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Coaches Quick Hits

Quote of the Day goes to Joe Paterno.

Quoting Joe Paterno: (Joe Pa’s first line at a presser on Thursday) "I've got one request. Please don't ask me if I'm going to die today. Believe me, I've got a few more days left."

Quoting Larry Fedora: “We had skit night last night and it's an annual thing we do. They had fun with it. They got after the coaches real well. It was a lot of fun. The kids had fun with it and made fun of coaches. It's just another one of those team building situations."

Quoting Derek Dooley: (on his ‘Run First’ mentality) "First of all, I know you can't win a championship if you can't stop the run. I don't know how you can ever teach a defense to stop the run if their offense doesn't run the ball well. It promotes physical practice and it promotes learning how to hit and play blocks. That's the first thing, for the defense.

"Secondly, there's times in the game where you have to run it to win the game, in the red area where everything shrinks down, in short-yardage, in four-minute offense at the end of the game. And if you can't finish in those critical situations by being able to knock it in there, it's always a problem. Running out the clock, I mean how many times have you seen it?

"The third things is, it takes the heat off a quarterback. The more you run, the better the quarterback, the less decisions he's got to make. Then, I'm just a little old school. I just believe that's what wins. Now balance, if I had it my way we'd throw it and run it equally well. It's not that I don't like to throw it. I will say this, if we ever develop a team and a quarterback and receivers where we're more effective throwing it, then yeah, (we'll do it)."

Quoting Turner Gill: "I want to have a faster defense with more speed. I am going to recruit more speed in all positions. We have some speed, but I want 14 or 15 guys that I can put on the football field that I know can run. I am not trying to knock my own football players or anything in the past, but ideally, I would like to see more speed."

Quoting David Cutcliffe: (on staying at Duke) "I think all it did was build something that was already there. We have tremendous respect for each other, and when I say 'we,' I'm talking about our staff and our players. It's not about me. I hope our players enjoy the way we challenge them and the way we run our program. We treat 'em well, but we work them extremely hard."

Quoting Dabo Swinney: “The contract (negotiations) have not distracted Kyle at all. He is a guy who has the ability to focus. When he is on the football practice field he is all football. He has done very well. He might have been a little rusty the first day, but he has improved every day. And he has shown great leadership.”

Quoting Steve Sarkisian: "Yeah, it's getting a little hot. It's training camp, and guys are sweating and they are a little sore. Those little skirmishes are going to kick up. Dust is going to kick up. But I was proud of the other guys involved. If you noticed, not one coach had to step in to break those skirmishes up. The players went in, they got guys separated. And what I thought was good, as soon as practice was over a couple of the guys that were in the skirmishes went right up to each other and gave 'em a hug. And we'll move on. What happens on this field stays on the field."

Quoting Bobby Hauck: "We want our guys to be aggressive, so we don't want to rein them in. I think it's a lot easier to bring a dog out of a fight than push him into it."