Quick Hits: Chizik, Petersen, Harsin, Applewhite
Quoting Gene Chizik after winning the national championship: "Well, obviously, you know, it is really hard for me to describe the feeling that I have for the Auburn family. I look down here to my left and I see three guys along with a locker room of 100 more that have just defied all the odds. I'm not sure if 15 weeks ago anyone believed that we could do this except us. And this is the most unbelievable group of young men I have been around. I feel very blessed. God has blessed my life to be around a great administration, a great Auburn family. These guys represent Auburn on the field, off the field, in the community the right way. We said that we wanted to go from good to great. And I can sit here tonight and I can tell you that Auburn -- the Auburn Tigers are the best football team in the United States tonight."
"You know, it is not about my arrival. That's not how I live my life. I live my life trying to do the right thing and guide 18- to 22-year-olds to do the right thing and to go from good to great. We try to give them everything they can have on the field, off the field, spiritually, in the classroom, as a student. And that's how we live our life. We are going to do it the right way. We always have done it the right way. It is not about how I arrived or how I leave, it is not about Gene Chizik. It is about the Auburn family and it is about those, I don't know, 30- or 40,000 fans that came into that stadium tonight and probably another 10,000 that were outside and probably another 10,000 that wanted to come back home but couldn't get here. Don't get any satisfaction in look at me or "told you so," none of that. This is for these players and this Auburn family and the people that care about Auburn and carry the Auburn flag. It is that simple."
Quoting Boise State head coach Chris Petersen: "I'm really happy to be in the position I've been the last five years. I think (Stanford) is a very special place. I just thought it was worth having a conversation about, but that's about as far as it went."
Brian Harsin says it's his job to have a championship offense at Texas: "We shook hands and we started talking ball. It was so simple, so easy and right away I knew I had a guy who will be on the same page. It felt very comfortable right way."
"I know the expectations here. We've got a championship program, a championship coach and it's my job to make a championship offense."
Major Applewhite talks about the chemistry of the Texas offensive staff: "It will be collaborative. It won't be a one-guy show, a two-guy show. It will be a cohesive effort and that's how you get ownership and get what you want. We'll all have a part of it and that's what you want. You want a group of five guys come to the table with ideas."
Quick Hits: Chip Kelly, Lane Kiffin, Gary Patterson
Chip Kelly using the story of Secretariat as motivation: “Our message with Secretariat is he didn't care. He ran -- I never looked at Secretariat as an underdog. You can watch that movie. You win the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, that's not an underdog in my book. I think the message we had with Secretariat is it didn't care about what its competition was. It was a faceless opponent. It went out when the gate opened it ran as fast as it could as long as it could. That's what Steve Prefontaine did. He ran as fast as he could for as long as he did. If he didn't do it that way, then he wasn't happy with it. We are not going to lay back, sit back and do it. We have never taken that -- we don't talk much about our opponent, to be honest with you. From a scheme standpoint we do. We don't use those "are we an underdog" and all that. Those are outside influences that motivate you. We are intrinsically motivated operation.”
Colts' head coach Jim Caldwell explains his timeout call with 29 seconds left: “I didn’t care. I was going to make sure that they couldn’t. Make them snap the ball. They were in field goal range. We wanted to try to make them snap the ball as many times as they possibly could.”
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Lane Kiffin won’t pick a winner, but says defense will decide the national champion: "Two first-year starting quarterbacks in the national championship game. When was the last time that happened?"
"I don't know who's going to win the game. The key is not going to be who moves the ball; it's who's going to be able to make them slow down and force them to make the mistake.
"Who's going to play defense and not give up big plays?"
Gary Patterson says it will be tougher to say at the top: "It's tougher to try to stay at or near the mountain top than it is getting there. You work hard and hang on tight when you're hanging off the cliff. You should do the same when you're at the top of the mountain. That's how you stay there."
Former LSU AD explains Les Miles' situation
Former LSU AD Skip Bertman doesn’t believe Les Miles will leave for Michigan.
Bertman also never believed that Tulane (the other college in Louisiana) would defeat his Tigers in the 2001 Super Regionals, Bertman’s last series as a college baseball coach. The Green Wave advanced to Omaha.
Bertman told the Detroit Free Press, "This time now for Miles, he has a 7-year old, a 16-year old and two boys in between, isn't the time for him to move. At LSU he makes the $4 million, likes Baton Rouge, likes LSU, and had a really great recruiting class. The timing is such, I don’t think if Michigan came up with the $4 million plus the ($1.25 million) buyout he has, I don’t think the timing is right for Les Miles.”
Timing? Skip, what would be good timing?
Bertman says, “He has a lot of morality, you don’t find it in many people, let alone many coaches. He won’t try to make more money by pretending that he wants to go to Michigan. That’s extraordinarily rare. I was an AD for a long time. Some coaches they really don’t want to go, but pretend they do.”
Bertman, who hired Les Miles, will soon find out. Several reports say that Miles will talk with Michigan AD Dave Brandon in the next 48 hours.
"Y'all must be crazy"
At FootballScoop we get texts all day long from coaches telling us who is interviewing, who got the job, etc...This morning one comes in saying, "Free beer for coaches." That was all it said. A minute later, "Y'all must be crazy".
Not crazy, we just really like what we do.
Join us Monday at 5PM in the Stemmons ballroom (right off the lobby) for a couple of frosty beverages. ESPN will be rolling pre-game for the National Championship game.
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Video: One of the best pre-game speeches you will see
In case you missed it, Miami (OH) interim head coach Lance Guidry gave one of the best pre-game speeches you will hear before last night’s GoDaddy.com Bowl game. The Redhawks went on to defeat MTSU 35-21.
Guidry, a Louisiana native, has served as the interim head coach at Miami (OH) since Mike Haywood’s departure. Guidry has coached the defensive backs the last two years for the Redhawks.
Early in the week, Guidry joked, "If my coaching career doesn't pan out, I'm gonna to become a Cajun cook."
Seems like a lot of head coaches might want to consider Guidry for a position.
He also served as the defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach at McNeese State for five years, during which the Cowboys won 3 Southland Conference championships and played in the D1-AA championship game. He's also a former Welsh Greyhound and coached the Wampus Cats at Leesville HS, the home of Cecil "The Deisel" Collins.
Anyway, here’s the evidence:
Quick Hits: Manny Diaz, Brennan Carroll, Will Muschamp
Quoting Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: "No offense has ever scored in football. The defense has only allowed them to score."
“We had beaten Michigan on Saturday, driven from Jacksonville to Starkville on Sunday and Monday night we were just sitting around the house when Coach called, and that will just change your week. I can assure you that out of all the weeks I've had, this one has been right up there.”
“I don't think I've ever realized I could become a big-time coach. Anyone that sits around and says, “Hey I'm a big time coach” - I think that's a little strange to me. But I am absolutely humbled by the turns that my career has taken. There are a lot of great football coaches in this country and not all of them get to stand here and wear this shirt. The fact that for whatever reason that I was chosen to do this is something that I don't take very lightly. That's why I am so grateful and honored to be here because there are a lot of people as or more qualified to be here. But the way it's worked out, I’m here, and I'm absolutely excited to get going.”
Miami (FL) tight ends coach Brennan Carroll talks about his decision to join Al Golden’s staff: “My decision process was: it was Miami. How could I turn it down? Tight end U. Tight ends coach. I had to come check it out. It wasn't very hard. The only thing I had to really make sure was that it was good for my family and that the kids could make the transition. I talked it over with the wife. She was great about it. We're in a new area now. But you're in Miami."
Will Muschamp talks about getting the right fit in recruiting: “Just like I did when I was defensive coordinator at Texas when I ran the defensive [recruiting] board. We’ve got certain things that we’re looking for at each position. It’s about evaluation. It’s about taking the right guy. Not necessarily taking the best player at that position; he might not be the right fit for your football team or your university. That’s a huge part of what we do as coaches, is evaluating and taking the right players because there are a lot of good football players out there.”
“I’m not worried about the guys that don’t sign at Florida, I’m worried about the ones that sign at Florida. We need to do a great job of developing those players. A lot of these young men that go other places, I’m going to see them once a year. So I’m not as worried about them as I am the ones we are going to have on our campus.”
Muschamp explains the hiring of Charlie Weis
As a guest on the Joe Rose Radio Show this morning, Will Muschamp explained his hiring of Charlie Weis.
“Charlie’s very close with his family. It’s a situation where his daughter Hannah – they need to move back to South Bend, she’s a special needs child. He and his wife Maura are going to move back to South Bend to a more comfortable place for them where she can go to school.”
“His son Charlie, Jr. is going to college and they were choosing colleges and they looked at the University of Florida and really liked Florida. I kind of heard that through a third party and said this might be an interesting thing to see if we can check out.”
“I called Kansas City and asked for permission to talk to him and got him on the phone there. All of a sudden we had a lot of interest on his end, a lot of interest on our end. At the end of the day, it’s still Florida. It’s a great place to be, it’s a great place to coach.”
Weis will call the plays on Sunday at 1 pm EST when the Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens. Even if the Chiefs lose, we are hearing it will be a Monday morning decision on if Weis will attend the FootballScoop Coaches Happy Hour on Monday night in Dallas.
Clemson AD shares his candid thoughts on staff changes
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips shared his thoughts on the recent staff changes at Clemson with the Post and Courier.
On Sunday, Dabo Swinney announced that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Billy Napier and running backs / special teams coordinator Billy Napier would not return to the staff.
Phillips indicates Swinney and Napier were not on the same page, philosophically. He also took a shot at some coaches by adding that Clemson’s 9-win team of 2009 (ACC Coastal Champs) had some great players that camouflaged the coaching deficiencies.
Regarding the relationship Swinney had with Napier, Phillips said, "It's hard for me to say. I'm not over there sitting in the meetings. I know off the field they had a very good working relationship. It wouldn't surprise me if there were some differences philosophically; you have that in the best of circumstances. In 2008, when Dabo took over at midseason they had reasonable success, they had some good wins. I think they felt comfortable that they just needed to try to improve upon where they were when they meshed together in that interim period. Of course the next year we had some players that were maybe able to gloss over some deficiencies.”
So what happened to this year’s team that finished 6-7?
Phillips said, "We did lose some key players, C.J. (Spiller) and Jacoby (Ford), two players Dabo recruited. I think the game at Auburn put a little dent in us. That's a game we all recognize that's one of those 'shouldas' against a team that might win the national championship. We lost a very good running back (Andre Ellington) that could have helped us down the stretch. We didn't quite have the receivers we have had. ... and we all know the kicking game."
No mention of Napier or Powell being a problem in THAT answer.
At FootballScoop, we always back coaches. We don't like to see coaches being let go and we dread reporting the news when good football coaches lose their jobs.
We also leave our opinions off the table. We just report the information and let you form your own opinion. In this case, however, we believe Dabo and Terry Don should talk less in 2011. You don't have to explain every single thing you do inside your program.
Sure, as leader of the organization, there are times when you do have to talk. With that being said, the more you talk, the more you open yourself up to criticism.