At one of your first public appearances in Tallahassee this summer you said that the FAMU athletic department was beyond fixing and what it really needed was to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. Is that the way you meant that to come out?
In just talking to our other partners on campus, athletics was so isolated. It was really just out there by itself. What I’m trying to do, and what the staff I’m putting together is trying to do, is we want to go from being the worst department on campus to the best department on campus. I think the best thing I’ve done since I’ve been there is I’ve painted three walls orange. All the walls were tan. They were old, beige, might have been painted in 1975. The carpets were old with tears in it. It wasn’t a place to do business. I asked people what do you think of our orange wall? And they’d said, ‘Well, it’s bright,’ or some would come in and say ‘Wow.’ And I’d say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s a reaction. I didn’t have that reaction when I walked in here.