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.

Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes & notes from around the country:


Quoting Brian Kelly: “At the end of the day, we are going to do what we do.  I worry less about individual matchups.  I spend most of my time on the collective matchups of our offense, defense, and special teams.” 

“I know you can’t win championships without good run defense.  I can tell you that right now.  We’ll get tested right out of the gates.  Purdue is going to run the football.” 

“If you can’t stop the run, you might as well start looking for something else to do because it’s going to be a long day.”


Quoting San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre: "We've explained to them what the atmosphere is going to be like and what the heat is going to be like because that's the main thing that's going to hit them. In that stadium, it doesn't breathe. There's no air that flows through there. It's like being in a huge dome."


Quoting Bret Bielema: “We’ll give the kids an opportunity to get a tour of the downtown Strip. But that won’t be more than 45 minutes. Going back to coach Alvarez’s day, he was a little bolder than I was. He actually let the guys get off in one of the casinos and have a buffet lunch or dinner. I’m not that bold. We’ll do a bus tour, get a chance to take a couple (pictures), then we’ll go right back to the hotel and business as usual.”


Interesting quote from Cal head coach Jeff Tedford: “At one point last year when we were 8-3, it felt to me like we were 3-8. We didn’t finish the season very well and that bothered me. A lot. When you sit back and look at the program, the way I do things, the way the staff does things, what environment am I creating if I’m stressed out for the players, the coaches?”


Duke starting new tradition: “Duke will start a new tradition this year and run out of the tunnel behind the three flags of the ACC, the United States and North Carolina. Each flag will be carried by a member of the scout team that had preformed well in practice that week.”

How would you like to be 12-deep at defensive line?

How would you like to be 12-deep on the defensive line?

Yes, you read that correctly, “12-deep.”

When Florida hosts Miami (OH) on Saturday in The Swamp, the Gators will rotate twelve (we’re guessing 4 or 5-stars) on the defensive line.

Must be nice.

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney says, “I’m hoping to play 10 or 12 guys regardless of the score or what time of the game it is. I really want to play a lot of guys and I’m planning on it.”

“We’d like to see (an early blowout), but I’m not waiting around for that,” he said. “I’m rotating regardless of the score. By Saturday, we’ll have a real good 10-, 11-, 12-man rotation and hopefully they’ll be ready to go.”

Kick-off is set for 12 pm EST on ESPN.

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