Auburn expense report, Mack Brown and Bill Stewart stressing chemistry

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Auburn spent some serious $$$ on the trip to Glendale: The expense report at Auburn for the BCS Championship trip to Glendale came out at $2.9 million. In total, Auburn brought 938 people to Arizona, counting players, staff, band, cheerleaders and the official party. Oregon had a total of 493 people -- only 20 more than Auburn's team and staff members.

West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart says he’s not a “dead man walking” : “There are a lot of people saying that I am a ‘dead man walking’ and I don’t agree with that. I think we are professionals here; I have a great staff and I am very blessed with tremendous players, coaches and a supportive administration. Our chemistry has to be one of high value. Every football team has to have great chemistry, and if you don’t have that, then nothing you do is going to matter.”

“The Mountaineers always play hard and play with pride. We are known for being a physical football team and we don’t want to change that. There is also a great effort the players have to emulate on the field and the coaches have to coach with. If you don’t play with a hard edge and a physical demeanor, then it will show.”

Mack Brown preaching chemistry to his team this Spring: “We talked about respect. We talked about toughness. We talked about confidence,” Brown said. “We talked about body language. We’ve got to get our swagger back. We lost it last year, and that’s something that we’re working on daily ...The first thing that has to happen is the guys coming in have to mesh well and have good chemistry with the staff that was here and the coaches that were here. That chemistry is working really well. When that works well, it makes it easier for the team chemistry.”

Gary Patterson is amused by the scheduling from the MWC this upcoming season: "The Mountain West Conference has to do what it has to do. If I didn't know any better I'd think the Mountain West was treating us like an independent. I'm not so sure they shouldn't just consider us an independent."