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SI: What are your priorities right now?
JK: You have to run the football and stop the run. Do we have all the pieces to do exactly what we want to do? No, but that's why it's called coaching. Right now we have to adapt.
SI: WHAT MADE YOU TAKE THE JOB?
JK: I TOOK THIS AS ANOTHER CHALLENGE. I SURVIVED CANCER SIX YEARS AGO; LIFE'S VERY SHORT, AND I WANT TO SOAK UP ALL I CAN.
SI: What advantages do you bring to Minnesota?
JK: Every program I've gone to I've left it better. Ninety percent of my coaching staff is still together. We're going to see if we can do it here.
SI: Would you prefer a playoff or the current bowl system?
JK: I've been in both. There is nothing like the bowl system. When you play in a playoff and you lose, you pack your bags up, and even if you were 10--1, you feel like you didn't accomplish anything. At least with the bowl system you get a lot of teams that get rewarded and kids who get an education going to those bowl games. Would it be neat to, within the bowl system, create a four-team playoff at the end of the year? I think that is worth looking at.
SI: Would you be in favor of a basketball-style early signing period?
JK: I can see some advantages to that because then you know where you are with recruiting. Once the kid commits and signs, you can go to the next one.