Monday, July 4, 2016

Optimistic Raeburn prepares for first season at SSU football’s helm

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Erik Raeburn hears what everyone says.

When Savannah State University’s new head football coach meets them, it isn’t long before he hears it.

“You’ve got a tough job ahead of you.”

But Raeburn isn’t one for pessimism, especially if it starts to taint his players.

That’s one of the main differences Raeburn has noticed between SSU and Wabash College in Indiana, where Raeburn spent seven seasons as a head coach before being hired in March to try to get the Tigers out of the mud and off the ground. The team has won just five games in the past six seasons.

“(The fans are) not as optimistic ... maybe they’re too pessimistic about the football program,” Raeburn said. “I don’t want the players to feel that way. I guess because we haven’t had much success in recent years, people don’t have much faith that we can get things turned around, which is fine, as long as it doesn’t start filtering into our team.”


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