Sept. 13, 2010
Press Conference Video
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Bill Lynch met with members of the media at his weekly Monday press conference to discuss his team's upcoming showdown at Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Below is a partial transcript of the press conference.
"It seems like it's been a while since we've been together in a group, and we're ready to get into a game week and get back at it. I felt we had a good week last week. The biggest thing is to maintain the intensity and keep working to get better. We tried to make it very competitive and I think we did. I don't think there are major adjustments in the depth chart. Some guys grew a little closer to playing and I would say the special teams depth chart will change up a little bit based on some performances last week. We came out of it in good health. We have a few question marks going into the week, but for the most part it's good.
"Matt Perez is going to have surgery from a torn ACL, so that will take place. I don't think it's (the timetable) definite yet but probably in another week or so. You have to let the swelling go down and do a little rehab.
"I think Western Kentucky is going to be a tough situation for us and we've done this a couple different times. We've done it three times, and each one has been very difficult. When you go on the road into a non-BCS conference school, it's a tough environment because we're the first Big Ten school to go there. They have a renovated stadium and they've been looking forward to Indiana coming down there since this thing got on the schedule. We did it a few years ago with Western Michigan and it was a very close game where we held them off in the end, we were very fortunate. We went to Ball State a couple years ago, same situation, and then last year we went to Akron. Luckily we got off to a great start with a kickoff return to kind of diffuse the crowd. It is going to be an atmosphere that our guys have to get prepared for in the sense that this is their first home game. They've had two very difficult road games. They opened at Nebraska and then they played at Kentucky.
"They have a great tailback (Bobby Rainey). He is fourth in the country in rushing and he is averaging 169.5 yards rushing and that's against Nebraska and Kentucky, so those aren't inflated numbers. That is going to be a significant part of our preparation throughout the week, as we have to be able to control the line of scrimmage and do a great job tackling. He's very durable, quick and he has breakaway speed, so that is going to be a challenge for us.
"This in a lot of ways is like an opener. We have to get back and take care of ourselves and make sure we play a good, sound football game. In our opener against Towson, I felt good that we limited our penalties and we didn't have any turnovers. The kicking game was sound and I think that will be very important again. It will be 16 days from one game to the next so we must have a sense of urgency this week, particularly in those three areas to make sure we are sound in the game. We are looking to forward to playing again."
On WKU running back Bobby Rainey reminds him of:
"He is a short, compact, fast guy. I'm trying to think who that would be. Wisconsin has had those guys as well as the really big guys. He breaks tackles, he will make you miss and he is a competitor. If you watched him run late in the games against Nebraska and Kentucky, he kept going. His long run against Kentucky, I think was the third play of the game, so he certainly wasn't getting yards just at the end of the game but throughout."
On Tandon Doss:
"He is going to practice this afternoon and I'm anxious to watch him go. We made a conscious decision all the way back to the day that he injured himself, and we took a look at it. The medical advice was that if we could just shut him down, let it heal, and then hopefully he can go and we will be smart the next couple of days. This could have been one of those injuries that could have lingered week after week after week if we had pushed the envelope with it. I would say we are right on schedule. I would say the middle of last week he really wanted to go and we said no. Then he wanted to go Saturday and we said no because we had made the plan to go Monday. I'm anxious to see him get out there and run around. It's like anything else, if you haven't done anything other than rehab and treatment, we don't want to go out there and be silly today or tomorrow."
On the benefit of having two coaches on staff from Western Kentucky:
"I think it's changed so much that it's a non-factor. And really in our profession, guys change jobs and staffs from one school to another often. It's really about the players playing and the fact that we have two games on them to see what they're doing this year with this staff both offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. They have one game on us so I don't really think it's a factor."
On Western Kentucky's passing game:
"I think they have been committed to running it and have run it well. He (Kawaun Jakes) has experience and he has pretty good numbers when he plays. On tape, he has a live arm, he has mobility and can run, and they give you a little bit of everything on offense. They probably give a little more two-back formations. We have been seeing so much spread offense lately over the last two or three years. They are a little more traditional, but then they will also get in the spread and also run the quarterback on the decide plays. We have to prepare for all of that for Saturday."
On being on the other side welcoming a big school to your stadium:
"Unfortunately, I never had that opportunity because when I was in the Mid-American Conference, we never could get them to go play us and we had to go everywhere else. I think they are going to have fun with it. They have already played two tough road games. Obviously going to Nebraska is one of the premier stadiums in America and Kentucky is a state rival. I'm sure there are a lot of mixed emotions there like when we play at Ball State. And now they get a Big Ten school to come in and play at their stadium and they've probably have been pointing to it for a long time. We're going to get Indiana to come into our stadium and make it as difficult as possible. That's exactly what I would do if I was on that side of it. And it is a late afternoon game so it will probably be popular with the students."