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Irish Insights


The opposing coach

Miami's Jeff Stoutland will be a head coach for three more days, leading the Hurricanes against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

The Hurricanes' offensive line coach took over on an interim basis after Randy Shannon was fired after the final game of the season.

Stoutland, who will be on new coach Al Golden's staff next season, talked about what it is like being in charge of an entire team instead of a specific position during Tuesday's coach's news conference.

"I'm used to coaching the offensive line and dealing with issues those players have, and now, I'm dealing with issues from all positions. And to be honest with you I really like it," Stoutland said.

Stoutland said it's been a rollercoaster ride that never stops being a head coach, and he feels the team is still feeling the effects of Shannon being fired.

"A lot of guys are still having a tough time," Stoutland said. "And it's bittersweet because the man that brought me here is not here."

As for what Stoutland thinks the Hurricanes need to do to defeat the Irish, he kept is short and sweet.

"Eliminate turnovers," Stoutland said. "That's really hurt us."

As for the pre-game speech, Stoutland will not prepare any thing, but he doesn't think he will have any problem conveying a message to the players.

"If I write it down, I'll screw it up. I just let it fly," Stoutland said. "That's what I told the players to do, too. I'm not looking for robots."