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Tuesday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes from around the country:

 

Bo Pelini says Nebraska is not a steppingstone: "I don't think Nebraska is a steppingstone job. It's a great job. You have all the things necessary to win. We have a great athletic director, we have great support. I love my staff. I'm happy. Am I going to say you would never ever look or talk to somebody? That's crazy to make an ultimatum like that. But we're not looking."

 

Quoting Norm Chow: “I never thought myself to be too stubborn that I couldn’t change. I think we owe it to our guys to put them in position to be successful. That’s what a coach does.”

 

Tuberville names Taylor Potts starting quarterback: “It’s basically numbers. As we looked at it, the thing that stands out about Steven (Sheffield) is he tends to make plays in and out of the pocket. And it really was against him in terms of how we practice because we don’t hit quarterbacks. We have a quick whistle. So we looked strictly at completion percentage, a guy throwing the ball to the right spot, right checks. There wasn’t a lot of separation.”

 

Chip Kelly will not Oregon quarterback on Saturday: “Saturday morning when we come out to practice (for) New Mexico, we’ll know who our starting quarterback’s going to be. It’s been the same plan all along, I’m not being evasive. This Saturday, right after Friday … Thursday, Friday, Saturday. … On Saturday morning, whoever takes the first snap (will be the starter). … I’ll tell you before if you want to call me.’’

 

Joker Phillips names Hartline starting quarterback: “We feel comfortable with all three of them, and that’s a good problem to have. But right now we feel like Mike Hartline gives us the best chance to win. He’s been more efficient; he’s playing faster than the other two.”

 

Quoting Texas A&M DC Tim DeRuyter: “I think we’ve got a chance to be a decent secondary. We’ve had some young players play for us [Texas A&M] the last couple of years and they’ve got some experience now. It’s one of those double-edged swords because it wasn’t necessarily good experience, and that’s when they realize that it’s hard. But you learn from that, and the next time they go out, hopefully that’s in the back of their mind and they know how to play.” 

 

Quoting Nebraska DC Carl Pelini: “Managing is 75 percent of college quarterbacking.” 

 

Quoting BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall: "I think the urgency to get ready to play has increased. If anything, I think it is a lot to ask if a team is coming together. The more you go against each other and the closer it gets, usually the more heated it gets. So we have made it through pretty good to this point. We could probably make it two more days, and then we need to play somebody else. That's just normal. So I think they are coming together in the sense that they know they are going to play a game. In terms of coming together as a team, that will be easier once we start playing somebody else."

 

Willie Taggart decides on Kawaun Jakes as starting quarterback at Western Kentucky:

 

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Urban Meyer: I'm hitting the panic button a little bit right now

Urban Meyer explained on Monday evening the Gators are not where they need to be.

On Saturday’s scrimmage performance, Meyer said, “It really was not a very good scrimmage. Not where you’d think we’d be right now. I’m hitting the panic button a little bit right now. We need to get better faster than where we’re at right now. It’s not that we’re not good, it’s just consistency on the offensive and defensive line.”

“Right now it’s not Florida football. We got to get better faster than what we are right now."

Meyer also admitted slight disappointment that a few freshman haven’t cracked the lineup.

“I was actually a little disappointed in some of them because I thought they’d go take a spot,” Meyer said. “A few of the guys are doing decent. I thought we’d have some of those guys cracking the lineup right now, but they really aren’t yet. Not yet.”

In other Florida news, FightinGators.com reports that special teams coordinator / linebackers coach D.J. Durkin is handling all of the special teams unit except for the punt block team. 

Florida hosts Miami (OH) in the season-opener on September 2nd. 

Colorado State HC Fairchild sends Dan Hawkins a message

Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild let it fly after the Rams’ recent scrimmage.

Fairchild said, "Offensively we stunk up the field today. We had 16 penalties, 12 procedures. Our first five plays, we had a procedure and turnover. I put that on players and coaches; we just didn`t show up like we wanted to play. We`re not accountable offensively."

He added, "If I`m Dan Hawkins right now. I`m feeling really good about this game, after watching this offense."

Flashback one year ago.  

At that time, Fairchild stated, "the absolute worst practice in my 30 years of coaching that I`ve seen at quarterback."

Fairchild then went on to say, "Tell Dan (Hawkins, CU head coach) if we were playing tomorrow, it would be silly of me to call a pass play the way our quarterbacks are playing."

As The Daily Camera newspaper reports, Fairchild can, “sling the bull once in a while.  (But) This is not a knock on Fairchild. The guy is a heck of a coach. If anyone can take CSU back to respectability in the Mountain West, it`s Fairchild. Colorado State is lucky to have him. He can coach, he can recruit and he can motivate.” Colorado State opens with Colorado on September 4th.  The game will be played in Denver, CO. 


Ruffin McNeill brings new style of leadership to East Carolina

Ruffin McNeill’s leadership style is more like a father than the CEO model that some coaches around the country choose to take after.

McNeill told the Virginian-Pilot, "It's a choice. People in coaching, they choose to run their programs in an IBM CEO-type mode, and that's OK. I choose to run it more as a family because I want the kids to feel good about coming into our offices and speaking to our coaches, understanding that everybody's accountable, everybody works to put food on the table.”

Inside receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick says, "Ruffin is running the team in a way where he is not really involved daily in the offense or the defense or the special teams. He's running it more as the father to the kids.”

Associate head coach / linebackers coach John Wiley describes McNeill, "His biggest gift as a coach, and I recognized it early on, is a unique ability to motivate kids. Everybody thinks he (just) loves 'em up, and he does love 'em up, but that allows him to be extremely demanding. I've never seen a guy able to get on someone as hard as he can get on them, and have them almost thank him for it."

The Pirates finished camp on Monday afternoon.  McNeill said, "I think we're almost there on fundamentals. I like our progress. The fundamentals override everything. It seems simple, but blocking and tackling are two things you have to be able to do well."

You can watch McNeill's post-practice media sesson from Monday through this link.

East Carolina hosts Tulsa on September 5th.  The non-conference schedule includes at Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, NC State, and Navy. 

 

Stoops, Arizona build team chemistry at Fort Huachuca

Mike Stoops and the Arizona Wildcats recently spent five days of training camp away from Tuscon in a place called Fort Huachuca.

Fort Hauchuca is an Army post 75 miles southeast of Tucson, where according to the NY Times, “The Wildcats bunked in cinderblock barracks, sharing latrines, foosball tables and war stories — some figurative, some real — with soldiers.”

Mike Stoops says of the decision to spent part of camp at Fort Hauchuca, “This is the only good decision I’ve made in six years.”

Arizona director of football operations Erick Harper says the trip has resulted in a tougher-minded team and will battle through adversity. 

Harper says, “Three years ago, if we’d have lost a game like that (Oregon 2009), we would have probably lost the last two. Do they mindfully think back to Fort Huachuca? Maybe subconsciously, there are some experiences they turn back to.”

Arizona opens at Toledo on Friday night, September 3rd.  Other non-conference games for the Wildcats include The Citadel and Iowa. 

 

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