Interesting minute or so in Missouri State head coach Dave Steckel’s weekly press conference this week on the difference between winning and hoping to win with his Missouri State Bears. Steckel was specifically referencing the 34-9 loss at home to Illinois State last Saturday, one where it was 6-6 at halftime. At that point, first downs were equal at 11-11 and total yards were the same at 236 each. Time of possession was within a minute of each other. MSU plays at NDSU this Saturday afternoon.
So Steckel was asked about the difference in the halves and here was his answer:
“I finally realized what i learned and I told the team this yesterday — that if you would have told me (before) I could have slept for two days. I’ve been trying to figure that out. What it really is, it’s real simple: at halftime of our football game, absolutely everything was equal. The score. The production of points. That yardage. All those statistics you look at were perfectly even. And what happened at halftime was, we hoped to win and they expected to win. And we’re not going to change until we expect to win. I think that resonated with the players. I hope it resonated with the players that we need to start expecting to win and not hoping to win because we were right in that game with them.
“I never hope to win, I expect to win. It’s my makeup, it’s my body type, my brain. I don’t know what it was but when the score’s 0-0, I start every game expecting to win and that’s why I’m so depressed after games and depressed on Sundays and slowly getting out of it on Mondays because I have to do a great of teaching and coaching on Tuesdays. I can’t answer that question because I don’t hope to win. I expect to win and that’s why I’m so disappointed and frustrated when we don’t win. I don’t mean that any other way, it’s called competition. I get pissed when my wife beats me in checkers, that’s not a joke.”