Corwin: Focus shouldn't be on me

Getting Corwin Brown to talk about facing Michigan this Saturday wasn't easy for members of the media on Wednesday.

For almost every question asked about returning to his alma mater, Brown tried to spin the focus back on his team rather than himself.

"It has nothing to do with me, it's all about our kids," Brown said. "We're just trying to help our guys get ready and get them prepared and that's what's important. Everything else really does not matter."

"Whether its Ann Arbor or Happy Valley, what matters is your assignment, your opponent and do you win or lose on that play."

Brown did talk about what the battle between Notre Dame and Michigan means.

"It's a rivalry where there's a lot of pride on both sides---a lot of tradition," Brown explained. "The teams play very hard. It's a good rivalry. It's good for college football."

Brown was also asked about the game he had against the Irish in his senior season in 1992 at Notre Dame Stadium.

In that game, Brown blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had 11 tackles.

But the question wasn't about that. It was about Brown's famous missed tackle on Reggie Brooks that would eventually see Brooks get virtually knocked out by another Wolverine before stumbling into the endzone for a touchdown. The game ended in a 17-17 tie.

"That's one of those deals where it was a play--it happened. From that game, I had a ton of good plays. But no one remembers those because that is how life is."

"It's a good conversation piece for our kids because they rub it in my nose every chance they get."

One of those players is defensive tackle Pat Kuntz. The constant joker, Kuntz has had his fun with his coach this week.

"Me and him----we talk a little trash to each other," Kuntz said with a smile on his face. "Fun stuff like that. I give him a hard time and he gives me a hard time. It's all in good fun."

Kuntz has even gone so far as to ask his coach for a special favor.

"I tried to get some tickets off of him, just joking around," Kuntz said with an even bigger smile on his face. "I know he's from Michigan and he's got nothing to give to me."

"Maurice Crum---he's not going to be thinking about Corwin Brown when he walks out there," Brown said with a smile of his own on his face. "I don't think Trevor [Laws] will. The only guy that probably will is Kuntz."

"This really has little to do with me and where I went to school, but I know for a fact that Kuntzy will be [thinking about it]."


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