BELTON (November 17, 2013) As a new season is about to get underway at UMHB the message is simple, it's time to move on.
"We're trying to tell them, this is a different team, different personality, different goals, everything has changed," said head coach Ken DeWeese. "We're going to be different, hopefully we'll be good but we're going to be different. Last year unfortunately has nothing to do with this team."
"The thing I like about this team is, even though what we accomplished last year it doesn't cross over to the next year," said forward Kitrick Bell. "We know what we've done and we know this is a new year. What happened was in the past and we know it was in the past and we have to live up to it again."
What does have to do with this team is it has to overcome the stigma of it being the national runner-up. Opponents will be gunning for the Cru.
"I feel like it's going to be tougher because everybody is going to be aiming for us because they know what we did last year," said guard James Allen.
"Everywhere we go, that's the team that played for the National Championship last year," said DeWeese. "So, there are some negative aspects of it. But I'll take all the negativity and do it all over again."
UMHB's run to the title game was so unexpected, it wasn't even a pipe dream at this time last year.
"This time a year ago we had no clue that, that team, in any way, advanced like they did because this time last year we were pretty poor. We weren't playing very well," said DeWeese. "There is no way to predict what's going to happen. That's one of the best things about my job, we never know what's going to happen and the only thing that is for certain is nothing is for certain."
Nothing may be for certain as far as expectations, but what is for certain, a new season starts this week.
The Cru open play Wednesday at Schreiner University.