Big 12 Coaches Teleconference: Turner Gill

Kansas head coach Turner Gill spoke briefly with media members Monday morning during the weekly Big 12 Coaches Teleconference, touching on topics such as Saturday's loss to Nebraska, coaching against his alma mater and the tough road the Jayhawks still have ahead.

On keeping the team focused while being out of bowl contention:

I expect our guys to continue to try and improve as a team. I think our last two or three games there's been definite, consistent improvement on our football team, and that's all we want to do is continue to get better. And then try to see where we can be here for the future, for our football team, and some guys who can help us in the future. So we're continuing to make evaluations and adjustments we need to make, and we're also going to do the things we need to do to win the football game.

On the difficulty of the remainder of the schedule, with games versus Oklahoma State and Missouri:

You just want to not get caught up in the name of the school, don't get caught up in maybe what the win-loss record is. You're just trying to focus on what we need to do as a football team to give us the chance to be successful in each game.

On whether or not the players on the roster from Oklahoma approach Saturday's match-up with the Cowboys differently:

I think for probably each individual guy, there's maybe some cases that's true. That there's some extra incentive. But I think it's also an extra incentive to play well every game and win. Whoever the opponent is, we hope they have that great energy every single time. But there's probably certain individual guys that when they play against their home state school there's maybe some extra incentive to play better as a player.

On how the team performed in Lincoln last Saturday:

I thought our players responded well. They played very hard, they were very determined and I thought we played a good football game - particularly our defensive side of the ball. I thought that they played pretty well and held (Nebraska) in check for the most part. But their defense on Nebraska really was very strong, and unfortunately we weren't able to get anything done.

On his personal feelings of returning to Nebraska as an opposing coach:

I guess just from a personal standpoint, it was mixed emotions, I think, as far as after the game. But once you're in the football game you're so focused on trying to get your team to play well, that's what I was focused on.

But again, it's a mixed deal. I obviously spent many years there. It was a good experience for our football team and we did make some progress.


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