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O'Brien: Most significant game since I've been here, latest from Fitz and others

NC State head coach Tom O’Brien calls FSU game the biggest of his tenure: "I think without question this is the most significant game since I've been here. Generally, at this point, we're so far behind the curve because of the situations we've faced for these last two years. These kids have done a great job putting themselves in this situation at 5-2.

 

Don’t expect Kyle Whittingham’s team at Utah to overlook Air Force: "There will be no chance of us overlooking this game."  

 

Pat Fitzgerald, who prefers to redshirt his freshman class, has played 5 true freshmen this year: "It's deeper than whether or not he can help us in the kicking game or whether or not we sell kids a bag of goods in recruiting and say you're going to play as a freshman. It's their future."

“Sometimes we're wrong. Sometimes maybe we look back and say, 'Gosh, I wish I would have played him or I wish I would have put them in.' But I'd rather err on the side of being a year late than a day early."

 

Ruffin McNeill says stats can kill the confidence of a defense, winning is what matters: “With offenses today, I had to learn this in the Big 12, you can’t really get caught up in the stats too much with the league we play in. You’d lose a lot of confidence if you did. Everybody is able to move the ball.”

 

UCF defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable says tackling is the key to success against East Carolina: “There’s no question about it. We stress every day that tackling is the most important fundamental. And particularly when you’re going up against a team like East Carolina, as I’ve already mentioned good skilled players, they’re going to get some catches. What we have to do is make sure we tackle them at the catch and not let them get the yards after the catch. We’re working hard on tackling on every drill and on every rep. Our guys understand how important tackling is in a game like this.”

 

Hawaii coach Greg McMackin say 6-2 start helps everyone in Hawaii: "We've tried to give the people of Hawaii something to be proud of. When Mufi [Hannemann] was mayor, he told me that every time we win, the negative calls are cut down. Nobody is complaining about potholes. That's something we talked about as a team: Putting a smile on the faces of our fans. We want to give them something positive in these tough times."


Pitt defensive coordinator Phil Bennett calls out his middle linebacker: "We've got to get better play out of our middle linebacker," Bennett said. "We've got to play better there. We've got to get more plays made at that position."

Mike Canales says North Texas is a gold mine ready to take off: “Do you see that beautiful stadium being built right there? I’d sure like to be a part of that, because this place is going nowhere but up. This is a gold mine that’s ready to take off.”

Lane reacts to Chip Kelly's comments, more from Monte, Chow, and Harbaugh

Lane Kiffin reacts to Chip Kelly's comments that compared the number of 4 and 5-star recruits between USC and Oregon: "I really wish that I had good enough players and we were good enough coaches that we could spend enough time counting how many 4 and 5-star players we have on each other's roster.  I don't time for that, unfortunately."

 

In case you missed Chip Kelly's quote from yesterday: “We have zero five-star recruits in our top 44 and we have 11 four-star recruits.”

“I keep hearing that USC’s down. In their two-deep, out of their 44 players they have 12 five-star recruits and 26 four-star recruits. I don’t know if there’s anybody in the country that has that.”

 

SEC GUY: Please listen to SEC GUY who calls in to Oregon sports radio yesterday.  This is classic.  Listen here.

Here's part of SEC GUY'S rant:  "LaMichael James, that gets me to my point.  Can you guys just stick to Biblical names? I’m tired of the Michael, LaMichael, Jaquizz, and I’m tired of all this.  You know what we have in Bama? Trent and Mark.  #1 and #2.  That’s it.  Both of ‘em could win a Heisman Trophy if they was just single running backs like ya LaMichael has playing against little kids like you got in that conference, we’d do the same thing.  It just burns my hide to hear you guys talk about this, that, and the other scuzzle butt about being better than my squad or my conference.  I don’t even like Auburn and I’ll tell you right now they’d beat you (Oregon) by three touchdowns."

 

Monte Kiffin talks about the challenge of playing well against Oregon: “It’s not easy. I could use a couple more bye weeks. That would surely help. We have to really coach our players up and make sure they understand. And there are two things you’ve got to understand — the scheme you’re going against and also the players you’re going against.

“There are some pretty good players there now, believe me. You can have a good scheme, but it works better when you have good players. You put the combination together, good coaching and good players, and that’s kind of what you’re seeing right now.”

 

Norm Chow describes the UCLA offense: "Awful, we're at the bottom of the league. I told the kids today that we were averaging 2.7 turnovers a game. We can't do that. A good football team doesn't have a minus on the ledger. But that's not all on the fumbles or the interceptions, there's the pass protection, there's a lot of things involved. We need to get better."

 

Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt preparing for physical Stanford offense: “They are a lot more physical than they used to be. (Stanford) is a committed running team and committed to using their tight ends and things like that. You know it’s a lot of runs and a lot of physical runs.”

 

Jim Harbaugh looks forward to Saturday’s game at Washington:

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One of the all-time great meltdowns from a college football color analyst

It's has to be one of the all-time great meltdowns from a color analyst in college football history.

You have to listen Florida Atlantic analyst Dave Lamont. Let’s just say that Lamont loses it when quarterback Jeff Van Zant take a hit to the head, but no flag is thrown by the officials.  The helmet-to-helmet collision occurred in last Saturday's game at Arkansas State.

We particularly liked, “WHERE'S THE COMMISSIONER?”

We also liked, “I don’t really care if you people look at my in the press box.  You know, I don’t care.  That’s a flag.  And I’ll fight anyone of you if you want it.”

Listen in.  This one is pretty darn good.

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LSU football marketing nailing it, Ole Miss' Lockett says "Yell O"

LSU football marketing “gets it”: Did you know LSU football has over 246,000 friends on Facebook and almost 5,000 followers on twitter?  That’s a bigger social media following that 13 NFL franchises.  See the list here.


 

UVA assistant Anthony Poindexter says London isn’t messing around, sat three players last week for missing classes: "I think everybody realizes now coach ain't playing about academics here. He's not playing about doing things the right way off the field. If you don't want to do it the right way, well, we'll take playing time away from you."

 

Former Minnesota offensive line coach (14 seasons) Gordy Shaw says Kevin Sumlin would be a great hire for Gophers: "He would be an outstanding candidate for that job. He's a great coach. He's young. He's energetic. He knows what he wants to do and understands the game. He made the natural progression from a position coach to a coordinator to a head coach and knows what kind of program he wants to run."

“He knows a lot about Minnesota. That makes him a great candidate, but he also knows a lot about the Big Ten."

 

Louisville player Josh Byrom talks describes Charlie Strong: "With Coach Strong coming in, we knew right away it was a whole different mentality. Guys on the team, you learn to trust and respect each other because, with Coach Strong, it's his way or the highway.

"When you have a coach like that, who's enforcing the rules, who, if he makes a threat to you, he follows through if you don't go to class, or if you're late to a meeting or miss a lift, you're going to get punished and that's how it is. Right off the bat, it starts with Coach Strong. When you start trusting your head coach, it follows to the team."

 

Ole Miss player Kentrell Lockett asks Rebel fans to make it hard on Cam Newton: "Yell O"

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No Friday night hotel for 6 teams, Coaches address struggles

6 of 120 programs choose not to stay in a hotel on Friday nights of home games: According to a recent Des Moines Register article, only six of the 120 FCS programs do not seek such lodging. In addition to Tulane, Boise State, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky don't.

 

Miami (OH) head coach Mike Haywood says team completely lost focus before 34-13 loss to Ohio: “Our team went into the game believing the hype and listening to everything going on and not realizing it’s just another game. It’s the Battle of the Bricks, it’s homecoming, it’s the MAC championship, it’s the Cradle of Coaches.”

“We really lost our sense of focus because we started playing an emotional game instead of playing with our minds. There were things done in that game that guys have never done in practice.”

“We had guys in the locker room talking about 9-3. Why are you talking about 9-3? You should just talk about beating Ohio.”

 

Turner Gill tells fans that Kansas will be OK: “I want our fans to know that we’re going through some ups and downs in our football program here. And part of that is the transition with a new staff, and our players are getting to know us in a better way.”

“We are very, very confident that we will come through here and have a winning program here on a consistent basis. That’s why we all chose to come here on this staff.”

 

Central Michigan coach Dan Enos talks about struggles: "Our system is not very good, obviously, when you're 2-6. We haven't been able to make plays at critical times in games and our opponents have been able to do that. We've been turning the ball over too much at the quarterback position. And, basically we've played well defensively for the first couple of weeks and since then haven't played very well on defense. We're giving up a lot of big plays and we're not tackling well so it's pretty much a collective thing from top to bottom."

 

David Cutcliffe says loss to VA Tech was emotionally devastating, Navy is next for Blue Devils: “We’re coming off a pretty emotionally devastating loss. We certainly physically got whipped in most areas. Resilient is not even a strong enough word for what people have displayed, in the midst of this losing streak. What we have to do is re-gather and we’re going to play a really fine Navy team.”

"I think we’re good in the area of pass protection. We have a somewhat less mobile quarterback now than we had a year ago in Thad (Lewis). So that changes things a little bit for them from a pocket standpoint.”

 

Akron head coach Rob Ianello's weekly press conference: "The way we practice is unique because we don’t do scout teams, particularly lineman to do scout teams.  We don’t have enough players to use scout teams.  We service each other like an NFL team does. Our second defense, per se, will be Temple’s defense going against our first offense." 

"There been some challenges with that component because you don’t as much time on the opponent as you would with scout teams."

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