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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 31, 2007 at 7:51 PM

In defense of Kent Baer

Since it was noted in several places today that Kent Baer didn’t hold his usual Wednesday meeting with the media due to a previously scheduled appointment — something some of you raised an eyebrow at — I do want to point out that he did call several of us today.
I heard he talked to at least one other reporter today and he called me, as well, tonight after practice. So he’s not skipping the media, a point that should be made clear.
As for what he said, he probably didn’t say what a lot of you would want to hear — he’s not thinking of resigning, for instance, calling any suggestion to that effect “totally untrue” and “ridiculous” and said that other than what would seem the obvious fact that he’s working harder than he ever has to get a win this week, it’s “business as usual.”
He didn’t want to comment on a lot of the criticisms that have been levied at him this week, however, saying he’s trying not to pay attention to what is being said.
“I’m really focused on two things this week,” he said. “Winning the football game, and my family and my friends.”
In a general statement in defense of his defense he said “any time you are ahead in five games at halftime, tied in another and down by three in another, I think you are doing a lot of the right things. I really do. That’s how I look at it. But could we do some things better? Absolutely.”
He said again that he thinks the team is close in many areas, saying that a few plays here and there would make a huge difference.
“I’m not stumped,” he said. “But it is frustrating. Nobody is more frustrated than me and our staff, that’s for sure.”
Baer said the most encouraging sign to him is that the players are continuing to work hard, as well.
“That’s one thing you always look at when you are going through things like this, to see how hard they are working,” he said. “This was one of our best Wednesday practices of the year. So those things are good.”

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