Female caller advises Mark Richt on radio show, Richt agrees
Jill, from Hoscton, had a little advice for Mark Richt during the call-in segment of Richt’s Monday night radio show.
According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens-Banner Herald, Jill voiced her opinion that Richt ought to lead the team out of the tunnel on game day just like Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban do for their respective teams.
Richt responded, “You make a good point. What I’m going to do here, Jill, is I’m going to lead the pack coming out of the tunnel, OK? I hope I don’t pull a hamstring and I hope they don’t run me over.”
In hopes of jump starting his team, Richt made a big change to Monday’s typical light practice. Instead, the Bulldogs went full pads and turned up the intensity with a physical practice.
“We hadn’t been blocking and tackling real good, so we decided to have a little spring ball today,” Richt said. “We decided to put the pads on and get after it.”
UGA hosts Tennessee on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 12:21 pm EST on the SEC-Network. You can see the entire Week #6 TV Schedule right here.
Best coaching performances of Week 5
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See the coaches we have recognized for Week #5 right here.
Bielema on texts, Petersen on polls, Butch Davis' apology
Bret Bielema’s response once hearing Dantonio sent multiple texts to DC Pat Narduzzi during game on Saturday: "When they changed the policy in regard to instant replay, I actually wanted to know if we could get feedback from people outside the stadium, whether or not to review a play. I inquired at the time. That's how I knew that you could not receive or give phone calls or text messages."
Chris Petersen responds to dropping in polls: “To me, wait until December, and then it’s news whether this conversation is even worth having. As we all know, there is going to be a lot of things happening between now and then. Do you put a chip on your shoulder with ‘We’re only No. 4.’ That’s not where we’re going with that. We just need to get better and it will all work out.”
Butch Davis apologizes for trusting John Blake: “I am very sorry that all of this stuff has tainted the football program and, as the head football coach, I take a tremendous amount of responsibility for all the football-related issues. I’m the head guy, OK? I’m sorry it has affected the football program. But I’m going to tell you what I’m more sorry about: I’m sorry that I trusted John Blake.”
Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild says Rams are inept on offense: "On offense, it was obvious that we were inept. We didn't function at all during the course of the game. And obviously there was some poor coaching, which I take the responsibility for. There was some very poor calls and planning on my part. And sometimes your running back needs to break a tackle and make some yards.”
Mack Brown wants passion from players: "We've got to play with that heart and passion and desire each week. If we played that way against UCLA, it could've been a different outcome. We're not the type of team this year that can go out there and not play our best and win. We have to play our best."
Rich Rod knows Michigan is winning ugly: “The main thing is to win, and we've won. It's like winning a prize and winning $10,000 and being all upset because you have to pay taxes on half of it. Still going to take the money, you know, and be happy with it and move on. It may not be as exciting as taking the whole money, but you're still taking half or more.”
“I don't have to look at them to know where our problems are. We have to play better. Some of the problems didn't happen overnight and won't be solved overnight, no matter what we do. Some of them we've got to try to solve in a hurry and get as good as we can be and the rest of it, we will solve as time goes on.”
Schiano not changing practice routine following 17-14 loss to Tulane: "There wasn't a lack of intensity. There was a lack of execution, the attention to details and those types of things. We have strong beliefs on how we practice and we'll continue to do that. It has worked over the years everywhere I've been. We just need to execute and executions comes down to a lot of things -- mental, physical and emotional.''
Supreme Court rules in favor of USC: The Supreme Court let stand a trademark ruling that said USC owns the sole rights to the interlocking, "SC" letters that are one of the school's logos. The court turned down an appeal from the University of South Carolina, which also wanted to sell sports merchandise with an "SC" logo.
Mike London coaching against Al Groh this weekend: "It's not personally awkward. I've been coaching college ball for a long time now, and I know that (Groh) knows this is the reality of the profession of the business. It's the storyline if you say the fact that we were both here at the same time, but to me, I've told the players this is a game where the University of Virginia is playing Georgia Tech, and it's our second conference game. That's the way that we're going to approach it, and that's the way we look at it.”
Steve Sarkisian says UW played without fear: "I thought our team in general played in the absence of fear,'' he said. "We weren't worried about losing, we weren't worried about making a mistake. I just thought we played football. You could see it in Jake (Locker's) game, but I thought we also saw it in our team's demeanor. On the sidelines, even when things went bad, even after the fumble by Jake, our kids were loose. We weren't concerned; we just played. That's the best mentality for us to be in right now.''
“What he had to endure from that Saturday of Nebraska, and two weeks following would be tough on anybody from a psyche standpoint. I thought he responded in beautiful fashion, and played a ballgame that was, in my opinion, a legendary one, at least in these parts.''
Weird stuff from Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder: “I live 2 minutes and 45 seconds from the office, so I can get here pretty quickly. I only eat one meal a day, and that is late, late at night. But I always have done that. It upsets my doctor. But it is the way I have done it. When I first coached, I ate a lot of vegetables. My wife wasn't going to stay up that late to cook for me, so I found you could put water in the microwave and steam vegetables in a heartbeat. I have gotten away from that.”
Tuberville: We're not a bowl team right now, I promise you.
Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville indicated the Red Raiders’ offense will have to carry the load the rest of the way.
Coming off a 52-38 loss at Iowa State, Tuberville said on Monday, “We’re not a bowl team right now, I promise you. By looking at how we played? Nah. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“We’re going to be as good as our offense. We knew that going into the season. But our special teams can be very good also. The potential of our defense, I think we’ve got a chance to be a factor defensively. We’re not going to be able to win a lot of games defensively just by ourself. That’s not going to happen.”
“Offensively, we’re not going to get a lot better. When you’ve got 500 yards on offense and score 38 points in basically two and a half quarters, that’s a pretty good day — and from not having any turnovers. Now, I think there’s a chance for us to have more yards and more points in games, but some of it’s going to have to come off of a short field and more consistency out of the kicking game.”
“We’re getting schemed pretty good (by opposing defenses). Everybody knows this offense. They’ve coached against these receivers. This offense is pretty much the same in the passing game of what everybody’s seen the last eight, nine years.”
Texas Tech hosts Baylor this weekend.
ACC - Coaches Quick Hits
Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor says FSU had too much speed: “I think the thing that comes to mind with Florida State’s speed is that when you complete some of those passes in the open field that you expect to get some yards on, and we ended up not getting many yards. When we watch the video, we’ll also feel like that on some of the runs, even their interior and their front played fast. Sometimes when we had good angles on them or good position, they got off blocks. That showed to me that if we didn’t get north and south with the ball fast, they showed up.”
Mike London disappointed: “I’m disappointed for our players, [and] I’m disappointed for the fans. That wasn’t the type of effort that is indicative to the type of team that I think we have here.”
“That’s the No. 1 team in the country in sacks, and we added to their stats today. Tremendous effort by their defensive ends to speed rush and get on the edge. We have to look at how we are going to protect the quarterback and how we’re going to do things in order for him to get the ball down the field.”
Dabo Swinney disappointed with 6 turnovers: "We had a lot of turnovers and inconsistency throughout the game. You just can't win without good ball security, especially with six turnovers. It was a disappointing loss. We dug ourselves into a hole in the first quarter with our defensive mistakes. This was a tough game, because in the past we've been taking care of the football very well and then today we didn't do that.
Randy Shannon talks about 30-21 win over Clemson: "Both teams had some big plays in the game. Both teams had bone-headed missed tackles and turnovers. It was just one of those games where I thought our guys really stayed focused and played hard and didn't stress. Defensively, they really showed a lot of poise in the second half."
Ralph Friedgen says 21-16 win over Duke wasn’t pretty: "It wasn't pretty. But a win is a win. I told our team you have to win some when you're not working on all cylinders, biorhythms are not right you just have to reach down and find a way to win. I think that's what we did tonight. I think Duke is a very good offensive football team and I thought they played very well on defense tonight. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dave Cutcliffe and I knew that team would be ready to play.”
Jimbo Fisher starting to feel good about his team: "They're learning to focus; they're learning to prepare. They're understanding that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - they're learning they can't just say `now I build my momentum on Friday night.' They're learning how to come to the game to compete. It's part of maturing and it's a great thing to see."
"The offense ate the ball and kept them off the field. The defense got some three-and-outs. They played together. That's what we keep saying: offense, defense. Here's what you've got to understand. Defense is getting three-and-outs, offense is taking six minute drives, which keeps an offense out of whack for the other team."
Paul Johnson relieved after 23-20 win over Wake Forest: "Wow. The best thing I can say is that our guys competed right until the end. The kept fighting and fighting. We didn't look good for a long time. The execution wasn't very good and crisp on offense, but we just hung in there and found a way to win. They had a nice drive to get down there in field goal range. We got them stopped and give our quarterback credit, he made some plays and kept the thing alive. You have to be proud of the way that they fought and competed, but Lord knows we have a lot of work to do."
Jim Grobe used a good bit of “I-formation” against GA Tech: "I thought going under center was going to be good for our quarterbacks. I thought we needed to take some pressure off them. With Tanner down, we didn't know who would be at quarterback so we gave reps to all three of them during the week. We felt one way we could take pressure off those guys is to go under center. We did some good things out of the I. That probably needs to be us a little bit more in the gun and under center some."
David Cutcliffe says Duke is looking forward to new season after BYE week: "After looking at the [Maryland] tape it was frustrating to watch. [We] are doing so many things better as you look at the entire ballgame. There was just a breakdown on a couple turnovers, [a] couple of plays defensively, an untimely penalty on a late hit on a quarterback that was costly and then not running the ball hardly at all in the second half after running it fairly well.
“[The team] was spent emotionally and physically but not down, not a true down. They were frustrated more than down. They knew they had played well enough to win had they just played a few more plays better than we did.”
“We have got seven big ball games left. That is an awesome feeling to go in to start a new season and literally our seasons are one game at a time right now."
Big Ten - Coaches Quick Hits
Crazy stats from in Michigan’s 42-35 win over Indiana: Indiana racked up 568 yards and possessed the football for 41:17. The Hoosiers rans 98 plays to Michigan’s 45 and IU totaled 35 first-downs to Michigan’s 20 first-downs.
Rich Rod’s response: “Wow, stats are interesting, huh. I don't like seeing that. We certainly know we have to play a lot better. But guys kept their poise and made a play when we had to at the end.”
Pat Fitzgerald pumped about his quarterback Dan Persa: "He is one of the best players in the country in my opinion. The guy makes plays. He is tough. He executes our offense. He gets battered around and gets right back up. He throws a pick, flushes it and comes back. He fumbles a ball, flushes it and comes back. At halftime he just talked to the guys about settling down, refocusing, and coming out and winning this football game. That is Dan Persa as a leader. That was before any of the coaches got into the locker room. I walked in and heard him and I could not have been more proud of him. He is one heck of a football player and I am glad he is on our side."
“We had overcome a lot of self-inflicted wounds: turnovers in the red zone and giving up big plays from a lack of discipline and focus in our eyes on defense.”
“Arguably, outside of the extra point that we did not get, I thought this may have been one of our better special team performances of the year. I thought we controlled the field position and it gave us an opportunity to make them play on a long field."
Ron Zook pleased with improvement despite 24-13 loss to Ohio State: "I think with 1:40 to go we had a chance to win the game. I think we made improvement. Not only are we playing better, but we have more and more confidence to be a good football team. I think we're a better team right now."
Quoting Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning: ''We need to learn to finish these dadgum things off. We need to have the character and the discipline and the belief to get it done when it counts. That's part of my job as a coach.''
Michigan State acting head coach Don Treadwell thanks students: "Our student section was phenomenal today, so I want to tip my hat to those guys. Certainly our young men on the field feed off the energy that everyone supplies in the stands, but I know that they really wanted us to mention that the student section was really kind of needed in what they brought to the game."
(Dantonio was texting DC Pat Narduzzi throughout the game) “Oh, I don't know how much I had but I think at times some of the assistants potentially had some contact with him. I don't know if it was amidst in times of a series or at halftime, I don't know all those particulars. He was involved as much as he could be, absolutely.”
(on Dantonio) "This is such a special week that I'm going to allow our boss, coach (Mark) Dantonio, to take the lead on every question about this upcoming game."
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema give credit to Michigan State: “At halftime when we were down by 10, I told our guys "hey, you're down by 10 and you didn't play good football whatsoever". But, bottom-line it was just great execution on MSU's part.”
Kirk Ferentz pumped about goal line stand in 24-7 win over Penn State: “We’ve come up with some goal-line stands in recent years, but it was good to see this group do the same again because we’re not the same cast of characters. I can’t say enough about our defense. They’ve played well all season long and they were tough to move the ball on tonight.”
Joe Paterno says Iowa’s loss to Arizona was a fluke: “They’re a good, solid football team. They hustle. They’re well coached. You have to beat them, they don’t beat themselves. The Arizona game was a fluke for them. They’re about what I expected.”
Chip Kelly's mindset & Mark Richt's take on UGA fans
Chip Kelly seriously focused: "We are nothing more than 5-0. We are challenged a lot of different ways and it's a test for us. So far we have not let outside sources influence us. It is a long, long season. I don't think this team will get sidetracked. We've got to finish football games and we've got to finish the season."
"It ain't a statement win. If we talk about statement wins and stuff like that, then we're buying into all the stuff, too."
Derek Dooley says staff at fault: "What you've got to know about the last situation, the toughest substitutions are at the goal line because you're furthest from the bench. Add to it a running clock. Add to it that there wasn't a substitution until about 10 or 15 seconds after the play ended, which is rare."
"The most important thing is that we make sure we do everything right on our end, and we didn't. If I could say we did everything right, and the outcome didn't go our way, maybe I've got something to gripe about. Good teams handle it. And we didn't."
Mark Richt talks about UGA fans: "I think there's a certain percentage of fans –- I think it's a minority of fans -– who will … be horribly negative with our guys and with this coaching staff and all that. But I think the majority of our fans are true blue, and they're going to support us no matter what because we're their team and they love the team. Walking off that field at Colorado, I thought our fans who showed up there were phenomenal before, during and after the game. Everybody's disappointed, but I don't see many fans getting real nasty. What happens is, you get some of the smaller percentage of the group that … happen to be sometimes the most vocal and it can be perceived as ‘everybody's giving up on the boys.' But I don't see that with the Bulldog Nation."
"We can't sit around and cry about it because if we do we're really going to be in trouble."
"If we could have gotten an opportunity to kick that kick and made it with just a few ticks on the clock. I think that would have been good medicine for us and something to really build on."
Spurrier talks Bama, ESPN College Game Day: "Alabama is the national team now. Everybody wants to see No. 1. There's something about No. 1."
“I understand the GameDay guys are coming: Lee Corso, Herby (Kirk Herbstreit) and Chris Fowler. Desmond (Howard) is with them now. Look forward to seeing those guys when they come to Columbia. We’re excited they picked us to come set up shop and do their talking all day Saturday.”
Lane Kiffin upset with blown opportunities to close out game in 32-31 loss to Washington: “I don't know if I've been around a game with so many opportunities to win. So many times we could have closed this thing out or made a play to end the thing."
Joker Phillips says Kentucky will stick together: “I think this team is definitely together. Our state of mind — are we down? Yes, this football team is down today, and rightfully so, which happens every Sunday after a loss. But we'll battle back.”
Tulane head coach say team starting to believe after defeating Rutgers 17-14: "They are starting to believe that they can play with anyone. That is what we are trying to preach. This program is at a point where someone goes down, someone else has to step in and play. We can play with anyone. We have to believe it and we have to expect to win."
"It was a very physical game, a hard fought game. Give credit to Rutgers, they did not give in easily. We both battled well. We missed tackles, they made passes and we couldn't run the ball very well against them. They were pretty stout. We had a couple trick plays that worked and that helped us to win the football game."
Brian Kelly addresses the 2 things the Irish really lacks
On Sunday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed his deep concern about the mental and physical toughness of his team.
The Irish defeated 31-13 on the road at Boston College, but Kelly clearly has a sense of urgency.
Kelly said, “Mental and physical toughness, we just talked about it. We’re in a stretch of games that we don’t have time to sit around and wait and say, ‘it’s okay. Let’s come back. We’ll be better next week.’”
“Notre Dame has been doing that for too long. We don’t have time to wait. We need to get it corrected. The only way to get it corrected is the head coach addresses the issue we correct it, we challenge our players to make certain it doesn’t happen again. And we just don’t have time to wait around. If they want someone that is laid back and that’s going to allow the process to take it’s form over time, then they have the wrong guy. That’s not the way I operate.”
“You can’t win championships, you can’t win close games, you can’t close out games, you can’t come from behind, all the things that eventually you have to do to win all of your games unless you have a physical and mental toughness. We lack that.”
1-3 (before Boston College) is unacceptable. Enough is enough. We don’t have time to give them the long story. It’s gotta be the short story and they gotta get it done.
Notre Dame hosts Pitt this weekend.