"We're the people actually on the field," Hopkins said. "There's only so much a coach can do, whether it's in success or in losses, that really contribute to the season. We're the guys out there between the white lines. The losses were on us."
Hopkins and his teammates can't change Brown's decision, but they can send him off a winner.
"We love Coach Brown," safety Adrian Phillips said. "We're just going to fight with Coach Brown to the last straw, and that'll be against Oregon. We've got to send him out right."