Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
LM: Bo Schembechler and Bill McCartney. Personally and professionally, they taught me so much. My view of coaching was formed through being with them.
SI: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF COACHING?
LM: BEING WITH THE PLAYERS AND PRACTICING. SOME GUYS MAY NOT LIKE PRACTICE, BUT I LOVE IT. YOU HAVE TO PREPARE TO PLAY WELL.
Least favorite part of your job?
LM: I don't think there is one, [but] I'm most concerned with the direction of the players. It's always hard [when you have] a player who, for whatever reason, wasn't successful here. That's disappointing.
Do you enjoy coaching as much as you did 10 years ago?
LM: I look at it differently. My family is so important to me. They have to be comfortable with what I'm doing. But I enjoy as much as ever being with the guys and matching wits with another program.
How do you personally handle criticism?
LM: I try not to listen to much of it, but I am sensitive to legitimate criticism. Frankly, the way we do things is how we're going to keep doing it. My staff and I review everything we do and then we correct it, and then we review it again and then we correct it again. It's an ongoing process. You try to minimize the things you're not successful at.