FALLON - University of Nevada head football coach Chris Ault came to Fallon last week to speak with fans about the program. Ault spoke with the Lahontan Valley News about the upcoming season, possible realignment and Boise State.
Steve: What are you expecting from the seniors?
Chris Ault: Any team I've had, we expect big things from our seniors. This class does have some special players such as (Colin) Kaepernick, (John) Bender (offensive lineman) and (Chris) Wellington (wide receiver). We commit our seniors to them and they have to be the leaders.
STEVE PUTERSKI: What are your expectations for this season?
Ault: Our expectations are very high. We were a good team last year, we had a chance to get in a bowl game and an opportunity to win and didn't. That would've been a great team. Our conference (Western Athletic Conference) is very tough, and our schedule is very tough.
STEVE: Coming off the bowl game, have you noticed any more determination from the team?
Ault: There better be. Not only that but better coaching too.
STEVE: Are you
different with the offense because of the changes with coaching and personnel?
Ault: We're one of the premier offenses in the country and always have been. We run the "Pistol" offense. We're the authors of it ... and I'm excited about it.
We invented it, and continue to tweak it, but look to pick up the passing.
STEVE: Are you planning anything different with the defense?
Ault: Our defense has been stagnant. If you're going to win a championship, you have to play defense. I changed the mental makeup of our defense and what we're going to do and how we're going to do it.
We are going to be a vastly improved defense, but how much and how fast you can get there is the question.
STEVE: How do you knock Boise State off?
Ault: They are the premier team and they got 21 of 22 starters coming back. When you play a team like Boise, you have to play flawless. Last year, we put 32 points on them. We're there, but we have to find a way to stop them.
STEVE: What do you make of the new coach (Bobby Hauck) at UNLV?
Ault: It's a great rivalry and we enjoy it. It's been the ninth coach (at UNLV) I've gone through, so it's pretty interesting. He's done a nice job, and I think he's going to get that program going.
STEVE: What's your take on the BCS conference realignment, what does it mean for Nevada and the WAC?
Ault: It's going to happen. It's going to start with the Big Ten and the dominoes will start falling. It's based on how many teams they take.
We've been through this three times, it's a lot of fun, but you have to be in a position to make that move. Football is usually the dog that wags that tail.
It's hard to say. You don't know if the Mountain West and WAC combine, does the Mountain West add four teams, does the WAC add three or four teams? There's just a lot of things out there. Nothing will happen until the Big Ten pulls that deal and that's how the dominoes will fall.
From what I'm hearing, the BCS conferences (Pac-10, Big East, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Big 12) want to get bigger. They're greedy and they want more money.
What that does is tells the other conferences like the Mountain West and WAC, to follow suit, to be able to compete you have to get bigger. That's why I say you just don't know.