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BP: I learned that, No. 1, I'm always going to keep my eye on my family. I drifted away from what has always been most important to me, which is my wife and my children. I learned how much I enjoyed working with young men and watching them excel and being able to look in their eyes and see the smile on their faces when they did something I told them they were going to [be able to] do.
DP: How much will you have to explain to parents when you recruit their children?
BP: I'm going to have to explain that I made a mistake, just like a lot of people have, but that it's made me a better person, a better father and a better coach. There will be a time when their son makes a mistake. I'll be able to help him deal with it, give him a second chance and [a shot at] some redemption.
DP: Would you say you've been your own worst enemy?
BP: This last situation at Arkansas was all on me. I know the difference between right and wrong, and I chose to do wrong. I spent the last eight months working on repairing the damage I did with my family. I feel good about where we're at. Becky and I have been through counseling. We've worked hard at it.
DP: When did college football coaches stop considering loyalty as they jump from school to school?
BP: I can't speak on all of that, [only] what went on with my career and how fortunate I am to have another chance. Now it's time to earn back the trust.
DP: Is this your last coaching job?
BP: I don't know. I wish I could predict the future. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I want to build a program that goes to a bowl game every year. We need to get ranked in the Top 25 on a consistent basis and pull a Boise State, where we get in a BCS game.
DP: How do you think Bret Bielema will do at Arkansas?