Head Coach Jim Leavitt Press Luncheon Quotes
BIG EAST Room
last game was disappointing. The thing I love was the effort that our guys
played with was as great as I've ever seen. I didn't say we played real
well. As I said on the radio show, when things work, they work, when they
don't work, the fans or media can't beat yourself up any worse then you
do. We move forward, the night after a loss you always wrestle a little bit.
It's no different when we lost to
On the possibility of seeing Carlton Hill at QB on Saturday:
I don't know. Pat (Julmiste) and
any difference between
"Their QB is really playing well and he's another dimension. He was there before, but he is really playing with confidence. He's a good football player who really opens up the offense. He can run and can throw. He's got humility. He's a big dimension. He opens up the running game. They're playing confident as a team and they've got a good football team."
On USF's home field advantage at Raymond James Stadium:
"I don't know what it is. It's real close to home, we're right here. In the last three out of four weeks we've been on a plane for no less then two hours. I just like the opportunity to play at Raymond James; it's a nice place to play."
On the support by the student body at USF:
"I think our support is great. I've said that the last 10 years. Our supporters and what our students and community give is great. I really do. I don't know if there was one negative time in 10 years that I have in my thinking with any with any support that we've ever had. It's just been that good. Look where we are right now. One thing people will say is that we are a very competitive team in the BIG EAST. To me it's been great."
On what you need to do to move on after a big loss:
"Well you remember the Army game (last year), you didn't forget it. My point is this; I don't think you ever forget a loss, but what are you going to do? Are you just going to sit there and be depressed all your life, or move on? That's one of the keys to anything in life. When all of us face adversity, it's a great lesson. We are all going to face it one way or another. When you face adversity are you just going to sit at home? Say you lose a job, things don't go well a certain day, you deal with it. It builds great character. You're going to have hurdles in your life. Just like after a win you move on, after a loss you move on too. You just have to and we will. I couldn't be more proud of this football team. I love this team. I might not mean a whole lot to them but they mean a whole lot to me. They really do. I love being around them."
On how much the senior class means to him:
lot. The senior class is a powerful group. They are great leaders and great
workers. They do what we ask them to do; they never blink an eye. You can't
go through the turnaround from C-USA to the BIG EAST without senior
leadership. It's impossible. Coaches and staff are important but seniors are
a powerful element. They are a special group. We have an opportunity to go to
a bowl game and play more football, which I am planning on. That's never
happened in the history of
On USF's injury situation:
"We're all right. We really are. I expect everyone to play except for Danny Verpale of course."
On the final game of the season being a harder final game then normal:
"No. They are always fired up to go out and play. I won't say a lot to them. I'll say hello to them shake their hand and lets go. It'll be their last game in Raymond James unless somehow we go to the Outback Bowl. Some of these guys might have the opportunity to play at Raymond James in their NFL career like we have with other players before. I just want them to be focused. Sometimes you get out there and they are too emotional and they don't play well. That is my biggest concern. We're just going to go out there and play, shake their hand and get going and strap it on. Let's play."
On coach Leavitt's confidence in playing in a bowl game:
you get invited you don't know, but we're focused in on
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