Oct. 24, 2009
Rhode Island Head Coach Joe Trainer...
Opening Statement: Obviously you know, 36-7, it's not pretty. But I was happy with the way our kids played. One of the things we talked about is as a young team that has so much room to grow, a lot of times you're fragile when bad things happen to you. In the past few weeks, as coaches, we've done a bad job teaching our kids to move past mistakes and move beyond them. I think our kids competed. It was 21-7 with 8 or 9 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. I think we're growing; it doesn't show quantitatively or in terms of the amount of wins we have. There's so much growth out there and young kids getting better. To the naked eye or average fan, they may not be able to see that. I'm really proud of the kids because they keep competing. They practice hard. It's hard for me because being a 1st year head coach here I'm more concerned with long-term objectives than I am with maybe 2 or 3 or 4 wins. Programmatically, we're doing things with the long term in mind. We're playing with a lot of young kids that have a lot of growth in front of them with reps. Villanova is a great team. They really don't have a weakness: great defense, great special teams, great play-makers on offense. They really don't turn the ball over. You're not going to beat a team like that without playing a great game. They're going to represent the conference well.
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley...
Opening Statement: I was telling the players in the locker room I couldn't remember the 100th victory, I can't remember the 105th victory, but I'll remember this one because of the weather and the conditions. Our players handled the weather deal pretty well. We asked them to try and stay disciplined and play a compact game. The weather conditions you can have a personal foul and fall apart a bit. But I think it was one of those games where we did what we had to do. Rhode Island is a team that's on the mend, building and rebuilding. I think our defense didn't let anything bad happen. Offensively, we needed to have 3rd down conversions. Chris did a nice job, Brandon did a nice job catching the wet ball. We ended up running the ball , slowing the game down and running the clock.
On the New Hampshire game being a wake-up call: It was part of our growth. I don't know if you can learn all that much from a heartbreaking loss like that. We didn't travel that day. We knew it. I think it's very difficult to come off a high level game the week before and play another high level team the week after. Our schedule breaks for us in a good way right now. At that point in the season we weren't seasoned enough to do that.
On his 200th win: The playoffs and championship are more important to me. Not to be cocky in any shape or form, but I don't feel like I need to prove anything to anybody at this point. It's just not that important to me. I have terrific players and coaches. What more could you ask for?
Junior wide receiver Brandyn Harvey on losing to New Hampshire: To be honest with you we didn't think it was a wake- up call. We didn't expect to loss. I think we're better than them.
Junior linebacker Terence Thomas on starter Maquis Kirkland not starting: We actually have a pretty deep linebacking core. We missed Kirkland and his fire, but Jacob Wade and Anthony Johnson stepped in nicely and helped produce and make some big plays.
Chris Whitney on being a part of Coach Andy Talley's 200th win: It's great being here for that milestone. I wasn't aware of it until Friday when I read the paper. It gave us that extra push to give back to him what he's given to us.