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New motto for men’s basketball team propels it into the new season

New motto for men’s basketball team propels it into the new season

New motto for men’s basketball team propels it into the new season
November 12
09:46 2013

Faye Darku / Intern Writer

The Mean Green men’s basketball team opened up its 2013 season on Friday with a new motto: “no excuses.” The motto was first introduced on Oct. 12 during halftime of a football game against Middle Tennessee State University.

The players wore “N.E.” on their shirts – short for the new motto the team has taken up. With a new season and new players on the roster, the motto promises a fresh start for the team as it forgets all the bad things that happened in head coach Tony Benford’s first season with the team last year.

Benford came up with the team’s motto due to last year’s disappointing play and injuries, causing the team to be ranked as the third-most injured team last season. Players missed a total of 82 games due to injury, a major impact for the team’s overall record of 12-20 and a conference record of 7-13, its first losing season since the 2003-2004 season.

“Last year, we had a lot of injuries and a lot of things going on and we said that was the reason we had the season that we had,” Benford said. “So this year, there’s no excuses.”

Senior guard Brandan Walton took this season’s motto personally after suffering a broken foot just one minute into the season opener against Creighton University. Walton said that for him, “no excuses” means not letting anything hold him back from helping his team win. Now fully recovered from his injury, Walton said he expects to use this motto in the way he plays on the court.

“For me, ‘no excuses’ means just to keep fueling the fire and just to keep myself going,” Walton said. “Even if I’m hurt, I can still pick it up and go. I’m lucky to be out here and healthy. Everybody doesn’t have what I have.”

The motto has also opened up a leadership opportunity for some players who use it to help and encourage other players to push themselves by giving a full effort in practices and games.

“I’m putting this motto into action by taking a leadership role this year,” junior guard Jordan Williams said. “If something happens, I’m putting it on myself – no excuses. Instead of blaming other things or people when something goes wrong, I just blame myself, it’s my fault and I fix it.”

Feature photo: Senior guard Brandan Walton leaps over a Northwood opponent while shooting the ball into the basket during Friday night’s home game in the Super Pit. Photo by Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor 

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