Bo Pelini considering changes to home-game routine: “I honestly think there’s less distraction on the road. We’re looking at why that is and trying to think outside the box a little bit about maybe handling home games a little bit differently and trying to eliminate as much distraction as we can.”
“You look at the last couple of years — last year in particular — the games we weren’t really ourselves have been a lot more at home than on the road.”
“I don’t think it’s in our stadium. Obviously we think our fans are great. What I’m concerned about is all the things leading up to the game, maybe the day before and the day of. We’re looking at it and making sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our guys focused on the things they can control.”
Dan Mullen say win in The Swamp “shouldn’t have been as close as it was” : "It shouldn't have been as close as it was. We made mistakes early and we made mistakes late. We shouldn't have had to make that stop on the final drive."
"We're going to enjoy this win, but we need to be a much better football team. There's no secret about it. We didn't cross the finish line with a win over Florida. But maybe this was the second jolt of energy to keep us going."
Joker wants Kentucky players to hear about possible SEC East championship: “We want to talk about it. I want our guys to hear it. Usually you hear coaches say, ‘We don't want to talk about it.' Here at Kentucky, we need to hear it.”
“The only way we get a chance (to win the East) is to win this next game. Our next game is Georgia. I'm not getting ahead of myself; definitely not.”
Bud Foster says every week is now totally different: “Right now, we’re seeing a lot more different offenses week to week than we saw 5, 6, 7, 8 years ago. Every week is a whole new bear. This week, we’re seeing Pistol and they’re spreading it and they’re running the decide play out of the Pistol and all that stuff.”
Chip Kelly says the Ducks offense this year is better than last year: “Yes. We are throwing the ball better. We are on track more; we have less negative-yardage plays. Obviously our numbers are a little better than they were before. Jeremiah was probably better than those other two at improvising things. But that also could get us in trouble at times."
(when Mike Bellotti first called him at New Hampshire) "It was interesting. He was great the first time we talked on the phone. He talked to me about just coming out here, not for an interview but to treat it like an official visit to see if it was something I would have an interest in. I wasn't looking to go anywhere. I was really happy with where I was. I was on a great coaching staff that was a lot of fun to be around. I loved the players. They had great work ethics and did more with less than any group I had been around. It was a lot of fun. It wasn't something where I was looking to leave. But when Mike called, just the way he presented it ... I was like, 'All right, I'll take a look at it.' "
Bronco Mendenhall defends offensive coaching staff: “The offensive staff, I have confidence in. I would like to see [the offense] be more productive, and they know that. I would like to see that side of the ball play with more confidence, and more inspired play, with cleaner execution, leading to more points. That has all been stated very clearly to our offensive staff.”
Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne talks about Mike Sherman’s 7-year contract: “The length of Coach Sherman's contract was a negotiated agreement. He was very well compensated and an integral part of the Texans, and he had had recent opportunities with other teams. The seven-year agreement was one year less than Coach Franchione's contract (five years plus three automatic rollover years for a total of eight years). Coach Sherman's compensation package is the same. The length of the contract and compensation was competitive with other BCS conference schools.”
Les Miles describes Cam Newton: "I don't think you really stop a guy like that. I think you try to contain him. You have to tackle crisply and you've got to get more than one guy to the ball. It's gotta be a bunch of LSU helmets."
"He runs hard. He gives a blow like a fullback. He's elusive like a tailback and he has a great touch on the ball. As capable as he is running, he's also capable throwing and he makes great decisions with the ball in his hands. Legitimately he's a Heisman contender."
North Texas head coach Todd Dodge talks about current mindset: “Right now, I am talking to [the players] about having pride in themselves and representing this university. Things are going to turn for people on this football team regardless of whether I am the head football coach here next year or not. I am going to do everything I can down the stretch run of this thing to make this the best situation for the next guy who comes in here. That is what I expect from all of my players because many of them have a future here.”
“I continue to remind the players about the passion we all have for the game, whether or not that passion is real high right now because of all the disappointments we have had. The second thing is we all have the opportunity as individuals and a group of men to say we will not quit. Whether we will any more games, win a game or win them all has nothing to do with it. We will not mail it in.”
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford moving forward after loss to USC: "It's one game. You look around football, things happen. Who would have thought Florida would lose three straight? It's one game on our schedule, and it's very important that we learn from it and we prepare and we focus and get ready for this week."
Lane Kiffin's pre-game speech: