"First of all, thanks for coming this morning. I hate that we weren't able to get together yesterday. We weren't exactly sure when all of the bowl stuff would play out and I had some home visits last night, so I dumped you guys for the home visits, so I appreciate your understanding.
"Obviously we're excited to have a chance to go to a bowl game. Will Webb, the executive director for the Meineke Car Care Bowl – I had a chance going down and speaking at alumni functions to get to know him. They've done a great job, and I think all of our fans and players are excited about playing. We've got a heck of an opponent in West Virginia.
"I spent six years at the University of Miami and played West Virginia every year. I'm somewhat familiar with their program, from the standpoint that they've always got electrifying athletes. It's a talented team. Pat White, the quarterback, has just done extraordinarily well there for the last couple of years… They've always been very talented on defense. They were the preseason pick to win the Big East, and rightfully so. We've caught bits and pieces of them over the course of the season as we got ready to play UConn and Rutgers, we caught a little bit of their film and stuff, and they're a good football team.
"Bill Stewart, the head football coach, has done an excellent job. I had a really close relationship with Don Nehlen, and when Rich Rodriguez and Coach Stewart took over, they've just kind of kept the ship rolling. They've been in two BCS bowl games in the past three years, which is a pretty good testament to the type of program that they've got. It will be a huge challenge, so we're excited about it and looking forward to it."
Will recruits be able to attend bowl practices in Charlotte?
"That's something that we'll have to find out, if it is available. I know that contact is very, very limited. There's certainly rules and regulations. We can't invite them because it would be an off-campus thing, but if practices are open to the public, then certainly, I'm sure that if kids wanted to stop by, they would be able to stop by and watch practice."
Will recruits enrolling in January be able to practice for the bowl game?
"I don't know. We did that at Miami, but I haven't checked to find out as to whether or not they can still do that. If they are, it might help recruiting a little bit, wouldn't it?"
On if he would have preferred to play in Orlando or Atlanta:
"It would be nice to play anywhere, but just the opportunity to play a bowl game is awesome. I think it's going to be great in Charlotte because it will be like a home game, probably. We're going to have a lot of fans and it will be an exciting atmosphere playing in a NFL stadium."
On playing West Virginia:
"West Virginia is a really, really good team. They're dangerous. They have a weird 3-3-5 defense and they've got Pat White back there on offense. Everybody knows nationwide that West Virginia is a good football team. They might not have had as [good] of a season as they had hoped to have this season, but everybody knows West Virginia is good."
On going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl:
"It's a great feeling knowing that we're finally on our way to where we want to be. Of course, we would have liked to have played in the ACC Championship game, but this is a big step, since we haven't been to a bowl since 2004 and we haven't won one since 2001. It gives us the opportunity to go out against a great team like West Virginia and prove that we can play with some of the big boys in the nation and prove that we're ready to play on the national stage."
On defending the spread:
"The thing about the spread offense is that it's all about discipline, reading and knowing what you're supposed to do. It's going to be another game of assignment football."
On how many ticket requests he's gotten from family and friends in Charlotte:
"I need like 100 tickets. I've got to talk to Coach Davis about that. I need a lot of tickets.
On his feelings about going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl:
"Some people might be upset that we're not going on a trip down to Florida, but it's a bowl game. I'm just happy to go to a bowl game."
Thoughts on Pat White and Noel Devine:
"Tremendous speed, tremendous athletes. They're NFL-type players. So it's just going to be a great challenge trying to contain those guys and trying to put our best foot forward. I think if we play our best football, we can beat them. Whoever plays the best that day is going to win."
On if he watched any bowl games last season:
"I watched a couple of them. It's hard. I'm a competitor, and when you don't win at something, it's kind of like watching a bowl game was rubbing it in your face. That's how I felt with the Virginia Tech/Boston College game [last weekend]. I probably watched four or five plays and that was it."