Coach Wilson's Weekly Press Conference - Sept. 13
Sept. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson met with the assembled media at his weekly Tuesday afternoon press conference. Click here for audio of the complete press conference. Below is a partial transcript:
On his time coaching in the MEAC early in his career:
"But South Carolina State is a very storied program. Coach Jeffries back in the day was very good, and they played for a bunch of championships and won a bunch of games. Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman have been awfully good recently. It is a very athletic conference and in a great region and because it is FCS, they get a lot of `bouncebacks'. Whether they get disenchanted where they are or they don't like where they are at, they will sign with a Division I program and then transfer. And so if they transfer down to an FCS program, you can play right away without sitting out a year. The MEAC gets some bouncebacks or some guys that didn't do well in school or had an issue or it didn't work out and he wanted to play right away. I saw the quarterback for Bethune-Cookman when I was watching that game that was a Maryland guy that wasn't starting and graduated and is now getting a fifth year.
"It is very good football (in the MEAC) and very good athletes. Coach Pough has been in the SEC with Vanderbilt for a long time and was there 10 or 11 years. They have had a lot of success there at South Carolina State. I've been to Orangeburg before. It's a good place."
On focusing on their own game and not worrying about the opponent:
"It was nice to see the team not quit and have a lot of fire in it and come back and compete. We had a chance to win and should have won, but we didn't. We had a lot of errors in a lot of places that we will clean up on the field and off the field as coaches. The real deal this week is moving forward with us and another good week of practice.
"I don't think we got off to a good start yesterday with the offense, from where I was. It wasn't the response I would want after not the worst practice ever on a Monday, which aren't usually too physical. But again, there is a way we come to work. I didn't think our Thursday practice last week was very good and I actually started it over after 10 minutes to teach our guys that there is a way we go about our business. I think we are still learning that.
"As I told them yesterday, even if you are a senior, you are still a freshman in our program learning how we want to do things. We are not clicking yet and we are a little bit off. To us, South Carolina State is the next opponent and we need to start winning games. If you have pro scouts walk in the door, they will have as many guys on their roster down in Orangeburg as we do on ours right now that they will be looking at. That's a fact. They probably have as many guys in the NFL as Indiana does. That's a fact. `Paper-wise' they are going to match up pretty good. Sometimes depth might not be as good, but where is our depth in transition with a young program. To me this is week three and we are not where we need to be, and it's about working to get better. That's not a slight to South Carolina State. We just can't be sitting here last in rushing offense and last in rushing defense in the Big Ten and be in here satisfied with where we are as we get ready to get into conference play. We have a lot of work to do.
"We had three turnovers last game and they led to 13 points. We had kicking errors - a blocked field goal where we had penetration inside and it was blocked. We had two personal foul penalties in the scoring zone that led to field goals. We went from third-and-4 to third-and-14 with a personal foul, so those are some things that haunt us. We are learning how to play and doing some good things, but we have a lot of work to get in this week.
"This week it is about us, but South Carolina State will come in as athletic and fast and solid on defense as most folks we are going to play. They have a running-style offense and a punt returner who averages 22 yards a pop. We don't have 22 yards total in punt return yardage this year and their guy is averaging 22 yards a pop. It will be a challenge and we better be up for it or we will be embarrassed. And that's a fact."
On South Carolina State:
"They played reasonably well up at Central Michigan in the opener. I think you saw last week that Central was going neck and neck with Kentucky for quite a while. I think actually they had a chance in the second half to win that game, so Central is not a slouch. They've been a very strong program recently, and they kind of toed up with those guys. Then they played Bethune-Cookman, and the last two years their league has come down to the winner of that game. They've traveled to Central and played a solid opponent, they've played their best conference opponent, so they are kind of well-prepped coming in to play us in game three."
On the size of the South Carolina State defense:
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