Spurrier: Golly, times have changed when Tennessee...
During his radio call-in show, the Head Ball Coach took the opportunity to get a little jab in on the Vols.
This week, Tennessee announced it would be opting out of a game against North Carolina in 2011. The Vols, instead, will play the University of Buffalo.
"I said, 'Golly, times have changed when Tennessee doesn't want to play North Carolina in football because they're too good for them,' " Spurrier said, emphasizing the word football. "That's kind of amazing right there."
When given the opportunity, Dooley will almost assuredly point out once again to the media that he is not like Lane Kiffin.
As most of you know, Spurrier made a ritual of jabbing at the Vols through the media during his days at Florida.
Saban: All-Access has been a real positive
During an interview on College Football Live, Nick Saban admitted he has been very pleased with the ESPN professionalism and the response the Alabama program has received from the All-Access features, which have aired over the last two weeks on ESPN and ESPNU.
“We’ve always allowed national access to our program. It’s been a real positive from a lot of different perspectives from a lot of different people,” said Saban.
Asked his thoughts on the production of the short All-Access segments airing on SportsCenter, Saban responded, “I can’t answer that because I haven’t watched them. When you’re in camp, you start about 7 in the morning and get home at 10 at night.”
Saban added that perhaps this weekend he would try to get caught up on some of the features.
“Everybody thinks it’s exciting to see what are practices are like, how we teach,” he added.
You can watch the hour-long Alabama All-Access show tonight on ESPN at 8 pm EST.
Thursday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes & notes from around the country:
Kentucky has launched a new interactive football website: Take a look at the site right here.
Urban Meyer makes big decision: "We've made a decision in our lives that we'd like to stay in Gainesville. This is our home."
Tuberville wants bigger defensive line: “In this league, you need to be able to get people in the pass-rush lanes with their hands up, that have some height because of all the short passes you see from teams in this conference.”
“It’s the same everywhere in two-a-days if you have contact and the only way you can get better — especially on defense — is to have contact. It’s the nature of the beast. Unfortunately, you’re going to have injuries, and we’ve had our share.”
“Special teams are going to have to be strong for us. We’re going to need to be able to establish field position with special teams, score points on special teams and change momentum on special teams. We’ll even put more emphasis on it as we get closer to the first game.”
Nick Saban was once a walk-on: "You know, I was a walk-on for a little while and earned a scholarship. So I have a lot of compassion for guys who really want to play, who love the game, who are willing to go out every day and try to get themselves better to see if they have an opportunity to contribute to the team some day, but also are willing to give of themselves to help the other guys on the team by helping them prepare by being a part of the scout team."
Quoting Auburn OC Gus Malzahn: "Quarterback is about decision making. That's my job. I've got to put him in (the right) situations. If (a receiver) is covered, where are we going to miss, where is our aiming point? So that's what we've been working on very hard, aiming points on certain routes, certain reads, where to miss. Sometimes throwing the ball away is the best play."
Gene Chizik proud of Kodi Burns: "I have to give Kodi Burns a lot of credit. He has taken it as a personal thing to help us on special teams, where he has really improved. As a pass-catching receiver, he has done some nice things and I am proud of where he has come. He is just a great Auburn guy and I really appreciate his efforts, and so do his teammates."
Mississippi State DC Manny Diaz talks about the defensive backs: "You look at what they did last year, and let's be honest, they gave up as much as they created. But with young players, everyone understands the process. A good program is always going to be built around your seniors and I think everyone understands there's still a lot of young guys in our program."
Bob Toledo talks about Tulane’s scrimmage: “We scrimmaged well over a hundred plays. We had several turnovers. The thing that bothered me is that we had a number of penalties. More games are lost than won. You got to keep from beating yourself.”
Jim Harbaugh: I don't take vacations. I'm a jackhammer.
Fourth-year Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh routinely provides humorous quotes.
One of the most recent from Harbaugh…”I don’t take vacations. I don’t get sick. I don’t observe major holidays. I’m a jackhammer.”
You’ve got to love that.
What Harbaugh is loving is the depth on his team. After the first scrimmage in Palo Alto, Harbaugh said, "There's a lot of competition for a lot of spots. Competition at tight end, running back, in the offensive line and wide receiver. Across the board I'm feeling good about the way the guys are playing."
Stanford is looking to improve a pass defense that ranked near the bottom of the country in 2009.
There is really for optimism, however. New defensive backs coach Derek Mason says, "I'm not a soothsayer, but I will tell you that this group is as competitive, as driven and as motivated as any group I've ever coached."
Stanford hosts Sacramento State to start the season. One week later, Harbaugh will take his team to Los Angeles to take on UCLA.
Top recruit goes Lebron James' style, finally chooses FSU
Plant High School (Tampa, FL) running back / outside linebacker James Wilder Jr. pulled a Lebron James stunt for 10 minutes before making his commitment to Florida State.
Wilder Jr. narrowed his choices to Georgia, Florida, and Florida State. He is rated the #3 overall player in the nation by Rivals and the #6 overall player by Scout.com
Twice during a 10-minute speech, Wilder says, “And the school I am choosing is…” before holding off the announcement.
Wilder said, "They say the best athletes come out of the SEC, but just because I'm in the SEC it's not going to make me a better athlete. Even though it's the ACC, I'm going to 'ball out' regardless no matter where I'm at – even if I'm at the Ivy League. Wherever I'm at, I'm going to 'ball out.' "
"I wanted to get my decision over to focus on my team and this season," Wilder said. "I knew I wanted to stay close to my wonderful family and that left it down to Georgia, Florida and Florida State. They say the best schools are in the SEC and best competition is in the SEC, but, I mean, I felt more comfortable at an ACC school. It is what it is.”
Just before committing, Wilder thanked his girlfriend. He said, “I also want to thank my girlfriend, Bianca. She’s been there through me through thick and thin. I mean, she doesn’t know much about football. I try to teach her. I mean, she’ll talk to me through this whole recruiting process. Just talking. She don’t even know what she’s talking about (laughs). She’ll always sit there and listen, though. I want to thank her and say ‘I love the Wilders, Rogers, and Bianca, too.”
If you enjoyed Lebron’s “I’m going to take my talent to South Beach” speech, you’ll probably like this one:
Charlie Strong: We have to find an identity of who we really are
Charlie Strong addressed a large crowd of Louisville fans earlier this week during the annual kick-off luncheon.
The first-year head coach outlined his philosophy of the program, introduced all the assistant coaches, and talked about the “night & day” progress the team has made since his arrival in January.
Strong sent the message that, “We just really need to come together as a football team. We have to find an identity of who we really are.”
Part of building the program, Strong felt it was important that each player in summer school participate in 5 hours of community service this summer.
Strong said, “What we did this summer, talking about sacrifice, they had to give 5 community hours back to the community. We had 60 of them in summer school this summer, so what we said is ‘You have 5 community service hours. You can do them wherever you want to. You will get it logged in.’ There was no issue. I gave them one month and it was done. That’s why I feel we are heading in the right direction. They are tired of the embarrassment and the want to win. They really want to win.”
Regarding the Cardinal’s new offense, Strong added, “We have an offense that we are really comfortable about. And the reason is we are so comfortable is our offensive line. Our offensive line is probably the nucleus of our football team right now. You look at guys that have been in this program. They can take our guys on defense and move them out of the way. We have enough in place that we feel we’re going to be pretty good on offense.”
You can watch Charlie Strong’s speech, below.
Sonny Dykes pleased with LA Tech scrimmage
LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes led his team through the first scrimmage of fall camp on Wednesday night.
Dykes said, "This was the first time we went live. We went about 45 minutes and got in about 81 or 82 plays in that 45 minutes. The pace was fast and frantic. We missed some tackles, which you're going to do in your first scrimmage. We have to finish blocks better and little things like that. Overall, though, I thought it was a good day. We had one turnover in over 80 plays; I thought the offense did a good job of taking care of the ball.”
Defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler added, "I try not to get too up or down because it's never as good as you thought or as bad as you thought, it's probably somewhere in between. With the first day going to the ground, does it shock me we missed some tackles? No, we probably missed too many. But it's good sometimes to make those kind of mistakes so you can make a point of it and emphasize it even more. That's one of our big goals as a defense is that we have to tackle very well."
Spangler said, "You're going to miss some tackles throughout the course of a game but being a great defensive tackling football team is one of our main goals. I think that good defenses tackle well and poor defenses don't. In my opinion, a great run isn't the product of a great run; it is the product of poor tackling."
LA Tech will play Grambling State in Shreveport’s Independence Bowl Stadium to open the season.
Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Phil Fulmer still upset: "You know Kiffin left a scorched earth in some ways there. The number of players that left the program. I don't think we should have made the change. I would have won seven or eight last year just like Kiffin did. You could have saved all that money and all that heartache. I don't see'em being in the SEC Championship game this year. As a Tennessee alumnus, I always think they should win them all."
Bobby Petrino reacts to reporter being dismissed: “I don’t know that much about the attention from the national media. When the incident happened here, there was never an intention to see it escalate the way that it did. But that kind of got out of our control.”
Bobby Petrino pleased with team overall: “I am happy where we are at right now. I think we have a team that really understands our schemes and our mental preparation has been very good. Our execution isn’t as good as it needs to be. Some of that could be the two-a-days legs and fatigue. Our timing is a little bit off. But mentally our guys have been sharp and mentally understanding what we need to get done.”
Paul Petrino explains why he coached the wide receivers as the Illinois OC: “It happened when my brother (Bobby) first got the head coaching job at Louisville. He asked if I wanted to coach quarterbacks or receivers. I thought I could get my personality through more at receiver. I can fly around with passion on the practice field and get the whole offense that way more. With quarterbacks, you have to be more calm, stand back there and talk to them.
Texas A&M DC Tim DeRuyter changing the mindset: “The biggest challenge so far has been changing the mind-set. When a defense has been down a couple of years like we have, players can have low expectations or a ‘woe is me' attitude. We're not allowing that. We expect to be a championship caliber defense here at Texas A&M. We're going to coach like it, we're going to demand it, and our kids will get there.”
Bill Cubit talks about Rick Stockstill: “His relationships in his life are far, far more important than money. I know the family situation with his children, his relationship with the players and I know he loves his athletic director. There’s more to life than just going into potentially bad spots just because of money.”
Skip Holtz wanted Stockstill to take ECU job: “I thought it would’ve been a good move personally, and I think he would’ve done a great job there. He’s a hell of a football coach. Rick and I have been friends for a long time, and we’ll continue to remain friends. I’m not angry at him, nor do I think he made a mistake. That was his decision. He felt like, for whatever reason, that was in his best interest.”
Rick Stockstill explains turning down East Carolina job: “I was only going to take that job for financial reasons, and to me that wasn’t enough to justify what I stand for from a character and integrity standpoint to leave.”
MTSU AD Chris Massaro describes Stockstill: “He doesn’t have the big ego. He doesn’t need all the adulation. He wants security. He wants to be appreciated and those kind of things. But he is a very low-maintenance, very smart guy that knows his values and stays true to himself.”
South Florida head coach Skip Holtz having fun with his team: