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SI: Minnesota hasn't won a conference title since 1967. How can you get the program back to being a contender?
TB: It's all about recruiting. I'm really pleased with our ability to sell the university. We've brought in three very solid classes, and I think that athleticism is going to start to show up.
SI: It's rare to see new on-campus stadiums being built in college football these days. How much will that help?
TB: It's a huge boost. It's given us a home. Our fans are jacked. We're looking forward to playing in a raucous, crazy home environment.
SI: DOES THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES THE UNIVERSITY HAS COMMITTED TO THE PROGRAM INCREASE THE PRESSURE TO WIN IMMEDIATELY?
TB: I WANT EXPECTATIONS. I SAID FROM DAY ONE I WANT TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. TO DO THAT YOU HAVE TO CHALLENGE YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM.
SI: So how will you determine if this season is successful?
TB: Our goal is not [just] to go to a bowl game; we've done that. Our goal is to win a championship. If our players play up to their abilities, this season will be a success. I tell our team, "Our best is good enough."