Rich Rod: Our QB has to be a point guard that can shoot the 3

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd took his show to Ann Arbor today.  Sports Nation also broadcasted LIVE from the Michigan campus.  There’s a lot of excitement on campus.

This afternoon, Rich Rodriguez talked about his team on ESPN Radio with Doug Gottlieb.

Rich Rod said, “We are a young team in certain areas.  We learned some lessons last weekend (42-37 win over UMASS).  Our focus and prep was really good.  I was a little bit surprised about how we played.  We have to learn if things aren’t going well in the game, you have to forget the last play and move on.” 

“I showed some frustration yesterday in practice.  There are some things that are going to take a year or two, but I love the attitude of the team.  They come to work every day.” 

“It’s been kind of a process.   It’s been painful for us and our players.  It’s going to happen.  It’s just a matter of when.”

(on concerns about the defense) “We have to learn from our experiences.  That’s what I’ve asked our defense to do.  You don’t what to dwell on it, but learn from it.  Don’t play on your heels.” 

“Our quarterback has to be a point guard that can shoot the 3.  Denard’s been executing pretty well, but he’s going to get a lot of attention paid to him.”

Michigan hosts Bowling Green on Saturday.  Kick-off is set for 12:00 pm EST on ESPN 2.  You can see the entire Week #4 TV Schedule right here.

Wednesday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits

UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palic praised Texas / Muschamp: “They are the most talented defense I have seen in the five years since I have been back in college football. They have strength and quickness. I don't see a flaw." 


Mario Christobal says FIU improving: “Nobody in [the locker room] is happy. We never will be with any type of moral victory. But are we advancing? Without a doubt.”

“We're playing BCS opponents to the wire. The physicality of our football team is better. We can and we will take that next step, be that Sun Belt Conference team that can beat one of those BCS schools that we face.''


Interesting quotes from USC special teams coordinator John Baxter: "How much do you think Lane (cares) about the kicking game? I'm just sick of it. We've got too many (number) conflicts."

"Nobody can wear No. 5 or No. 1 or Ronnie Lott's number (42)."

"We're not spending too much time. We're spending what you're supposed to spend on it. They didn't spend enough time on it last year."


Brett Bielema, who is single, thinks not having a family lowers his stress level: "I felt pressure to get my scouting assignments done and I honestly feel the same exact pressure. I’m sure it’s in a much larger fashion, but it doesn’t ever feel that way to me now. I can’t say maybe my first year or two that wasn’t the case. But for me, I’m very comfortable in what I do and how I go about it and what I believe in, and I don’t know if that puts me at peace.”

"Is it stressful? It’s stressful, but I never ... I see some guys that I work with or I go against, and I’m like, `Whew, he’s really stressed.' "

"I come home to a house with no lights on. And I'd love a family. I mean, I plan on having a family at some point. I keep saying that -- don’t ask my mom."


Joe Paterno talks about Al Golden, adds that young coaches need to be more patient: "He(Golden) talked to me about different possibilities. He left for the University of Virginia because he was close to Al Groh. He had a chance to get a little more responsibility down there.”

"When the Temple job came up, I can't remember if Al called me or not. We talked a little bit about his future and [the need to have] patience. I think I told him to not be in a hurry and jump at any job that popped up.”

"Generally speaking, I think young coaches have a tendency to want to go too fast. I probably said something about waiting for the right opportunity. If he did say something to me about [Temple], I probably would have told him, 'If they're willing to make a commitment, it's probably a good opportunity for you.' But I really don't remember having that conversation."


Game Changing Coaches Week #3

Jim Tressel talks about Buckeyes mascot “Brutus,” who was dumptrucked by the Ohio mascot during warm-ups: "I was standing at the National Anthem and I heard some of our guys talking, 'hey, did you see that mascot?' And I'm thinking, 'you're thinking about the mascot?’”

"I asked him if he was going to be ready for Saturday and he's probable from an injury report standpoint."


Purdue head coach Danny Hope talks about stress in coaching: "It's very stressful. During the season, it's an 80-hour week but you usually dip into the 100-hour week. Those aren't exaggerations -- those are legit -- and it goes on for hundreds of days in a row.”

"It's total life consuming, it's fast-paced and it's a stressful occupation in a lot of ways. I don't do anything other than work. I guess maybe the fun that we have on the practice field and being around the guys is an outlet or a defense mechanism in some ways. I like the physical part of the game, the camaraderie part of the game and the emotional part of the game. I have a lot of fun with those phases of it."


Quoting NC State head coach Tom O’Brien: “When you don’t pick a football up from Nov 28th to August, it takes a while to get your timing back.  He certainly played well last Thursday night.  We’re really glad.”

“We’ve gotten better each of the first three weeks.  That’s the goal.  I think we’re capable of having a winning year and going to a bowl game this year.”


Turner Gill concerned about play calling communication: "From a coaches' standpoint, what we can control, one thing we gotta do is make sure we get the play in fast enough. I think that's part of it. Number two, the people (on the sideline) that are giving the signals and the quarterback being able to receive it so there's not any misunderstanding and missignaling. That's going to happen occasionally. It's not gonna be perfect, we all understand that. But I think we can be lot better than what we are from that standpoint. The third, fourth, or fifth ball-game, you hope to have yourself a little bit more consistent in being able to get things done."


Oregon football: Looking back, looking ahead with Mark Helfrich

Wow. Questionable move by Turner Gill

How miserable would you be without a cell phone for a day?

According to J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star, "KU coach Turner Gill has enforced a no-cell-phone policy on his players. The Jayhawks are to hand over their phones before they clock in the day before a game, and they’ll get them in the locker room after the game."

“Everybody was kind of in shock,” KU wide receiver Daymond Patterson said. “We hadn’t had anything like that in the past years. (Gill) just feels like it’s a business thing. He wants us to focus and be ready for the game and not be thinking about outside things.”

Can you imagine not being able to call your girl or your parents the night before and on gameday.? A coach may say, "They can call.  They just have to use the hotel room phone."  In reality, that's just not happening. 

Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we just bring you the content and keep our opinions to ourselves.  We like to keep coaches and athletic directors informed on what's going on around the country.

We'll think this opens up Coach Gill to a lot of criticism and could impact recruiting.


Another head coach refuses to divulge injury-related information

Add another college head coach who will not disclose any injury-related information to the media.

Last week, Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin followed his regular policy by not divulging any information on the injury status of quarterback Case Keenum as the Cougars prepared to play at UCLA.

Sumlin pointed out that college football is not pro football, thus he doesn’t have to give an injury report.  Even though Keenum is Houston’s best player, Sumlin insisted he wasn’t trying to hide anything, just following his usual policy. 

This week, it’s Jim Harbaugh’s turn.  As the Stanford Cardinal prepare for a trip to South Bend, Harbaugh will not give any update on wide receiver Ryan Whelan.

Harbaugh explained, "As soon as I tell you, Notre Dame knows. I might as well call them myself. That's valuable information. I would like to know the status of every player on their roster."

Whalen was injured in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest.  A year ago, he caught 57 passes for 926 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Stanford at Notre Dame kicks-off at 3:30 pm EST on NBC.

Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill talks about collapsing and his recovery: “I told (my wife) Rebecca, before I went to bed, I said, ‘You know, I may be in trouble here because I just don’t feel right.”

“Through that medication, when you’re not retaining (it) … and it gets out of your system, my body shuts down. My body shut down.”

“I thought it was minor surgery. I didn’t think it was a big deal, being that I had surgery on Friday and I was here on Saturday … and went to work on Monday and never missed a beat.”

“I want everyone to know, due to different reports, I am cancer free. I do not. Have. Cancer. I’ve been in remission for five years.”

“That’s who I am. I can’t change. I will not change. I will not change my coaching style. I never have and haven’t slowed down one inch. That’s who I am. The day I don’t do that then I won’t be doing it. But that won’t happen because I’ve been doing it too damn long and too damn good.”


Joe Paterno talks about stress in coaching: "I coach exactly the way I've coached. I don't have any physical problems. I had that little bout with those antibiotics [an intestinal ailment during the summer] and a couple of things . . . but I'm fine.  Knock on wood, I've never had any problem, heart problems or whatnot. I've been a great walker. I've got to do more walking than I've been doing in the past because of time. So much more is demanded of us these days, and I think that's probably what happened" to Dantonio.”


Chip Kelly says Sun Devils kick-off return team will be a challenge: “It’s going to be a challenge. I’ve always said, when you get in this league, especially on the road, special teams are going to be the key. Our kickoff coverage unit — we spent a lot of time on it today — is going to have their work cut out for them because they’ve got some explosive guys.” 


Quoting Derek Dooley: “Coaching is nothing more than handling a series of crises.” 

“Right now, about 95% of my time is either coaching or recruiting.  You have such a responsibility to the team and evaluating high school players to get them to come here.”


Quoting Lane Kiffin: “I don’t even sense the bowl conversations.  It never even happens around our team.  That’s for other people.”


Quoting Fresno State head coach Pat Hill: "I guess if we sugarcoated and wanted to play a different schedule, I guess we could have won 10, 11 games a year. But I don't think that would help our program grow."


Randy Edsall responds to UCONN player that talked about a demoralized team when trailing Temple: "There's still time left on the clock. Go find a way to win. Don't say you're demoralized or somebody took the air out. Bullcrap. That's a cop-out. As long as there's time left on the clock, you're fightin' and scratchin' and clawin' and trying to find a way to get it done.”

"That's got to come from (the players). I ain't good enough and I'm too old to play, but I know one thing, I'll fight my tail off until the very end. I don't care what it is. A game of golf ... you name it. If it's competitive, you've got to fight to the very end. I don't give a crap. I don't care how many I'm down with how much time to go. That's the same thing our guys have to do."

(on his quarterback) "I don't want him to be John Wayne and start letting it fly, because we've seen what happens when that happens.”


Ball State head coach Stan Parrish talks about stress in coaching: "It's why some of the guys walk away. It can't be bigger than life. I always tell myself that. I get away from it in the middle of the day by putting on my headset and walking around campus every day.”

"What you can do is eat better and exercise and try to get some rest. The biggest thing coaches don't do during the season is get rest. They work late and are up early. It's competitive ... it's stressful."



Jim Grobe disappointed: “We had play poor in every area. ... I guess the only positive thing for us is we got to play a lot of people. I wouldn’t say that’s a shining light. We have nine games to become a good football team. Right now, we are not a very good football team.”

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