Given the talent, are you surprised there haven’t been better results here?
Mike Johnson: “To answer that question, I think we’ve underachieved to a certain extent. I’m not sure why, but I don’t believe our kids have had the level of confidence, the belief in themselves, to go out and do what they’re capable of doing. That’s what we’re trying to do in the spring. Trying to build confidence.
You look at any person with low self-esteem, and they’re not going to do what they’re capable of. We need to improve the way we see ourselves, the way we see the university and how we work. Through those things, their play will improve.”
Joe Tresey: “Let me tell you, it is hard to win football games at the Division-1 level. I don’t care who you play. It doesn’t matter. It’s changed. You have Appalachian State going into Michigan. That’s a prime example. When I was growing up, there were maybe 15 or 20 programs; when they played a MAC school for the most part, except if they were playing Miami of Ohio back in the day, maybe Toledo, you could probably go to Vegas and know you were going to win…with the spread.
That’s changed. I think it’s hard to win at this level. There aren’t many programs around where you can say, ‘Wow, how are they not winning?’ You just don’t get it much anymore. There might be a few. You know, Texas went 5-7 last year. They have more five stars than anybody. How many five stars are in the Super Bowl?
It’s all because of the internet. The internet has created the star effect. If we didn’t have the internet today, there wouldn’t be the star effect. People wouldn’t be enamored with, ‘They have all these five-stars. They have all this.’ I just think it’s tough. You have to battle every day.”