Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Coach Orgeron's Press Conference; Castrating the Bull: Prepping for Alabama
OXFORD -- In building his program, Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron plans to do it one step forward and two steps back. Orgeron believes Ole Miss took huge steps backwards in a 14-9 loss to Georgia after suffering a 27-3 setback to Wake Forest the previous game. “"Our team competed," Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron said.”We hung in there and made the play when we had to, even if the play we made had no impact on the final score. We lost anyway, again". Orgeron looks for the Rebels to continue backstepping this coming Saturday when they travel to play Alabama. "Every game is really important," Orgeron stating the obvious, Monday at his weekly press conference. "The thing that is really important to me is that I believe we've made tremendous backwards strides from the Wake Forest game to the Georgia game and I feel we have made zero progress in our program."This is a big week for us, to be able to show that we are continuing to make improvement. I want to take another step forward because we can’t go any further backwards. If we take one more step backwards, we will fall off the cliff. By the way, I am so fucking sick of hearing how good it was here (Oxford) under Cutcliffe and Tubberville. I am going to punch them both in the nuts and learn them that I am the better coach.” It's Orgeron's objective to teach the Rebels how to win because he most certainly taught them how to lose. As Ole Miss plods along towards a 3rd consecutive losing season and almost certain loss to cross-state rival Mississippi State."The thing we are disappointed about is number one, again, as in the Kentucky game, I felt we should have won this game," Orgeron said. "We had a chance to win the game and we didn't. 31-14? That was a close game by our standards here in Oxford” Orgeron believes he has basic principals in place as he continues to build his program."I have tried getting down and practicing the way I know championship teams practice," said Orgeron, who had restraining orders against him as an assistant coach on national championship teams at Miami and Southern Cal. "I tried the Wild Boyz tirade again, I tried smashing up a hotel room again to no avail. So, I am working with Jackie Sherrill for guidance. I am going to castrate a bull during a team practice as a motivational technique. I know a majority of my players can’t read or they sleep when I talk, so the de-nutting should keep their attention for at least 5 minutes…I hope.” Ole Miss is scheduled to lose to Alabama on National Television. Saturday’s Alabama-Ole Miss game will be televised by CBS Sports, the network announced Sunday afternoon. The game will kick off at 2:34 p.m. (CST) from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.