And perhaps it still will be. After all, a coach would never use the media just to light a fire under his players, right? Bedenbaugh would never look around and see how everyone outside the program was jumping on the bandwagon and say to himself, "Hey, these guys need to be brought back down to earth just a bit.''
Or would he?
"The expectations on the outside may be high and these kids may be getting talked to and told how good they are,'' Bedenbaugh said. "But honestly - and I know they're kids - that shouldn't matter. If they tell you how bad you are it shouldn't matter, either.
"The only thing they have to worry about is coming in here every day and preparing and practicing the right way, which they've done. And now it's got to carry over to the field and finishing. Don't get complacent.''
Well, if complacency was an issue against James Madison, that's not likely to be the case this week when the Mountaineers play Maryland. The Terps don't come into this game with a defense ranked 110th in the country in points allowed (Marshall) or one better suited to defending the likes of FCS opponents (JMU).
Instead, Maryland brings the nation's No. 8 unit in total defense and a front seven that includes All-America tackle Joe Vellano and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, the ACC's active leader in career tackles.
That should provide more incentive to play hard than facing an FCS team in the second half of a game in which the score was already out of hand, right?
"Yeah, but it shouldn't be [that way],'' Bedenbaugh said. "You only get so many opportunities to play in a game. It doesn't matter what the score is, it doesn't matter what the time on the clock is. You get that opportunity to get better.
"And you're not just playing for that game. Obviously that's the most important thing, but you should constantly be trying to improve for the next week and the next week.''
No one is saying the offensive line played all that poorly against JMU, but it was a far cry from the excellence exhibited against Marshall. Jenkins pointed to little things that weren't done right, all of which can be easily fixed. Bedenbaugh talked of how his linemen knew they didn't play well, saying, "They were disappointed. They were embarrassed.''
The bottom line, though, is that average isn't going to be accepted. And even if it is close to perfect, Bedenbaugh isn't going to settle for that, either.
"That's a hard guy to please, which is fine,'' Jenkins said. "He expects nothing but greatness. So if we're not great, it's not going to be good enough.''
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