statement … "Just going over some things as I've done in the past,
obviously last week was … we've never had an off-week so late in the
season as this year. It's obviously good for all teams to rest a little bit
and kind of go back and look at different things and different parts of their
game. We did some recruiting, I got out and traveled quite a bit, all our
coaches did. I was concerned about how our guys would come back, but they
practiced real well yesterday—we went in the afternoon instead of at night.
We're back on schedule and we haven't been back on schedule in a
while because we played on a Sunday night, our last game.
was a tough loss. Any loss is, we had momentum going, we had some things going
in and we just didn't play good enough,
did and they beat us. The key is coming back out and getting going again and
playing good football. Playing fundamental good football. I was having a lot
of fun with this team. We were playing pretty well and doing a lot of good
things. I like what we're doing offensively and defensively and with the
kicking game. We're really trying. It's
a pretty talented group, a little young in some areas, but pretty talented.
It's kind of fun to watch them grow and develop. "We know it's a big
's very good, everybody knows that. It will be a great challenge. I'm
excited for it; I think our guys will play well Saturday. I think it will be a
heck of a football game. I'm excited to be getting out and playing again. I
do not like off-weeks personally because I'd much rather play. I watched
some college football a little bit, but we're excited about this week."
the schedule and when the bye week comes … "I don't know. What most
coaches are going to do is say it's good because it is when it is.
You don't really control all of it. I don't do all the different
bits and pieces with the scheduling because you've got to go through the
conference office and go through a number of people. Scheduling is not what it
used to be when we started our program. I called up Kentucky Wesleyan and said
‘will you pay $20,000 to come down here and play us, would you like to play
us', they said ‘sure, why not.' It's a little different than that, my
point is that it happens to be what it is, so we end up making it a positive.
Our guys went through eight weeks of football, we haven't really gone that
long of a stretch without a break before. Last year, remember we had a five
weeks off. Five weeks of a season because of the hurricanes, so it's a
little different thing. But it's what it is when you live in
, you don't always really know."
the team playing flat against
… "No, I don't think we
were flat because it was 2-0 at halftime. Not everybody was flat. You don't
end up with 2-0 … their defense was very good, and I think that some people
don't know that
does play pretty good defense. They played some good teams.
's a pretty good team, they played them there and really played them pretty
well if you go watch that game, through the third quarter. Then they had
Virginia Tech on the ropes. It's kind of an honor to play, in not only a BCS
conference, but one of the toughest right now. I don't know what the BIG
EAST will be next year. I don't
know what it'll be the year after, but I know this year, at this present
time, this is one of the most powerful BCS conferences in the country, I think
everybody would have to say that and if you look at a lot of who people have
played on the outside, you would have to say that. So we felt like
was moving pretty fast to go from Independent to Conference
to BCS conference, now we're in one of the most powerful BCS conferences in
the country. So you'd better change quickly, because that's just the way
it is. So my point is that Cincinnati had a losing record I believe when we
played them, but when you really look at who they've played and what's
happened in those games, they played Louisville, they had Louisville beat,
they had Virginia Tech beat, they played Ohio State all the way to the end on
the road, they won all of their other games.
was the one that they went in there and beat them,
did a great job going in there and beating them, shows you what
is. You look at
, one of their only losses is
, pretty good, and they beat
, which was their only loss.
had Notre Dame beat, right, we all saw that. So you can kind of look at the
whole thing and see these are some pretty good football teams. And it's
exciting, it really is. To me it's exciting, we're right in the middle of
one of the most powerful BCS conferences, it's kind of neat and it makes you
really realize that you're on the cutting edge really. That part's kind of
status of program … "I think that most people would say that we have
some talent. Everybody would say
that right now. That we are a pretty talented team, I think that most people
would say that we've still got to get better in some areas. Offensively
we've done some very good things, our offense struggled last game. Part of
it was us, part was
. You've got to realize when you go to somewhere and you go to try and beat
somebody, you've got to go grab that win. You've got to go and take it.
You can play a real good game and lose. On the road, you better go get
that win and I don't know if all our guys fully understood that. I think a
number of our guys did, but I don't know if all of our guys did. Unless
you've been in those situations and you realize that you've got to fight,
scratch and claw for everything you get all the way through all 60 minutes,
it's still going through the course of a tune-up. We just couldn't make a
play. We couldn't make a play on offense, couldn't get a turnover on
defense and we tried on special teams, that didn't work. But it was fun to
try, I was excited about it. I wasn't excited that we didn't make the
first down, but I was excited that we tried. I thought it was a pretty good
time to do it. We just couldn't
make a play and that's part of the deal.
Pitt's Tyler Palko … "He's pretty good. He moves so well with that
ball and he keeps the ball ready and he's got that quick release. He's
confident and he knows the field. He's very good. I don't know if
there's anyone that we've faced that really compares. He's pretty
what USF is going to have to do defensively to contain Tyler Palko …
"It's going to test everybody on our defense. Certainly you need to have a
good pass rush and you need to be in the right areas. You've got to do both,
you've got to do a number of things to have a chance to slow them down.
He's going to make some throws, he's going to complete some passes,
there's nothing you can do about that, but it's going to have to be the
whole defense playing together."