Thoughts on cut blocks:
“If they outlaw it then I won’t have an opinion about it, but right now, it’s a part of the game. So whether I like it or not... I’ve always liked it as an offensive coach. I like being able to do it. As a defensive coach, there’s not a defensive coach that likes it. Nobody. And that’s part of why you do it. It really fits their offense. For a spread team, you’re not going to cut as much because the timing of the play doesn’t usually match up. When you put a guy on the ground he still has an opportunity to get off the ground and make a play. In the triple option, when they put a guy on the ground the ball is by him and that’s why it fits.”
On Gio Bernard’s Monday Night Football performance:
“I didn’t get to see much of the game. I saw a few of the replays but it looked like he made some plays. It looked like they better put the ball in his hands a few more times. There are a lot of guys that are making a lot of plays in the NFL right now. So they’re not only in the NFL but they are being very successful in leading their teams in the NFL and that always helps. If you looked at all the guys that were in the draft he was unlike any other back in the draft.
"That’s why he was probably the first guy taken because he’s so versatile. He can run the ball in-between the tackles and if you watched him this year he’s gotten the ball in the end zone from the one running in-between the tackles. Everybody here knows what he can do. He can make so many plays so many different ways. As an offensive coach you kind of drool about it because anything you can think up he can do.”
Best football victory as a coach or during your playing career?
“Y’all know what it is.”
How do you prepare your team to handle an atmosphere of an opposing team on the road?
“We talk about it all the time. For us, we try to focus through whatever is going on. You can’t worry about the external factors so we really try to focus on what we’re doing. Just know your job and do your job. If you’re focused on doing your job and doing it to the best of your ability hopefully you’re not worried about what’s going on around you. We don’t talk about the weather. We don’t talk about whether we’re playing on grass or turf. Those are all things that are out of our control. All we worry about it how we’re going to play.”
How early do you start recruiting players and offering scholarships and has that changed during your tenure as a head coach?
“It has definitely changed. In fact, this summer was the first time we ever offered a freshman in high school in my life. It’s getting to be very difficult because you are getting pressed to make decisions on kids a lot quicker. Some of these kids are 14- and 15-years-old and there’s a lot of growing to do before you even get to be a senior in high school. It makes it very difficult.
"In the same breath, you say well why do you do it? Well they bring you a kid and you evaluate the kid. You look at film and they say well he is a freshman and I don’t think we can offer this kid this early. Well coach he’s got eight offers and if we don’t offer him now we’re going to be out of it already. That kid develops into a great player and he’s from your home state and everyone is saying why isn’t he interested in you and the kid’s saying y’all didn’t offer me when everyone else offered me. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. You’ve got to do a great job of evaluating. That’s hard to do when they’re 14-year-old kids.”
What did you and your staff do to try and build relationships with the high school coaches in North Carolina with limited prior connections?
“Well we spend as much time as we can as the NCAA rules allow us with the high school coaches. Then we have our practices and facilities open to any high school coach who wants to come to practice, who wants to use our meeting rooms, our film or anything. Our coaches do a great job. We have all nine coaches that are split up and have an area in the state of North Carolina. They do a great job of building relationships with those guys in their areas. That’s through the phone. That’s when you are out, it’s stopping by and talking to as many of them as possible.”
Thoughts on kicker Thomas Moore’s performance thus far:
“He’s doing fine. He had a really good camp. I think he came out of camp with a lot of confidence. Right now, I think he’s moving along well. We would prefer not to kick field goals but I think if we need to Thomas is ready to go.”
What specifically do you view as the way to change the football culture in Chapel Hill?
“It’s a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. You’re talking about changing the football team. You’re talking about installing your philosophies in all three phases and in the overall program. Everybody in the program, all the players, the coaches, the staff, the administrators understands what you’re trying to accomplish as a football team. Then it goes beyond that to every Tar Heel fan out there and changing the way we do things as far as a game day atmosphere. Just every aspect of the program and for us it’s just a process that you start. You try to make progress each and every day and you build on every day. Hopefully you can get a little bit better in the phases of the program.”
Thoughts on Georgia Tech Quarterback Vad Lee and the problems he presents for an opposing team:
“Well he’s very talented. Obviously, he can run. He does a great job running the football. He has great command of the triple option. He has really picked it up and run with it. Against Duke the other night, they spent probably 25 percent of the snaps in this gun, three-back offense, which is this new thing that they’re doing. Out of that offense, he probably threw four touchdown passes. So Vad can throw the ball. He can beat you either way. That makes it much more difficult to defend as a quarterback who can do both and he can do both.”
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