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SI: What were the biggest struggles you faced in your first year as head coach?
KW: There's just so many responsibilities that come with being a head coach, things the public doesn't know about. In my first year I got bogged down with some of the administrative things. This year I need to be better at delegating and with time management; I need to spend more time coaching.
SI: HOW DO YOU LIKE BLOOMINGTON?
KW: [IT'S] YOUR CLASSIC COLLEGE TOWN—GREAT ATMOSPHERE, A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE. IT IS THE IDEAL PLACE FOR OUR [FIVE] KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL AND TO RAISE A FAMILY.
SI: Who were your coaching role models?
KW: Growing up in [North] Carolina and with the success of his basketball program, I really looked up to Dean Smith. In terms of football, as a young kid I was attracted to Bear Bryant and Woody Hayes. My high school coach, Tom Brown, had a huge impact on my life. I've also been lucky to work with Coach [Randy] Walker and Coach [Bob] Stoops.
SI: What do you have to improve upon to be successful on defense?
KW: We need to [play] good team defense—11 guys playing as one unit. We need to eliminate big plays and mental mistakes. It's the basic stuff: We need to make tackles and force turnovers.
SI: Indiana is not known as a football school. How do you change that perception?
KW: We need to play well and win games and not worry about perception.