Urban plan to rebuild: Tough-ass players and tough-ass coaches
Florida finished 7-5 and 62nd nationally in turnover margin. In Urban Meyer’s previous six seasons as head coach at Florida, the Gators finished much higher than in turnover margin…24th nationally (2009), 2nd (2008), 32nd (2007), 37th (2006), and 3rd (2005).
Following the 31-7 loss at Florida State, Meyer said, “I can assure you we are going to rebuild this thing and build it up the right way and do it right. Obviously we are down a little bit. I didn’t believe we would be that far down – but we are,” he said. How do you build up a program? I’ve done it a few times. You build it up with tough players, tough coaches, and you got to play better. You have to have a plan to win.”
“Obviously this is the first time…2010 is the first time in 10 years we did not follow a plan to win. You can’t turn the ball over.”
“Recruit our butt off is what we’re going to do – and that starts tonight. Coaches are all on the road tomorrow, so we’re going to recruit our butt off and build this thing back up. Obviously we’re down. We got to build this thing back up. [...] How do you rebuild it? Tough-ass players and tough-ass coaches.”
As far as coaching staff evaluations, Meyer stated, “I’m not ready to comment on that because I have not had the reflective moment. Usually I wait until after the recruiting season to do all that. I’m going to get real busy obviously.”
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Stoops changes defense, Schiano frustrated, Manny Diaz thrilled
Bob Stoops say OU changed defensive scheme against Oklahoma State: “We got in a little bit of an odd look front more than we ever have. It worked out well for us. The kids really executed well. Brent did a nice job of mixing that in and going to a 50 front a lot more than we were used to going to it.”
“Give the players credit. The defense was sensational.”
Dana Holgorsen compliments Oklahoma coaches: “They schemed a few things that got to us. They've got pretty good players, and they got to us a little bit.”
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano very frustrated with 5-game losing streak: "Certainly, I feel their frustration. There's no one on the planet that's more frustrated than I am. That's where it starts. Can I feel their frustration? Fifty times over. They're frustrated but then they go do a job or they go back to their family or they do something.”
"My frustration doesn't end. So yeah, I feel their frustration. I can tell you this. I'm betting that the Rutgers' people, the real Rutgers' fans are going to stick with this football team and this coaching staff because we're going to get this fixed.”
"This isn't the end of the world. It's disappointing. It's sad that it had to happen. But this program is built on a rock solid foundation. This storm won't knock us off that foundation and we'll come back stronger. That's what I say to the fans.”
"We'll be back. The true fans will stick with us. The bandwagon fans will be there when we win again. That's life. I don't have an ill-feelings towards that. I'm in a profession that's a very competitive profession. It's entertainment. And when it doesn't go well, people aren't entertained. I understand that.”
Bobby Petrino explains decision to go-for-it on 4th & 3 at LSU 39 with 14 minutes to play leading 21-20, play resulted in TD: "I called (assistant) coach (John L.) Smith over one time and asked him what he thinks, should we punt it or go for it? I worked for coach Smith for a long time (at Louisville), and we had a saying: 'We didn't come to paint. We came to win a game.' So we went for it.”
"We had problems last year against LSU in similar situations. They come all out at you with a house blitz, cover you with man coverage and sit at the sticks (the first-down marker), especially the safety on Joe. He gave the safety a double move, and it was a great throw."
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz explains key to outstanding defensive performance against Ole Miss:
D-Walk concerned about program, Charlie Strong surprised, Wannstedt disappointed
New Mexico State head coach Dwayne Walker concerned about his program: "I think this project we have football-wise is bigger than me. Hopefully we can sit down collectively and really find out the best plan. I think now is when you start. I look at this as really my first year. And I think we have to put a pretty detailed plan together on how we approach this thing ... from the top on down."
"I really believe the more you give, the more you get. And I just really believe we have to study what are you giving? Because I think this can get done. I really do. But, it's going to take a pretty detailed plan with everybody involved for us to get it right."
Rich Rod ticked off: "I worry about my future every day. I worried about it before I took this job. I worried about it after I got this job, but nothing is going to change how we work. I'm not deterred one bit. I think the worst is behind us. I know it is."
"I'm ticked off. What do you want me to do, jump out there with all those Buckeye fans and sing Kumbaya?”
At 6-6, Louisville is bowl bound, something Charlie Strong didn’t coming in his first year: “I did not see it turning so quickly. When you go through spring ball, you think, ‘I don't know how good we are, guys. I don't know if we can win any games.' ”
Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt describes 35-10 loss to WVU: “Everybody understood, approached and prepared, I thought, as well as we could have prepared for this football game.”
“The turnovers prevented us from taking the lead. We came out after halftime and gave up one play to begin the second half, and then the air kind of came out of the balloon. We had to play catch up, right into their hands.”
“Obviously, it’s disappointing. We just didn’t make enough plays. We didn’t make enough plays on defense. We gave up way too many plays on offense from a turnover standpoint.”
Vols’ linebacker Nick Reveiz praises Derek Dooley after fake punt call: “We were inside our own 30 [the 24, actually]. I’m thinking, ‘This is either going to be really good or really bad.’ But I guess that’s why he’s paid the big bucks. I just admire Coach Dooley so much. He never hesitated in making that call. He’s not out there with marbles in his mouth. He was all in. That’s why he’s the guy to take this program to the next level.”
Mack Brown: It goes back on coaches. It's not talent.
It’s been 20 years since Mack Brown hasn’t been to a bowl game. Following the 24-17 loss to Texas A&M, Brown said “some” of his coaching staff will hit the road to recruit today.
In regards to his coaching staff, Brown stated, “What I will do is take my time and evaluate the coaches and the staff and each player and everything that we're doing. At that time I'll be able to make the conscious decision on what's best for the program.”
A disappointed Brown put it on his coaches by adding, “I think [it's] just disappointing. You can say a lot of words. It's not our standard at all. It was obvious tonight that our players are as good as theirs. I think it goes back on coaches. It's not talent. We had our chances to win the game. People have said it's talent. It's not.”
“I thought we were inconsistent offensively. We obviously had a chance to win the game at the end there and didn't and gave up some big plays on defense. That's kind of the theme of the year.”
“I think I'll try to wait until Monday. If not, there's a lot of evaluation that has to be done on players and coaches and staff. I have a lot of work to do here. There's no timeframe on it, no timetable. I thought we'd be going to a bowl, so I thought it would wait until after the bowl game. Now it obviously looks like we're not. I'll get started on it Monday.”
Win Saturday and pocket $150,000
OK, so that's not exactly how the contract is worded; but that's what's on the line for North Carolina State's Tom O'Brien. A win Saturday would trigger two clauses in his contract that would provide him with an additional $150,000 ($100k for reaching the ACC title game and $50k for winning a sixth ACC regular season game).
If the Wolfpack were to win the ACC championship game, that would generate another $200,000 for O'Brien and a finish in the Top 20 of the major polls at year end would earn him another bonus between $50,000 and $200,000 depending on where they wind up.
NC State is currently 8-3 on the season (5-2 in the ACC) and plays at Maryland Saturday at 3:30 EST.
Horton in limbo and the latest from Addazio, Paul Johnson, and Ruffin
Minnesota interim head coach Jeff Horton is in limbo: "There's no idea what's going on next week. (We) haven't really got a timetable for when they want to hire a coach. I'll continue to come in until they say don't come. And we'll continue to monitor the players and get them going because finals are close.”
"Well take care of business that way and get it ready for the next guy coming in. I feel that's our responsibility to be accountable for the players, and we're certainly going to do that. … Whatever happens, happens."
Steve Addazio says the Gator’s players believe in offensive scheme: “The answer to that is simple: They have complete faith and trust and they watch the tape. They know. You come in here and you watch the tape on Sundays and surely see what we set out to do, what happened and what didn’t happen. There’s no mysteries there. One-on-one conversations are about how that particular one guy is doing. Our guys are great, man. They’re great. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. What happens is not complicated to see, it’s not hidden in numbers. It’s on video – there it is.”
“I think you have to try and approach it the way that you approach the other games in preparation. That is the only way that I know how to do it. You can’t get yourself so revved up on Tuesday when the game is on Saturday. You have to build it into the process and if you can’t get motivated to play in this game, then I don’t know which game you will be motivated to play in, for both sides I am sure.”
Paul Johnson frustrated by unmotivated team: “People can cry about schemes and play-calling, but the chemistry and just being able to do that [motivate] are just as important.”
“If I knew (how they were so motivated last year) I would use it this year. I don’t know. It just happens.”
“I’m more frustrated about that than anything else.”
Ruffin McNeill describes year #1 at East Carolina: "It has been a whirlwind. It's gone from one of the biggest challenges to one of the most rewarding times in my life, to another low point and then a high point to come here to East Carolina. It's been an adjustment ... but coming back home has been a blessing."
Kent State safety Brian Lainhart backs defensive staff and coordinator: “I had a meeting with (Nielsen) on Sunday, to tell him about coach Rekstis, (linebackers) coach (Jim) Fleming, (defensive backs) coach (Richard) McNutt and the defensive staff and what they have done in just our room with the 60-guys they have to work with. Coach Rekstis had a top-25 national defense three out of seven years. Just what he has done with 60 guys is great. To see what he could do with 120 guys would be something special.”
Caldwell unsure, Locksley on horse racing, Bud Foster on stopping the run
Vandy head coach Robbie Caldwell knows Saturday could be his last day: "If it is my last game, well, I'll be sad because I've enjoyed my time here at Vanderbilt. Hopefully it won't be. But if it is, I understand. It's the life of a football coach, unfortunately, this day and time."
Mike Locksley and New Mexico host TCU on Saturday: “I often use the analogy this week with our players: horse racing. You know those horses have odds on them, and when you open the gates on them, do you think the horse knows what the odds were? They don’t.”
North Texas defensive coordinator Gary DeLoach worried he could be out of a job: “I don't know if I can find a job. I am going to look around. I still have passion for the game. At my age it's tough. It's a young man game, and I realize that. You look around the country and there are not a lot of 57-year-old assistants."
Bud Foster not happy with VA Tech run defense: "Stop the run and make the opposing offense one-dimensional. That's always been the first goal of our defense.''
"We talked about it this morning. That's one thing we've taken great pride in. What we've done over 15 years a lot of people would like to do in one year. And I don't want our kids to lose sight of that. We don't want a team to feel like they can have success running the football on us because that's the last thing you want them to be able to do.''
"Part of it is the other team; part of it is us, getting lined up, being more forceful in our run game and our run fits in our perimeter. That's where we kind of been hurt as much as anything.”
Larry Porter explains his media policy to reporters
Larry Porter’s first year as Memphis head coach didn’t turn out the way he expected. The Tigers are 1-10 and host UCF on Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.
Porter’s first year also included some conflict with the local Memphis media. Today, Porter set the record straight on his media policies and talked about the future of the Memphis program.
Porter started, “I also want to say thank you, not just for today, but throughout the whole season. I think it’s a great compliment to you guys in how you’ve handled this season in terms of keeping things in perspective. I think, as we go forward, we just have to continue to give this program a platform that will allow it to flourish. Again, for your coverage and all the things that you’ve done, I want to say thank you.”
Regarding his media policy, Porter said, “Alright, let me set the record straight, OK. Everybody’s listening? My practices are not closed. They’re just structured to where the media comes at a certain time. So that perception has somehow taken a turn for the worst. And I understand and I did not try to debate the way you guys presented it. I did not. I understood exactly what you were saying, but my practices are not closed. As we go forward, let me say this publicly. The first three days of spring football will be open to the public, OK. Everybody there. It will be open to the public, so we’ll start there. In terms of my players, in terms of my freshmen, that’s just a fundamental belief of mine. I think you’ve got to educate guys before you just kind of send them out to the media and ask them questions that they may not be mature enough to handle. And in terms of my coaches, as we continue to grow and they know me and what I’m all about, I’ll be more open to allowing them to talk to the media.”
So what’s next for the program?
“I think if you look at the things going on, the future of this program is very bright. I really do believe that. Just the vibe I get from kids that want to be a part of this program. It has affected us in some ways, but just the reception you get overall; I think we’re headed in the right direction. I feel good about where we’re going. And then you look at the nucleus of this team. I think we’re in great shape.”