I am working on a story for Wednesday about the team’s 5-2 start and hoping to put that in some kind of perspective compared to other start-ups. For the story, I talked to Cheryl Levick and Bill Curry, who gave me a lot of time this past Thursday for the story. I’ll give you some snippets of the interview and also toss out a call for any questions you might have for Coach Curry. He has his weekly press conference today (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. I am not saying I will ask every question, but hopefully can get to at least a few.
CL on attendance: “In July I thought, if I can get an average of 10,000 a game, I’ll be happy. And we are at 17, almost 18,000 a game, so I’m ecstatic about the attendance. That goes back to great support by the students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and fans . They’re coming and they’re enjoying it and they’re already passionate about the team.”
on kickoff times for 2011: “I’d like to do a survey of our season-ticket holders and others to see. I actually like the afternoon time. But I’d like to get feedback and see what other people might want to do. Originally we chose that time because we wanted to make sure we weren’t in the later time slots where there’d be other games on television. We really wanted our fans to come to our games and still be able to go to others if they wanted to.”
On the negatives of the season: “There are not many challenges that I see as negatives. I just don’t see them right now. There are things we will tweak that we know we can do better on. Sure, would I love to have the place sold out every game? Yes. But I’m so pleased with the average attendance. I’m so pleased with the chemistry on the field. I’m so pleased with the coaches and the athletes. I’m so pleased with the community response that we’ve had. They have wrapped their arms around us.”
BC, on if the season has met his expectations: “Performance, it has not. Win, lose or draw, it would have been great to not have just one real bummer and we came out and had one. And I know why. So hopefully that won’t happen again. Even in that one, our kids fought back and went ahead, found a way to take the lead and then, ‘Oh, we’ve got it now because we’re so terrific like everybody’s been telling us since the Shorter game.’ And we get beat in a game we shouldn’t have lost. Those don’t leave you but those are motivators for us coaches to be sure to think about how fragile and how delicate the balance is with this age group.”
On if there was a recent start-up that he’s held as a standard: “ODU. We didn’t say we can do this. We said we would like to. They were 9-2 their first year. Their schedule was different. You can look at the schedule and compare and contrast and argue and I’ve got to say (ODU coach) Bobby Wilder’s been wonderful to me. We’re playing each other.
(Yet) he was helping earlier in the year and even last week (sent an) encouraging text message. Those guys have done a great job wit their football team. We looked at a lot of the things that they did and, not in terms of specific plays or defenses but I asked Bobby, ‘Good gosh, man, how did you do it? You can’t do that. You can’t start a football team and be 9-2.’”
On FCS/FBS: “I don’t think about I-A 10 seconds. We’re thrilled to be in the CAA. The closer we move towards it, the more impressed I am with the operations.”
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