Quoting Ohio State wide receivers coach Stan Drayton explains leaving Florida: “In 17 years of coaching, I’ve never had the opportunity to be around my family. My kids are born and raised in Florida, so they’ve never had an opportunity to be around their grandparents. […] I’m a Buckeye by heart. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I used to go to coach Tressel's camps as a high school football player at Youngstown State. I had always admired his career, always tried to model myself on some of the principles that he holds his program to. I followed his career and always had a dream of coming back to Ohio State, I just didn’t know when.”
Nick Saban talks about the future: "Because we've got some guys returning, I think the dynamics of this year's team is completely different than what it was a year ago. I think we have a little more maturity on our team. It seems like our players are hungry to get started this year."
Derek Dooley reflects on his signing class and philosophy behind the class: "We couldn't afford to have a lot of high-risk guys in this class. Everybody has got some deficiency somewhere, but it's no different than investing your money. When you build a class, we're investing in people. It's important that we minimize the amount of risk."
"I know we're charged with winning games, all right, but being able to get guys to stay through the course is just as important. It was very important to me that we try to get guys who four years from now we're going to say, 'You know what, that's a whole bunch of guys who had great contributions to the program.' "
Interesting quote from North Carolina head coach Butch Davis: "I can honestly tell you, I don't think in 37 years of coaching there's been a football team that I have been prouder of than this particular group of kids. Every single week somebody new would step up, and each week it was that next-man-up mentality."
Quoting Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken: "I want to blend what this team has done with what I've done to make this Oklahoma State's offense. We want to have flexibility with it. With all of the returning starters, it would be silly to break up what they already have going. When I was at Louisiana Tech, we were no-huddle. When I was at Oklahoma State under Les, it was power running and going straight ahead. The key is to be flexible."
“Dana Holgorsen did great job and I'm just trying to come in and find what fits best. Even before Dana was there, Oklahoma State didn't lack in offensive productivity. It's never been an issue under Coach Gundy. The biggest thing is just to have an identity where this is Oklahoma State's offense and we know what we want to do."