"Tammy and I are so appreciative of everybody associated with the University of North Carolina. We absolutely love Chapel Hill, we love being a part of this community and this University, and we're so thrilled to be a part of not only the present, but also of the future of this program. We're appreciative of the chancellor and the athletic department and the administration and I hope that everybody sees this as just a continuation of an enormous amount of progress that this program has made in the last 11 months.
"Someone asked me today, do you measure success solely by wins and losses, and eventually that's going to be the barometer that all coaches and programs are going to measure by, but this team with the seniors on this football team, the progress that they've made over the last 11 months is almost immeasurable. The momentum that we've gained, the way that the games have been played, the culture and the attitude in the building, I'm forever grateful… I think that the future of North Carolina – as the players would say – is going to be off the hook."
On how the extension will help recruiting:
"There're so many good things about the University of North Carolina. Our coaching staff has been working extraordinarily hard since last May, and when we started putting together the 2008 recruiting class, going out and looking at players in the spring, we had our summer camps where we had a lot of football players that visited North Carolina. We've had some great, great Saturdays – people don't realize that we've probably had anywhere from 35 to maybe as many as 65 potential recruits every single Saturday. And when those kids stand in the end zone, they stand down there watching us in pregame and they look at that stadium being jam-packed.
"Five consecutive sellouts have made a tremendous impact already on recruits, and certainly, we'll hit the road next week. Our coaches will start canvassing North Carolina and certainly the Eastern seaboard and all across the country and try to put together the 2008 class. It's a huge, positive statement by the University that they want consistency and they want continuity and we're very happy to be a part of that."
On having so few commitments:
"If you wanted to have 25 commitments, you could have had 25 commitments three months ago, but it might not be the right guys. People would almost laugh at some of these websites and blog sites where they talk about commitments and I always find it humorous when we get anywhere from 20 to 25 calls from kids that are committed to other programs calling us during the week, [saying] ‘Coach, when can I visit? What's going to be my official visit date?' and that's why you have to take an awful lot of this with a little bit of a grain of salt.
"You want to be selective. I want to get into the homes, I want to get to know the kids, I want to get to know their parents, I want to have them come here, because it really, truly has to be almost like a marriage. If they're going to come here, they need to get to know what the university is all about and what our expectations are for them as student-athletes. I think once they get on campus, we've got as good as a chance of getting any kid in the United States as anybody in America, when they get a chance to be around our faculty, our administration and our players."
On if more progress has been made this year or his first year at Miami:
"I think there's probably more positive things that have transpired [here]. And nothing to try to compare the two programs from the standpoint that with this program, all we have done the entire first year is make improvements. The first year in Miami was all of the sanctions and probation, and we were in the midst of a decline that we were going to lose 31 scholarships over the next three years.
"So that program spent the first couple of years going towards the bottom, to where we ended up 5-6 in 1997 before we could start the rebuilding progress. Certainly, I think there's been enormous progress with this program in the last 11 months, from the attitude to the work ethic to the practice habits, the willingness to take ownership of their own personal performances and preparation, so I think there's been a lot more building here."
On how having one full year of coaching will help in the offseason:
"I go back to last March when we had our first day of spring practice, [and] we spent 45 minutes on how to break the huddle. Truly – we started at ground zero in Year One. Now that we've got a year under our belt and 90 percent of these players are coming back… it will help us be a much more efficient and better football team certainly next year."
"Ryan Taylor's probably the only guy that there's a little bit of a question [about]. He got kicked in the calf the other day in the game at Georgia Tech, and he's been getting treatment, he's running and as far away from the game as we are, by Saturday I definitely think that he'll be ready to go."
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