Spurrier thanks baseball program and AD for making championship possible
Steve Spurrier began his Tuesday press conference by thanking the South Carolina baseball program for getting it started.
Spurrier said, “I really want to thank the baseball team for getting it started for making people realize you can win championships at South Carolina.”
Later on, Spurrier complimented athletic director Eric Hyman for his commitment to building outstanding facilities, which as Spurrier pointed out, helped land top recruits like Marcus Lattimore, Alshon Jeffery, and Stephon Gilmore.
“Our facility improvement has been tremendous the last 5 years. I just remember when our AD Eric Hyman said five years ago, he said, ‘It’s expensive to build nice facilities, but it’s more expensive not too.’”
On the win over Florida, Spurrier said, “Our star players played like stars. That’s how you win.”
“We had a live dressing room, locker room. I could tell we were ready to play. The week before (against Arkansas), we were dead.”
Spurrier said the winning the SEC East is a great accomplishment, “but beating TN, Bama, UGA, and Florida in one year might be bigger. We may not have done that at Florida. Well, maybe we did. I don't know.”
Spurrier added, “Without him (Lattimore) running the ball, I don’t know what our record would be right now.”
South Carolina hosts Troy this weekend before traveling to Clemson.
After Nutt's sermon on Monday, Dabo takes the alter this morning
After Houston Nutt delivered his Monday sermon to Rebel fans, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney took the alter in Clemson this morning.
Coming off a 16-13 loss for Florida State, Swinney said, “55 yarder at the buzzer. That’s like one from half court. They count.”
At 5-5, Swinney assured the Clemson fans that his team is making progress. He also encouraged them to “back off the cliff.”
"It's not time to panic, or turn back or do some complete overhaul. The reality is that we lost 4 games by 17 points. Nobody wants to hear that we’re close, a few plays away from 8-2, 9-1, that’s the reality. It's as simple as that."
“We’ll look back at the season and it will just be a scare. I don’t need 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8. Everyone needs to just back off the cliff and take their hand off the panic button. Let me do my job. Be supportive and we’ll be alright.”
“We’re in year 2 in trying to build this program the way we want to build it. This year hasn’t quite gone the way we want it on the scoreboard, but we are making progress. I can assure you. I’ve been a head coach for 2 seasons. It will all even out.”
Again, Swinney stood up for his offensive coordinator. He said, “Billy didn’t just get dumb over the last year.”
It appears the 2010 goal has turned into winning back-to-back bowl games. Swinney said, “I think it was 89 or 90 the last time Clemson won back-to-back bowls.”
Clemson travels to Wake Forest on Saturday before hosting South Carolina to finish the regular season.
Charlie Strong sends mass text message to his team
Despite an overtime loss to South Florida, Louisville head coach sees his program coming together.
At 11:30 pm on Saturday night, Strong sent a mass text message to his players.
Of his text message, Strong explained, “I said, tough loss. I believe in each one of you. We're a really good football team, and you are a very special group of guys. If I had to do it all over again, I would go for it on fourth-and-inches. That's how much I believe in each one of you.”
Strong added, “It was emotional in that locker room. You see our program is turning. It was a game we should have won, and we felt that way after the game.”
In Strong's first year as head coach, the Louisville defense ranks 15th nationally in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense. Louisville is 5-5 with games remaining against West Virginia and at Rutgers.
Marrone, Dantonio, Harbaugh, and Ruffin share thoughts
At 7-3, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone says, “I’m doing what I was brought here to do” : "The sense is that I’m happy for the players, the seniors, people in the community, the faculty, and the alumni. I try to tell people all the time that I’m really just doing my job, I don’t look at it as being extraordinary. I’m doing what I was brought here to do. To see people excited about the program and happy, I’m excited about that for them. I’m even more so excited for the players because it is more than just a football game what we play."
Mark Dantonio compares Michigan State to 2002 Ohio State team: "I always try to say that we will evaluate things at the end of the season and look at the full body of work. But the one thing I will say is we came off a 7-5 record at Ohio State in 2001. Our players had great chemistry the next year. I remember Mike Doss telling me he was coming back and wasn't leaving for the NFL because he wanted to win a championship. I remember Greg Jones telling me exactly the same thing this year when I was down in his home in Cincinnati, that he was coming back because he wanted to win a championship. So there is a parallel there, and I also think there is a parallel in the fact we are winning close games like that team did. Coming down to the end, our players are making plays at the end of games. And that's exactly what happened at Ohio State."
Jim Harbaugh compliments Cal and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast: "No question, they dominated Oregon. They played lights-out on defense. Coach Pendergast has done a terrific job on defense. They're fast, physical and play smart. That's coach Pendergast's mantra. Tremendous football team, especially at home. That's the challenge we have going to their place."
Ruffin McNeil compliments special teams coordinator Clay McGuire: "Clay McGuire and the coaches who work with Clay have done a great job. Those guys generally go unnoticed until something tough happens, but Clay has done good job taking over in a very adverse situation. I knew he would. He’s the most versatile coach on the staff."
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The latest from Pelini, Graham, DeRuyter, and Okie State's team motto
Bo Pelini says Nebraska fans lacked spirit in 20-3 win over Kansas: “I thought it was dead. I thought it was disappointing. I felt like I was at a scrimmage.”
(compliments Texas A&M) “A well-coached football team gets better as the year goes on, and they’re a well-coached team. I don’t think it’s anything magical. They just continue to believe and they continue to practice hard, and their level of execution has gone up. That means they’re doing the right things.”
Oklahoma State corner Andrew McGee describes team motto: "Our motto is, 'Believe while others are doubting you. That motto is on the back of our weight-room shirts. The same shirts that a lot of us wear under our pads during games."
Tubs says missed tackles killed the Red Raiders in the 45-7 loss at Oklahoma: “We had more missed tackles in this game than any one game all year.”
Tulsa head coach Todd Graham says team playing better than ever in his time at Tulsa: “I can tell you that our team is playing better than we’ve ever played. Our ’07 team and our ’08 team did not play at the level this team is playing right now. I think it’s the best we’ve played here since I’ve been here, right now.”
Texas A&M DC Tim DeRuyter addresses head coaching possibilities: “Coach (Mike) Sherman knows that when I came here, I came here because I'd like to be a head coach someday. And I thought learning from him would help me in my career.”
Houston Nutt, the Right Reverend, delivers Monday sermon to Rebel fans
After winning two straight Cotton Bowls, Ole Miss is 4-6 under Houston Nutt, who quite frankly, is tired of hearing from the quick-to-forget Rebel fans.
The Right Reverend, as Rece Davis calls him, took control at his press conference today by delivering a Monday sermon to the Rebel fans.
And quite frankly, they needed it.
Nutt began, "Guys, I just want to hit briefly. Let's just go back to the start of the year. You know, this season has not gone the way we planned. It started with that first game. We knew this was going to be the year. We knew this third year, with the amount of players that we lost, we knew that this would be a difficult year. What we didn't plan on was about three knee surgeries, four concussions, a guy like (Kentrell) Lockett, your leader. We didn't plan on that, to lose a guy like that."
"But I just want to remind our fans of this, number one, it was just 50 years, it's been 50 years since you won back-to-back January 1 games. 50! 50! And so my point is, I'm excited about, not with wins and losses, but I'm excited that there are 12 freshmen that are playing. 12! I'm excited about the future. I know now, more in my heart than ever, I know we can get to Atlanta. I know we can. Because I know we can recruit here. We've proven that the last two seasons."
"What you didn't plan on was that first game to put you in a tailspin. What you didn't plan on was a couple of other things where, and it's my fault, we weren't as sharp, weren't as ready as we should have been. But I see a lot of hope. And I'm excited. I'm excited about these next two games. I don't want to lose focus on this. I remember the day we got here. I remember the day we got here, guys. I didn't see any life. I didn't see any. I saw a lot of no-hope. And I don't want that to come back on our guys now, and that's what I'm feeling a little bit. I don't want that. I want to convince them of this. Number one, you've got two ballgames left and a lot of these guys have done a lot of good things these last two years. And it's easy to dwell on the negative. It's easy to sit up on the 50-yard line, it's easy to sit there and say Bad, bad, bad, bad, embarrassing. And, hey, I was the first one to say it after Saturday. Man, I don't want to do that. If you think you're hurting, you ought to just look at the tip of my itsy-bitsy little finger and then go all the way up through my body. I'm sick to my stomach. The Tennessee game, because we planned on winning that game. But look at this, though, if you think Florida's happy? You think Georgia's happy? There's going to be a year, in this league, the greatest league in America, there's going to be a year where things don't go just right."
"But it isn't all about gloom and doom. And that's what's difficult about the world that we're in now because I've got 18 and 19-year-olds that actually believe everything that comes outside these walls. And so, I've got to turn that. I've got to turn it. You've got to listen to what's inside these walls. It's about your family and this football family. We've got some outstanding recruits, recruiting is still going good, the last two signing classes have been really good. I think this will be our best one. Yeah, I planned on being at seven wins, right now at this point, seven to eight, six at the worst, but the bottom line is, reality is, we're not."
"So, no more. I'm not going to allow my players to be gloom and doom. I'm going to let everybody else be gloom and doom. Remember, you're part of something that was great. It wasn't too long ago they're patting you on the back about, Can you believe it was a half a century? Fifty years and you went back-to-back and won January 1s? And you're putting up these Cotton Bowl deals? And you're helping bring in good recruits? There are good things getting ready to happen. And so, I just want to tell our fans that, I want to tell our players that, most of all. Get your head up. I just saw two out here with their head down. What are you doing? Get your head up. This is what's the greatest thing about football. It teaches you all you want about life. There's not a sin about getting knocked down. There's not a sin about that. The sin is if you stay down. And so, the thing I want to do, I want to make sure our coaches are going as hard as we can with all the energy and effort to make sure they're taking the correct step, the proper stance, the perfect read and play. You don't play tight. You turn it loose. One of the things we did, if you look the last two years, and the games that we played good this year, we turned it loose. That's always been that way with us. Always. You turn it loose, you play the greatest game in America with a lot of passion, a lot of enthusiasm, and you turn it loose. So we're getting ready to go play one of the best teams in America, LSU."
Bielema says Bill Lynch not upset with Badgers hangin' 83
Wisconsin scored 83 points in the Badgers win over Indiana, but Bret Bielema pretty much begged people to believe he wasn’t running up the score.
In fact, Bielema said Indiana head coach Bill Lynch gave no indication he was upset their post-game handshake.
Bielema, appearing on College Football Live, said, “I get it (that some would be upset). It was a 10-10 game in the 2nd quarter and was a dog fight. We talked (at halftime) about coming out and setting our identity. Our two and three’s got in there and played very well.”
“I grabbed him (Lynch) because I knew some would want to go down that road. He didn’t say anything. I wasn’t running up the score. You know Wisconsin. We’re not sexy.”
“There were no style points involved there. We had our 5th string QB in there at the end. We got a late pick-6. If you watched the game, you would know. As much as people want to talk about it, things will all play out (BCS).”
Gundy pumped. 91st ranked WR prospect now closing in on Biletnikoff.
Rivals.com listed Justin Blackmon as the 91st best wide receiver coming out of Ardmore, Oklahoma. Scout.com ranked him 58th nationally. Blackmon, who is only a sophomore, is now averaging 9.3 catches and 158 yards per game. He has 16 touchdowns on the season for the 9-1 Cowboys.
Mike Gundy said, "I don’t think anybody would have projected him to have this kind of a year. We’ve been very lucky with him. He’s been very consistent in making plays each week. He’s getting a lot of bracket and double coverage and still making plays, but that’s based on the ability with Kendall to run the football and some of these other guys that can make plays. But I don’t know that anybody could have predicted that he would emerge and have the kind of year he’s having.”
“He’s obviously got some ability and he still continues to get better, but he has areas for improvement. It’s interesting that even as great a year as he’s having there’s areas that he can improve himself over the next year and obviously have a chance to come out early after his junior year."
Not only is Gundy pumped about Blackmon, but he also credits part of the Cowboys’ success to defensive coordinator Bill Young.
Gundy said, "The maturity that he brings to the table allowed me to just let him control the defense. When I hired him I was still calling defensive plays, so I needed somebody that could really be the head coach of the defense. He was able to do that."
Oklahoma State travels to Kansas this weekend, before hosting the Sooners.
The Biletnikoff Award semifinalists were announced today: Randall, Julio, AJ, and Alshon from the SEC. Blackmon, Broyles, and Fuller from the Big Twelve. Salas from Hawaii and a guy from SMU and a guy from Western Michigan.
No offense to the wide outs from SMU or WMU, but does anyone see either of these guys winning this award?