Paul Johnson enters unchartered territory
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is in uncharted territory this week. At 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, Georgia Tech is out of the ACC Coastal Division race.
With quarterback Josh Nesbitt out with a forearm injury, the Yellow Jackets will host Miami (FL) at 12 pm EST on Saturday. Tevin Washington will make his first career start at QB.
Paul Johnson isn’t sure what to expect from his team.
Johnson said, “Well, you don't ever know -- you're dealing with young people. Part of my job as a coach is to point out what we have left to play for. If you're competitive and you want to play, you're going to play no matter what. That's why you're out there if you're a competitor, but this is new territory for them, and this is new territory for me as a head coach.”
“In 14 years as a head coach, this would only be the second time that we didn't win the conference or at least tie for the championship that we were playing for. At Navy, I'm talking about the Commander-in-Chief Trophy, which was the number-one goal of the team. We won the league all five times I was at Georgia Southern, and we either tied or won the thing in the two years I've been here. So it's new territory.”
“I'm not worried about me, because I'm competitive, but you have to point out to the guys that you're still trying to play for bowl eligibility, you're still playing for a winning season and you're playing for pride. It's like I told them yesterday: revenge is a great motivator for those who care. [Miami] spanked us pretty good last year. I haven't forgotten -- I hope they haven't forgotten.”
A very emotional Brian Cabral addresses media in Colorado
Colorado interim head coach Brian Cabral spoke with the media this afternoon. Cabral, who has served on the Colorado staff for twenty-two years, was extremely emotional and at one point, admitted he would like to be the next head coach at Colorado.
“Well (long pause)....here we go again.”
“My role is very much like last time I stood here. It’s to stand in the gap. My role is to calm the storm. I must be made for this role. For 6 years in the NFL I played behind all pro LB Mike Singletary. I feel like I’m ready to stand in.”
"First goal is to finish this semester strong. Second goal is to finish strong for our seniors. Third is to rally the Buff community."
“My goal is to find the competitor in them. What you need to understand is their hearts are black & gold. I know what a black & gold heart is all about. We need to rally around this group. They have given everything they have in every way. I think it’s right that we come out and support these seniors and this team.”
"I've been through this before and I hate it. I dont' like it."
When asked if Bill McCartney could be successful in a return, Cabral said, "I love Coach Mac, but I'm not going to go there."
Some serious coaching
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McCartney ready? Chizik really upset. More from Richt, Spurrier, BK
Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney says he’s ready: "If Colorado was interested in me, I would definitely be interested in returning."
Gene Chizik really upset with reports about Cam Newton: "Nothing's changed in terms of who he is and what he is. He's like our son here. And I've got a problem with (the reports)."
"What I do care about is coming to the defense of a great football player who comes from a great family."
"He's one of the leaders in the Heisman race because he deserves it. That's fact."
"Because this is PURE GARBAGE, I"m going to move on and talk about Georgia...I'm not taking one question about Cam."
Quoting Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson: "I've never played anywhere that's any louder than Blacksburg was on Thursday night."
Mark Richt describes Cam Newton: "Just when you thought Tebow left town, he showed up again in another jersey."
(on Nick Fairley) "He’s the closest thing I've seen to Warren Sapp in all my years of coaching."
Quoting Steve Spurrier: "This game has nothing to do with Arkansas. Arkansas kicked our tails the other night. They outcoached, outplayed, out-blocked and out-tackled us. That was one reason I wanted our guys to watch Arkansas (tape). (To see) This is how you play the game. I don't think those guys missed a tackle. They play ball. Their offensive line blocked. Man did they block. I just wanted to show our guys, this is how u play the game if you want to win. We haven't been doing those kinds of things very well, blocking and tackling. We'll do some of that in practice today."
"Blocking and tackling's probably the two things we're doing the worst right now."
Quoting Brian Kelly: “They (seniors) have given us everything they have.”
“I’m seeing those young men take hold of the leadership definition that I’ve given them.”
“They (Utah) clearly have a personality on the football field. They have exhibited that on a very consistent basis. I think all winning team have that kind of component on their teams.”
“I haven’t been big on drawing those David versus Goliath messages. I don’t see that in this game.”
“This program, more than anything else, needs consistency. I’m going to provide it that."
Dabo: We had 10 guys go to NFL. 8 are still there, 7 are playing
Offensively, Clemson has struggled this season. The Tigers are ranked 89th nationally in total offense (333 ypg) and 70th in scoring offense (26 ppg).
A lack of explosive plays (CJ Spiller & Jacoby Ford) and poor red zone offense has hurt Clemson’s offense. The Tigers have scored touchdowns just 21 of 35 trips inside the red zone. It doesn’t help either when your kickers are only 7 of 14 on the season.
Today, Dabo Swinney explained, “We had 10 guys go to the NFL from last year. 8 of them are still there. 7 of them are playing.”
Coaches know it. The name of the game is “players.” Does Swinney need to say much else?
He did add, “This is a team. They just hang in there. It’s been a tough year. We need to score some points. However we do it, it doesn’t matter. Our defense is playing good. We’ve had some outstanding drives. 2 fifteen play drives, but no points. We’ve got to create more explosives. We’ve got to be aggressive and attack on offense.”
Clemson is still 5-4 and travels to Florida State this Saturday. The Tigers are on the road in two weeks at Wake Forest, before hosting South Carolina in the season finale.
Dan Hawkins releases statement
Dan Hawkins finished his career at Colorado with a record of 19-38. Dismissed as the head coach last night, Hawkins released a statement today.
Hawkins said, "I’ve met some tremendously special people and had some fantastic experiences during my time here at Colorado. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring the wins that so many Buff faithful wish for and deserve. My biggest pain comes from not being able to see the joy and happiness on our players faces on more occasions following a victory. CU has a great group of young men running out behind Ralphie every Saturday, those guys have worked very hard in the classroom, off the field, and on the field and have earned the right to win. I want the Buffs to experience that special feeling."
“I’d like to thank all the great people who surround and support the program, and especially those people on our staff who touch the players on a day-to-day basis; they are special. Please come out and support the University of Colorado football program and the players in the last two home games, as well as on the road in Lincoln, they need and deserve your encouragement. In the future I wish nothing but the best for CU as it moves in to the Pac-12, I hope everyone concerned with the program will pitch in and support the program on the path to another national championship.”
Colorado hosts Iowa State and Kansas State, before traveling to Nebraska to finish the season.
The highlight of Hawkins' career at Colorado was a 27-24 win over #3 ranked Oklahoma in 2007. Later that year, the Buffaloes defeated Nebraska 65-61.
Of course, it's hard to forget, "GO PLAY INTRAMURALS, BROTHA."
The latest from Sonny, Mullen, Cubit, and Fedora
Sonny Dykes really disappointed with LA Tech performance against Fresno State: “We probably had more three-and-outs than we’ve had in the last three or four games combined.”
“I’m surprised we had a chance to win the game, as poorly as we played. I think had we not played Fresno we could have won the game – against a lesser opponent. I think we’re good enough maybe to play against somebody who is not as good as those guys and win — but not those guys.”
Dan Mullen on if he is ahead of schedule at Mississippi State and if he’ll stick around Starkville: "I don't know. Maybe ahead of schedule for this season. But our goal this year was to compete for the SEC West championship. Mathematically, we are still in the hunt. We may not get there this season, but we wanted to improve off of last year. We have done that by two games at least, but there still is a lot of football to be played. If we win out and finish 10-2 and get to a great bowl game, maybe we would be ahead of schedule.”
"As of right now, they like me a lot, so they may keep me here for a while. I don't know. Hopefully, I can make it through the 12-year gauntlet that seems to be about the lifespan of a coach. Someone told me you have a two-year grace period, and every year after that, you kind of upset about 10 percent of the alums. And you never win them back. I am two years in, so in 10 years, I will have annoyed 100 percent of the people here and they will be ready to get rid of me.”
Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit on the 26-22 lost to CMU: "It's the sickest I've ever felt as a coach."
(on WMU fans) "They're right about one thing: Losing to Central Michigan five straight years is unacceptable."
Larry Fedora points out that every team in CUSA now runs the a version of the spread offense: “Tulane and UCF were really the last two teams to go to the spread, and you see both of them are having a lot more success offensively now. It’s another thing that is difficult to defend. UCF is No. 1 in our league scoring in conference games. People are scoring points in the league, there is no doubt as everyone in this league with a spread offense has shown they can score points.”
Larry Porter talks about issues at Memphis
Larry Porter’s first year as head coach of the Memphis Tigers hasn’t turned out as he expected. Porter inherited a team without much talent, but it seems the Tigers have gone further downhill. On Monday, Porter talked about the Tigers’ issues with Sports56 Radio in Memphis.
Porter said, “When I look at our issues, it is a number of things. We can say injuries, we can say youth, no chemistry, no continuity. Also, we again as coaches have to put the load on our shoulders as well. In any situation, you have to start with yourself…not just me, but our coaches as well.”
“The momentum of losing and to turn it is difficult. Once you get it turned, then you can go back and analyze how, what, when, where, all those things and allow yourself to keep going. Losing is not the only things they are dealing with in life right now. Some of them are stressed about life, some are stressed about class, some are having issues at home, so it encompasses all. I tell them now that playing football at University of Memphis is a job. So when you look at it that way, then you look at the other demands in life, surely it can bring out a lot of frustration and it’s not all about football.”
At 1-8, Memphis travels to Marshall on Saturday.