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SI: What was the biggest disappointment last year?
RR: Defense. But we knew it was going to be a little rough at times because there were a lot of new kids and walk-ons. I think you'll see improvement this year.
SI: Has it been harder than you imagined at Michigan?
RR: It's tough because I'm not used to losing, just like the fans are not used to the losing. I went to six bowl games in a row at West Virginia, so it [has been] tough to watch other teams play come bowl season.
SI: Do you feel you have support in Ann Arbor?
RR: Absolutely. The administration has been great. Fans have been very good. Of course there are a number who want to win now, and I understand that. But overall I feel I've had overwhelming support [and] people like where we're headed.
SI: WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR 2010?
RR: OUR FIRST GOAL IS TO WIN A BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP. WE'RE CLOSE. I KNOW WE'RE CLOSER TODAY THAN WE WERE A YEAR AGO.
SI: How about skepticism that your spread offense can succeed in the Big Ten?
RR: I don't worry about that. There've been more teams that do it here than people think. Illinois went to the Rose Bowl doing it. Northwestern has been doing it. I don't think it comes down to the scheme as much. It's about getting the right group of players doing the right things.