Friday evening Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Tommy Tuberville wants fans to wear red: "We really want to show a presence of red. We are the Red Raiders and we want to make an example when we're on national television two of the first three weeks. A lot of people will see us and we want everybody to go out and buy a red shirt, jacket or a red hat. We want everyone to come into the stadium and look as a unit of one.”
Brian Kelly puts backups through scrimmage: "Today we scrimmaged with very few reps for the starters. We went with what we consider our key backups today - guys that are going to have to fill in at some time in a starting role, that are gong to be called upon at some time during the season to step up and play a very, very important role. That was today's scrimmage. That was about our key backups getting in there so when we call on them - Next Man In - they're ready to go."
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi pleased: "Coach Dantonio today asked about the defense. 'Defensive end, how are we? Can we go out there and line up today? Defensive back, how are we? Linebacker?' He went through every position and at every position right now we are solid."
"You know, as a football coach, you don't really know how solid you are until game day. That's the test. It's like when you were in school and you were ready for that Spanish test. But until that paper was in front of you and you had to answer that question, you didn't know how good you were."
Derek Dooley concerned about mental errors: "We've really got to work on our ability to focus. There were a lot of mistakes out there, mental errors, and I think it's just part of maturing as a player. There are a lot of reasons for mental errors -- either you don't listen in the meetings or you don't take notes or you don't work extra hours to study what you do or you can't focus when you get here. I told these guys it's not a dumb man's game. You have to be able to be intelligent and play the game the way it's supposed to be played. We've got to do a better job of that."
Harbaugh believe in Stanford running backs: "Nothing is ever concrete. It's based on how people are playing and what their health is. At running back, Jeremy Stewart, Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Usua Amanam are playing extremely well. We are not going to lose games because of our running backs. We feel good about that position."
“Our team is developing a little bit of saltiness, a little bit of nastiness, which is good.”
Quoting 72-year old Miami (OH) offensive coordinator Morris Watts: “When I was the offensive coordinator at LSU, Coach Haywood was the running backs coach. We developed a real bond, and when he became the head coach here and asked me to come and join the program, I was excited.”
“This will be my 48th year coaching. As I got up there in the years in coaching, one of the things I enjoyed the most about it was that no matter if I was tired toward the end of the season, if we lost on a Saturday, by the time the kids showed up on Monday or Sunday to practice, they had me fired up and ready to go again.”
UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow talks about “The Pistol” formation: “We obviously haven't adopted it totally. But the parts that we do, we like. Hopefully it will allow us to run the ball better.”
Quoting Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt: "Every one of our defensive ends at Miami and Dallas, they were all guys that were converted linebackers. Our defensive tackles were converted defensive ends. Our outside linebackers were strong safeties. There is a science to this madness."
Ralph Friedgen breaks down the Navy offense: “To them, four yards and they are on schedule. Three yards and they are on schedule because they are going to go for it on fourth down. That’s the problem. What happens is you keep packing it in to stop the three yards and they open it up for a big one.”
“What happens is people get impatient and they get a bad play and all the sudden they are punting and don’t see the field for another 10 minutes. If they could use the fullback for four yards the whole game, that is what they would do. They would hand the ball off for four yards the whole game and think it was a great game plan. If I did that, they would boo me out of the stadium.”
Quoting LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton: "I'm pretty optimistic about the front right now with the line.”
Jimbo lands soft jab, will host 'little team down the road' on Nov 27th
At the annual Florida State kick-off luncheon, Jimbo Fisher referred to Urban Meyer’s program as “the little team down the road.”
It's more than likely a response to the fact that Meyer has been referring to Fisher’s program as “that school out west.”
For some time now, Meyer has refused to say “Florida State” or “Seminoles.” His former assistant Dan Mullen, like-wise refers to Ole Miss only as “the school up North.”
Although it’s just fun & games, OnlyGators.com has published, “Cute decision, even if it is a pretty weak response to Florida head coach Urban Meyer only calling FSU the “school out west.” Also notable is that Fisher’s statement is blatantly incorrect. The University of Florida enrolls over 10,000 more students (50,691 vs. 40,225) and is more than five times the size (2,000 acres vs. 395.15 acres) of Florida State University. Oh, and by the way, UF has outscored FSU by 90 points (127-37) in Fisher’s three games with the team.”
“The school out West” will host “the little team down the road” on November 27th.
i.e. The Gators travel to Doak Campbell Stadium.
Sarkisian credits keeping coaching staff intact during the off-season
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian stated post-practice on Friday, “I've been impressed with our football team, the way they've responded...offensively and defensively, we're light years ahead of where we were last year at this time.”
Sarkisian believes that keeping his entire coaching staff intact has really benefited the program.
According to FootballScoop research, Washington is just 1 of 24 programs at the D1 level to keep their entire on-field coaching staff together during the off-season.
Sark said, "Huge on a lot of fronts. Obviously, it adds continuity. Recruiting. We have the same recruiting basis; you have the same coach going back to recruit the same area. Position groupings: the players know their coach, who they're dealing with. But a lot of it for me is practice and preparing for practice. The coaches understand what I want to get accomplished every day, and they go out and kind of reiterate the message and spread the message throughout the football team. So I think that's a big deal to me. There are a lot of great coaches in America, and a lot of them could come in and learn our scheme. But for our team, and the momentum that we carried last year into this year, having people on the same page I think is really important."
"I think what it's done for me is it's allowed me, our coaches feel so good with the schedule and our players, it's allowed me to sit back and evaluate a little better and not get caught up in everything that's happening that exact moment. To be able to see things and step away and assess what's happening and kind of the mood of the team and things of that nature and be able to address them sooner rather than later so that things don't linger. ... We're kind of a well-oiled machine right now. We know what we're doing.''
"If guys move on to different jobs, that probably means we had a pretty good year. We'll fight to keep all of our guys. Part of this position --- and I'm fortunate to learn from Pete (Carroll) --- we're here to allow guys to grow, not to micromanage them and not to shelter them where nobody else knows about them. If guys have opportunities to move on, either to become coordinators or become head coaches, we're going to promote them the best we can. If that happens after this year, that's probably a good thing."
Dooley responds with humor, honesty, and professionalism
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley really had a great talk with Dan Patrick this morning on the Dan Patrick Radio Show this morning.
Patrick asked some terrific questions and joked with Dooley about Spurrier and Lane Kiffin. Tennessee’s first-year head coach responded with a mix of humor, honesty, and professionalism. Listen here.
Dan Patrick: What about Spurrier’s comments?
Dooley: Well, I guess I wouldn't be an official member of the SEC if Coach Spurrier hasn't taken a shot at our us. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him. I’ve always enjoyed his interaction with the media. He’s a great person and a great coach.
Dan Patrick: But why back out of the UNC game?
Dooley: It’s something you gotta to talk to Mike (Hamilton) about. He’s our athletics director. But I do think anytime you make scheduling decisions, a lot of it has to do with revenue of getting another home game.
Dan Patrick: So you don’t want to respond directly to Spurrier?
Dooley: (Laughs) Why would I do that? I know that you guys want me to respond directly. I’m not here to evaluate South Carolina’s scheduling philosophy. I got enough problems here at Tennessee.
Dan Patrick: Did you think about living into Lane Kiffin’s house?
Dooley: (Laughs) It was too expensive. I couldn’t afford it. He was making a little more money than I make.
Dan Patrick: Who has the toughest job in the SEC, coaching wise?
Dooley: I’m not here to evaluate the other 11 guys. I know we certainly have our challenges here. We have a lot of tough things that we gotta sort through to get through the season, but we’re excited about it. I’m sure every program in some way feels they have the toughest job.
Dan Patrick: Have you talked with Lane?
Dooley: Never have. I don’t know Lane. It’s not because I have no intention to talk to him. I just don’t know him and I’ve never spoken with him.
Everybody likes to make a big story about Lane and Tennessee, but when I got here I really wasn’t concerned with what had happened. I was really more concerned about evaluating where we are and what we need to do to get going forward.
Dan Patrick: Can you explain the Bryce Brown situation?
Dooley: It’s been about a 6-month drama here in Knoxville. It would be hard to really summarize it in a sound byte. The short of it is Bryce indicated he didn’ t want to go through spring practice and wanted to leave Tennessee. The short of it is he ultimately made a decision to go to a certain school and then we parted ways.
LSU using all-freshman coverage team to evaluate
Les Miles described the 100-plus play scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Thursday as “a very physical scrimmage.”
We noticed an interesting coaching strategy from Miles in the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper.
According to The Advocate sportswriter Gary Laney, “(Les) Miles said an all-freshman coverage team was put together to cover kicks against the first return team. He said film of their efforts will help evaluate freshmen who might contribute immediately on special teams.”
Miles added, "We're in the tight zone, red zone for the most of the day. I think our longest drive had the opportunity to go 70 yards for one series. We kind of looked at specific coverages and some of the situations that surround red zone and tight zone."
LSU opens the season against UNC in the Georgia Dome. Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST on ABC.
The Tigers will need to "Bring the Boom." (See video)
Friday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Mark Richts says OC Mike Bobo will call the game from the sidelines: “I think he wanted to be able to look them in the eye and see how he was doing. You could learn a lot by looking in guy’s eyes about where he’s at mentally. You may not necessarily want to pull a guy if he’s struggling. But you want to know that he’s struggling so you don’t put too much on him. You might run some plays that might take some pressure off him.”
Top running back recruit Malcolm Brown applauds Major Applewhite after committing to Texas: “Recruiting was stressful and it got overwhelming at times, but I never felt pressure from Coach Applewhite or any of the other Texas coaches. It was just tough to make a decision because both schools (Bama & Texas) are great and have football programs with a lot of tradition.”
Kiffin likes idea of 2 or 3 tailbacks: “Ideally you’d like to be more of a two-tailback team because of the wear and tear of a season, and you’d like to find two guys who are different in styles. But you never know. It could be one, it could be three.”
Jimbo Fisher gives day off for QB’s arms: "The arm is different. You can get a chronic sore arm, boy. And if you get it, you can ruin a guy for a season. I've seen that happen. And then a guy can just have it all year."
Paul Johnson like a Thursday cigar: “During the regular seasons on Thursdays I’ll walk down to the practice field a little early and have a cigar; if we have a winning streak going I’ll keep the brand the same. Otherwise I’ll change it around a bit.”
Tim Beckman stressed Toledo is young: “Well, we’re very, very young. We’ve got 11 guys that are listed #1 (depth chart) that have only been with us for a year and a half, since I got here. That’s one thing – we’ve gotta grow up fast, especially when you play somebody like Arizona and then go and play at Athens, playing the defending East champs. So I see us getting better, both on offense and defense, and on special teams, and I think it’s through getting some players in here and getting some competition each and every day.”
Tennessee Vols player Nick reveiz talks about strength coach Bennie Wylie: “This is definitely, in the five years I’ve been here, the hardest offseason I’ve gone through, and I feel like the best offseason. Coach Wylie does a great job. He knows when to really pour it on, but then he also knows when to pull it back.”
Tuberville sends message at kick-off luncheon
During the annual Red Raider kick-off luncheon, Tommy Tuberville spoke on the importance of unity within the entire program and community.
Tuberville told over 1,800 Texas Tech fans, “One thing I want to ask you to do if you don’t: Put up posters on your windows. Put flags on your cars. Put bumper stickers on your cars. Do things to promote Texas Tech, so when we have visitors on this campus, they go, ‘My gosh, it’s a cult.’ We want them to understand that everybody’s on the same page.”
“Get your red on,” he said. “Want everybody to wear red. This is the Red Raiders.”
“First impressions ... I’m telling you, what a great place this is — the community, the university, West Texas. There’s not a better place to live and go to school and raise a family. People here are so nice, so energetic and supportive, it’s amazing. So we’re excited.”
Texas Tech opens with SMU on Sunday, September 5th.
Marrone excited about Syracuse defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh
Syracuse head coach hired former LA Tech defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh during the off-season.
Marrone explained to The Post-Standard, "He’s a cutting-edge guy when it comes to the defensive line. I’ve always admired Pete Jenkins and his work. So I called Pete and said this is what I’m looking for, and he said I’ve got the perfect guy for you."
"I remember him as a player. He was a hard worker, from my standpoint an overachiever. I think there are a lot of things when you go back and start looking that say, hey, this guy has a chance to be one of the great defensive line coaches."
Brumbaugh, a former standout players at Auburn University, said of Marrone, "You see his vision of where he wants this program to go. He’s an o-line guy, I’m a d-line guy and I see what he does and I wanted to be that kind of guy, you know what I mean? I like his discipline, I like what he stands for. He’s a family guy and he’s a hard-working guy. And when you have all those qualities it makes you a good person."
About his philosophy, Brumbaugh stated, "I would run through a wall for my d-line coach because I believed in him and I knew he was going to help me. When you can instill that in players, they’ll do anything for you."
Syracuse opens with four consecutive non-conference game. The Orange will play at Akron, at Washington, Maine, and Colgate.