SEC media day quotes: Hugh Freeze
A few quick hitters from Hugh Freeze's first SEC media day:
-On his track to Ole Miss: ""My track is not the normal track to get to this point, I realize that. I'm a realist."
-How he views Oxford as a recruiting tool: "Newsweek just ranked Oxford as the #1 college town in America. Recruits see it as a place that's very happy....If you want to tweet that out, that'd be great."
-On Spurrier's Ole Miss comments: "We will circle that date and I look forward to changing his perspective."
-Freeze notes that about 60% of the team has bought in, and they need about 80% to buy in to have a fighting chance.
-On if the team hearing that the staff is focused on "leading them out of the wilderness" sends the wrong message to the team: "Where we are is documented on ESPN and everywhere else. What we tell players is how we're going to change it."
-Freeze says a large part of playing Memphis is recruiting and getting fans to pack their stadium like a home game, plus it's cheap travel for the program and is close enough for players parents to make the trip.
-On the responsibility of quarterbacks coach Dan Werner: "Dan Werner's sole responsibility is to develop coaches for Ole Miss"
-On extending the season for a playoff: "I was a big proponent of keeping the bowl system in place. I wasn't a fan of extending the season. It's a grind now."
-On the strength of schedule "It is what it is...We're going to play it."
Hard Knocks preview
Nice preview here of "Hard Knocks" with the Miami Dolphins.
The series following Joe Philbin's team through training camp will premiere August 7th at 10pm.
SEC media day quotes: Derek Dooley
A few notes from Derek Dooley's time at the podium.
-On the improvements that he's seen during the off season: "You're not gonna have Tennessee to kick around anymore."
-On the improvements in personnel since last season: "We have experience, and we're deeper than we've ever been. We're more talented in many ways. Biggest thing is maturity."
-On the struggles at Tennessee over the past few seasons: "It's been a tough four years in Tennessee. I know the SEC has enjoyed taking advantage of our tough times."
-"We certainly feel that we now have a team that can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league. You couldn't say that the last two years."
-On if players seem to be liking the addition of Sal Sunseri as defensive coordinator: "Yeah, but they don't have a choice. Sal's pretty imposing."
Delany seeking the power to fire coaches
Apparently the Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is pushing a proposal that would give him authority to fire coaches of member institutions.
Think about that for a second. Sound insane? We think so too.
According to the article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the plan would give Delany and and a powerful committee of conference presidents the power to "penalize individual members of an institution, should their actions significantly harm the league’s reputation."
Now, we don't have all the facts at this time, but this sounds ridiculous. Here is the original article to take a look for yourself.
Why would any university give an outside entity the power / authority to terminate contracts?
Comments are welcomed below or on Twitter (@FootballScoop); but this one just makes absolutely no sense at all to us.
SEC media day quotes: Nick Saban
Nick Saban kicked things off today at the final round of coaching interviews at SEC media day. Plenty of notable content below.
-On success: "It's human nature to relax after success. Success should be defined as consistency in performance."
-On attention to detail: "The most important things we learned is you have to stay on top of the little things. Things don't happen by accident, you have to make them happen."
-On what will define the 2012 team. "This team will be defined by what it does, not by what it's done."
-On how he is different as a coach than he was 5 years ago: "As a coach we learn things all the time, from other people, from being a good listener, adapting to technology...I don't think the core values of what is important to be successful have changed at all."
-On sideline apparel after mentioning that Spurrier is one of the older coaches that he looks up to: "I considered wearing a visor, but I was afraid throwing it."
-Saban says that opening up with an opponent like Michigan helps players focus and enhances preparation and work ethic in the off season.
-On if a 9 game SEC schedule would make it harder to win a national title: "The #1 priority should be that every player has the opportunity to play every SEC team during his career...Everyone has a self absorbed opinion about why we should'nt do it."
-Saban on attutide of team defending a national title: "Good is not good enough. It has to be special."
-Saban on playoff criteria and people talking about needing to be a conference champion to make it in: "Anyone making a statement about conference champions is really making a statement against the SEC and any other conference that has more than one team good enough to play for the national title."
Training the no huddle way
Another great installment of Red Wolves Revival over at Arkansas State, this time featuring strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell.
As Gus Malzahn puts it, "We're a no huddle team, and the way that he trains is no huddle training."
"The way that he trains is different than anybody else, the way that we stretch is different than anybody else."
Plenty more from Coach Russell below. Some really good content in here, and 3 Penny Films continues to churn out great videos.
Gary Patterson: Facilities are a lot like dating...
During a recent conversation with Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman, Gary Patterson compared new facilities to dating because you've got to "stay in the game".
The new facilities are important because, as he reiterates, “Kids like new stuff. You have to reinvent yourself a little bit.”
Patterson also talked about the recruiting strategy that him and the staff successfully employed while members of the Mountain West, and why that strategy will suit them well in the Big 12.
“Make sure we always recruit to play in the Big 12,” he told his staff. “If we were recruiting guys that could play in the Big 12, we felt we could dominate in the Mountain West.” He added that their goal was to recruit four or five guys that anyone in the country would want, and then a bunch that specifically want to be Horned Frogs.
Coming into the new conference, Patterson wants to make sure that they continue to develop a solid reputation from their visitors, and there is one school in particular that sticks out to him when he thinks back to hitting the road to take on Big 12 teams.
“The way University of Oklahoma fans treated us, it was unbelievable They understand quality. That’s something we should learn by. We will have missed the boat if we don’t understand how to treat people.”
SEC media day quotes: Les Miles
Les Miles took the podium as the last coach of the afternoon. Below are a few notes from the Mad Hatter.
-On team expectations: "I think our team can achieve greatly. Coming off last year, they are looking forward to taking the field again."
-On Twitter: "I can tell you that no game is won on a Twitter page".
-On why they got rings with #2 proudly displayed on them at the end of the season: "Because we couldn't put #1 on it."
-On rivalry games: "How many spots can you have rivalry games? There's a lot of teams in that Western division we call rivals."