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October 24, 2012

No Mincing by Munchie

In a world of soundbites too often meaning and context are stripped entirely free of quotations leaving a provocative, mildly accurate residue.

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, October 23rd Munchie Legaux was interviewed by six sports reporters in teh belly of the Lindner Center.

This is the entire interview without a single alteration.

Media: What did you see from the Toledo game? What were the problems you are looking to fix?
Munchie: It is on offense. We left a lot of plays on the field, but we can't let that beat you. We can't let one game determine our season, so that game is behind us now. We are all focused on Louisville this week.

Media: You go into an undefeated team. It is a full house, a big night, so I imagine it is real easy to get ready for this one.
Munchie: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It is a rivalry game, but we don't want to get too hyped up in the rivalry game. It is still a game. We just want to get out there and get win number six. That is the goal to get win number six. We know Louisville is a great team. It will probably be a sellout crowd with a lot on the line for the Keg of Nails and all. We know what we have to do going in there.

Editor's Note: This following question is completely misleading. Coach Jones never said this. In fact Coach Jones batted down the notion that Cincinnati is unprepared for a team to try to stop only the run. It's either willfully deceptive or simply an ignorant fabrication of Coach Jones' response to a question that vaguely sounded like this set of words attributed to Coach Jones himself.

Media: Coach kind of indicated they know they are going to try to tie you guys up at the line with the run, put the emphasis on, they are going to put the burden on you to get something done with the pass and that stuff. Do you like that challenge?
Munchie: I am ok with that. If I have to throw the ball I am ok with that. That is a part of my game. I like throwing the football. If they are going to put 8-9 people in the box and make us throw that is ok. We are ok with throwing the ball. If they are going to make us run the ball we are ok with that also.

Media: Butch said yesterday he thought you took a step back against Toledo. Do you feel that way?
Munchie: Not really. I just felt that I left a lot of plays out there whether it was throws, misreads, or minor mistakes like that I left a lot of plays out there on the field.

Media: What do you think of Teddy Bridgewater, when you watch him play? Have you seen him play?
Munchie: (Chuckles) He a pretty good player. You know, he a pretty good player. He make a lot of plays for those guys, you know. His passing efficiency is really high, you know. He takes care of the football. He is a team leader so he is a pretty good quarterback.

Media: Do you think you are similar players at all?
Munchie: I'm better.

Media: You're better?
Munchie: I'm better.

Media: Ok. You get a chance to prove it Friday night.
Munchie: Ya. Hey, well he'll see Friday night.

Media: Thanks.

Media: They like to come after the quarterback, blitz a lot, take chances. Is that something you are aware of going in and that you try to exploit?
Munchie: They are pretty good team upfront. They like to do a lot of stunts and blitzes. But I'm aware of that. I am aware of all of the pressure that they bring. But that is why we study. We pick up tendencies of guys. They are pretty decent team, but we are ready for the challenge.

Media: Some teams have kind of separated themselves at the top of the Big East. When you play each other does it give any more importance for that game?
Munchie: Yeah. It is the Big East. It is a conference game, you know. It is the next phase in our season. From here on it is all conference games. Rutgers and…I mean Louisville they are a pretty good football team, 7-0. Those guys are doing a tremendous job throughout the season of getting turnovers. They do a great job of playing man defense so we are ready for the challenge.

Media: Thank you Munchie. Appreciate it.
Media: Thank you.


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