WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Question: "Coach you've made it clear to the fans that you need them to come out to the games and be loud, and be there in force. What do you need to do to help boost those numbers that have declined in the past several years?"
Answer: "Well, I think it's very important for our fans to come out and support the team," Purdue football head coach Darrell Hazell said. "Our teams thrive on those guys. We're going to have seven home contests where we need that stadium rocking. We want the furnace to be as hot as it can possibly be."
Q: "Winning cures a lot, but you have one of the toughest schedules in all of college football this season. What are you going to have to do to have a successful season?"
A: "Well I think it's very important for our football team to take each individual challenge as it is, and not look forward to down the road. We have to make sure we prepare each week for each team that we're playing that week, and that's all we can control."
Q: "Just over a week ago you made the decision to go with Rob Henry as your starting quarterback. Obviously he has the experience the other two guys didn't have, but aside from that what makes you so confident that Rob gives you the best chance?"
A: "Well I think Rob [Henry] has done an excellent job of doing the things that we've asked. Take care of the football, show that toughness that we need as a football team, but also getting us in and out of all the right plays."
Q: "Going back to your intro presser in December, you said that it's going to take everyone in the Purdue family to win a Big Ten Championship and eventually a Rose Bowl. What are you going to have to do to get to those points? What would constitute a successful season?"
A: "I think success is how hard our guys will play every single play. We're going to need our fans, our media, our players, our guys that aren't even on the field to help support that cause."
Q: "It's always good to get off to a good start with a win in game one. I've heard you say that Cincinnati could be a potential program changer for you guys. How important is this game?"
A: "It's huge. It's a big game for our program for a lot of reasons. One, you have to validate the things that you're doing as a new staff. There is no better validation than getting wins, but we also need to play extremely well. That's a good football program. They've won ten games five out of the last six seasons, so you're talking about a good program. They know how to win. They have good players on their roster, and it's going to be a formidable challenge."
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