Purdue coach asked about Austin Appleby's 'truly cared' statement
When Florida QB Austin Appleby was asked about coach Jim McElwain’s emotional response to Luke Del Rio’s injury, in which the coach had to be restrained at midfield while yelling at the North Texas sideline, he had what appeared to be some choice words for his former team.
Appleby’s full response at Monday’s press conference was the following:
What we already knew; that he has our back. I’ve never been around a place where our coach truly cared. It’s a lot of talk at some places and you don’t really know if they truly got you. There’s no doubt about it here. Coach Mac has our back. He loves us. So does the rest of our staff. Because of that we will run through a wall for that guy. We have his back 100 percent, and I think he kind of saw that with how Martez reacted. Coach Mac said that was on him, but we’re going to fight for our coach and fight for our teammates. The culture and standard that has been built and being built and getting tighter every single day is something that is very special.
The “truly cared” portion of the response naturally got a lot of attention on social media. When Appleby’s former coach, Darrell Hazell, was asked about the “truly cared” remarks, he passed on commenting and showed support for Appleby and LSU QB Danny Etling, a fellow Purdue transfer.
“I wish them the best and I hope they both have success,” Hazell said, per the The Indianapolis Star.