Jenni Carlson: You recently said something about being "in the twilight of a very mediocre career.” True?
Bill Young: I was joking. Merv Johnson told me that when I was at Oklahoma. I stole that from him.
JC: You’re not to the end of your career, right?
BY: I’m not even close, I hope. I’m as energetic and feel as good as I did 20 years ago. I really and truly am a better coach than I was last week. Every day you learn something more. I think experience is hard to replace.
JC: Now, there’s another quote of yours I have to ask about. You said of your college days that you were "the smallest defensive end in the Big Eight and the worst.”
BY: Now, that one was true. (Laughs.)
JC: So, you’re not disputing that?
BY: I won’t back down on that one.
JC: But you had some heroics in Bedlam in ’66, right? Something about a tipped pass?
BY: On a two-point play. Oklahoma ran a play action or a boot leg, and they came out in the flat, and I was able to get the tip of my finger on the ball. Willard Nahrgang was able to get in there ... and we ended up winning by one point.
JC: I’m sure you wouldn’t mind a few more Bedlam wins while you’re here.
BY: No, no. The funny thing about (the ’66 game) is the year before was the first time we’d beaten Oklahoma in 20 years.