Tonight I chatted with CJ Lilly, winner of the athletic department’s contest offering two passes to tomorrow’s press conference where Brady Hoke will be introduced. The 21-year-old U-M senior was kind enough to endure a few goofy questions:
MVictors: You’re an engineering student?
Lilly: Yes I am.
MVictors: So how long did it take to write the script that entered your name in the contest six million times?
Lilly: [Laughs]. I actually only entered it once. I was sitting in class and entered it on my phone, really not paying too much attention to Reinforced Concrete Design. [laughs]
MVictors: The press conference is at 1pm tomorrow– are you sure you’re going to be awake by then?
Lilly: Yeah, I won’t party too hard tonight.
MVictors: So as an engineering student let me guess—you hate the Hoke hire?
Lilly: No, no, I’m excited to see us move forward. I felt like we had two weeks of stalling around and now we can actually move in some direction.
MVictors: How many times have you been on flightaware.com the past few days?
Lilly: mgoblog has had most of it that I’ve seen. I don’t pay much attention– I think that’s B.S, as far as where flights are headed to. I don’t think it’s worth the time.
MVictors: Did the athletic department complete its background check on you yet?
Lilly: [Laughs] No, not yet. I hoping they don’t find anything bad.
MVictors: Who are you going to take with you?*
Lilly: I’m taking a good friend who graduated last year but who still lives in the area. We’re both avid fans. We’ve been discussing this [coaching search] everyday for the past few weeks.
MVictors: Where are you going to sit?
Lilly: I don’t know, probably as close to the front as I can get. I don’t know if they’ll let me.
MVictors: Are you allowed to ask questions? What’s the deal?
Lilly: They really didn’t tell me much of anything. I’m formulating some in case I’m allowed to [laughs].
MVictors: Thanks – good luck tomorrow.
*I should have asked if he’d consider taking Terry Foster so he could see a press conference