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Jim Grobe: We can't do that at Wake Forest

Jim Grobe led Wake Forest to twenty-eight wins over three years from 2006-2008, but the Demon Deacons have won just a total of eight games over the last two seasons.

Grobe told the David Glenn Radio Show, “Last year, it was youth.  We just had a very small senior class.  I think we had 13 freshman start at least one game for us, three of those were true freshman, ten were redshirt-freshmen.”

“We can’t do that at Wake Forest.  We have to develop players.  We have to play a lot of juniors and seniors.”

“We’ll be a much better football team this year.”

A year ago, Wake Forest had to play against a number of outstanding quarterbacks including Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Joshua Nesbitt, Tyrod Taylor, and Russell Wilson.  That’s not the case this year.

Grobe said, “As tough as our schedule is going to be, a lot of these teams are plugging in new quarterbacks.  You can’t count on that because some of these quarterbacks may step up and play great, but we’re going to play more teams that are similar at the quarterback position than not.”

Notre Dame will visit Winston-Salem for a November 5th kick-off.

Grobe said, “We had an open date and I was hoping maybe, not for a penciled in win, but maybe for a half-a-w on the schedule card and then my boss, Ron Wellman, comes to me and says that Notre Dame wants to play.  I couldn’t turn it down for our players.  If our players knew we had a chance to play Notre Dame and we turned it down, they would have been really disappointed in me.  As coaches, you already have eight bowl teams on our schedule, and now you get the Irish. You just buckle your chinstraps down a little and get after it.”

What about the long-term prognosis for Jim Grobe?

“My hope is that in another ten years, we’ll still be talking to each other here in Pinehurst.”

Tuberville: Oklahoma has won because Stoops has more of an SEC mentality

During a radio interview today with Sports 56 in Memphis, Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville explained the difference between the Big Twelve Conference and the SEC.

Tuberville said, “(Last year) We had to be the slowest team in college football, on offense and defense.  Now, we could score points, but we couldn’t stop anybody.  We never made any big plays on offense.  We never had a 10 yard pass go for 70, we’d always get caught from behind or something.”

“I think you can be a lot more consistent with what is done in the SEC.  The SEC is build around championships because you win with defense, then the running game is there. When you run into a bad day, sometimes you can dig yourself out of a hole because it’s not as hard to play defense or run the ball.”

“In the Big Twelve, people come out throwing and end the game throwing.  I think it’s a carry over to the defense side of the ball because when you throw the ball, you’re defense isn’t as good, you can’t play the run as well, and there’s not as much emphasis put on it.”

“But if you look at teams like Oklahoma…Oklahoma has been very successful, won at least half or more than half of the Big Twelve championships and it’s because Bob Stoops has more of an SEC mentality.  He’s going to play defense, he’s going to run the ball, but he’s also going to throw it.   He’s going to mix ‘em all up.  He’s more of an SEC type of philosophy over there.”

“Now, we’re going to try to get to the same thing.  Obviously, you can’t do something you don’t have the personnel to do.”

“We rushed for 30 yards a game before I got to Tech, last year we averaged 150 yards a game.  So we got to that point.  We kept throwing the ball, we made some big plays, we got to that point.  But our defense…we couldn’t play a good high school team last year.  Number one, we had some injuries and then we just didn’t have the speed to keep up with anybody.”

“If we were to win a game, we would have to score 40 points.”

“It’s (Big Twelve) more of a take your chance league.  There’s not as much chance when you play in the SEC.  You know when you play Nick Saban, you’re going to get three yards and a cloud of dust and they’re going to play great defense.”

“We’re on our way.  We’re having a heck of recruiting year.”

Saban violates one of his biggest rules

Les Miles and Nick Saban appeared together on ESPN's Sports Nation with Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd today.

Talk about entertaining TV. (massive understatement)

The two coaches were in Bristol, CT going through the ESPN "Car Wash" along with other SEC head coaches.  Somehow, Miles and Saban were forced into a complicated game of “True or False.”

The coaches were asked three questions:

1. Alabama will the SEC.  True or False?

2. Auburn will be as good without Cam Newton.  True or False?

3. Grass can be delicious?

Let’s just say that Saban wasn’t as comfortable answering these questions on set as he is on the sidelines.

And the Alabama head coach was able to get in the last word when he said, “You know, I just want to say something, a’ight. This show has forced me to violate one of my biggest rules and that’s not to make prediction and not to prognosticate.”

For the record, Saban responded, “True” for each of the questions.

Stanford coach David Shaw more clearly defines coaching roles

Stanford head coach David Shaw more clearly defined the roles of some assistant coaches today during his PAC-12 media session.

Shaw explained, “Well, what we do have are co-coordinators. Derek Mason will make the call. He's the associate head coach and coordinator. Jason Tarver, I gave him that co-coordinator title because he brought great stuff to us from his ten years in the NFL.”

“So the mix of those two guys is phenomenal. They're like an old married couple. They finish each other's sentences. They argue, they have mini meetings within meetings. It's a fun thing to watch. At the same time, Derek knows he's making the call. There's going to be a lot of similarities. 
We've added a lot to the defense.”

On the offensive side, Pep Hamilton has the title of offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.  Nobody on the staff has the wide receivers title.

Shaw said, “Pep Hamilton (offensive coordinator) will coach the quarterbacks and the receivers. They'll work closely together. They're going to meet together. I'll step in periodically.”

“There will be times when we split, as he and I have talked. I might work with the quarterbacks, he might work with the receivers and we can switch at different times. He and I spent a lot of time getting on the same page the last couple of years and trust each other complicity. But for the most part coach Hamilton will coach both of those positions.”

In describing how he is different that former head coach Jim Harbaugh, Shaw said, “We're going to fight. We have different personalities, but at the same time you can ask the guys when somebody crosses the line, I'll be nose to nose with them. I might not be yelling, but I'll be dead serious. There is a standard of play that we'll play up to, and it's my job that we'll do that.”

“Differences are minimal because our biggest differences are we have different personalities, and the same goals and same competitive drive.”

Jeff Tedford describes his role in play-calling this season

Jeff Tedford kicked-off PAC Media Day in Los Angeles today.

A year ago, Cal struggled on offense, but as Tedford pointed out, “We were six points away from being 8-4.”

After starting quarterback Kevin Riley went down with a season ending injury, the Bears averaged just 13 points per game.

In the off-season, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig departed for San Diego State.  

Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Jim Michalczik joined the staff as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, while former Wyoming offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo joined the staff as quarterbacks coach. In addition, former Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau joined the staff as wide receivers coach.

Asked how he would handle the playing calling duties this season, Tedford said, “I will be a little bit more involved in that.  We will call them as a staff and always communicate, but I will be much more involved this year than last year.”

"Call them as a staff."  Huh?

Cal opens against Fresno State before traveling to Colorado in week #2.

Steve Addazio all about preparing to win in November

Temple head coach Steve Addazio got his first taste of MAC Football Media Day this morning in Detroit.

In short, it sounds like lacking toughness is not an option if you’re going to play under the former Florida offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

Addazio said, “It’s going to take toughness. You have to be a physically and mentally tough team to win in November.  We’re trying to train ourselves to be a strong team in November.”

“How do you do it? It’s called the mental grind.  It’s called every day.  You’re training, you’re working on those things that we value as a team, which are mental and physical toughness.”

“You gotta be a football team.  You gotta be able to count on each other, pull for each other.  When it gets hard at the end of the season and there are injuries, you gotta be able to rely upon those guys who maybe didn’t have as many reps early on, but they were in the game and preparing hard.  It’s all the evolution of a football team.  Winning in November has a lot to being physically and mentally tough.”

“Those are all the marks of a strong football team.”

Addazio reiterated his plan to continue to bring marquee program to Philadelphia.  A year ago, Temple defeated UCONN in Philadelphia.

This year, the Owls will host Penn State, Toledo, and Army.

Addazio said, “That’s our footprint.  We are in the greatest sports city in the country in Philadelphia.  We are going to play some of the elite programs in the country.  It makes the excitement in college football.  That’s what we’re all about; we want to keep building that culture in Philadelphia.”

Tom O'Brien explains his theory to running a clean program

Listening to NC State head coach Tom O’Brien this morning on 620 The Buzz, it’s clear that O’Brien is disgusted by the number of programs that are violating NCAA rules.  He also shared his thoughts on why his programs, whether at Boston College or NC State, have been able to steer clear of major violations.

O'Brien said, "It’s embarrassing because it touches all of us, especially the amount of programs that are now involved.”

“The number one question that was asked to me during the caravan all spring was, ‘What are you going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen to State?’”

“I think a lot of it has to do with the people you surround yourself with, the people you hire.”

“As a head coach, I've hired twenty-two people in fifteen years.  Seven of them have left me to become head coaches.  Whatever I’ve done, I’ve been able to hire the right people.  I’ve been able to identity people you can trust, that understand what’s right and wrong, what’s ethically right and ethically wrong, and how you’re supposed to carry yourself.”

Now, that’s a pretty impressive statistic.  The list of seven coaches includes Al Golden, Mike London, Frank Spaziani, Jeff Jagodzinski, Bob Shoop (Columbia), Don Treadwell, and Jason Swepson (Elon University).

O’Brien said, “Maybe that’s the best thing I’ve done in college football...is hire the right people.”

Butch Davis talks about #1 lesson learned through UNC adversity

North Carolina head coach Butch Davis talked this morning with 620 The Buzz about the most important thing he learned through all the adversity last season.

Davis began by explaining, “Last year was one of the most difficult years you could ever imagine as far as a football coach.”

“There’s always going to be adversity.  I can’t ever remember in thirty-seven years some kind of tough times. It might be that that Troy Aikman is going to miss four games in the middle of a Super Bowl run.  You just control your own attitude, your own preparation, your hard work, and say ‘Let’s do all we can, the best we can, no regrets.’”

“Anytime that something goes wrong, there is an opportunity to learn a lot. There are a lot of things we’ve already changed to make sure these things don’t happen again.”

Davis said the most important thing he learned throughout the adversity from last season was, “Starting to talk to our players at an earlier stage of their career.”

“You gotta start as freshman.  The paradigms of everything has changed with the Army All-American games, Under Armour All-American games, all these prolific scouting.  There is hardly nobody under the radar, even in high school.”

“Now, I better start talking to our freshman. I better start talking to our sophomores.  I can’t wait until they are juniors to talk about the things you can do.”

“One or two meetings a year are not enough.  You’ve got to constantly, continually talk about and look at all the things going on around the country.”