No words can ease Redbirds' pain
ST. LOUIS -- In literature and film, there is always articulate locker-room oratory. The coach always finds the right words -- soothing or soaring, depending on the outcome -- at the right time.
In the losing locker rooms of March, it doesn't often work out that way. Sometimes the pain of defeat can render a man mute.
Tim Jankovich knows. He walked into the devastation of the Illinois State locker room here Sunday afternoon and had nothing.
"I was searching for profound," ...
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