UNC-Miami: Larry Coker


Posted Oct 30, 2004



Opening Statement

First of all I¹d like to congratulate North Carolina on a tremendous effort and a great football game. I¹d also like to congratulate coach Bunting, his staff and his players. They were well prepared and played extremely hard. They made some plays when they needed to make plays and were able to win the football game.

We gave ourselves a chance in the second half. We really pinned them deep and made them go the length of the field and kick a field goal. That's kind of the story of the game. We couldn¹t stop North Carolina the entire night. I congratulate them for that. We did some things well offensively and I think Brock Berlin had an outstanding night. He threw the ball well with a couple of touchdowns and no interceptions. Our protection was outstanding as well. I don¹t think we gave up a sack all night.

But again, my hat¹s off to North Carolina. They outplayed us overall tonight and deserved to win the football game. We win as a team and lose as a team and that¹s the case for us tonight.

(On surprises this game) Opening Statement

First of all I¹d like to congratulate North Carolina on a tremendous effort and a great football game. I¹d also like to congratulate coach Bunting, his staff and his players. They were well prepared and played extremely hard. They made some plays when they needed to make plays and were able to win the football game.

We gave ourselves a chance in the second half. We really pinned them deep and made them go the length of the field and kick a field goal. That's kind of the story of the game. We couldn¹t stop North Carolina the entire night. I congratulate them for that. We did some things well offensively and I think Brock Berlin had an outstanding night. He threw the ball well with a couple of touchdowns and no interceptions. Our protection was outstanding as well. I don¹t think we gave up a sack all night.

But again, my hat¹s off to North Carolina. They outplayed us overall tonight and deserved to win the football game. We win as a team and lose as a team and that¹s the case for us tonight.

(On surprises this game)
There weren¹t really any surprises at all. They did have two weeks to prepare and were well prepared. But, there really weren¹t any surprises. I think they executed well and had opportunities to make plays. We were playing with some young players in some areas and made some mistakes and they took advantage of it.

(On Chad Scott¹s performance)
I was very impressed with him. He did a great job. North Carolina had some injuries that they had to get by and he did a good job. We knew North Carolina was an outstanding offensive football team. They have been all year long. They didn¹t really surprise us with it.

(On how this game changes the talk of a national championship for Miami)
We never even talked about a national championship. We what we did talk about is beating North Carolina. That didn¹t happen and we¹ve got four more games left in the season. We¹ve got an opportunity to get better. We¹ve got an opportunity to go back home. We¹ve been on the road. We played one Saturday game in the Orange Bowl in the months of September and October. We've had a very tough schedule. We¹ve been on the road. Again, we¹ve got some guys nicked up. We haven¹t even talked about a national championship. We¹re going to talk now about beating Clemson.²

(On the crowd in Chapel Hill)
I don¹t know that the crowd really intimidated us. I think that Carolina did a really good job tonight. I'm sure they fed off the crowd. I don¹t think we were surprised. We knew it was a sellout crowd. It¹s homecoming here. When you play on the road you like to do some things to take the crowd out of it. We weren¹t able to do that. The things we did really energized the crowd.

(On Miami¹s penalties)
We had some young players that made some mistakes. Most of those things can be corrected by coaching. But, young players are sometimes going to make mistakes. All in all, you can¹t have too many of those mistakes in order to win.

(On the defenses performance in the past few weeks)
It's mind boggling. We¹re just making some mental errors and some mistakes that we just shouldnt be making. We haven¹t changed defenses. Its definitely frustrating for all of us.²

(On Devin Hester)
We have certain plays we use him. He's played running back and wide receiver before he got to us. He¹s also played wide receiver and running back for us before he moved to defense. We like to use his speed and his athletic ability with certain plays. He certainly made a couple of big plays for us tonight. There weren't really any surprises at all. They did have two weeks to prepare and were well prepared. But, there really weren¹t any surprises. I think they executed well and had opportunities to make plays. We were playing with some young players in some areas and made some mistakes and they took advantage of it.

(On Chad Scott¹s performance)
I was very impressed with him. He did a great job. North Carolina had some injuries that they had to get by and he did a good job. We knew North Carolina was an outstanding offensive football team. They have been all year long. They didn¹t really surprise us with it.

(On how this game changes the talk of a national championship for Miami) We never even talked about a national championship. We what we did talk about is beating North Carolina. That didn¹t happen and we¹ve got four more games left in the season. We¹ve got an opportunity to get better. We¹ve got an opportunity to go back home. We¹ve been on the road. We played one Saturday game in the Orange Bowl in the months of September and October. We've had a very tough schedule. We¹ve been on the road. Again, we¹ve got some guys nicked up. We haven¹t even talked about a national championship. We¹re going to talk now about beating Clemson.²



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