5 questions with new Weber State head football coach Jay Hill

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 6:45 p.m. MST

"I've learned so much from all the coaches I've been around. I would say my style would be a good cross between Coach McBride, Coach Meyer and Coach Whittingham. If you just pick one that I feel like I'm most closely related to, it would probably be Gary Andersen as far as my overall philosophy of what I want to do and be. And that's not taking anything away from those other coaches, because they're all wonderful. … Ideally, if you had Coach Whittingham's Xs and Os, you'd be the best X and O guy in the country, because he knows football as well as anybody. Urban Meyer's the ultimate motivator. Coach McBride, his players played for him because they loved him, they just flat love him. If you can find that cross between all those guys that I've been around, we should have a dang good mix. … But when I stand up in front of the players, it's not about 'I coached for Urban Meyer.' It's got to be what I can get across to the players, so it's gonna be about me and our program and whether or not we can get the kids to buy into what we're doing."

Now that you've been on the job for a few days, how do you feel about the state of the Weber State program? And although it's impossible to turn things around overnight, do you feel like the potential is there to build some good success here?

"The facilities here are great, it's better than I thought. … But the programs are based upon people, and the people within this program are outstanding. You can tell that they're fighting like crazy to have a culture of winning here, which is good. Now, having said that, we've got a hole that we're digging out of. We didn't have a great record last year, we've got some issues that we're overcoming with just academics and how some of the players performed this year and things like that, which you always have, those holes you're digging out of. But we're digging out of a good one right now. I left an unbelievable job with a head coach that took care of me and had for a long time, and there was a lot of mutual respect there. I would not have taken this job if I didn't feel like we could be great. If I thought we were just gonna be good, I wouldn't have taken the job. But I know we can be great here."

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