Bo Pelini. Big Ten Tuesday Teleconference. Let the vague answers, evasions and clipped phrases ensue. Count what you think the cliches are and post in the comments section.
Addendum: Are all the questions good? No, they are not. Some are very bad, in fact. I am something of a question snob, I suppose.
On where he’d like to see his team improve most: “I don’t think there’s one area in particular. We just need to get better overall. We’ve been fairly inconsistent in my opinion. We have a long way to go. We have a lot more ahead of us… you’re going to go through growing pains a little bit, but we have to grow up in a hurry.
On whether college football needs a czar: “I don’t know anything about that.”
On Taylor Martinez’s play: “I don’t like the fact that he’s put the ball on the ground a few times. I think he’s done a few good things but there’s a lot more out there for him.”
On Washington: “They’re talented. They can run. They’re well-coached. They execute well in all phases and they’ll be a tough test for us.”
On whether the Holiday Bowl loss is motivation: “You always find ways to get your guys motivated. At the end of the day, I hope we’re motivated by getting better.”
On ideal non-conference schedules: “Challenge your football team to get ready for conference play. Obviously you can’t play four top ten teams every year. But I do think you want to put a product out there on the field — schedule games that are good for your fans. You’d like to play at least three non-conference at home … it’s just hard scheduling. Everybody has their scheduling issues. Obviously, there’s money involved.”
On whether the Wildcat formation is here to stay, or a, uh, running fancy (my question, hooray!): “What it does is it gives a defense another thing to prepare for. You have to make adjustments to it, you have to spend time on it. It has its value. Every team’s going to be a little bit different. Some people use it a lot, some people use it sparingly.”
On Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu: “He did a good job in the bowl game. He’s a big, physical guy. He’s a guy who can cause you problems.”
On whether Washington is a bigger test than Fresno State: “Washington’s a good football team. I’m not saying Fresno’s not.”