Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference for Harvard-Yale

Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy
Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, recently took part in the Ivy League's weekly teleconference. Below are his quotes from the event.

Additionally, coach Murphy will give more insight into his Crimson as he takes part in the weekly New England Football Writers' Association Luncheon Wednesday afternoon at Harvard's Dillon Field House.

The event - the nation's oldest weekly football media gathering, now entering its 82nd season - begins at noon and features head coaches, players and administrators from around the region from all levels of NCAA competition. This year's event will be streamed live via the web on and is part of the All-Access and Football Season Pass for streaming.

Fans can login to Harvard's Multimedia section of the website to watch the streams. Recaps of the event will be posted in the afternoon and will be sent to media and area schools as well. Local fans can do even better as the event is open to the public for a fee of $10 per person.

Each school's coach/administrator will speak briefly about his team's last game, a preview up the upcoming games and an assessment of his team's top players. Additionally, the weekly Gold Helmet Award is given to the preceding week's top players. The award is sponsored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the weekly winners - one from Divisions I and one from Divisions II/III - are presented with a plaque.

On the Penn game:
Going into the Penn game, we felt that field position and turnover margin were the most critical aspects of the game, and we failed in those areas and that is a great credit to Penn. On one hand, we had 410 yards of offense and held them to 210 but those are misleading. Penn did a great job of being patient and maximizing its opportunities; and it was far better in its kicking game. They had a plan all year and stuck to it, I think they've maximized their resources and really deserve t be ivy champs

Looking ahead of Harvard-Yale:
Besides the rivalry, we have a lot to play for. For our seniors, it is a rare opportunity to go 4-0 against Yale, which would be a tremendous accomplishment. Our program has a chance to have our 10th straight 7-win season which our players take great pride in. We have so much respect for Yale, their players, their coaches, the rivalry. This is our bowl game every year. Our kids are really jacked up for this. Our coaches are (as well) and frankly, it couldn't come at a better time coming off the loss at Penn.

On the special nature of the HY rivalry and the on-campus scene during the week of the game:
It's very different, that's for sure. I think that, and Tom can probably confirm this, you'd rather be the visiting coach than the home coach (for this game). You literally have 1-400 ticket requests which you just can't fulfill.

In this game, you have great tradition. The greatest rivalries, whatever they may be, have the longstanding history, which we have. Alumni, students, players – past, present and future all look to this game. Like any great rivalry, the people have tremendous respect for the opponent. What people might not understand who don't have the experience of a rivalry such as this, it is every bit as important to our fans and alumni as any other great rivalry at any level. It will be the most important game of (our senior's) lives. For us, it is a bowl game every year.

On Yale's running back Alex Thomas:
Last year they surprised us (with their running game). What we found out was this kid can really run the football. Right now, it's no longer as secret. He is one of the top backs in the league. They have a terrific offensive line and with the passing game they have, its problematic (to defend). It definitely creates a challenge for our defense. Yes he's got good speed, but the two things that stand out are his instincts and his toughness.