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November 12, 2012

Miami head coach Don Treadwell on CMU

Miami head coach Don Treadwell spoke to the media on Monday in his weekly MAC teleconference, giving his thoughts about the Chippewas to Miami's trip to Mount Pleasant on Saturday.

On familiarity with Coach Enos and what he has done at CMU

"Dan is a tremendous coach. I have a lot of respect for Dan. I think he is still a work in progress as a head coach. You can just sense certain guys are meant to be leaders and I've always admired Dan. I've worked at him at a couple different places, from Cincinnati to Michigan State. He's just always had that ability to put things together and see the big picture. He's just always had his mind made up and I think that probably goes back to his quarterback days. He knows what he wants to do it and he's known how to do it very well. I'm not surprised at all he's doing some positive things there at Central and I know he'll continue to do some things because he knows how to get the job done.

On Miami's keys against Central Michigan

"We've got a great challenge. Obviously, I don't get as much time on Monday to watch the tape as my assistants do. But certainly their offense is very balanced. They are a team that is very good at running the ball and they have a tremendous back. And they have a tremendous passing game. The balance is always a concern because sometimes you try to stop one thing and hopefully they don't do something else as well. They do both well. They're able to run the ball and throw the ball. Then on the flip side, the thing that catches my eye with their defense is that they are creating turnovers, at least in the games that I've watched and had a chance to take a peek at. They're turning the ball over and I think maybe even returning some picks for touchdowns. That's huge in the momentum of the game, so that concerns me. At the end of the day, it's always tough on the road."

On the challenge of playing on the road

"Every game is a little bit different. To be honest, the simple advantage is that the home team has a crowd advantage in terms of the fans that are there cheering and energizing their team. Even more importantly, it's important to get out to a good start when you are on the road. Because that home crowd energy isn't there for you, number one. You've got to make sure you are playing your game to the best of your abilities. Again, one of the things we admire so much about our conference is that it is so competitive week in and week out. You just try to keep the guys locked in and make sure the guys know that the margin of error is so small. You want to make sure the guys are executing the best that they can. That's really what you hope and sometimes it's magnified more on the road."

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