Lunch time Coaches Quick Hits
Kyle Whittingham concerned with ball security: “We have to focus as a unit and think about the ball even when you’re running,” he said. “Guys think too much about making a move or yards and you have to step back and focus on ball security.”
Bronco Mendenhall takes responsibility for QB issues: "The biggest issue with our execution so far, is the choice that I made, and I'm completely responsible for, of playing two quarterbacks, which cut the execution and practice repetitions in half, for each player."
Lane Kiffin says no national TV makes Wazzu game a challenge: "I've always thought coaching here one of your hardest things to do is to get your team motivated when it's not the national game of the week. These guys have been so programmed to be in so many of those games that these are the games that you worry most about.”
Quoting LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes: "We're playing a Conference USA team and need to have a great crowd this week. We're trying to put ourselves in the best position that we possibly can for when some things happen down the road — everybody anticipates something happening — and it's going to be important for us to continue to have great support, fill up the stadium, and show people that we've got the support necessary to continue to grow this program. It's going to be critical for the things that come down in the future."
Utah State head coach Gary Anderson upset with special team vs. Fresno State: "We had big issues on special teams. Special teams was really the key factor."
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun wants special teams improvement: “They can be better, and they need to be better. That’s an area we put a lot of time into in August, but in these next two months I want to see a level pick up.”
Lane Kiffin pleased with special teams: “I would challenge that we put more time and dedication into our special teams than anybody in the country and it’s continued to pay off for us three games in a row.”
USC special teams coordinator John Baxter says previous staff didn’t spend enough time on special teams: “We’re not spending too much time. We’re spending what you should spend. They didn’t before. That’s not my fault. I got nothing to do with it. All I can control is what our staff does. You guys are used to watching [a team spend little time on special teams] but I’m not.”
Skip Holtz talks about Western Kentucky offense: "They run the ball and control the clock, and that is not something we've had a lot of success with as a defensive front not only this season to this point but last year."
Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Brian Kelly says the Irish don’t deserve anything: “Nobody feels sorry for Notre Dame at 1-2. It can’t be, Well, gee, you deserve …’ — we don’t deserve anything. We deserve what we get. We’re 1-2 and we need to do something about it. We have to come back and play this game with more toughness and tenacity than we’ve ever played.”
Tuberville talks about stress: "I don't know of any other job that's as stressful as this one, especially with the changes over the last 10-15 years with year-round attention and recruiting. That's become one thing that's made it just as stressful -- the competition (of recruiting).
"But the big thing is how much you travel. When you travel you never eat well, so you';re kind of like a junk food junkie. You eat out and you don't eat smart, you build the stress on top of it, and you have 80-90 hour work weeks. It's a heart attack waiting to happen.''
"Exercise, sleep and nutrition. That's the three things that we have to have in our profession. And we have to make ourselves do it. When you're younger I hardly ever slept, and I was eating burgers every day. You say I'm going to exercise at noon, and then you work at noon and you look and it's time to go to practice or get on a plane or do something. There's just no routine.''
Chip Kelly talks compliments Arizona State offense: “Comparing last year’s offense to this year’s offense, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They’re definitely different than Dennis’ operation has been in the past.”
Chris Petersen talks about physical football: "I just don't think you can win, or win consistently, without that. It's hard to play 60 to 80 snaps with that intensity. And that focus."
Cutcliffe says operating with Sean Renfree is similar to days with Eli Manning: “He’s letting us go full tilt with what we do, which we hadn’t done probably since Eli, to be full tilt with everything we’re capable of doing in the passing game and continuing to grow. He’s very bright. He’s a more than willing worker and a more gifted, stronger, quicker athlete than he was a year ago. He’s improved his arm strength quite a bit.”
Rich Neuheisel talks about UCLA offense: "We worked hard to get to a place where we thought we knew what we were doing with this offense. Obviously we improved the running game. Now we have to focus on improving the pass."
Dooley explains his style with media: "Y'all ask me how a guy plays and I tell you. I don't really see it as calling them out. I'm just trying to be honest with them. I think it's important that the players know because sometimes -- and this happens a lot, guys -- a player thinks he played good, the coaches think he didn't play good and then they go on to the next week. And then there's no communication.”
"It's just important to me that if they don't play well, we tell them, 'You didn't play well and this is what you did wrong and we've got to correct it.' I don't really see it as calling them out as much as telling the truth of where we are and where we need to go."
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo doesn’t believe in moral wins: “I’ve never been one of those guys to come away with moral victories. It’s kind of like the Saints and the 49ers last night, you either win or you lose. There is no gray matter.”
Jim Grobe: No, we're not starting from scratch
Wake Forest is 2-1, but head coach Jim Grobe is concerned about his team coming off a 68-24 loss at Stanford. Over the last two games, Wake has allowed a combined 1022 yards of offense.
“No, we’re not starting from scratch. We’re just trying to cut some things out. I think we’re trying to find out what our kids are capable of handling mentally more than anything else. At Wake Forest we’ve got smart kids, but I think sometimes we take that to the nth degree as coaches and feel like our kids are smart enough to handle a lot of defense, and the same way offensively. We’ve got the same issues on offense.”
“I think sometimes we ask our guys to think too much, and they tend to play slower when they’re not thinking fast. So I think our challenge is to be careful from week to week on how much we ask our guys to do.”
“We’ve got a huge playbook on both offense and defense. A lot of the things that have been good to us in the past are things that we’ve dragged here into the future, and it may have been good for some other teams, but it may not be good for this team.”
“So I think our challenge as coaches is to not only coach the kids better, but to be careful that what we’re asking them to do are things that they can handle. In some cases we’ve talked about it before, but we’ve got some young players that don’t handle change very well. We didn’t, obviously, handle that trip very well last weekend. But we also don’t handle asking them to think too much.”
Wake Forest travels to Florida State for a 3:30 pm EST kick-off.
Rich Rod: Our QB has to be a point guard that can shoot the 3
ESPN’s Colin Cowherd took his show to Ann Arbor today. Sports Nation also broadcasted LIVE from the Michigan campus. There’s a lot of excitement on campus.
This afternoon, Rich Rodriguez talked about his team on ESPN Radio with Doug Gottlieb.
Rich Rod said, “We are a young team in certain areas. We learned some lessons last weekend (42-37 win over UMASS). Our focus and prep was really good. I was a little bit surprised about how we played. We have to learn if things aren’t going well in the game, you have to forget the last play and move on.”
“I showed some frustration yesterday in practice. There are some things that are going to take a year or two, but I love the attitude of the team. They come to work every day.”
“It’s been kind of a process. It’s been painful for us and our players. It’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when.”
(on concerns about the defense) “We have to learn from our experiences. That’s what I’ve asked our defense to do. You don’t what to dwell on it, but learn from it. Don’t play on your heels.”
“Our quarterback has to be a point guard that can shoot the 3. Denard’s been executing pretty well, but he’s going to get a lot of attention paid to him.”
Michigan hosts Bowling Green on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 12:00 pm EST on ESPN 2. You can see the entire Week #4 TV Schedule right here.
Wednesday afternoon Coaches Quick Hits
UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palic praised Texas / Muschamp: “They are the most talented defense I have seen in the five years since I have been back in college football. They have strength and quickness. I don't see a flaw."
Mario Christobal says FIU improving: “Nobody in [the locker room] is happy. We never will be with any type of moral victory. But are we advancing? Without a doubt.”
“We're playing BCS opponents to the wire. The physicality of our football team is better. We can and we will take that next step, be that Sun Belt Conference team that can beat one of those BCS schools that we face.''
Interesting quotes from USC special teams coordinator John Baxter: "How much do you think Lane (cares) about the kicking game? I'm just sick of it. We've got too many (number) conflicts."
"Nobody can wear No. 5 or No. 1 or Ronnie Lott's number (42)."
"We're not spending too much time. We're spending what you're supposed to spend on it. They didn't spend enough time on it last year."
Brett Bielema, who is single, thinks not having a family lowers his stress level: "I felt pressure to get my scouting assignments done and I honestly feel the same exact pressure. I’m sure it’s in a much larger fashion, but it doesn’t ever feel that way to me now. I can’t say maybe my first year or two that wasn’t the case. But for me, I’m very comfortable in what I do and how I go about it and what I believe in, and I don’t know if that puts me at peace.”
"Is it stressful? It’s stressful, but I never ... I see some guys that I work with or I go against, and I’m like, `Whew, he’s really stressed.' "
"I come home to a house with no lights on. And I'd love a family. I mean, I plan on having a family at some point. I keep saying that -- don’t ask my mom."
Joe Paterno talks about Al Golden, adds that young coaches need to be more patient: "He(Golden) talked to me about different possibilities. He left for the University of Virginia because he was close to Al Groh. He had a chance to get a little more responsibility down there.”
"When the Temple job came up, I can't remember if Al called me or not. We talked a little bit about his future and [the need to have] patience. I think I told him to not be in a hurry and jump at any job that popped up.”
"Generally speaking, I think young coaches have a tendency to want to go too fast. I probably said something about waiting for the right opportunity. If he did say something to me about [Temple], I probably would have told him, 'If they're willing to make a commitment, it's probably a good opportunity for you.' But I really don't remember having that conversation."
Jim Tressel talks about Buckeyes mascot “Brutus,” who was dumptrucked by the Ohio mascot during warm-ups: "I was standing at the National Anthem and I heard some of our guys talking, 'hey, did you see that mascot?' And I'm thinking, 'you're thinking about the mascot?’”
"I asked him if he was going to be ready for Saturday and he's probable from an injury report standpoint."
Purdue head coach Danny Hope talks about stress in coaching: "It's very stressful. During the season, it's an 80-hour week but you usually dip into the 100-hour week. Those aren't exaggerations -- those are legit -- and it goes on for hundreds of days in a row.”
"It's total life consuming, it's fast-paced and it's a stressful occupation in a lot of ways. I don't do anything other than work. I guess maybe the fun that we have on the practice field and being around the guys is an outlet or a defense mechanism in some ways. I like the physical part of the game, the camaraderie part of the game and the emotional part of the game. I have a lot of fun with those phases of it."
Quoting NC State head coach Tom O’Brien: “When you don’t pick a football up from Nov 28th to August, it takes a while to get your timing back. He certainly played well last Thursday night. We’re really glad.”
“We’ve gotten better each of the first three weeks. That’s the goal. I think we’re capable of having a winning year and going to a bowl game this year.”
Turner Gill concerned about play calling communication: "From a coaches' standpoint, what we can control, one thing we gotta do is make sure we get the play in fast enough. I think that's part of it. Number two, the people (on the sideline) that are giving the signals and the quarterback being able to receive it so there's not any misunderstanding and missignaling. That's going to happen occasionally. It's not gonna be perfect, we all understand that. But I think we can be lot better than what we are from that standpoint. The third, fourth, or fifth ball-game, you hope to have yourself a little bit more consistent in being able to get things done."
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Wow. Questionable move by Turner Gill
How miserable would you be without a cell phone for a day?
According to J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star, "KU coach Turner Gill has enforced a no-cell-phone policy on his players. The Jayhawks are to hand over their phones before they clock in the day before a game, and they’ll get them in the locker room after the game."
“Everybody was kind of in shock,” KU wide receiver Daymond Patterson said. “We hadn’t had anything like that in the past years. (Gill) just feels like it’s a business thing. He wants us to focus and be ready for the game and not be thinking about outside things.”
Can you imagine not being able to call your girl or your parents the night before and on gameday.? A coach may say, "They can call. They just have to use the hotel room phone." In reality, that's just not happening.
Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we just bring you the content and keep our opinions to ourselves. We like to keep coaches and athletic directors informed on what's going on around the country.
We'll think this opens up Coach Gill to a lot of criticism and could impact recruiting.
Another head coach refuses to divulge injury-related information
Add another college head coach who will not disclose any injury-related information to the media.
Last week, Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin followed his regular policy by not divulging any information on the injury status of quarterback Case Keenum as the Cougars prepared to play at UCLA.
Sumlin pointed out that college football is not pro football, thus he doesn’t have to give an injury report. Even though Keenum is Houston’s best player, Sumlin insisted he wasn’t trying to hide anything, just following his usual policy.
This week, it’s Jim Harbaugh’s turn. As the Stanford Cardinal prepare for a trip to South Bend, Harbaugh will not give any update on wide receiver Ryan Whelan.
Whalen was injured in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest. A year ago, he caught 57 passes for 926 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Stanford at Notre Dame kicks-off at 3:30 pm EST on NBC.
Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill talks about collapsing and his recovery: “I told (my wife) Rebecca, before I went to bed, I said, ‘You know, I may be in trouble here because I just don’t feel right.”
“Through that medication, when you’re not retaining (it) … and it gets out of your system, my body shuts down. My body shut down.”
“I thought it was minor surgery. I didn’t think it was a big deal, being that I had surgery on Friday and I was here on Saturday … and went to work on Monday and never missed a beat.”
“I want everyone to know, due to different reports, I am cancer free. I do not. Have. Cancer. I’ve been in remission for five years.”
“That’s who I am. I can’t change. I will not change. I will not change my coaching style. I never have and haven’t slowed down one inch. That’s who I am. The day I don’t do that then I won’t be doing it. But that won’t happen because I’ve been doing it too damn long and too damn good.”
Joe Paterno talks about stress in coaching: "I coach exactly the way I've coached. I don't have any physical problems. I had that little bout with those antibiotics [an intestinal ailment during the summer] and a couple of things . . . but I'm fine. Knock on wood, I've never had any problem, heart problems or whatnot. I've been a great walker. I've got to do more walking than I've been doing in the past because of time. So much more is demanded of us these days, and I think that's probably what happened" to Dantonio.”
Chip Kelly says Sun Devils kick-off return team will be a challenge: “It’s going to be a challenge. I’ve always said, when you get in this league, especially on the road, special teams are going to be the key. Our kickoff coverage unit — we spent a lot of time on it today — is going to have their work cut out for them because they’ve got some explosive guys.”
Quoting Derek Dooley: “Coaching is nothing more than handling a series of crises.”
“Right now, about 95% of my time is either coaching or recruiting. You have such a responsibility to the team and evaluating high school players to get them to come here.”
Quoting Lane Kiffin: “I don’t even sense the bowl conversations. It never even happens around our team. That’s for other people.”
Quoting Fresno State head coach Pat Hill: "I guess if we sugarcoated and wanted to play a different schedule, I guess we could have won 10, 11 games a year. But I don't think that would help our program grow."
Randy Edsall responds to UCONN player that talked about a demoralized team when trailing Temple: "There's still time left on the clock. Go find a way to win. Don't say you're demoralized or somebody took the air out. Bullcrap. That's a cop-out. As long as there's time left on the clock, you're fightin' and scratchin' and clawin' and trying to find a way to get it done.”
"That's got to come from (the players). I ain't good enough and I'm too old to play, but I know one thing, I'll fight my tail off until the very end. I don't care what it is. A game of golf ... you name it. If it's competitive, you've got to fight to the very end. I don't give a crap. I don't care how many I'm down with how much time to go. That's the same thing our guys have to do."
(on his quarterback) "I don't want him to be John Wayne and start letting it fly, because we've seen what happens when that happens.”
Ball State head coach Stan Parrish talks about stress in coaching: "It's why some of the guys walk away. It can't be bigger than life. I always tell myself that. I get away from it in the middle of the day by putting on my headset and walking around campus every day.”
"What you can do is eat better and exercise and try to get some rest. The biggest thing coaches don't do during the season is get rest. They work late and are up early. It's competitive ... it's stressful."
Jim Grobe disappointed: “We had play poor in every area. ... I guess the only positive thing for us is we got to play a lot of people. I wouldn’t say that’s a shining light. We have nine games to become a good football team. Right now, we are not a very good football team.”