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SI: Was it hard to restock your wardrobe with orange after you burned it all?
TB: It's kind of ironic to go from Bowling Green orange to Ohio State red to Toledo [blue and gold] to here. I definitely had to get rid of some orange [after going to Bowling Green rival Toledo], but my wife's been out buying me orange ties.
SI: It was reported that your reputation as a recruiter made you an attractive candidate to Illinois. What is your strategy?
TB: I've surrounded myself with great recruiters, and we're trying to outwork people. I love it. It's game time again. We're gonna be in every school in the state of Illinois, whether they're Class 8A or Class 1A. It's about relationships. We want to make sure that these coaches believe in the product.
SI: YOU'RE REVVING UP THE RIVALRY WITH NORTHWESTERN, WITH A NO PURPLE EDICT. . . .
TB: WE CALL 'EM "THE TEAM UPSTATE." I'VE BEEN AROUND SOME GREAT RIVALRIES. I LOVE 'EM. THAT'S WHAT COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S ALL ABOUT.
SI: What is your plan for captains?
TB: We'll [pick them] based on game performance and practice performance. They're going to be named every Thursday. At the end of the season, the team will vote on who goes into the record books. Any junior or senior is eligible for the end of the season, but all four years are eligible weekly. Performance and GPA—you need a 2.25 to be considered.