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December 2002

LSU Head Coaches News Conference

Monday, December 30th, 2002
Opening statement:
“The first thing I’d like to comment about is the Cotton Bowl has done just a marvelous job of the hospitality and making our fans at LSU, our players at LSU and our LSU family feeling very welcome here. I think the city of Dallas has done the same thing. We’ve had a fantastic time here and our players really appreciate that, our staff does and I most certainly do.
“The people at Texas Stadium, the facility that we’ve used, have done everything they possibly could to satisfy our every need and we certainly appreciate that.

Texas Longhorns Offensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
TEXAS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG DAVIS

An overall assessment of the LSU defense:

“When I first started watching LSU, the first thing I thought was very athletic. That’s the first thing that you see. Big up front, very strong guys up front. And then the linebackers are a very athletic group of linebackers, led by the (Bradie) James Gang. Just all over the field. Very bright player, obviously a very bright student too from what I read. Their secondary is very aggressive, not afraid to play man-to-man, will bump some, will change it up.

LSU Tigers Defensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WILL MUSCHAMP

Opening statement:

“We had a good week of preparation in Baton Rouge; (was) really pleased with the approach of our kids and the focus of our kids on Texas. They obviously have an outstanding football team. They’re very powerful and high potent offensively. They’ve got outstanding athletes. We’re real pleased with our preparations thus far and since we’ve been in Dallas. The kids have really approached the game the right wayÑ a good mental attitude and focus for what we want to do and try to accomplish in this football game.

Texas Longhorns Offensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
TEXAS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG DAVIS

An overall assessment of the LSU defense:

“When I first started watching LSU, the first thing I thought was very athletic. That’s the first thing that you see. Big up front, very strong guys up front. And then the linebackers are a very athletic group of linebackers, led by the (Bradie) James Gang. Just all over the field. Very bright player, obviously a very bright student too from what I read. Their secondary is very aggressive, not afraid to play man-to-man, will bump some, will change it up.

LSU Tigers Defensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WILL MUSCHAMP

Opening statement:

“We had a good week of preparation in Baton Rouge; (was) really pleased with the approach of our kids and the focus of our kids on Texas. They obviously have an outstanding football team. They’re very powerful and high potent offensively. They’ve got outstanding athletes. We’re real pleased with our preparations thus far and since we’ve been in Dallas. The kids have really approached the game the right wayÑ a good mental attitude and focus for what we want to do and try to accomplish in this football game.

LSU Tigers Defensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WILL MUSCHAMP
Opening statement:
“We had a good week of preparation in Baton Rouge; (was) really pleased with the approach of our kids and the focus of our kids on Texas. They obviously have an outstanding football team. They’re very powerful and high potent offensively. They’ve got outstanding athletes. We’re real pleased with our preparations thus far and since we’ve been in Dallas. The kids have really approached the game the right wayÑ a good mental attitude and focus for what we want to do and try to accomplish in this football game.

Texas Longhorns Offensive News Conference

Sunday, December 29th, 2002
TEXAS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG DAVIS
An overall assessment of the LSU defense:
“When I first started watching LSU, the first thing I thought was very athletic. That’s the first thing that you see. Big up front, very strong guys up front. And then the linebackers are a very athletic group of linebackers, led by the (Bradie) James Gang. Just all over the field. Very bright player, obviously a very bright student too from what I read. Their secondary is very aggressive, not afraid to play man-to-man, will bump some, will change it up.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JIMBO FISHER

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On Texas’ speed on defense:

“I don’t know if you can beat it, but you’ve got to learn to maybe trick it. They’re a very athletic team. They have great speed not only in the secondary but the linebackers and the front guys. (Corey) Redding comes off the edge; he can bring it. The linebackers can run. They’re a man coverage team. (Texas defensive coordinator) Carl (Reese) knows they have great athletes. He’s maximizing their athletic ability by playing the man coverage.

TEXAS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CARL REESE:

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On recent games:

“The head coach, Mack Brown, reminds me every day of what our defensive performances were the last two times we were out (previous two bowl games). We got involved in shootouts, and shootouts are not a good thing. Shootout is a term as a defensive coach we don’t want to hear about. É That’s what we got into. We won one of them and we lost the year before. Shutouts are what a defensive coach is after.”

On having previously coached at LSU:

“It’s always good to have been somewhere and know the tradition.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JIMBO FISHER

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On Texas’ speed on defense:

“I don’t know if you can beat it, but you’ve got to learn to maybe trick it. They’re a very athletic team. They have great speed not only in the secondary but the linebackers and the front guys. (Corey) Redding comes off the edge; he can bring it. The linebackers can run. They’re a man coverage team. (Texas defensive coordinator) Carl (Reese) knows they have great athletes. He’s maximizing their athletic ability by playing the man coverage.

TEXAS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CARL REESE:

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On recent games:

“The head coach, Mack Brown, reminds me every day of what our defensive performances were the last two times we were out (previous two bowl games). We got involved in shootouts, and shootouts are not a good thing. Shootout is a term as a defensive coach we don’t want to hear about. É That’s what we got into. We won one of them and we lost the year before. Shutouts are what a defensive coach is after.”

On having previously coached at LSU:

“It’s always good to have been somewhere and know the tradition.

TEXAS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CARL REESE:

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On recent games:
“The head coach, Mack Brown, reminds me every day of what our defensive performances were the last two times we were out (previous two bowl games). We got involved in shootouts, and shootouts are not a good thing. Shootout is a term as a defensive coach we don’t want to hear about. É That’s what we got into. We won one of them and we lost the year before. Shutouts are what a defensive coach is after.”
On having previously coached at LSU:
“It’s always good to have been somewhere and know the tradition.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JIMBO FISHER

Saturday, December 28th, 2002
On Texas’ speed on defense:
“I don’t know if you can beat it, but you’ve got to learn to maybe trick it. They’re a very athletic team. They have great speed not only in the secondary but the linebackers and the front guys. (Corey) Redding comes off the edge; he can bring it. The linebackers can run. They’re a man coverage team. (Texas defensive coordinator) Carl (Reese) knows they have great athletes. He’s maximizing their athletic ability by playing the man coverage.

LONGHORNS BRING CHEER TO KIDS AT CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

Friday, December 27th, 2002
DALLAS Ð The No. 9 Texas Longhorns took some time out their preparation for the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic to visit kids at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Friday afternoon.

Head Coach Mack Brown along with his entire squad met over 50 children in an auditorium. Each player went around and distributed goodie bags filled with teddy bears as donated by Bank of America, along with posters and t-shirts. The crowd enjoyed a few refreshments donated by Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas.

TIGERS BRING A SMILE TO KIDS AT HOSPITAL

Friday, December 27th, 2002
DALLAS Ð The No. 25 Louisiana State University Tigers took a time out from their preparation for the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic and brought smiles to the children of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital this afternoon.

The Tigers along with Dr. Sam Nader, Administrative Assistant for the Tigers, came out to the hospital and distributed goodie bags filled with teddy bears donated by Bank of America and caps and t-shirts were given to players for the team to sign for the children.

Tony Herring, Chief of Staff of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, gave a big thanks to all of the players who came out and took part in the event and wished the team the best on New Year’s Day.
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