Illinois Football 2018 Big Ten Media Day Lovie Smith on BTN

Illinois Football 2018 Big Ten Media Day Lovie Smith on BTN


YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS
ENTHUSIASM IN CHAMPAIGN. ENTHUSIASM IN CHAMPAIGN.
THE HEAD COACH OF THE FIGHTING THE HEAD COACH OF THE FIGHTING
ILLINI, LOVIE SMITH BEING ILLINI, LOVIE SMITH BEING
JOINING US NOW. JOINING US NOW.
>>WHO IS THAT GUY? >>WHO IS THAT GUY?
>>I DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM. >>I DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM.
I THOUGHT THEY MADE A MISTAKE. I THOUGHT THEY MADE A MISTAKE.
>>I THINK THE AFTER HAS AN AIR >>I THINK THE AFTER HAS AN AIR
OF AUTHORITY. OF AUTHORITY.
>>WELL, THIS IS IT. >>WELL, THIS IS IT.
I GET READY TO GO TO TRAINING I GET READY TO GO TO TRAINING
CAMP. CAMP.
TRAINING CAMP ISN’T ABOUT BEING TRAINING CAMP ISN’T ABOUT BEING
CLEAN SHAVEN AND YOU WANT TO CLEAN SHAVEN AND YOU WANT TO
CHANGE THINGS UP A LITTLE BIT. CHANGE THINGS UP A LITTLE BIT.
HEY, THE REALITY IS I’M A HEY, THE REALITY IS I’M A
60-YEAR-OLD MAN NOW. 60-YEAR-OLD MAN NOW.
THIS IS IT. THIS IS IT.
>>I HAVE TO SAY, THOUGH, I’VE >>I HAVE TO SAY, THOUGH, I’VE
SEEN SOME PICTURES OF IT, IT WAS SEEN SOME PICTURES OF IT, IT WAS
A LITTLE MORE UNWIELDY A WHILE A LITTLE MORE UNWIELDY A WHILE
AGO. AGO.
IT FEELS LIKE YOU’VE TAMED IT. IT FEELS LIKE YOU’VE TAMED IT.
>>I HAVE. >>I HAVE.
I HAVE THAT. I HAVE THAT.
>>A TOUGH YEAR LAST YEAR. >>A TOUGH YEAR LAST YEAR.
A LOT WAS SELF-IMPOSED. A LOT WAS SELF-IMPOSED.
YOU MADE A DECISION WE RECRUITED YOU MADE A DECISION WE RECRUITED
WELL AND SO WE’RE GOING TO PLAY WELL AND SO WE’RE GOING TO PLAY
THOSE YOUNG GUYS PERHAPS AT THE THOSE YOUNG GUYS PERHAPS AT THE
EXPENSE OF THIS SEASON AND DOWN EXPENSE OF THIS SEASON AND DOWN
THE LINE. THE LINE.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR
EXPERIENCE AND YOUR TALENT LEVEL EXPERIENCE AND YOUR TALENT LEVEL
NOW HEADING INTO THIS YOUR THIRD NOW HEADING INTO THIS YOUR THIRD
SEASON? SEASON?
>>WE PLAYED THOSE GUYS BECAUSE >>WE PLAYED THOSE GUYS BECAUSE
THEY’RE THE BEST PLAYERS WE HAD. THEY’RE THE BEST PLAYERS WE HAD.
THAT’S NOT AN IDEAL — IT’S THAT’S NOT AN IDEAL — IT’S
NEVER AN IDEAL SITUATION WHEN NEVER AN IDEAL SITUATION WHEN
YOU HAVE TO START 15 TRUE YOU HAVE TO START 15 TRUE
FRESHMEN. FRESHMEN.
WE SAW IMPROVEMENT FROM THEM WE SAW IMPROVEMENT FROM THEM
FROM DAY ONE THROUGHOUT. FROM DAY ONE THROUGHOUT.
AND THEN IT WAS ABOUT GETTING AND THEN IT WAS ABOUT GETTING
THEM EVEN BETTER. THEM EVEN BETTER.
THEY NEED TO GET LINEMEN THEY NEED TO GET LINEMEN
STRONGER. STRONGER.
SKILL GUYS NEED TO GET FASTER. SKILL GUYS NEED TO GET FASTER.
WE’VE DONE THAT. WE’VE DONE THAT.
NOW THEY’RE READY TO TAKE THE NOW THEY’RE READY TO TAKE THE
NEXT STEP. NEXT STEP.
>>AFTER TWO YEARS, ASIDE FROM >>AFTER TWO YEARS, ASIDE FROM
RECRUITING THE BIGGEST RECRUITING THE BIGGEST
DIFFERENCE IN THE NFL AND DIFFERENCE IN THE NFL AND
COLLEGE FOOTBALL? COLLEGE FOOTBALL?
>>I SAID THIS EARLY ON, IT’S >>I SAID THIS EARLY ON, IT’S
STILL THE SAME. STILL THE SAME.
I THINK THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU I THINK THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU
HAVE TO WORK WITH THE PLAYERS. HAVE TO WORK WITH THE PLAYERS.
START EARLY, STAY LATE. START EARLY, STAY LATE.
FOUR-HOUR RULE. FOUR-HOUR RULE.
THAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN THAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN
USE MORE TIME REACHING THE GUYS USE MORE TIME REACHING THE GUYS
FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL.
>>YOU MADE CHANGES TO THE >>YOU MADE CHANGES TO THE
STAFF. STAFF.
GO BACK TO MY ROOKIE YEAR HAD A GO BACK TO MY ROOKIE YEAR HAD A
CHANCE TO BE MENTORED BY HIM. CHANCE TO BE MENTORED BY HIM.
ROD SMITH AS WELL. ROD SMITH AS WELL.
HE SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GREAT HE SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GREAT
TEACHER. TEACHER.
IS THAT ONE OF THE REASONS YOU IS THAT ONE OF THE REASONS YOU
WANTED TO BRING HIM IN? WANTED TO BRING HIM IN?
>>ANY COACH WE HIRE WE HAVE TO >>ANY COACH WE HIRE WE HAVE TO
SAY THAT THEY’RE A GOOD TEACHER SAY THAT THEY’RE A GOOD TEACHER
AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
WE ALL HAVE A HISTORY. WE ALL HAVE A HISTORY.
WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE OUR WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE OUR
OFFENSE TO LOOK LIKE, WHAT WAS OFFENSE TO LOOK LIKE, WHAT WAS
ROD SMITH. ROD SMITH.
WE STARTED LOOKING AROUND AND WE STARTED LOOKING AROUND AND
MADE A DECISION. MADE A DECISION.
EVERYTHING ADDED UP TO HIM. EVERYTHING ADDED UP TO HIM.
WE START TALKING FOOTBALL. WE START TALKING FOOTBALL.
PLEASED WITH WHAT WE DID IN THE PLEASED WITH WHAT WE DID IN THE
SPRING. SPRING.
CAN’T WAIT TO GET MORE GUYS IN CAN’T WAIT TO GET MORE GUYS IN
THE HUDDLE AND LET THE OFFENSE THE HUDDLE AND LET THE OFFENSE
TAKE OFF. TAKE OFF.
>>NO DOUBT ROD IS ONE OF THE >>NO DOUBT ROD IS ONE OF THE
LEADING EXPERTS IN THE SPREAD. LEADING EXPERTS IN THE SPREAD.
WHAT MADE YOU GO TO THAT STYLE WHAT MADE YOU GO TO THAT STYLE
OF OFFENSE? OF OFFENSE?
WHAT MADE YOU GO TO THE SPREAD? WHAT MADE YOU GO TO THE SPREAD?
>>I THOUGHT, WHAT I BELIEVE IN,>>I THOUGHT, WHAT I BELIEVE IN,
I KNOW GOING TO THE DEFENSIVE I KNOW GOING TO THE DEFENSIVE
SIDE OF THE FOOTBALL IT’S TOUGH SIDE OF THE FOOTBALL IT’S TOUGH
WHEN THE QUARTERBACK IS SUCH A WHEN THE QUARTERBACK IS SUCH A
BIG PART AND HE CAN TAKE OFF AND BIG PART AND HE CAN TAKE OFF AND
RUN. RUN.
IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT
DIMENSION. DIMENSION.
I WANT THAT. I WANT THAT.
I BELIEVE IN RUNNING THE I BELIEVE IN RUNNING THE
FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL.
THAT’S THE WAY WE WANTED TO DO THAT’S THE WAY WE WANTED TO DO
IT. IT.
IT WAS JUST A PERFECT MIX. IT WAS JUST A PERFECT MIX.
>>THOMAS HAD A JUMP ON HIM AS >>THOMAS HAD A JUMP ON HIM AS
FAR AS BEING ABLE TO WORK ROD FAR AS BEING ABLE TO WORK ROD
SMITH VERSUS SOME OF THE YOUNGER SMITH VERSUS SOME OF THE YOUNGER
GUYS THAT WILL BE COMING IN. GUYS THAT WILL BE COMING IN.
SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS. SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE REPS FOR HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE REPS FOR
THOSE YOUNGER PLAYERS TO GET AN THOSE YOUNGER PLAYERS TO GET AN
IDEA WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE IDEA WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE
ABLE TO BE CAPABLE OF IN THE ABLE TO BE CAPABLE OF IN THE
OFFENSE? OFFENSE?
>>WE’VE SEEN THE GUYS >>WE’VE SEEN THE GUYS
INFORMALLY. INFORMALLY.
WE NEED TO SEE WHERE EVERYONE WE NEED TO SEE WHERE EVERYONE
IS. IS.
THEN WE’LL START MONITORING. THEN WE’LL START MONITORING.
WE HAVE ONE SCHOLARSHIP WE HAVE ONE SCHOLARSHIP
QUARTERBACK ON CAMPUS. QUARTERBACK ON CAMPUS.
WE SHOULD HAVE FIVE IN THE FALL. WE SHOULD HAVE FIVE IN THE FALL.
>>GIVE US A FEEL FOR THE GROUPS>>GIVE US A FEEL FOR THE GROUPS
THAT HAVE THE BEST AND THE THAT HAVE THE BEST AND THE
GROUPS THAT ARE FURTHER BEHIND. GROUPS THAT ARE FURTHER BEHIND.
>>THE ONES THAT HAVE TO TAKE >>THE ONES THAT HAVE TO TAKE
BIG STEPS, THE OFFENSIVE LINE. BIG STEPS, THE OFFENSIVE LINE.
WE MOVED GREEN TO THE GUARD WE MOVED GREEN TO THE GUARD
POSITION. POSITION.
AND THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE, AND THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE,
BOBBY ROUND TREE WAS OUTSTANDING BOBBY ROUND TREE WAS OUTSTANDING
LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR.
ISAIAH GAYE, GUYS LIKE THAT. ISAIAH GAYE, GUYS LIKE THAT.
TOMMY OLIVER COMES TO WORK EVERY TOMMY OLIVER COMES TO WORK EVERY
DAY. DAY.
MILAN IS ONE OF OUR THREE MILAN IS ONE OF OUR THREE
PLAYERS HERE. PLAYERS HERE.
HE HAS AN EXCELLENT CHANCE. HE HAS AN EXCELLENT CHANCE.
>>IS THE BACK HEALTHY, 100%, >>IS THE BACK HEALTHY, 100%,
COUPLED WITH RICKY SMALLEY. COUPLED WITH RICKY SMALLEY.
>>ILLINOIS PRODUCT. >>ILLINOIS PRODUCT.
THEY CAN. THEY CAN.
IT’S BEEN DOCUMENTED WHAT MIKE IT’S BEEN DOCUMENTED WHAT MIKE
HAS DONE. HAS DONE.
RICKY IS ABOUT AS COMPETITIVE AS RICKY IS ABOUT AS COMPETITIVE AS
ANYONE. ANYONE.
HE HAS A SAFETY MENTALITY. HE HAS A SAFETY MENTALITY.
EXCITED WITH WHAT HE WILL BE THE EXCITED WITH WHAT HE WILL BE THE
SECOND YEAR. SECOND YEAR.
>>YOU MENTIONED RECRUITING >>YOU MENTIONED RECRUITING
AFTER TWO YEARS. AFTER TWO YEARS.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR WHOLE HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR WHOLE
RECRUITING PROCESS? RECRUITING PROCESS?
>>IT’S GOING WELL. >>IT’S GOING WELL.
CONSIDERING WE HAVEN’T PUT A CONSIDERING WE HAVEN’T PUT A
GOOD PRODUCT ON THE FOOTBALL GOOD PRODUCT ON THE FOOTBALL
FIELD. FIELD.
TWO MORE STEPS I FEEL LIKE WE TWO MORE STEPS I FEEL LIKE WE
NEEDED TO TAKE, THINGS WE NEEDED NEEDED TO TAKE, THINGS WE NEEDED
TO DO. TO DO.
NUMBER ONE, BE BETTER ON THE NUMBER ONE, BE BETTER ON THE
FOOTBALL FIELD, SHOW THEM THAT FOOTBALL FIELD, SHOW THEM THAT
WE’RE CLOSE. WE’RE CLOSE.
SEE MORE GUYS COME HERE TO HELP SEE MORE GUYS COME HERE TO HELP
US GET OVER THE HUMP. US GET OVER THE HUMP.
THE SECOND THING WE HAD TO TAKE THE SECOND THING WE HAD TO TAKE
CARE OF WERE OUR FACILITIES. CARE OF WERE OUR FACILITIES.
THE BUILDINGS ARE GOING UP. THE BUILDINGS ARE GOING UP.
NOW IT’S REAL. NOW IT’S REAL.
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE MOVE INTO THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE MOVE INTO
OUR BRAND-NEW FACILITY THAT WILL OUR BRAND-NEW FACILITY THAT WILL
BE SECOND TO NONE AS WE SEE IT. BE SECOND TO NONE AS WE SEE IT.
>>WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS? >>WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS?
>>TRYING NOT TO PUT A NUMBER ON>>TRYING NOT TO PUT A NUMBER ON
WINS BUT TRY TO WIN EVERY GAME. WINS BUT TRY TO WIN EVERY GAME.
WE WANT TO BE RELEVANT AGAIN. WE WANT TO BE RELEVANT AGAIN.
AND IN ORDER FOR THAT TO HAPPEN AND IN ORDER FOR THAT TO HAPPEN
THE GUYS HAVE DONE A LOT OF THE THE GUYS HAVE DONE A LOT OF THE
THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO FOR THAT THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO FOR THAT
TO HAPPEN. TO HAPPEN.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS IN THE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS IN THE
OFF-SEASON. OFF-SEASON.
NOW ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, FOR NOW ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, FOR
US GUYS KNOW MORE ABOUT FOOTBALL US GUYS KNOW MORE ABOUT FOOTBALL
AND THEIR ROLE. AND THEIR ROLE.
YOU SHOULD SEE THAT TYPE OF YOU SHOULD SEE THAT TYPE OF
IMPROVEMENT. IMPROVEMENT.
>>WHAT’S THE MESSAGE ABOUT >>WHAT’S THE MESSAGE ABOUT
WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS REBUILDING WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS REBUILDING
PROCESS? PROCESS?
>>WE STARTED THE PROCESS >>WE STARTED THE PROCESS
TOGETHER. TOGETHER.
THEY’VE HELPED US GET TO THIS THEY’VE HELPED US GET TO THIS
POINT. POINT.
NOW WE TALK ABOUT THEIR YEAR, NOW WE TALK ABOUT THEIR YEAR,
THE FIRST THING IS FOR FANS TO THE FIRST THING IS FOR FANS TO
COME OUT TO MEMORIAL STADIUM. COME OUT TO MEMORIAL STADIUM.
WE NEED THEM THERE. WE NEED THEM THERE.
OUR JOB IS TO PUT A BETTER OUR JOB IS TO PUT A BETTER
PROJECT OUT THERE. PROJECT OUT THERE.
YEAR THREE, WE SHOULD SEE MAJOR YEAR THREE, WE SHOULD SEE MAJOR
IMPROVEMENTS. IMPROVEMENTS.
>>WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’LL SEE>>WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’LL SEE
THE MOST IMPROVEMENTS? THE MOST IMPROVEMENTS?
>>WHEN YOU’RE A YOUNG TEAM, YOU>>WHEN YOU’RE A YOUNG TEAM, YOU
SAY ALL. SAY ALL.
THE QUARTERBACK POSITION, WE THE QUARTERBACK POSITION, WE
HAVE TO GET THAT ESTABLISHED. HAVE TO GET THAT ESTABLISHED.
LAST YEAR, MIKE EPSTEIN IS LAST YEAR, MIKE EPSTEIN IS
COMING BACK. COMING BACK.
HE’S HEALTHY. HE’S HEALTHY.
REGGIE CORBIN WILL BE ABLE TO DO REGGIE CORBIN WILL BE ABLE TO DO
THINGS ON THE OFFENSE. THINGS ON THE OFFENSE.
BONNER, EXCITE BODY OUR RUNNING BONNER, EXCITE BODY OUR RUNNING
BACKS WITH WHAT I FEEL WE’LL BE BACKS WITH WHAT I FEEL WE’LL BE
ABLE TO DO UP FRONT. ABLE TO DO UP FRONT.
>>A MUCH BETTER FIT FOR THE >>A MUCH BETTER FIT FOR THE
OFFENSE. OFFENSE.
>>ABSOLUTELY. >>ABSOLUTELY.
I PROFILED, MAKE THE RIGHT I PROFILED, MAKE THE RIGHT
DECISION. DECISION.
IT’S ALSO AN ATHLETE AT THAT IT’S ALSO AN ATHLETE AT THAT
POSITION. POSITION.
>>LOVIE SMITH,

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