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O'Leary: I think I'm going to coach until I physically can't

UCF head coach George O’Leary isn’t planning to retire any time soon.

In an interview with Central Florida Future, O’Leary said, “I think I’m going to coach until I physically can’t do it anymore. My wife worries what am I going to do when I’m done. I give a lot of credit to my wife, I’m gone from 6 a.m. to 10p.m. every night so she took care of things at home. I enjoy the game but I also enjoy my family.”

O’Leary, who recently turned 64, explained, “Well I have four kids, all with degrees and long gone. As for me, I love being out on a boat in the water. ... I don’t get up to the lake house in Georgia as often as I’d like, but I have a few boats there and I like to take them out for the day and just cruising around. I enjoy golf, but I don’t enjoy either too much to give up football. I love getting up every morning coming to work. When I have back-to-back days when I come here and go “What am I doing?” then it’s time to walk away. I’ve had a few of those days but so far none back-to-back.”

UCF opens with four consecutive non-conference games.  The Golden Knights host South Dakota and NC State, then travel to Buffalo and to Kansas State.

Regarding his team, O’Leary said, “There’s a bunch of kids back, whether they started or had a special team role, this is by far the most seniors I’ve had back on the field offensively or defensively.  You’re only as good from a chemistry standpoint as your senior class.”

Bob Toledo: For the first time, we have some quality depth

Tulane head coach Bob Toledo enters his fourth year as the leader of the Green Wave. 

Despite low outside expectations, Toledo expressed his confidence to Times-Picayune writer Peter Finney.

Toledo said, "I’ve read where we’re considered 120 in some list of 120 teams. To the pundits, we’re like some red-headed step-child. That’s OK. Our guys like the idea of playing with a chip on their shoulder, having to go out and prove it.’’

"We’re going to be bigger, stronger and faster than we were last year. This is my fourth season, and it seems like it’s my first team because they’re all my recruits.’’

"For the first time, we have some quality depth. I’ve never had a squad with such a can-do attitude, such a sense of pride.’’

Tulane opens on Thursday night against Southeastern Louisiana.  The following week, the Green Wave will host the Ole Miss Rebels.

Mark Richt: Awe, man. It was awful.

During the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio, Mark Richt joked about the UGA orientation video.

Actually, we’re not sure if he was joking (so watch the video).

Richt said, “They called and asked if I would help out, so I told them to come on over.” 

“Awe, man.  It was awful,” joked Richt.

The video has already been viewed 262,000 times, so you know it’s pretty good (although the first 50 seconds is slow).

Richt appears twice in the video. 

 

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Illinois AD compliments Ron Zook, very pleased with progress

Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther complimented head coach Ron Zook during an interview with the Daily Herald.

Guenther seems especially pleased that Zook is looking more at the big picture of the program instead of micromanaging.

Guenther said, "I give Ron a lot of credit. When we finished the season last year, we had to have some real heart-to-heart talks. I didn't like what happened. He didn't like what happened. I had a lot of people telling me, 'Let's make that (head-coaching) change.'

"What we did was dissect his program, but look at this own strengths - The first step was for Coach to get introspective. My challenge to him was, 'What do you do well? What do you think you do poorly? Where do you think it fell apart?' "

"I kidded him around. I sent him some Bobby Bowden stuff. Bobby Bowden says, 'I solve problems. That's what I do as head coach. And then I coach the heart of the football team'. You can't do that when you're into the issues all the time."

"I think the amount of progress that that program has made since the day the season ended has been more progress than any other program that I've been affiliated with."

Illinois opens with Missouri on Saturday.  Kick-off is set for 12:30 pm EST on FSN.

 

Sumlin: We've gone to a Nolan Richardson style program, press you from all angles

Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin wants his team to attack offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game.

On Wednesday morning, Sumlin told 1560 AM The Game, “We’ve kind of gone to maybe a Nolan Richardson style program. We’re going to press you from all angles from the time we kick the ball off to the final horn.”

“Our defense now matches our overall scheme.  We’re pretty aggressive on offense. Obviously, we’ve blocked 12 kicks the last two years on special teams and returned a bunch of kicks.”

“We’re going to play 12 or 13 true freshman this year.  We’re building depth, but we’re not there yet.” 

“It’s not necessarily what a coach says all the time.  It’s what your players believe.   We’ve got a bunch of guys that believe they are pretty good, but they know they have a lot to prove. Like I said, we are not in the Top 25, so there is a bunch of people out there that don’t expect us to do much anyway.”

“I really believe we’re going to take a step this year defensively.  The key to that is, and it sounds kind of simple, but you gotta get the right players on the field in the right place.”

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