Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference





Nov. 14, 2006

On the 36th Anniversary of the 1970 Marshall Plane Crash...
This community believed that (it could move forward despite overwhelming odds) and kept football going. That gave me a place to go, old Fairfield Stadium, as a small child to come and watch guys like Reg (Reggie Oliver) and Red (coach Red Dawson) and those that followed. You know success is a journey and the Lord knows we have been through that journey. I talk to my team that with tradition comes responsibility and we have a responsibility because it is our heritage. The beautiful thing is now that with McG and Basil (We Are Marshall movie director and producer), our heritage is going on the big screen for the whole world to see. Days like today remind me of what Seneca said once - One should count each day as a separate life.

There are a lot of hall of fame banquets going on around Huntington and our University right now, but as we remember those who we lost in that plane crash remember this - they are in the most important Hall of Fame today, God's Hall of Fame.

On how he approaches talking about the 1970 tragedy with his team this week...
You know I really don't. I might say something to them after practice today, but most of the team...all of those that could get out of class were at the memorial service today and I think that that speaks for itself.

On UTEP...
We have a very good football team coming in here in the UTEP Miners. Mike Price and his staff have done a great job and they are a very, very talented football team. We are going to have to play well and we need that home field advantage. They do a lot of checking at the line so we need a big crowd behind us to make it as loud as possible and hard on them.

On Bernard Morris's Status...
I will know more after practice today. We are not going to let him run today, but he will throw and we will see how he does. It is a day-to-day thing.

On Cody Slate...
Cody had another big game. You know he is a good player and he is going to be a good one around here for us.

On How he would defend against Cody Slate if he were on the other side...
First thing I would do is put a DB on him. But I don't want to give it away. I know what I would do, but I don't know if it would work. I know what I would try first, second, and third.

On UTEP's defense...
I am really impressed with their middle linebacker, number 44 (Troy Collavo). He is good. He is my kind of guy. I think their defensive line is a lot like the one we just faced. They are going to rush the quarterback and try to stop the run. They are all big and can run. They are all back from last year so this is basically the same team we are facing. The have a corner that is really aggressive and gets up in your face, too. They are a good looking football team.

On Jordan Palmer, the UTEP Offense and Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr...
They throw the ball so well. He (Palmer) is awfully good and their receivers are good. He understands their offense and spreads it around very well. Once Higgins gets that ball in his hands you can go ahead and use that word dangerous. I think he is pretty good. You know I poked fun at his speed a little bit last year in this same press conference, because I have seen some really fast guys in my career. But, let me tell you he is pretty fast. He is faster than anyone we have. I was very impressed with him. We just have to know where he is at, at all times. On returns we have to stay in our lanes and contain.

On the ECU game...
We just have to keep getting better at what we are doing. Make sure that we have things in place so we don't become one dimensional. You know both teams started the game with a stutter and go and unfortunately, ours was open and we missed it and fortunately, theirs was covered. That's how close these games are. When you have a chance to bust someone's butt you have to do it. We had an opportunity on the first play of the game to strike on the opening kick. We started fast and had six on six upfront and then the kicker gets the stop. We had our opportunities...we just did not execute. We have to make sure this week that we execute and do not turn the ball over and get back on track.

On the difference in wins and losses...
We did not win the turnover battle. It's the turnover margin. It has been that simple. That is definitely something we have to do - take care of the ball.