Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"


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’s defense weren’t pretty following West Virginia’s 70-33 demolition of Clemson in Wednesday night’s Orange Bowl.

The Mountaineers rang up 31 first downs, amassed 70 points and an astounding 589 total yards of offense on 89 plays for an average gain of almost seven yards per play.

The Mountaineers threw for 401 yards and rushed for 188 yards and converted a whopping 10-of-16 third down conversions.

Steele didn’t mince words in his postgame press conference in the Clemson locker room, and simply said what almost anyone who watched the game already knew as he was asked what emotion he was feeling.

“Ass kicked [was the emotion he was feeling]. In a nutshell, it was about as ugly as it gets,” Steele said. . We didn’t execute very well. We didn’t tackle very well and I think that’s indicative. They had one pass for 37 yards and threw for 400 and something. You have to tackle the catch and we just didn’t do that. Hats off to them. They are fast, fast. One [Tavon Austin] and three [Stedman Bailey] are fast guys and we just didn’t handle them very well.”

Steele said a 35-point second quarter by the Mountaineers caused the team to start pressing.

“It just got off track,” he said. “Guys started pressing and didn’t execute very well. That’s on me. It is what it is. It’s on me. It’s my job to get them ready and get them to execute well. We practiced well and thought we had a good play. We just couldn’t get the bleeding to stop. We had some situations where there were turnovers. I thought the guys were focused into it- probably too much sometimes just trying to make every play.”

He said he didn’t have answers for what he should tell his defensive players right now.

“It’s a little bit quick for that answer right now [what do you tell the team?]. It’s a new year and a new team,” Steele said. “Everything is new. We start over. Six weeks ago didn’t have anything to do with next year and this won’t either. I’ve been around long enough- I’ve lost the Orange Bowl and won a national championship the next year. Lost an ugly Orange Bowl and won a national championship the next year.


“It will be a different team. Those guys there, they are 18-22 year olds. The coaches will be a different deal. It will take a little while to get over it coaching wise. I’m not saying that because of these guys. That’s just because I’ve been there and done it before. I’ve been around bad losses. I’ve been around bad bowl losses. When you start back with the team meeting, the off season work, and the spring practice, it will be a totally different team.”

He was asked if the loss was the most embarrassing he has been a part of.

“As a coach, I don’t know that [embarrassed] is the right word,” he said. “We have to do a better job and that’s my responsibility. I take responsibility for it. In this business, you stand in the paint, you take the shots, and you get better. That’s what you do.”

He also said there were no positives to take out of the game.

“No. BCS game and they’ve learned how to get here, but out of this tonight, no.”


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Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
B-Meist®
See ya Kevin...
TigersMP
Kevin Steele's record speaks for itself...
grilldoggy
PLEASE BRING BACK VIC KEONNING!!
Prime T. Tiger
more like what we DON'T need
grilldoggy
If embarrassed isn't the right word, something is wrong.***
deleted
I think he's right - embarassed isn't the right word.
reflux
Certainly, embarrassed isn't the right word.
PGTiger
Re: I think he's right - embarassed isn't the right word.
allorangeallthetime52®
Here's some of the right words
Zeus
they only executed in two games this season..
tgrfan42069
Re: they only executed in two games this season..
owensdj
Here are the progress of events after every game for KS
andylayne
Re: Here are the progress of events after every game for KS
BigShirtlessRon
"I've been around bad bowl losses." Seems to be a pattern...
91grad
This is the same Steele that helped us to WIN the only 6
Jeremy7508
THEY SCORED 70 POINTS! 70!!!!! Steele has got to go.***
FootballFan36
Re: THEY SCORED 70 POINTS! 70!!!!! Steele has got to go.***
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: THEY SCORED 70 POINTS! 70!!!!! Steele has got to go.***
CharlotteTiger87
TOP was around 3 minutes more for our opponents.***
RTPTiger
Re: THEY SCORED 70 POINTS! 70!!!!! Steele has got to go.***
zip
People need to stop w/ the Danny Ford talk. The game
FootballFan36
Re: People need to stop w/ the Danny Ford talk. The game
martelapts
Just like his National Championship teams at Arkansas?***
Jeremy7508
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
25KTiger
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
dgwilli911®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
garrick3270
Alabama beat us 74-7 in 1931.***
bobcobb22
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
grover173
"It is what it is"???? Only morons make that statement.
FootballFan36
If he gets the can, who is available that could step in
ALL IN Tiger 888
Re: If he gets the can, who is available that could step in
allorangeallthetime52®
Jon Tenuta***
kiggity
Re: If he gets the can, who is available that could step in
BigShirtlessRon
Re: If he gets the can, who is available that could step in
tigerpaws56
10-16 on third down?
treeclimber
They only had 16 3rd downs because they ran so
CUsouix®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
CactusJack
The understatement of the century***
mrorange
I can not think of a reason to keep him and I have 70
TigerBank
better start updating the resume...
tigermark82
Re: better start updating the resume...
ejeffre
My take from this? We win NC next year!!***
TIGERCOOK®
Re: My take from this? We win NC next year!!***
allorangeallthetime52®
BUH BYE!***
Smack Daddy
Actually, it was uglier than it has ever gotten (by far.)***
BengalBilly
I actually feel bad for him at a personal level.
Razzmatazz
Re: I actually feel bad for him at a personal level.
Texascarl
Re: I actually feel bad for him at a personal level.
Rock Hill Tiger
and when Dabo....
cutiger250®
Re: and when Dabo....
Texascarl
going into the game and during the season...
cdfrisch
sure didnt need steele to tell me this, i saw it***
swampdonkey®
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warren®
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
stonewallpc
He'll look good wearing green
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clemsontiger122
Re: Front Page Story: Steele: "It was about as ugly as it gets"
leftie
Just wish we had last year's Defense with this year's Offens***
milfordcttiger®

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