Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Al Groh on the assumption GA Tech would handle the Kansas offense: "That's fantasy football; I just deal with what happened today. Coaches play the game that's played today. The rest is talk radio, those guys who have all the answers."
"I'm in charge of it. If there's any finger to be pointed, it's at me."
Zook happy with OC Paul Petrino: ''Everybody's bought into what we're doing, and that's 95 percent of the battle. He's a very thorough teacher. He makes sure you understand it, not only players but coaches. Everybody's on the same page. That's why we were better last week than we were the first week, and why we'll be better this week than we were last week.''
Monte Kiffin concerned about Minnesota offense “God-dang it” : “This quarterback, now, he’s in the process of breaking the all-time records of the University of Minnesota. Now, in 1960 in Minnesota with Murray Warmath, they won the Rose Bowl and the national championship. There’s a lot of records to be broken at the University of Minnesota. Now, this quarterback is breaking these records. I’m serious, god-dang it.”
“They got in a shootout and lost, but I’m telling you, offensively, they’re a god-danged good football team. This team last week was pretty good. This team’s better. I’m not making this stuff up. They put it on tape. Look at the tape. Look at the stats.”
Arkansas DC Willy Robinson says Hogs enter “man country” this week: “Now we go into man country. Now we go into the SEC. We’ve been working for it and working hard at it. That’s what we live for. Now it’s a different story. What’s happened in the past is in the past.”
Arizona State DC Craig Bray upset with defense: “We're not near as good as we need to be. We've underachieved for whatever reason, so this will be a good mark for us. We've acted bored. And you don't act like that if you want to be a great defense."
"I don't know what it is. I'm not sure a psychologist would know, either."
Dabo Swinney knows Clemson must be prepared to throw it: “We haven’t had the ball a whole lot and haven’t been challenged from a passing game standpoint. We’ve had some very big plays in the passing game, but that game where we go and have to throw it 30-35 times, it’s coming.”
Larry Fedora unsure of what to expect from Kansas defense: “Offensively for us, from the two films we have gotten, the first game was a two-back, two-tight end set offense that was just running and pounding the ball. The second game was an option team (Georgia Tech), so for the offense, we really do not have anything to go off of on film and that’s frustrating.”
“Its almost like it’s the first game of the season and you have to go into it not having any idea what they are going to do. It has been a little tough on the offense as we are game-planning trying to figure out what they are going to be when they get in the game. Neither of those two teams threw the ball much against them but hopefully we can change that.”
Wednesday night Coaches Quick Hits
Mike Riley compares Louisville game to Super Bowl: "It's hard for me to believe that anybody from inside our place would ever think of this as a trap game. This is our Super Bowl. We really have to play our best every week."
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Cutcliffe preparing for Alabama: "Somebody asked me the other day, said fans just want to keep it respectable. Well I understand that mentality. I don't fault them for thinking like that, but we can't think that way.”
"I don't like to lose. But losing and having someone whip your rear end are at times different. If someone's capable of whipping you, then they're gonna have to take it from you. What we still do, and it's my responsibility – I don't like giving anybody anything. I haven't gotten anywhere in life doing that, and I don't expect our squad to do that."
Gus Malzahn explains slower tempo: "We did go slower. There were a couple factors: We were on the road, we've got a new quarterback. I wanted to make sure our communication was good. We wanted to be smart and to do whatever gave us the best chance to win the game."
"We're going to do what we do. We still want to play fast and score points. I think one of the things that is really good with this offense is the flexibility in the offense is there. It doesn't matter what pace we have to go at.”
Tuberville on Texas Tech’s white helmets vs. New Mexico: “We have mannequins we put all the uniforms on. They had one of them with all white. I said, ‘You know, that looks pretty good.’ Players liked it. When you’re on the road, traditional white looks nice, I think. To me, if you look at all the teams across the country, the tradition is white. We’re a black helmet team. That might be the only time we do it this year.”
Dantonio not pleased with Spartans’ perimeter tackling: "We did not tackle as well this week on the perimeter. I saw some missed tackles. I saw some big hits and they ran through those."
Urban Meyer talks about stopping Tennessee run game: “We’re looking at some big personnel … We’re going to have some big people on the field because I think they’re real clear with what they want to do to you. They want to give the ball to that great back and pound it. They got a real big offensive line, so we have to be able to spend a lot of time on that this week in practice.”
Skip Holtz likes 1 lone kick-off returner: "You're flirting with the sidelines. You may get more squibs and pooches and those type of things, which I look at as a field-position win for our kickoff return team. We play the game not by return yards but by field position."
Steele has interesting way of describing Auburn's offense
Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele had an interesting way of describing Auburn’s offensive scheme under Gus Malzahn.
Steele said, “It reminds me of Canada where they have 12 men. Rich Rodriguez was like that in a lot of ways, had a very fast tempo.”
But don’t hype up the Malzahn’s tempo too much to Clemson’s second-year defensive coordinator. Steele said, "Hey guys … it is what it is. You’ll make a big deal out of it anyway, but … there's 11 men on both sides, the officials will spot the ball.”
“When they get in place, it's going to go. Yes, it is fast and yes you have to think and get lined up in a hurry, but it's still human beings having to get lined up. They’ve got to make a call, they’ve got to get lined up. It's not like they’ve got some magical power or something where it's a vapor that's going to appear all of a sudden and they're going to snap the ball. They have to get a call and they’ve got to get lined up. That should be enough time for us to get lined up correctly and we’ve got the right system.”
Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm EST on ESPN.
Is the Virginia Tech offense tipping plays?
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer suspects that his offense is tipping plays.
In fact, Virginia Tech coaches will or already have put in calls to Boise State and James Madison to find out.
Frank Beamer says, “There’s some people who’ve been in good calls for a particular play. Whether they fell into it or not, we’re checking it out. I don’t think we are [tipping off plays], but we need to check it out.”
Offensive coordinator Brian Stinespring explained, "I need to do a better job of coaching. We’re in position to be more successful than we are, and you don’t need to point at this guy, that guy, this position. I need to do a better job of coaching. ... It’s my responsibility to make sure we play better and we can and we will.”
The Hokies return to action against East Carolina on Saturday. Kick-off from Lane Stadium is set for 1:30 pm EST. You can see the entire Week #3 TV Schedule right here.
Sumlin refuses to update QB's injury status: College football is not pro football
Kevin Sumlin refuses to give an update on the injury status of quarterback Case Keenum leading up to Saturday’s game at UCLA. Keenum left the UTEP game in the 3rd quarter with an undisclosed injury, some reports suggest a mild concussion.
This morning, Sumlin told 1560 The Game, “I said Sunday that I wasn’t talking about it or giving an update any other day. It’s not any different than any other policy I’ve had for any other player. We just don’t update injuries.”
“College football is not pro football. We don’t have to update injuries. It would be different if the policy since I’ve been here would have changed just for Case. It’s unfortunate that certain people here in town think we’re trying to hide something. We’re not trying to hide anything.”
Sumlin also stressed that UCLA is UCLA and they have more talented players than Houston. The third-year head coach totally brushed off the Cougars possibly overlooking the 0-2 UCLA Bruins.
“Look, you guys make a big deal out of that. You turn the tape on and are they more talented than us? Yes. They have players that we haven’t seen. They’re backs are against the wall. We are going to get their best shot. It’s still UCLA, still the home of a hundred national championships, and they got really good players and they’re at a place they are going to play as hard as they can possibly play.”
Kick-off at the Rose Bowl is set for 10:30 pm EST on FSN.
Kiffin: It was classic Ed Orgeron. He ran up the tunnel with a broken foot
Somehow, last week, USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron suffered a broken foot.
No reports have surfaced just how the injury occurred, but following Tuesday’s practice, Lane Kiffin joked about one of his favorite assistants.
Kiffin said, “He broke his foot. It’s sad to see. It’s really neat to watch him, it was classic Orgeron (during pre-game against UVA). His foot was broken during that game and he still ran up the tunnel with a broken foot cuz he refused to walk, even once nobody could see him. So now his foot is worse so he’ll be out even longer now, but he showed how tough he was.”
Kiffin added, “There is a difference between being tough and smart.”
USC travels to Minnesota for a 3:30 pm EST kick-off on Saturday.
You can watch Kiffin tell the story at the 7:40 mark in this video:
Georgia DC Grantham responds to Spurrier's post-game comment
First-year Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who served on the Dallas Cowboys staff in 2009, responded Tuesday to Steve Spurrier’s subtle jab at the UGA defensive coordinator.
Following the 17-6 South Carolina win, Spurrier said, “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme I guess. I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”
Grantham responded on Tuesday by saying, “It was kind of an out-of-left field comment, you know, but I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL, so I really wasn’t sure if it was because of his lack of success there or what. So I kind of took it like that more than anything.”
“I appreciate his assistance, but we actually knew what plays they were running. And they actually run that play in pro ball. Our offense actually runs that play, too, so we kind of knew what was happening. I read it.”
It’s just a little fun. Commissioner Slive doesn’t need to get involved in this one.
Blown call on fake punt hurts Virginia, Lane Kiffin responds
In a scoreless game in the 2nd quarter at USC, Virginia head coach Mike London called a fake punt that was beautifully executed by the Cavaliers.
Virginia had the ball on their own 40-yard line. Aligned with a 3-man shield, Virginia snapped the ball to the punter, who then lobbed the ball over the rush to one of the three (in the shield). The other two players in the shield “cut blocked” below the waist the USC rushers.
The refs through a penalty flag, negating the successful fake. The momentum shifted and the Virginia failed the score on the drive.
On the field, Mike London blew a gasket to say the least.
Following the 17-14 loss, UVA special teams coordinator Anthony Poindexter said, “The referee said you can’t cut (block) on a punt play, but we was behind the line of scrimmage. You actually can (cut block) if you’re running an offensive play. They apologized to us (before the start of the third quarter), but that don’t do me any good right now.”
On Monday, Lane Kiffin took a different stance. Kiffin said, “It is a penalty. If you go back and read the rule book, if they are in a kicking formation, which is no one with the ability to take a snap from center and someone deeper than 7 yards, you cannot cut in any fashion regardless of the play, so the refs made a great call.”
Kiffin must have learned something different following his statement because on Tuesday, Kiffin admitted, “We were wrong.”
Since we don't have the film of the Virginia fake punt (we are working on it), we wonder which college team is going to have the %@$$* to run this fake punt: