Wednesday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palic praised Texas / Muschamp: “They are the most talented defense I have seen in the five years since I have been back in college football. They have strength and quickness. I don't see a flaw."
Mario Christobal says FIU improving: “Nobody in [the locker room] is happy. We never will be with any type of moral victory. But are we advancing? Without a doubt.”
“We're playing BCS opponents to the wire. The physicality of our football team is better. We can and we will take that next step, be that Sun Belt Conference team that can beat one of those BCS schools that we face.''
Interesting quotes from USC special teams coordinator John Baxter: "How much do you think Lane (cares) about the kicking game? I'm just sick of it. We've got too many (number) conflicts."
"Nobody can wear No. 5 or No. 1 or Ronnie Lott's number (42)."
"We're not spending too much time. We're spending what you're supposed to spend on it. They didn't spend enough time on it last year."
Brett Bielema, who is single, thinks not having a family lowers his stress level: "I felt pressure to get my scouting assignments done and I honestly feel the same exact pressure. I’m sure it’s in a much larger fashion, but it doesn’t ever feel that way to me now. I can’t say maybe my first year or two that wasn’t the case. But for me, I’m very comfortable in what I do and how I go about it and what I believe in, and I don’t know if that puts me at peace.”
"Is it stressful? It’s stressful, but I never ... I see some guys that I work with or I go against, and I’m like, `Whew, he’s really stressed.' "
"I come home to a house with no lights on. And I'd love a family. I mean, I plan on having a family at some point. I keep saying that -- don’t ask my mom."
Joe Paterno talks about Al Golden, adds that young coaches need to be more patient: "He(Golden) talked to me about different possibilities. He left for the University of Virginia because he was close to Al Groh. He had a chance to get a little more responsibility down there.”
"When the Temple job came up, I can't remember if Al called me or not. We talked a little bit about his future and [the need to have] patience. I think I told him to not be in a hurry and jump at any job that popped up.”
"Generally speaking, I think young coaches have a tendency to want to go too fast. I probably said something about waiting for the right opportunity. If he did say something to me about [Temple], I probably would have told him, 'If they're willing to make a commitment, it's probably a good opportunity for you.' But I really don't remember having that conversation."
Jim Tressel talks about Buckeyes mascot “Brutus,” who was dumptrucked by the Ohio mascot during warm-ups: "I was standing at the National Anthem and I heard some of our guys talking, 'hey, did you see that mascot?' And I'm thinking, 'you're thinking about the mascot?’”
"I asked him if he was going to be ready for Saturday and he's probable from an injury report standpoint."
Purdue head coach Danny Hope talks about stress in coaching: "It's very stressful. During the season, it's an 80-hour week but you usually dip into the 100-hour week. Those aren't exaggerations -- those are legit -- and it goes on for hundreds of days in a row.”
"It's total life consuming, it's fast-paced and it's a stressful occupation in a lot of ways. I don't do anything other than work. I guess maybe the fun that we have on the practice field and being around the guys is an outlet or a defense mechanism in some ways. I like the physical part of the game, the camaraderie part of the game and the emotional part of the game. I have a lot of fun with those phases of it."
Quoting NC State head coach Tom O’Brien: “When you don’t pick a football up from Nov 28th to August, it takes a while to get your timing back. He certainly played well last Thursday night. We’re really glad.”
“We’ve gotten better each of the first three weeks. That’s the goal. I think we’re capable of having a winning year and going to a bowl game this year.”
Turner Gill concerned about play calling communication: "From a coaches' standpoint, what we can control, one thing we gotta do is make sure we get the play in fast enough. I think that's part of it. Number two, the people (on the sideline) that are giving the signals and the quarterback being able to receive it so there's not any misunderstanding and missignaling. That's going to happen occasionally. It's not gonna be perfect, we all understand that. But I think we can be lot better than what we are from that standpoint. The third, fourth, or fifth ball-game, you hope to have yourself a little bit more consistent in being able to get things done."
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Wow. Questionable move by Turner Gill
How miserable would you be without a cell phone for a day?
According to J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star, "KU coach Turner Gill has enforced a no-cell-phone policy on his players. The Jayhawks are to hand over their phones before they clock in the day before a game, and they’ll get them in the locker room after the game."
“Everybody was kind of in shock,” KU wide receiver Daymond Patterson said. “We hadn’t had anything like that in the past years. (Gill) just feels like it’s a business thing. He wants us to focus and be ready for the game and not be thinking about outside things.”
Can you imagine not being able to call your girl or your parents the night before and on gameday.? A coach may say, "They can call. They just have to use the hotel room phone." In reality, that's just not happening.
Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we just bring you the content and keep our opinions to ourselves. We like to keep coaches and athletic directors informed on what's going on around the country.
We'll think this opens up Coach Gill to a lot of criticism and could impact recruiting.
Another head coach refuses to divulge injury-related information
Add another college head coach who will not disclose any injury-related information to the media.
Last week, Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin followed his regular policy by not divulging any information on the injury status of quarterback Case Keenum as the Cougars prepared to play at UCLA.
Sumlin pointed out that college football is not pro football, thus he doesn’t have to give an injury report. Even though Keenum is Houston’s best player, Sumlin insisted he wasn’t trying to hide anything, just following his usual policy.
This week, it’s Jim Harbaugh’s turn. As the Stanford Cardinal prepare for a trip to South Bend, Harbaugh will not give any update on wide receiver Ryan Whelan.
Whalen was injured in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest. A year ago, he caught 57 passes for 926 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Stanford at Notre Dame kicks-off at 3:30 pm EST on NBC.
Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill talks about collapsing and his recovery: “I told (my wife) Rebecca, before I went to bed, I said, ‘You know, I may be in trouble here because I just don’t feel right.”
“Through that medication, when you’re not retaining (it) … and it gets out of your system, my body shuts down. My body shut down.”
“I thought it was minor surgery. I didn’t think it was a big deal, being that I had surgery on Friday and I was here on Saturday … and went to work on Monday and never missed a beat.”
“I want everyone to know, due to different reports, I am cancer free. I do not. Have. Cancer. I’ve been in remission for five years.”
“That’s who I am. I can’t change. I will not change. I will not change my coaching style. I never have and haven’t slowed down one inch. That’s who I am. The day I don’t do that then I won’t be doing it. But that won’t happen because I’ve been doing it too damn long and too damn good.”
Joe Paterno talks about stress in coaching: "I coach exactly the way I've coached. I don't have any physical problems. I had that little bout with those antibiotics [an intestinal ailment during the summer] and a couple of things . . . but I'm fine. Knock on wood, I've never had any problem, heart problems or whatnot. I've been a great walker. I've got to do more walking than I've been doing in the past because of time. So much more is demanded of us these days, and I think that's probably what happened" to Dantonio.”
Chip Kelly says Sun Devils kick-off return team will be a challenge: “It’s going to be a challenge. I’ve always said, when you get in this league, especially on the road, special teams are going to be the key. Our kickoff coverage unit — we spent a lot of time on it today — is going to have their work cut out for them because they’ve got some explosive guys.”
Quoting Derek Dooley: “Coaching is nothing more than handling a series of crises.”
“Right now, about 95% of my time is either coaching or recruiting. You have such a responsibility to the team and evaluating high school players to get them to come here.”
Quoting Lane Kiffin: “I don’t even sense the bowl conversations. It never even happens around our team. That’s for other people.”
Quoting Fresno State head coach Pat Hill: "I guess if we sugarcoated and wanted to play a different schedule, I guess we could have won 10, 11 games a year. But I don't think that would help our program grow."
Randy Edsall responds to UCONN player that talked about a demoralized team when trailing Temple: "There's still time left on the clock. Go find a way to win. Don't say you're demoralized or somebody took the air out. Bullcrap. That's a cop-out. As long as there's time left on the clock, you're fightin' and scratchin' and clawin' and trying to find a way to get it done.”
"That's got to come from (the players). I ain't good enough and I'm too old to play, but I know one thing, I'll fight my tail off until the very end. I don't care what it is. A game of golf ... you name it. If it's competitive, you've got to fight to the very end. I don't give a crap. I don't care how many I'm down with how much time to go. That's the same thing our guys have to do."
(on his quarterback) "I don't want him to be John Wayne and start letting it fly, because we've seen what happens when that happens.”
Ball State head coach Stan Parrish talks about stress in coaching: "It's why some of the guys walk away. It can't be bigger than life. I always tell myself that. I get away from it in the middle of the day by putting on my headset and walking around campus every day.”
"What you can do is eat better and exercise and try to get some rest. The biggest thing coaches don't do during the season is get rest. They work late and are up early. It's competitive ... it's stressful."
Jim Grobe disappointed: “We had play poor in every area. ... I guess the only positive thing for us is we got to play a lot of people. I wouldn’t say that’s a shining light. We have nine games to become a good football team. Right now, we are not a very good football team.”
Richt and Bronco address questions about disgruntled fans
Both Mark Richt and Bronco Mendenhall answered questions about disgruntled fans during their respective Tuesday press conference.
Asked about the fans not being happy with the Georgia team, Richt responded, “They’re not? (smiling) Neither is my mom. Well, the state of the program is we’re getting ready for Mississippi State. It’s early in the year. We’re getting ready to play another Southeastern Conference game, trying to get one win in the league. ... Just keep supporting, keep fighting, and we will too.”
BYU fans are upset with performance of the 2-quarterback rotating system the Cougars are using. Mendenhall said, “I can't say I am in touch probably at all with the fanbase. There's so much to do right now with our team, in trying to improve. And what I have found is that from being booed in our first home game that I ever coached, to having those that don't like the way we play if we are beating someone 52-6. I try to do what I think is best for our program, and then I hope that the supporters will back our program.”
"But I am not unrealistic enough to know that every decision I make won't be popular. There probably will be frustration any time you are not having success. And so I wouldn't be surprised if there is that right now. But it won't have any effect really on what decisions I make."
Georgia is on the road in Starkville to play Mississippi State on Saturday. BYU will host Nevada.
Chizik very blunt about the key to beating South Carolina
Gene Chizik made it very clear during his press conference today that Auburn will have to play much more physical up front on both sides of the ball in order to beat South Carolina, who he called, “the best team we’ve played up to date. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”
Chizik has not been pleased with either side’s ability to change the line of scrimmage.
“The name of the game for us is going to be playing a very physical football game. I don’t think this past week we played a very physical football game. We’re going to have to play a much more physical brand of football to beat this team.”
“When we talk about being physical, we’re talking about the point of attack on the line of scrimmage. Playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage no matter who you are…for our offensive line playing on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage and that’s for our defensive line playing in the offensive backfield as well.”
“We need to improve in a lot of ways on the line of scrimmage. I think we need to be playing more physical. We’ve had that discussion over the last 2 days. They know it. We know it. If we’re going to win the game on Saturday, that’s got to be part of the equation.”
“Every thing starts in the SEC with the line of scrimmage. I mean, I say that, but really anywhere in football, it starts at the line of scrimmage.”
“Watching them (South Carolina), they play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. There’s no question about that. And that can’t happen on Saturday night.”
Kick-off is set for 7:45 pm EST from Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Audio: Gene Chizik's Tuesday teleconference
Tuesday lunchtime Coaches Quick Hits
Georgia OC Mike Bobo wants Murray to get rid of the ball: “I have to look at the tape. I don’t think all of the sacks were on him, but he’s got to get rid of the football. On the last one, he’s got to get the ball out.”
Mark Richt talks about quarterback Aaron Murray: “I’ll say this. When he moves up in the pocket, some very positive things happened and not a lot of negative things. There were times he tried to move up and then back and when he didn’t move forward, he got drilled. He has to work his way up and throw it in time and don’t try to create something that’s not there. If you try to do that enough, you’re going to get hit. Still, he’s made a lot of positive plays, and you can’t ask guys to block too long, and he’s learning that. Nobody questions his toughness, his arm strength, his competitiveness, his devotion to the team, his work ethic. He has a lot of positive attributes. He’s only going to get better.”
Mike Price pumped about UTEP win over New Mexico State: "We played really well and they didn't play like they could play. We were physical from the first play to the last play.”
"Our special teams covered fast. We have guys who can run hard and hit on special teams. ... We played penalty free in the second half, penalty free on special teams."
Houston Nutt wants Rebels to regain swagger: "Got to get your confidence back. Got to get your swagger back. You've got to do that by making plays and playing very hard."
"We've always been known for playing at your highest level. And I want to make sure everybody's doing that. We've got to play at a very high level, play hard. I can live with whatever happens, as long as I know they're giving everything they have and we're giving them the best opportunity to win."
"It is the mind-set we have to focus on. Our seniors have to play their best football. Those guys will put their stamp on our team and keep it going."
Bobby Petrino says Hogs don’t have to do anything extraordinary to beat Bama: "We have to really understand as a team that we don't need to go out and do anything extraordinary to win the game. We need to go out and play Razorback football and we'll have an opportunity to win the game. That's kind of what our theme will be for the week.
"We've got to try and slow him (Mark Ingram) down and do a good job on first down. I thought we defended him well a year ago."
"Going back to the Georgia game, it was a great win for us. I think the biggest thing is that we matured and grew up as a football team. We knew going into the game that it was going to take a team effort"
Dan Mullen says O-Line isn’t communicating well: “For an experienced (offensive line), we are just not communicating very well. It’s kind of taking care of themselves, instead of taking care of the line, and you need all five guys to play together. On our 13-play drive, nine of those plays, all five (linemen) graded best, doing the right thing. So we have just talked to them a lot about communicating and being on the same page to get the job done.”
“(Georgia is) going to run the football, and that is their No. 1 deal, to be a physical, running team. It’s a big game for both (teams). You know, you’re looking at someone coming out of this game with a pretty good jump start on the rest of the season. Both of us have been playing very difficult schedules in the conference.”
Auburn DC Ted Roof will try to reduce snaps for Josh Bynes: "It's something I've got to work on getting done. He's got a lot of value as far as understanding what he's supposed to do and also what the people around him are supposed to do. As a coach, I certainly appreciate that."
"Hopefully, you're giving more than you're taking. That's the No. 1 goal. It takes its toll because you have only so many collisions in you. The body won't go on forever. The kids here are conditioned to play."
Quoting Lane Kiffin: “The 2nd half was pretty complete. Now our goal is to put 2 halves together. That will be our goal this week.”
“Most pleased out of any position group (with the defensive line). We established the line of scrimmage. The sacks will come.”
(on the kick-off return for a TD) “Bax (John Baxter) does a great job showing our kids exactly what will happen.”
Troy DC Jeremy Rowell dealing with a ton of injuries: “What we’ve got to do is get our best 11 people on the field and stop somebody. Create some pass rush, stop the run, play the pass. What’s it going to be? Who’s it going to be? That’s what we’re in the process of figuring out right now.”
“You can’t wholesale change anything you do. You’ve got to make it fit (with) what you do. You can’t change your whole defense in three or four days and teach something new.”
Southern Miss DC Todd Bradford wants to capitalize on opportunities: “We dropped three interceptions and had four missed sacks. We felt like we should have had eight (sacks) with guys unblocked. Our goal was to have three interceptions and we could have really made it an outstanding night if we make a couple of extra plays.”
Larry Blakeney referring to Troy’s numerous injuries: “Our locker room looks like a war zone at halftime.”
GA Tech assistant Andy McCollum facing former staff at NC State: “I knew this week was coming. No one in the country has as much respect for Tom O’Brien and North Carolina State and those players, the ones I coached or the ones I recruited, and their staff. My three years were great. I know how good they are. The thing about North Carolina State was we played a lot of young kids when Coach O’Brien got there. They’ve been through the fire. People say they’re playing a lot better. Well, you play better when you get older.”
Lane Kiffin responds to Phil Fulmer's comments
During Tuesday's Dan Patrick Radio Show, Lane Kiffin responded to Phil Fulmer’s comments from Saturday’s CBS half-time show.
In case you missed it, Fulmer said, "And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?"
Kiffin responded today by saying, "I was disappointed with that Dan and the reason I say that is because he's never met me. To say those things, and I reached out to him a number of times through people at the university and community as well as my staff did to try to meet with him. Oh, as soon as we got there and he always declined to do that. So I think that was the hard part to hear that said about somebody you had the opportunity to meet and never did.”
“But just as I said from the day I got there, I have great respect for Coach Fulmer and what he did there and the great run he had there. He deserves to be a Hall of Fame coach.”
Dan Patrick also asked Kiffin if he was having any fun, noting that it always seemed Pete Carroll was enjoying his job at USC.
Kiffin said,”I don’t know (laughs). We have to win a lot more games and then we’ll have some fun.”
Patrick then asked, “Then, when do you get to enjoy things?”
Kiffin explained, “When we get this thing back. When we get our depth back and the games are a lot easier than they are right now.”
USC is 3-0 and travels to Wazzu on Saturday.