BG's Brandon Stays Calm...In Public Print E-mail
Written by Jack Carle - Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune   
Tuesday, October 21 2008
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Bowling Green Head Coach Gregg Brandon
When a coach throws a tantrum during a session with the media the video becomes part of the never-ending loop on national sports stations and also is shown at least once on every local television sportscast in the nation.

Thats why the majority of head coaches attempt to keep their cool no matter what the situation.

Still the persona displayed in the media room may not be the same one in evidence in the locker room.

For Bowling Green head football coach Gregg Brandon, he attempts to keep an even keel and avoid the crash and burn that comes with displaying his emotions in front of the cameras and the media. He said he also wants to stay calm with the players.

When asked Monday at his weekly press conference if he ever got mad he answered: Not in front of you guys, thats for sure.

Its important that Im consistent, win or lose, he continued. The kids are looking to me to lead. Its tough when youre losing to assess things right after a game. To get mad or angry in that situation Ive learned is not the way to handle it. There are a lot of things that have to be evaluated after a loss and a win. One thing I dont think we can do is get too emotional.

The Falcons are preparing this week to play at Northern Illinois. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Saturday. BG is 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-American Conference East while NIU is 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the MAC West. The Huskies three losses have been by a total of 11 points.

LOCK NO MORE: Apparently its been a tradition for some time, but only on a smaller scale. BGs captains would go to the entrance of Perry Stadium where the opposing players come out and symbolically lock the gate meaning the opponent would be forced to stay on the field for four quarters as the Falcons had their way with them.

On Saturday against Miami, the entire Falcon team went to lock the gate near the South end zone at the same time Miami was huddling up in that same end zone.

Plenty of trash talking was exchanged and the game officials sprinted from their locations on the field into the end zone in an effort to make sure the verbal exchanges didnt escalate into something physical.

Brandon said the locking the gate will no longer be a part of the pregame.

We talked about it as a team, Brandon said. We dont need to be going over there. Nothing happened thank goodness, but were not going to do that again.

PARTRIDGE: With his six receptions against Miami, Corey Partridge moved up two spots into sixth place with 161 catches on the BG career receptions list.

He passed Steve Sanders (156 catches from 2002-05) and Reggie Thornton (158 from 1986-89). Next up is Stan Hunter (176 from 1982-85).

Partridge also had a 73-yard punt return in the game, setting up a short touchdown drive.

For a kid who doesnt practice much during the week because hes just so beat up, he shows up on Saturday and does a great job, Brandon said about Partridge. Hes a warrior; hes a competitor. He wants to practice because he doesnt think its fair (he plays without practicing). But hes earned his stripes. He shows up. Hes making plays for us, thats what we ask him to do.

Partridge now has two of the three longest punt returns in school history, which had not gone for a touchdown. He also had a 79-yard non-scoring return against Temple in 2005.

TURNER: Anthony Turner moved up a pair of notches on the BG career list for rushing yards after rushing for 41 yards against Miami.

He passed Godfrey Lewis (1,431 yards from 1998-2002) and Phil Polak (1,435 from 1971-73), and now is 17th in Falcon history with 1,448 yards. Next up is Vic DeOrio (1,545 yards from 1955-57).

INJURIES: Freddie Barnes, BGs second-leading receiver with 27 catches for 218 yards, is suffering from a knee sprain.

I dont think he tore anything, just sprained a ligament, Brandon said. Hell be out two or three weeks. Hopefully well get him back the last couple of weeks (of the season).

Also running backs Willie Geter and Chris Bullock are both banged up and not nearly 100 percent healthy.

I wish he could have played more Saturday, he would have helped us, Brandon said about Bullock, who rushed twice for 30 yards and caught one pass from 18 yards. Hes got a number of things going on, nothing major, but just enough its aggravating and he cant go full speed.
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