To my surprise the questions seemed to be asked in a sincere and informative seeking manner, frankly I expected doubters of UC's validity among those present. Here are the highlights:
Coach Greg Schiano called
About Ben Mauk, Schiano had this to say "he reminds me of Brett Favre from my days with the Bears. He runs one direction and throws the other, but he completes the pass. All the things you were taught not to do he does, but he makes it work. He is a special player."
When asked about
One thing the Coach Schiano said that really caught my attention was when he discussed the UC offensive line. He said this "for what they are trying to do they are probably the best we will face this year." How quickly they have adapted to the new system is amazing. He was really impressed with how well prepared the Bearcats are with the coaching change but thought being around for the bowl practice really has helped.
When discussing the Bearcat defense he essentially praised the entire unit but really went into depth about Terrill Byrd and the corners Mike Mickens and DeAngelo Smith. He did say it seems that Harucki Nakamura has been at UC his entire career. He was most impressed with how the Bearcats always seem to be in position to make plays, once again praising how well coached the team is.
About his own team there are some concerns for Saturday with some key players being dinged up. Strong Safety Ronnie Girault, a four year starter and second team all Big East player is questionable. Also pre-season Big East defensive player of the year DT Eric Foster is hurt but is probable for Saturday.
A topic that was raised by the media was the concern about special teams; Coach Schiano wouldn't elaborate but took the high road by saying "it's an area that needs improvement."
When asked about the revenge factor from a year ago, "until Saturday that might have mattered, but really that's all gone now. We need to focus and play our game."
You can hear the press conference in it's entirety at:
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