Shannon: I'm not going to sugar-coat it. My fault.
Following the 45-17 loss to Florida State, Miami (FL) head coach Randy Shannon was a coach of few words.
During Shannon’s three minute post-game press conference, Shannon explained, “Basically, I’m not going to sugar-coat it. We just got our butt whipped tonight. Prime, simple, and easy. My fault as the coach at the University of Miami. I’m not going to blame the kids.”
“We didn’t tackle very much. Offensive line and defensive line didn’t do anything tonight. That was the key to the game. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. They just dominated both line of scrimmages.”
Florida State rushed for 298 yards and finished with 471 total yards on 62 snaps.
Shannon has no doubt his team will be ready to play next week against Duke. When asked to describe what he would have done differently and how he will make certain his team is ready to play next week, Shannon quickly and bluntly responded, “We’ll be ready to play.”
“It wasn’t a travesty. It’s one game. Up front, we got beat. That is my fault as a coach.”
Bronco admits mistake, Cougars back on track
Following the 24-21 win over San Diego State, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall admitted he never should never delegated the defensive coordinator role that he assumed for so many years.
A really proud and relieved Mendenall said, "Yes. And it was my mistake. It was a slow process over four years. At the time I made the decision [to not be def. coordinator], I believed it was necessary, and I was overwhelmed as a head coach trying to get more help. And easy success can have you glance over some things that maybe should be addressed earlier. But when you are winning so many games, the urgency or the felt need wasn't the same. And it was no one's fault but my own."
One week ago, Mendenhall took over the responsibility of coordinating the defense, following the dismissal of Cougars’ defensive coordinator Jaime Hill.
On Saturday night, BYU limited San Diego State to 12 first-downs and 273 total yards. With Mendenhall making the defensive calls, the Cougars allowed just 3 of 10 third-down conversions. Amazingly, San Diego State possessed the ball for only 15 minutes in the game.
Mendenhall said, “I am not willing to say we've arrived. I am not willing to say that it is exactly as I want it to be, but I think we did see a difference."
When asked to evaluate his own performance, Mendenhall responded, "You know, he's hard to gauge. I think he certainly enjoyed coaching football this week a lot more than he has this season."
BYU travels to TCU this weekend.
Several coaches take blame for Saturday losses
Joe Paterno says Nittany Lions “stunk” in loss to Illinois: "We stunk. I did a lousy job. I thought we were ready, we just didn't play very well. I could make a million excuses. We didn't stay on our blocks, we didn't have a good day throwing the ball, we didn't go a great job play-calling. We did a lousy job."
Randy Shannon takes blame for loss to FSU: "My fault. I'm not going to blame the kids. ... We weren't ready."
Larry Porter takes blame for Memphis 56-0 loss at Louisville: "I burden this loss. We have to get it out of our football program. It's here one week, it's here the next, and that doesn't sit well with me at all. That's when you have to strongly assess what's going on, and it starts with me. There's just no room for guys giving up or feeling sorry for yourself, and I won't allow it to happen.”
Mike Locksley on if this is the low point for New Mexico football: “I only know Lobo football for the two years that I’ve been here. Obviously, it’s a definite low point for me and the program under my regime.”
Derek Dooley says Vols just aren’t very good: “Our growing pains reared their ugly head today. [Georgia] started drives on our side of the field, and we didn’t handle that well. We are just not stopping anybody right now. I’m not sure if that’s just growing pains. I just think we are not very good right now.”
Interesting quote from Baylor head coach Art Briles following loss to Texas Tech: “I’m not into playing exciting games, and neither are our players. We’re into winning football games. We didn’t win. We came to win. We prepared to win. It didn’t happen.”
Lane Kiffin disappointed after 37-35 loss at Stanford: "This is the second week in a row that we lost like this. I thought we could have pulled it out, so that was disappointing."
Al Groh humbled by post-game affection from Virginia players: "There were so many players immediately coming up to me after the game that I was just happy to thank each and every one of them,"
"One of the things that, besides the competition and winning games, one thing that we think we are able to do (as coaches) is touch lives and do something to make (players') lives better. For them to come over, it was very confirming that I have the opportunity to keep them in my life and that they want to keep me in their lives. ... Those rings and watches, you can put away, but those relationships, they never tarnish."
This weekend, don't miss...
Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we're looking forward to another great weekend of college football. Our four suggestions:
Don’t miss Gary Danielson’s in-game analysis of Jim McElwain vs. Ellis Johnson
Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson are undoubtedly two of the most intelligent coordinators in the game. As well as any coaches in the country, both veteran coaches give their teams the best chance to win a championship by the way the build their units.
McElwain previously served on staffs at Fresno State, Oakland Raiders, Michigan State, Louisville, Montana State, and Eastern Washington.
Ellis Johnson previously served on staffs at Mississippi State, The Citadel (head coach), Alabama, Clemson, Southern Miss, Appalachian State, and Gardner-Webb (head coach).
Don’t miss watching the overall plan from Tennessee’s staff vs. Georgia’s staff.
Both coaching staffs have a number of coaches that have been a part of championship teams. Mark Richt turned up the intensity with some physical practices early in the week. Which team will make the fewest mistakes? Which team can most consistently execute their plan? How will Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox try to limit AJ Green's effectiveness?
Don’t miss Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino’s plan to move the ball at Penn State.
First-year Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has a tough task with a talented, but young quarterback (Nathan Scheelhaase) going up against Tom Bradley’s defense. Penn State, on the other side, starts a true freshman quarterback against Vic Koenning’s defense. It’s hard to win on the road, let alone with a first-year starting quarterback. Petrino is innovative. He'll probably have a few schemes the Nittany Lions haven't seen just yet, so we’re interested in seeing his plan to move the ball against Tom Bradley’s defense.
Don’t miss Lane Kiffin’s plan to make USC vs. Stanford a late fourth-quarter game.
Not a lot of people thought Kiffin would keep it close at Florida or at Alabama last year. At Florida, he run the heck out of the ball and kept the clock running. He’ll probably try to do some of the same to keep Andrew Luck off the field. Wonder if the Trojan’s will try a surprise onsides kick at some point? Tennessee used a surprise onsides last year against Memphis after a first quarter touchdown.
Jimbo: We've changed more on practice field, that's what I'm excited about
Listening to Jimbo Fisher this morning on the Tim Brando Radio Show, it seems the Oklahoma loss may have done the Seminoles a lot of good.
Fisher told Tim Brando, “They handled the situation coming out of Norman very well. Look, Oklahoma did a great job, they played a super game. But we learned from it. In all 3 phases, we have gotten much better since that game. I think our guys now understand the urgency you have to play with on every play.”
The on-field progress is certainly evident, but Jimbo made sure to point out he is most pleased with the Seminoles’ practice habits.
“We have changed more on the practice field. That’s what I’m excited about. Understanding how to prepare to play in those (big) games.”
Now, with three straight wins (BYU, Wake, Virginia) under their belt, the Seminoles are set to take on Miami (FL) this Saturday in Miami.
“We’re still preparing the same. The prepare syndrome…if you make an A on the test, then you let up. We’re not doing that. Our kids understand if we win this game, we are 3-0 in ACC. (They know) that doesn’t mean we win it.”
FSU vs. Miami (FL) is set for 8:00 pm EST.
Orgeron out of hospital, Billy Gonzales left a sticky note?
USC assistant Ed Orgeron admitted to hospital: Lane Kiffin said Orgeron was admitted with an infection, but should be able to coach on Saturday. Orgeron told ESPN’s Bruce Feldman on Thurday night that he was already out of the hospital.
Miami Herald reports strange Billy Gonzales story: Apparently, when Gonzales left Florida to join the LSU staff, he alerted Urban Meyer via a yellow sticky note. The article hints that Gonzales wasn’t too happy that he wasn’t named offensive coordinator after Dan Mullen left for Mississippi State.
Maryland new AD Kevin Anderson gives Ralph Friedgen a vote a confidence: "He's 4-and-1 right now. Continue on that path, I don't think we'll be having this discussion. "
Tuberville concerned about confidence level: "We have to build confidence in our players. Right now, our confidence is pretty low ... obviously with people pressing and making plays."
Jimbo Fisher praises offensive coordinator James Coley: "He could script it and call it and do it and he understands the big picture of things," Fisher said. "… He's big-picture guy. He really gets it."
Purdue and Mizzou coordinators on different ends
Purdue OC Gary Nord talks about Boiler’s injuries heading into game at Northwestern: "I've been here a year and a half. For this week's game, we don't have a quarterback that was here when I got here. We don't have a receiver that's going to play who was here when I got here. And we don't have a tailback who was here when I got here."
"Everybody is inexperienced."
Missouri DC Dave Steckel, on the other hand, loves his experience on defense: "I'm trying to picture in my mind who is playing this year that didn't play last year. I'm sure there are some, I'm sure you will come up with some. But I believe without thinking it through that everyone who's on that field played for us last year. So ... everything is a (closer) step to where we want to go."
"They're taking ownership in the takeaways. They're taking great pride in creating takeaways."
Billy Napier says continuity at WR will help Clemson passing game: "The passing game is very technical in terms of timing and consistency, so the competition at (wide receiver) has affected that to some degree. Last year, we knew who we had. Those guys consistently practiced with Kyle (Parker) and there was a comfort zone there.”
"As we move forward, I think we can improve in terms of continuity and comfort level and confidence. I also feel like we'll get better as a staff once we get that narrowed down and we have a comfort level with each kid and what we think their strengths are. We can show up each week and try to get the most out of what we got and ultimately that is our job."
Mike London concerned about Virginia speed: "There are players on each of the [ACC] teams that are left that have comparable speed (to FSU). You have to teach angles. You have to teach, you know, techniques. You've got to film study better, because you've got to try to create an edge for yourself that just speed alone won't beat you with."
"You respect the speed, but you don't shy from it or you don't run from it. You can only do what you do and do it with the talent that you have. And I like our talent."
Steve Sarkisian says it’s not the time to bring UW back down-to-earth: "I thought last year we beat SC and the first thought that comes to mind is you can't let the kids get on a high, you've got to get them down to reality. ... well sure enough we didn't play as well against Stanford as we did against USC, we brought them back down.''
“(This year) I want to keep playing as good as we are playing --- to bring them back down to earth doesn't make sense, we are on earth.''
Kiffin wants more from linebackers: “We’ve not gotten significant plays from that group. It hasn’t been where you watch the film and say, wow, they’re blowing a bunch of assignments or missing a ton of tackles. They’re playing OK. But there’s been no significant plays – the big sack, the big fumble, the big interception, the big play on a ball that’s going to be a first down and they knock it out. For whatever reason, that’s just the way it’s been.”
Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb is “pissed off” : "I'm pissed off. I'm practicing pissed off and I'm going to play pissed off this week. I'm sick of losing. We've lost two straight, and I'm going to motivate my teammates however I can this week for them to play with a pissed-off attitude."
Utah cancels 3-game series against Boise State: Utah canceled a three-game series with Boise State in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The buyout for the Boise State games will cost a total of $350,000.
Crowton may coach from sidelines, SEC takeaways, and Tracy Rocker's goals
Les Miles says offensive coordinator Gary Crowton may move to sidelines: “We talked possibly about being on the field for Coach Crowton. We’re still talking about it. The communication between Gary and I is not the issue. The issue is making sure the quarterbacks get the information and have somebody to meet with immediately.”
“I think the play-calling, minus the back-end (Tennessee game), was excellent.”
Takeaways by SEC teams over last 3 years : FL 72, Bama 69, Van 56, TN 54, OM 53, Aub 52, Ark 51, SC 51, KY 50, MSU 48, LSU 48, GEORGIA 34.
Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker talks about defensive line goals: “That’s a selling point everyday in the meeting room. We’re going to have to create plays as this year keeps going on and on. We’re in a big month now and it will prepare us for November.”
“Everybody keeps talking about us hitting the quarterback. I’m proud of it. I’m proud of what we do every game. I think they enjoy that, but as a coach, you always come back to, my selling point everyday… “Can you do it again? Can you do it again? And that’s what it boils down to. Can we do it again?”
“I’m not asking them to knock the guy out. Our job is to pressure the quarterback, sack the quarterback, and contain the quarterback. After that, do your job…stop the run and keep things in front of us. I want everyone to play within the defense, understand the structure of it, and keep improving.”
Quoting UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough: "We got a lot of young guys playing, so you can't get too complicated or it won't look pretty. We can do more as they understand the concepts. If you make them start thinking too much, you'll take away their speed."
Illinois DC Vic Koenning concerned about depth: "There's really not a middle ground for us. We've got to be hammer-down, playing as hard as we can play with a high motor and almost be electric -- or we're not very good."
"We haven't been worth [crud] in my thought (in red zone). We don't have enough safeties or enough D-linemen to play goal-line package, so have to continue to play our base package. It’s been something we need to do a better job of and work on it. But in fairness to us, we're handicapped down there."
Doug Marrone says USF defense running to ball better than last year: “This isn’t any disrespect for the coaches last year. I’ve only seen them one year, but I do see them running to the football and doing a lot of good things technically. They’re running to the football with more discipline and more hustle, and they have great athletes on the field.”