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Tyrone Willingham Press Conference Quotes
Release: 10/02/2006
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Oct. 2, 2006

General Comments:
"There are probably two things that are sticking with me at this moment. Number one is the fact that we won the football game, in Arizona. Going on the road and having success is quite a step for our football team to accomplish. I also thought the support of the football team, here in Seattle, especially at Bank of America Arena. I have been told that around 7000 Husky fans gathered to watch the ball game. That just speaks volumes to the passion that is in and around this football program. To me those are two very exciting things that took place this weekend."

On any feelings of vindication:
"I don't think I silently, or publicly, have any thoughts in that direction. I think my record has spoken for itself over the years, and it is what it is. I think I have done things right at every step of my career. I don't have any need to step back or step out and pronounce any sort of vindication or anything along those lines."

Thoughts on the season so far:
"The first thing is, I don't think we have done anything yet. There is a full season to be played, and you only evaluate what you have done at the end of the season. I don't think there are bowl games for 4-1, so there is a lot of work that we have to do."

On Scott White winning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week:
"It is exciting. Not only is Scott showing up on our radar, but he is starting to show up on the conference and hopefully the national radar. You enjoy having players reach that level of success. It is not just about Scott White, it is also about our coaches putting players in position to have some success."

Thoughts on USC game:
"Well, I see everything as a must-win. I don't know many coaches who look at it otherwise. The one we played was very important, now that is behind us and this one is extremely important. It could take us another step closer to our goal, and hopefully on the way to another level."

On being 4-1 at this point in the season:
"This is a lot better position to be sitting in, than any other position we could be in right now. And, I think our guys feel good about what they have accomplished. They are not perfect, but I think it is a great place to be sitting, and hopefully we have a few more important steps to take along the way.

On the Washington State vs. USC game:
"I thought Washington State played pretty well, they took advantage of some mistakes and some opportunities throughout the game, which put them in position to possibly win the football game."

On being the underdog in the upcoming game:
"I don't worry about being the underdog. I just try to go out and coach our team. I hope that our players will respond to the consistency of our coaching."

On playing at USC:
"We have experienced a big time atmosphere. I think that our guys have enough history in playing in big game opportunities."

On the media attention Washington has recently received:
"We are like the new kid on the block, we were not expected to be 4-1. We are getting attention because people didn't expect us to be in the position that we are in, nothing more than that. We haven't done enough yet."

On if he perceives USC as more of a Defensive team this year than the Offensive Powerhouses of years past:
"I don't necessarily agree with the statement. I think they have scored more points. I think that this is a pretty good offensive football team. They have youth, they are young but they are still a good offensive team."

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