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Think about success in the CAA: players and teams get better over the course of a season, and year-over-year. Sure there are bumps in the road, but generally speaking you can see individual and collective progress.
There is an energy surrounding successful programs–euphoria when winning and pain when losing. Improvement is both quantifiable and intangible. It’s a passion play in which everyone in every facet of the program is involved and the improvements and energy feed off of each other. You get the feeling something good is going on, even when it isn’t.
That energy, that passion, never surrounded Georgia Tech. [...] But the nagging thing is this: Mason carries a higher expectation than “absolutely nothing wrong,” and the pressure is there from Day One. Nobody’s buying the ACC Experience voucher, especially not 11 CAA coaches. We all know that a second-tier ACC program is the epitome of all hat, no horse.