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We had 25 negative plays in the last game so what do you think I saw? We had poor execution, a lot of poor fundamentals. Didn't execute well. Weren't very consistent.
I try to make the decisions based on what's best for helping our players be successful. At the time there was no anticipation or thought that there would be any kind of problem relative to managing to jobs at once. When we sort of saw, and agreed, that that was a little bit of a tough team, then we decided to move in a different direction.
It's really not even possible from a legal standpoint for him to do those things. That's not something that we're interested in pursuing.
We're in the planning stages right now, so I don't know why y'all keep asking me what changes we're going to make. Dabo's a good friend of mine. Maybe I'll just call him up and tell him what we're going to do.
This wasn't an easy decision and we appreciate the way Lane handled this in terms of doing what is best for our team. At the end of the day, both of us wanted to put our players in the best position to be successful.
We appreciate all that Lane has done for our football program over the last three years. We sat down following the Washington game and talked about the time demands of managing both jobs, and we recognized that it is best for our players, and for Lane, that we allow him to turn his full attention to his new head coaching role at FAU.
We've been playing him more and more, and he has certainly delivered in a really positive way. Whoever's hot, that's who's going to get the ball. He's been hot lately and he's going to get the ball.
We've got more miles to go.
Bo's been playing pretty well for us the last three or four games. We wanted to play him more. He's hard to tackle. He's big and powerful. He's playing with a lot of confidence.
Both those teams are great football teams.
After we got into the flow of the game, I thought we did pretty well on defense.
Rather than thinking that they're trick plays, they're little unusual plays that create a tremendous amount of attention to detail and discipline for defensive players.
When your dad's a coach, you spend a little bit more time talking about and developing a better understanding of the game itself and things that are important in the game. I know that was significant to me as a young player growing up, and that was probably something that helped Jalen grow.
We'll do what's in the best interest of Lane, our program, our players, but I would think that he would want to finish the season with us. I can't speak to that right now. ... I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations.
I'm sure the University of Houston will make an announcement about who their coach is when they're ready to do that.
There was a lot of talk out there about the playoffs and not much talk about the SEC championship game, which was a little concerning to me as a coach. I was really proud of the maturity that our players showed of competing in that game and wanting to win that championship.
The next step is what do we create as a legacy for this team in terms of how they do in the playoffs.
They have a chance to do something to create a legacy for this team. That's something they should think about, how important that is, what they are willing to do to do it. Because all the teams you play from here on out are really, really good.
We've had conversations about it. He wants to be a head coach. I want him to be a head coach. I want to help him get a head coaching job.
The rest of it, we have not discussed, and I don't think it's the right time.
These guys have done fantastic job all year long to win 13 games and the SEC.
Can't really fall in love with what we've done in the past.
I know nothing about it. He's never mentioned it to me. I'm sure he would if there was something out there.
He really has a resiliency just to come back and focus on the next play.
At halftime, I guess everybody thought I was going to throw a fit, but I told them, Look guys, all we've got to do is go out there and play with some poise and confidence.
We had some really, really challenging field position situations in this game, and our players responded really well to it.
They've got several very good pass rushers. A combination of all those things has made them probably the most effective front we've played against all year.
He got the ball to some of our playmakers down the field and they had opportunities to make big plays.
He has great poise. I don't think the stage is too big for him at all. He expects a lot of himself and we expect a lot of him because he's in a role that has tremendous responsibility. He has handled that very, very well.
You can talk about winning ugly and maybe it wasn't always pretty, because we certainly didn't execute and do things the way we'd like, but you've got to give LSU a lot of credit. It was a tough atmosphere for us out there. But our defense was outstanding.
When they get challenged a little bit, they usually respond and I think they responded really well tonight.
I think that was the real turning point in the game, because it changed the momentum of the game. Those plays are always huge in games, but that one was especially huge.
The goal going into this game was to play a complete game, start fast, finish, and I think we probably did that as well as we've done all year.
It was really a difficult game for an old coach to have to suffer through. But we made it. We made it and I'm really proud of our players.
We knew we probably would have to wear them down and beat them in the second half.
We thought this was going to be a 60-minute game. We knew we probably would have to wear them down and beat them in the second half.