Ed Orgeron breaks his foot, Kiffin following Pete Carroll's advice
USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron broke his foot during last Thursday’s practice. Although details of the injury have not surfaced, Orgeron not surprisingly said, “I’ll be fine.”
In other USC news, Lane Kiffin has absolutely had it with the penalties. After two games, USC is ranked 119th nationally in penalties yards per game. The Trojans have been penalized 24 times for 240 yards.
Kiffin said, "Maybe our players are drawn to it because we put so much attention to it," Kiffin said during a conference call with reporters. "So we're going to go the other way with it and [we're] not going to talk about it all week, because it can't be worse."
"There's a couple questionable calls, but I refuse to buy into that 'Because it's SC or people are jealous' or whatever the reasons are that people think that," Kiffin said. "I actually heard that [Sunday] in our staff meeting. Someone said that. That won't be said again around here."
Instead, Kiffin will take a cue from Carroll and not influence his players with the power of suggestion.
"It's not that it won't be noticed, but I'm not going to talk about it on a daily basis like I did last week," Kiffin said. "My predecessor's whole deal was, 'Whatever you talk about they draw toward.' So maybe I screwed that one up."
USC travels to Minnesota this week. Kick-off is set for 3:30 pm EST on ESPN. You can see the entire Week #3 TV Schedule right here.
Note: You can follow Ed Orgeron in the FootballScoop Twitter Center. His latest tweet was a few days ago, "Trojans are having a great week of preparation! Focusing on Virginia and playing in the greatest Football Stadium in the world LA Coliseum!"
Monday morning Coaches Quick Hits
No smiling this week for Brian Kelly: "I know we're going to play hard, but that's not good enough anymore. So you showed me that you're going to play hard, that you're going to fight. That's a great dynamic to have on a football team. But that's not the end-all.”
"What we have to do this week is we have to win a football game, and that means, quite frankly, that we've got to execute better. We've got to line up in the right position and we've got to be assignment-correct. That happens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and we're going to make sure that that gets coached hard during the week."
"There won't be any smiling faces around here until we get a win."
Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone takes the blame for foolish calls at Washington: “I made some bad calls. I made the toss-reverse in the red zone. We wound up kicking a field goal, making it 10-0. I could’ve just kept doing what we were doing, and it could’ve been 14-0. … I was just trying to be aggressive. That’s my nature when it comes to offense.”
“I made a poor decision early on. We had vertical routes in the end zone. I thought we could score a touchdown and get some momentum going in with the lead. And they ruled it a fumble. And we lost the time. And we could’ve kicked a field goal. So that’s my fault.”
Quoting Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno: "Teachable moments, I hate that term."
Bo Pelini not pleased with his team following win over Idaho: “That wasn’t to our standard. I told them – I’m pretty honest with our group – defensively I wasn’t happy last week (against Western Kentucky) and offensively they just got a good you-know-what chewing. They know we have high standards around this place.”
“It was pretty obvious. We were careless with the ball and we were undisciplined and made too many penalties.”
Quoting Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild: "There's a lot we have to correct. We didn't tackle very well. There's a lot of things we can do better. But they're close. I like our leadership. I told the team I think we're going to be a very good team. . . . Right now it's just about staying positive. We have a game Saturday (at Miami of Ohio). It's winnable."
Doc Holliday talks about overtime loss to WVU: "I was never on a high because the game was never over. I knew that. It's a 60-minute game. Unfortunately we didn't play all 60 minutes."
Les Miles talks quarterback situation: "We're going to continue to evaluate our quarterback situation, and frankly, we're going to expect more out of the position, period. I think Jefferson definitely can, and we're going to encourage Lee."
Texas Tech DC James Willis says New Mexico changed: “We made some adjustments. Early in the season, a lot of times you don’t have enough stuff on film to really get a good bead on a team. They came out and did a lot of things that were totally off from what they did last year — the first game also.”
“We kind of had to adjust as the game went on, and I think our kids on the sideline did a great job of adjusting. That’s what shows the maturity of a team.”
Joe Paterno: Outcoached us, outplayed us, kicked the crap out of us
83-year old Joe Paterno wasn’t in a good mood following a 24-3 loss at Alabama on Saturday night.
At his post-game press conference, Paterno stated, "Out-coached us, outplayed us, kicked the crap out of us. Anything else you want to know?"
When a reporter asked Paterno to repeat his comment about being outcoached, Paterno wasn’t too happy. "Oh, I don't know, I said it. I haven't got the slightest idea," he yelled.
Told he was difficult to hear, Paterno responded, "Well, OK, that's tough. Get a hearing aid. I'm not in the mood."
Although Alabama took control early in the game, Penn State did have some bright spots. The Nittany Lions did not allow a sack, did not allow a single yard of punt return, and limited Alabama to just 3 of 10 third-down conversions. Penn State was penalized just 1 time for 5 yards in the game, but the Crimson Tide outgained the Nittany Lions 409 to 283 in total yardage.
"It's over. Alabama deserved to win it. They were the better football team today, a better coached team today and they deserved to win it."
Penn State hosts Kent State on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 12:00 pm EST.
Dooley: We absolutely shut it down, were not competing in the 4th quarter
After the Vols threw a pick-6 to go down 27-13 to Oregon, Derek Dooley says his offense, “absolutely shut it down.” Tennessee eventually lost 48-13 in front of 102,035 fans at Neyland Stadium.
Dooley said, "We went into the fourth quarter of this game down 14 and we're not even competing and that's something we have to change. We need to change that before we get to anything else, is being able to compete for four quarters no matter what the score is."
"They all want success and they all want this personal gratification and they lose sight of what it takes to get that. I think you don't just see it in sports. These sociologists have called this the entitlement generation. And if you ask employers out there across the board, there's a consensus that this generation comes in expecting raises and expecting bonuses and wanting vacation more than ever, more than any generation in the past. . . . I think it's a generational thing and it's important that we teach them the importance of process and that you get your satisfaction from the investment you put into something."
"I hope we can see that, when we do play with the kind of intangibles that we expect them to play for 60 minutes, that we can go out and compete and we did that against a good football team. But when we don't play with those intangibles, whether it be a lack of discipline, a lack of effort, a lack of toughness, then we are going to get embarrassed and I think that's the case of whoever we play."
"You should be able to turn on the TV and, based on how we're competing, you don't know if we are winning or losing. Sometimes players nowadays they get so focused on wanting to win that they don't enjoy the competitive element of the game and they don't enjoy when it gets tough, how to fight through it and figure out a way to find solutions to have success.”
The Vols host Florida on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 3:30 pm EST on CBS.
Urban Meyer: Tuesday's practice is going to fun
Florida is 5-0 against Tennessee under head coach Urban Meyer.
Our Urban Meyer translator says, "That means Coach Meyer really dislikes the Vols, especially their former head coach Lane Kiffin, and he wants to show 102,000 fans in Neyland Stadium that Florida has more speed than Chip Kelly's Ducks. He wants to bury the Vols in the first half. He's really not interested in being tied 13-13 at half."
Following the 38-14 win over South Florida, Meyer said, “If we get full strength, we could have one of the best offensive lines in the country. We imposed our will in the fourth quarter.”
(Since Miami (OH) game) “I’ve been trying to figure out who we are as a team. I did find out we handle ourselves very professionally in practice. That’s why you see highlights this week which are much better than what we showed a week ago.”
The last five Florida vs. Tennessee games: 23-13 Gators, 30-6 Gators, 59-20 Gators, 21-20 Gators, 16-7 Gators.
Kick-off from Neyland Stadium is set for 3:30 pm EST on CBS.
Christobal: Defense was phenomenal. Penalties cost us the game.
Watching Mario Christobal’s post-game press conference, you could sense Christobal's feeling of disbelief, frustration, and disappointment of the 19-14 loss to Rutgers.
Christobal watched his defense limit Rutgers to 172 total yards, but 14 penalties & 5 turnovers was too much to overcome in the loss to the Scarlet Knights.
“We put ourselves in bad situations. It's a shame, because our defensive effort tonight was phenomenal. We played hard. We played the scheme the right way. We won physically. Offensively, we won a lot of battles as well, but we kept hamstringing ourselves with penalties. Tonight, it cost us the ball game.”
“If you look at the overall performance by the defense and what they did against ‘The Wildcat’, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who played it better than we did.”
FIU allowed 2 blocked punts and was penalized 14 times for 124 yards in the loss. The Golden Panthers will travel to College Station to play Texas A&M this Saturday.
Dave Christensen: I've never experienced anything like that in my life
Following Wyoming’s 34-7 loss at Texas, head coach Dave Christensen expressed his great appreciation of the Texas athletic department for the their kindness in recognizing the recent death of Wyoming player Ruben Narcisse.
Freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse (19) died in the wreck last Monday after he and several other UW teammates visited friends in Fort Collins over the weekend.
Christensen stated, “All I have to say is that the people of Texas have been sensational with our tragedy this week. They couldn’t have been better. I was greeted at the locker room on Friday by the President of the university and the Athletic Director and I have never experienced anything like that in my life. I just want to tell the people that we really appreciate how kind they were to us and everything they did for us.”
“Everyone is well aware that we lost a player this week,” Christensen added. “We had Ruben’s initials on our helmet tonight so we honored him with that which we will do for the remaining of the time that he would have been with us. It was a very difficult week. We will have a service for him on Monday in Laramie and some of us will attend another ceremony on Friday in Miami.”
Wyoming hosts Boise State this Saturday.
Rich Rod tweets about "the main thing"
Here at FootballScoop headquarters, as we are awaiting kick-off to the 2010 NFL season, we decided to check out the FootballScoop Twitter Center to see what the head coaches around the country are tweeting today.
We noticed Rich Rod's tweet at just before 1 pm EST, which said, "Yesterday was a great victory for all of the Michigan fans We have to continue making the Main thing being the Main thing."
We're not sure what "The Main thing" is, but we're pretty sure Rich Rod will explain in his Monday presser, which you'll be able to read about here on (you guessed it) Monday.
Monday is always a big day on FootballScoop. You can read all the important quotes & notes from coaches around the country. Don't forget, we'll release Week #2 Game Changing Coaches presented by Family Relo on Tuesday morning.
Back to Michigan, check out Picture #2 in the FootballScoop Photo Gallery. Is Denard claiming the Heisman already?
Robinson has yet to turn the ball over in two games. Michigan hosts UMASS next week. The Wolverines next few games include UMASS, Bowling Green, and at Indiana.