February 25, 2014

Follow the leader

AUBURN | No sport has more unwritten rules than baseball.

One of the biggest: A manager should do all he can to foster confidence, positivity and a can-do attitude among players that transfers easily from the clubhouse to the diamond.

Sunny Golloway doesn't care about that. At least not right now.

The Auburn coach dismissed one senior and watched as two other upperclassmen left on their own Monday during a most unusual roster purge. Things like this never happen during the season, but Golloway on Sunday made it clear that some returning players weren't going to last long.

"To be quite honest with you, there's been so much lack of work ethic, lack of team first, that they're not ready when they're called up," he said. "The proof's in the pudding and that's unfortunate. It's a learning experience for all of us. It's part of us building a program. The mistakes we're seeing right now are not mistakes that are going to be repeated in this program. As Coach (Scott) Foxhall and some of the other guys who have been here (have) told me, they're mistakes that have been allowed in the past. We can't allow those mistakes to be made."

This wasn't part of the plan.

Did Golloway know it would be tough? Absolutely. He spent eight (mostly) successful seasons at Oklahoma before leaving for the Plains last summer. Golloway was a polarizing figure in Norman, mostly due to his brash delivery and remarkable confidence.

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