WJTV Sports Zone: Ben


WELCOME BACK. WE ARE GETTING YOU SET FOR THE ARKANSAS OLE MISS OPENER, AND AND A VERY SPECIAL GUEST, IT IS HOT OUT HERE. IT IS REALLY HOT. BUT, IT IS IN THE SHADE AND NOT TOO BAD. NOT TOO BAD. IT IS A NICE FACILITY. IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST ONES. I THINK 6 MILLION TO BUILD IT AND A PHENOMENAL FLOOR DOWN THERE BUT IS NICE FOR THE STUDENTS AND A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE AND GREAT DAY FOR FOOTBALL. THIS WHOLE AREA HAS GROWN AND SO MANY THINGS TO GET PEOPLE IN HERE. CAN YOU TOUCH ON THAT AND THE FACILITY UP GRADES. WHEN I WAS HERE WE HAD NO INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY, AND BUILT 4 YEARS AFTER WE LEFT AND GO TO THE TURNER CENTER RIGHT BEHIND US, AND THAT IS WHERE WE PRACTICE OUR STUFF. AND THE 100 DEGREES HEAT. WE HAD ABOUT $20 MILLION BUDGET AND NOW IT IS $110 MILLION BUDGET. SO TIMES HAVE CHANGED. MONEY HAS CHANGED AND SO, KIND OF WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE GETTING YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MATCH UPS COMING UP, AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY. I WAS ABOUT TO SIGN WITH USM AND OLE MISS CAME IN AND SOLD ME ON THEIR PROGRAM AND THAT WAS IT, AND MET MY WIFE. SHE WAS MY TUTOR, AND WE ENDED UP GETTING MARRIED AND WE HAVE 3 BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS. MY MOM AND DAD, THEY ARE HERE AND SO VERY BLESSED BUT ALL GLORY TO GOD. VERY BLESSED. YOU HAVE SOME VERY GOOD TEAMS HERE, A LITTLE BIT DOWN. I THINK IT IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD. GIVEN HIM TIME, HE IS GOING TO RECRUIT THE RIGHT PLAYERS, AND FEEL LIKE I NEED TO BE LOOKING AT HER SOME, AND RECRUITING AT A HIGH LEVEL, AND DEFENSE. SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST YEAR, AND LINE BACKER PLAYS BETTER AND 60 FRESHMAN PLAYING. SO WE ARE A YOUNG TEAM. BUT, WITH THE YOUNG TEAM WE ARE GOING TO BE OKAY, IT TAKES TIME FOR THEM FOR THE EXPERIENCE TO KICK IN, BUT THEY WILL BE OKAY. GREAT ASSISTANT COACHES. REALLY GREAT. DID THE OFFENCE CATCH UP THIS WEEK. THAT WAS THE ACHILLES’ HEEL. AND THAT GOES BACK TO BEING A YOUNG TEAM. YOU KNOW, AND IT TAKES SOME EXPERIENCE THE TIMING OFFENSIVE LINE BEING SO YOUNG AND THE FRESHMAN QUARTERBACKS, AND IT WILL TAKE TIME BUT IT IS GOING BE FINE, AND LIKE I SAID, EACH WEEK YOU WANT TO GET BETTER AND I THINK YOU WILL SEE TODAY THE OFFENCE WILL BE BETTER. I THINK MAYBE PEOPLE ARE FORGETTING THAT THIS IS A GOOD TEAM. FOR A YOUNG TEAM TO GO ON THE ROAD AND OPEN UP FOR OPPONENT LIKE THAT. IT IS A CLOSE GAME. MEMPHIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID. EVERY YEAR WE SEE THEM ON THE SCHEDULE. I DON’T WANT TO PLAY MEMPHIS. THEY COME OUT TO PLAY. IF WE ARE NOT READY WE WILL GET BEAT. BUT I RESPECT MEMPHIS AND THEIR PROGRAM. THEY ARE A PHENOMENAL TEAM.

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