SEATTLE (AP) This time a year ago, Mike Hopkins was trying to get his inherited team to learn the system he wanted to install in his first season at Washington.
The lessons 12 months later are less about how the Huskies are going to play and more about managing expectations and building on success.
"In any team, you challenge human nature. You mention expectations, how do you manage that? That's a whole new journey. You got them to believe, you got them to believe in each other, how do you strengthen that?" Hopkins said Thursday. "That's the unknown. ... One of the reasons I felt we had success was not just the belief but we had a chip on our shoulder. You can never lose that."