Coach Neuheisel Speaks in Weekly Press Conference
Oct. 30, 2000
Weekly Press Conference
(On how the team will deal with the emotions in this weekend's game): "I think you let the kids deal with it the way they think is appropriate to deal with it. Yet, you make sure we all understand this is what we have to do and we go. I don't think you try to push away the human emotions that exist. I don't think you ignore them, that would be silly. So we will deal with those, but we have an assignment and number 25 wants us to carry out the assignment. That is our job and that is what we swore on to do. That is what we came together at the beginning of the season to do and by gosh we are going to give it everything we've got."
(On the recent string of exciting games in the Pac-10): "The injury aside, it is as entertaining as it can possibly be. It is great drama. If anybody is not getting their moneys worth by watching the Pac-10 then they're crazy. It is absolutely phenomenal. Nobody could have scripted the finishes that have taken place in this season. And when you look back you realize that it really is like that all the time. Oregon is having a dream season and should be congratulated for what they have accomplished. And Oregon State is following suit and it sets up for a great finish. Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, and Washington State, you can go down the list, are all very, very competitive teams. The one that may not be reaching it's full potential is USC and yet USC was number 6 in the country at one point this season. I think from top to bottom this is an unbelievably competitive conference and there is no such thing as a sure thing.
(On who wins the tiebreaker if Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington finish tied for the conference lead): "If all the three teams win the rest of their games and Oregon State beats Oregon then we would win the tiebreaker and represent the Pac-10. In a three-way tie they first look at head-to head and we would all be 1-1. Then they look at non-conference and in non-conference we are 3-0 and Oregon State would be 3-0 and Oregon is 2-1. Then you either eliminate Oregon State because we beat them or you look at non-conference and one of their opponents was Division 1-AA so they do not get as many points as we would.
(On whether he has spoken to the team about the importance of winning out to keep Rose Bowl hopes alive): "We only talk about Curtis and Arizona."
(On how the team played before Stanford's comeback):"I thought we played well given the conditions (weather). I thought we took care of the ball and played really well on defense. I don't know that they even had 200 yards of offense at that time (the first recovered on-sides kick). I would have thought we had a nice game. I still think it was a good game I am just sick about the injury to our kid. And I don't know how angry you get about on-sides kicks not going your way. Obviously we'd like to hang onto the ball and we will address strategy about how they are going to go after us. I would also like to get a rule clarification from the league as to what the rules are on on-sides kicks (on the kicking team having to wait ten yards until making contact with the receiving team). I am not disappointed in anybody. We had them on fourth and 12 and Anthony Vontoure got a cramp so Toure Butler had to come off the sidelines and he's buttoning his chin strap trying to cover their best receiver and they made the fourth and 12. On third down they threw the ball right to us. Jimmy Newell, unfortunately because he is playing with a broken hand, is trying to catch with a cast on. It was just a combination of things. But I am so proud of my team.