High expectations are always a part of the summer for the Georgia Bulldogs and this year is no different. Jon Stinchcomb says that this year's players and coaches are taking a different approach to high expectations this season.
Before the 2000 season, Georgia was predicted to win the SEC by many in the media. Georgia was expected to win the SEC even more of its own fans. But when the dust settled, Georgia ended the 2000 season with an 8-4 record and without two things.
A head coach and a SEC title.
Jon Stinchcomb explained, "anyone could see that we had talent in 2000. But we couldn't put it together."
Stinchcomb stressed that for the 2002 season the players are not fooled by pre-season prognostications.
"(Georgia) players don't put a whole lot of stock in it. It did not change our work ethic in the summer."
Stinchcomb was clearly growing tired of answering questions from the media on if 2002 will be the year that the Dawgs capture their first SEC title in two decades. Consistently, reporters asked Stinchcomb, "How does it feel that Georgia has not won a title in two decades?"
Stinchcomb replied, "The team does not talk about it a lot. We are looking forward to being successful this season."
As agitating as the question is to the current Georgia players, the question about winning the SEC is a valid one. Stinchcomb thinks that there are ways to accomplish the lofty goals of the media and the Georgia faithful. So what is Georgia doing to win the SEC?
Being less concerned with individualism and more concerned with team.
"I just try to be a team guy. We need less individuals and more team guys."
Stinchcomb made clear his passion to win at Georgia now.
"I am passionate about winning every game." He went on to say, "what better atmosphere than to be in Atlanta with Georgia playing for the SEC title?"
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