25.Nov.2009 Mike Riley on Jim Rome Show
Rome has a guest host. Riley sounds pumped.
On containing the spread, Riley talks about assignments/gaps while remaining aggressive. Key for players is to stay with assignment/responsibility. Pretty general stuff.
On Masoli: “we’re spending a lot of time looking at film and what others have done to control him”
Did not say if the coaches feel comfortable with what they see/controlling him.
On differences in Kelly vs Belotti offense: Kelly has “taken the spread to a new level”…Riley also feels the Ducks are a well-rounded team with an underrated defense and impact special teams.
On the program: Riley wants to keep the program going in this direction, used the ambiguous phrase “recruit to OSU”, and says he’s having fun, etc. Sounds like he’s really enjoying what he built. Any talk of Notre Dame was clearly out of line. Riley is going nowhere.
Broadcasters mention Autzen is the one clear edge. Riley agrees. Calls it a “big factor.” Riley talks about Canfield and the center doing silent counts in practice, then adding crowd noise, but says the mindset, mental toughness, and poise are the key. Says it’s a conscious decision going into the game that you, as a player, will not let the noise fluster you. Personally, that was my favorite line from the interview, as I strongly believe mental preparation is everything in any competition.
Riley concludes the interview by sheepishly admitting he’s never wanted a game this much.