On the cover of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga players manual is a slogan: Getting the swagger back. You can't have that swagger without confidence and that's something the Mocs have to rebuild after going 1-11 in 2008 and 2-9 the year before.
Individuals can believe in themselves even during the hard times, but it takes confidence in everyone around you for the team to succeed. Under new coach Russ Huesman and his staff, some of that confidence was restored during a productive spring practice.
Huesman said the Mocs, who begin preseason practice on Aug. 1, have to build that confidence through hard work each and every day.
"I think the kids have to feel good about their preparation," he said. "Leading up to the games, they need to feel good about what they did, the time they put in."
Once the season starts, it's important for the players to experience some success to build on that confidence and belief in one another, Huesman said, but at the same time he wants them to have short memories.
"You just can't get too high or too low," he said. "You want to play with emotion, and we're going to, but you can't lose a game or lose the third quarter and say 'Woe is me.' At the same time you can't win a game or win the third quarter and say 'We've arrived.'
"That's a learning process and that's something we got to talk to these kids about every day."