Dan McCarney walked into today's
Big 12 media day like he's done it a few times. Wait, he has for 12 straight
years and McCarney isn't afraid to tell you about it. He's proud of the job he's
done, and more importantly McCarney is proud of
"I'm really honored to be back for
my 12th year at
The theme of the week has been confidence from all of the Big 12 coaches. McCarney joined that club on Wednesday when he wasn't only confident about 2006, but anxious to kickoff as well.
"Like all coaches this time of
year, we're optimistic and we're excited. We're looking forward to the season.
It's an exciting time at
McCarney is entering his
12th year at
"If you're going to have a good defense you have to have the talent to play in this league. I think we've got good Big 12 talented kids, but what we do lack in experience and we will in a lot of positions, those things do matter if you have talent," McCarney said.
If you add up all of the positive
things about the upcoming season for
"Bret has all those intangibles that you're looking for. He's got to have an amr. He's got to have mental toughness. He's got to have physical toughness, and he's got good feet, and he can be elusive in the pocket. But he has tremendous leadership ability, and we are all looking for those players and especially QB's that will elevate the play of those around him, and Bret Meyer is a great example of that," McCarney said.
McCarney also talked about how Meyer can't be expected to do it all by himself.
"You better have a pretty good supporting cast because if he's got the leadership and the intangibles but he's getting whacked from the side of his head half the time, it's going to be hard to be successful," McCarney said.
"I don't think there is any question it's going to be a better conference this year, because there are lots and lots of players coming back. And yet, with Dan (Hawkins) and Ron (Prince) coming in, with the other four coaches that returned in our conference, I think it makes for a great race and we're hoping to be a part of it and hopefully late in the season a lot of you are still writing about Iowa State," McCarney said.
"It's well documented the caliber
of the schedule we'll play this year. Nine bowl teams, six bowl champions. The
defending national champion
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