Transcript of Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo's comments
March 26, 2009
Q. The end of practice was kind of brutal, what brought that on?
A. Guys not taking care of business in Bancroft Hall and doing things they aren't supposed to do. All that stuff is tied in. This is the Naval Academy. You have to be more than just a football player here. There are rules here and guys know that when they come to school here. They have to be a midshipman too.
Q. Should everybody pay for the transgressions of a few?
A. We are a team. When the left guard doesn't do what he's supposed to do, everybody pays. If the corner doesn't cover the wide receiver, everybody pays. Football is the ultimate team sport. When one guy screws up it messes up the whole team. When somebody gets in trouble here it isn't so and so the midshipmen got in trouble, it's so and so the football player got in trouble and that is rightfully so. I'm OK with that, because it is a great privilege to be a Naval Academy football player and I want our players to understand that. Some of our young guys don't understand that yet. I want them to know that it's more than just football here. They have to do what's right in Bancroft Hall. If they can't handle it they should go do something else. Intramural basketball might be looking for some guys.
Q. How have things looked so far?
A. Football wise we are doing OK. We will have a better idea on Friday when we put the pads on, but I like the way the guys are flying around. It's hard to tell much when you are in shorts, you don't play football in shorts, but I like what I've seen so far.
Q. One thing we didn't talk about when we met last week was the offseason conditioning, how did that go?
A. I am very pleased with how that went. Coach Brass and his staff did a great job with our guys. The older guys took some leadership and tried to push the younger guys. Nobody wants to be the senior group that drops the ball and I think that kind of carries on from class to class.