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Mark Richt: Awe, man. It was awful.

During the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio, Mark Richt joked about the UGA orientation video.

Actually, we’re not sure if he was joking (so watch the video).

Richt said, “They called and asked if I would help out, so I told them to come on over.” 

“Awe, man.  It was awful,” joked Richt.

The video has already been viewed 262,000 times, so you know it’s pretty good (although the first 50 seconds is slow).

Richt appears twice in the video. 

 

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Illinois AD compliments Ron Zook, very pleased with progress

Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther complimented head coach Ron Zook during an interview with the Daily Herald.

Guenther seems especially pleased that Zook is looking more at the big picture of the program instead of micromanaging.

Guenther said, "I give Ron a lot of credit. When we finished the season last year, we had to have some real heart-to-heart talks. I didn't like what happened. He didn't like what happened. I had a lot of people telling me, 'Let's make that (head-coaching) change.'

"What we did was dissect his program, but look at this own strengths - The first step was for Coach to get introspective. My challenge to him was, 'What do you do well? What do you think you do poorly? Where do you think it fell apart?' "

"I kidded him around. I sent him some Bobby Bowden stuff. Bobby Bowden says, 'I solve problems. That's what I do as head coach. And then I coach the heart of the football team'. You can't do that when you're into the issues all the time."

"I think the amount of progress that that program has made since the day the season ended has been more progress than any other program that I've been affiliated with."

Illinois opens with Missouri on Saturday.  Kick-off is set for 12:30 pm EST on FSN.

 

Sumlin: We've gone to a Nolan Richardson style program, press you from all angles

Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin wants his team to attack offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game.

On Wednesday morning, Sumlin told 1560 AM The Game, “We’ve kind of gone to maybe a Nolan Richardson style program. We’re going to press you from all angles from the time we kick the ball off to the final horn.”

“Our defense now matches our overall scheme.  We’re pretty aggressive on offense. Obviously, we’ve blocked 12 kicks the last two years on special teams and returned a bunch of kicks.”

“We’re going to play 12 or 13 true freshman this year.  We’re building depth, but we’re not there yet.” 

“It’s not necessarily what a coach says all the time.  It’s what your players believe.   We’ve got a bunch of guys that believe they are pretty good, but they know they have a lot to prove. Like I said, we are not in the Top 25, so there is a bunch of people out there that don’t expect us to do much anyway.”

“I really believe we’re going to take a step this year defensively.  The key to that is, and it sounds kind of simple, but you gotta get the right players on the field in the right place.”

Derek Dooley makes a very, very interesting decision

In a very interesting decision, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley is rewarding reporters that he feels are exemplary in the coverage of the Vols.

Only a select number of reporters were granted access to the Tennessee mock game last Wednesday in Neyland Stadium.

Dooley said, “It's not a punishment to those that didn't come, it's just like the players. It's a simple reward for exemplary performance, and I hope we'll get something out of it."

The select reporters were essentially doing what good teammates do during training camp.

Dooley explained, "Show up, which is No. 1. Give effort, and be respectful. That's kind of a Rule of Three in our program. Show up, meaning be where you're supposed to be -- it doesn't matter what it is. Give effort, which means give your best -- just try. And be respectful when you encounter other people.”

Six reporters were rewarded by Dooley.

Update: Dooley just said during a 1:15 pm interview on 104.5 The Zone, "What we did there was a totally, a kinda fun,  tongue & cheek reward type of thing." 

He added, "I'm always going to give them what they need and treat them with respect."

Houston Nutt: Just look at the rule or throw the rule out

Houston Nutt talked with Tim Brando on the Sporting News Radio this morning about the NCAA’s decision on Jeremiah Masoli.

Nutt said, “Just look at the rule or just throw the rule out.  Just throw it out.”

“The thing about Jeremiah is that he graduated.  He wasn’t kicked out of the university. Yes, he made some mistakes.  But I’ve had him for a month and a week, and he’s been an excellent teammate.”

“He was devastated yesterday.  It was a real blow.  His attitude has been awesome.  He still has hope.  He is very supportive of Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey…just has a great attitude.”

“Really could have been a captain.  I didn’t want him to be because he hasn’t been here long enough.  The guys have a lot of respect for him.”

When Brandon stated his opinion that Masoli was, “being exposed because of past transgressions,” Nutt responded, “That’s right.”

Ole Miss hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 3:30 pm EST.

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