Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MTSU Lady Raiders Stay Busy amid Summer

MTSU women's basketball coach Rick Insell has become accustomed to hearing a net swish from the Murphy Center main floor at all hours of the day in the summer.

Though he'd like to take a peek onto the court at the player, NCAA rules prohibiting such summer evaluations calm his curiosity. But such players eventually reveal their identity when practice resumes in the fall semester.

"All we can do as far as basketball is help them lay out a plan for their summer, but it's up to them what they do with it," Insell said. "We can't observe them, and they won't be penalized if they don't do anything. But if they work hard, they'll be a better player and that will show when they get back on the court (in team practices).

"It's all up to them. It takes a passion for the game and it's a chance for those young ladies to be responsible for their own structure."

As most college coaches do, Insell and his staff present players with an optional offseason program in April. It's up to each player to choose the degree of their summer work.

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