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Art Briles Day-After Quotes

Art Briles


Art Briles

Nov. 21, 2010


Following a 53-24 loss to Oklahoma in the regular season finale, the Bears will now wait to learn of their bowl destination over the next month. Baylor complete the regular season with a 7-5 record and a 4-4 mark in conference play. It marked Baylor best overall finish since 1995 and its best Big 12 record ever.

Here are Art Briles' Sunday thoughts on the Bears' loss to Oklahoma as well as what the next month will look like for the Baylor football program.

On how much this season will help with recruiting...
"It has got to make a tremendous amount of difference and it will and it already has, because what has endured for so long is now a memory. The reality is that Baylor is a bowl eligible football team. That is something that sparks interest with every recruit and always has and always will, because it is a bonus for the people that are involved in the program and the university in general."

On the season as a whole...
"It is exactly what we had to do or felt like we needed to do as a football team. We needed to take a step in the progression of our program and we did that. Initially, we wanted to start out and earn some respect and credibility as a team. Then from there you build on seeing the results: a postseason bowl bid, which is what we have done and then you take it from there. From that standpoint it is very encouraging and rewarding that our players have been able to accomplish that."

On when the team will get back together to start working towards the bowl game...
"This is our bye week, which happens to fall on Thanksgiving, so we will have the team meeting next Sunday evening. We will explain then what our bowl practice schedule is going to be. I think we will have a pretty good idea of where we are going. I don't think it will be definitive. I think it will be down to two bowls, so that will kind of give us some direction on workout times and dates and how long we can stay here before we have to go to the bowl site. That will all be discussed and then it is like I have been telling them: it is a new season for us. What transpired over the last 12 weeks is now history. This is a new opportunity, a new beginning and a one game season where if you are a sophomore eligibility-wise in 2010 then you are a junior in the bowl game. That is the way we are looking at it. Our juniors that were juniors in 2010, they are seniors in the bowl game and the guys that are seniors we are just fortunate to have them around for one more fight. From that standpoint, I think it will be a big benefit for us and something that we certainly need to continue on a yearly basis, because that is how you keep a program alive."

On if preparing the team will be easier or harder since it has never been to a bowl...
"It is a reward to be in a bowl game and it is what you work towards, so when you get there you relish the opportunity, you take advantage of it. The opportunity is to become a better football player, to be more specific with assignment detail, to understand your role better as a coach and a player. That is the things we will do as a team and a staff. We will look at what happened in 2010, evaluate it all over the next 10 days and then when we get on the practice field our adjustments will be made, personnel-wise, schematically and philosophically."

On the benefit that comes from the extra practice time...
"The benefit undoubtedly is that it allows you to be in personal contact with your players that much longer length of time, to have them in a structured team atmosphere with directives or with goal-oriented visions placed in front of them is immeasurable. Instead of our guys taking a few weeks off and getting ready to gear up and go after the break, we have a purpose to go and win a bowl game and improving as a football team that will carry us to the break. That is the value that you have the extra time with extra goal-based missions."

On if the team will be motivated after what happened the last few weeks...
"No doubt. There is no question. Like I said we will have a good purpose in the bowl game and that is good. We are not just satisfied being in a bowl game, what we want to do is play really well and go win it. That is a good thing."

On how important it was to get off to a fast start against Oklahoma...
"You always need to, especially when you are playing a really good football team, because it just reaffirms what you talk about in practice all year: start fast, making good things happen early, taking advantage of opportunities. When it doesn't go that way then you kind of have to restart, so it is critical. It is critical, regardless of whom you are playing, but it is amped up a little bit more when you are against really high-caliber competition."

On where the team goes from here...
"What we have to do now is rally together and unite for a big bowl game and a big bowl win. It is something that hasn't been dealt with around here for a while and we need to embrace it and take advantage of it."


 

 

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