Mack Brown: We need our fans now more than ever before
Although the performance from his offense didn’t meet expectations, Mack Brown said today, “If you’re not happy with winning in Lubbock, you’ve lost who you are and what we’re about. Anybody who would question a win in Lubbock, that’s pretty stupid.”
During his weekly press conference, Brown said, “I think our fans need to pull for our offense. We’ve been spoiled around here. We’re not ready to hit the panic button. Last year, we struggled offensively against Wyoming. We could run it a lick versus Colorado, and we still played for the national championship. It’s hard to blow people out all the time."
On the offensive problems, Brown added, “We had 6 dropped passes. We had 3 sacks. We had 3 holding penalties. We need to quit making mistakes. We all need to help Garrett more.”
“I’m a little shocked that some are shocked that we’re struggling some. You could see the writing on the wall. I don’t get down and mad about it. I’m exciting about fixing it. We have to do a better job coaching this offensive football team. We need our fans now more than ever before. We got a hard stretch coming up.”
“We are not good enough to go out and stand around. We have to have all-out effort from our football team.”
Texas hosts UCLA this Saturday at 3:30 pm EST. You can see the entire Week #4 TV Schedule right here.
Robbie Caldwell: I always heard the Good Lord looks after...
Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell talked with Tony Barnhart and Wes Durham on 790 The Zone in Atlanta this morning about the 28-14 win over Ole Miss.
In classic Caldwell fashion, the first-year head coach said, “I always heard the Good Lord looks after fools and children and I’m not a child (laughs).”
Caldwell said the key to defeating Ole Miss was the team believing and working to wear down the Rebels’ defense. The Commodores rushed for 227 yards and did not have a turnover in the win.
“We did (believe we could run the ball). We thought there were some things we could do. We felt like if we could get them tired, we could do some things. It looked like they ran out of gas (in the Jacksonville State loss) and that’s what we hoped would happen.”
“We had to change the attitude that we can win. [Our players] just kept fighting. We shot ourselves in the foot (in the season-opener). We should be 2-1.”
In closing, Caldwell joked, or maybe he wasn’t when he said, “They’re (the boys back in Pageland, SC) going to ship me some turkeys and we’re going to feed the team (laughs).”
Vanderbilt is OFF this weekend, before a trip to Connecticut.
You can watch Caldwell’s post-game presser from Saturday right here:
Bill Cubit: That's the business. You don't eat right, you don't sleep. There's no other way...
Upon hearing the news of Mark Dantonio’s heart attack, Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit told the Kalamazoo Gazette, “There’s no other way to do this business.”
In recent years, a number of coaches have undergone heart surgeries including Chan Gailey, David Cutcliffe, Tommy West, Jim Bollman (Ohio State OC), and others.
Cubit said, “That’s the business. You don’t eat right, you don’t get any sleep. ... There’s no other way to do this business."
“He’s (Dantonio) a great guy. It’s a shame it happened. I’m sure there are a lot of coaches going home tonight after a long day, looking at their wives and having their wives look back at them, saying, ‘You’d better take care of yourself.’ The job doesn’t allow you to do it.”
Chris D’Haem, the interventional cardiologist that performed the surgery on Dantonio, said, "He is young, in excellent shape, and the damage to his heart was minimal. Coach Dantonio made the right decision to come in and get checked out immediately."
Monday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Mark Richt talks about his team: “It’s always discouraging to lose any game, so we’re not happy about the won-loss record right now. When you do the job we do and you coach and you teach and you give your guys assignments and you give them things they’re trying to get better at, and you watch the film and you see guys improve, that’s what I’m talking about.”
“I don’t want to throw out anything that would sound like dirty laundry or anything on these kids. The [blame] was spread out across the board. It wasn’t just one culprit.”
Jim Harbaugh pumped about Stanford defense: "I thought our guys did a great job of tackling in space, knocking people back, being in the right gaps and getting turnovers again. This is a defense that's really coming together."
Les Miles praises defense: "Some of those turnovers were spectacular. When they threw that ball, our guys were on it. The defense played well all game."
"Don't pretend for a minute that this team doesn't light up in this stadium. Walking to that stadium through the crowd really drew out the emotion of this team. We took the field, and I can tell you every one of our players in uniform was proud to be in that stadium."
Kevin Sumlin loses QB Case Keenum to torn ACL, also loses backup: "It’s a blow to our team, really to lose both of them and I’m really disappointed for them personally -- particularly for Case. It’s an unfortunate situation, but different things happen and we’ve got to have some guys who will step up and play. I thought Terrance Broadway coming in at the end of the game in those circumstances on the road and with very limited reps I thought he handled it very, very well for his first time out. We’ve got talented young players and our team’s going to have to rally behind our young quarterbacks and continue to move on."
Houston Nutt will make changes: “There’ll be a few things that we do different. We’re going to add to. I thought if you watch the film from start to finish or saw the game, one thing that you’re seeing is that there’s opportunities there. We left probably anywhere between 17 and 24 points, how you look at it, on the football field.”
“If we had five plays over, we’d be very happy today. And that’s just what we have to get to. We’ve got to get that corrected. And I know we can do it.”
Utah State head coach Gary Anderson upset with special teams: "A huge factor in this game was our inability to execute on special teams. We were given an opportunity to play in a big time game and we didn't produce."
Cutcliffe calls Bama loss “worst defeate I’ve ever suffered” : "I can't say I've been here before, because that's the worst defeat I've ever suffered. That's difficult to deal with, but we've had our backs to the wall before. We know exactly what our record is, and what our opportunities are. We're not going to fix it overnight, but we're going to fix it one game at a time."
Jimbo Fisher talks about mental conditioning: "This is adversity, because you have a loss. But there's other adversities, too, that they deal with. Personal problems. To family issues. To school. I mean, there's 1,000 things. And [the mental conditioning program is] all geared to help that.
"All your good programs in America and all your good organizations at the next level, they all do it. In any sport."
"I've been on some teams that at the time when [adversity] happened weren't good teams. It's not about the result. We're so caught up — it's about the process. If they keep doing things right, every day, and they keep staying the course, and doing and believing — good things will happen."
Chip Kelly talks about cream-puff non-conference schedule: "That may be the only team in the country in college football that has an open date when you have an open date. And are they willing to come to your stadium? There are not a lot of people in the country who want to come to our stadium.''
"Dennis (Erickson) got caught with it, and we kind of got caught with it with Central Michigan (who backed out of a game.”
Urban Meyer: We make a big deal of it around here
One day after defeating Tennessee 31-17 on the road in Neyland Stadium, Urban Meyer credited the Gators’ toughness.
Florida limited Tennessee to 29 yards rushing and 2 of 15 third-down conversions.
Meyer said, "On the road -- we make a big deal of it around here -- you have to bring your toughness. You have to be able to run the football. You have to bring great defense and then your kicking game has to be the difference maker.”
"You look at the road wins we've had around here, against good teams, it's because our defense comes through, our kicking game has some play or consistency where we turn the game around. But the ultimate thing, are you a tough team or not a tough team? If that was not a tough team or prepared team or trained team, we would have gave in in that third or fourth quarter, and the opposite happened."
"It was a great day for the Gators.”
Florida hosts Kentucky this Saturday night. Meyer added, “We may have to scratch, fight and claw for every win."
Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm EST in Gainesville.
Brian Kelly: Let's control it ourselves
Each Sunday, Brian Kelly answers questions for roughly 20 minutes from a single moderator. Shortly after, the interview is uploaded to UND.com
It’s sort of “The State of the Irish” and recap of the previous game.
Here’s part of Kelly’s thoughts from today:
(on Mark Dantonio’s heart attack) “Gee, you think about it…18 to 21 years olds impacting your future on a day-to-day basis. It can stress you out a little bit. The exciting part is being in a stadium with 70,000 – 80,000 people and the adrenaline and excitement of that. There are trade-offs. There’s no question, you have to take care of yourself in this profession.”
“I think you look at all the plays that can impact giving you a different outcome. We’ll focus on the things that we can correct and look to correct those. That’s nothing they can control. What they can control is covering the play at the end of the game.”
(on addressing the blown calls by the refs with his team) “We expect that everybody is in it to do the right things and make the right judgments. There’s no do-overs. I’ve always felt let’s not let the official dictate the games, let’s control it ourselves. I just have never found any way to get a football team better by complaining about officials.”
“We have to do a better job of controlling the football.”
“We keep letting those big plays occur defensively.”
“I think we’ve only given up 2 sacks in 100 pass attempts.”
“I thought they (special teams) played well. I thought we controlled the field position. By in large, they (special teams) are playing well.”
“I’m not worried about the red zone. I’m worried about 3rd & short and 4th down situations when we have the ability to convert, but that we’re not converting. Those ball possessions kinds of downs are really where we’ll spend a lot time this week. Not that we won’t focus on red zone, that we’ve got it all figured out, that’s not what I’m saying, but we have to do a better job on those ball control throws that act almost as running plays for us.”
“I thought we took it to Michigan State at the line of scrimmage when they wanted to run the ball and we got pressure when they went 7-man protection.”
Notre Dame hosts Stanford on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
Arizona head coach Mike Stoops says his program is changing: "I'm speechless right now trying to figure out what just happened out there. This win was great in a lot of different ways. We got to see the character of the players develop before our eyes. I'm really proud that everyone managed to compete, and when they were challenged, they challenged right back."
"Our program is changing, and I don't know if people realize how good a team Iowa really is. We knew, and the kids knew."
"We are a different team inside and out this year. We have to earn our respect, and last year we lost some of it (respect) with some of our losses, and this will all be for naught if we don't start off conference play strong when Cal comes to town next week."
Art Briles embarrassed about 45-10 loss to TCU: “We didn't do a whole lot right; I didn't do a whole lot right. I feel embarrassed for Baylor University, but we are going to fight our tail off and get it right. We aren't going to let this be the thing that defines us in 2010."
“I have been saying all along that they are a really good football team, but the thing that bothers me is that we never really challenged them much. We never really put ourselves in a position to put pressure on them, and that's something we have to get better at doing."
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun not interested in close in Norman: "Our guys are not interested in close. We have the makings to have a quality football team. As we go play over these next nine games, most important is to recover, rejuvenate and make Monday a good day for us."
Dan Hawkins received a bloody head in pre-game due to head-butt: "We got a little hyped before the game," Hawkins said. "But I'm an old fullback. I'm used to playing with a bloody nose."
Jeff Tedford impressed with Nevada: "If I had a vote, I'd vote for them. They'd be competitive in the Pac-10."
Mark Dantonio talks about game-winning fake field goal: “I didn’t want to put the pressure on Dan, I wanted to put it on me - and us. We played the best football team we’ve played so far and came out on top. You have to have the mindset you will have risk for reward. If it didn’t work, everyone would be second-guessing me. But I said a prayer - and it worked.”
Urban Meyer still not pleased: “That’s not good enough. This offense, minus (Tim) Tebow, you’ve got to find ways to run the ball because we’re going to be a physical team. I was not overly pleased with the way we ran the ball in this game.”
“Are we good enough to win at Neyland Stadium? That’s all I’m worried about. Can we beat Kentucky at home? I don’t know yet. Flip the coin, man.”
Cutcliffe disappointed after 62-13 loss to Alabama: “When you play a team like that. I think our kids understand what you have to do things like tackle and make plays.
“And we didn’t pass the test, plain and simple. You don’t just put that one behind you. Yeah, you put the results of it behind you, but you don’t put what caused the results behind you.”
“That’s probably the most disappointing thing amongst many things is that we didn’t get better in the second half. That’s a laundry list of things that needs to be addressed as a head coach.”
Lane Kiffin says Trojans can enjoy Minnesota win: "The team needed to enjoy it. We are 3-0. It was the first time I felt they deserved to sing. They'd been waiting for it."
"It's not perfect. (But) we've got to learn to enjoy wins better."
Houston Nutt talks about Rebels after 28-14 loss to Vandy: "We are going to put the ball in his (Masoli’s) hands because of our younger offensive line.”
“You can't play like that in the SEC; you can't do it. We got to get better in short yardage. I know we are young inside but we have always been able to get one or two yards. We have got to get better at that. I feel like we left a lot of points on the field today."
Sumlin talks about 31-13 loss to UCLA: “It doesn’t boggle your mind; it’s football. In different seasons, things happen, and it’s unfortunate. That’s just how things kind of happened.”
“We’re disappointed in how we played. We didn’t handle situations very well — offensively and defensively. We played in spurts, and that’s not good enough.”
Rich Rod concerned about Wolverines: "You can't be upset with a win but you can be upset with the way you played, and we did not play well. We didn't play well at all defensively. Special teams were awful, and on offense we made a few mistakes that killed us."
Gundy talks about 65-28 win over Tulsa: “Tulsa’s choice was to not let us run and drop both safeties down and play with a single safety, so it forced us into more of a pass situation than we had been accustomed to early in the year. I thought the offensive staff made a nice adjustment and Brandon handled things very well.”
“For me to say anything other than we were hitting on all cylinders wouldn’t really be fair. I don’t want to take anything away from Tulsa. We just had a good night and had a good plan and things worked.”
Phil Fulmer slams Lane Kiffin on CBS half-time show: "And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?"
Troy head coach Larry Blakeney following 34-33 loss to UAB on 50-yard hail-mary: "It was almost like a bad dream. It seemed like all day long it was headed right toward where it ended up. For some reason, we couldn't get off a number (on the scoreboard) and we had them 99 yards away and they did exactly what they had to do. Great job by them."
Quoting Arkansas DC Willy Robinson: “We won. We responded to negative situations. We came back. We fought hard. We’re going to celebrate this win.”
Quoting Will Muschamp: “(Texas Tech) ran some picks and we were running a lot of pressure early in the game. As the game grew on, we felt really good about our four-man rush and our plays down the field as players like Curtis (Brown) came off and covered them well. That’s what we ended up doing in the second half and it was effective.”
Quoting Urban Meyer: “I think that’s who we are right now. You remember the ’06 team we had, the ’05 team we had? We don’t win a game if defense and special teams [don't step up]. . . . At times this offense is looking pretty good. However, we’re nowhere where we need to be.”
SMU head coach June Jones talks about his DC Tom Mason: "He's not an authoritarian-type, a little bit more personable. But he knows how to get on their rear ends, and he also knows how to love 'em up. He's a people guy, and he works at it. Everybody [in coaching] puts in the time. But the players have got to step up for the guy, and our defensive guys have done that."
Despite 20-19 loss at Wisconsin, Dennis Erickson pleased with special teams: "Special teams-wise, we dominated the football game. It was unbelievable the things that we did on special teams. We've improved so much there."
Dooley will not sugar-coat anything. That's for sure:
Sarkisian: They read patterns and match routes as well as anyone I've seen in 10 years
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian talked about the Nebraska defense this morning on The Tim Brando Show.
Sarkisian said, “I think the biggest thing about these guys is they are really well coached. They 2-gap really well up front. They read patterns and match routes as well as anyone I’ve seen in 10 years.”
“They do a good job of attacking your protections. If you are one-dimensional with your protections, they will attack you. You have to mix your protections.”
The Huskies are 1-1 on the season. Sark explained the expectations are a lot higher around UW than in a long time, and assured that even though the Nebraska game is important, the Huskies’ primary goal is to win the PAC-10 conference.
He said, “At the end of the day, we get a bye (next week) and then we have to go for it (PAC-10 title).”
(on his interview at UW and losing President Mark Emmert) “The interview process for me at UW was unique. I met directly with President Emmert. He really conducted the interview. He has a great love and passion for college athletics. It’s a big loss for UW on a lot of fronts. We will miss him dearly.”
Kick-off on Saturday night is set for 3:30 pm EST from Husky Stadium.