October 17, 2006

Coker energized to take on UM image restoration

Coach Larry Coker today revisited the aftermath of the brawl last weekend that left 13 Hurricanes suspended for Saturday's game at Duke, including the indefinite suspension of backup safety Anthony Reddick, who swung his helmet at FIU players during the melee.

"I feel responsible for what happened Saturday night," Coker said. "We have great kids here. They did some things that are regrettable, wrong, and we're going to pay the price. My energy and resolve is more now than ever. I'm more excited about being here than getting ready to play for national championships and all those type things. I'm the right person to be here, am needed here. I'm excited about the opportunity here. More than that, these players are excited about this restoration process. We have to get back in flow, restore image. We're going to certainly do that. We're going to play well, with class and character. We graduate our players. I'm a college football coach. I understand college, academics, young people. We're moving forward in the right direction. We had all those suspensions, we don't need to go over that anymore. Now we're trying to put that behind us.

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