Joker's change, Dooley's warning, and Petrino's advice

Joker Phillips says Kentucky players ask for practice change: “It was another upbeat and positive practice. Again, we are working together even more on Wednesdays, which makes it that way. We only had a 15-minute period where we were with the scouts. A couple of our leaders asked us to do it, which I respect. We went more with ones vs. twos instead of scouts. I think that definitely helped practice, especially if they think it helped practice.”


Dooley warns team LSU fans “out to hurt us” : "I tell them that they've got to be ready for Mike (LSU's live Tiger mascot) standing there waiting for us when we run out of the visiting locker room. That's always the first shock of the opponents. Our crowds here have been phenomenal (102,455 capacity in Neyland Stadium), but they've helped us. The crowd that we're going to is going to be out to hurt us."


Bobby Petrino says Hogs need to learn from Bama game: “When you have a situation like this, you can either have an excuse for the rest of your life, or it can be the most motivating factor ever, and that’s what we’re trying to use it as, a motivating factor to come out and practice and get better this week in practice.”


Mike Locksley says he’s the “luckiest guy in the world” : "I'm the luckiest guy in the world, developing and working with young men. Adversity is fuel for you to work hard. Life lessons. I've gone through it my whole career."

"It takes time. You want to put it in the microwave and pop it out a minute later. But I've been through this at Maryland and Illinois. It takes time. I've become accustomed to that. It could start this week, but typically it takes three years.

"It's a process. We're trying to win this year, trying to go to a bowl game and we still have enough games to do it. We're fighting uphill, but that's always the goal."


Sonny Dykes talks about building a program: "That's part of growing as a program. You have to change the culture. It's the hardest thing to change. If you're worried about bad things that are going to happen, bad things are going to happen. You can't coach that way; especially offensive football.”

"There are two different ways to build a program. You can win like Alabama does, on defense. They recruit the best defensive players in the country year in and year out and say, 'We're going to win on defense and on special teams because our talent is so much better than yours. Our young players are going to be better than yours and we're going to be more explosive than you and just try to get by on offense.  If you do that and you're at Alabama that makes a lot of sense. We need to build our program differently."


Larry Porter says Memphis needs a play-maker: ''We've got to have a consistent playmaker. It's not about showing up for a game, it's about showing up every game. That's something we have to establish within our wide receiving corps.''

''When you look at the way our running backs are starting to play, if we can get at least one of (the receivers) we can rely on every game, we can make (this offense) work as coaches. When we call their number, they must be able to respond.''

''I'm done with flashes. I want consistency. They've got to understand there's a certain level of energy that comes with it as well, an energy that propels you to (a higher) level.''


USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton talks about Matt Barkley: “The kid has incredible vision.  He's made throws throughout his career that baffle us.  As you progress as a quarterback, you start to learn that there's another guy that's going to be open in the offense." 


Dave Wannstedt talks about scheduling: “I don’t mind playing a strong schedule. My only complaint since day one is like, the entire conference, let’s all play top 25 teams. That’s fine with me or let’s not. The parity in (non-conference schedules) has always been my stance on this thing. The schedules... you’ve got to play them.”


Willie Taggart talks about bye-week plans: “This off-week’s going to test the character of our football team. I’m going to get emotionally hijacked if I come out here and see someone take a day off of practice. We’re not doing that around here. We’re going to work, and we’re going to get better.”

“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything but get better, and like anyone else, we want to win. And we have to continue to work to get there.”

Paul Johnson: We were like 2 rabbits peeing on a bunch of cotton

Over here at FootballScoop headquarters, we were just listening to Atlanta sports radio when the show re-aired a sound bite from Paul Johnson’s radio show from Wednesday night.

Johnson, obviously disgusted with the way his team performed against NC State, said, “I knew at North Carolina, we were ready to play.  In pre-game we were knocking the snot out of each other. The other day (in pre-game against UNC) we were like 2 rabbits peeing on a bunch of cotton.” 

Georgia Tech travels to Wake Forest this weekend.  We wonder what practice was like this week at Tech following the 85 missed assignments against NC State.

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Richt's warning to team, Gary Patterson's new policy, and Saban's mistake

Mark Richt warns team “it could get worse” : “We are where we are. We’re going to have to get better or it’s gonna get worse. It’s not going to stay the same. I told the players, you think it’s bad now; it could get worse.”

“We’re not gonna lose our poise, we’re not gonna lose our integrity. We don’t want to take our frustrations out on anyone, except maybe Colorado. … We just have to keep working hard and keep together. We must stay together.” 


Gary Patterson will not talk about future: "I said a little of 'In the future' last week and you can see how well it worked out for us. We're going back to the Gary Patterson philosophy of the seven-day window. We're only talking about the people we need to talk about. I tried to find a way to motivate them after an emotional game against Baylor and changed my philosophy a little bit; and it's kinda like trying to get an extra 10 minutes at the driving range when I was supposed to be doing something else. It just didn't work very well. So we're just going to worry about  Colorado State this week." 


Nick Saban on mistake of not hiring Urban Meyer when he was at Toledo: "Obviously one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made. I really kind of messed that one up. Terry really interviewed him, that's my wife.'' 


Mike Stoops says USC made everyone better: "They made everyone better. They made everyone commit to be all in or you're going to get behind. … They raised the bar quite a bit."



Dabo Swinney talks about key to Miami (FL) game: "We’ve got to just try to not give up big chunks of plays. They like to get their offense in chunks. They’ll throw it up and they got really talented wideouts that we’re going to have to do a great job with. The biggest thing is just getting pressure on the quarterback. We’ve definitely got to affect him, not let him get comfortable in the pocket. He likes to be in the pocket. We have to make him get on the run, so to speak.”



Quoting Gene Chizik: “The last 3 weeks have all been different scenarios how we’ve won.  We are a beat up football team right now.  It’s been a few weeks of physical football. I think Ted has done a great job on defense with our guys.  We are knocking balls loose.  We are making tough interceptions with the game on the line. We’re putting our money on our d-line.  There’s no question about it.  If you are really good there, it gets easier on back.” 



Houston Nutt talks about his running backs: “You gotta break glass.  Gotta run downhill.  You gotta hit it, unless you got a little Dexter McCluster in you. We’ll let him bounce around a little bit, but other than that, you gotta hit it.”


What Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley have in common

Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin take special teams’ preparation to the extreme. 

Dooley, who served as Nick Saban’s special teams coordinator at LSU, takes as much pride in special teams as any coach in the country.  Just listen to his press conferences.  Better yet, watch the Vols practice or watch Dooley’s sideline reaction to poor special teams execution.  It kills the guy.

Kiffin, when hired at Tennessee, went out and hired arguably the best special teams coordinator in the country, Eddie Gran, who had served as Auburn’s special teams coordinator for years under Tommy Tuberville.  When Lane took over at USC, Gran had already joined Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State, so Kiffin turned to former Fresno State special teams coordinator John Baxter.

On the day of Baxter’s hiring, Kiffin said, "Hiring John Baxter is something that I thought could probably never happen, so this is a great day for USC. Having him here will be huge for our team on and off the field. He put together a 13-year run of special teams at Fresno State that were better than any in the country.”

Shortly after August practice began at USC, Kiffin said, "We hired the best guy in the country by going out to get John Baxter and his resume proves that. I can already tell a difference in the emphasis and in our players and their response. We're going to need to be good on special teams as we look at [the team] in the long run if we're going to be limited scholarship-wise with these penalties.”

The Trojans have been terrific on special teams thus far under Baxter who said yesterday, "You get what you emphasize. A special teams meeting here is not like anywhere else.  We've got a lot of music and creative energy and we jump up and down.  It's fun."

This week, Dooley returns to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a place where he once coached arguably the most dominant special teams unit (2003) in the last decade.  Dooley and Saban offered no lip service about playing the best players.  In fact, All-SEC wide receiver Michael Clayton and BCS Championship MVP Justin Vincent ran down on kick-off coverage just to give you an idea.

The challenge against LSU on special teams in enormous.  Dooley’s team at Tennessee, without question, doesn’t have the depth on special teams he would like due to attrition. 

Not only outmanned personnel-wise, but LSU play-maker Jai Eugene says the Tigers are feeding off the home crowd during kick-off coverage.  Eugene told the LSU student newspaper,  "The more the crowd gets into it, the more we get into it ... the more sense of urgency to run down the field and try to take somebody's head off and try to make a big play for the team. The coaching staff, the whole team knows [that] if you're on kickoff team here, it's a lot of pride."

It also put the Vols at a disadvantage when #7 is returning punts for the Tigers.  Dooley said on Monday, “If we serve one up to him (Patrick Peterson), it will be the fastest 6 points you’ve ever seen. I promise you.”

Not to say that Tennessee is going out-play LSU on special teams, but the Tennessee faithful should be happy knowing they have a head coach that will die trying.  Should be fun watching his plan.

Stealing signals, old tricks, Oregon's mindset, advice from HOF coach

Doc Holliday says Ohio U was stealing signals: "Ohio, they've done it for years, (they were) stealing signals. They have a coach, that was all he was doing was trying to get our signals and we were just making sure it didn't happen." 


Lane Kiffin responds to Sarkisian’s comment that USC is the deepest team in the PAC-10: "That's an old Lou Holtz trick he heard, to call a team that has the least amount of scholarship players the deepest. Our special teams have guys from the science class."


Bobby Bowden’s advice to Mark Richt after 0-3 start in SEC: “Just stay the course. It's all you can do. All you can do is stay the course and recruit better. It's all you can do. Whoever has the best players is gonna win, unless you screw it up. Now you can screw it up - the coach can screw it up. But if I've got better players than you, you ain't gonna whip me. Unless I blow it. And if you've got better players than me, I can't beat you unless you blow it. Mark's just gotta stay the course and keep recruiting. Keep recruiting.”


Chip Kelly explains Oregon’s mindset: “The whole mindset of our football team is we don’t worry about things we can’t control.  Just tell me when we’re playing and we’ll go play.”

“We started school this week. It’s a little bit different.  It’s important for us to get into a new rhythm.”


Ellis Johnson talks about Gamecocks performance against Auburn: "I just thought we were totally confused all the time. We never looked like we were sure of what we were doing."

"A lot of it was we were out of position. Then, when we were in position, I tell you what, we couldn't get him on the ground. I don't think it was fatigue; a lot of times, I just think it was poor tackling."

Texas A&M DC on the notion he has Dana Holgorsen’s number: "This year is a different year with different players, and he's done a great job up there. We've got to play well to have a chance. If you don't, they'll embarrass you and hang half a hundred on you in a hurry."

Frank Bearmer’s terse response when asked about throwing the ball 2 of 74 plays inside the red zone: "Well, did you count the number of wins we had? Did you throw that stat in there?”

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