Quick Hits: Bo Pelini, Gary Patterson, and Bobby Petrino

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Bo Pelini reflects on staff changes and former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson: “I had a plan the whole way. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, how I wanted to get there. I wanted to do it the right way for me, and for the guys. People may not agree with how I did it, but I have to do it the way I see fit.’’

“There was such a negative air around everything. It was his (Watson’s) decision as much as anything. He had said, ‘I’ve got to move on.’ You get to the point where you get beat up the way he was getting beat up, I mean, he has goals. He’s done a lot in his career. It had become like the snowball was running so fast, it was out of control. He wanted to remove himself from the situation as much as anything else.’’

Gary Patterson describes first day of Spring practice: "We just taught more defense today than some defenses teach all year with our zone-blitz package. [The younger players] handled it pretty good; actually the guys who screwed it up the most were older linebackers."

Bobby Petrino glad to keep coaching staff intact this off-season: "It was critical to keep our coaching staff intact this year. We had a lot of changes last year. With the loss of some of our seniors and guys with a lot of experience, to have the continuity in the techniques that teach and the language that we talk, we'll be a step ahead of last year when we started spring football.”

(on his 7-year contract) "It helps a lot. It's really refreshing for me to go in a recruit's house and talk to mom and dad and let that young man know I will be here. I will be your football coach throughout your entire college career. I certainly feel like that helps a lot.”