Video & Transcript: Citrus Bowl Coaches – CalBearsMaven

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops pose for a photograph with the trophy throughout a information convention for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, on the Rosen Plaza Resort in Orlando, Fla. (Joseph Cress/Iowa Metropolis Press-Citizen / USA TODAY)
Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops Meet with Media Friday Morning
KIRK FERENTZ: To start with, simply good morning to everyone, respect everyone being right here and simply need to begin off by thanking everyone concerned with the Citrus Bowl. It's been implausible, beginning with Steve Hogan, performed an amazing job clearly for a few years with this, and our hosts on the resort, we've had Chris, Pat and Susan do an amazing job of constructing everyone really feel actually at dwelling and having an amazing expertise.
We actually really feel it's a privilege to be right here. Our guys are excited to play in one other sport. All people feels that manner. To earn a Bowl bid just like the Citrus Bowl, actually happy with that and really feel very, very lucky to be right here and to play an opponent like Kentucky, extremely aggressive crew, very profitable and been profitable for fairly a while. That's an enormous, massive problem for us actually.
We acquired right here final Sunday. Guys have had an amazing week general I believe. Definitely Orlando lends itself to a number of nice actions, and the committee does an amazing job of constructing these obtainable to our gamers. They’ve performed a very nice job of having fun with what Orlando has to supply, what the Citrus Bowl affords and making an attempt to get ready for the soccer sport as properly.
That's our objective coming to any Bowl sport is having fun with the venue we're at. And any time you're in a Bowl sport like this, you're going to play an impressive crew like this.
Our captains this week and our everlasting captains – our crew voted on this a pair weeks in the past – are Tyler Linderbaum on offense, we've acquired Jack Campbell on protection, Jack Koerner, Matt Hankins, after which Caleb Shudak is our particular groups captain.
Matt Hankins had surgical procedure a pair weeks in the past, so he's clearly performed. Terry Roberts is not going to make the sport. He's had a nagging damage right here for it seems like about 4 months – it's been about two, I believe – however he's not going to have the ability to go. And Xavior Williams received't have the ability to go both. However in any other case our whole crew will probably be on the market, and everyone is able to go about that.
Simply concerning Kentucky, we all know we now have our arms full. They’re an impressive soccer crew. They’ve performed properly all season. Obtained a number of momentum coming into this sport. And also you watch them, they’re actually spectacular in each space, offensively, defensively, particular groups, very well-coached, and so they play laborious, they play robust, and so they play in an incredible convention, clearly. So we all know we've acquired our arms full on that problem.
Then we now have our final apply at present, identical to Kentucky. We'll each hit the sphere at present for one final exercise after which kick right into a sport day mode, if you’ll. We’re all anticipating that.
And once more, I believe the factor about Bowls, they’re only a nice, nice reward. Been round for a number of of them now, and when Mark was a participant, even within the '80s, they have been actually particular. And that has not modified in any respect, and only a nice reward for an amazing season. Nice alternative for the gamers on each groups to be concerned and nice actions, stuff you usually wouldn't get uncovered to.
We now have had an amazing, nice week, and it will likely be higher if we play properly tomorrow. In order that's our objective, and we all know it's going to be a tricky problem.
MARK STOOPS: Piggyback a bit bit on Coach Ferentz, thanks to Steve Hogan and everyone concerned within the Florida Citrus Bowl, top notch, deal with us with nice respect. It's the second time we've been right here in a number of years, and our gamers actually take pleasure in it.
So wanting ahead to attending to sport day. Like Coach mentioned, we’ll end up our final apply right here at present and prepare to go. It's been an amazing week, nevertheless it's been an extended week, and it's time to get going and prepare for this sport.
We’re wanting ahead to the chance to play Iowa. I’ve nice respect for Coach Ferentz. I’ve identified Coach Ferentz for a very long time within the Hawkeye program, being that I've performed there, so clearly I've adopted them very intently and have nice respect about the best way they play, the best way they’re coached. They’re extraordinarily basic, they play extraordinarily laborious, and also you at all times have a chance to win once you try this.
Happy with our soccer crew and the best way we now have fought this 12 months. Actually, guys performed very laborious. They’ve been a pleasure to teach. So it's been an excellent 12 months and looking out ahead to this final problem right here tomorrow.
Our crew is in comparatively fine condition. We'll see, going proper right down to the wire with a number of guys in addition to far as damage is worried, however hopefully we'll be at full power.
So the blokes have labored laborious and loved themselves and so they like being right here. After we have been main as much as this course of and we knew that the Citrus was a viable possibility, the gamers have been very enthusiastic about coming again right here. They loved themselves the final time they have been right here. You already know you're going to play an amazing opponent coming from the Huge Ten.
As soon as once more, guys are excited. I really feel we now have a very good steadiness of going by means of the week, having fun with the actions, having fun with Orlando, however being very attentive within the conferences and having good, high quality practices. It's that point and we're wanting ahead to it.
Brian mentioned that you simply guys have just about made up your thoughts at quarterback. Who would be the beginning quarterback tomorrow?
KIRK FERENTZ: I suppose you'll know at one o'clock –in all probability earlier than that, really. I actually don't suppose it's that massive a deal. I do know it’s to everyone, been requested about it, however we place confidence in each guys. Each guys have performed an amazing job.
Finally it's about how our crew performs, fairly frankly. And that's our objective, is to play good crew offense and hopefully have the ability to transfer the ball and rating some factors.
I used to be going to ask that query of you, however I'll change to a second one. With out having Tyler Goodson, how do you propose to divide the carries, and what are the benefits of the three backs, who in all probability will see no matter quantity you propose to distribute?
KIRK FERENTZ: When Tyler made his choice, wasn't relying on Ivory to be obtainable. Our plan was to go along with Gavin and Leshon. And we place confidence in each these guys. Leshon actually hasn't performed a lot, however he's practiced very well. He caught our consideration final spring and actually began to ascend.
After which getting Ivory again is only a bonus for us. And glad to say he's had two good weeks of apply proper now. So he appears to be like like he's in form and appears like he's going to be fantastic. And that can assist us on our particular groups as properly.
The reply is we'll in all probability play all three of them, rotate them in there. And in sure conditions, we might favor one over the opposite, however be ok with the group as an entire.
Sort of constructing on that, on this room, say, about 5 years in the past, we have been having a dialog main into the Citrus Bowl about Leonard Fournette lacking video games and stepping away; now it's grow to be extra commonplace. So far as it pertains to you guys and out of your perspective, should you might speak shortly about Tyler's scenario, stepping away from the sport, and in addition your basic opinion about participant mobility within the faculty panorama proper now?
KIRK FERENTZ: It's attention-grabbing, as you ask that query, flashback, I don't prefer to share non-public conversations lots, however I acquired a textual content from Bob Stoops, who got here out of retirement, and he texted me after three weeks on the job and mentioned, I don't understand how you guys do it anymore. That's after a 5 12 months – so it strains up with what you're stating.
That struck me. I notice issues are altering, however I didn't notice it was that dramatic in 5 years' time. Actually it's simply a part of the panorama that we're residing in proper now. I believe we’re seeing a number of issues none of us thought have been perhaps going to occur or might occur 5 years in the past are occurring now.
And it's simply the world we dwell in. The entire world is altering, actually the way it impacts faculty soccer gamers change. To start with, respect Tyler's choice. I respect Tyler an amazing deal. And I have a look at it lots, to me, it's like anyone, , your job is to do your job and do it in addition to you’ll be able to day-in and day-out. And should you try this, once you stroll away, you have to be – , be ok with issues.
And Tyler has actually performed that. And I respect the truth that he was immediate along with his choice, allowed us to arrange, understanding that we wouldn't have him, and a number of appreciation for that. I've heard of circumstances that weren't like that, and that will be a special scenario to cope with.
An indication of the occasions. Coping with issues we weren't coping with 4 or 5 years in the past and simply roll with the movement.
May you replace the scenario with Josh Paschal, and do you suppose he'll have the ability to play on this one tomorrow?
MARK STOOPS: Glad you Kentucky media awakened, I used to be having fun with my espresso really (laughter).
Josh is extremely questionable. He actually needs to play. I don't really feel like I might play him with a transparent conscience. He's given us all the pieces. Similar to Coach mentioned, you discuss these guys laying it on the road for you on daily basis for years, and Josh, you people that cowl Kentucky, you've heard me discuss it many occasions, however Josh is a man that simply completely empties his tank every apply, every sport.
He reaggravated an damage and made it worse within the Louisville sport and had different well being points that he couldn't journey with us, and he simply acquired down right here a pair days in the past. And to be trustworthy with you, I believe it's extremely questionable for him to play.
Any favourite reminiscence of Hayden Fry? After which, Kirk, any favourite reminiscence of Mark?
MARK STOOPS: Hayden Fry, properly, we might let you know a number of tales, in all probability, and get a kick out of him as a result of he was such a beloved determine in Iowa for thus lengthy. Meant a lot to my household.
I believe a reminiscence that stands out to me is the truth that Coach Fry, together with a number of of his assistants, traveled to my father's funeral in the course of the week after we have been getting ready to play Michigan. And at that cut-off date, nearly yearly, in all probability lots like now, however at that time appeared just like the winner of the Iowa-Michigan sport had the higher hand to play within the Rose Bowl. Huge soccer sport.
He flew in, simply to pay respects to my mom and our household; it says an terrible lot about him. You already know, he had an amazing impression on myself, my brothers, so many different gamers; you see the traits that Hayden Fry began so a few years in the past nonetheless working with Coach Ferentz. And the best way they run their group, they’re top notch in all the pieces they do.
So, , it's a particular place.
KIRK FERENTZ: Fast one I've shared –
MARK STOOPS: Hey, let's (laughter) –
KIRK FERENTZ: Three Stoopses performed for us, and Mark was the final one in line. And when he was sitting in Invoice Brazier's workplace, Invoice was Hayden's longtime coordinator, defensive coordinator, excellent coach, excellent man, and later within the assembly that day, he says, I preserve telling myself that's a Stoops, I couldn't imagine we have been recruiting this man.
Mark appeared like he was 14 popping out of highschool.
MARK STOOPS: Want I did now (laughter).
KIRK FERENTZ: Noticed the entire household in Las Vegas when Bob was inducted within the Corridor of Fame two weeks in the past, three weeks in the past, every time it was, and I used to be teasing the oldest brother, Ron, who’s the youngest wanting as a result of he didn't get into faculty teaching. (Laughter.) He's the neatest one out of all of us.
MARK STOOPS: That's proper.
I do know you in all probability don't pay a lot consideration to this, however the Huge Ten is 5-0 this Bowl season. Do you suppose that's an correct reflection of the general power of the convention?
KIRK FERENTZ: Trustworthy reply is the one sport I'm nervous about is ours, fairly frankly. To not be self-centered, however that's actually my duty and our duty.
You already know, we play in an amazing convention, and we knew that, particularly knew it this 12 months. Week-in and week-out, there have been no straightforward video games. I believe that's in all probability one factor I've observed coming again after a nine-year layoff from the Huge Ten, simply the competitiveness, week-in and week-out.
We've expanded. It's a tricky convention. However you go searching faculty soccer, there are a number of conferences. These guys play in a extremely robust convention additionally. I believe that's one of many sights of school soccer. Not many lay-ups on the market, that's for certain, at the very least uncontested ones.
I believe that is true for each of you, however I'll begin with Kirk. I do know Bowl video games are essential to you, however Iowa has by no means received 4 straight Bowl video games. You have got a chance to do this.
KIRK FERENTZ: Didn't know that. Thanks. Thanks for sharing that one. (Laughter.) I do know we've received three straight, I do know that.
You have got a chance to do this this 12 months. What would that imply? And that's correct for Kentucky, going on your fourth straight.
MARK STOOPS: That's right.
If you happen to might communicate to that as properly.
KIRK FERENTZ: I believe each of us simply need to win. That's what you play for and that's in the end what you compete for. It's not all the pieces, nevertheless it makes an enormous distinction. My spouse noticed that 35, 38 years in the past, it actually will get right down to that.
Our objective is to play as laborious as we will, play in addition to we will, and you then let the chips fall the place they could.
I'll throw a stat again at you. I believe that is right. We've been canine in all however two, is that right, in no matter it's been, 19 Bowls, 18 Bowls. Appears to be the world we dwell in.
MARK STOOPS: Don't take my position. That's often us. We prefer to really feel the identical factor.
Identical factor Coach mentioned. We're actually nervous about this 12 months. Happy with this crew and the best way we fought this season, and I believe it's necessary to all groups. I imply, you go to those Bowls, you need to take pleasure in them, you discover that steadiness. However in the end, as I inform our gamers, the best reminiscence they are going to have is postgame should you win. You already know, amassing that trophy is necessary, in order that's what we're enjoying for.
Each applications have excellent offensive strains, mainstay of the applications. In your opinion, what's the distinction between a very good offensive line and a extremely nice offensive line?
MARK STOOPS: You're the knowledgeable on O-line play. (Laughter.)
However I’ll say, for us, , I've at all times felt that manner, actually, going again to my faculty days, one factor in regards to the offensive line is that they type of set the tone on your crew.
To start with, there's a big group of them. There's 15, 16, 17, 18 massive males strolling round on a regular basis, and simply with their perspective, their persona, the best way they carry themselves, the perspective, the toughness that they carry, type of units the tone on your crew. It's extraordinarily necessary.
Each leagues are a line of scrimmage league. It’s good to be good on each side of the road of scrimmage, and type of begins there. So we now have been lucky.
And I can keep in mind Coach, all the best way again to him being a place coach on the time I used to be there and he set the tone on the College of Iowa an extended, very long time in the past. I cannot date him on that, nevertheless it was a very long time in the past, and he did an amazing job with offensive line play.
And, , we're proud to hold that custom at Kentucky. We at all times need to be higher. However you've acquired to be massive, you've acquired to be bodily. And that's actually Iowa, and that's actually one thing at Kentucky we're making an attempt to be.
KIRK FERENTZ: I'll echo that, it provides you an opportunity to win. That and enjoying good protection and good particular groups provides you an opportunity to win any sport. Praise Kentucky's line. There’s a distinction proper now. We aren’t as veteran as we wish to be. We now have pretty much as good a middle as there may be within the nation, though they’ve an impressive middle as properly.
We had a tricky 12 months exterior of that simply by way of we had a pair veteran gamers that have been injured. So we performed a number of younger guys this 12 months. We’re 13 video games into it now. We must be higher and must be extra developed than we have been again in September. And I’ve seen progress every day with our group. And hopefully it is going to present tomorrow. Going to wish to if we’re going to have an opportunity on this sport.
Speak about instilling management within the seniors and the management you've seen them exhibit with their groups.
MARK STOOPS: It's extraordinarily necessary. Management, neither crew could be right here with out the management supplied by our seniors and what goes on in our program.
You already know, I believe that’s going to hold by means of tomorrow. Once more, discovering that steadiness of coming right here, having fun with your self, however once you step on the apply subject, once you step into conferences, being locked in to win the soccer sport. I believe it's extraordinarily necessary, as soon as once more, to the parents right here that placed on a first-class Bowl sport. They anticipate a very good sport, and we actually really feel that obligation and sit up for the problem.
KIRK FERENTZ: I believe management, should you're going to have a very good soccer crew, and no one makes it to this Bowl sport with out having a very good crew, that is such a prestigious Bowl sport, it’s important to have management, and the very best management comes from inside. We accomplish that a lot as coaches, set the tone, all that sort of factor. The gamers are those that play the sport and dictate the tempo of issues in our constructing, on the sphere, however most significantly away from the constructing.
We now have a reasonably younger crew. That actually jumped out at me final spring. Particularly have a look at the pandemic, we had 70 guys that had by no means been by means of a spring apply that have been on the market on the sphere, 70 out of 100. However our leaders, our upperclassmen have been actually good, and that's given us an opportunity to have a profitable 12 months.
And soccer particularly, soccer is so distinctive as a sport. One man shouldn’t be going to steer you to a championship, it's unimaginable at any stage – professional, faculty, highschool – whereas in different sports activities you’ll be able to see that occur.
You already know, we solely get 12, 13, 14 alternatives a 12 months. We don't play 20 video games or 30 video games, 40 video games. It's extra in regards to the preparation. It's extra in regards to the day-to-day. And I believe that's the idea of teamwork and management and chemistry amongst one another, that's what determines the success of a crew. And like I mentioned, neither crew could be right here proper now in the event that they didn't have these traits ingrained in this system.
So it's an actual praise to the gamers concerned on each side.
How do you speak to your crew about getting the unhealthy style out of their mouth from the Huge 10 Championship and specializing in the nice stuff you've performed this 12 months?
KIRK FERENTZ: That was our single message, and I repeated the identical message twice, two separate conferences. Instantly following, our guys took a bit break. We performed on a Saturday, we met I believe Tuesday morning and circled again that weekend.
Very first thing, it's like something, it's like in-season as properly, you place it behind you. You study from it. Something you do, you study from it, you study it, study from it and transfer on.
Our focus has been, hey, we now have had an amazing 12 months. We received 10 video games. I believe it's the tenth time in Iowa Soccer historical past the crew has received 10 video games, and have a chance to win 11. Let's give attention to that.
We now have a very good crew. Nice guys. Let's transfer ahead and put it behind us. It's like a nook that will get beat or an offensive deal with and everyone is aware of who’s that man that acquired beat for the sack or the landing. Obtained to maintain enjoying.
That's what we’re going to do, and our focus is straight forward. Our look is at all times ahead, Dwight Eisenhower, proper? That's the place it’s.
For each of you. Having each received three straight Bowls, what's the distinction within the months that observe in a program after you've received one, versus not successful or not night enjoying in a single?
KIRK FERENTZ: I'll say the subsequent three days are fairly rattling good (Laughter) since you don't need to work, all proper, you're performed, and you may really lastly for one time within the season actually take pleasure in issues. You already know, as a result of what we do, we’re at all times type of – as pertains to the final query, we're wanting ahead, what's the subsequent problem, what's the subsequent factor to prepare, and so forth.
That is the one time of 12 months, after we get on the airplane tomorrow, I'll go dwelling, no agenda, no itinerary. It's going to be good to look again a bit bit. It's hell of lots higher after successful, I can let you know that. Study that once you're in third grade in all probability.
MARK STOOPS: So usually we now have the 24-hour rule, proper, actually about 12, by the point we get dwelling we now have to bury that sport and prepare for the sport subsequent Sunday. Similar to Coach mentioned, perhaps we will take pleasure in this one for 2 or three days.
I believe that's the identical factor. Simply momentum perhaps serving to you a bit bit, having fun with a bit little bit of time as we attempt to decompress and relaxation up a bit bit and provides your workers a bit little bit of time and your crew a bit little bit of time, offer you a bit momentum heading into the winter and into the spring. However apart from that, it's identical to some other sport. You already know, the highs are excessive and the lows are low. So at all times making an attempt to finish on a excessive notice.
Getting off to a very good begin tomorrow and placing the stress on the offense what would that imply on your ballclub?
MARK STOOPS: I believe it's necessary however I believe with each groups you wouldn't be right here should you didn't have the resiliency to proceed to combat and to complete. It's about ending the sport, and beginning is necessary, however ending it’s in all probability extra necessary.
KIRK FERENTZ: Identical factor. Be nice to get off to a very good begin however chances are high it's going to be a 60-minute sport, that will be my guess. We don't play many which might be that manner.
You've talked in regards to the switch portal and the realities of switch turnover. How necessary was so that you can let these guys which might be already within the portal play and make the journey? Looks like a number of of these guys are right here with you.
MARK STOOPS: I assumed it was necessary. They’ve labored extraordinarily laborious and been priceless members of our soccer crew since they’ve been at this campus. In the event that they wouldn't have been, they wouldn't be at this Bowl sport. So long as they’re extraordinarily constructive, working extraordinarily laborious, they deserve the chance to come back right here and revel in a few of this expertise.
Generally now on this new world we’re in, it's mutual. You have got laborious conversations with guys. You give them the truth of what the scenario is, and so they make decisions. I'm glad they’re right here. All the blokes have labored extraordinarily laborious and we need to assist them land on their ft with a brand new alternative.
You typically discuss these moments the place it's greater than a sport, and I believe we acquired that earlier this month with Iowa donating twister aid funds. Once you heard that was going to occur, what went by means of your thoughts and what does that say about Iowa Soccer and the college itself?
MARK STOOPS: To start with, it actually didn't shock me. You already know, actually, to take time throughout that second, mentioned lots about Coach Ferentz, his spouse, Mary, your entire program, your entire state. Definitely with Coach and I, when that twister hit, we have been in all probability on the peak of being busy. The season is tough however the best way this calendar falls proper now, we’re extraordinarily busy throughout that point of 12 months.
That twister was so near myself, and also you generally tend to get so wrapped up in what you're doing that you might want to step out of that field and try what's occurring. And that was actually for myself, and it was so near me, however to have Coach attain out and have individuals try this all through the state, says lots about Iowa, says lots about Coach, says lots about Iowa Soccer and says lots in regards to the state, and it was drastically appreciated.
I do know you haven’t confronted Kentucky however you could have seen guys like Will and Wan'Dale in a Huge Ten capability.
KIRK FERENTZ: Thanks for reminding me. They’ve gotten higher, too, by the best way.
What benefits are there to having confronted them?
KIRK FERENTZ: I don't know if it's a bonus. We all know they’re good gamers. I'm critical. I believe they’re enjoying a extremely excessive stage proper now. They performed properly at their earlier faculties however they’re enjoying at a excessive stage. There are a number of challenges for us tomorrow however these are two of the blokes tomorrow, throwing the working backs, throwing the offensive line, go proper down the checklist, they’ve a number of actually good gamers.
However how they’re using their abilities and talents, they’re very spectacular and they’re very explosive.
Have you ever ever had a quarterback eat a banana entire, and what did you suppose once you noticed that from Will?
MARK STOOPS: I've actually simply dismissed that query to be trustworthy with you. I believe Coach and I are lots alike in relation to that stuff. So be it, if he needs to eat a banana with a peel on it, go for it. So long as he continues to apply and play the best way he does, no matter fuels him, I'm good with. However he's a personality.
However I let you know, he's wired the precise manner. One factor about Will is he might have a bit enjoyable with social media and doing issues of that nature however he’s all enterprise. The minute he walks in our constructing, he’s wired accurately. Most likely places an excessive amount of stress on himself. He actually is an excellent aggressive man, works extraordinarily laborious within the assembly room, research, works, performs that manner, lays it on the road for his teammates; if he has to decrease his shoulder and attempt to get robust yards, he'll do it. He's actually enjoying at a excessive stage and we're appreciative of that.
Do you see many similarities with the best way Iowa performs protection now below Phil Parker?
MARK STOOPS: I do. With Phil and his workers and Coach's workers and what they do and the best way they play, I'll be trustworthy with you, let you know a narrative, after we first began, we have been clearly ending recruiting and knew we have been enjoying the Hawks and all that, after which we began watching movie and instantly put a smile on my face. Effectively, it was a frown and a smile. As a result of the frown was, oh, rattling, they’re fairly darned good.
However the smile was, I like the basics of the sport, and Phil and his protection and your entire program you see that the minute you placed on the movie.
So for me to return, and haven't competed in opposition to the Hawks in a very long time however seeing the black and gold, and seeing the best way they play basically, simply you could have an appreciation as a coach. The best praise you may give any coach is to placed on that display screen and see the best way they play. They play extraordinarily laborious and very basic and their scheme is implausible, so once you put all that collectively, it's a fairly darned good product.
You touched on him as a participant, however are you able to describe him as a participant?
MARK STOOPS: Not excellent (Laughter).
KIRK FERENTZ: I wasn't there for his entire profession, however no, he was a wonderful soccer participant. I'll return to Bob. Bob was the primary Stoops I used to be launched to, and Mark simply talked about Phil Parker. I at all times appeared throughout the sphere at Phil Parker at Michigan State and thought he may very well be a Stoops.
My level is, all 4 guys, the blokes I do know, the three Stoops and Phil included have been good and hard gamers. Perhaps weren't as gifted as another guys and didn't go on to have NFL careers however they performed the sport the best way it's purported to be performed and so they actually know what they’re doing and they’re bodily and mentally robust.
Mark was the identical manner. Nice profession, nice chief and simply an impressive particular person. College of Iowa is simply so lucky to have Mark and his brothers have been former gamers. Simply nice, nice individuals. And I'm not shocked in any respect on the success that everyone in that group has had within the career teaching. It's nice for teaching that they’re concerned, not solely as coaches however the type of those that they’re, and that's in all probability extra necessary in life.
I believe that is your sixth straight Bowl sport at Kentucky. Looks like in Bowl season, each on occasion, a crew exhibits up type of flat and the sport is mirrored that manner. I'm not going to ask you to touch upon anyone else's crew however looks as if win or lose your groups have performed laborious and about in addition to they will. Why do you suppose that’s?
MARK STOOPS: I believe you'd say that about each groups. Due to the delight and the management within the group, I believe that's an enormous piece of it. Similar to Coach talked about earlier, actually, the identical at Kentucky. You need to be player-led. It begins with them. It's the best way they arrive ready. You already know what their mindset is.
We work on that from day one, , in the summertime, throughout, and I believe there’s a fantastic steadiness in Bowl video games. You need them to take pleasure in it, however once more, there must be a self-discipline and it’s important to be critical once you get into the assembly room and on the apply subject and our gamers have responded. Hopefully we'll try this once more.
For each of you what’s a trait in regards to the different or the opposite's crew that you simply perhaps envy or want you would replicate?
MARK STOOPS: For me, it's as I discussed earlier, it's the respect I’ve for the best way Iowa performs. I need opposing coaches to placed on the movie and really feel the identical manner about our crew and that's a crew that’s basically sound that performs the sport with nice method. There's a number of cute stuff you are able to do nevertheless it's about being bodily and being basic and enjoying extraordinarily laborious. And sure, we now have to place them able strategically to achieve success.
However the sport of soccer shouldn’t be going to alter. It's about blocking. It's about being bodily, it's about getting off blocks and containing the soccer and enjoying with leverage and all of the fundamentals and that's what you see once you see Iowa and hopefully that's what you see once you placed on the movie on Sunday after we play this sport.
KIRK FERENTZ: I had echo the identical issues. Nearly like wanting within the mirror, we don't run the very same schemes however there are a number of comparable traits within the applications. The fellows compete. They play laborious, compete and so they make you earn issues. They make the opponent earn what they get and I believe that's a objective any coach has any time you play.
I'd additionally echo, you don't get to a sport like this by luck or by probability. It's a season lengthy of laborious work and guys doing issues properly and the opposite factor I believe perhaps mirrors is the success long run of the applications. I'm not an knowledgeable of school soccer. Sort of take note of some stuff. I don't know what number of coaches have been in a single program for 9 years. It's in all probability a small quantity.
It in all probability is a small quantity. I'm not an knowledgeable on Kentucky Soccer historical past, however I'd financial institution this has been a fairly good run. I don't suppose that occurs accidentally, and I believe each of us would agree a number of that goes again to our roots within the '80s at Iowa. Simply gave us a very good basis to construct off of and at the very least have a clue to know what it takes to achieve success on a continuing foundation.