Are you over losing to Alabama in the BCS title game?
LM: All losses hurt. I'm still hurt over losing to Kentucky in '07.
So what's the takeaway from how you wound up?
LM: We were 13--1 last season. We won the SEC West, which at one time had the top-three-ranked teams in the polls in the country. Now we're looking forward to playing in the national title game again this season. We fully expect to be there.
SI: WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEYS TO BUILDING YOUR PROGRAM INTO A POWER?
LM: EXPECTATIONS. HOW WE PREPARE. EVERY COACH AND PLAYER HERE EXPECTS TO PLAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. OUR PROGRAM IS ABOUT VICTORY.
What is it that most fans do not understand about your job?
LM: The incredibly long hours. We get in early, we stay late. The hours it takes to have a memorized game plan and memorized play-by-play are incredible.
To what do you credit the SEC West's phenomenal success the past six years?
LM: We're in a spot that lets us recruit at a high level. Players like to play against the best teams, so our division has become very attractive to the top high school players.