Source: USC Sports
"I was very surprised when it all came out the first time. I think he certainly made a wise decision to postpone this thing and take that sabbatical on an interim basis. I don't think he'll need the whole year off. I think three or four months he may be ready to get back. Maybe he can delegate a little more and maybe he can not burn himself out. But he seems to be very exhausted it appeared in that press conference yesterday, I think you'll all agree. We wish him the best. He's a good person, he's a good man and he's a heck of a coach, as we all know." (On staying away from burnout): "I read something a while back that no matter what profession you're in, you need outside interests. Of course, I've always enjoyed golf in the off-season, but I don't enjoy golf in- season. I haven't played since July. Some people say I play all the time. I don't play all the time, but I do play about five months a year. I have some nice trips I look forward to in the off season each year." (On why more coaches don't experience burnout at this level): "We all have different health issues. There are some guys that sort of get old at 50 and some can stay young until 80. Look at Joe Paterno – there's a young 80-year-old guy there. He still knows what's going on. Everyone's a little different." (On the pressure of the Florida job adding to the burnout): "It's no different than anywhere else. I left for completely different reasons. I thought I wanted to coach in the NFL 5-6 years and that would be it. I coached two years and realized that wasn't what I wanted to do and it wasn't working out very well. If an opportunity to get a good college job like South Carolina came up, that would be something that I would be very interested in wanting to do. Lo and behold it came up. We haven't won big yet, but still believe it's a doable thing around here." (On balancing life during the season): "I've never been a real "late-night" type guy. I've always believed really it's what you can teach your players that's what's most important. Some coaches, if they don't stay there until midnight or come in at 6 in the morning, they don't feel like they're working hard. It's sort of a personal thing. Some coaches feel very comfortable that their team is prepared by working normal hours; some coaches don't feel they're totally prepared unless they're in the office late and night and early in the morning for five of the seven days." (On what advise he would give Coach Meyer): "I don't give advice, but he needs to have some outside interests, that's the only thing. Anybody who feels burnout in their job – that's the facts of life – you need some outside interests. He needs to take a few more family vacations and things like that. He's got a place on a lake not too far from Gainesville, but I would imagine when he's out on the lake he's probably checking with his coaches, using the cell phone. He stays on top of everything from what I understand."