Most folks could look at the losses from Ole Miss’ 2014 Omaha baseball team and figure 2015 as a rebuilding season.
Mike Bianco says he didn’t use that term with his team that just concluded the season with a sixth-place SEC finish and a two-and-out stay in the NCAA tournament in Los Angeles.
Some video clips here from a season-ending sit-down with Bianco. Video evidence in Clip 3 of Bianco talking with his arms. It looked early on like he was intent on strapping himself in:
“Teams are different. There are new opportunities. One of the things we’ve tried never to do is make excuses going in and talk about a rebuilding year. There are strengths and weaknesses to every team regardless of your philosophy.”
“A lot of losses off that (2014) team, a lot of good players. This team was different. We challenged this team early on, a young team, and said ‘We can be really good.’ Obviously some things had to happen for us, and early on it was tough for a lot of reasons. When I look back now, it was tough from the get-go, from the draft, to some guys leaving the program, to injuries, to guys getting off to a slow start.”
“There are bumps in the road. There are things that don’t happen the way you thought they were going to happen. I am very guarded to mention those or use those. You’re trying to build a team to win a championship, and you don’t want them to have that crutch or that Plan B like ‘Hey, we’re not really supposed to do this,’ but I know we had a lot to overcome.”