GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE
Utah State Aggies Head Coach
Q: What’s it like to be back in Albuquerque having coached and also played here?
A: “Its surreal. I still have a home here and friends here so for me, it’s knowing what this bowl game means and the experience they try to give the student athlete.”
Q: What kind of advantage do you think you have over UTEP being from here?
A: “Both teams have played in the stadium before so I don’t think there is an advantage for either team. Being an assistant coach for three years here means nothing because this game is about the players and it has never been about the head coaches.”
Q: Do you think this game will be similar to being on the road since UTEP will be bringing a lot of fans?
A: “Yeah, sure, I think we will travel well, but knowing that they will be three and a half hours down the interstate I’m sure they are going to bring a lot of fans and they will be loud so it might end up being a lot like a road game.”
Q: How did Utah State get to this bowl game?
A: “The program has been built on the foundation of two things, recruitment and development and I think we have done a good job doing both. This May will mark six straight years that we have graduated every senior in our program and I think that is really important.”
Q: What does it mean to be a head coach at a school that you played for?
A: “It’s humbling to lead your Alma Mater and be a part of the success we have had the last few years, it’s fun. But it’s not about me; it’s about the whole team and the culture of that locker room that I’m most proud of.”
Q: It’s their power run game versus one of the best run defenses in the country, how do you feel about that matchup?
A: “They are one of the top thirty teams in the country at running the football and we are one of the best in the country at stopping the run so that means it will be strength on strength. So I think it will be a very interesting matchup.”
UTEP Miners Head Coach
Q: What’s it like to be a head coach at your Alma Mater?
A: “It’s very rewarding to have an opportunity at a place where you played. You can relate better with your players because you sat in the same chairs, went to the same classes, and played on the same field. It makes everything more meaningful.”
Q: A lot of people did not expect you to be here today, what was it like week after week up until this point?
A: “After our loss against Louisiana Tech I think is when our team really came together. It was our first conference game and instead of falling apart the team decided enough was enough and wanted to stop the losing.”
Q: What does the turnaround mean to you from the record you had last year to this year?
A: “I feel good for the kids, they were the ones who endured that and they had to be the ones who decided to stop the bleeding and they did. It’s just rewarding for them to get a bowl game at the end of this season and being able to see how their hard work paid off.”
Q: Is this going to be more like a home game than a road game considering the number of fans you are expecting?
A: “I love playing in Albuquerque and our fans are going to have the opportunity to watch and I know they will come out here and support our team so yeah I’m excited about it being a home opportunity for us.”
Q: Win or lose what is this game going to mean for your team?
A: “Win or lose, we are going to play a very quality opponent in Utah State. I just want to see our kids go out there and compete and do their best just as they have been all year.”
Q: You have one of the best run games in the country versus one of the best run defenses in the country, are you just going to do what you do?
A: “We are going to do what we do; we do it against every opponent we face. We are just going to be happy to be facing the best defense that we play this year. I think it will be a very physical game.”