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LSU football marketing “gets it”: Did you know LSU football has over 246,000 friends on Facebook and almost 5,000 followers on twitter?  That’s a bigger social media following that 13 NFL franchises.  See the list here.


UVA assistant Anthony Poindexter says London isn’t messing around, sat three players last week for missing classes: "I think everybody realizes now coach ain't playing about academics here. He's not playing about doing things the right way off the field. If you don't want to do it the right way, well, we'll take playing time away from you."


Former Minnesota offensive line coach (14 seasons) Gordy Shaw says Kevin Sumlin would be a great hire for Gophers: "He would be an outstanding candidate for that job. He's a great coach. He's young. He's energetic. He knows what he wants to do and understands the game. He made the natural progression from a position coach to a coordinator to a head coach and knows what kind of program he wants to run."

“He knows a lot about Minnesota. That makes him a great candidate, but he also knows a lot about the Big Ten."


Louisville player Josh Byrom talks describes Charlie Strong: "With Coach Strong coming in, we knew right away it was a whole different mentality. Guys on the team, you learn to trust and respect each other because, with Coach Strong, it's his way or the highway.

"When you have a coach like that, who's enforcing the rules, who, if he makes a threat to you, he follows through if you don't go to class, or if you're late to a meeting or miss a lift, you're going to get punished and that's how it is. Right off the bat, it starts with Coach Strong. When you start trusting your head coach, it follows to the team."


Ole Miss player Kentrell Lockett asks Rebel fans to make it hard on Cam Newton: "Yell O"


No Friday night hotel for 6 teams, Coaches address struggles

6 of 120 programs choose not to stay in a hotel on Friday nights of home games: According to a recent Des Moines Register article, only six of the 120 FCS programs do not seek such lodging. In addition to Tulane, Boise State, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky don't.


Miami (OH) head coach Mike Haywood says team completely lost focus before 34-13 loss to Ohio: “Our team went into the game believing the hype and listening to everything going on and not realizing it’s just another game. It’s the Battle of the Bricks, it’s homecoming, it’s the MAC championship, it’s the Cradle of Coaches.”

“We really lost our sense of focus because we started playing an emotional game instead of playing with our minds. There were things done in that game that guys have never done in practice.”

“We had guys in the locker room talking about 9-3. Why are you talking about 9-3? You should just talk about beating Ohio.”


Turner Gill tells fans that Kansas will be OK: “I want our fans to know that we’re going through some ups and downs in our football program here. And part of that is the transition with a new staff, and our players are getting to know us in a better way.”

“We are very, very confident that we will come through here and have a winning program here on a consistent basis. That’s why we all chose to come here on this staff.”


Central Michigan coach Dan Enos talks about struggles: "Our system is not very good, obviously, when you're 2-6. We haven't been able to make plays at critical times in games and our opponents have been able to do that. We've been turning the ball over too much at the quarterback position. And, basically we've played well defensively for the first couple of weeks and since then haven't played very well on defense. We're giving up a lot of big plays and we're not tackling well so it's pretty much a collective thing from top to bottom."


David Cutcliffe says loss to VA Tech was emotionally devastating, Navy is next for Blue Devils: “We’re coming off a pretty emotionally devastating loss. We certainly physically got whipped in most areas. Resilient is not even a strong enough word for what people have displayed, in the midst of this losing streak. What we have to do is re-gather and we’re going to play a really fine Navy team.”

"I think we’re good in the area of pass protection. We have a somewhat less mobile quarterback now than we had a year ago in Thad (Lewis). So that changes things a little bit for them from a pocket standpoint.”


Akron head coach Rob Ianello's weekly press conference: "The way we practice is unique because we don’t do scout teams, particularly lineman to do scout teams.  We don’t have enough players to use scout teams.  We service each other like an NFL team does. Our second defense, per se, will be Temple’s defense going against our first offense." 

"There been some challenges with that component because you don’t as much time on the opponent as you would with scout teams."



Chip Kelly: We have zero 5-star recruits in our top 44, plus latest from Harbaugh, Wulff

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly compares Ducks and Trojans: “We have zero five-star recruits in our top 44 and we have 11 four-star recruits.”

“I keep hearing that USC’s down. In their two-deep, out of their 44 players they have 12 five-star recruits and 26 four-star recruits. I don’t know if there’s anybody in the country that has that.”


Lane Kiffin points out Arizona State forced Oregon to punt 11 times: "I think that game in general, if you study it will surprise a lot of people. Oregon punted 11 times in that game. (Arizona State) forced 11 punts (but) they turned the ball over seven times. They had to go out there seven times with turnovers. If there is a blueprint for how to play them, they did it."  


Chris Petersen knows Boise State could have played better in 49-20 win over LA Tech: “It was a good win, but it wasn’t a great win, just in terms of our side of things and playing as cleanly as we wanted.”


Jim Harbaugh explains how he wants his Stanford team to improve: “What we are focused on is improving every day. Daily improvement. Better today than yesterday, better tomorrow than today. This improvement would not only include performance but also relationship with our teammates, family, friends, school, making today the most important day on the calendar, making the next game the most important schedule, making the next meeting most important you’ll have, the next drill is the most   productive of the season. We believe what will follow is significant team improvement. Improvement leads to wins, wins lead to championship. Improvement daily equals team success. That’s what we are striving for.”


Wazzu head coach Paul Wulff says Cougars are getting there: "We're just at the tip of the iceberg with this. We're nowhere near where we know we can be or where we're going to be. We've got great young players coming along as we continue to groom them and they develop. I think we're going to be back at the top of the Pac-10 in total offense in the next few years without question."

"All the coaches I've talked to and that we deal with are very complimentary and surprised, to some degree, on how much we've improved. I think that's been really positive. It's nice to have people see that and also their view of where we're at as a program right now is a lot different than it was." 


Steve Sarkisian talks about loss to Arizona: “They got out to a lead and forced us into a more of a real drop-back passing situation. In turn, their (defensive) ends played the factor in the ballgame we were fearful of. The game went south quickly.”


Les Miles grilled on passing game, Dooley loses it after practice

Les Miles on if the coaching has been good enough after four years with one (Lee), three with the other (Jefferson)?" :  "I don't know. You know, that's a tough question. The only thing I can tell you is that they've been coached and coached and coached, and drilled. The passing attack has not changed so significantly that it's not comfortable for all. I, uh, yeah, I think they've been coached."

(on the 4th down circus coming out of a timeout) "There must have been two calls. There was only one call that really was made, and, but, I, you know, there was great interference. It was unbelievably loud, and whether, it was all communicated I certainly don't know. I don't understand why Shepard came off."


Dooley furious after practice, says some people in organization called in sick on Monday: "Are you kidding me? You shouldn't be sick on a Monday. Nobody gets sick on a Monday. You're not sick.”

"If I gave you a million dollars, would you go to work today if you're sick? 'Oh yeah, I would have gone.' Then why didn't you go? What do you need a million dollars for? If you can go, go. That's your obligation to the organization. That's how it works."

"There is no other option. It doesn't matter if you're hurtin', 'I'm sick, I got the flu, I got the swine flu.' It doesn't matter. You work. And you go to work and you put it all in every day."


Mississippi State OC Les Koenning admits Chris Relf has some small bumps and bruises: "This isn't volleyball, this isn't tennis. This is football. You got to play with some aches and pains. You've got to play with some bruises and get out there and play. He's done that - he just needs to keep progressing and keep coming on."


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He'll be a head coach next year

With Nick Saban’s “one voice” policy, Alabama assistant coaches rarely speak with the media.  Usually, it happens about three times a year.

With the Crimson Tide having an OPEN week, offensive coordinator Jim McElwain spoke at the 1st & 10 Club in Mobile, AL on Monday night.  Afterwards, McElwain said to himself, “The hell with Nick.  I’m going to start doing my own thing,” then spoke with reporters.  (Just kidding)

In his third year as Alabama offensive coordinator, McElwain said, “I’ve never looked at a statistic, and so when somebody mentioned to me that he had a whole bunch of yards and catches, I don’t ever look at that, other than the win and loss part.  But I do know this, when we needed something to happen and it’s been since we’ve been here, Julio has come up big.”

“You know, actually I don’t (look at rankings).  I mean obviously I do know that Oklahoma loss last week, so I don’t know if you really want to be that guy.  That isn’t what it’s about.  To a lot of people, maybe it is.  But to have your guys go out and perform, to have them go play with an attitude representing the University of Alabama, that’s really what it’s all about.”

“We’ve always tried to be balanced.  When you look at us over the time I’ve been here, we’ve had probably through the third quarter, we’ve been 50/50.” 

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Jim McElwain speaks at 1st and 10 Club

Spurrier talks play-calling, Tressel talks special teams, Stewart backs QB

Spurrier again delegates play-calling, sort of: “We had a bit of a community system working a little bit. I called a lot of them. I didn't call all of them, but we have a system there where we're all on the headset. It was a little different, but not a whole lot different. When we look for a run, Coach Elliott usually looks at what he thinks has the best chance and so forth. I think the coach who spends most of the time with the quarterback probably should be the play caller. G.A. (Mangus) was sort of the main guy there than the rest of us, which was a little different than we've been doing, but I like that because he talks to Stephen (Garcia) in between series.”


Jim Tressel explains the importance of special teams on the road: “Special teams, we always say, is the key when we go on the road and I think if anyone has an interest in Big Ten football and doesn't think that the special teams had maybe the biggest impact on last weekend, Wisconsin's fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. Michigan State's fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. I think Iowa missed a field goal, which was big, and an extra point, perhaps. The Cleveland Browns, I didn't see it, but the little reverse pass or whatever they did was huge in their game, and on and on and on. Missouri, I think, didn't they bring the opening kickoff back?”

“So special teams is something that we'll never stop talking about and you'll never be able to convince me of its relative impact on the emotion of the game, and football is an emotional game. And so we've got to make sure that despite the fact that we've had to go with a lot of different lineups due to injuries in the linebacker and DB areas, we've got to get better at special teams, especially on the road. It's a huge impact. Purdue found that. Go full circle, Purdue found that out, coming over here, you can't make two big special teams mistakes and think you're going to win in someone else's stadium.”


Brian Kelly on if fans should have expected growing pains on defense: "There's alot of ways to look at it.  It's not like we were in the top 20 on defense last year.  I think if we had a national caliber defense last year, we would be concerned.  I think we've made great stride defensively, even with putting in a new 3-4 scheme.  I think we've made great progress and I think we'll continue to make that as we move forward."


Late to press conference, Purdue coach Danny Hope jokes: "We were having some QB tryouts.  Just kidding. Might not be a bad idea."


West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart backs his quarterback:


Troy Calhoun makes tall statement and Randy Shannon's pre-game speech

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun says this is best Utah team ever: "It's probably, maybe, the best team they have ever had there. Two years ago they were outstanding and at the end of the season they very easily should have had an opportunity to play for a national championship or even a vote for the national championship. This squad is better. They are much faster and more athletic, especially at the skill position and defensively. They are an excellent football team. What is impressive is you can pick any game in the last month and they have been dominate across the board."


Gene Chizik trying to keep Auburn focused: “I think being mature and staying grounded is the key. You can be happy with results, but shouldn't be satisfied with where we are at. The only thing that matters is this Saturday.”

“I told our offensive line, ‘You are what makes it go.’  From there, everyone has to raise their play individually.  I think there have been some significant improvements over the last 4 or 5 weeks.” 


Brian Kelly talks about key to beating Tulsa: "Don't let Navy influence how you play Tulsa....I look at the Navy game as an isolated incident."

"I don't know that I ever get surprised...No, Dantonio surprised me."


Dabo Swinney refers to back shoulder throws as “paint balls”: “They (Boston College) have done a good job throwing some paint balls, some back shoulder throws.”

“This year’s team has come to play every week.  That’s what I like.  They’ve stopped beating themselves.  They’ve continued to play hard.  Last year’s team laid an egg.”


Dan Mullen reacts to linebacker Chris Hughes suspension for illegal hit: "This is a teachable moment for Chris and our entire team He'll face the consequences for his actions and learn from it."

The SEC deemed that he was in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”


Randy Shannon's pre-game speech against UNC: 


Randy Edsall responds to outrageous question

The world coaches live in...  Despite winning 25 games over the last three seasons and winning a Big East championship, UCONN head coach Randy Edsall had to react to a question about fans calling for his job security.   

Edsall responded, "That’s one of those questions that doesn’t matter how you answer it.  You’re going to have problems how you answer, so maybe I’m better off just not answering it at all.  People can have opinions.  There’s a statement that I would make, but if I made this statement I would really be in trouble."

"I could probably say it and get away with it, but I think some of you might have already heard that statement that opinions are a lot like other things." 

"I didn’t get dumb overnight.  I didn’t get stupid overnight.  Some years you have pieces of the puzzle.  Other years you don’t." 

"Sometimes you spoil people.  Maybe the level of expectations are a little bit higher than the people who made those expectations really know anything about.  Believe me, if I worried about that I would never have been in the profession as long as I have, or as long as I want to be in it." 

"Like I said, I’m the same guy I was last year when we beat Notre Dame, South Carolina, when we won the Big East championship.  Like I said, I didn’t get stupid overnight."

UCONN is 3-4 this season and hosts West Virginia on Saturday.