If you haven’t been paying attention, the first couple of weeks have been rough on Howard. After opening the season with a 49-0 loss to Appalachian State, things got even worse in Week 2 as they suffered a 76-0 loss at the hands of Boston College.
Needless to say, Howard head coach Gary Harrell has a tough task in getting his team to look past those defeats as it prepares to take on rival Howard in the Nation’s Football Classic.
“It’s definitely something that was hard to watch,” Harrell said on Wednesday’s HBCU Gameday podcast. “It definitely was hard to deal with after the fact.”
Harrell says he made sure to put the team’s performance in its opening Money Games into perspective for his players.
“I had to remind them after the game that just because you failed this particular time, that doesn’t mean failure is in you,” Harrell said. “Many people, like Oprah Winfrey and President Obama, I’m sure if you look many times through their life, they’ve failed in the career, but that doesn’t make them a failure.
Harrell also talked about his team’s upcoming rivalry game with Hampton. He said that getting the game on the schedule earlier in the year only enhances the excitement surrounding it.
“This rivalry, right now so much is on the table because its early in the year,” Harrell said. “Usually this game is in November, the weather is bad and the students don’t really get to enjoy the magnitude of this game.”
Check out our full conversation with Harrell below.