Losses Killing Spartans Spirit

Michigan State head coach John L. Smith is trying, without much success, to get his player to go to the field and play with great emotion. But the mounting losses - bad ones, combined with a string of injuries isn't leaving MSU with much to feel good about.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State head coach John L. Smith is trying, without much success, to get his player to go to the field and play with great emotion. But the mounting losses - bad ones, combined with a string of injuries isn't leaving MSU with much to feel good about.

Smith admitted again the he doesn't have an answer to why MSU won't look at the goals they still can attain. "If I had the answer to that, I would have.....," said Smith before trailing off and rephrasing his answer. "I don't have a sense on that I guess, except I think a lot of it has to do with where we are at this point."

The coach theorized that MSU's heartbreaking early loss to Notre Dame, then, the current losing streak has hurt the team's spirit.

"Somebody asked why doesn't that high of the win carryover? This is what I really believe - I know a lot of you have not played, but - this is what I believe is, it's very easy to forget a win," said Smith.

"The positive you get out of a win is no where comparable to the negative that you get out of a loss, if that makes sense. Again, I think a kid will forget a win and we all do, we all have a tendency to do that. So we don't maintain that high, yet we really maintain that low. I don't know why that is, its just part of the game."

Smith said that injuries have hurt the team's ability to prepare.

"Well we've done some different things at practice to be honest. Practice, the last couple of weeks, have been limited as far as contact because, again, we're trying to 'shell up', we're trying not to bang guys up anymore than we are, just to get enough bodies to put on the field to play the game. That is totally different. Normally, you would like to go to the field live on Tuesday and Tuesday's a 'bang' day, hard work day and gradually decrease that, then maybe a little bit on Wednesday and none on Thursday, but..."

MSU goes back to the practice field in preparation for Saturday's 12:00 Noon game vs. Purdue


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