Quick Hits: Petrino, Saban, Al Groh, Embree, and Mike Price
Bobby Petrino talks about his buyout: "The reason we have such a big buyout is because next December at this time we don't want to have to hear names come up in conversations about other jobs being open. Everybody understands this is where I'm going to be. This is the job I want. Next year we don't have to worry about anything."
Nick Saban talks about Kirby Smart and loyalty: "Kirby has done nothing but indicate to me that he wants to stay at the University of Alabama and be here. I trust that's what he'll do. He's done a great job for us. He's one of the best assistant coaches in the country. Every year, he's closer and closer to being ready to be a head coach himself."
"Our guys are pretty good and pretty loyal. If anybody talks to them, they immediately let me know."
West Virginia AD says the Big East will go through TCU: "We need to respond to that and prepare ourselves, because I believe that eventually the road to the Big East championship will go through Fort Worth. And we need to be prepared to beat a team like TCU on the road to win a Big East championship and get into national championship consideration."
Al Groh compliments Al Golden: "We wouldn't have done so at that particular time if we didn't see his skills and his potential and have the vision for what he could be in the future. He quickly lived up to that with us and has done so on his own. This type of position is one that was apparent from the outset, that Al was going to develop into very capable of handling."
Jon Embree says Colorado will go back to physical practices: “We will do some 9-on-7, but I'm going to do more team run drills because the receivers have to block, the safeties have to fit and the corners have to replace the safeties when they're getting blocked. We will do more team run drills and do something along those lines every day.”
Quoting UTEP head coach Mike Price: “Up close and personal, I am still the goofy guy I was — just older, just smarter. I am still having fun, still laughing, still enjoying life. But with the internet and everything, you tell your team a joke, and you are going to read about it the next day. So you have to be a little more reserved.”
Gotta problem with Mike Gundy?
What’s up with West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck?
He starts off the week by making a move with head coach Bill Stewart, who is 28-11 in three years as the West Virginia head coach.
Apparently, Luck has some beef with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy as well.
We closely read Luck’s statement regarding Holgorsen.
Luck says, “He has served under some fantastic mentors over the years, guys such as Hal Mumme, Mike Leach and Kevin Sumlin. I look forward to coach Holgorsen joining us.”
No mention of Mike Gundy? We take it that Luck isn’t impressed with Gundy’s 28 wins over the last three years either.
Editor's note> Mike Gundy is a man. He's not losing sleep over this.
Wow! Here's how it went down
As a head coach, there is no right way or easy way to inform your players that you are accepting another job.
Jerry Kill explained the entire difficult situation, hour-by-hour, as he made the decision and informed his team that he had accepting the head coaching job at Minnesota.
Props to the guys at HuskyWire.com , who surely had a great relationship with Kill to get this interview. Important note…beware of end-of-the-year banquets. If you are looking for a job, they aren’t your answer.
Kill says, "Well, it's a situation that I met with them Saturday night in Chicago, somewhere around 7 p.m. and we visited for a long time with the (Minnesota) president and the athletic director. We came back driving home, I guess it was around 11 p.m., we talked, and I knew that I had the job offered to me.”
"(My wife) Rebecca and I had a chance to visit about it afterward and those are critical decisions. In college football, and just so everybody knows, it's no different than what Northern Illinois did when I was at Southern (Illinois). We lost a game at Southern (in 2007) and got beat by Delaware, and Northern was visiting with me the very next morning. That's just how this crazy profession is. In our profession, you have to make decisions that are lifelong decisions in a matter of hours, and it's very difficult. I got home late that night, visited with (NIU athletic director Jeff) Compher.”
"We had recruits in on Sunday, which is awkward.”
"So I did the best I could. I didn't have any guides. I'm not an expert on how to handle those situations.”
Vandy vice chancellor: I can tell you for a fact...
Vanderbilt vice chancellor Dr. David Williams spent his lunch hour talking with the guys at 104.5 The Zone in Nashville.
It appears Vanderbilt is waiting to hear who would be on James Franklin's coaching staff. They want to know who has accepted, not who will get job offers. They want to know, "Here are the guys coming with me."
Here is what Dr. Williams had to say:
“I want to know about the national aspect of recruiting and I want to know who and how you will build your staff. Not only from a philosophy standpoint, but I’d like to hear names.”
“Jeremy (Foley) picked up the phone, made one call and got his man. All power to Jeremy (Foley), but Vanderbilt doesn’t have that luxury. He did it in three days. I actually told our chancellor, even after Jeremy said it would take two and a half weeks, that he would get it done in a few days.”
“This is a time when Vanderbilt is very committed. The board is committed, the chancellor is committed, and I am committed. We are committed to being very competitive.”
“3 million is a little bit on the high side. Now if we were talking to Nick Saban, maybe the number would go up. I think you have to look who you are talking to.”
“I can tell you for a fact, we were not waving $3 million (a year) for 7 years to anyone.”
“Many people see the commitment being to the HC. No, that’s not right. It’s to the kids, program, and community.”
“Just as we are asking them to tell us about the staff, they are asking us to tell them about the past.”
Pelini offers a "This is Nebraska" speech on new website
Nebraska launches ThisIsNebraska.com : Bo Pelini delivers a great speech to sell Nebraska to recruits. Take a look.
Mark Richt talks about Muschamp: "I don't think he'd admit it to everybody, but he's still a Georgia man in a lot of ways."
ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth talks about part of his philosophy: “Anytime you can market your program and sell your program, create a new friend or fan of the program and create more interest all that does is benefit your program in so many different ways. (Getting more) people in the stands. Increase revenue through ticket sales and fundraising. All of those things go hand-in-hand because if we can do all of those things we're going to be able to improve our facilities. If we can improve the facilities, we can improve recruiting. If we can improve recruiting, we're going to improve wins and losses.”
Randy Edsall quit coaching the safeties after the Louisville game, helped UCONN rebound: “I had to some evaluation myself. After the Louisville game, I told the coaches I can’t do that anymore. I had to get back to doing the big picture stuff. As much as I was trying to help our team become better, I think there were some things going on with me not being focused on everything that took something away. I went back to really being the head coach, and I think it benefited everybody.”
Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze explains his offensive philosophy: “The two stats that concern me are third-down conversions and turnover margin. I don’t get hung up on time of possession. It’s ok for our defense to be on the field for 80 plays as long as we have 80 plays. We’ve got to get more possessions. This year, we lost 7 games by 7 points or less. The last three games we lost, we had the ball for 20 minutes and they had it for 40 minutes. We only had 8 possessions in the last 2 games we played.”
BOOM! Will Muschamp jacked up at presser
Muschamp just wrapped up his introductory presser. He is jacked to say the least.
Officially, nobody has ever spoken so fast at a presser. Talk about setting a tone...Muschamp brought it.
Quotes from Muschamp:
He (Jeremy Foley) talked about a fit.
I felt like he was describing me. I know there will be some criticism of hiring a guy with no head coaching experience.
I feel like I am the right fit for this job. The most impressive thing about Florida to me was the administration.
It’s really difficult being a coach’s wife, especially mine. I want to thank my wife. She’s a widow during the season. My wife is my best friend and a great mother.
We need to do a great job of conditioning our players to make good choices.
If they don’t want to get their degree, they don’t need to be here. There’s something I’m going to refer to as the 'Florida way.'
Our program will be based on three things…Trust, respect, and communication.
I got on the phone with Urban Meyer (when Jeremy was at my house). I can tell you as long as Will Muschamp is the head coach at UF, Urban Meyer will be involved in this program. He’s invited everywhere. I deal in reality. I have no ego. It’s about winning.
I want to be known as a blue-collar, overachieving team. That’s what I am. We will be a mentally and physically tough football team. We will be a physically tough football team. It’s not something you talk about, it’s something you live.
The SEC is a 'line of scrimmage' league. The difference between the SEC and the other conferences is defensive line. You have to stop the run. You have to be able to run the clock out at the end of the game.
I want to hire an experienced play-caller with a background in the NFL and college football. I want to hire a special teams coordinator.
There is only one source for Florida football and that's me.
I am not a big stat guy. I want to win. Turnover-ratio and big play ratio are important. That creates momentum in the game, which is a hidden stat.
Quick Hits: Al Golden, Dave Doeren, and Mike Price
Funny quote from Mike Leach today: "One year, for bowl gifts, we gave them iPods. Another year, we gave them some sort of machine that did something. I don't know what it was, but it did something."
Quoting Al Golden from the Joe Rose Show this morning: (on his first job) “Everything always comes down to people. It’s going to be a lot of personnel.”
“With things changing at Florida, it’s going to be a mad scramble. Coach Fisher hasn’t been at Florida State for 20 years either, so there’s not really an incumbent in the state right now, so we’ve got to get crackin’.”
“I think that could be our greatest asset. I we can supplement this with NYC metro and some Pennsylvania kids, that would be huge.”
(on Penn State) “That’s Coach Paterno’s job. I don’t discuss Coach Paterno’s job. I am committed to being here.”
“Things are going to be different. We’ve got to get back to demanding these guys have excellence, especially in the strength program.”
Quoting Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren: “Sleep will not happen here until signing day. But that’s OK.”
“At Wisconsin, we’re the lowest-penalized team in the nation. I think people that watch football know that we’re not getting because we’re not physical.
“We truly took pride in taking our opponents down and getting to the fourth quarter and watching them quit. That is what I want to do.”
Memphis AD R.C. Johnson says Larry Porter is recruiting all over the country: “ Larry was in Utah last week and he’s in New York now to recruit.”
Funny quote from UTEP head coach Mike Price regarding the BYU offensive line: “Their offensive line is 6-foot-6, 315 (pounds) across the board, average age 32, four kids. They are very good on the offensive line. They are huge."
Bill Stewart answers questions amidst speculation
Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we received word this morning that West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart would appear on Rivals’ Radio this morning with host Bill King.
Our staff at FootballScoop dreads listening to coaches having to answer questions about their future, especially a coach who is 28-11 in three seasons as a head coach. Importantly, as least we think, we liked to point out that Bill King was extremely polite and classy with his questions.
Not surprisingly, Stewart was enthusiastic, honest, and up front.
Amidst speculation, Stewart told Bill King, “Whatever happens will happen.”
Stewart went on to say, “Let’s just call those ‘rumors.’ I don’t deal with speculation. The biggest issue right now is the NC State Wolfpack.”
He added, “I’m just telling you, we’re going to have a bang up, banner year in recruiting. I’m just telling you. Watch!”
Asked if he is confident he will be the WVU head coach next season, Stewart responded enthusiastically, “Yes, sir.”
Under Bill Stewart, West Virginia has finished 9-4, 9-4, and 9-3. As the interim head, Stewart led West Virginia to a 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.
Props to Bill King! Most importantly, let’s hope Bill Stewart remains the head coach at West Virginia. Check that, let's hope Bill Stewart gets what he wants. After all, he may not want to work for an AD that's dealing behind his back.