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Kalani Simpson

Tuesday, November 2, 2004


What is there to say
after 69-3?

ONE of the few cool things left on ESPN -- aside from live football games, basketball games and anything involving Tony Kornheiser -- is when they show coaches' weekly press conferences from around the NFL or colleges around the country.

It's fascinating. At least to me.

They're all the same.

We get to see that coaches everywhere are on the brink of insanity, and all media hordes just don't get it (or as an insane Jim Mora once said, "You may think you know, but you Just-Don't-Know!").

It's almost comforting.

And yesterday, we had our own press conference. So what can you say after losing 69-3?

» "It depends on the next five games."

June Jones has to say this. Is there any way 69-3 can be wiped out? No. But the team has to believe it. The coach has to say it.

» "I don't think the injuries were a factor in the game."

You know what? I don't either. Losing, maybe. Losing 69-3? No, that's not injuries.

» "I watched it, you watched it. I don't need to see it again."

He's right. Put that game tape in a microwave.

» "It's hard to explain. Do you feel it? Yeah, you do. It still hurts right now."

That's the best news coming out of that game, that it hurts. If the losses don't hurt, that's when you know you're in trouble.

» "The positive was we left Boise."

OK, maybe that was the best news from that game.

» "We knew we were going to be in a real tough game. We didn't know it was going to be like that."

I don't have any commentary after that line. I just think most people would agree with it.

» "If we win the Florida Atlantic game and we went to (UTEP) and win there, you wouldn't be asking these questions."

Um ... yeah.

Exactly.

» "I talked to him (Tim Chang) after the game on the plane ride home. He'll rally up."

That's a good sign. I like to hear that. I don't know how many times bad things have happened to Chang, and Jones has been asked if he's talked to Chang about it and the answer is "no."

» "I was embarrassed, yeah."

That's kind of a big thing for this guy to admit.

» "He's (Louisiana Tech's Ryan Moats) like a little more studly Barry Sanders."

Oh, great.

» "I'll let you call the plays and call the defenses, and then I'll ask you that question."

Hey. Just like on TV.



See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Kalani Simpson can be reached at ksimpson@starbulletin.com

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