Friday, February 6, 2009

There's no magic pill for success

In his first season at Marquette, Buzz Williams has his team rolling. At 20-2, the No. 8 Golden Eagles have won 12 straight, including victories over Nova, WVU, Notre Dame, and Georgetown during that stretch.

With nine regular season games left, five are against ranked teams.

Clearly, one reason for MU's success this season is Coach Williams' level of preparation:

"I would say from a preparation standpoint I have to spend that much more time. Is it partially my inexperience? Maybe. Is it mostly because of my personality? I would suggest that it's that. I don't know how to compare it to what other head coaches do. I think when your intelligence level is less than other head coaches', you have to spend more time doing those types of things. That pretty much constitutes my day."

As this article describes, Coach Williams put his team through a "grueling preseason 'boot camp' that undoubtedly will become a Milwaukee urban legend." He wanted his team to "work harder than any other team in the country."

"I don't think there's a magic pill for success," he said. "The magic pill is the alarm goes off and you work as hard as you can. You're intelligent in how you work and you're efficient in how you work. I think our character has been revealed."