Nov. 13, 2007
"Obviously, we're playing West Virginia this week, but for me, it's about our 19 seniors and what they've gone through the last four or five years. That is three head football coaches; Digger Bujnoch has gone through five offensive line coaches. The ups and downs of Cincinnati football, where it's stood and where it's at now. For them I'm really excited about the legacy that they'll be able to leave here. Being the senior class that really vaults Cincinnati football to a new level. This will be their last home game at Nippert Stadium and for a lot of them it will be a special time.
"Clearly, we all know the significance of this week's match-up. It's another opportunity to move closer to a BIG EAST Championship. We're playing a great opponent, they're the fifth-ranked team in the country and it will be our third Top-20 team in as many weeks. It doesn't get much better than that, if you're a college football fan, you get a chance to play two Top-20 teams at home and in consecutive weeks. It doesn't get much better than this, that Cincinnati is in the thick of things.
I think we all know about West Virginia's prowess on offense with (Patrick) White, (Steve) Slaton and (Noel) Devine. Right now they have great balance of skill, they have an outstanding scheme. They are a veteran, experienced football team; they played in the Gator Bowl last year and the year before played in the Sugar Bowl. This is an experienced, national football program.
We'll have to play our very best, but the one thing we do have going for us is that we're playing at home and we have some experienced players in the 19 seniors that are playing in the game this weekend."
On his teams experience going into big games:
"I know that I've had teams that I've taken into big games that have been there before. So, you're in that arena, and experienced in that arena, I think it really helps with the preparation of your football team in how you actually play in that football game. That you're not uptight, not anxious, it's a game that we've played before. So, I think it helps a lot.
is there a chance the Bearcats might be nervous?
"No. We've already talked about where we are, for our football team. I think we experienced in the South Florida game the feelings that go in with playing in a `elimination game'. We've been there and done that. Our kids will play their very best."
On the challenges that loom when facing West Virginia's defense:
"I don't think their defensei is as much unique, as much as it's the personnel. They've got great personnel.
I'm very acquainted with the three-down (linemen) defense. Having run the spread much of my career I don't think the scheme will be an issue, as much as the players behind the scheme."