Kansas Basketball: Bill Self’s Transcript

Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self is reloading again following last year’s disappointing finish. He talks about the upcoming season at his press conference today:

BILL SELF: Good afternoon, all. All right, guys. Fire away.

Q. You had them for about a month now, what’s the most encouraging and most disappointing so far?
BILL SELF: Encouraging, probably experience I would say would be the most encouraging.

Flashes of doing, playing really well and playing the way that we want to play.

Discouraging, I would say inconsistency and not great energy consistently. And certainly our ball handling and passing has been poor. But I like our guys. I don’t think that we played well at all in practice last couple weeks. I’m hoping it’s just because we want to play somebody else, so.

Q. Who is your most improved player from last year at the end of the year to right now that you’ve been pleased with?
BILL SELF: I think Frank and Perry are both really improved, which so if you want to pick somebody to be improved, I think you would want to pick your best guys.

I would say the thing that’s probably been frustrating to me, to go back to back to your question, I don’t think I’ve seen a big jump consistently with a lot of our players from an improvement, individual improvement standpoint. I think that we have been solid, but I don’t think that we have taken that next step.

Now, could that be because of health with Wayne’s ankle and with Brannen Greene’s hip and some things like that? It may be as much health related as whatever else. But I would say, to me, Hunter Mickelson is probably, well, what fans would probably view as our most improved guy. But I’m not sure that Frank and Perry and Jamari probably haven’t played at a higher level than they did at any point in time last year right now.

Q. What percent is Wayne’s ankle?
BILL SELF: You would have to ask him, but he hasn’t missed any time. He hasn’t taken any days off. He just doesn’t look quite as explosive to me. But he would tell you it’s fine and a hundred percent. But there’s no excuse, but the thing about with Wayne is he practiced a good portion of our pre-season not being very healthy. Doctors said that’s what he should do and fight through it, but I don’t think he quite had the explosion this pre-season as what he would have or what he did this summer.

Q. Before the season starts do you guys get together, I know you get together a lot as a team and assess your goals for the season?
BILL SELF: No, I never have been big on that. That doesn’t mean that’s right that I’m not, so I think, obviously, a goal would be to win the league, but if you ask Frank what his goals would be he would say well I think we should win every game we play. And I do think that’s a great goal to have. It stones necessarily mean it’s going to be true, but we should be in the game to win most every game that we play, so — but I really, my goals have always just been, hey, let’s just get as close to our ceiling as we possible can.

Q. Talk about what a great ambassador and role model Perry is for the program.
BILL SELF: Yeah, well, Perry’s been awesome. The depending upon what kind of year he has, which I predict he’ll be a guy that could average 17 a game, that type of year, he could go down as the fifth leading scorer in the history of the school. So, yeah, he’s had a fabulous career and of courses a better kid than player and has handled everything so well.

I could be negative and say I wish he was more aggressive at times and I wish he was more vocal at times, but you’re splitting hairs with him. I don’t think that we ever dreamed that we would get a better person or player when we signed him than what we have.

Q. You mentioned the last couple weeks maybe not being quite as crisp as you wanted. I know there’s a lot of benefits going over to Korea, but have you seen they’re a little more tired and not as fresh?
BILL SELF: No, no, I don’t think it’s that at all. I don’t think there is fatigue from that, I think it’s more of boredom from it. These guys have, I mean for the first time in awhile we have got an experienced team for the most part. So you have an experienced team and they have heard my rhetoric for three years or four years and in Jamari’s case five years.

And I think that there will be a lot of times that I can call, hey, let’s run this, and they will just go do it and we haven’t done it since last year, but you can’t go fast because you obviously got three guys that don’t know. But I think it’s as much that as anything else.

Q. What do you want it see in the first game from your guys?
BILL SELF: I would love to see how we play within the focus of the rules. I would love to see if we can play without fouling and still be aggressive. A lot of people can play without fouling but they lose all aggressiveness and can we do both. Can we be good defensively and also be a team that plays smart and doesn’t play with their hands as much and are disciplined. Those are what I want to see and then to see how the young kids react when the lights are on.

Q. Have you had officials to practice?
BILL SELF: We have had officials and we’re having them again today.

Q. How is that going?
BILL SELF: Well, I got on the officials the first time, because they called four fouls in the first two possessions. And I said, guys, I mean, gee, I’m all for this, but we at least want to scrimmage today.

So we would have never — I mean we would have never got through a quarter at that same pace. But I do think that our guys, it has been emphasized a lot and do think they’re handling it better now. But they will be shocked today when you have Big-12 officials calling our scrimmage today, and they will be shocked today that they will all foul out. I really think that — I think it’s going to be that big of an adjustment for everybody.

Q. Who will foul out first?
BILL SELF: Cheick. Without question.

Q. When Carlton signed here you said you kind of had maybe an idea of what to expect and those maybe expectations maybe changed a little bit early on?
BILL SELF: Not really. We knew he would be good, but he’s been really, really good at times and then he’s been a freshman at times. I think he’s going to be a little inconsistent early, but he’s going to be terrific. He won’t be in school here four years. I honestly feel that way.

Q. Officials are human and if the early games are just nothing but whistles and free throws, everybody’s going to be miserable and will they just back off and go back to what they used to do?
BILL SELF: Not this time. Not this time. I think that they are human and I do think that there will be talks about how do we stay on the course or how do we improve a little bit what we’re doing, how are we letting certain things slide how we’re maybe calling this other stuff a little too tight. I think there will be talks like that. But those will be talks you have during the course of the year any time.

But I think they’re going to stay the course and I think the players and the coaches have to understand that it’s going to stay the way it is. I think we also need to understand that it’s going to be a much better game two or three years from now, but we’re going to go through some growing pains early.

Q. Do you think eventually college will go to FIFA?
BILL SELF: I don’t know that we’ll go to FIFA, but I do think that we’ll adopt some rules that FIFA has eventually. You guys watched us play this summer, I mean, that was a blood bath. That was more physical than here, it’s just they have more absolutes. If your hands are up, there can be as much contact as there is. If you reach and there’s no contact hardly at all it will be a foul. I mean, they have more absolutes than what we have, I believe.

But it was a very physical game over there. Way more physical than what we’re used to playing. So, I don’t think that at all prepared us for the rules emphasis changes at all. But the FIFA game, I’ll be the first to tell you, there’s some things about it that I think is better than our game.

Q. The absolutes?
BILL SELF: No, no, I think that, for instance, we lowered the shot clock to 30, which is good. FIFA is 24. But if they get an offensive rebound, it resets to 14, it doesn’t even go back to 24. Ours will reset to 30.

So, I think there’s some things that we could do moving forward to create more possessions. Let’s say ours just reset to 20, or let’s say you can advance the ball in late game situations, you know, after a timeout. It keeps you in the game, it keeps the excitement.

So, if you’re down three with one second left, game’s not over any more. The game, because you’ll have to defend the last second in the fore court.

So there’s a lot of things about it that I think, to me, if you implement what our game is, which is really, really good and just tweak it a little bit with a couple of things that we learned this summer, I think it could be a better game.

Q. When you have practice, you know you got certain guys playing, you don’t know about Cheick, do you get other guys more reps or how does that work?
BILL SELF: Not yet. We haven’t done anything like that yet. Now we may be doing that next week, but we got six big guys and we’re massaging them all and trying to figure out how to work them, so they’re all getting pretty much the same reps with the exception of Perry. Really, the reps are based on whose playing with Perry for the most part.

But, no, we haven’t gotten to that point with Cheick, we’re treating it just like he’s going to play, but if we find out something later on that he won’t be or something, then of course we’ll alter it then.

Q. Optimistic you’ll know that the first game with him?
BILL SELF: Well, first game is Wednesday, right? Yeah, I was hoping by this Wednesday. But the reality, I think there will be a definitive answer by Northern Colorado, but I’m hoping, obviously, even sooner than that. But I have no feelings that it will get done by Wednesday, but I’m still hopefully full that it can.

Q. Can he play if he’s not cleared by Wednesday?
BILL SELF: No. No. We won’t play him. No, we won’t play him. Not unless the NCAA told us, play him, and it has no bearing on hurting him if they make a determination later. But that will not happen. They’re not going to tell us that. We’ll hold him until we know.

Q. Do you think that they haven’t gotten to it or have you hit a snag?
BILL SELF: No, they have gotten to it. They have gotten to it. It’s been handled the right way. And of course you’ll never be privy to what’s been done, but it’s been handled in a correct way and I think there’s a lot of processing going on right now. But we don’t know if that takes additional information, we don’t know what that entails, but I do think that everybody’s on the same page and understanding the importance of getting this thing cleared up as soon as possible. No question.

Q. Besides wanting to win what would you like to see most on Wednesday? What area would you like to see really stand out?
BILL SELF: Well, I would like for us to be able to score inside. I think that’s got something, that’s something that obviously was a deficiency last year that we’re trying to address, but I still don’t think we’re very good at it.

I would like for us to be able to, I think, play within the way the game is going to be officiated and not lose an identity of who we are. Those are the things that I would like to see as much as anything else. We’re going to throw it all over the gym, we’ll turn it over, we’ll not miss block outs, we’ll do all that stuff, just like they will also. I mean, it’s so early, it’s hard to be great at everything.

We’re talking today of, okay, in the next two weeks we got to get this in, and it will take a month to get in what we talked about getting in, in the next two weeks, just before we’re prepared to really play a game that matters.

So it’s — there’s a lot going on. But if we could just get an idea on how aggressive we can be, how the game’s going to be called, how to take advantage of how the game’s going to be called, to me, we got as good a guard in the country to take advantage of how the game’s going to be called, because nobody can drive it better than Frank. So hopefully that will be a bonus for us instead of looking at it as a negative hopefully it will be a bonus for us, too.

Q. Did you watch the game last night?
BILL SELF: Oh, yeah, every pitch. I don’t think I missed — I think I missed a few pitches, I had to speak Friday night in Kansas City, but other than that, no, I’ve caught all the action. It’s very cool.

Q. Is there a lesson to be taken from the fact that they are a team that you can maybe even take in basketball and say, guys, you play like this, this is what’s going to happen?
BILL SELF: I think baseball gives you the best examples on sports as much as anything else. I mean, I claim that I know baseball, but I played when I was young, but you look at it, Volquez getting out of the sixth with one run with the bases loaded one out. That won, that gave us a chance to be in the game.

How many times do you — in basketball, it’s not a matter of making great plays, it’s a matter of making successive good plays. It’s not as — it’s just as important to make the pass to start the play as it is to make the pass to finish the play.

Well nobody illustrates that better than the Royals baseball-wise, because did they go yard in the last several games? I mean, Alex went yard once and then they had an inside the park or they went off a guy’s foot. Yeah, but that wasn’t a home run, that should have been an out. So it turns into a home run. But that reminds me of when you’re a little leaguer you hit it to the short stop and it goes through his legs and the left fielder’s legs and all of a sudden you have a home run.

But yeah, I think that just the successive plays. And then the other thing is, is that it’s never over. You just keep grinding. Those guys were grinders. That’s — there’s so many amazing things about it, but everybody, I know our bullpen’s good, I know that. But what Hochevar did last night is unbelievable. What Chris Young did to come in and pitch those three score-less and all this — we’re counting on guys that under most circumstances don’t get a chance to throw and they’re in there, they’re mowing them down. I thought that was unbelievable. And you knew that if you got, if we got to our bullpen and their bullpen and the score was tied, you knew that the advantage was to us.

Q. You’ve been at the top of your profession is that in some instances maybe alive changing experience? Winning the whole thing.
BILL SELF: Well, I think that — oh, it was for me for sure. Yeah, yeah, it was for me, for sure. Not saying it changes you as a person, but it changes opportunities, without question. And it will for those guys, too.

You stop and think, Ned Yost has been in the game what did he say? Since 1974? And it was his 8th World Series. I mean, and unbelievable. And then Dayton Moore, all the things that he’s done and people question and you know, and then to make every move with if you’re playing checkers or chess, he had everything perfect. He made every right move. It’s unbelievable. Who bats a thousand on moves that Zobrist and Cueto and obviously who else did they bring in? I mean, who bats a thousand on that? And they did. It’s unbelievable. And of course Bob knows it better than anything because he covered them for so many years. He hasn’t covered them the last two years, Bob, right? What a coincidence that they gotten a lot better.

(Laughter.)

Addition by subtraction. You’ve heard that before.

Q. Out of all the practices you’ve had what do you think of the Frank, Devonte’, Selden combination?
BILL SELF: We practice that way every day. It’s been okay. It’s been okay. But I don’t think that Frank or Devonte’ or Wayne puts enough pressure on people defensively or offensively. I think that they can certainly do more things to help our team by being aggressive all the time.

You know, that’s the advantage that we will have with the new rule changes is being aggressive, because if there’s no touch you got to drive it. That’s our advantage. And those guys can do that. So I certainly hope we drive the ball a lot more than we have in the past.

Q. But are you still intrigued by Frank and Devonte’ playing at the same time a lot?
BILL SELF: I don’t want to say intrigued any more, because that’s how it’s going to be, they’re going to play together, they’re going to start together, so I don’t know if intrigued is the right word. Intrigued would be something that you’ve only seen glimpses off. That’s how we have practiced every day so far.

Q. The change from 35 to 30, isn’t that big, is it big enough to try to pressure a team more so they can’t get into their offense?
BILL SELF: No, I do think there’s some validity to that. We’re not at that point yet where we’ll say, okay, we’ll soft press and then get, have them across at 22 and have them get organized and now it’s 18 and then you got to defend 8 seconds before you switch every ball screen or whatnot.

That’s, in theory, how teams will do it.

Or soft press and then fall back to zone and then you organize 18, you got 8 seconds to attack a zone before you have to start scrambling for a shot.

I think there’s going to be a lot of things like that. But you can also look at it from the flip side. Every press that they press you now, you should look at that as a fast break.

So any time you go against pressure, even soft, you got to think of, have a way to attack that and look at it as a fast break.

And the other thing is, if, if it’s going to take us a little bit more time to get into stuff, how do we get it up the court a couple seconds quicker to make sure we allow ourself a little bit more time.

So I think those are the things that are very, very minor, but will eventually be a big deal in buying your team a little extra time. I don’t think 30 seconds is going to be a huge impact, except for the last five minutes. And the last five minutes last year, 30 seconds was, 35 seconds wasn’t enough time because teams that are ahead stall the ball and then they play for one shot on the shot clock.

Well it’s going to be the same thing, it’s not going to be worse offense, you’re still going to have teams trying to get a shot in the last five seconds of the clock, regardless if it’s 30 or 35. In my opinion.

Q. You had a lot of big guys, where can Traylor get on the floor, he hasn’t been a great rebounder, he’s not a naturally great scorer. Is it being disruptive?
BILL SELF: I think so. Just energy. Jamari has actually played better than he’s played at any point in time in his career or the last two weeks, so I don’t know who will start tomorrow night, but he certainly would be a guy that deserves to start as much as anybody else right now, but that doesn’t mean we’ll start him, just because we want to look at different combinations. We already know how he and Perry can play together, we may want to look at some different stuff. Not tomorrow night, Wednesday night.

Q. Are you looking at brining Greene and guys off the bench to give you a shot or?
BILL SELF: Well, if you’re going to start Devonte’ and Wayne and Frank, then, yeah, we’re looking at them coming off the bench. So, but, yeah, they need to be instant offense they need to be able to be guys that can be more than adequate defensively, but be a guy that can — Brannen Greene to me, whether he plays 10 minutes or whether he plays 20 or 25, whatever it is, he could be a guy, if he gets five open looks, he can come away with 12 points. That to me is a situation with him. So we need him to make shots.

But on the flip side, he’s got to be able to do some other things to give our team the best chance, because people aren’t going to let him shoot. So if people defend him a certain way and not going to let him get his feet set and chase him off the line or do whatever, then he’s got to be able to obviously do other things to help us win.

Q. In the past it seemed like at times that getting back on defense wasn’t an instinct for him?
BILL SELF: For Brannen?

Q. Yeah.
BILL SELF: Well, yeah, I guess you could make a case for that. Maybe bending knees, anything like that. So, no, I’m joking. But Brannen’s had, he’s had a good camp. I just don’t think his health has allowed him to be at 100 percent.

Q. It’s late in his career to have to worry about little things like that, isn’t it?
BILL SELF: No, I don’t think so. I do think — I told our guys the other day, hey, as a freshman, you’re learning. As a sophomore, you’re stubborn. As a Junior, well you just don’t get it.

You know, that’s the kind of thought process. And I’m not talking about Brannen I’m talking about anybody in general. So if you’re still fighting certain things as a junior or senior, then it’s not stubbornness, you just don’t get it. Stubbornness was when you’re young and you believe that you’re right and everybody else is wrong. If that’s not the case any more and you worked work through that, then you just don’t understand. And that’s, I think our guys will be better with that. I think Brannen will be better with that.

Q. The AP came out, you guys are 4, you got five first place votes. Do you like it?
BILL SELF: You’re the first one to mention that to me, so I like whatever. Whatever they said is great. So I don’t think there’s any reason to ever dislike what somebody else think because it doesn’t do any good.

The other thing is, we don’t, we have done nothing, other than have a group of guys play good and go on tour and deserve to be ranked fourth. We still have a lot to prove. That is nice, but I don’t think it means anything.

Q. (No microphone.)
BILL SELF: Pretty good. He shot the ball well. He shot the ball well. He’s stronger, his body looks great. Defensively, he’s conscientious, he tries to do everything we want him to do, but I do think that our carelessness is our biggest issue and when guys are careless, it’s hard to be as confident as you want to be, because you worry about not making mistakes as opposed to just playing and I think we got several guys going through that. Svi’s one of them.

Q. Any red shirt possibilities?
BILL SELF: You know what? No. No. But if we decided to red shirt a freshman, we can do it after the two exhibition games. You just can’t red shirt anybody else. So, if everybody plays on Wednesday, that’s returning, then that would eliminate them as a possible red shirt.

Ohio St. Football: Urban Meyer Press Conference Transcript

Ohio St. didn’t have a football game this past weekend, but they still made national headlines. Starting quarterback JT Barrett was suspended after being arrested on Saturday morning at a police checkpoint. Meyer talks about this and the impact on the team at his press conference today.

URBAN MEYER: Thanks for coming. Obviously didn’t have a game this weekend. Didn’t really review the record, so if there’s any questions about that, I’ll answer any questions for you.

Q. There was some confusion when you looked at the drug and alcohol policy on Saturday, at least I had a hard time reading it. Is it correct to read it that JT did not need to be suspended and you chose to suspend him?
URBAN MEYER: That’s correct. It counts as, I believe, as a positive and that would be his first, so there’s no punishment. The counseling, he has to do counseling and some other things through the university and that will be done.

Q. And so how did you arrive at the one game?
URBAN MEYER: Oh, unfortunately, I had one several years back and we did it for a game. I tried to collect as many facts as I can about what actually happened. I meet with the player, I meet with Gene Smith, obviously a very serious one, and then come to the conclusion that we had a one game.

He’s also forfeited his scholarship for a term. I have done that before. The last issue we had like this, it wasn’t quite as serious it was, like the Mewhort thing, and they lost their scholarship.

So when a kid has an issue like that he’s there’s some type of punitive damage as far as missing a game or something and then they forfeit their scholarship at some point. They can earn it back.

Q. The quarterbacks then, Cardale has been in this situation before to come in maybe a little bit unexpected as a backup. What’s different about maybe your confidence level in him for this start now that’s got 10 under his belt as opposed to Wisconsin?
URBAN MEYER: Night and day. Cardale had a great week of practice last week, he’s engaged, he handled everything like a man. He threw for 300 yards a couple weeks ago at a 75 percent clip. He’s 10-0 as a starter. That’s not even a hesitation.

Q. Do you have any type of policy when a player’s coming off suspension that he would not start his first game back or is that up in the air when JT comes back off suspension would he be eligible to start right away or do you have a policy where a player coming off suspension —
URBAN MEYER: No, no, if he’s good enough and if he’s earns that right, I haven’t even gone that far yet.

Q. Some of the wide receivers that are banged up, Parris Campbell, Dontre Wilson, Johnnie Dixon, do you think any of those guys will be able to help with the stretch run?
URBAN MEYER: Dontre had a procedure done to his foot. He’s questionable for this week. Paris Campbell is questionable, we’ll find out more today. Johnnie Dixon won’t play this week. He has a little micro fracture into his knee, right below his patella so it’s going to be a couple more weeks.

Q. Speaking specifically about quarterbacks, you have an opportunity here with Cardale to move back into that role, the red zone production was a concern for you; and obviously Maryland and Penn State, JT assumed that role, did a nice job for you. Is there anything about looking at ways to maybe involve Braxton in that role this week?
URBAN MEYER: We have had, we’re not there yet. It’s still early in the week so we’re having those conversations now.

Q. You talk about players peaking at the right time, all the time, your players do too. What do coaches do so that they are also at their best when they need to be in November and all season?
URBAN MEYER: That’s — I’ve never been asked that. That’s a great question. I’m not sure. Just what do coaches do to be, to peak at the right time? Wow. Bill? Thoughts?

(Laughter.)

That’s a great — Gene’s that’s a great question for the leadership class.

I think coaches are a product of — that’s a great question. That’s a product of knowing who your personnel is and the meshing like our offensive staff right now when you have transition of two coaches, the normalcy is it takes a minute and that minute has gone by and I’m really pleased with the conversations and the execution of what goes on during a game day. So that’s one way to make sure we’re on point.

Really, understanding personnel — I think coaches and we have all been there, including our staff, many times, where you don’t put them in position to do what they can do very well. And that’s when I see like our defensive staff, they’re doing a very good job of doing what guys can do well. Offensive staff, obviously there’s a new wrinkle now, we got a little issue that we’re going to spend a lot of time on with the guys said about the red zone so just getting guys in position to do the right thing. That they can do what they, what their skill set says they can do. And that takes an incredible amount of time because every player’s different.

Q. Michigan has been announced as a new kick off. Matter to you, do you like sticking with this tradition?
URBAN MEYER: Yeah, I grew up watching that and I don’t think — I’m fine and we’ll worry about this one right now, though.

Q. Number one, you were here in ’86 or ’87 when Earle Bruce had some situations he had to deal with and had to deal with immediately and stuff. As a coach, do you evolve into — you understand, nationally, you’ve gotten some criticism for what went down in Florida. You’ve addressed that in the past. But it seems like since you’ve been here you’ve been pretty, I don’t know if quick is the right word, but to execute the punishment, etcetera. Has there been an evolution with you in that regard or has it always been etched in stone of what happens, this happens, this happens?
URBAN MEYER: No, I think —

Q. I mean, obviously we were told that JT was not subject to a suspension based on the school rules.
URBAN MEYER: Yeah, I’ve, unfortunately, I’ve read some of the things said about our time down there and now’s not the time to — whether it’s exaggerated — I see these numbers show up that they just keep growing. But one is too many.

But we have been, if you do your homework and research, everybody’s been suspended, you know, either suspended — the one thing that I look back on, if I’ve given too many second chances to people and that my evaluation of that is I probably would continue to do it. Because the decisions aren’t made — public opinion, you don’t make decisions with people’s lives and livelihood.

We have tried to do the right thing and, here, I don’t see there just hasn’t, knock on wood, there hasn’t been many, and we act quickly. Gene’s been a tremendous help for me as what do you think, Gene, and it’s very clear conversation and let’s do the right thing.

When it’s a core value issue, then it’s really a tough situation. When it’s a horrible mistake or a mistake, then you try to put a, you know, some discipline, so that mistake’s not made again. But I seek advice from Gene and when I was at Florida, Jeremy and I think we have done fine.

Now’s not the time to go back, we’re moving forward and disappointed it happened, we did what we did, and we got to move forward.

Q. Does JT lose his captaincy?
URBAN MEYER: You know, I visited with some older players about that, my initial reaction was he might and let me just talk to some guys. But it was very strong with the leadership on the team to know. I’m still in my own mind going through that. And as of now, no.

Q. One other thing, Minnesota, obviously they lose Jerry Kill last week, they come within a half a yard, what do you expect from Minnesota on Saturday?
URBAN MEYER: I think that they played their best game. They were very inspired, they played tremendous in that game on both sides of the ball. Against a very good team. So, I think they’re an excellent team. They’re hitting their stride right now as well.

Q. We know every coach has to deal with off field stuff like this at times, how do you sort of view drunk driving in the things that happen with players, just the nature of that offense?
URBAN MEYER: Well, it’s horrible. Obviously, the first thing is to make sure no one’s hurt and find out exactly what happened.

We educate non-stop about domestic, about alcohol, about drugs. It’s out there. I’ve had to deal with it one or time, I believe, and it’s just something that — I go right to the administration, because I want to find out, make sure we’re doing it right by the university first and then team second. Because, obviously, that’s, there’s been some horrible things happens with drunk driving.

Q. How does this affect how you view JT Barrett?
URBAN MEYER: Tough. He came over to my house — and I love JT, I’m not ashamed to say that. He’s like a child. He’s like one of my favorite guys I’ve ever got to coach. JT’s going to have to deal with something that he’s never had to deal with.

When they say, you’re too short, you don’t run fast enough, your arm strength isn’t good enough, you’re just an average quarterback, you can deal with that. You just outwork it. It’s a little bit like when a coach, you’re not a good coach, okay we’re not a good coach. When they start attacking who you are, especially people who don’t know who you are, and I told him, that’s the toughest thing he’ll ever have to deal with is that now there’s some question as to who you are.

And I imagine he’s never had, he’s never had to deal with that. Because JT’s always been JT. And, yes, he may be a little too short, his arm strength maybe not that. He can deal with that. How do you deal with that? You work a little harder.

How do you deal with, what is he 20 years of doing right and 30 seconds of doing wrong — or three minutes, whatever it was. That’s real though. And that’s something he’s going to have to deal W I’m going to try to help him. We all are going to try to help him. Because that’s going to be a — that’s the toughest thing that he’ll have to deal with as far as protecting his name.

Q. Do you view it as guys make mistakes or does this maybe lead you to question his decision making?
URBAN MEYER: Oh, first is question his decision making. And then I want to find out exactly what happened. Monitor him very closely. Use it as an education opportunity for our players, too.

Q. You just kind of noted your message to JT. What was his message to you? When he walked in?
URBAN MEYER: Devastation — well he came to my house on whatever day that was the next day. Blown away. Devastated. All his concern was about the team. As you can imagine.

Ever since I’ve known JT all it is, is about the team. When we went through the quarterback stuff, about who is going to play quarterback, he said, coach, I’m fine, I just want to help this team. And he feels like he let the team down.

Q. Who you did you learn the news?
URBAN MEYER: Text message at about 6 a.m. on whatever day that was. I guess Saturday morning.

Q. How did you react?
URBAN MEYER: I told Shelley — I got up, I actually called the person who texted me and I said, did I read this right? And then went about the next six hours dealing with it.

Q. JT had the incident last year that was, nothing came of it. Does that come, the combination of that and this year make you, again, add to the?
URBAN MEYER: Yes, it does. I had chats with him about that last year and then this year and those chats won’t, will not discontinue. Also his family involvement understands that the starting quarterback at The Ohio State or a quarterback at Ohio State, but all of us here are held to standards, and decision making was brought up earlier.

Q. Did he have, did you ask him, did he give you any explanation for why he did what he did?
URBAN MEYER: Oh, sure. I’m not going to share that with you guys, but, yeah, he obviously, he didn’t think he was above the — he felt fine and — I will tell you that, he said it didn’t even think, cross my mind because I didn’t, I don’t drink much. And not, I’m not sure now’s the place to have that conversation, but, yeah, I said, why would you do this? And he said, coach, it didn’t even cross my mind, because I didn’t have that much and I was fine. And I was helping someone else out to give them a ride home.

Q. He left to give somebody else a ride home?
URBAN MEYER: Yes.

Q. And Cardale was the one who he was released to Cardale’s care, was Cardale with him at the time?
URBAN MEYER: No.

Q. So Cardale came and picked him up.
URBAN MEYER: Yes.

Q. You know more about the circumstances, does that speak to their friendship?
URBAN MEYER: Cardale and JT? Yeah, that’s obviously they’re very close.

Q. You mentioned that you haven’t had — the discussion you had about Braxton’s role, but, A, is he healthy enough to assume that role if you guys feel like you might need him, even if he’s a backup and who in your mind right now, if something were to happen to Cardale, is Braxton your guy at quarterback or do you go to one of the other guys?
URBAN MEYER: As of right now it would be Braxton. We’re right in the middle of those conversations. But there’s no question that he’s our, he’s our number two quarterback.

Q. So when he’s been involved in just the progression of learning the wide receiver position, would it be very hard for him to get back into the swing of things is he going to work out more after practice?
URBAN MEYER: I think almost every game he has a package of quarterback plays. As far as the mechanics of getting a play, we’re at home, too, which is good, getting a play to — it’s not just running around the end, it’s getting everybody lined up, getting the play, getting the formation and all that.

And that’s the thing when you try to say, hey, let Zeke do some direct snaps, that’s hard. You remember last year we did that to Jalin as well. Braxton it’s not. It’s no issue. It’s a just a matter of fact, he can throw, how prepared is he to throw. So we’re going to work on that this week as well and get him ready to go.