Feb. 5, 2010
Innings with Butler's Steve Farley on the Colts
Innings with Jay Artigues
By Phil Stanton
This week, we are going to have head coaches from
Indianapolis and the New Orleans area give us their thoughts on
Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Colts and the Saints.
Today we continue with Jay Artigues, who enters
his fifth season as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana
University. The Lions finished second in the Southland
Conference a season ago with a 21-12 mark and posted a record of
37-22 overall. Prior to his arrival in Hammond, Artigues had
successful stints at Bossier Parish (La.) Community College and
Pearl River (Miss.) Community College. His teams have averaged
more than 35 victories per season in his 10 years as a head
Artigues gives his
perspective on the NFC Champions, the New Orleans Saints.
First Inning – What was the defining play of
the season for the Saints?
I would have to say it was in the Redskins game
when Brees was intercepted and Meachem stripped the DB and ran
it back for a Saints' touchdown. It just seems that we have had
a lot of things go our way this season. I'm not big on talking
about "destiny" but...
Second Inning – What would it mean for the
city of New Orleans and the area to have the Saints win the
Winning has really had a positive effect on not
just New Orleans but the entire region. Spirits seem to be at an
all-time high with everyone in the area. There are definitely a
lot more Saints fans now than there were a year or so ago.
Winning the Super Bowl would definitely be the biggest and best
thing that ever happened to the area.
Third Inning – Which player from the Saints
would you most like to have on your baseball team, and what
position would he play?
Without question I would like to have Drew Brees. Drew
is obviously a great player but what I think separates him from
other players is his uncanny leadership ability. Drew makes
everyone on the team better. Everyone seems to raise their level
of play when he is on the field. He plays with a true passion
and emotion that is unmatched.
Fourth Inning – Which player from the Colts do
you fear most?
Peyton Manning. Peyton is the ultimate
competitor. He is a tireless worker and is always prepared for
whatever the defense throws at him...not to mention he's from
Fifth Inning – What do you admire most about
Coach Peyton is a tremendous leader. He holds all
his players accountable. It doesn't matter if it is a practice
player or Reggie Bush. If a player doesn't do his assignment
Peyton is not afraid to get in their face and make sure it
doesn't happen again.
Sixth Inning – Does the success of the Saints help
all sports in the area?
I think it does in some way. It just picks up the
spirit of everyone in the area. You definitely see a lot more
black and gold around the community when the Saints are winning.
Seventh Inning – Who on your team would make the
best Saint, and what position would he play?
I would have to say Cass Hargis. When you look at
the Saints they are not all household names on the roster. They
are more of a blue collar type of team. They will do whatever is
asked of them to win. They "will" their way to a lot of
victories. That is how Cass plays. He came here as a walk-on
second baseman. After a redshirt year he turned into a freshman
All-American centerfielder and now an All-Conference player and
a leader on our team.
Eighth Inning – Who is the biggest Saints fan
on your team/staff?
I would say me. A lot of guys in our locker room
and on our staff would put up an argument here (especially
assistant coach Matt Riser). Our team is full of Saints fans. I
remember when Brees hit Devery Henderson for a touchdown pass
against the Patriots my 9-year-old son looked at me and said
"Dad are you crying?"...only a true "Who Dat" would understand
Ninth Inning – Why will the Saints win?
Like I said before, the Saints have "willed"
their way to a lot of victories this season. They find ways to
win. I feel if anyone can come up with a scheme to slow down
Peyton Manning, it is our defensive coordinator...he is the best
in the league. I believe this will be a tremendous game but with
the leadership of Brees and the preparation of our coaching
staff, we are going to "will" our way to a World Championship.
Extra Innings – What will the final score be?
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