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Tony Bennett: Expect some growing pains
Earlier this week, Bennett sat down at a Pullman eatery long enough to polish off a turkey sandwich and offer some food for thought on the 2008-09 Cougars, whose roster features seven true freshmen and three second-year freshmen. Cougfan: How do preseason practices differ this year with so many new faces? Bennett : A bunch of this fall has been trying to get them to understand some conceptual things. A little more teaching and instructing. When practice starts (full-time practices for full rosters start Oct. 17), we'll really get into fine tuning. We want to make sure our stuff's in so that we can really hit the ground running and then start emphasizing the soundness with the basketball, the toughness, the intangibles. Cougfan: Do you have to be careful not to throw too much at one time at the young players? Bennett : You've always got to be mindful of physical and mental freshness. That's a challenge with a young kid, because they need the reps, they need the time. The biggest thing...
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