As part of our efforts to preview all 80 teams competing in USQ World Cup 8, the Quidditch Post is chatting with representatives from each team. Today we spoke with Kenny Chilton, coach and captain of the University of Texas at Austin (UT).
Quidditch Post: UT is the two-time defending champion. What will it take to get World Cup number three?
QP: I'd venture there are 79 other teams with the same goal. How will you separate yourselves from them?
Kenny: Can't really answer that one.
QP: UT has obviously had a tremendous run of success. What has that meant to you and to the other veterans of the program?
Kenny: It's fun to win. That's how we have fun.
QP: I understand. UT has a policy to not get very involved in the online aspects of quidditch and to focus on the on-the-field game. What impact do you think that has?
Kenny: Focus. Drawing importance to the important things.
QP: Beyond a championship, what do you hope the team takes away from World Cup?
Kenny: A nice tan, maybe.
QP: Are there any teams in particular you want to face?
Kenny: I wish we could play all 79 other teams, just in the interest of exposure.
QP: You had some injury concerns coming out of the regional championship. Anything that will be concerning going into World Cup?
Kenny: One of our concerns is that some teams don't seem to be educated on how to tackle. That is a Day One lesson.
QP: Can you talk a bit about some of the team's star players?
Kenny: Not really. We don't have any "star players."
QP: How would you describe the team's style of play?
Kenny: I wouldn't describe it as anything other than quidditch.
QP: What do you want your opponents to know about UT?
Kenny: No comment.
QP: What has Texas Quidditch meant to you personally?
QP: Thanks for your time, Kenny; we appreciate it!
Kenny: No problem!