How do you feel about this year's team?
JT: I feel really good about our leadership. I think that our senior class is a group that has grown into knowing what being a complete program is all about. Our junior class, a lot of them played very early and matured dramatically. The biggest question for us is, Will the young guys who you're expecting to step up and play [important] roles be ready to do that?
Are you ready for the expanded Big Ten come 2011?
JT: Absolutely. Change is fun.
This will be your 10th season coaching at Ohio State. Do you plan to coach another 10?
JT: Gosh, I'm not sure about 10 more. I hope I will coach for a lot more years, but 10? That's a good question.
SI: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE OHIO STATE TRADITION?
JT: THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM, BUT I THINK MY FAVORITE IS SCRIPT OHIO. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DO IT ON THE ROAD, WHEN THEY PERFORM IT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STADIUM.
Say someone's visiting Columbus for a game. What restaurant recommendation would you give them?
JT: It depends on what you're in the mood for. If you like steak or seafood, I think you've got to go to one of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants. For fine dining go to the Refectory.