Press Conference | March 7, 2017
Brian Kelly: As you heard, Mike has now decided on whether we go inside or outside. He makes those decisions as well. Play calling will soon follow. Thanks, Mike. I guess we'll be inside tomorrow. If it gets a little bit warmer, I'll check with Mike and see if we can go outside. Expanding roles. As a father, he seems to take more control now.
We've had a good eight weeks. It's been our eighth week now in our off-season program. I don't know that I would call this a typical off-season program for us. We had a lot of changes on our staff. Anytime that you go into the off-season and you make a number of changes, what influences your team the most is your strength and conditioning, and we have a whole new staff of five in there that are influencing our guys over the last eight weeks. I think they've done a great job.
The charge that I gave Matt Balis down there was to create an environment down there that we could build the traits necessary for excellence. Our mission for excellence is to graduate our players and to play for championships. I think he's done a great job. I think his staff has done a great job collectively of building those traits within a very positive environment, one that challenges our players in a positive way and gets the performance necessary of building those traits of excellence.
So I think the process over the last eight weeks has been outstanding in terms of what we're asking our players on a day-to-day basis to do. They have been great. They have come to work every day with a great attitude, and I think that's the first place that you look to start. What is the attitude of your team, of your group. I think that's the first trait that you look for, the difference between being good and great. This group really wants to be great.