Dan Hawkins: Life makes no promises. It's an adventure with risks to be taken
Dan Hawkins answered questions today about a fourth quarter during which Colorado blew a 45-17 lead and lost at Kansas 52-45. According to John Henderson of the Denver Post, Hawkins also “sounded resigned to his fate when asked about it (job) on the conference call.”
"Life makes no promises," Hawkins said. "Life's an adventure and there are always risks to be taken and that's the nature of this job and this profession. I don't think you walk around with that haunting you. I don't think that's your driving force by any means."
"You have to do what you think is right, and you have to do it to the best of your ability and let it go. You win a bunch of games it doesn't mean you're a genius and if you don't it doesn't mean you're awful, either. It's always somewhere in the middle."
"I'm mostly concerned about our players and their feelings and their emotions. That's the thing I'm always most concerned about."
Colorado hosts Iowa State on Saturday.
Greg Davis and Ellis Johnson disappointed
Texas OC Greg Davis disappointed in his own performance: "I'm disappointed in the job I've done. My job is to do one thing and that's score points. The No. 1 factor in winning and losing is scoring offense and we're not scoring points."
Ellis Johnson talks about South Carolina defense: "I expected to see our players play better. We're just not performing well. The statistics and the score aside, there are still assignment problems, there are opportunities out there. It's just disappointing and concerning. But I thought our performance was very poor. We wouldn't have beaten an average football team (Saturday). But we didn't play an average team. We played a really good offensive team. They showed it."
"The reason they were successful with the run is because it got to the point where we couldn't score and couldn't stop them on third down. Why would they want to keep throwing the football? They started running the ball and we didn't fit the run well at times. We didn't do a good job against it, obviously. A lot of their rushing yards were piled up there at the end. They had two big runs in their short yardage formation where they overload one side. Some of our problems were technical, some of them were physical. Arkansas knocked us off the ball. But I think their running game was a minor story in this one."
Larry Porter says Memphis fans deserve better: “I'll be the first to say the fans deserve more. They should keep demanding more. But we need them now more than ever."
Paul Rhoads talks about faked kick: “The fake field goal was actually called on that kick we made at the end of the half. But they were in a fake alignment, a safe alignment and that’s why I called the timeout to get us out of it and kicked the field goal.”
Charlie Strong glad to have Louisville fans behind the team: “Somebody said they announced the score at Church Hill and the place just erupted. You could just tell people are feeling it now.”
“We haven’t won back-to-back Big East games since ’06. Let’s go play these next three and see where we end up.”
Dooley describes QB Tyler Bray: “I still don’t know if he knows what coverage the other team is playing. It drives Coach Hinshaw crazy.”
“It’s not just knowing where to go with the ball against a coverage. It’s where do you place the ball to give them (wide receivers) a chance.”
“We out personnelled them (Memphis) too, so I’m a little cautious to think we’re going to sling it around like that again.”
Les Miles thanks fans and coaching staff
Two days after thumping Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide 24-21, Les Miles said he has never seen such a wild scene in Tiger Stadium. Miles congratulated and thanked his coaching staff for a job well done.
"I can tell you that Tiger Stadium may have never been as exciting as it was Saturday afternoon. I can tell you that there were several times that the crowd was instrumental in cheering on its team. When that game ended and that stadium did not leave, I promise you it will be one of those memories I will have for some time.”
“I think I am fortunate to represent a quality group of men that have character and will fight you for victory. Those coaches prepared an excellent game plan, and the offensive staff came together at halftime and took advantage of some things they needed to see in the game. John Chavis and the defensive staff did a magnificent job with a very talented Alabama offense."
It seems as though the Tigers are now playing for their head coach and the opportunity for a 1-loss season. LSU finishes with ULM, Ole Miss, and at Arkansas.
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Akey: You better get your bleep button ready if you...
Nevada racked up 844 total yards in the 63-17 win over Idaho.
Today, Idaho head coach Robb Akey said, "You better get your bleep button ready if you want to talk about that one."
Not only did Colin Kaepernick complete 20-30 passes for 5 touchdowns, but Nevada had three players rush for over 100 yards. The Wolf Pack ran 91 plays, tallied 38 first downs, and averaged 9.3 yards per play. Kaepernick summed it up pretty well by saying, “When you go 96 yards in 46 seconds, that demoralizes a defense.”
Following the game, Akey said, “I'm glad I don't have to see him (Kaepernick) again. I told him that too.''
At 4-5, Idaho is still bowl eligible. Unfortunately, Boise State comes to town this week. The Vandals will finish at Fresno State and against San Jose State.
East Carolina AD embarrassed, mentions Utah & Texas shellackings
East Carolina took it on the chin, 76-35, to Navy on Saturday. Today, ECU athletic director Terry Holland posted a message on the ECU official site:
Saturday's defeat to Navy by the score of 76-35 is one of those disappointing losses that is forever a part of ECU's football history. No one was more embarrassed and more intent to use that loss as motivation to build a great football program than the coaches and players who fought that battle.
As is the case every Saturday in today's game, there were other proud programs experiencing similar agony. Texas down 39-0 at Kansas State and No. 6 Utah behind 40-0 at home in a showdown game with TCU come to mind first.
If anyone had told us before the season that this team would be 5-4 with three regular season games remaining, most sane Pirates would have exuberantly accepted such an offer. Furthermore, if told that the wins would include a nationally-televised shootout with Tulsa, a gutsy comeback at Southern Miss and a heart-stopping overtime win over N.C. State, we would have been even more elated.
This is a reminder that the team and the Pirate Nation cannot be distracted from the task at hand by the loss to Navy or any other adversity we may face.
We have come this far by pulling on the same oar and the rough seas ahead will require our very best team effort.
East Carolina is 5-4 and finishes at UAB (Thurs), at Rice, and SMU.
A disappointed Mack Brown talks about what is ahead for Longhorns
During Monday's press conference, a disappointed Mack Brown stressed the Longhorns (4-5) will not quit.
(on negative press from media) “The coaches have to handle that adversity and win at the same time. You can’t get down. You can’t point fingers. You have to go back to work. You stay upbeat. You stay demanding.”
“You gotta be upbeat and positive with 18-22 year olds when they don’t have much positive going.”
“The players actually played hard against Kansas State, which is hard to believe considering the way the game turned out.”
(on the horrible field position) “The entire team is responsible for that and the coaches as well.”
“We gave ourselves absolutely no chance to win the game. We lost all phases in the kicking game. We kick off to the number 1 kick-off return team in the country, they return it 63 yards. Two plays later, they hand it off to the guy we talked about all week, and he scores. Offensively, you have 5 turnovers, you give yourself no chance to win.”
“We’re sitting here minus 12 in turnovers, the teams that play for the national championship will be around +20.”
(on Oklahoma State) “What Dana (Holgorsen) has done is brought what they did at Texas Tech, cut the split, run the ball better, and that receiver is every bit as good as (Dez Bryant).”
"Still trying to win those 8 eight. We're going to fight our guts out."
"I've told the guys that we've handled winning with class, and now we have to handle losing with class."
Top 3 teams in BCS share something really important for coaches
Not only are Oregon, Auburn, and TCU ranked in at the top of BCS standings, but they are also 3 of 24 programs that kept their entire coaching staff intact during the off-season.
Here are the 24 programs that did not make any coaching staff changes during last off-season: TCU, Auburn, Oregon, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, San Diego State, Missouri, Iowa, Baylor, Penn State, Northwestern, Iowa, Maryland, SMU, Clemson, Army, Texas, Oregon State, BYU, Boston College, Washington, UAB, Wake Forest, and ULL.
About hiring his assistants, we recall Gene Chizik saying, "I asked the coaches that I interviewed, 'How can I make this (job) the best job in the country for you?'" Seems pretty smart to us!
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Washington AD blasts University of Oregon
Washington AD Scott Woodward blasted the University of Oregon during the Washington radio pre-game show.
Woodward said, “It’s not really where we want to be … because it’s an embarrassment what their (Oregon) academic institution is, and what’s happened to them as far as their state funding has gone. In my mind it’s a wonderful athletic facility but they’ve watched it at the expense of the university go really down.”
“The athletic facility is impressive. The fans at Oregon should get down on their hands and knees at night to Phil Knight and pray to him because this is an incredible facility he’s built.”
“You watch how far they’ve [Oregon] dropped because of their state funding. And it’s a message for us too. Our state needs to get its act together because we can’t continue to progress without investment in our institution. But we’re doing extremely well and we’re very proud of that fact.”
Washington lost 53-16 to the Ducks. The Huskies are 3-6 on the season and host UCLA this Saturday. UW is on the road the final two weeks of the season… at Cal and at Washington State.
UPDATE: Woodward clarified his remarks late this morning by writing, "I have a great respect for the Universityof Oregon both as an institution and an athletic program. As a life-longadvocate for public funding in higher education, I have seen firsthand the effectsof public funding on many institutions, including the University of Washington.My remarks were intended as a commentary on the powerful impact that a statecan have on an institution’s academic standing. The University of Oregonis a great example of the struggles which can accompany a university when statefunding decreases, but UO is certainly not the only institution suffering.”