VM: Jim what are your thoughts heading towards the 2002 season?
JM: We are real excited about having the new scheme. Just to be able to get out there and try to prove ourselves again. We are looking for a winning season. I'm just glad to get another opportunity to get a bowl game for this University.
VM: What are some of the differences in schemes over the previous schemes?
JM: There are wholesale changes. The defense has gone to a 4-3 instead of a 3-4 and the offense is a lot more run based. Last year we primarily worked out of the two point stance, as far as an offensive line. This year we are working out of the three point stance. We have the option. We have a little bit of everything worked in. We will be a very diverse offense.
VM: What are some of the things that have jumped out at you about the new coaching staff as opposed to the previous coaching staff?
JM: This coaching staff is real hands on and you can tell that from everything. The entire coaching staff is at every workout. The entire coaching staff is at punishment runs in the morning. The entire coaching staff is always present which is very different from the attitude of the prior administration who just let the strength and conditioning coaches coach nine months out of the year and they coached three months out of the year.
VM: Tell me a little more about these punishment runs? What do you guys have to do to get on that?
JM: If people miss classes or have bad grades then they have to come to the stadium at 6 o'clock in the morning on Thursdays and run.
VM: Jim we appreciate your time and we wish you the best of luck during the upcoming season.