Dec. 8, 2008
Q. Mo, I just wondered, you were around for the 2004 Bowl season, so forth. As far as players' enthusiasm and so forth, what's the difference maybe between '04 and going to that Bowl and going to this Bowl?
Going into this one, I think the guys are really excited to go to a bowl game and have an opportunity to play a quality opponent.
Q. David, it sounded like Notre Dame had some choices about where it could have ended up, what was appealing to the players about Hawaii. I know that sounds obvious, but beyond the obvious, because it did butt up against your exam schedule a little bit, it's on Christmas Eve, there's some other things, but just talk about why, other than the obvious, what the attraction to Hawaii was.
Q. Dave, a lot of people are looking at this as maybe a springboard to 2009. You guys don't have a 2009. What kind of statement do you as seniors want to make with this game?
Q. Mo, Charlie talked about the players and their input about the Bowl game. Talk about that process. I don't know who came to you guys, said, hey, where do you want to go. But can you talk about that process leading up to yesterday?
Q. Did you go and talk to other players, though, talk to me about the process?
So just kind of around the locker room, just listening to the guys and taking their input. And we took it upstairs and tried to incorporate everything and make the best decision for the team.
Q. When did you let Coach Weis know that Hawaii was the choice?
Q. I guess it was on Saturday that you let Coach Weis know you wanted to go to Hawaii, middle of last week? When did you let him know?
Q. You said everything has pros and cons. What's the con of going to Hawaii?
Q. Either for David or David, I guess the destination, does it kind of re energize you guys a little bit? I don't think it would be kind of wrong to say the way the season ends, frustrating, upsetting for you guys; the fact you're going to Hawaii, does that kind of give you guys some extra juice that maybe a Shreveport or a Houston just wouldn't?
And I guess Hawaii probably adds a little more excitement and a little more wind under the sail for a lot of guys because some guys would never imagine going to Hawaii in the first place, let alone to play under the sun and make that long, long trip. It's more attractive than Houston or something like that.
Q. What do you think, David, about that, gives you guys a little extra energy than just going to another Bowl game would not?
And I think there's even more energy, because Hawaii, nice weather, beautiful women.
Q. David, you talked about this a little bit, I'd like to get Mo and David 2 on this, how a win here would kind of finish off your careers the right way. You guys didn't get the win in Los Angeles. You didn't get the win on Senior Day. Would winning a Bowl change how you feel leaving here?
David Bruton: Yeah, just agreeing with Mo, it's the final shot that I have to leave my mark. And I care a lot about the guys, and I want to prepare them and springboard them into a positive start for the next season. So it's a bit selfish on my end, but also selfless as well.
Q. What do you guys think of when you think of Hawaii?
David Bruton: What Little David said (Laughter), just the women, the sun, the atmosphere in general of Hawaii and just basically living a dream or a fantasy just to go out there.
Q. Lastly, it's been a while since Notre Dame won a Bowl game. How will that feel to put is that streak to an end?
Q. Is it fair to say that this is a fairly unanimous decision, or were there people who wanted to go to Houston or Shreveport?
Q. Obviously all three of you are not exactly from the West Coast. Your families, did you talk to them about it? Are they even going to try to make the trip because it's not exactly cost effective?
David Bruton: From my family, I was surprised I got a call yesterday, well, last night. And my dad was like look for flights for us, a cheaper one, because it looks like it's going to cost $4100 for the flight alone for my mom, dad and my younger brother and my son if he's going to be able to make that long, long trip. I was shocked they're even thinking about flying all the way to Hawaii.
David Grimes: My mother said she was going to watch the game in a beach chair. (Laughter) and bring some sand in the house. So I said that's fine.
Q. Was that maybe the biggest con, for you guys, it's a fairly large contingent of parents, families, brothers, sisters, girlfriends, that weren't going to go, was that the biggest con to this thing?
David Grimes: I agree with Mo. It's one thing not having them there, but it's another thing when it's Christmas Eve as well. It's kind of two headed, I guess.
Q. As leaders, how do you guys guard against, okay, we're going to Hawaii and then trying to keep focus, there is a game, what do you do about that?
But when it comes game time or when it's practice, you gotta take it seriously because we're not coming there just to end up 6-7. We want to be 7-6 and springboard off into the right direction.
MAURICE CRUM, JR.: I think us going out there right at the finals kind of sends that message to guys and just it will help everyone just distinguish between football to let them know this is what we're here for first and foremost and it's our jobs as leaders to make sure that message gets preached.
David Grimes: And the party line, since we found out, has been just to win the Bowl game. And I think secondly is to enjoy a place like Hawaii. But definitely our goal is to win a Bowl game.
Q. What do you guys know about Hawaii, the team?
David Grimes: We also know they're a quality opponent and they're tough to beat at home. I think their record at home is 22 4 in the last 26 games. So they're definitely a quality opponent.
Q. Does it feel weird to be playing a Bowl game at somebody else's, basically their home?
Q. The team had a say, but there are some Notre Dame fans questioning whether Notre Dame should be playing on Christmas Eve, do you have an opinion on that at all?
MAURICE CRUM, JR.: No opinion either.
Q. How much does that Bowl losing streak weigh on you guys at this point? Is it something that's at the top of the list to end, something you guys think about at all? How does that play into this whole preparation time?
Q. Mo, it seems to me, and maybe you wouldn't agree, but it seems to me this is a chance to really get a gauge on where the younger guys are as far as support of Charlie Weis and support of the program and whatnot, a lot of different distractions going on and out in Hawaii. What do you want to see from the young guys? What attitude do you want to see them take? What do you hope to see from those guys?
Q. How important is it? I know there's obviously the off season and a big gap in between, but can you take some momentum away from this Bowl game? How important is this game in terms of that?
Q. Since all you guys are seniors, and obviously there are All Star games to be played as well, the fact that it's on the 24th, does that weigh into it, too, that you guys might get some time off before any All Star games that you may or may not have been invited to/accepted?
Q. Have you guys been invited to any games yet?
MAURICE CRUM, JR.: I think the East/West game for me.
David Bruton: The Senior Bowl.
David Grimes: Not yet.
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