November 8, 2007

Wildcats already used to O'Neill

There's a bit of misconception among the media and UA fan base that with Kevin O'Neill temporarily in charge of the Arizona program, that there's been a big change in how the team is run.

O'Neill's mark has been felt since he arrived in Tucson over the summer and he's been a huge part of the way the team has practiced all season.

On Tuesday, the UA players answered questions from the media regarding how things have changed since O'Neill took over. The answers were all essentially the same - not much is different at all.

"It hasn't made things more difficult for me," said freshman guard Jerryd Bayless. "Coach O'Neill has been here since I've been here. I look up to him and he's definitely made the transition a lot easier for me. With him here it's the same thing that's been going on before."

"The intensity is still high," freshman forward Jamelle Horne added. "We're still going hard, if not harder. KO is going to push us to the limit."

O'Neill has the reputation of bring a tough coach to play for, but the players all seem to agree that while he's strict, he's also fair on everybody.

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