March 31, 2009
"I met with the team yesterday afternoon and just told them they needed to get caught up in school so they're in good standing."
"The biggest thing that I take from this year is I think we did the best job we could, considering the circumstances. From the start to the finish we got better. I feel like we accomplished what we set out to do."
"There's always a sense of relief when each season is over."
On the tone of the team meeting:
"I honestly thought they were pretty good. They were jovial and light hearted. I think there's a sense of excitement about who's coming in."
"I've always been one to believe the right thing happens at the right time. I would love to coach. For me, it's more about the right fit, something I believe in and something I'm passionate about. I also want to find some place my family will be happy. The interesting thing about coaching is that it's one notch above the circus in terms of moving around. You move a lot and it's really a year-to-year thing. Anyone that's in coaching understands that. It's the nature of it and that's the only thing that's a downfall."
"Life is real and it's brutal. In that way, athletics can really teach us a lot."
On his earlier meeting with (UA Director of Athletics) Jim Livengood:
"He was very complimentary about what we've done."
On the possibility of coming back to the program as an assistant:
"It would be hard. I had a whole year of calling the shot, so I think that would be an awkward situation."
On what he'll miss most:
"The day-to-day interaction with the guys. You end up spending more time with your players than with your family, which is sad. But you miss that."
On working with his father, Dewey, who served as UA's director of operations:
"That's probably the most difficult thing. That's probably the last time I'll work with him. It's was a special time for us, one that we'll always remember."