Tuberville: We don't know how to finish
After five practices, Tommy Tuberville says, “You’ve got to earn the right to play — play in the Big 12 and lay it on the line for four quarters, and right now we’d probably make it through a half if we’re lucky. It’s not everybody. A few guys, they’re ready to go, but the intensity has to continue for four quarters and an entire practice.”
Tubs doesn’t believe his team understand the 2010 team motto, “Finish.”
“We’re working mentally right now on trying to make it through a practice. We make it about halfway through, and then we start losing our concentration. We’ve got too many guys that, when they get tired, they don’t know how to finish.’’
“If you’re going to win championships, you’ve got to be ready to go for the duration, and so that’s what we’re trying to get from these guys. We can go out and probably win some games with the effort we’re giving right now, but that’s not what we want to do. We want to win it all. We want to win every game.”
USC practice LIVE tonight on the internet
UPDATE: Here is the archived footage of this evening's USC practice, in case you missed it.
Spectators are absent from the traditionally crowded practice-fields at USC this season due to the new USC practice attendance policy.
After the Trojans’ first practice, Kiffin admitted, “I noticed (the difference with no spectators) the first 10 minutes. After that, I didn’t notice. It doesn’t have anything to do with coaching.”
In an interesting move, potentially setting a trend, USC will air this evening’s practice LIVE over the internet. That's right, you can watch Lane Kiffin, Monte Kiffin, and Coach O right here tonight at 7:10 EST.
One of Lane Kiffin’s interesting quotes after last night’s practice: "Do you think they'd let us play 7-on-7? We'll challenge anybody."
Below, you can watch Lane’s post-practice session with reporters from Tuesday.
Around the MAC, English knows EMU turnaround coming
Quotes from head coaches around the MAC:
Quoting Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English: (After talking to his team about displaying 1. integrity 2. trust 3. embracing the process 4. belief 5. poise)
"It's interesting. I just presented that to the players at our first team meeting, and my point was if the building burns down and the foundation remains – and it will remain because if it's put in right, it will remain – that's what people should say about us. That we have integrity and we trust each other and we embraced the process and we have belief in each other, and poise."
"I think all these jobs are hard. So I don't look at (my job) compared to another job. I think I got this job for a reason. I think it's the right job for me, and I know – not think – I know we're going to turn this program around because we have good people here, and we're all committed to doing it.
"So we're going to turn this program around, that I know."
Quoting Kent State head coach Doug Martin: ''I remember when I first took this job and we were either picked last or next to last every year. 'Over the past three or four years, that's moved up and now we're usually picked in the top three. I think that's a statement to the fact that our talent level has grown and we've been right there at the door ready to knock it in to compete for a MAC East championship.''
''When you look at the recipe for success in our conference, it always seems to be the teams who play really good defense and have an experienced quarterback. 'And that's what we've got this year.''
Quoting Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos: "We definitely feel that the cupboard is not bare. We've obviously got to find a quarterback and we've gotta find some more guys that are going to pick up some of the production that we lost on offense, but we feel that we have a good football team coming back."
Quoting Miami (OH) head coach Mike Haywood: “Eighty-two percent of the guys passed the conditioning test as opposed to 57 percent last year.”
Quoting Akron head coach Rob Ianello: ''The basics of the program will never change. It's about fundamentals and about improvement. 'We want players like that. When we come out of training camp, we have to be prepared for the season. We have to identify our strengths on offense, defense and special teams.”
Louisville DC Vance Bedford has concerns
Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford spoke in-depth about the Cardinal’s defense.
“The secondary, we have a lot of doubt there. Right now, the secondary is a big concern. I can tell you one thing though, we will run to the football.”
(on the biggest challenge) “One of our concerns…we are not very big. When you look at UCONN, Pitt, Rutgers…they have 300-330 pound offensive lineman. They are going to run the football, try and knock you off the ball. Can you stop the run? Our defensive lineman right now are 260-270. We must be able to stop the run. If I look at our defense and I’m on offense, I’m going to run the football.”
“When we are recruiting right now, the first thing we’re talking about is we must get more size in here (interior defensive line). “
“I think we have the best defensive line coach in the country in Clint Hurtt. Coach Strong sits in every defensive meeting. He challenges the defense every day because he knows that was a weakness last year. We need to play hard, smart, fast, and tackle well.”
You can watch Bedord's entire presser right here.
All-Access video with Saban & Bama
As many of you already know, ESPNU is going all-access inside the Alabama football program.
In case you’re in your own position meetings, we are providing the links to a few of the features.
ESPN is airing the show Wednesday – Friday at 7 pm & midnight EST. The show will also air on Wednesday August 18th at 7 pm & midnight EST, then once more on August 19th at 8 pm EST.
Cutcliffe: If I can help it, I'll never go back to afternoon practices
Third-year Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has operated with morning practices during the fall and spring semesters since taking the Duke job.
The morning practices are a different approach than the afternoon sessions he ran as the head coach at Ole Miss from 1999-2004.
Cutcliffe views morning practices as a big advantage for his players. “If I can help it, I’ll never go back to practicing in the afternoon,” Cutcliffe stated.
“I think the biggest thing coaches look at is attendance. When you get into academic conflicts in the afternoon, you have certain guys late for meetings, certain guys having to leave early for night classes."
“You’d like to have your entire squad for that period of time. By going in the mornings, you can do that. What I have found is that it creates a time management game for them. I’ve always worried about our freshman.”
Instead of a schedule that can become a rush and tiresome with afternoon pactices, Cutcliffe believes the players benefit by becoming true "students" once football is finished in the morning.
“In the morning, they get their football work, then the rest of the day, particularly here it’s suitable, they are students. They get an earlier study table. They aren’t coming off the field tyring to study (while) worn out. We have seen a significant improvement in our academic performance. That’s extremely important to us, so we measure it in a lot of way. If I can help it, I’ll never go back to practicing in the afternoon.”
You can listen to Cutcliffe's post-practice interview here.
Sumlin tweets, Kingsbury talks new responsibility
Courtesy a tweet from Kevin Sumlin, we watched the Houston pre-season camp Day #4 practice video.
In the off-season, offensive quality control Kliff Kingsbury was promoted to quarterbacks coach / co-offensive coordinator. Kingsbury, of course, played in the system as a player at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
Says Kingsbury, “The difference is coaching vs. playing in this offense, really, is the amount of stress. When you’re playing, you have some control. When you’re coaching you have none. It’s much more stressful watching.”
“As far as the added responsibilities…now as co-offensive coordinator, I would say quite a bit more pressure. Last year, I was more behind-the-scenes and could get away with anything. Now, it’s a lot more pressure to perform.”
Dan Mullen answers post-practice questions
Dan Mullen and his little man met with reporters after practice on Tuesday. The little guy didn’t say too much.
Mullen stated, “I really like the energy that our defense is playing with as a whole.”
“Last year, they just played on talent. Now, you’re watching them run routes the right way, understand leverage, understand coverage…trusting in their techniques.”
Mullen isn’t the only coach around the country answering post-practice questions with his child nearby. We noticed Akron’s Rob Ianello did the same thing early in the week.
We think it’s pretty cool.