Neuheisel stunned, Erickson frustrated, Spurrier talks Ryder Cup
Rich Neuheisel stunned about Stanford & LSU poll rankings: “That doesn’t make any sense to me. For Stanford against maybe one of the more explosive teams in recent history and to be in the game, I think at one point they were ahead 21-3, and to fall like that and for LSU to stay at No. 12, no disparaging remarks towards LSU, shoot they found a way to win the game, but they beat Tennessee and Tennessee the week before was in double overtime against (Alabama-) Birmingham. But that’s kind of the bias that the West Coast kind of feels.”
“The Alabama-Florida game got all kinds of notoriety but by the end of the score it didn’t seem like it was quite the game it had been built up to be. It was built up but other than Alabama against Penn State who had they played? And yet it was built as this monster rivalry. Certainly both programs are proud programs and deserve all the recognition, but I think we award things before it needs to be awarded. But certainly the Pac-10 has no apologies to anybody for being where we are as a conference. ”
Dennis Erickson frustrated with being close, turnovers, and red zone offense: "Obviously there's frustration when you lose that many games in a row, very close games, but being close doesn't do it. We do some good things during football games, but our lack of consistency on both sides, doesn't do it. ... It's solvable, there's no question about it. A lot of it is mental mistakes we make in coverage. Missed tackles."
"Offensively, it's a pretty simple statistic. We're last, or either close to last, in the country in turnovers. It's a stat that if you're on the losing end -- whether it's high school or in the National Football League -- you're not going to win. The red-zone problems everyone asks about it ... our problem in the red zone is we're making it too many mistakes. Throwing it to the wrong spot. We had a bad snap. We're not finishing drives."
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe describes quarterback situation, says “impossible” to be consistent: "Sky [Jones] has turf toe. He looked good last night, but we didn't ask him to do a whole lot. Tanner Price is back right now, and that's a good thing. It looks like Brendan Cross has a sore non-throwing shoulder, and Ted Stachitas will be out. Right now it looks like Tanner Price and Sky Jones going into this Saturday."
"It's impossible. It's not a tough job, it's an impossible job. One of the things that you worry about is the amount of reps you give guys during the week. Last week we gave each quarterback a third of the reps because we didn't know who would be the best guy in the game or who would be the most durable, and as it turned out, we needed all three."
Interesting quotes from Steve Spurrier today: “If you watched Texas against Oklahoma last Saturday, athlete-wise I don't think Texas is close to Alabama now. I think Alabama's athletes compared to Texas's are a pretty huge difference in strength and speed and so forth.”
“Our goal is to be very competitive and see if a good break or two can't happen for us as we go through the game. It should be a fun day in Columbia. It's the first big sellout of this year. Obviously Alabama helps do that. They helped all my buddies at Duke.”
“In my 30 years of coaching quarterbacks, I never taught one to slide feet first. We taught our guys to protect themselves, get what you can and get down.”
“We (Saban) first coached against each other in 2000 to 2001. Those were two of the good offenses we had at Florida. We looked like we were a lot smarter than he was those two games. Recently he's a lot smarter than I was last year, lets put it that way. Who knows who'll be the smartest this year. I read something interesting in the paper about the Ryder Cup teams. One writer said whoever wins the Ryder Cup, that captain will be considered between John Wooden and Vince Lombardi. The loser will be considered like an SEC football coach after a loss. That's just the way it is. As coaches we all know that. Of course sometimes you can win and still be a dummy. We've learned that recently. Anyway that's part of coaching we all accept. The winner is a smart guy and the loser is a guy looking for help somewhere.”
Chip Kelly says Ducks preparing against a vision: "We prepare against a vision, and we'll go out and compete against that vision Saturday, and that's what it's all about. (What others say) shouldn't really influence how you practice and how you prepare.''
Chizik realizes weakness, says Auburn tried to get Cam Newton experience as a pocket-passer last week: “There were times in the game where Cam could've made some better choices and he knows that and I think he was disappointed in some of the choices he made as a pocket passer, but I think that was invaluable experience. One great think about Cameron is that he is a very smart player. He understands when he makes a mistake and the value of not doing it twice. I think he experienced a little bit of that Saturday."
Quoting Derek Dooley: “Look guys, don’t forget what I said. We could have controlled the outcome of the game despite everything that happened, and I won’t back down from that because it’s true. For us to say, ‘We could have, we should have, if they did that ...,’ we’re not being true to ourselves.”
“We could have done better. And a championship team, if we’re going to win championships, that’s what we’ve got to do. That’s the standard.”
Turner Gills defends 2 policies, George O'Leary calls meeting "garbage"
Turner Gill says cell-phone and no women after 10 pm policies could affect recruiting: “I guess it could. But we can explain it. It’s not that big of a deal.”
“We’re just trying to teach them discipline. I’m not going to get into all the details … on our team policies and those things. But everything we do is about disciplining our guys and preparing for life with football and without football.”
“It’s really just a situation of trying to teach guys how to do things the proper way and be respectful to women and be respectful to everything that we do in our society. It’s teaching people all about the things of life.”
George O’Leary calls players-only team meeting “garbage” : “That’s garbage. That’s garbage I don’t know why they do that. I was having a meeting right after it and stuff. It concerns me that they have to do something like that to remind them that we have a whole season to play. That bothers me as a head coach. When players call meetings, as a head coach, that’s for show. That’s nothing.”
UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taafe moving to sideline to help freshman QB: “Coach O'Leary felt like he needed me to be there to talk with Jeff. I've done it both ways. I've been up in the box most of the time recently, but I think that's a good idea. I'll have a chance to settle him down a little bit and be able to talk to him."
Dabo Swinney praises DeQuan Bowers: “DeQuan Bowers is playing as well as anyone in the country.”
Carl Pelini expects “old-time Big Eight football” type of game at K-State: He keeps you off-balance. He's got enough option mixed in there. The wildcat. The throwing game ... They're a pretty balanced football team and create balance in very imaginative ways. Just look at formations and personnels and how he bounces around."
"They're very physical, very well-coached. Technique wise, they're as good as anyone we've played. It's going to be a hard-nosed, hard-hitting football game, with two teams hitting each other square in the mouth. It's going to come down to fundamental football. I can't emphasize that enough with our guys. It's about getting off blocks. Being good tacklers. Controlling the line of scrimmage -- old-time, Big Eight football."
Quoting Art Briles: "We have a team that feels pretty confident in what they're doing on the football field, and we have to understand that the reason they've been able to do that is the high level of practice and play on Saturday. If you have confidence, it helps with your production a lot of times. So we've got to make sure that we use what we have going for us right now."
"Like we've said all along, field position, turnovers and momentum determine the winner of the football game. If we can keep that margin in our favor, we'll have a lot of smiley faces, because that helps a lot."
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck wants to run the football better: "We need to play better. It's nothing really more than that. We need to come off the ball and get bodies on bodies and be consistent."
Mike Price wants UTEP fans to affect Rice communication: "They make all their offensive calls from the sideline, they yell it out to the players on the field. If you want to help UTEP football, come Saturday night and scream and yell when they have the ball. Fans can be a factor; they can help a lot. This place can really help against this team. The crowd being aggressive can help us win."
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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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.”