Friday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes from around the country:


Mark Richts says OC Mike Bobo will call the game from the sidelines: “I think he wanted to be able to look them in the eye and see how he was doing. You could learn a lot by looking in guy’s eyes about where he’s at mentally. You may not necessarily want to pull a guy if he’s struggling. But you want to know that he’s struggling so you don’t put too much on him. You might run some plays that might take some pressure off him.”

Top running back recruit Malcolm Brown applauds Major Applewhite after committing to Texas: “Recruiting was stressful and it got overwhelming at times, but I never felt pressure from Coach Applewhite or any of the other Texas coaches.  It was just tough to make a decision because both schools (Bama & Texas) are great and have football programs with a lot of tradition.” 


Kiffin likes idea of 2 or 3 tailbacks: “Ideally you’d like to be more of a two-tailback team because of the wear and tear of a season, and you’d like to find two guys who are different in styles. But you never know. It could be one, it could be three.”


Jimbo Fisher gives day off for QB’s arms: "The arm is different. You can get a chronic sore arm, boy. And if you get it, you can ruin a guy for a season. I've seen that happen. And then a guy can just have it all year."


Paul Johnson like a Thursday cigar: “During the regular seasons on Thursdays I’ll walk down to the practice field a little early and have a cigar; if we have a winning streak going I’ll keep the brand the same. Otherwise I’ll change it around a bit.”


Tim Beckman stressed Toledo is young: “Well, we’re very, very young. We’ve got 11 guys that are listed #1 (depth chart) that have only been with us for a year and a half, since I got here. That’s one thing – we’ve gotta grow up fast, especially when you play somebody like Arizona and then go and play at Athens, playing the defending East champs. So I see us getting better, both on offense and defense, and on special teams, and I think it’s through getting some players in here and getting some competition each and every day.”


Tennessee Vols player Nick reveiz talks about strength coach Bennie Wylie: “This is definitely, in the five years I’ve been here, the hardest offseason I’ve gone through, and I feel like the best offseason. Coach Wylie does a great job. He knows when to really pour it on, but then he also knows when to pull it back.”

Tuberville sends message at kick-off luncheon

During the annual Red Raider kick-off luncheon, Tommy Tuberville spoke on the importance of unity within the entire program and community.

Tuberville told over 1,800 Texas Tech fans, “One thing I want to ask you to do if you don’t: Put up posters on your windows. Put flags on your cars. Put bumper stickers on your cars. Do things to promote Texas Tech, so when we have visitors on this campus, they go, ‘My gosh, it’s a cult.’ We want them to understand that everybody’s on the same page.”

“Get your red on,” he said. “Want everybody to wear red. This is the Red Raiders.”

“First impressions ... I’m telling you, what a great place this is — the community, the university, West Texas. There’s not a better place to live and go to school and raise a family. People here are so nice, so energetic and supportive, it’s amazing. So we’re excited.”

Texas Tech opens with SMU on Sunday, September 5th


Marrone excited about Syracuse defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh

Syracuse head coach hired former LA Tech defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh during the off-season.

Marrone explained to The Post-Standard, "He’s a cutting-edge guy when it comes to the defensive line. I’ve always admired Pete Jenkins and his work. So I called Pete and said this is what I’m looking for, and he said I’ve got the perfect guy for you."

"I remember him as a player. He was a hard worker, from my standpoint an overachiever. I think there are a lot of things when you go back and start looking that say, hey, this guy has a chance to be one of the great defensive line coaches."

Brumbaugh, a former standout players at Auburn University, said of Marrone, "You see his vision of where he wants this program to go. He’s an o-line guy, I’m a d-line guy and I see what he does and I wanted to be that kind of guy, you know what I mean? I like his discipline, I like what he stands for. He’s a family guy and he’s a hard-working guy. And when you have all those qualities it makes you a good person."

About his philosophy, Brumbaugh stated, "I would run through a wall for my d-line coach because I believed in him and I knew he was going to help me. When you can instill that in players, they’ll do anything for you."

Syracuse opens with four consecutive non-conference game.  The Orange will play at Akron, at Washington, Maine, and Colgate.

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."

"We're not going to bail out from playing North Carolina the way Tennessee did," Spurrier said.

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. 



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