2011 Coach's Corner #14 - A Letter From The Desk of Coach Priore
Dec. 1, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - As I started off my press conference last Saturday, I'll start this letter off with the same word: Wow!
Wow, for a lot reasons. The crowd and the excitement from the local community. Our alumni, who came in from all over the country to witness history. All of those people helped Stony Brook be successful on Saturday.
How about that game! To be down 18 points, and things aren't going so well, the ability to handle adversity and remain composed is the reason we won. Within 14 minutes of game action, we were up 31-28. This team didn't panic.
And the ending to the game! Over the course of my entire career, I'm not sure I've seen a comeback capped with that type of interception.
Good football teams are marked by different characteristics. This team stands out because of its attitude. Whether we score or the other team scores on us, this team doesn't get too high or low. We've remained poised. We figure out our mistakes and work to correct them.
The win against Albany exhibited this team's greatest strength: The ability to remain poised. This team understands it's a four-quarter game.
We're excited about the opportunity to continue in the playoffs. It's a special feeling to showcase this team on a national scale.
Sam Houston State is 11-0, including a win over New Mexico. They are a great football team. They present many challenges. As a program, we will handle this game as we've handled every game. We're going to prepare our guys correctly, and ask them to play fast, physical and with a passion.
We're going to rely on our playmakers to make plays, and that's all you can do.
It's going to be a great challenge.
They're a great football team, but so are we.
I would like to invite all of our fans to LaValle Stadium to send-off our team as we board our buses to the airport. Our guys have appreciated the support all season. As they get on the buses, join us in a rousing send-off.
Get your RED on . . . It's What WE do!