Interesting stuff from Brent Pease, Bronco Mendenhall, and Dan Mullen
Brent Pease says he wouldn’t be going to Indiana if Byran Harsin was set to leave Boise State: "If I did know he's moving on, I wouldn't be doing this, but I don't know right now."
Bronco Mendenhall praises his quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman, says “He’s my guy.” : "I love Coach Doman to death. He's my guy. He has developed me into what I'm doing right now. I can't say enough good things about that guy; it's kind of like we were made for each other. He's a tremendous guy and a tremendous coach; I really rely heavily on him. He still pushes me harder and harder. It's almost as if when I'm doing better, he's going to be pushing me even more."
"Coach Doman, is really, in my opinion, the one that is responsible. Coach Doman is not only so helpful in helping Jake develop and reach his potential--which is going to be amazing when that happens--but his relationship that Jake has with Coach Doman is one that will surpass any I could ever have with any of our players."
Interesting quote from Dan Mullen: "There's no secrets around here and I kept (Scott Stricklin) informed. I never had, really, any interest in leaving here this year."
“Really excited with the direction the program is going, with the leadership of Scott and within the athletic department, and with Dr. (Mark) Keenum. The vision they have, and the vision I have, everybody’s on the same page. We see a great future at Mississippi State, and we’re going to do some great things.”
Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph jokes with running backs / special teams coordinator Andre Powell:
Smart talks to Muschamp, Bradley talks to Golden, Foley talks about Muschamp
Quoting Kirby Smart: "I talk to Will (Muschamp) all the time, but not about working for him."
Quoting Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley: "I called [Golden] to congratulate him on the Miami job. I kinda teased him. I said, 'Al, you'd have been better off with the Miami job when you were single, not when you're married with three kids.' ''
Quoting Florida AD Jeremy Foley: “We’ll find an office for Urban. He may be sitting in a chair in my office. We’ll be looking at each other all day.”
(on if Meyer will coach again) “Yeah, as long as it’s not at Georgia or something. I’m just kidding.”
(on Muschamp) “He's certainly respectful of the fact that this is Urban's last deal. He's not going to be in the forefront. He's back in Austin. We probably talk every day. He's, trust me, rocking and rolling hard putting a staff together.”
Quoting Ralph Friedgen: "It's been real surreal. To be honest with you, I'm a little bit overwhelmed by it. I really had no idea that people even thought that much of me."
Mike Gundy says Blackmon was just proving his ankle was healed during his first TD: "I don't like to taunt. But he cut across the field and was having a little fun, and proving his ankle was back to normal."
Ruffin McNeil says month off hurt his offense: “The time off may have hurt us just a little but in timing. But Maryland did a good job so you can't anything away (from the Maryland defense). We could have executed better.”
Up 33-10, Holgorsen crushes a Red Bull
Up 33-10 near the end of the third quarter, Dana Holgorsen crushed a Red Bull last night.
No word yet on if Holgorsen was setting the stage for a long night of post-game celebration OR if he was trying to figure out how in $H*T his guys had only scored a season low of 33 points.
Either way, sources tell us that Ed Orgeron watched Holgorsen take action. Orgeron exploded, “Now that’s some good $#*T. That’s my kinda guy.”
Here’s the evidence of Holgo fueling the tank:
Take me home
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Take me home
Harbaugh: I don't want to put a timeline on it
Jim Harbaugh, the “Jackhammer,” is one busy dude right now.
He’s got Virginia Tech, a new baby girl named Katherine, a large contract proposal, and options about his future on his mind. No confirmation (at the time of print) was available on his priority.
When asked yesterday if he had spoken with the 49ers, Harbaugh responded, “I only talk about the job I have now.”
The Jackhammer added, “You know, my dual focus is on the Orange Bowl and the baby.”
So Jim, when will you resolve your future?
“I don’t want to put a timeline on it.”
According to Bay Area writer Jon Wilner, Stanford has placed a new deal in front of the Jackhammer. The new deal is worth approximately $3 million per year and includes huge amounts of deferred money and housing assistance, according to sources.
Friedgen sends warning to the next Maryland head coach
Ralph Friedgen sent a warning to the next Maryland head coach during his post-game press conference on Wednesday evening.
The Terps had just defeated East Carolina 51-20 when Friedgen explained to anyone who would listen that Maryland isn’t the job it appears to be.
Friedgen said, "I can tell you this — it's not an easy job. There's a lot of things that really have to change to help it reach its potential. And, to be honest with you, I don't know if the university is willing to do that. You've kind of got to know that going in. What happens to a lot of coaches who come to Maryland, they think it's like every other place, and after their third year they realize it isn't, and they're stuck.”
"People are concerned about my legacy, and my legacy is what it is — 75-50. I gave it the best I had for 10 years, and obviously that's not good enough right now, and that's what hurts. I leave the job a lot better than when I got it, so if someone else can come in and do better, my hat's off to them."
"I haven't been sleeping very well," Friedgen said. "I've been in a pattern where I can't keep my eyes open at 10 o'clock and they're wide open at 2 o'clock in the morning. It kind of got to the point where I wanted to get this game over with and kind of get on with the rest of my life."
Maryland finished 9-4 in Friedgen’s final season as head coach. It was nice to see Friedgen receive a standing ovation as he exited the field. Fans chanted, "Friedgen, Friedgen, Friedgen."
Quick Hits: Dantonio, Stoops, Ferentz, Pinkel, and June Jones
Mark Dantonio says the Spartans’ great players have to play great in order to beat Bama: “Our great players have to play great. Our players who are outstanding in their own right need to play at that level for us to be successful in this game. We can't have a substandard or an average performance by Greg Jones or Eric Gordon and expect to win. So this is about offense vs. defense, this is about individual matchups at times, this is about us measuring up. It's about the focus and us being emotionally ready.”
Arizona head coach Mike Stoops started 7-1 before losing the final 4 games of the season: “ I would say disappointed would be an accurate assessment of where we finished. A little frustrated. But, again, I have to look at where you are at as a team and as a program and the way you compete and how realistic (are) chances you have of winning every time you step on the field. And that's the overall view that I take and really don't feel bad about where we are at as a program and how close we are. Certainly there are some areas we need to improve to take the next step in trying to accumulate more wins and continually compete for championships. We fell short in November and December, but, again, I still feel like our program is stronger and is continually getting stronger each year.”
Quoting Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz following 27-24 win over Mizzou: "We've been in a lot of close games - in the past three years, actually - and it's a lot more fun when they come out the right way. It's a credit to our players. They believe in themselves and prepared for this."
Quoting Gary Pinkel following 27-24 loss to Iowa: "I'm very disappointed. It is very difficult in the locker room with kids that you love and you have been through so much this year and you come out of a tough, close game and a loss."
SMU head coach June Jones talks about preparing for Army:
Has your coach ever done this?
Oklahoma State and Arizona play tonight in the Alamo Bowl.
Sources tell us that while in San Antonio, Mike Gundy called an impromptu recruiting evaluation session with the entire staff. He wanted to spend a few hours with the entire staff watching high school film.
Oklahoma State's recruiting staff had no advance notice of this; yet they were able to pull it off without a hitch. How? Well, thanks for asking (it's always nice to be able to relay real life stories about our sponsors).
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In fact, if memory serves us right, Oklahoma State and Arizona were two original subscribers to Player Direct.
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From "physically inferior and mentally scarred" to a bowl game
Just three years ago, the Washington Huskies were 0-12.
Enter Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies have gone 5-7 and 6-6, while accepting a bid this year to the Holiday Bowl.
Washington AD Scott Woodward told the Seattle Times, "In my opinion, what was done last season (2009) was incredible. Our team was not only physically inferior to the teams that they played in that season, they were mentally scarred from losing. And they (coaches) had to change a whole mind-set.”
Woodward, a former assistant AD at LSU, admits his goal was to make a “Nick Saban type of hire” by bringing in Steve Sarkisian. Two years later, Woodward couldn’t be happier.
"We're here to win the game. We're here to get better as a program, but I also want this to be a celebration," Woodward said. "I want the kids who have been through the depths of misery to really experience some sunshine in a metaphorical and a literal way. I just want them to experience joy and a real celebration, because it's been a rough road for the seniors.
"I'm not afraid to say that we are striving to win championships. And I think Steve's the right guy to do so. But I'm not as optimistic as Steve on the quick turnaround.”
UW will play Nebraska on December 30th in the Holiday Bowl.