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> Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson’s press conference transcript

Q: How do you motivate your team to go against a team that hasn’t won a game this year?

Bobby Johnson: “Well, they are on the schedule. We want to win over whoever we are playing this week, whether they have won eight games right now or no games. It is our motivation to win, not theirs to lose. I don’t think it is that hard. I think our guys will be ready. We had a good practice yesterday. The last thing they want to do is feel like they felt after the South Carolina game. They like to win and that is our goal this week.”

Q: People look at Duke and Vanderbilt and see some similarities in terms of their being small, academic schools playing in a major conference. What similarities do you see?

Bobby Johnson: “I don’t know to tell you the truth. I don’t know a whole lot about Duke. I was in the ACC as a player for four years and one as a coach and that’s it. To tell you the truth, I don’t know a whole lot about them. I just know that they play in the ACC and that they are private. Certainly, they are trying to build a program just like everyone else in the country. Everybody has their obstacles. We certainly have ours.”

Q: A lot of people before you got here used to call this series the SAT Bowl. Have you heard talk like that?

Bobby Johnson: “No. I don’t think our guys think in those terms and I haven’t heard anyone else talk about it. I think it is pretty good when you can play I-A football and you can go to schools like Duke and Vanderbilt. I think that is the ideal situation. My hat is off to those guys – they battle over there in a tough league and we battle over here in a tough league. I have respect for them, believe me. Even though we may not know about each other a whole bunch, we certainly respect what the other bunch is trying to do.”

Q: Do you cross paths with Duke on the recruiting trail?

Bobby Johnson: “We did early in my career but the last couple of years it has been less and less. I don’t know why. It is probably just coincidence that it is one way or the other. But Duke recruits nationally, so we are going to cross them.”

Q: What jumps out to you about Duke?

Bobby Johnson: “I think they have a very aggressive defense. They start out in a three-man front and they have people coming all kinds of different ways everywhere and sometimes they get you in a bad situation and make you look bad on offense. Offensively, they are very versatile. They run some option, they throw the ball. I think their receiver had 175 yards against Miami last week. They had a chance to beat Miami. They had the ball on the five-yard line I think with two or three seconds to go and didn’t get it in. But they played well.”

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