Everett Withers held his first press conference as the interim head coach at North Carolina on Friday afternoon.
From the sound of his opening speech, you would have thought he landed the job in the traditional way. Withers, who was honored as the 2009 FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year, was relaxed, confident, spoke with humility, and did an outstanding overall job with his speech.
He spoke with a high level of sincerity and his impressive calmness to the situation will certainly benefit the UNC players and even the fans. (You can watch a replay of the presser, right here.)
Here are some of the interesting quotes from Withers:
“I just want to reach of to the alum, letterman, and our fans to say that this is just the beginning and we hope to take this thing a long way.”
“Once we get started, I think the process will be smooth.”
“I know there is no finer assistant coaching staff in the country. I’m going to need those guys and I know they have my back.”
“I do have a sense of sadness because when I walked in this building this morning, I looked down the hall and didn’t see Butch Davis. And you can ask anyone that works in this building…a much better person and a great football coach, so I am sad for that. But I am excited to be the head football coach at North Carolina.”
“We’re going to be a good football team because we’ve got great football coaches on our staff, we’ve got kids committed to playing hard and being an exciting football team on the field. We won’t flinch as a football staff or a football team. We’ve been through an awful lot already. Nothing can come at us now that will bother us. We will play hard. We will play with class. We will make the letterman proud. We will make Carolina family proud.”
“We are committed as a staff to doing things right, here at Carolina. We are committed to doing it right.”
“We just got to keep plugging as a staff and a football family.”
“I don’t think there needs to be a style change (to this team).”
“I don’t know if it’s gotten away. We have to hope and pray that they take our leadership.”
“I know Coach Davis is going to be fine, which helps me move forward with this job.”
“One of my priorities will be helping these kids be total student-athletes, not just football players.”
(on shuffling the staff and promoting Art Kaufman to defensive coordinator) “I’m not going to get in the way. I think Art (Kaufman) is a great football coach. I’m going to stick my head in occasionally. I’m going to try to stay out of the way. I’m going to try to motivate.”
“I think it’s time. I think I’m ready for this. I don’t necessary like it on these terms, but it's like that quote said, ‘making the best out of these terms.’”
“Every player I have talked to has been excited. No negative at all. I bet I’ve talked to 35 or 40.”
“Our kids deserve an experience that is fun for them.”
Players report on August 4th. Practice begins on August 5th at UNC.