Dempsey on Rider's struggles
Here's his take on what has gone wrong and how the Broncs are approaching the season going forward:
We're just trying to keep it together, hoping we'll start to put it together and say 'OK, I remember.' ... It's not a secret. We're getting drilled. It's not like we had a couple of heartbreakers where we didn't get a bounce or someone hit a tough 3 against us. It's not that. We're getting dominated."
... Has the ship sailed on us and Siena? Of course it has. We're not in that place. That's a long time ago. We're a different team now. I can't take back things that I said. I can't take back the vote. So you can keep throwing it in my face, but there's nothing I can do about it. It's over. I'm trying to focus on where we are today and trying to get ourselves in a position where I feel like we're in a position to make a run.
If the MAAC tournament was this weekend, we'd be a first-round exit. But it's not. If we can play better, whatever our record's going to be it's going to be, and it's not going to be good. But if we can stay together and fight and win some games, if we start to win some games, I feel like on Feb. 23, I don't think we're going to be in this place. If we are, we're not going to be able to compete.
... At the same time, if we don't start playing better, it's going to be a devastating, awful, disappointing year. It will keep coming back to things I said months ago and the vote I cast in September. That's something you will focus on. But that's so far gone. What we focus on amongst ourselves, internally, those things are so far gone. We live in there here and now. We can't really worry about how we played against Mississippi State or that I voted us first. ... We don't talk about that now. I hope to be talking about it at some point, but you have to be realistic with where we are. We have to get some sort of momentum, some sort of confidence, so we can make a push.
We're embarrassed. I'm embarrassed. We're disappointed. But I don't yet think we're defeated. I don't sense that from the kids yet. They're struggling. They're looking for answers. We're feeling the same way, which is 'holy cow, how did we get in this place?' But at the same time, we are. We communicate pretty well. We're on the same page.