Q: Been a long time Dez (too long). Hope all is well. As the we’re about to flip the page in the calendar I’m getting more and more antsy. Only downfall is that it means summer is over yet again. Read your report about how McBryde lost weight and hearing about Cochran’s weight loss/body fat reduction……without rehashing everything that went wrong the last 3 years, it seems that every single kid left on the roster has bought into Diaco/Balis’ approach. We’re hearing the right things from Diaco. Question is for someone who was around the program last year and currently, has the culture really changed as dramatically as it’s being presented? Can’t wait for BYU! – Chris, CT
A: Yes, it has been a long time – hopefully not too much longer. Hope all is well on your end. I think the culture has changed significantly. The commitment the team has put in, been putting in with respect to their bodies is a very good visual indication that the culture has changed. The emphasis on the body, easting, etc, has never been greater in my opinion and that means something in the way of optimal performance on the field. You can hear the excitement in the players’ voices when they talk about the direction of the program now and the upcoming season. I haven’t heard it like this in a while, man. And being around the building now is just a different vibe. It’s all no nonsense. The players are personable of course but more business-like. How will it all play out in wins and losses this year is anybody’s guess but in my opinion – and it’s only my opinion C – the program is on the track it should have been on in 2011. That was a hot time for the program coming off the Fiesta Bowl and that was THE time for it to make moves upward and outward. And it did not. But you’re right the past is the past; no good to keep rehashing….The culture on the field has to change. That’s the deal …..Hey, I’m sure you’ll get a chance to meet Diaco and Balis. As a football guy you’ll love them. They’re real C, the whole staff is and I know the players have bought into that group, too. Good hearin from ya…..