On the differences between the quality of play at Alabama versus Oregon State:
“It’s actually not as big of a difference as people think. You have speed down there, you have speed up here. We have receivers that could compete for starting jobs down there. We have O-linemen that could compete for starting jobs down there. They’re just so intense at Alabama. The expectation, the culture that they’ve built there, is so cut-throat. You have to win. If you don’t, then it’s a let down. And that’s what we’re building here. It’s not OK to lose. Why would you accept losing? That doesn’t make sense. So once you break that mold, you sort of start to build that culture.”
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I highlighted the key phrase. Luke asks why you would accept losing, then says “once you break that mold”, implying (via deduction, since he first talked about Alabama having the opposite mentality) that is the mold at OSU. At Oregon State, they don’t like to lose, but it is okay if and when it happens. Confirmed. Chalk up another victory for AngryBeavs. This is starting to feel like the conspiracy theorists, who once marginalized as fringe society loons, are being proven right more and more over time.
With that attitude and his skill set, this Del Rio could be a great player.