So this weekend is our "Big Weekend" in athletics. We start off Friday with the official opening of our brand new Convocation Center. Our women's hoops team plays host to Wisconsin. Saturday is hectic, as we have our final regular season game of the year, and this one is huge. We play host to Toledo for the MAC West title. If we win, we're in. If we lose, Toledo still has to beat Bowling Green next week to win the title. Following football, we open the men's basketball regular season with DePaul in the new Convo Center. Both Saturday events are on TV. Sunday brings it all to a close with a wrestling match vs. 2-time NCAA champion Minnesota.
I've been really down lately knowing that our football team is playing so well that it might take away from my holiday vacation plans. No doubt about it I've been stressed with work, finding an apartment, trying to deal with car stuff and everyday things. So the idea of not being able to be with family on Christmas hasn't been sitting well with me. That is selfish, I know.
My attitude towards the entire situation really changed today at lunch. We held a coaches' luncheon at one of the dining halls, and Joe Novak, our football coach, spoke to everyone about the will, desire and dedication this team has shown this year. Joe certainly is a great coach, person and motivator. It really made me realize how important it is for me to be positive about everything that could take place over the next month. There are great opportunities for me to mingle with MAC Conference personnel, as well as people from the bowl games. I'm in a situation a lot of schools wish for every year. Going to your conference championship game and a bowl game is a huge deal. Yes, there is a lot of planning and a lot of work to be done, but that is why I am here and why I took this job. I'll be stressed through the holidays. I might not be home on Christmas day, but if that team and that coaching staff can put in so much time and dedication, the least I can do is the same.
I hope the Huskies take out Toledo this weekend. A little change of tune, I know. But one I feel I need to have.
I hope everyone is doing well. I haven't been great about keeping in touch. Life is hectic right now. If you can put up with me, you are a wonderful person.