2011 Coach's Corner #10 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Nov. 3, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
I’d like to start off by thanking all the fans and students who hung in there on Saturday. The game was played in the worst conditions ever in my 29 years of coaching football. I’m real proud of our football team. We managed the elements. We spoke prior to the game that weather like what we experienced Saturday’s is never a reason to pin a loss on. We also talked about doing the things we were able to control. We’d make adjustments based on the weather, and the ones we did proved to be successful.
We didn’t turn the football over, maintained field position and ran the ball effectively – the philosophies of Stony Brook football. We stopped the run, didn’t have a turnover and won the field position battle. When we had to punt, we capitalized on their mistakes.
After every game, we give out individual awards. For the first time in my career, the offensive award went to the offensive line, fullbacks and tight ends, even though our running backs were terrific. They never get the credit they deserve, and this is the game where the success falls directly on their shoulders. I applaud and congratulate them.
The chapter on Coastal Carolina ended as soon as the game was over for a variety of reasons. The game was played in adverse conditions among other things. We put it to rest pretty quickly on Sunday.
Charleston Southern is an interesting challenge. They haven’t had a successful season if you measure wins and losses. But as I look at them, I see a quality opponent. If we want to call ourselves a championship team at some point in the season, championship teams handle this type of week correctly. They are able to prepare for the game and not worry about the opponents’ situation. As we move forward, we’ll focus on how to get it better. Trust me, there’s a lot of necessary improvement. We’ll formulate a plan to come home with a successful result. I think we’ve played well as a team over the course of the last five weeks, and really, the whole season. There’s been a hiccup or two, but that happens with any team. As long as our seniors maintain their leadership and good focus, I’m confident in what lies ahead in the next few weeks.
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Head Football Coach