Quotes From Press Conference With Newly Hired Cornerbacks Coach Mark Carrier

Jan. 9, 2004

Head Coach Dirk Koetter:
'We would like to welcome Mark Carrier to the Sun Devil family. Hiscombination of experience and character and philosophy are allthings that drew us to Mark. It's my pleasure to welcome MarkCarrier aboard as the new cornerbacks coach at ASU.'

Defensive Backs Coach Mark Carrier:
'I just want to thank Coach Koetter for allowing me to join theorganization. The players I have will go out and compete and getbetter because that's what it's all about. This was a situationwhere I didn't know if I should do this and after talking withpeople I trust in the business they said that I need to do this.'

On coaching the players:
'I'm a throwback. I was trained by guys that made you earn it toplay on Saturday and Sunday. I need the players to help me learn. Ican always learn. These kids can always learn and be better too.'

On recruiting and competing against his alma mater USC:
'Pete Carroll is doing a great job at USC but they're going to bewondering because I'm going to go in there and get some of theirrecruits. I guarantee that. I think the Pac-10 is the bestconference in the country. The talent pool from top to bottom isgreat.'

On his goals:
'My short term goal is to come here and make these kids betterpeople. It's not just about football. It's about life. When you workhard and pay your dues it means you earned it. It's OK to work hard.'

On coaching with Defensive Coordinator Brent Guy:
'Coach Guy and I believe you need diversity. You need to mix it upon defense. When we talked about the Xs and Os we were on the samepage.'

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