Everett Withers: 'I didn't like those guys last year. I didn't like them'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 17, 2017

Everett Withers is never one to hold back his thoughts, even if it’s not pretty, and that was the case after Saturday’s spring game.

Texas State went 2-10 in Withers’ first season last year, after he came in with a no-nonsense attitude meant to change the culture. Saturday, he had some straight-up blunt thoughts about the 2016 season when asked how things are different.

I didn’t like those guys last year. I didn’t like them,” he said. “Just so you know.”

But that’s different with the 2017 team.

“Love them,” he said, per the Austin American-Statesman. “Are we more talented? No, we’re not. But I like being around them. I like being around our guys. They are good people. Generally, I feel they have a better care for each other than a year ago.

“I want to be around them. I want my son to be around them. I want our coaches’ families to be around them. Last year, I didn’t bring my kids over here because I didn’t want them to be infested with what was going on.”

A head coach’s first year often features the most attrition, along with the growing pains. It sounded like the Bobcats had a lot of those pains.

“No disrespect to last year’s group. They didn’t know us. They didn’t know the expectations,” Withers said. “We came in here swinging at them last year. We came here absolutely swinging at everybody in the athletic department because our standards were high.”

Texas State opens the 2017 season with games against Houston Baptist, at Colorado and against Appalachian State.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.