Dec. 13, 2007
On the first couple of days
"Things are going well. We have tried to keep things in place so there hasn't been much change. We have tried to keep the continuity of everything so there is some familiarity with what we are doing."
On retaining the coordinators
"I'm ecstatic that Ivin and Buddy are coming back and we are still working with the other guys, but I'm excited that a lot of the staff is coming back."
On being able to watch the defensive side of the ball during practice
"It's been a great experience for me. I've enjoyed watching the defensive guys play and the defensive coaches coach. It has given me a different perspective. Our defense is working hard and I think we've continued to get better. We got better at the end of the season and I'm excited about the progress that we've continued to make."
On the offensive line not getting much glory for three-straight rushing titles
"Football is the most the selfless sport there is. Everybody has a specific skill and everybody knows their role and if you have a team that buys in to their roles you will be successful. If you have too many guys that only think about themselves it makes it hard to win games."
On Ivin Jasper's transition from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator
"He's done a great job. As the quarterbacks coach you are thinking that way anyway. The only thing you aren't doing is calling the plays, but you are looking at the overall schematic of your game plan and you are looking at the entire defense and what kind of schemes they are employing. From his standpoint it has been a smooth transition."
The transition from assistant coach to head coach
"I am who I am. I'm not trying to come in here and be General Patton or anything. I am just trying to do the best I can."
Preparing for a bowl game
"It's a little different because we have to practice around finals, but it's the same thing we dealt with two years ago when we went to San Diego so we are trying to follow that same game plan and practice schedule. When we go to San Diego we are going to practice at the same time, practice at the same place, eat at the same places, just so the guys can have familiarity with what is going on. I think that has helped the transition."
"Utah is good. They are always one of the better teams in the Mountain West Conference and Coach Whittingham is an excellent defensive coach and I know he has a great staff. We will have our hands full. I know what kind of players they recruit, because I have recruited the West Coast. They have good football players. It will be a really tough game."