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    Coach Wilson's Weekly Press Conference - Sept. 13

    Go Hoosiers! Head coach Kevin Wilson met with the media Tuesday afternoon.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head coach Kevin Wilson met with the media Tuesday afternoon.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 13, 2011

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    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:
    "It was our first year at North Carolina A&T and we were at Winston-Salem State, a Division II school, and our coach got the job late - after spring ball - so we really struggled and it was a tough first year.

    "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:
    "We are a work in progress and a team trying to find its identity and get things rolling. It is more about us. Our biggest opponent this week is us. We made some improvement from week one to week two, but now can we come back and do it again this week after we had another setback.

    "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've got a simple and sound concept of defensive philosophy and structure. They are sound in what they are doing, well-coached in what they are doing. They will pick their spots to blitz and they do blitz. They know that they are going to have good enough athletes that they don't try to overcoach them. They are very solid and solid in their structure. The kids know where they are going, they know their gap responsibilities. They know the patterns, the reads and what is going on. When they blitz, they know how to pressure. As they play, because they've got good athletes, when you know what you're doing you start playing fast. You watch their kids and they cut it loose and play really good football.

    "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:
    "They are pretty active. They might be smaller, but to me it looks like they've got some strength to them. You try to gauge based on their size, based on PDF copies and film, but the guys may not have the stature, but you can tell they've got some kids that have been in the weight room. With speed, I think they're going to also have some strength. They are not going to be 300 pounds across the front and be this big wall that you can't move, but they are going to be strong. They may not be the most overwhelming size guys, but they are going to have strength and they are also going to play with some speed. They've got speed on the front and also on the back end. The two safeties show up pretty well. One was a young man who started his career at Auburn. The linebackers are solid up front. They are a solid front and they play with some passion."

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