have them spend the entire week on basics and not worrying about Washington State. That can wait until next week, when the team can go back to game planning and implementing things specifically for the Cougars.
Confidence is another problem for this team. The coach said that was never more apparent than when the Wildcats failed to score in the second quarter against Oregon State.
We concluded our brief chat talking about the running game. He agrees with coach Stoops that the team must run the ball. What he does not believe is that massive changes can be made during the season. It is his belief that the running game must be implemented in the spring, expanded upon in the preseason and continuously worked on during the season.
*The Wildcats will have Monday and Tuesday off from practice. Many of the coaches will be out on the road recruiting. They will resume practice on Wednesday.
*Athletic Director Jim Livengood met with reporters on Monday to give Mike Stoops a vote of confidence.