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Tom O'Brien Talks To The BIG EAST Press




Oct. 2, 2000

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College coach Tom O'Brien

BIG EAST Teleconference

October 2, 2000

Could you comment on the Virginia Tech result and your thoughts on playing UConn?

"With Virginia Tech, Michael Vick is obviously a one-man band. He played a great game against us the other night. We're disappointed that we lost the football game, but we have to go on. We have Connecticut coming in this week. We look forward to playing them on Saturday."

Can you give an update on the MRI results of Cedric Washington and Jonathan Ordway?

"Both of them showed no structural damage in the knee. Washington has a hyperextension in the knee and a bone bruise - in fact, two bone bruises. When I looked at it on tape, it looked similar to the injury he had a year ago at Notre Dame and he made it back for the Virginia Tech game. He has two spots on the bone where he got hit, so I don't know if he'll make it back this week or not. With Ordway, nothing structurally showed up. There is what they call a Baker's cyst problem, and there's no way I can get into it. I mean I don't understand it. I don't know if he'll make this week or not yet."

So they are questionable at this point?

"Yes. But neither of the have structural damage."

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer graded Michael Vick at an 87 for the game? Who you agree with that assessment after the way he played against you?

"I don't have any idea what they're grading system is, but he played well enough to win. In my grading system, I grade him well enough to win."

After watching Michael Vick this weekend, what advice would you have for a coach to, at least, slow down Michael Vick?

"Well, I think if you're a little more skilled than we are - and you have to play skill with skill and he has a tremendous skill level - I think you have to do what we tried to do. You have to change it up on him, you can't give the same look. You have to try to confuse him a little bit. We had him confused. But if he gets you in one-on-one situations, you have to loosen. You have to have him in two-on-one situations against him. And then he's very strong, so you have to have strong, skilled people to bring him down."

Can you asses where his team is at going into your fifth game? Are you where you'd thought you'd be?

"No, I don't think so. We're a little bit behind where I hoped we'd be. In fact, we've had eight knee injuries in the first five weeks of the year and most of them have been on defense. And that's a major problem as I said to our beat writers last night. My greatest fear is that we're getting worse and we're not getting better because we're having to play guys like we did two years ago. If you started the year and asked me who could you not lose on defense, and then lose (Antonio) Garay in the first play of the game, he'd be the first choice. (Scott) Bradley is your next choice at linebacker and then you lose your middle linebacker (Ryan Burch). You lose your cornerback and two outside guys and the injuries are all in five weeks, it's been a tough situation. You end up sticking your finger in dykes instead of trying to get better."

You've been coaching long enough. Are they all just flukes?

"Everyone is strange. I mean, it's been different and we're just into one of those years. Sometimes it happens."

Just wondering about playing Connecticut and your thoughts on that.

"Well, I think Randy (Edsall) has done a great job with the program and they're on track. It's going to take them a while to build up to full-strength to be Div. I-A. They have to have patience. They're capable of beating us so we're going to have to play well here on Saturday."

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