Wofford coach Mike Young took his Southern Conference defending champion basketball team to Brazil this August - not for bikinis, but for basketball.
Before the trip, Young made sure his veteran squad wiped the slate clean, began preparing for a new season and stopped living off success earned last year by going to the NCAA tournament and nearly upsetting Wisconsin.
"This is a different team with different DNA and a different make-up," Young said during the SoCon's preseason teleconference. "This team has to put their licks in and go through the journey."
That 2009-10 journey was great fun, and so were the spring and summer when Young could boast about being the champ - a first for Wofford basketball.
But being the champ comes with a price, or more precisely, a target. Every opponent - at least in the league - should give Wofford its best shot, much like Davidson received and the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga has in the past.
"Friends that I rely on told me how difficult the next year will be," Young said. "Going to Elon and wherever we may go, you're not going to slide in on anybody. You're going to have to bring your best game."
Capel slides over
Jason Capel assumed the head coaching job at Appalachian State after spending last season as an assistant there under Buzz Peterson.
Capel said Wednesday that the transition 18 inches to the right to the head seat has been made easier because of his experience with the players last season.
"These guys have faced a lot of adversity in that I'm their third head coach in three years," Capel said. "The relationships were built last year. I give a lot of credit to Buzz to bring me in and to have a voice in the locker room.
"I think it's been a rather smooth transition because the relationships were in place."
Chuck Driesell knows the X's and O's of basketball, but he's adjusting to life on a military campus as head coach at The Citadel.
"At the places I've been before, the players had their schedules, but you have a new dimension here that a lot of young men don't have to deal with," said the son of legendary former Davidson and Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. "They are on a schedule and it's hard to deviate from it."