Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference

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Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference, Windows Media, (27:52)

Dan Scott interview with Marion Dukes, Windows Media, (6:43)

Dan Scott interview with Chansi Stuckey, Windows Media, (12:03)

Bowden Quotes

"There are plusses and minuses to playing a non-conference game in the middle of the season like we are this week. We have played a large portion of our conference schedule and it has been very tough. The fact that we are playing a team this week that has not had as much success as some other teams we have played will not effect our preparation at all."

"The one thing that this team has done, which has been different compared to previous years, is there has been no lull in performance. That is a little different from the previous six years that I have been here. Our history has been to have a good game then a bad game, good game-bad game. This year we have been pretty consistent in our performance over six games. I hope we can continue that this Saturday, and there is still a lot left out there for us to play for.

"They will probably come in here and play pretty loose, I believe they start seven seniors on defense. We also have to come out with intensity and understand that in 2005 if you come out and don't bring your "A" game and turn the ball over here or drop a ball there, you can find yourself with a loss."

"I have watched cut-ups on film, I have not watched an entire game all the way through yet, but I believe when they played Maryland the score was 7-3 midway through the second quarter. Right now they are more of a four-man rush and defend team, rather than coming after you a lot. They are going to defend with seven, and rush with four, and try to get pressure on the quarterback that way.

"As far as (Clemson) players possibly being suspended for this game, it has not changed our preparation at all. We got in late Thursday night from that game, but as a staff we met on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have worked this week as we would for any opponent. We won't change the way we practice at all, its just the fact that some guys may play more this week because of possible suspensions."

"You quickly learn that wins are the most important things. Style points do not matter. There are a lot of things you can talk about in this profession, but I have been around long enough to know that the most important thing is wins and losses. The object for us Saturday is to go out and win the game."

"Our last game was probably our best performance so far this year. We got a break or two, when we played Wake Forest the ball bounced off of Chansi's foot and lands in their hands, and they win. Against N.C. State, we throw a screen pass that goes through their hands and into Chansi's hands, and we win because we scored on our next four possessions."

"We are not going to change our approach mentally, and all I am doing is appealing to the team to keep playing like we have been playing. Our last game was our best game and this week we want to one-up that. Each week we want to go out and play our best game, and that is what I am appealing to the team to do."

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