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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 26, ISSUE 6 16 such a good personal relationship with them that you want to see them continue to be as successful as they can be," Posey said. "You never want to see anyone lose their job. So with us being so close to Coach Parker and him being the great guy that he is, obviously we perform not only for ourselves but also for him. And I'm sure every position feels that way about their coach." The players wouldn't put numbers on what it'd take to keep the current group of coaches together. They still say their goal is to win the Big Ten. They say they'd love to get to a bowl game. (The program hasn't gone four consecutive seasons without a bowl appear- ance since 1996.) But they know they can say a lot of things. Saying doesn't make it so. Working, competing, believing, finishing do. "Obviously, it's been extremely frustrating but ex- tremely motivating, too. We've won six while we've been here, which is as ridiculous as it sounds," senior defen- sive end Evan Panfil said. "But it is what it is and we can't do anything to change the past. "We've got what we need to turn it around. It's about stepping up, shutting your mouth and work- ing. We don't have anything to talk about. And guys have taken that approach. Guys want to turn this around. It's motivating that we have who we have at the positions they are at, and the amount of work that guys are putting in to turn it around." j Tom Campbell "We have a good core group of guys that are talented as anybody," David Blough said. When I say "good," you say "neighbor." P097313.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL Call me for your insurance needs and see how it feels to be on a #1 team. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. ® CALL ME TODAY. Now that's teamwork. Trent B Johnson, Agent 249 E State Street West Lafayette, IN 47906 Bus: 765-743-9595

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