November 20, 2012
Attitude better even if Green Wave has not reached higher altitude
Tulane coach Curtis Johnson is competitive to the point he fights his wife to brush his teeth first -"I'm beating her to the toothpaste"-so he admits incredibly frustration with the Green Wave's 2-9 record in his first season.
He also believes he and his staff have started to change the losing culture that has left Tulane below .500 for 10 consecutive seasons.
"What I like about the culture here now is I'm seeing a lot of enthusiasm," he said. "I don't see guys hanging their heads as much. I see a lot of guys running to the football. I see a lot more plays being made. We have to change the winning percentage, but what leads up to winning? Enthusiasm, playing together as a team, not letting the next man down and never quitting. I've been looking for guys in the program that I can point out and say, 'look, man, you can't quit on us,' and I don't see them very much. We are moving in the right direction."
Johnson can point to the scores once Ryan Griffin returned from the shoulder injury that cost him three-and-a-half games. Tulane legitimately had a chance to win its last six, coming up short four times but covering the spread all but once.
Moral victories are a loser's lament, but Johnson is not saying he is satisfied with the record. He is simply pointing out the progress.
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