Whatís the program need to get back to the 2009 Orange Bowl year?
More wins, I guess. Did we win 11 games that year? I donít know what youíre saying.
Two years before that we were 6-6, right? Thereís ebb and flow in sports, and thereís ebb and flow during the course of seasons. Thereís ebb and flow from season to season. Certainly during the course of a week.
Those are broad-based questions. Now the first step for us would be to win the next four games. Thatís what weíre focused on. But I do know that weíre not going to the Orange Bowl this year, I do know that. Maybe you could, I donít know.
Attrition in í08, í09 2010 classes. How much does that impact you guys maybe more than other schools?
Attritionís college football. Itís college football. Thereís ebb and flow in college football. As Scott pointed out earlier, thereís programs where youíd think there wouldnít be. If it could happen at some of the ďbrand-name schools,Ē itís going to happen everywhere.
All that being said, this season isnít over yet. We havenít written it off yet. We still have four games left. We intend on playing as hard as we can.
The NCAA came down yesterday that the buck comes down on the head coach if thereís transgressions with the assistant coaches. Any thoughts on that globally?
I havenít seen it so I canít comment on it, but my thought is thatís how I looked at it 30 years ago when I got into college football. I thought that might be a good way to curtail some activities.† Thatís where it should stop.
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Jordan Cotton and James Vandenberg talked about how much time over the summer working together. Have you seen some kind of (chemistry)?
I think Jordan is one of the good stories we have right now. He virtually was invisible. He hadnít done a whole lot up until this year. Heís done some really nice things on special teams. Heís made some good third-down catches, things like that. Certainly his continued development and involvement would help us. James has been invested like any quarterback would be. Itís been a real positive.
How about some of the guys that are red-shirting this year that we havenít seen that weíll see next year. Someone like Jaleel Johnson. How are they coming along?
Itís a good class and the appear to be working hard and they appear to be transitioning well. It seems to be a good class. But right now Iím a little more focused on the guys that are trying to help us.
The way Indiana has played on special teams this year, a couple of onside kicks Ö do you emphasize this more this week?
I think we have to be prepared for everything. It starts with their kicker, both kicking off and field goals. I think what a big jump heís made in leg strength because heís put more touchbacks than years past. Theyíre a good special teams outfit, and theyíve got good return guys, too.
I know youíve worked here without a contract. Has Greg been OK with a one-year contract?
We havenít talked about it. Gregís a great guy. Iím excited to have him here. Iím glad he came, and I donít think heís too worried about it and nor am I.
All of your assistants are one-year guys. They serve at your discretion, right?
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Thatís just kind of how it is. I think most of them know that if they do their job and again, I think instead of talking about it, I think past performance typically has a little something to say about how to do your job. Thatís what everybodyís supposed to do. Do your job. And they are.
Do you have to go through some sort of hiring interviewing process again with Greg?
Not to my knowledge. I think heís officially on board. As far as I know, nobody has to audition.
Are you more focused on keeping the outside noise from the program?
Iíve always addressed it, even back in the dark ages of the early 2000s -- 1999, 2000, 2001. Iíve always addressed it.
How have you developed a thicker skin? Obviously when someone calls on your radio show and tells you to move to Cleveland, just human nature would be to react negatively toward that.
I think there are a lot of benefits in spending six years in the NFL. A lot of which I wonít go into, but the biggest one was to learn that not to worry too much over things that you donít have control over. And, also, I think Iíve always understood that people are going to react very positively, probably too positively, when we do well, and when we lose itís just the opposite. The worldís not ending and itís not the creation of a new civilization, either, when we win. Worry about the things that we can worry about. Thatís what Iíve learned.