Brandon Lindsey didn't call last year a lost season, but he might as well have. You can almost feel the disappointment in some of these quotes when he talked about playing at Pitt last year for head coach Todd Graham.
"I think it hurt us just not having the sense of home,'' Lindsey said. "We didn't feel like we had a place we belonged. You go from one system to the next to another one. It's hard for any 21, 22-year-old to get used to losing your coach two years in a row.''
Players know the business of college athletics, let's not kid ourselves. They may expect a coaching change during their tenure, but several? That's probably not something even in the farthest reaches of their minds. But that's exactly what happened for some guys who played for Dave Wannstedt, watched Michael Haywood come and go after only a few weeks, and played one season for Todd Graham only to see him leave before the season even ended.
Lindsey was particularly affected since he even switched positions during that time:
Though Lindsey believes switching positions "hurt my production'' it also gave him perspective.
"I tried to make the best out of a bad situation,'' he said.