Considering North Carolina State's lack of College World Series experience, the Wolfpack likely would take whatever advice they can get heading into their first appearance since 1968.
Fortunately for them, they have somebody right there who can give it — and who knows it.
“It's satisfying to get here … and I will do all I can in the next 48 hours knocking that feeling out of them, because I want to win this thing,” North Carolina State associate head coach Tom Holliday said after Thursday's practice at Roddy Field. “I think the older you get, the more times you come here, the only thing that satisfies you is winning it.
“It won't be but nine months and people won't remember who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. They only remember who you beat for the national title.”
Holliday, 60, speaks from a wealth of experience that starts with playing catcher for Miami and the late Ron Fraser on the Hurricanes' national runner-up team in 1974. Since launching his coaching career in 1976, he has come to Omaha with five programs, including Oklahoma State, and made a total of 17 visits.
So take a seat next to him on the bus or in the dugout or at dinner, boys, and just listen.
The first thing Holliday has told them is that it comes down to one of two things: You're either here to have fun and take it all in or you're here to win the tournament.
“You've got to make a choice when you come,” he said.