"We just have to continue on with what we’ve started. That means the work ethic, the discipline—all the things we talked about when we got here.”
"We’re not anywhere near where we want to be. We’ve made a little bit of progress. I think we’ve improved, but we have a long ways to go … and we have to stay focused on the process so we keep this thing going in the right direction."
How important is it to improve the Black shirts to the level that fans grew accustomed?
"We’re not going to be satisfied until we’re up there at the top. We made some progress on defense, and we had some good games. We also played some games when we got our tails kicked. We don’t want to have any of those.”
"We’ve made progress. Our kids understand more of what this system entails and how to play within this system. But we have a long way to go to get to the standard that we want to play defense at, and that’s at the highest, highest level there is."
What does it tell you that 80,000 fans are expected to be on hand for the spring game? "Well, I mean, I don’t know if any other place in the country will ever get that. Our fans are excited. I know within the first 12 hours, we sold over 45,000 seats for that game. It just shows how passionate our fans are and how supportive.
"It’s great for us. (Recruits) come in here and see that kind of atmosphere, and they see that kind of passion associated with your program. It makes them want to be a part of it."