Reason 2 for winning 8: Better chemistry
While I love the new Tom Izzo Football Building, it sounds like it created a lot of distractions last year. Whether it was the makeshift locker room that never felt like home to the players to not having enough room to have an entire side of the ball together at one time, Mel Tucker said the players saw football as more of job since they would come in, get work done and go straight home since work had to be done on the building.
Charles Brantley explained it on the “This is Sparta” podcast as having the front seven getting access and doing their lifting then leave, then had the backfield come in and do the same thing. Not only does that interrupt team chemistry, but it also diminishes trust between teammates that are on the same field at the same time, and it just gets so hard to get into a routine with your teammates.
It’s hard to get everyone on the same page when the team can never be in the same place at the same time.
Tucker said now that they have the new locker room, players are staying to hang out with each other for an hour or two, building chemistry. The existing talent and well as the newcomers make this roster better, but building chemistry is an essential part of what makes a team successful and now that there is no displacement and enough space for everyone, this team (emphasis on team) can focus on football and not schedules.