Sept. 18, 2007
"Marshall has a great tradition. It is a program that everyone nationally knows about their history and tradition. To bring in a program of that level, I think everyone knows about the history and tradition, but I think you need to know a little about their football program and at 0-3 that is clearly not indicative of the talent level they have. This is a well-coached football team, Coach Snyder does a very good job, and their scheme is sound both offensively and defensively."
"First of all, Miami (FL) and West Virginia are pretty good football teams. Again, offensively they're moving the football, but they haven't played up to the same level on defense. Clearly from their perspective, having their quarterback out against UNH left them in a big hole. They just couldn't climb back from it, they almost did, and they almost got that game back in hand. So there are a lot of factors, but from my perspective this is a good football team."
On Marshall's Quarterback
"Clearly he's a competitive guy. He was not even slated to play and he gets called on at halftime to come out. You can see on the film he was hobbling in the fourth quarter. It had glimpses of the Byron Leftwich days, where the linemen were carrying him down the field in the fourth quarter; it had that kind of aura to it when watching it of film.
On naming a starting quarterback for Marshall's game
"Ben Mauk is our starting quarterback. If he's 100 percent, he'll be our starter. We feel pretty good in our decision in not playing him (at Miami (OH)). It has given him more time to get that shoulder back to 100 percent. We'll be careful with him this week, he's our starting quarterback. If he can't go, next man in (Dustin Grutza or Tony Pike).