Kiffin frustrated, Canales disappointed, Indiana AD Fred Glass explains
Published: Monday, 29 November 2010 07:39
Lane Kiffin frustrated following 20-16 loss to Notre Dame: "We've probably set a record for the worst 2-minute defense, not just this year, but in the history of college football."
(on if 7 or 8 wins will be considered a good first season) "That's well below our standards. We're extremely disappointed. I don't know that very often you're sitting at 7-5 and would have the lead in 11 of 12 games in the second half. We need to build our roster up and play better and coach better."
"It's just a very difficult season to deal with. To be sitting here at 7-5 is not easy. We're in our first year here and we've got to do a better job coaching so that we can finish games off, so that we're sitting here (next year) with a different story."
Mike Canales disappointed he didn’t get the North Texas job, but proud of accomplishments as interim head coach at North Texas: "Of course I am disappointed. When you invest so much in the kids and the program and to have to surrender it, it is hard. But I can walk away with my head held high. The program is headed in the right direction because of what we did in the last five weeks. I want to thank the community, the university, the students and those who gave me this opportunity. It was a great honor to represent the university."
"I don't know what is next for me right now. I'm going to visit with Coach McCarney on Tuesday and talk about what he wants to do with his staff, but I also want to be a head coach. I will have to see if someone is looking for an enthusiastic, high energy coach."
"We really did some positive things here. I want the program to do well no matter what happens. We could still be part of the program in a week or two."
Indiana AD Fred Glass compliments Bill Lynch, says the cupboard is not bare: “Bill Lynch is often described as a `nice guy' and he absolutely is, but it is important to recognize he is much more than that," Glass observed. "People should know that Bill is also smart, talented, passionate, perceptive, committed to his players, a great teacher, and a very good football coach. That I have concluded we need a new coach at this point in time does not change any of that.”
"The cupboard is not bare. One of Bill's legacy's is he has left the kind of foundation that has not been left in previous transitions. Two recruiting classes ago, 18 of 18 of those kids are still in the program and all but one was redshirted. This past year we had a few more junior college guys, but 22 out of 25 are still in the program and 18 of 19 high school kids were redshirted. WE have a fantastic receiving corps and some great guys coming back on defense and Darius Willis coming back (from injury). So I think it is a job where you can step in and not look around and wonder where everybody went. We have some really talented players on the team.”
"It is crazy. The Big Ten Network is the best thing since sliced bread for Indiana University in particular as well as the Big Ten in general, because we take an equal share of the "booty" as it were. The $15 million we get is a lot more on our $52 million base than Ohio State's $15 million on their $110 million base. If you look around here, a lot of the things we have been able to do have been a result of the Big Ten Network. Candidly, the resources we are going to need to put into attracting the kind of coaching staff that we want will largely based on improving revenue streams from the Big Ten Network."