Mike Candrea and his staff lugged a hulking cardboard box into Wednesday’s breakfast-time practice at Hillenbrand Stadium.
When they unpacked the payload, players got a glimpse of this postseason’s carefully chosen team theme.
The front of their new T-shirts say: “We Will.”
On the back, in big print, is written: “0-0.”
“Everyone’s 0-0,” Candrea said.
Telling an Arizona Wildcats team to ignore the season record is a tack the coach has used before, but never before has it been more meaningful. At 32-24, the UA posted, statistically, the worst season in Candrea’s tenure.
Before the UA can worry about College Station regional host Texas A&M or its potential super-regional opponent, No. 1 Oklahoma, it needs to go 1-0.
To stop Friday’s foe, 39-15 Baylor, the Wildcats know they need to be at their best.
Read more about what the Wildcats must do to beat the Bears in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.