Winning was something that had become almost easy for Chuck Smith when he was at Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky., as he won five state straight state championships and compiled an 86-4 record from 1999-2004.
But since joining the Kentucky staff as linebacker coach, Smith is
finding out what the other side of the scoreboard is for. The Wildcats
are only 1-3 going into South Carolina Oct. 8.
"I knew it wouldn't be easy," said Smith.
No, he's not talking about the hours even though he's usually at work by
at least 7:15 a.m. and doesn't leave most nights until 10 p.m. That's
why he has an apartment in Lexington to use rather than making the
35-mile drive to Danville.
No, it's the losing that has been hard to endure. But he seems to be
handlng it remarkably well for a man who has lost almost as many games
his first month at Kentucky as he did his last six years at Boyle County.
"Obviously we have had breakdowns and need to get better," Smith said.
"All you can do is identify those breakdowns and then do what it takes
to get better. The only way to get to the winning mode is by teaching.
You can't sit around and worry about things you are not doing right. You
have to correct things. If you get mad and blow up and lose sight of
what caused the problem, then you will never get better.
"I was that way at Boyle County. I got very excited when I didn't feel
the players were giving me all they had to correct the problem. That's
the way I do things here, too. If guys are giving me all they have to
correct the problem, then I am good. But if not, then I am not going to
be satisfied and accept it.
"Right now we are not winning the way we want to win. The way to fix
that is to keep identifying the problems and fix them. You don't just
blow up and start making excuses. That doesn't work, or help."
VAUGHT: Smith unaccustomed to losing
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