It’s not often that a head coach starts a press conference like Rocky Long did today. In his defense, it seems like head coaches have been talking to the media every day for two weeks.
How about this for an opening statement:
Rocky Long: “Ahh, I don’t know what you want to know cuz I don’t have much to say. I’ve been talking for two weeks every day about this. I’m sick and tired of talking about it. We excited about starting practice tomorrow. Wish we could start today.”
(Long pause & silence)
“Did you want more than that?” (plenty of laughter from reporters)
At one point, Long was once again dead honest with a reporter when asked a generic question.
Long said smilingly, “Gee, I’ve answered this question about 9,000 times now.” He then politely and briefly touched on a couple of things the reporter wanted to know about offense, defense, and special teams.
So coach, how would you describe your coaching staff?
“Haha, why don’t you come to practice and then describe it for me?” (Not kidding. That was Long’s reply.)
The point is, Long is just ready to hit the practice fields and understandably so. There’s only so much you can say about your team.
On Monday, Long begins his first August camp as a head coach since 2008, his last season at New Mexico.
Long said, “I can’t sleep at night. It wasn’t until about a week ago until that that happened. And so that’s normal. The last two years (as defensive coordinator), I slept pretty good. I never use to sleep when I was a head coach before. So obviously I know I’m a head coach again because I can’t sleep. I’m not nervous whatsoever because I’ve done it before and I know what to expect, but I do have butterflies in my stomach today that I did not have yesterday. Like I said, I was sleeping fine until about a week ago. I assume that because the football season is here.”