Lunchtime Coaches Quick Hits
Derek Dooley on traveling to LSU: “We probably will travel 66-68 guys and 30 have never been on a road trip at Tennessee.”
“If we serve one up to him (Patrick Peterson), it will be the fastest 6 points you’ve ever seen.”
(Dooley jokes) “I was going to paint the field, but that didn’t work for Oregon State. If they have beaten Oregon State, I may have put a big (Tiger) eye on our field. I don’t know how you simulate Tiger Stadium unless you have a practice in Neyland Stadium and had all our fans screaming at us.”
Oregon State head coach Mike Riley once again dealing with slow start to season: “And here we are again. There’s no difference, is there. But this team has to prove it (can rebound). It’s not a given we can do that. We have to play better. … what I hope is that we understand what good competition is and the detail of what it takes to beat a good team. We’ve got to do better. That’s just basically it in a nutshell.’’
Joker Phillips concerned about tackling: “I'm not at all concerned about our schemes. I think we've got to become better tacklers, and if that calls for us to have tackling drills throughout the week, we've got to have that.”
Quoting Norm Chow: "This is my third year, and each year we've started five different guys. It's never been that way anywhere else. But this new run game, we've simplified a ton. These guys are blocking the same guy 90 percent of the time."
Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit talks about his quarterback: “You don’t want him to be a robot, because you’re taking away a lot of really good things he really, really does well. The (Brett) Favre guy goes out there, he’s going to throw picks. Those style of quarterbacks, that’s what’s going to happen. At times, they’re going to get a little careless because they think they can get the ball in there in tight spots. So, you’ve got to make them understand the timing of the game, where we’re at. Like the one intercept, we didn’t need him to throw (downfield). The check wasn’t bad.”
“I’d take him. I like him. I think he’s doing really a good job for us. Do we need better? Yeah, but that’s everybody. We all have to get better. But I’d rather have a guy with talent and the moxie and the passion that he has than be worried about a quarterback that’s scared to death back there.”
Lane Kiffin talks about going against Steve Sarkisian: “It really doesn’t mean anything. This game isn’t about myself or him, as far as how I view it. It’s our conference home opener. This is a team that beat us last year. This has nothing to do with me and him. We need to play well and win this game.”
“Defense, there is a ton of similarities (UW compared to old USC). They are pretty much out of the book what we did here. Offensively, they have changed due to his personnel.”
Rick Neuheisel: “We just weren’t playing very fast. We weren’t playing really well up front in week 2 and week 3. Too much thinking and too much hesitating.”
"We're not clicking on all cylinders in respect to all the machinations of the pistol offense."
"If we can't learn the lesson from last weekend about people counting one team out, then we aren't very smart."
"Let me say this, we just have to get better. This week is about focus. We have to earn the right to have a great afternoon."
Greg Schiano: “It’s disappointing, but this is a young team that’s going to stick together, and we are going to get better and we are going to learn from these examples.”
Houston Nutt talks about Masoli: "He had eight poor decisions last week (and) he only had four this week, so he's getting much better. He made a lot of big plays yesterday. A lot of big plays. You just can't have the fumble and the interception, and he knows that."
Quoting Kevin Sumlin: "For our defense to accept the challenge of where we were, to get some stops and turnovers and put points on the board, I think what you see is a complete team win. To win games like that coming off a situation like we did, as a coach, you're encouraged. Different people in different areas of our football team accepted that challenge and really, really created the success for us at the end of the game."
“To get through some adversity and win really, really is what makes and builds confidence. To be in that situation and see how people responded when we had to have something done … that says volumes for who we are right now.”
Quoting Tulane head coach Bob Toledo: "The story here is 42-23. In the first half, our kicking game kind of put us in a bind and offensively, we couldn't get first downs so our defense was on the field way too long. They kind of got worn down a little bit. They came out in the second half and made a couple of big plays, got back in the game, and then those last couple of drives we just fell apart.”
"Those two turnovers just killed us and then we let them run the ball into the end zone in the that last play. We had a chance to make it a game at the end and we let it slip away. But again, I've got to give credit to Houston. They won the football game."
Mack Brown: Outhit, outhustled, outcoached in all 3 phases. Totally unacceptable at Texas.
Mack Brown was pretty much miserable today during his press conference. He spoke the hard truth and put the blame on himself and his assistants.
Brown started by saying, “We got outhit, outhustled, outcoached in all three phases. Totally unacceptable at Texas.”
“You want to play hard. Texas football teams play hard. If you don’t, it’s on me and our assistant coaches. We get paid for getting them ready. That’s our job.”
“I didn’t get them ready. Assistants get them ready. It’s a shame. It’s been a long time around here since I didn’t think we played with passion for 60 minutes.”
“We lost three turnovers for the 2nd week in a row. We didn’t make our first and third down efficiency. We looked discouraged and we didn’t play to the end. We missed 15 tackles for 92 yards. We had 18 missed assignments. We only forced 2 turnovers. Special teams are supposed to create field position, make big plays, and regain momentum, and we didn’t do any of them. We didn’t answer all day.”
“One of the worst things you can do as a coach is have 12 on the field. We had 12 on the field on defense and special teams. It was probably the worst we’ve been on punt block & return since we’ve been here.”
“You don’t forget, you move forward. I’ve told the kids whatever you read this week will be fair.”
“We’ve only lost back-to-back games 4 times in 13 years. We’re lucky Saturday wasn’t a conference game. With OU this weekend, we have to get back to work. The biggest think is they are +8 in the turnover margin and we are -3.”
Neuheisel: The absolute priority was to make it physical
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel just finished up talking with Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Radio Show.
Regarding his plan against Texas, Neuheisel said, “The absolute priority was to make it physical.” The Bruins finished with 264 yards rushing.
When asked about his pre-game locker room speech in Austin, Neuheisel said, “I get animated. Let’s just say I was excited.”
After saying, “I really did think we would have a great chance (to win),” Dan Patrick pressed the 3rd year UCLA head coach by asking, “No, no. Did you believe you would win the game?”
Neuheisel responded, “The answer is YES.”
Never wavering after a 0-2 start was important, Neuheisel explained.
“2 weeks ago, we were in the outhouse in college football. We’re going to need more of the same (hard work). In the aftermath, doubt isn’t what comes in. It’s just reality of getting the little things right. That’s what you do, get the little things better. We have to stack our days, so on Saturday’s we can relax a little bit. Confidence is important. We have to keep that going.”
“The hot seat is something you really apply to yourself. That’s not something you focus on. You focus on what I can do better. You focus on what I can add to the pot, so to speak.”
“I still think there is a bias against the PAC-10. Cal vs. Arizona was looked at as just a game, but that was two really good teams playing. I just think the PAC-10 gets the short straw when it comes to national recognition.”
UCLA hosts Washington State this Saturday.
Monday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Quoting Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly: “If you look at the physicality that Stanford played with, that’s the model I’ve built my programs on. We’re moving in that direction. We’re going to talk about where we are. But where we want to be … [Stanford] is a pretty darn good football team. That’s the way you want to look.”
“Right now we’re going through that rough spot. We’re going to have to handle it internally and keep our guys moving in the right direction. I’m pretty confident we’ll be able to do that.”
“They’re seeing a locker room that’s coming together; [we] don’t have a lot of individuals. They enjoy coming to work every day. They trust the staff and the coaches. And they see that if they continue to do the little things that I ask of them every day, they know they can be successful. It’s outside of catching and tackling and blocking. It’s more about the day to day.”
“I take a lot of the responsibility for not preparing our guys adequately enough for drop-eight, cover-three.”
Quoting Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh: “Might be the biggest press conference I've ever been to right here. We're happy for the win. We'll move forward with humble hearts. Really proud of our team, really proud of our coaches. Thought they did a great job putting together a game plan for this week and our players going out and executing it. I'm as fired up as anything about the kickoff coverage. That was really impressive by our guys.”
“We really wanted to get penetration, do a good job up front knocking 'em back, chipping the tight end, Rudolph, trying to keep him without the ability to get free access into our defense and our secondary. Thought we did a good job containing him.”
Mack Brown upset after 34-12 loss to UCLA: "I told them to get with a family member or friends and don't go out. Think about what you did right. If you played really well, congratulations to you. If you didn't, you've got to pick it up or we'll go get someone else."
Quoting Gene Chizik: "I saw a team again that is very resilient. They fight and just keep pressing on and find a way to win. But I also see so many glaring things that don't allow us to be a great team right now. That's everywhere. I thought I saw a more physical game on the offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage. I thought that was an improvement from last week. It was like two completely different games, in my opinion.”
“We haven't been very good in terms of responding to sudden change. We haven't been very good at playing on a short field. "We just have to play better right now. The big plays, the explosive plays on offense are what got us Saturday night. It was the whole defense - guys being out of position or eyes aren't in the right spot, the quarterback scrambles where a guy lost contain and bout another 2 1/2 seconds to throw the ball. It was glaring things all over the defense, in my opinion.”
"One of the things that stands out to me is that, on the sideline, you don't see panic. You don't see body language change. Of course, we've preached that every day for a year and a half or whatever that we've been here. I just know we are willing to fight, don't look at the scoreboard and keep playing until the end of the game."
Quoting Houston Nutt: “This was our fourth different offensive line in four games, so we came out with fewer plays and just tried to execute better, which we did. Our blocking was better. Our backs ran hard and Jeremiah (Masoli) did an excellent job of reading the plays.”
“We have to keep getting better. We look good at times and sometimes we don't know where the ball is. We have to get some things corrected there. What I did like, though, was how hard we played. We really ran to the ball well. What's happening with our secondary is that we are having growing pains. If we'll just keep fighting and learning and getting better with our techniques, I think we can become a good defense.
“Lockett being hurt hurts us. Somebody will have to step up, probably a freshman, and it's a new world for them. It's hard to explain until they are out there playing and see how fast things are. They have to think, adjust and then play 100 miles an hour. It's not easy.”
Quoting George O’Leary: “It’s very disappointing from a standpoint of, defensively first I thought we played well — extremely well. I thought we put them in some bad positions. I thought that one play we busted there on the dog and they ran it down to the nine or 10 whatever it was, keeping them out of the end zone I think was really a great job. They made plays the last series, a couple of them you’d like to have back, but I thought they kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win the game.
“Offensively, I thougth we were very inconsistent. Left a lot of plays on the field. When you watch the tape, there’s a lot of open people in the passing game and a lot of just more detail needed in the execution of the offensive run game.”
“The disappointing thing is you had your opportunities. When you go inside that scoring zone and you have it there five times and you come away with 10 points, that’s not good enough.”
Quoting Lane Kiffin: "As we looked at the overall picture of everything, the schedule and the way we practiced (without tackling), our goal was to get these guys through these games and not worry about what the score was and to have an idea about our roster.”
"We don't have as many star players as we did before and so they're playing at those other places," he said. "It's evened out and it's our goal to change it back to what it was before."
"Who would have thought UCLA would be able to go into Texas and not just win, but it sounds like they physically dominated them."
Quoting Memphis coach Larry Porter: "What I see is a team that is still growing, that is still coming together. This team has a lot of resolve about it. They bleed until the very last minute. That's what you've got to have. As coaches we've got to find a way to put them in better position to finish."
Spurrier concerned about Garcia: “He put his head straight down, and I think he closes his eyes, and dives in there. It’s a recipe for disaster. He could seriously hurt himself with that. We’re always told to see what you hit. Keep your head up.”
Bo Pelini embarrassed, Carl Pelini not disappointed and fires back on reporter
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says he was embarrassed with the 17-3 win over South Dakota State (0-3). The Cornhuskers converted just 4 of 13 third-down conversions, totaled 345 yards, and had 3 turnovers.
Pelini says Nebraska cannot play to the level of competition.
“Not if you want to win championships,” said Pelini. “If that’s the way our football team is going to be, I need to go coach someplace else.”
“Obviously I’m not pushing the panic button because this is the same football team that went out to Washington last week and played pretty good football. But you’ve got to have consistency. For us to show up like that at home today, I’m embarrassed.”
Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was not disappointed and fired back at a reporter.
Nebraska is OFF this weekend, before traveling to Kansas State for a Thursday night game.
2 extremely disappointed head coaches
Mack Brown and Bill Stewart were both extremely disappointed with the play of their teams on Saturday. Texas lost 34-12 to UCLA. West Virginia suffered a 20-14 loss at LSU.
Brown described the day by saying, “This one is embarrassing for me. As a head coach, I’m responsible for everyone in this program – from the trainers, to the managers, to the walk-ons, to the kids, to the coaches - everybody. It was not fair to Texas fans. It was not fair to the players. I’ve got to do a better job. You can’t have that many mistakes when you’re doing my job. I thought this was very similar to Kansas State [in 2007] when we just looked awful.”
“UCLA did a great job. Rick Neuheisel has got it turned. I think you’ll see they’ll have a good year. They have an impressive group of players. It’s very disappointing – the whole thing. It’s hard to point out what’s worse when it’s all bad. Some kids played well. As a team we played very poorly top to bottom. The defense played well in the first half. The offense didn’t play well throughout the game. The kicking game was inconsistent. We still can’t return kickoffs. We messed up our punt returns three times. We didn’t cover a kickoff. The second half we came back and score and they return [it] to the 50 [yard line]. They score in three plays. We didn’t play good as a team at all to give ourselves a chance.”
“It’s disappointing and it’s stunning. In fact, I’m shocked. I’m disappointed and shocked.”
Bill Stewart said, "That was a tough one to lose, and it is going to stick with me a long time.”
"I do not like missing two field goals. I do not like giving up a punt return. I do not like us not handling the pressure, and I do not like being able to capitalize and trading touchdowns for turnovers. That is not funny to me."
Noel Devine ran for just 37 yards on 14 carries. With only 2 of 15 third-down conversions, WVU ran only 56 plays for a total of 177 yards.
Mike Stoops: We're spent. This luck will not last long.
Following the 10-9 win over Cal, Arizona head coach Mike Stoops admitted his team “is spent” after two emotional wins in a row.
As if last week’s dramatic win over Iowa wasn’t enough, the Arizona vs. Cal match-up featured 18 penalties, a combined 6-26 third-down conversions, and only a combined 573 total yards from both offenses. The only touchdown in the game came with 1:11 remaining in the game when Arizona quarterback Nick Foles threw a 3-yard touchdown pass.
"We're spent. I think our fans are spent. It was a flat night all the way around. You could just kind of feel it after such an emotional game a week ago. But if you're going to win a championship or you're going to compete for one, you're going to have to find a way to win. Certainly we found a way to win tonight."
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said, "Just absolutely, unbelievably disappointed."
Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast stated, "There are no moral victories. I told the guys all week that this game would come down to the last drive and Arizona made the plays at the end."
Arizona is 4-0 for the first time since 1998.
Richt: I never would have predicted it, but that's where we're at
For the first time as a head coach, Georgia is 0-3 in the SEC under Mark Richt. Following the 24-12 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday night, Richt talked with the media.
“I never would have predicted it, but that’s where we’re at,” Richt said. “We’ve just got to make sure that everything we’re doing is the right thing to do and that we’re doing it well. I’ve just got to make sure—that’s just part of my job as head coach. I’m responsible for everything that happens. I’ve got to make sure that every part of our football program starts to do the things that we need to do to win.”
“We’re definitely in a position that I’ve never been in as a player or a coach. . . . It’s certainly not a good place to be, but we are where we are. We’ve got to stay together, and I’ve seen no signs of change in my mindset that we’re a close-knit family. But we’ve also got to look within, starting with me, as to the things that have kept us from having the success that we want. That’s what we’re going to do.”
“If you go by watching film down by down, you’d say we’re not as far off as some people might think, but if you look at the record, then we are pretty far off of where we want to be.”
Georgia outgained Mississippi State 387 to 314 total yards, but Richt's team had two critical fumbles.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the return of AJ Green won't cure everything. Bobo stated, "I think he'll give us a confidence boost offensively, but we've got to fix a lot of things. It's not just A.J. Green missing that's why we're 0-3. We got beat on the field. We've got to go earn it and we haven't in the game."
Bobo added, "We moved the ball. I didn't think they slowed us down in the first half at all and to only get six points, that's disappointing. You can't turn the ball over and you can't have penalties. That's coaching."
Georgia plays on the road at Colorado this Saturday.