You think that you're upset about the way Arizona played against California and Stanford? You probably are, but it sounds like Russ Pennell is even more angry.
Pennell had a press conference on Tuesday and ripped the team for the way it's been playing lately.
"Against Stanford I thought our attitude was horrible," Pennell said. "I didn't like what I saw. It was unacceptable and so it was my job to make sure we point those things out and correct it."
So what exactly – besides everything – needs to be corrected? Specifically, Pennell pointed at the Wildcats' lack of fight at times.
"We have to learn how to push through adversity," Pennell said. "I'm not saying we can't but certainly every Pac-10 game is going to be very tight. When you get up against it on the road and someone hits you in the mouth then you better punch back."
Pennell feels that for what the players receive from the University of Arizona, the least they can do is play hard.
"I think there's an obligation that players have to play hard," he said. "There is always this talk of do players need to get paid. Well they do get paid, it's called a scholarship."
Something else the Wildcats need to do is get Chase Budinger, who is in the slump of his life, going.
"Chase is playing with the weight of the world on his shoulders," Pennell said. "Since the day he hit this campus he was supposed to be the next (big thing) and one of the things I want to make sure we don't do is add to that. He feels like he's letting people down when he misses a shot or that he's not carrying his weight. At some point, you have to play this game because you love it, and with a freedom."
Pennell feels that if everyone gets back on the same page then the team can be fine.
"I've said this since day one… our margin of error is small," Pennell said. "We're just not eight High School All-Americans that can get out there and turn it on at any moment - we're not good enough. When we play together then I think we're a pretty good team"
Pennell isn't happy
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