BS: Not much during the season.
I don't really talk to anybody.
You guys have some interesting combinations [48 possible] to choose from for your uniforms. Who picks them week in and week out?
MG: We allowed three or four of our seniors to make all the decisions in August. The last thing I wanted was someone asking in a meeting what uniforms we were wearing that week.
I like the gray helmets.
MG: I like all of it. I'm a pretty traditional guy, but we've had so many different uniforms over the last 20 years, I said, What the heck. The players love the black and dull gray. I'm in the market for a dull orange helmet if they can do that next.
Did your famous 2007 postgame tirade help or hurt you with recruiting?
MG: It helped us a lot. When I'm on the road recruiting, I'll go into a home and there will be somebody in the house who will bring that up and say they appreciate that. Parents want their sons to go to a school where the coach is going to stand up and fight for them, no matter what. The intentions weren't that, but it certainly panned out that way.
You were saying, If you want to take a shot, take a shot at me, not an 18-year-old.
MG: I have three sons of my own. You hurt for your own children. I felt that this young man was nine hours from home. It wasn't justified that he was treated like a professional athlete. Somebody had to say, That's not right. What I meant was, Come after a coach. We get it all the time. I get it at the grocery store. I get it at Little League games. I get it from my wife when I get home. What's the difference? I didn't mean to use my age, even though it's [made me] a YouTube superstar.