As the No. 10 team in the Football Championship Subdivision and armed with an 8-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson would appear to be inching closer to cementing a spot in 24-team national tournament.
But coach Rob Ambrose said reaching the postseason is not a topic of discussion among the players and coaches.
“There was a long-range goal that everyone had in mind, and it sits in their mind, but until we take care of the next play in front of us, that’s a wasted conversation,” he said Monday morning on the CAA conference call.
“The goal is to win,” Ambrose said later. “The rest takes care of itself. That’s the only focus. Win the play, win the quarter, win the half, win the game, and the rest should take care of itself. We just need to do that as much as humanly possible.”
Last week, Ambrose said capturing the CAA title is not on the team’s radar as the Tigers, No. 16 William & Mary (7-3 overall, 4-2), No. 21 Delaware (7-3, 4-2) and No. 23 New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2) all trail No. 6 Maine (9-1, 6-0) by two games in the conference standings.
No longer being in the race for the league championship would seem to heighten the importance of Towson’s last two games of the regular season -- against William & Mary this Saturday and James Madison (6-4, 3-3). But Ambrose pointed out that not putting the proper amount of focus on the Tribe is a risky gamble.
“There’s only one game I know of that matters, and that’s the William & Mary game,” he said. “Is any one [game] more important than another? I suppose to an outsider’s perspective, but if you’re spending any time working on play No. 2 and you didn’t spend it on play No. 1, there’s no use doing this at all. We need to get back to just focusing on what’s important and then good things take care of themselves.”