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SI: You are entering your 14th season as coach. What keeps you coming back?
BS: The biggest factor has been my administration. I've had the same president [David Boren] and AD [Joe Castiglione] for 14 years. I get great support. I don't believe the grass is much greener anywhere else.
SI: THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST EXPECTATIONS THAT MANY FANS HAVE DON'T BOTHER YOU?
BS: THERE'S A GREAT MAJORITY THAT GET THAT THIS ISN'T EASY TO DO. THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE GRUMBLINGS IF YOU DON'T WIN THEM ALL.
SI: Was last year a disappointment?
BS: We didn't meet my expectations. There were a few games where, as a team, we broke down. That's how you get beat at home when you haven't been beat at home in six years. Also, I'm not making excuses, but [when] you lose your leading rusher [Dominique Whaley] and receiver [Ryan Broyles], it changes you.
SI: Will we continue to see the Belldozer package with backup QB Blake Bell?
BS: We'll continue to use it in short yardage and goal line [situations]. It made a huge difference in our third-down, fourth-down, goal line efficiency.
SI: What are your thoughts on the Big 12, now that TCU and West Virginia have joined?
BS: It's gotten stronger. We just added two ranked teams. [The players] are not dumb. They know it.