Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Opening statement...

“I think that players win games and coaches lose them. That’s kind of the way I’ve been trained and brought up in this business. I want to give a lot of credit today to our players for their effort. I do want to give credit to the coaches for the way they responded in the second half. I want to focus on the fact that we won the game. We’re not a perfect team. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of areas to improve on. I think one of the things that we’ve learned and we’re trying to learn is how to win when it’s not easy and try to win when it’s tough. This is a team that’s been through a pretty tough stretch of games here. A lot of games have come down to the wire highly contested games. And we were pretty tired coming into this week. You could see it in practice that we were not at our best. We were a little bit leg weary, a bit tired. The kids kept fighting through it. We weren’t as sharp and crisp and normally would be. In the first half, it was that way. I really thought the team demonstrated some grit, and I was very pleased by that. That’s really, hopefully, the moral to this story and what we can take out of this opportunity. It was a chance to show that we can win when it’s not easy. I think the score was misleading in just how difficult this game was for us to win, as they all are, and we should very much appreciate it.”

 

On the short field in the second half...

“We squandered four turnovers and four three-and-outs in the first half. We continued to get those kind of opportunities, and that’s what led to the score being what it was, but the game was not easy. In the absence of those plays, it might have been very contentious and a very difficult afternoon for us. That’s kind of part of the formula of how we have to play. We have to find plays in the kicking game, get big plays defensively, and try to match it all together. In the absence of those plays, it’s very difficult.”

 

On the difference between the first and second halves...

“I just think you have to get to the point in your career, some point whether it’s your playing or coaching career, where you start to expect and demand more of everyone else, yourself and everyone else around you. Every team in college football that’s playing for anything right now is fighting and scratching, is tired, bruised up a little bit. No one cares. It’s immaterial. It really has no bearing on what’s happening. It’s mental weakness. We’ve got to move past that. We have to become a very calloused team to compete in a lot of different arenas on the road, at home, against really good competition. This is a game, I’m certain, the pundits and experts thought we should win. I felt very challenged by this opponent, particularly with the way we performed against them a year ago. The way that we performed last week, I wanted to be sure that our players understood our expectations for how this game should be.”

 

On Jordy Nelson’s performance...

“What Jordy Nelson is about I don’t want to put him in an unfair position but he’s everything you would like your son to be. He’s everything you would want every college football player to be. He’s a hard worker. He’s honest. He’s absent of ego. He’s humble. He really wants the team to do well. He understands that him doing well sometimes allows the team its best chance to win. He takes that pressure, that burden, and he performs.”