(Stats Perform) - Sean McDonnell laughs that he was a nice guy when New Hampshire football got back to practicing this winter, but the legendary coach also says over the last week he's turned "a little ornery," trying to coax more out of his team before its CAA spring opener against Albany Friday night.
"I've always challenged kids, have always gotten after kids," the 64-year-old said on Wednesday. "I try to explain to them, I want to make practice harder than anything they're going to do. When they get to the game, there's no voice and there's no tone, there's no yelling, there's nothing, (they're) just playing. (There's) that little voice in your head going, get to the ball, cut the angle, play the (backside). Those kinds of things I want to have happen naturally."
In many ways, Sean McDonnell is a different person than he was when he last coached a game on Nov. 17, 2018. In many ways, he hasn't changed one bit.