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Rhule wants good to become great during spring practice

Rhule: Bruised Bears ready for road test
Posted at 9:27 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 23:43:39-04

WACO, TX — "It's a lot easier to go into a one win team or a two win team and get them to be respectable -- to be a good team," explained Baylor football head coach Matt Rhule, "It's much harder to go from good to great."

The Bears start spring practice Wednesday at 6 AM and the early start -- and condensed four week practice schedule -- are all by design.

"That's because most of us are happy being good. We spend a lot of time saying hey at least we're not as bad as we once were. It takes elite focus and elite accountability to be a great football team. That's hard. "

Rhule says accountability for that extra step doesn't just stop with the players.

"I judge all that based on what I see day in and day out with the work ethic -- the work ethic from the coaches. Are the coaches walking around being happy at being a seven win team? Or do we want to take another step? We certainly all do but the way to do it is to attack each and every day and I've been really pleased with the off-season program."

Baylor starts practice Wednesday, but the Green and Gold game is scheduled for April 13.