We are anxious to play this weekend. You always are after a loss. You'd like to play as soon as you can after a loss and get that one behind you. We practiced well on Monday and Tuesday and our kids and coaches are in good spirits.
Have you read the statement from FSU President T.K. Wetherell and do you feel it give you the backing to get through the season with limited distractions?
Yes, I appreciate his support and I think he is wise and I am very thankful. We tell our players not to pay attention to this stuff but just to concentrate on the next opponent and I am sure that is what they do.
How much does the furor of the last week motivate you to have a strong finish to the season?
Yes it makes you want to do it better. This dadgum team is so close to being 5-0 but we're not. It's not like we are getting crushed. Every game we have played in has come down to the 4th quarter. The last time I went through this I was in West Virginia in 1974. I was going through the same dadgum thing. My president and my athletic director came to me and said Bobby we don't care what they say you are the guy and they stuck with me. I have been through it before but I wish that it did not occur but their aint but one answer, winning.
What were your goals at the start of the season and how have those changed through five games?
The first goal is to win the division. Then if you do that win the ACC and go to a BCS bowl. That's always your goal. Then you lose a couple like we did and your backs to the wall yet there is still a chance. Our goal now is to be 3-3.
What needs to be tweaked to have a good outcome against Georgia Tech?
We need to quit making mistakes and tackle better.
I believe they are. Same old story. When the season is over I will let them know if I want to come back.
Has your thought process changed after what has happened over the last few days?
No, you have heard the expression if you listen to your critics you will be sitting up there with them, so don't listen.
After the week you have been through do you anticipate your team will come out with a BYU performance or will it have an opposite reaction?
There is one thing about this team, and it hasn't been their effort. What would scare you is if you had bad effort. If the kids were not trying, the kids were not running, kids were not hustling but that hasn't been our problem. Our problem has been making critical errors at the wrong time. It all goes back to blocking, tackling and execution. If we can get that part straightened out then we would be a pretty dadgum good team.
Is it time to make some critical position changes?
That's exactly what you are looking for each week. You hope to have this straightened out after a couple of games but we still have some question marks. If someone asked me who was going to start at safety and who was going to start at corner it's hard to answer because a lot of time Mickey (Andrews) will change his mind on gameday and decide to start another guy. We are still looking for the guy.
What makes wide receiver Demaryius Thomas so good in your opinion?
He's got talent. He is big and can run and can catch. To me he is ideal to play that position.
How do you try and slow Thomas down?
You have to try and stay on him tight. Don't go to sleep. If you go to sleep on him he is going to score. That is what they do, they run, run, run and when your back starts getting itchy and wants to start coming up then they will pop it with that long one. You can't go to sleep on him.
How difficult have the last few days been for you coach?
If I was 40 years old I would be shaking in my boots. But I am 79 and I have been through it and most of my coaches behind me. To me the only thing I worry about it is it distracting to my team. I don't think it is and I don't get that talking to my kids. I tell them what to listen to and what not to.
Do you feel like a 40-year old again trying to prove yourself like the old days?
When you get my age and you know you are not going to coach forever you would like to go out on top. It's so disappointing to me right now. The good thing is that most of this team will be coming back next year. We want to do it now. The thing I tell my people is that the season aint over. Let's get the season over and then see what happens.