Q: How is your team doing after its "off" week?
A: We finished our off week and have started on our preparations for
West Virginia. Obviously they had a tough game against Virginia Tech.
They have played well the last couple of weeks. They're a
senior-junior football team. They're a very experienced football team.
I'm sure they'll be angry when they come to Alumni Stadium Saturday.
We'll do our best to be ready and meet the challenge.
Q: Your comments on the West Virginia-Virginia Tech game? What is
West Virginia doing now that they weren't doing in the beginning of the
A: It looked like they are much improved. (Virginia Tech Coach) Frank
Beamer said after the game that they are a much improved team. I would
guess that they used their off week well, and they have played well
after their off week. They have played awfully well the past two weeks
against Miami and Virginia Tech.
Q: Was the off week beneficial to your team?
A: Yes. We were really banged up. Plus we had four very emotional
games in a row. We lost a heartbreaker to Temple, that was a real down
for us. We came back and beat Pittsburgh in the last minute, which was
a real high. We came back and lost to Miami in the last minute of the
game on a field goal, which was a real low, and then we came back and
beat Syracuse in the last minute. We were on an emotional roller
coaster. We came through four conference games beat up and sore and
tired. So I think psychologically and physically it really helped us.
Q: You suffered an emotional loss to Miami, as West Virginia did
against Virginia Tech this past weekend. What did you have to go
through with your team to bounce back after that game?
A: We're desperately trying to build a program here. We ended up
going into the Miami game at 5-1. Miami comes in here ranked,
obviously with a tremendous football team, tremendous athletes, and we
played them tough until about the fourth quarter. Then we turned the
ball over, we missed a field goal, and we started to miss some tackles.
But it demonstrated to our football team that, if they would play hard
for 60 minutes, they would have a chance to play against a quality
football team like Miami. They finally believed that, and played for
60 minutes against Syracuse, which was also ranked and an excellent
football team. We were able to win at the end, which we were not able
to do the week before against Miami.
Q: Is it pretty standard now that Chris Hovan is going to get
A: Absolutely. He's our best defensive player up front and he's the
guy who, if I were playing against him, I'd try to make sure I
Q: Your comments on being ranked in the Top 25?
A: The best thing is that it casts a positive light on our program.
From three years ago, as bad as everything was around here, I think it
just shows the progress we're making. Nationally, whether they believe
we're a top 25 team or not, we've earned it by being 6-2 at this point
in the season. As I told the team, it's no big deal. It's not really
important unless it's three or four weeks from now. Our goal is to
have a winning record in November. We had a winning record in
September, and we had a winning record in October. Finally, for the
first time since I've been here, November games mean something to this
football team. I think it's exciting, but I tell our team every week -
we can be happy, but we can't be satisfied. We have to continue to
work for everything that we get. We know we have a big challenge with
West Virginia coming, and we look forward to that challenge.
Q: When you came to BC, how did you attack the problem and rebuild?
A: We had to start internally. There was so much division on the
football team by classes, by positions, etc. It started mainly off
the field, trying to re-structure every aspect of how we went about the
game of football here. We had to learn to practice, we had no clue on
how to practice. With each day, we tried to get better in all phases.
But the first thing we had to do was re-structure everything off the
field. The infrastructure had to be taken care of. Now we have to
recruit to get the athletes. We're not as athletic as the Miamis, the
Syracuses, the West Virginias and Virginia Techs of this conference.
The only way we can be is to get out there and recruit. We're in the
process of that. What's important now about rankings and some of the
other things is that we have shown we can win. Boston College has been
known as a great academic school, Boston is known as a great sports
town, what we had to prove was that we could win. Well, we've won. We
have to continue to keep our sights on the chance to win in the month