Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference

Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference

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.

Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy on the team’s win at Dartmouth and looking ahead to Columbia
I think the key to the win was getting off to a great start. We just got into an unusual and really good rhythm in all three phases of the game. We had a 14 and 18-play drive on the first two possessions in taking a big lead. Anytime you do that you are executing well and keeping their offense off the field.

We had an excellent rhythm both offensively and defensively. Dartmouth played hard and played very well at times but I think our (quick) start was very hard to overcome.,

Columbia is as good as any team we’ve played this year and as good as some teams that have beaten us this year so we’re going to have our hands full. They’ve got arguably one of the toughest guys to defend in our league in Sean Brackett. They’re very well coached, they play hard, and they don’t give up. We’ve got another big challenge on our hands this week.

On the play of Collier Winters who was the Ivy League Player of the Week
Collier is a fine football player. He’s got great intangibles and really knows our system. He is totally committed to it (our systems). He is a guy that does a lot on his own in the summers from working out to video. We’re a little more diverse (with him out there). The balance (against Dartmouth) was indicative of the team we want to be. He’s one of the guys who makes the guys around him better. He knows what we want to do with our protections; where we want to go with the football. We’ve won games with three different quarterbacks this season but we’re happy to have him back

On the play of Harvard’s defense with all the injuries sustained this season
Our secondary coaches and entire defensive staff have done a great job in preparing kids when guys go down (with injuries). We have a bunch of young linebackers who have stepped in. Like a lot of teams that have been banged up, you’ve got to have depth and kids that are ready to go. Our kids have been resilient and tough, they’ve produced.

On Harvard consistently being in the championship hunt
The obvious key is to take it one game at a time. If you start looking ahead, then you’re in big trouble. Columbia may be 3-4 or 4-3, I’m not quite sure, …. but what I know is they’re (only) a few plays away. The minute you start to underestimate anyone you play in this league, you are in trouble. There are no bad teams. Every team is one or two plays away from being where we are (record-wise).