Curtis Johnson: 'I won the Super Bowl, and this felt so much better'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday October 26, 2013
Curtis Johnson has won some big games as an assistant coach, but reaching bowl-eligiblity with a 14-7 win over Tulsa as head coach is at the top.
The Green Wave went 2-10 in 2012. With Saturday’s win, they’re 6-2 in 2013, eligible for a bowl for the first time since 2002.
Johnson won a national championship with Miami (FL) in 2001 and a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2009. He got his first Gatorade bath after Saturday’s win and was late to his press conference because of it.
“Let me tell you what. I won the Super Bowl, and this felt so much better,” Johnson said. “I think the Super Bowl wasn’t as climactic. When Tracy (Porter) got the pick in the Super Bowl, I thought it was over. All of a sudden, this game almost came down to the last play of the game.
“These wins have been exciting. They’ve been good. They’ve been thrilling. They’ve been just what you want for a young team. I’m so blessed to have these guys back.”
Johnson gave his team the entire bye week off two weeks ago, and they repaid him with the win.
There’s excitement around the Tulane program for the first time in a while. A new on-campus stadium is in the works, but Johnson wants to see more people at the Superdome. The more they win, the more they’ll come.
“All of a sudden, we’ve got a good product,” Johnson said. “We’re playing well. I think more people will come out. I would encourage them to come watch us play, because we’re playing great defense, special teams is good, and then you’ve got exciting touchdowns. We’re catching and throwing. It’s a good product right now.”