Independence Bowl Teleconference Quotes

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Independence Bowl Teleconference Quotes
December 3, 2006

Alabama Interim Coach Joe Kines

Kines Opening Comment

“We are so excited and honored to be chosen to come, our guys have been anticipating this. We have been hoping for an invitation so we are very excited about receiving it. We are looking forward to the preparation. We are looking forward to coming down and being a part of this great event.”

On Oklahoma State

“I remember Mike Gundy from when I was at Arkansas and how bright their players were and how great they played. The Oklahoma State team is always been one that has been very exciting, with some great runners though the years and some great offenses. We are looking forward to looking at them on film and getting a chance to come to Shreveport. It will be an exciting time just getting ready for the game. I was looking today, I think they were second in their conference in scoring offence putting up about 35 points a game and 208 years rushing offense. Like I said, though the years they have always had great runners, it will be a challenge for us. We are looking forward to just playing a bit.”

On playing another game this season

“Anytime a team gets an opportunity to walk out on the field and play that’s a great event in itself. To be a part of a bowl game that’s been around a long time and to play a quality opponent, that’s exciting. Like Coach Gundy just said, anytime you get a chance to get to work some more is exciting, spring practice has been whittled back so much now there is not a awful lot to it. To get to work with your youngsters and see them improve, see guys that came on late in the season and give them one more opportunity to work and for the seniors to go out and play one more time and represent you school, I think all those things are important. I tell you I do not know if there has been a time when our group has been more excited about getting to play. We could have been through with our season and now we get one more shot to go play. We are looking forward to the game and one more chance to get our team better.”

On having a chance for a winning record

“For the seniors this is something they can take pride in going out in. Both teams are going into the game with that in mind. It is just a chance to see if we cannot put a little bit of a spark on something that went dull on us.”

On the fans

“Our people are excited about getting to come. We can go out and have a Saturday morning scrimmage and fill the stadium. Anytime you roll the ball out there and get ready to play the Alabama people traditionally show up. We know that our people will stand behind this team and we will have a great game.”

On Oklahoma State

“I was told this is the first time that Alabama and Oklahoma State have ever faced each other. This will be a part of history that we can all be a part of. I can tell you our youngsters have really been anticipating the announcement that we would get a chance to go, we are really excited about coming.”

Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy

Gundy Opening Comment

“We are really excited to be involved with the Independence Bowl, as Coach Kines said, we have been anticipating the invitation. Our players, staff and Oklahoma State people are very excited about the Independence Bowl, we have heard nothing but great things about it. We are looking forward to the competition.”

On the 2006 season

“We had a roller coaster season, we ended up with six wins and six loses. We had four games that came down to the last play of the game. Out players have competed hard and practiced hard, we have been fortunate to stay fairly healthy for the most part, our players just continue to compete we have made some strides since last season. We are just looking forward to playing another football game. We know we have a challenge on our hands. Alabama has played good defense all year and they have some offensive players that can make plays so we are looking forward to the challenge. Our players know understand the importance of a bowl game and like everyone else they just look forward to the opportunity to play another game.”

On the fans

“Oklahoma State’s fans are very excited, we are lucky here at Oklahoma State that our fans follow us everyone where we go. There are times that you do not produce as many wins as you might want to as a football team and your fans may fall back a little on the type of following you have. The Oklahoma State people are hard core, they will be there wearing their orange and that’s why I think this is such a great mach up. I do not know much about Alabama other that the history but I am guessing they will bring a lot of fans, which is great for the Independence Bowl. Our people are very excited about playing Alabama, they are a tradition rich school and people want to see our players play them.”


 

 

     
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