The theme for every team in spring is being excited, mostly. There are a few other ones: getting deeper at every position, for instance, or maybe "running around and seeing what we've got." You might even "give the young guys a chance to show what they can do." But more than anything else, coaches entering spring are universally wallowing in a jacuzzi of sheer, unmitigated excitement.
Who's excited today? Steve Addazio of Boston College, that's who.
"We’re going to give the defense more conflict, make them defend the field more.’’ "I’m really excited about our class and I really feel like we filled some real needs," "Just a great group of guys. I really couldn’t be happier.’’
In 337 words, Addazio used the word "excited" just twice for a cruising speed of 168.5 words per "excited." He also threw in a quality cliche there by mentioning an offense that would make defenses "defend the field more," code for "we lost our dominant running back, and will have to do something else, something that probably involves a LOT of bubble screens."
One person who is not as excited: Dabo Swinney, who just had to suspend four players for violating team rules.*
*WHY NOT FIVE, DABO? [/South Carolina fan holds up hand with outstretched fingersand beams with evil smile.]