According to Examiner.com, IMG came in and put every Colorado State player through a 16 class curriculum that focused on "self reflection, teaching the young men accountability, social acceptance, character building and leadership." Colorado State was one of only six schools (Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Washington, Florida State) in the country to do that type of training.
McElwain talked about the mindset of the Rams and changing the culture during a press conference yesterday, which reinforced the importance of mental training.
“Anytime it's been a while since you've had success, you think, 'is it me?' Changing a mindset, changing a culture of thought, is something I think is very important.”
“What you do on a daily basis, and how you think, it only carries over into everything you do. It's habits that you do every single day.” McElwain explained.
After their first practice of the year, Dan Mullen fielded a few questions from the media guys, and it only took about a minute and a half before he got up to walk out.
A few questions in, Mullen was asked about the status of a few guys in particular that weren't practicing. He answered by reminding the press that they have a policy about talking about injuries...but that wasn't enough to stop them from pressing.
After being pressed further, Mullen got up and made his way for the door, asking them to come up with better questions for tomorrow.
In the end, cooler heads prevailed and Mullen reminded them of the policy before fielding questions on everything from the advantages of having the majority of their freshman class for the entire summer, to the importance of having the flexibility to move and interior offensive lineman to tackle when it comes time to name the travel roster.