Press Conference Transcript

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    Head Coach Gerry DiNardo:
    Expanding on the current medical situation:

    GD: "I haven't really had time to do anything. I wasn't really planning on doing anything except, like I said after the game, out of this we will become a better organization, and we will do things better in the medical area. Other than that, I have just been watching tape of Illinois. I never expected to do anything between game time and today, it's just not something I can address right now."

    Regarding how Matt LoVecchio's injury was handled and who is at fault:

    GD: "I think anything you are involved an a student-athlete issue, it is the responsibility of the university to make sure that things go well. We obviously have interaction with non-university people in all areas of our football program, it's ultimately our responsibility to make sure things go right."

    On correlating Illinois' offensive and defensive problems to ours:

    GD: "I think it's two teams who are toward the end of the season that anticipated not necessarily being in this situation. So, there are some similarities."

    On the injury report today:

    GD: "I believe (Joe) Gonzalez will go today, and the reason I say this is because you really never know until they get on the field, much like Brian Lewis a couple times this year where he would practice and then was disqualified Thursday. What I know today, I believe Joe (Gonzalez) will go, Matt (LoVecchio) will go, I believe John Pannozzo will go, I don't believe Chris Jahnke will go, now that could change as well, but this is what I know as of noon. Glenn Johnson is fine, and Buster Larkins is fine and will be back. Kyle Killion will most likely practice, but he is going to be tender either way. I anticipate him playing, but what his level of involvement today is, I don't know. I don't believe Brian Lewis will be out there today, and I believe Josh Moore will be out there today. But again, things change between today and Saturday."

    On Jason Sullivan not being at the game on Sat:

    GD: "He did not make the travel squad. He wasn't in Minneapolis. It wasn't that he was being disciplined, he just didn't make the travel squad."

    On individual meetings with players and measuring their progress:

    GD: "I don't know that I can say that the guys that are playing haven't improved. Some of the guys that were playing that are no longer playing, I think it's safe to say that someone else is playing better than them. I can't say there is any guy who has gotten worse as the season goes on. I am still pleased with their individual progress and if I wasn't, I would make a change and I have made some changes obviously."

    On Illinois offense and defense:

    GD: "Their offense and our offense are the two closest schematically in the conference. There aren't many college teams that run the system that we do. I would say we are two of the purest West Coast offenses in college football. So their scheme is very similar to ours, which helps us in a preparation standpoint because not only our scout team should as a result of that give our defensive players a good look because they are used to doing it. You can also go against one another. Our offense can go against our defense and give our defense a good look. It's not so much the other way. Illinois is much more multiple on defense than we are. They seem to give something different every game. You may see one defense one week and not see it at all the next. You have to be ready for a lot of change when it comes to them."




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