After a fun two days with the SEC coaches, we've got the Pac-12 North coaches chatting today.
First up is Stanford's David Shaw at 10 a.m. ET! Get in those questions!
<a name='shaw'></a>Coach Shaw is here!
How do you go about defining a successful season?
For us, that's why I love training camp, we find out who we are. It's hard to set expectations until I really know how the team comes together and we realy know what kinds of gains the team's made through the summer. Once we establish who we can be, holding ourselves to that level of execution.
There are a few new faces in the league this year, so how do you think that will impact the league?
I think it's going to be an exciting season. What Sonny is bringing to Cal, fast paced, high scoring offense. Starting QBs coming back at some schools. Arizona State. Oregon. I think it will be a league of QBs and excitement.
Coach Shaw: season ticket sellout, congrats! (I have mine). What does this tell you about the growing Stanford fan base? And do you feel like it adds to 'our' home field (Farm) advantage?Thanks~Logan
I think it's a sign of where we are and a sign of things to come. Our prolonged success has made Stanford football more than just a game, but a happening. Our fans want to be there and be loud. They want their tickets. Hopefully this is the start of a long string of selling out all of our season tickets every year.
Coach Shaw, which PAC12 north opponent do you see making the biggest strides forward this year compared to last?
Hopefully us. We have a lot of things that we need to improve on. We have a lot of guys coming into new roles and a lot of returners that we'll put more on their shoulders. I expect, across the North, every team has something new they're leaning on. Oregon State returning QB and returning defense with some guys who can get after you. I think Oregon is bringing back all of their speed. It's going to be tough. What I can say about our conference is you don't have as much of the haves and have nots.
To David Shaw - I loved your TEDx speech. How did that come about and why do you feel it was such an important message?
First of all, I thought about not doing it, but you usually don't hear football coaches at TEDx, but I thought about the message that we send to our recruits and across the world. We have high expectations for our guys. We expect them to graduate and change the world. That's the mentality. With our success on the field, we're not compromising that standard. We want to make sure they are in the right majors. There are no easy majors. There are some that are exciting. We don't just want them to get a job and be employed. We want them to make a difference, change the world.
It seems like we hear more and more aobut teams with funky uniforms...any plans for any crazy uniforms for STanford this season?
Definitely not. We do one game with a black jersey and we typically designate that in the preseaon. That's our one off. We wear our traditional colors. We want our emphasis to be how we play as a team, not what we wear every week.
How confident are you going in to camp this year?
I'm reserving judgement on my confidence level until we start practicing. WE have a lot of individual players on preseason watch lists, but that doesn't matter. It's all about how we come together as a team. If we get everyone on the same page, that confidence can be high, but we have to be ready to adjust.
What is the biggest challenge you've face in getting kids to commit to Stanford?
Geography. Identifying Stanford kids is really not difficult, because they're great in football, they're great students and great kids. For us, many times it's convincing them to come across the country. A lot of times we're competing against a closer university. Usually we're recruiting for a kid with a closer university. The ones that know what Stanford football can do for them and after football, those are the ones we get.
Has the PAC-12 grown stronger?
I think regionally, reaching out into Colorado, Utah, were all areas that all of us recruited anyway. Now, being able to play in those states every other year, you have more of a presence in those states. It feels natural, because they are close to us. It doesn't feel like they are two other teams in our conference, it feels like it made sense.
Coach. Tight ends have been such a huge part of the Cardinal offense, and off to the NFL they go! Which TE's can we count on for the 2013 season?
We'll see. I'm excited about Luke. He's 6-6, 265 right now. He's our typical TE that we've had, big and physical. We have three incoming freshmen that we're excited to see. But for us, it's a mentality that we're going to have multiple TEs and we'll have multiple in the NFL. Other places try to get that one TE and get him his numbers to get into the league. We'll always have multiple guys and they'll always be big bodies who are good athletes. It's not about one guy, it's about our group of TEs.
Coach, how do you go about sustaining success year in, year out?
First and foremost, it starts with having great coaches who are great teachers and role models. Secondly, it's recruiting ultra competitive, high character, good kids. They'll be successful in whatever they do. They refuse to lose in anything they do. When you have a lockerroom full of those high character, intelligent, competitive kids, you will always win more than you lose.
Coach Shaw, what was the experience like going to the Rose Bowl and how much would you love to get back there this year?
The experience was far beyond what I thought it was going to be. We had just played in the Rose Bowl against UCLA at the end of the season, but coming back was special. The atmosphere was unlike anything I've ever been a part of. You felt like you were walking on hallowed ground. It was a surreal experience. Hopefully before my career is over I get to go back a few more times.
I'm excited to be here all day today talking about Stanford football!
Thanks coach Shaw!
Next up is coach Mike Leach from Washington State!
<a name='leach'></a>Coach Leach will be here close to 10:30 a.m. ET for your questions!
Here's coach Leach!
Coach Leach, what do you see as the biggest difference going into fall camp year two from year one?
A foundation of last season and the spring and a focus and committment of our players, based on a few key guys that have stepped up and taken the team on their shoulders.
Coach Leach, were you the one that recommended the Oakley's to Kliff Kingsbury?
No, I'm not. Utmost respect for Oakley, I'm a Costa Del Mar guy. I've had a relationship with them since I was an assistent at Oklahoma.
You were a new guy in the conference last year...what kind of advice would you give to the new coaches in the league this yeaR?
Just do the same stuff you did in the last league. Do the best you can.
What is the biggest difference between Big 12 football and Pac 12 football?
Remarkably similar. I think a lot of times people talk about the differences in conferences that aren't a lot of times there. Once you get to the major conferences, people run big and fast. I think there are a lot of similarities.
What do you get asked most often by fans?
Are you Mike Leach?
Coach, much has been made lately of attempts to slow down spread offenses. More injuries? No. (among other arguments) Your reaction?
There has been variations in schemes all of the time. People will run the schemes that they feel will give them the best chance. Spreading it out allows you to attack more space, which gives you more room for your offensive effort, I think a lot of teams have found that helpful, not just the ones that are throwing it.
Coach what do you feel must be the number 1 priority in order to achieve success in a tough conference?
We just need steady improvement. We need to grow up quick. As coaches, evaluate where that improvement is taking place and get them out on the field.
What do you think of Charlie Weis' pitch to recruits that he said at Big 12 media day yesterday?
I didn't see what coach Weis said, but I think we try to sell our program in a positive, optimisitc fashion. We have a lot to sell and we're excited about Washington State for anybody.
Coach Leach, how many plays do you think is the right amount in a game?
It depends on the nature of the game. We try to get as many as possible. Between 80-90 is a good number.
Coach, what kind of impact do you hope your program has on your players both on and off the field as well in their futures??
There is a lot of dimension to being a college football athlete and student. First is getting a degree and performing on the field. It takes quite a bit of character to accomplish that, so you're probably an overachiever also.
What has surprised you about the Wazzu / U Dub rivalry since your arrival on The Palouse?
I knew it would be intense, but even more intense than maybe I thought it would be. I'm very excited and honored to be a part of it.
Coach, how do you prepare your defense for the diverse offenses of the Pac-12?
We focus on what their best features of the offense are and we bring a lot of pressure defensively. We try to figure out how to bring those packages. We don't break our packages.
We focus on what their best features of the offense are and we bring a lot of pressure defensively. We try to figure out how to bring those packages. We don't break our packages.
Coach Leach, what do you love most about Pullman?
Just the experience that exists as far as being a college student. Pullman is probably the tighest college town that I've ever been in, to the point where students don't even leave the university on Friday and Saturday nights, because it's so exciting to be around their fellow students. What I remember most about college is the experience I shared with my fellow students. It's more accelerated in Pullman than anywhere I've seen
We're excited about the season and can't wait to see all of the fans. One of the most enjoyable things about college football is for the players, coaches and fans to enjoy the college football experience together.
Thanks for chatting coach Leach!
<a name='dykes'></a>New Cal coach Sonny Dykes is up next at 11:45 a.m. ET!
Then, following coach Dykes, we'll have Washington's coach Steve Sarkisian at 12:15 p.m. ET!
Coach Dykes is here!
What was the best surprise you discovered about the Cal program/the Cal players?
The biggest positive surprise was I think a little bit more of a willingness to buy in faster than I expected. Positive attitude. Good work ethic. The negative would be we don't have a lot of depth in some key spots. But overall, more talent than I expected.
You going to soundly defeat Ohio State?
We have a couple of tough ones before we play those guys! I know our players are excited about playing a marquee opponent like that, but we're getting ready for Northwestern in the first game.
When will you like to have a starting QB in place?
Well, certainly we'd like to by practice 10 or 12. Maybe faster than that. As we enter the third week, we need to have a starter in order, if we can.
Hi Coach. Cal fans were mostly disappointed with Jeff Tedford's ultra-conservative play calling last season; what can we expect from the "Bear Raid" this year?
I think our philosophy lends itself to being aggressive. We go for it on fourth down probably more than most teams. We're pretty aggressive on playcalling. The thing that we have to make sure is being able to make first downs. If you play with a fast tempo and you make those first downs, then the defense is at a big disadvantage.
Coach Dykes, how long do you think it will take for Cal to be in the mix for a Rose Bowl?
Shoot, I want them to be in the mix from Day 1. I think that I don't know that this is a complete rebuilding job. That's not our philosophy. Our philosophy is to win now. I think that we have enough pieces in place. We're still trying to navigate where people go. There are enough pieces here for us to be successful. Stay healthy, be confident.
Coach Dykes, what was it about this program and university that attracted you to this job?
Just potential. The program has tremendous potential. Great resources. Great place to live. Great recruiting. Strong commitment to being successful. That's what you can ask for. I felt Cal checked off all of those boxes.
Coach, What is the strangest thing you have seen in Berkeley so far?
It was in San Francisco. I took my wife and daughters to the pier and we saw a group of about 40 people on bicycles and most of them were wearing nothing. That was kind of strange. But everything in Berkeley has been pretty tame so far.
What can you say to the student body at Cal to get them excited for the season, and get them packing Memorial Stadium on a weekly basis?
Our guys will play hard. Our kids will play hard. They'll play for the student body, for the alums. We're not going to be afraid of anybody. We're going to go out every Saturday and lay it on the line. See what happens. You'll see a team that plays tough, hard. Hopefully we'll see some good results.
Will you and your coaching staff have any jitters going into your first game against NW. It'll be a night game and hopefully the crowd will arrive nice and amped after a day of "festivities"
You always do. It's more excitement than nervousness. It's always the unknown, how guys will respond. What the environment will be like. It's more excitement than jitters. I know Cal Memorial Stadium can be a great environment to play in. We're excited to put our product out there for our fans.
Coach, lots of talk about who may play QB for the Golden Bears...but you have some real talent at the WR position too! Who has really impressed you so far? And will a TE be involved much?
I think it will probably be the strength of our team. A big group of guys that can contribute. Big guys, various skill sets, various bodies. I feel likt it will be a strength of ours, the WRs and TEs. The H-backs. All of those guys that give us different options.
Coach, with Northern California being such a large recruiting hot bed for football recruits, what are your selling points for local Bay Area talent? How do we lock down the Bay and sign stellar recruits like Mixon or Pickett?
That's where recruiting starts for us, in our own backyard. The Bay Area has more talent than people think. A lot of our success will depend on keeping that talent at Cal. It's a focus point.
What has been your biggest concern so far during training?
The thing that you always have to manage is undertanding the work load that has to take place, but also keeping your players healthy. We have some depth issues, OL, DL, DB. The biggest concern is getting the competitive reps that we need, but at the same time, keeping our guys healthy. That's the juggling act every year.
Coach, do you look at the pre-season predictions about Cal and think people are grossly underestimating the talent on the team?
I don't know any coach in the country that doesn't think they're underestimated. I pay attention a little bit to it and am aware of peoples' expectations of our program. I like our team a little better than the national media. But there is a lot that needs to play out. A lot of things that will play out between now and Aug. 31. The thing we have to do is focus on improving every day.
Coach Dykes, Go Bears! Do you think that you guys will be confident enough of Bigelow's knowledge of the playbook to give him a few more carries against tOSU this year?
Yes. I would anticipate Bigelow knowing everything he needs to know to be one of the focuses of our offense.
How prepared do you think the offensive line and defensive line will be for teams like Ohio State and Northwestern, given that you are implementing new schemes? I am looking forward to seeing the Bears finish off what they started in Columbus last year. Go Bears!
Those are the last two areas that come together on a football team, the OL and DL. That really will be a key for us. Our ability to play good upfront defensively will determine a lot of our success. Our ability to develop depth on the OL and getting them to come together will be critical. Just as important as the QB position.
How fun has it been to bring almost your entire staff from LA Tech to Cal?
It's been good. It's certainly makes the transition easier, when you have people that you like and trust. Share the same philosophy with. I think it puts us with ahead of the game. Different players abilities to pick things up in the spring puts us ahead as well. We feel like we're in a good place right now.
How successful do you expect to be year 1? Would you determine success this year on # of wins or how well the foundation is set for 2014 on
I think as a coach, your goal is always to get your team to play to its potential. I don't know enough about our players yet to what that potential equates to. A lot of that depends on who we play. What we want to do is play hard every Saturday, get better. Build a good culture. If we can do those things, then I think that will allow us to be more successful than a lot of people think.
Thanks for being interested in Cal football. Look forward to seeing you Aug. 31. Go Bears!
Thanks for chatting coach!
<a name='sarkisian'></a>Next up is Washington's Steve Sarkisian!
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Coach is here!
Sarkisian- how pumped up are you're players to play a most likely sold out night game in a new husky stadium in a rematch with Boise state?
Well we're extremely excited. Husky Stadium is the best stadium in college football. To have a chance at a little revenge is exciting. We are excited to be at home.
Coach Sarkisian, what are some positives of coaching big time college football in a city like Seattle?
The biggest positive is gameday. There's nothing like it. To work with young men and develop them and work with a big university is unique and special. You wake up every day that's new and exciting and challenging.
How important is it stopping Oregon's win streak from becoming 10-0 against washington?
It's obviously a great rivalry. Oregon has been at the top of the conference the last few years. Our goal year in year out is to win our conference and go to the Rose Bowl. To do that we have to beat Oregon.
Go Dawgs! Coach, what has to happen this year to be considered a successful season?
The first is to improve ourselves offensively, espeically in the red zone. Defensively, defend the spread offense. We have to get back to playing the offensive football we're used to. If we can do that, we'll see the win total go up and compete for a conference championship.
Coach SarkHow excited are you to finally have a healthy O line with depth.GO DAWGS
It's huge. We have eight linemen returning that have multiple career starts each. And we have some cohesiveness. With that, we'll have the confidence to allow the others to do their jobs.
Bigger rival, Oregon or Washington State?
Well, they're both big rivals. When you have an instate rival, that carries so much weight. Households are divided and split over the Apple Cup rivalry. But they're both great.
Coach, what are your thoughts on going to a 4 team playoff? How many teams would you prefer?
I tihnk it's a step in the right direction. If you look around the world, every sport has a playoff in some degree. I would like to see the number increased to 8, if not 16. But we're getting to a point where the best teams are playing and the champion will truly be decided on the field.
How are the injured players looking? Any set backs?
So far so good. They've all been cleared for the beginning of camp. We'll monitor them all very closely. Some responded better than others, but so far they all have the green light and are ready to go.
Has the PAC-12 network started to have an impact on the program? If so, in what ways?
I think the Pac-12 Network has been a positive influence on football, but all the sports. It gives the recruits an opportunity to see not just the football side, but everything else about the colleges and universities. It's had a positive impact.
What are your goals for the season?
The goals vary from year to year, but the philosophies remain the same. The way you work and the way you battle and adjust stay the same every season. The bigger goal is to win the Pac 12 and go to the Rose Bowl. How we get to that point can change. Understanding the personalities of our team. But the goal is the Rose Bowl.
Do you get any advice from Pete?
I do talk to Pete. Pete's been a great mentor of mine. The success he had in this conference, I'd be remiss not to seek some advice from him.
We all know how great the stadium will be coach, but what part of the new operations building are you most excited for?
The entire operations building I'm excited for. Nearly 90,000 square feet. Coaches offices. Training room. Weight room. My office has a view right into Husky Stadium and Lake Washington.
How is Keith Price? All the off season negativity was hard to deal with from a fan perspective, is he handling it, ignoring it? Excited to see him back to form this year.
Keith is doing great. He just earned his degree this past spring. Walked and graduated. He's a fifth year senior who's sole focus is winning.
Any cool features of the new husky stadium that may not have been seen before in college football stadiums/facilities?
There are a couple of unique things. One thing that's unique is that we have a full time nutrition bar and a barber shop for our guys. Those are two things that most people not know about. From a fans standpoint, when you have three jumbotrons in one stadium, that's unique.
What is special about the PAC-12 that is not in any other conference?
The one thing that's unique is we have really good coaches across the board and really talented players. There is a great deal of parity from top to bottom. Week in, week out, you have to bring your A game or you'll get beat.
Coach Sarkisian, how difficult is it to separate your personal life from your professional life? How do you balance the two?
I think that you have to try and incorporate your family as best you can to what you do. It's easy for me, because I love being a football coach. I really don't separate the two of them as much as I include them into both of my lives.
Coach, what do you foresee being the biggest position battles in fall camp being?
I think we'll have some great position battles in the DB. Having to replace Trufant and Glen there. There will be a good battle at our second and third WR spots competiting for plaing time.
What are you thoughts on the new "targeting" rule? Is there going to be a ton of guys getting ejected?
It's an interesting rule. I think what really remains to be seen is how it will be officiated and enforced. I'm hopeful that our players can understand the rule and play within the rules, because I don't think anyone wants to see a player get ejected.
Just how rugged is the PAC 12 North? Not only on the field but on the recruiting trail?
It's challenging. There are great coaches in this conference from top to bottom. Talented players. We all want to recruit talented players who can represent our university. We all recruit the same kids. You try to keep things unique to your univerisity. You try to put your best foot forward and compete at a high level.
See you Aug. 31 at Husky Stadium. It will be a great night!
<a name='helfrich'></a>Next up, we'll have Oregon's new coach Mark Helfrich at 1 p.m. ET!
Coach is here!
Coach, will the aggressive nature of the ducks offense on 4th down continue?
Yes. Definitely. I think the aggressive nature of our program will continue. That's something that will be outwardly apparent to the onlooker.
Coach, with the depth you will have at running back, what kind of role will De'Anthony Thomas play this year?
His role will depend on a lot of things. How the young RBs develop. It's not a position where we hvae a ton of depth. It's a place where will figure out how to distribute the ball as we go. He's a guy we can move around and get the ball to as many non traditional ways as possible.
Coach Helfrich,can you talk about the coaching continuity on the staff and how that has made your transition easier?
It's been awesome. Our staff is a bunch of professional good men. When we have four guys on our staff that have been here over 20 years, that's a big deal. It helps so much in eveyr aspect. They know exactly what we want to do and how we want to do it.
Coach Helfrich,how important is the facilities at Oregon when recruiting a player and in wins and losses?
Huge. Our facilities are huge for recruiting. They're huge for the guys on campus. Being able to support our demands, in terms of asking guys to practice in unconventional ways. We need to support that in an unconventional way. If you look at the infancy of Oregon football as being innovative has been huge to our growth.
How big of a role will Mariota have this year?
I hope really big. Marcus is a guy who we expect great things from and he expects great things from himself. It's a great combination of him wanting to be great and having a lot of greatness in him.
We are seeing a lot of PED reports in the pro's, how do you address this issue with your players as they are preparing for the possibility of playing at the next level?
That's one of many things that we try to address just in developing young men into real men. You educate. Constantly educate on what's out there and be aware of. What's legal and not. How do you make consistently great decisions. In a world where it's increasingly more difficult. All of the stuff that's out there for our guys, you have to educate.
Coach how excited to be done with the distractions?
That certainly is one of the positives is that it's over. A lot of people learned things from that scenario. Some of the people that said certain things in recruiting, that can't take place any more. That's positive. For us to have better systems in place and for their rule to be rewritten is good for everybody.
Coach, being a long time duck fan who is your favorite Oregon athlete ever?
Oooh...man. That's tough. I have to go Mel Renfro from the way back days and a Cowboy. Bill Musgrave was a big favorite of mine. I was impressed with his intelligence. And countless others.
Coach, how has the speed of say an Oregon offense changed the way your team conditions in preparation for those types of tests?
That's what we're built for. Our defense substitutes differently than other people, because of how we play offensively. That helps them play against anybody. We're fresher. Our guys have unit meetings between plays when we play a more traditional offense. That's helped us.
I know that Chip's mentality was every game is the most important game. As an Oregonian though, will you allow for a little more hype and rivalry in the Civil war and the annual game against the puppies up north?
As an Oregonian and as a fan, I get it. But in my current role, I'm not a fan and it doesn't matter where I'm from. I do have to prepare the same for everybody. We're going to get everyone's best shot on Saturday. If we don't prepare our best and focus on us and the way we do things, we're doing our guys a disservice.
What are your thoughts on Bret Bielema's proposal to slow down the spread offenses because of injury?
That will never happen. I've heard that. I've heard that the game shouldn't be continuous. There are so many trends on football. There will be more injuries coming out of a two back TE offense than a spread offense. It's like saying this guy can only blitz so many times and then he can't. It's not going to happen.
Coach Helfrich, what do you expect from your linebackers this season? Replacing 3 big time guys, who has stood out?
I expect to find some replacements. Dion and those guys were phenomenal players for us. We have to find a way to replace them. We're not going to have one guy replace them. We'll have a couple of guys combine to make that production. I'm excited about the competition there and about the newcomers there.
How excited are you about the ducks secondary? Does this allow for a more aggressive pass rush?
That's all related. How great did Dion Jordan make the secondary. A lot of times we could put pressure on with three guys. That helps out our secondary. Will we have to play differently? Maybe. We have a lot of guys back there that have played a lot of football. We expect them to improve on last year.
Coach Helfrich, do you expect Autzen to be expanded in the near future?
I have no idea.
But I know the fans in it, no matter how big will be insane.
Coach Helf, how much time do you spend monitoring the incoming class in fall practice? I know the class works out separate from the veterans for parts of the practice. If a freshman is excelling, especially in a position of need, how quickly do you notice? Do you have insight from the summer 7-on-7s and Coach Rad's strength training?
During fall camp, we're all together. What we tell guys is we want them to come in with a mentality that they're going to be a starter. That makes them have a better summer and a better mental approach to come in and attack. If a guy thinks he'll sit back and red shirt, he won't develop as fast as some of the other guys. We integrate those guys immediately. We want them to push and be pushed.
Thanks for the questions! Go Ducks! See you in Autzen soon!
<a name='riley'></a>Our last coach for today is Oregon State's Mike Riley at 1:25 p.m. ET!
Here is coach!
Coach, how important are special teams (kicking and punting game) and how do you have plans to ever add a specific Kicking coach?
I think the consistency of special teams is one of the key elements to any team's success. We put such a great area of emphasis here because if you're not sound here it hurts your chances to win.
Will the burger tradition continue this year?
You know, we had so much fun with that. It started in kind of an unusual way. We probably will do something, just because it was a lot of fun.
Coach, while being a fast growing program, is it still difficult to recruit against the top teams in the Pac 12?
The way through the years that I've looked at recruiting is you need to find players that really have the right fit for your school and your system. So, I hope we are growing in our ability to find that exact good fit.
And not worry about how a guy might be rated in the star system.
Coach Riley, outside of the quarterback competition that everyone knows about, what other positions are really battling it out this summer?
I thinkn we'll have a real big battle at one of the CB spots. Sean and Steven. There will be a big competition at the position vacated by Wheaton. There is a continuing battle for the starting MLB job, with Josh and Joel.
Coach Riley, with everyone saying how easy the first 7 games are (which I personally don't agree with) how do you maintain the focus necessary for the team to succeed and not become complacent or possibly undervaluing other teams?
We always try to focus on the old adage, one at a time. It is always a major league trap that you can fall into if you start trying to predict what this or that should or shouldn't be. The best thing to do is to focus on the next task at hand, which is the upcoming game.
Coach, this looks to be the best offensive line you've had in Corvallis - maybe ever. Will you still be looking at a 50-50 mix of run and pass plays?
We would like to look at our team always as a 50-50 run pass team. We know we do much better when we are effective running the football. And our offensive line is a key element if we're going to do this well. This offensive line group is really a solid group of people. Three seniors, I'm very proud of. Michael, Josh, and Grant. Really, really good people. Isaac our center is one of the most talented linemen that we've ever had. I think we have some good competition for solid play at the RT spot. That's the only spot where we don't have a returning starter. This is a great group of guys that take pride in what they do.
Coach, how excited are the players to get into the new gear on gameday? And how are you going to decide what to wear?
I think the players are real excited about the new uniforms. Jacob, the unveiling event that we had on campus ended up being a really good show. Nike did a great job with the presentation. The big room that it was held in was overflowing. They even had to livestream some stuff over to the colesium so more people could watch. There has been a big buzz about the uniforms.
What are you most excited for this season?
Ian, I am always looking for the opportunity to grow the football program at Oregon State. Our goal is to always do better and better. Every time we get a chance to come out of the gate. The exciting thing about our job is that each team, every year, has to create their own identity. Being a part of and watching this take place is always one of the most interesting parts of my job.
Coach Riley, at what point in fall camp, do you and the coaching staff start getting a feel of what type of team you really have?
Phillip, I think that this is something that after probably 10 days to two weeks you really start to get a feel for two things, first of all, how the team actually looks and what direction you need to head into as far as emphasis is concerned.
We might decide in there that this WR we need to get this ball on this route because he looks good doing this. After you get into fall camp, those things start to take shape.
Coach, what kind of impact do you think the Pac-12 Network has had so far?
I know for a fact that more people have seen us than ever before. I found this out mostly through my travels in recruiting, talking to families, recruits, coaches. The number of people that have seen the Beavers play was startling and it was all due to the impact of the Pac-12 Network.
Coach Riley, would do you love most about Corvallis and how does the community affect the type of program you have at OSU?
I think Corvallis is a perfect picture of a college town. The focus of our community is our university. We have the benefits of small town living combined with major college environment. I think a college football player is one of the busiest people on a college campus. We can offer him the opportunity of major college football with a pretty simple life style.
What are your goals for this season?
Sebastian the first thing we always look at for a goal is to get to a bowl game. I know that sounds very simple, but that is the first thing we want to do. Now, right with that is get to the best bowl game that we can. I don't ever talk about records as far as goals, because obviously, we go into every season and game thinking we're going to win. Our goal is to win. We want to win all of our games.
But we have to be very realistic as to what we always want to get accomplished first and that's be a bowl team.
What is the secret to making a great pass rusher? We've had some good ones, and it seems to be key to our success as a defense.
Ivan, you are so right about being a key ingredient to a good defense having at least one, preferrably more guys that can make a difference rushing the passer. Such a big, big passer, particularly on third down. If you have a couple of guys that can make a difference on their own rushing the passer, then you don't always have to blitz to get that pressure on the QB. You can play more multiple coverages.
The development basically comes with recruting the right kind of guy. A guy who has speed, quickness, tenacity and then taking these ingredients and giving him some skills through the repetition of technique work.
Thank all of the Beaver fans out there throughout the country. It's been fun to see Beaver Nation grow and we are always every mindful of the great opportunity we have to represent Oregon State and all of our fans.
Thanks to all of the Pac-12 North coaches for chatting today! Thursday we'll have the Pac-12 South coaches stopping by.