Mogridge Q&A

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina tight ends coach Allen Mogridge spoke with reporters on Thursday afternoon shortly after being announced as the program's new recruiting coordinator.

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So what's your reaction? Were you surprised at all?
"Absolutely. Absolutely elated, excited. It's a great opportunity, it's a great challenge. Hey, this is the University of North Carolina. I played here. I had the fortunate privilege to be a member of this team and to grab a degree from this place. I'm humbled that Coach Davis sees the ability in me to continue to allow North Carolina to rise to where I think we can. It's definitely a privilege. This is a great place. Despite everything that is around us, we will persevere. Like I said, this is an awesome opportunity to be able to sell the place where you went to school [and] to be able to tell young people what a great place this is… I'm just grateful."

Did you lobby for the job or were you selected?
"I guess I was selected. Coach called me in and I found out in a meeting and I said, ‘Hey, I'm all in. Carolina blue, let's go do this thing. Whatever happens next, let's move forward and keep rolling.'"

No offense intended, but if you can get guys to go to Buffalo, is this a slightly easier job?
"Buffalo was a great experience for me. I learned a lot there and those were great people that I had the opportunity to work with. Obviously, the University of North Carolina coming in the door is a little more of a known product. That ‘NC' brings some weight with it and lots of people know us. So it's an awesome opportunity all of the way around, both for the program and for myself, just to continue going in the right direction.

"We have great recruiters on our staff… This is an awesome opportunity and the thing that you know is this is a team effort. Every man on this staff recruits and recruits hard. We've got great recruiters here and we've got a great staff. So we're going to keep on keeping on and move forward."

How does this change your life?
"The good thing about it is that I've had the experience before at the University of Buffalo. Obviously, there will be more time involved and more things like that, but I think this is a great opportunity for all of us."

How would you describe your strengths for this position?
"Obviously, a willingness to go do it, to get to work, to not shy away from the work that has to be done, to attack it, to be honest and to work diligently to find the right kind of guys that fit what this program needs."

For the casual fan, what exactly does a recruiting coordinator do for the program?
"You do a lot of stuff. The No. 1 thing you have to do is be organized and you've got to make sure everyone understands, ‘Hey, these are the guys we're recruiting and these are the guys we're going after.' Continue to uncover the ones that maybe you don't know about, but really, it's just the organization day-to-day of making sure that we all know where we're going, when we're going to be able to get out, where each coach is going to go and those types of things."

What sort of challenges does the ongoing investigation present?
"Outside of the normal things, it's just people asking questions and having accurate information and being able to provide them with answers. I don't know that that's a challenge, that's where we are right now. So that's part of the deal."

How do you see this current recruiting class filling out?
"We're excited about it. We've been able to get some guys to jump into the boat and buy into what we are all about. The big thing is just filling out the rest of the class on a strong note… There are no magic beans. It's hard work. It's diligence. It's selling a program that you love and want to be a part of. For me, this is where I went to school. This place afforded me an opportunity that I'm grateful for and that's what is awesome about the opportunity...

"Finishing strong, the same way you would talk about anything else. You start strong and you've got to continue to work at it and finish strong. That would be the answer to your question."

How big of an issue has negative recruiting been since this NCAA investigation began?
"Shoot, I don't know. I'm sure everybody has got an opinion. We just deal with the things that we can control each and every day. I know that's probably vague and you're looking for me to jump out at something else, but we control what we can control. And what we can control is that this is the University of North Carolina."

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