"What a difference a week makes. Honestly, we let one get away that we shouldn't have, that's on me. Everybody wants an answer, we all want answers. The thing that probably excites me the most is that we've got a football team that was hurt. We have a football team that it bothers. That's the first time I've felt that since I've been here. I think last year - it wasn't a thing that they didn't care - I don't think they believed they could win. Now we're beginning to believe that we can win, so when you set your expectations up for that and it doesn't work out that way, then there's hurt. That was probably the most positive thing for me. As I said last week, we've got a long way to go. We're going to continue to improve, and we're doing that. We're taking the steps that I think that any organization or program that starts where we did has to. To me, that's a very positive thing.
"When I go back and look back at last night's practice, it's probably the best Monday practice we've had. Now we've got to continue to do that the rest of this week. It was a great practice. These guys look like they're focused. Last week, everyone's telling you how good everything is, and now it's completely different. But we're going to continue to improve, we're going to learn from it. As I told them last night, we're halfway through, we're 2-4, not where we'd like to be. We've got six games to go, we're going to take them one at a time, and continue to improve, and I think that they've proven to themselves that we have an opportunity to be a much better team than we show at times. You just got to put it all together and play that way. I'm excited about this week. I'm excited to get back on the field. Just like a win, you have to put it behind you. After a loss, you have to put it behind you. If last night's practice is any indication, they've done that."
...on how the team came out last week against Indiana...
"I go back to the games where we've jumped out ahead like that in my career, it's human nature to relax a little bit. I think you have to give Indiana credit there. They hung in there and kept playing, kept fighting. As a coach, you always worry if you jump out that fast because you've got to maintain that level of intensity. I was concerned that first defensive series. The one thing we hadn't done defensively was give up a big play, and that was the first time that we've been in that situation. We'll get that stuff improved and corrected and go from there."
...on the way Ohio is looking...
"I see a pretty good football team. If you go back and look, they've had some problems throughout the year here, but obviously, they've played Missouri very, very tough. They did a much better job at Rutgers than we did. They're a football team that is in their second year as well, they've got some young, talented guys. They've got a kick returner that is probably as good as the one we just saw. The quarterback is a tough guy, a guy that takes a licking and he keeps on ticking. They're going to do a lot of different things to cause us problems. Defensively, they're a blitz team, a man blitz team, not necessarily a zone blitz team. Their corners are very athletic. Their two inside guys are pretty good. They're going to move around, give you different looks and come after you."
...on how to scheme against Ohio...
"You go back and look at how maybe people defended them, people that have had success. On the offensive side, what are some things that have caused their defense some problems? Defensively, they've done pretty much the same thing. I mean, they are going to come after you, blitz you, but offensively they have changed. Every week it's been a little bit different with what they're doing. Everything they've done is in the option style. They have it exactly the way they used to do it at Nebraska. They have it with every down and distance, and every personnel grouping. I don't know this for a fact, but probably every field position."
...on playing outside the conference...
"It makes no difference to me right now who we're playing. As a football team we have to be focused on us and do the things that we have to do to continue to improve. I'm sure they are doing the same thing. They want to continue to improve. This gives them an opportunity to step into the Big Ten and feel the game. Once again, we have to take care of us."
...on an open date during the season...
"I'm not opposed to a twelfth game. I've said this many times, I still think it's important to have an open date. Just for general welfare of the student-athlete. Whether it be just the mental part of it, giving them a mental break. We had a couple of guys that stayed in the study hall all last night doing papers and projects, so for those kinds of things it would be nice to have that. We don't, so go, man, go. I think that the fact that we get to play right now is probably good. They want to put it behind them the way all of us do. We'll get the opportunity to do that on Saturday."
...on having a night game...
"In most cases, I think that you'd just like to get the games over with so you can get on to the next thing. Hopefully our fans will enjoy it, and we put on the kind of show that we're supposed to put on. We'll have a walk-though, get them up a little bit later. Give them the opportunity to get a little more sleep, then we'll have a walk-through. We'll always be here two hours before the game. Four hours before that is the pregame meal. There is not a lot of downtime."
...on the end-game strategy against Indiana...
"Sometimes people make comments without knowing all the information. You've got a guy that has rushed over 100 yards and a guy that's been here a long time. If you are going to put the game on somebody's back, you're going to put it on number 30's, and I'd do it again. Any coach that I know would do it again. There were a couple things that happened during the game, we threw the ball four out of the last ten plays, and there were a couple of things that happened in that last series that had Juice done differently, it would've been all right, we'd have been fine. But people don't see those things, and I think if you go back and look at the Michigan State game, we ran the ball that time. Hindsight is 20/20. I would do it again knowing what I know now. Nine times out of 10, Pierre isn't going to slip. That is something that everyone could have an opinion on."
I think if everyone in here had the responsibility to win the game, you had to make the decisions, what are you going to do? It's easy to say what to do because of the things that happened in the first part of the game, Believe me, Juice did a great job. I'm not taking anything away from Juice, but I told Locksley exactly what I wanted to do. I think if you go back and look at the history of coaches, that's going to happen. That's the way you're going to do it. "
...on Ohio coach Frank Solich...
"I know Frank fairly well. He was at Nebraska for a long time. Now the athletic director at Nebraska, Steve Peterson, and I are pretty good friends. We were together at Ohio State, so I know him through Steve pretty well. He's a great football coach. I don't think there is any question, he has done a great job."
...on the possibilities of rotating the tackles on offense...
"Absolutely, it gives you a chance to keep guys fresh. You don't want to do it at the expense of something bad happening. It's helped Jimmy (LaBonte), it has helped his confidence. The coaches obviously feel confident in what he can do. It gives you a chance to rest Chuck (Myles)."
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