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SI: Are you over losing to Alabama in the BCS title game?
LM: All losses hurt. I'm still hurt over losing to Kentucky in '07.
SI: So what's the takeaway from how you wound up?
LM: We were 13--1 last season. We won the SEC West, which at one time had the top-three-ranked teams in the polls in the country. Now we're looking forward to playing in the national title game again this season. We fully expect to be there.
SI: WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEYS TO BUILDING YOUR PROGRAM INTO A POWER?
LM: EXPECTATIONS. HOW WE PREPARE. EVERY COACH AND PLAYER HERE EXPECTS TO PLAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. OUR PROGRAM IS ABOUT VICTORY.
SI: What is it that most fans do not understand about your job?
LM: The incredibly long hours. We get in early, we stay late. The hours it takes to have a memorized game plan and memorized play-by-play are incredible.
SI: To what do you credit the SEC West's phenomenal success the past six years?
LM: We're in a spot that lets us recruit at a high level. Players like to play against the best teams, so our division has become very attractive to the top high school players.