Monday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Bob Stoops won’t coach forever: "To work for President Boren and Joe Castiglione, and their great leadership and support, is not something I take for granted. So you don't know from time to time what life brings you, what your situation is and what you feel for your family."
"I told (Spurrier) this summer that there is no way I'll be coaching when I'm 65. And he said, 'Yeah, I said that too when I was 50.'
Quoting Western Michigan DC Dave Cohen: “Coach Cubit’s the most organized guy I’ve been around,” Cohen says, when asked about the short duration of the initial staff meeting. “He’s everything I wasn’t as a head coach.”
“I think three things. No. 1, they have to know you care. If they don’t, it’s never going to work. No. 2, they have to understand that you’re here to get them better. And No. 3, it’s going to be our way, that it’s not going to be their way. But I think you can’t get to No. 3 if you don’t get to No. 1 first.”
Nevada head coach Chris Ault talks about defense: "The most important thing we're doing defensively as a staff is that we're erasing a lot of gray areas," Ault said. "There was so much gray area the past two years that the players didn't know right from wrong. That's got to be erased."
Frank Beamer talks about AP Poll: “I was a little bit surprised we were picked that high. When you lose six guys on defense ... I think we saw some of the effects of that out there (in the scrimmage). Some plays popped on us. We lose two kickers (from last season). That's a big, big part of your football team. I think we've got good players, but how quickly we get to a level we need to be playing at, that's the question right now."
Quoting Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning: “I’m not ticked off. I just think we have to continue to improve. I’m trying to do my best to be a positive influence. You sure can coach a guy hard if you tell him you love him. I’ll tell you what I’ve told probably 20 guys in the last three hours that I love them. We’re going to coach them with love. We’re going to coach them hard.”
Quoting Oregon State head coach Mike Riley: "We have some areas we have to get better in. We still have some personnel issues, so we're not even close to saying we're a Top 25 team at this time and we've got a lot to prove before we end up that way.''
Quoting Tennessee wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett: "At some point in time I think that (UT freshman) Da'Rick Rogers, because he was so highly touted in high school, or Justin Hunter, should come out here and perform like Randy Moss.”
Quoting Marshall offensive line coach Bill Legg: "I think the difference is expectations. When I was here in '01 and '02, Bob and Jim (Donnan, Pruett's predecessor) had this thing rolling, and there was the expectation when you walked onto the field, you were going to win.”
"It didn't matter who you were playing against, and those expectations saturated the entire Marshall community, from alumni to fans to students to athletes. Now, it's what I'd call a hunger to win. Not that it's been terrible, but it hasn't been what it was, so the hunger is where it is, and the saturation is still there with a different attitude.”
"We have to get it back from where it's a hunger to win to where everyone's expecting to win again."
Paul Johnson not concerned with polls: “They don’t know. They haven’t seen the teams play. That’s why you don’t ever know. To me, if you really wanted a better indication of the poll you’d wait until you play four weeks and then you’d have it. A lot of it is on returning players. It’s like our football team. We lost some guys who were really good players. Some guys think we’ll be OK without them, other guys don’t. So we’ll play the games and find out. Nobody knows who is going to be right until you play the games.”
Quoting Boise State head coach Chris Petersen: “The style of our offense is it’s very game-plan specific. We get a lot of people dialed into exactly what they need to do. That’s what’s going to happen here in the next couple weeks.”
North Texas DC Gary DeLoach mic'd up:
Dave Clawson has concerns about young and inexperienced team
Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson felt it was very important to get a lot of scrimmage work in during August camp in order to help a young and inexperienced team.
Following Saturday’s scrimmage, Clawson met with reporters.
Clawson said, “Just the sense of urgency getting line up (is a concern). The big thing we have to stress on is game tempo.”
“I think on defense, it’s just playing with more consistency. I just don’t know if we’re always playing with the same level of intensity to go through a twelve-game season.”
“I believe you can introduce an opponent too early. If you introduce it 2 weeks out, then it’s three days before the game and they (players) are tired of it. About next Friday, we’ll get an extra two or three days on Troy.”
Below, you can watch Clawson’s entire post-scrimmage media session.
Neil Callaway pleased with UAB defense
UAB head coach Neil Callaway seemed pleased with the defense following the Blazer’s final scrimmage.
Callaway said, “Defensively, I saw more enthusiasm, more oneness, and more guys playing hard than I’ve seen in a long time, so I’m happy.”
“I think it was obvious when we first started during the drive the defense really took it to the offense, about as good a whopping our defense put on the offense in a while. But then we get into the situation stuff, overtime and +10, and it kind of flip-flopped. The defense could stop the offense.”
Callaway expects to release the 2-deep depth chart on Monday.
"I'd like to wait until (Monday). We met as a staff briefly (today). I want to get back in there and kind of go over everybody to make sure we're all on the same page. We'll announce our whole depth chart really, special teams included, who will be the punt returner and kickoff returner and all that, (on Monday)."
UAB hosts Florida Atlantic on Thursday night, September 2nd.
Dooley: It's kind of like we have 1's and 3's.
Following Tennessee’s scrimmage on Saturday, Derek Dooley sent a clear message the Vols are really young, inexperience, and lacking depth.
Dooley said, “It’s kind of like we have 1’s and 3’s. It’s the inexperience. That’s where, when you are operating at 72 scholarships. We have 15 guys missing off the team that could be sophomores and juniors.”
“Think of it this way. 4 more defensive backs. 4 more defensive lineman, 3 more receivers, and about 4 more offensive lineman. Think of essentially, a whole other signing classes. If you added 10 more 3 stars and 5 more 4 stars. It’s pointless to talk about though. It is what it is. I’m not worried about what we don’t have, but today it really showed. I’m probably overreacting a little bit. When I see the 2’s out there…that’s when the headset gets thrown, the hat’s going down, the bad language that I tell my kids not to use…comes out.”
An overwhelmed Dooley even joked, “Who do we play our 2nd game? Oregon?” A few seconds later he looked at reporters and said, “I really knew that,” as if he were telling them not to go print that out of context.
“We’re going to lose 14 seniors this year. That’s puts you…right there, you’re 29 down. Then you’re always going to lose 3-5 guys, so that puts you at 30-something. You only sign 25. So it’s takes a couple of years. That’s alright. Let’s not put the focus on all that. I’m happy to be here. I’m not saying ‘oh poor me.’ I’d rather be here with 72 than just about anywhere else.”
Tennessee hosts UT-Martin to start the 2010 season.
Sunday Quick Hits: Dooley, BK, Lane, Joker, Gundy, Kevin Wilson
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Boise State assistant Jeff Choates talks about ‘humble & hungry’: "Coach Petersen does a great job of making sure we talk to our guys about hungry and humble. Having a lot of confidence in our abilities, and that's a little bit of that swagger, but at the same time respecting our opponents."
Derek Dooley talks about scrimmage: "I got on the defense because they weren't creating enough turnovers, so then they created them and now I'm in the tank because we gave them up. You know, it's like nothing's ever good enough. I don't know, they're feeling good about it on defense and they should be, because we're going to need to get some this year - but we can't spit them out. We're going to have to create turnovers, we're going to have to protect the ball and we're going to have to be good on special teams just to have a chance to win. That's where we are."
Quoting Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly: "I think when they saw there was consistency from my end, they adapted to it. 'You're going to have to have your room cleaned every night, son. It's not just tonight.' Once you provide the consistency, most people are going to say, 'I've got to change, because he's certainly not going to.' "
"Look, Charlie had a big ring. I don't have one of those Super Bowl rings. He's managed a pro football environment. I've never been in that. I don't know how to do that. So I would think the differences are going to be pretty stark, just with Charlie being Charlie and Brian being Brian."
"I don't know that I see myself as the guy as much as I know what I want to do and how I'm going to do it," he said. "I have a clear plan for how we're going to do things here, and it's been successful everywhere I've been. Yes, the stadium's bigger and this place has unbelievable name recognition, but the kids are the same."
Quoting Lane Kiffin: "Nobody's the starting tailback.”
Joker Phillips could name QB by Tuesday: “All the quarterbacks did something good. All of them had a blunder also. We want a quarterback who can win the game for us. Too many receivers missed when being wide open by all three of them. We have to be more efficient in the passing game to be able to be balanced. We know we’re going to be able to run the football.”
“We might have that (a starter by Tuesday). We might decide we have to go with somebody. It’s not down to two yet. All three of them give us something.”
Oklahoma OC Kevin Wilson excited about fullback/tight end personnel: “That group is a tremendous complementary piece. That complement was a total wash last year. Hopefully, that group will make that line look maybe better than they are. If not, they’ll make them look worse than they are. That’s what happened last year.”
Quoting Mike Gundy: "The defense performed very well and corrected a lot of their mistakes from the scrimmage a week ago. We did not make very many plays on offense. Too many balls dropped on the ground. We just didn't play very well on that side of the ball. We've got plenty of guys who can make plays, but we didn't perform tonight."
Baylor head coach Art Briles talks about scrimmage:
Clemson enters 2nd year in Steele's defensive system
The Clemson defense enters year #2 in Kevin Steele’s system. After Derek Dooley’s attempt to lure Steele to join the Tennessee staff, Clemson responded by giving Steele a $200,000 raise.
Steele, who now earns $575,000 per season, is cautiously optimistic about his defensive unit as the season quickly approaches.
Steele told The Post and Courier, "There's no area where we're depleted. We've got a list we made collectively as a defensive staff and gave to Coach Swinney that basically says that these are the guys that we feel like we can count on, that they know their jobs and they're working hard to do their jobs.”
"We've got another list of guys that still need to get some things done with, but that's not to say we're not getting great effort from them and they're not good players. A lot of those guys just have not seen as many pitches. So we're kind of there."
Clemson opens with North Texas and Presbyterian, before traveling to Auburn.
“We watch film after a game, and if there's a big play everybody in the room can say, 'That happened because we didn't, not because they did.' Very rarely does it happen because of what they did."
In 2009, Clemson finished 67th in the country in rushing defense, but 20th overall in total defense. The Tigers played in the ACC championship game and defeated Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.
Saturday Quick Hits: Rich Rod, Cut, Whitt, Dabo, Tom Herman
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Rich Rod hoping scrimmage report doesn’t get on the internet: "We hope whatever they see there will stay there. We'll keep things (schemes) close to the vest. We certainly won't show anything that anybody from UConn or the Buckeyes or Sparties or Notre Dame fans will pick up on. We'll keep it close to the vest."
David Cutcliffe talks about Duke’s Friday night scrimmage: “I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to put a team into as many situations as we put them in. The mistakes we made are all correctable mistakes. It’s exactly, exactly, what I said at media day. Exactly. Young players making mistakes and we’re doing that, we’re lessening some of the damage some of them have, but you know what else we’re doing…we have a lot of guy making plays. I saw more plays on both sides of the ball.”
“I thought our defense on the goal line and short yardage was tremendous. Certainly, (it was) pretty consistent in that regard.”
(Offensively) “Again back to some red zone problems. I’m really disappointed in the kicking game. Something that should be and has been a strength…you know we missed 3 game-winners in those situations. That can’t happen.”
Quoting Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham: "It was a good camp. I don't know if it's any more injuries than any other year, but it seemed to be more key guys that got injuries this year. So we're working through that."
Quoting Dabo Swinney: “It would be hard to get more competitive reps than what we get. That’s what we feel makes us better. Once you get into the season, you have a limited amount of that.”
“The defensive line gets better against a good offensive line; the offensive line gets better. The receivers get better because we have a bunch of guys that are going to be playing the NFL in that secondary.
Paul Johnson invited Belichick: Bill Belichick spoke to the Georgia Tech team on Friday.
Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Herman talks about the Cyclones offense:
Spurrier again in rare form following Saturday practice
Spurrier was in rare form following Saturday's practice. Obviously, Spurrier feels a unique challenge of coaching Stephen Garcia.
Earlier in the week, we brought you "Classic Steve Spurrier." The Head Ball Coach may have one-upt it today.
You can watch Spurrier’s post-practice media session from Saturday morning right here.
Vintage nonchalant Spurrier said, “Our quarterback play today was not very good. Quarterback (is) hesitant. Throw late, guy breaks open, they throw late, then it gets knock down. So anyway, we gotta get better quarterback play than what we had today. Other than that, receivers are running pretty good routes. We gotta get the ball to them better. Our guys just won’t throw the ball on time. They wait. They just wait. So anyway, we’ll work on it.”
“We’ll put out there the guy who we think is the best and ready the play. Right now I don’t know who that is. I don’t know what they think about all night. They need to get better. They simply need to get better.”
“They don’t know where ‘X’ is. They don’t know where this guy is. ‘Z’ is over here. It’s a challenge for me and Coach Mangus.”
“No, it’s not surprising. A lot of things aren’t surprising around here.”
South Carolina hosts Southern Miss on Thursday, September 2nd.