Coker Post Game Press Conference

Head coach Larry Coker addressed the media following a 17-14 win over Boston College.

Opening Comments

"It's a lot more fun to be up here with a win. It's been a little too long. But I am extremely proud of our football team. It certainly wasn't a flawless performance, but they played extremely hard. They gave great effort. They prepared and the assistant coaches have done a phenomenal job of keeping this thing intact and pressing on trying to compete as we have all year long."

"Again it's just great to be able to come back and beat this team, a very good football team, actually a top 20 team, a team actually playing for the ACC Championship. Again, this was a good win for us. Defensively, what do you say about 25 yards rushing for the game, they got some yards passing, but most of them were meaningless. Just a tremendous team effort.

"19 staters coming back on this team, the future is very bright at the University of Miami. We've been a little down, but we won't be down long here and you can print that."

On kneeling down at the end of the first half following Kirby Freeman's interception for touchdown that gave Boston College a 14-3 lead…

"Yeah, I did think about that, but we were going to have to score. It was a very poor decision as far as the pass was concerned. It was just a gift."

On some of the big plays that were made throughout the game…

"We wanted to be more aggressive today and we had some shots that we didn't connect on that we should have done, but Greg made a nice play and Ryan Moore made a great play before the end of the first half. And Kirby made some nice throws. We had some other people in routs that we would like to have taken shot. We lost Lance Leggett in the second half. He was injured. We had a lot of people miss this game. A lot of injuries and the guys stepped up to allow us to win the game. We had a lot of big plays, but the thing we didn't have we didn't break the big run with Javarris."

On the emotions of Bryan Pata's family coming through the tunnel on senior night with his jersey…

"I knew we were going to play and with energy, I just knew that. I know that was part of it. Was that the reason? No, but I think it was part of the reason. This group wanted to win this game. We'd been on the road the last couple of weeks. We've lost a couple of close game. They wanted to win this game for the seniors and part of the reason was Bryan."

On the end of the season and whether or not it was a relief for it to finally be over…

"I like what I do and I like these players and we've been very close and it's not a job for me. It's something I enjoy and to say it's a relief not to go to the office and it's a relief to not go to practice, that's not what it would be for me."

On going to a bowl game and the possibilities…

"How many thousand bowls are there? At one time a bowl was you had to win all the games. I'd like to go to a bowl. Again we have 19 starters coming back to this team. It gives them another opportunity to practice for several days and then travel to a bowl. I don't think we have a lot of choice. If we have a possibility, we'll have limited possibilities."

On the play of Kirby Freeman and what he's learned about him…

"He needs more experience and make better decisions some times in the passing game and you can understand that because he hasn't played much at this level. He's showed me he's a tremendous competitor and that the players gravitate to him and really believe in him. Even in the play where he gave up the touchdown, the players never gave up on him. The defense just said, don't worry about it and we'll get it back and they did."

On his plans after the game and the possibility of being fired…

"I don't plan on sitting down with them. They won't be able to find me. As soon as I leave here, I'll sneak out the back door. It's all speculation. We have plans, we have flights. We are going to have a fabulous recruiting year. Our plans are made, our trips are scheduled and we're moving on. I am just going to work, going to recruit. And those decisions will be made by those who are going to make those decisions."

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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