"Not really, but I do appreciate it," Rodriguez said when asked if he has taken time. "As soon as I found out it was sold out, I thought that was terrific.
"I think it sold out early I think, so I told the players it shouldn't matter if we are home or on the road or who we are playing, we're going to play really, really hard on every snap. Without question, a sold out crowd, USC, Saturday night on national T.V. there is probably a little extra juice involved."
"I never really look at it that way," he said. "I think every game is an opportunity to prove your program and who you are. I like to think we only have 12, 13, or 14 opportunities and it's easy to get up for every game, but I have coached long enough to know you still have to try to get your guys motivated. I think we have a lot of self-motivating guys, so it has been an easy week to get their attention."
"They are so athletic up front," he said. "That's the thing, You can have a guy assigned to him, sometimes two guys assigned to him, but they will swim or rip or use athletic moves. He's strong enough where he doesn't have to use athleticism, he can bull rush too. He's got all the things that you want from a dominant defensive lineman."
"We're not still to the point where we are playing 18 to 22 guys defensively and have a steady rotation," Rodriguez said. "We are increasing the talent and a lot of it is young, but our staff has been doing a good job of just getting us to hang in there. I think the future in the next few years, we will get to the point where it will be easier for the guys on defense to coach."
"Our routine stays the same," Rodriguez said. "It's different when you have a couple extra days, but we were recruiting. Our routine is the same and that is one thing our staff appreciates. We know each other so well that some things are always a constant in our program."