Following Tuesday night's 31-10 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was asked about some comments he made last week.
Lynch told the Sporting News' Steve Greenberg the Seminoles hadn't seen anything like NIU's offense, and had this quote: “We plan on wearing them down. In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knees – and then just keep pounding away.”
When the question was asked in the postgame press conference, Huskies head coach Rod Carey took the microphone and said the comments were out of context, and later added that they were incorrect.
"Those were taken out of context, okay, and that's not right. He didn't say that, and I want to say I've been waiting until after the game to say that," Carey said. "That was taken out and everybody made a big deal out of it. I was there. I was at the interview. He did not make those comments."
It was a sharp contrast from when Carey was speaking to reporters after Thursday's practice at Barry University, when he said this when asked about Lynch's remarks to Greenberg: "What's he supposed to say? 'Hey, we're just hoping we get a first down, get a yard or two?' Come on now, it's what we do. That's the confidence, and these guys expect that. We're doing everything we can to make that happen."
First of all, let me say Carey has been great to work with ever since he got the job. Tonight, he was in the heat of the moment, and his inexperience in postgame press conferences showed.
This was just a case of him protecting his player, but he could have found a much better way to do it.
— Steve Nitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter