Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Lane Kiffin talks about Matt Leinart’s demotion with the Arizona Cardinals: “I have no idea. We've got a lot of problems ourselves to figure out. Last time I spoke to him during training camp, things were going great for him. Sometimes a change of scenery is good to people.''
(on the Texas/USC series in 2017/18) “I hope I'm here, but I'm not really worried about the schedule seven years from now. We're worried about a game seven days from now."
Quoting Oregon State head coach Mike Riley: “The TCU deal came up in March. It’s in Cowboys Stadium. That’s one of the reasons for doing it. I like these games. We find out a lot. We grow from these games. Kind of a chance of a lifetime for the Beavers to go down there and play.”
“We’ve had more fans coming to practice, more media attention. We’re setting a record for our own ticket sales here. There’s a lot of excitement.”
Quoting North Texas offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Canales: “Do I believe there is a guy here who is capable of leading us to a conference championship or a bowl game? Yes. I see the talent, the work ethic and the look in their eyes I saw from a lot of guys who led us to great victories in my career.”
Pitt DC Phil Bennett talks about Utah’s formations: "I told him heck, they have 58 formations. They do everything. I don't know how they practice that. They run power, a wildcat package, they run option - everything you might see in a year, we're seeing it in this first game."
Bronco Mendenhall will play 2 quarterbacks: "We plan on playing both Riley and Jake at quarterback and feel both will be effective leading our team. Each is a talented player with a different style, which will pose some difficulties for opposing defenses. Both players are committed to this decision and excited to lead our team."
Quoting Dan Mullen: “11 thousands student tickets sold out in 18 hours. There’s no a waiting list yet. In another year.”
“Not only to have the players and administation, but our student body and fan base have bought in. It’s really made Starkville the place to be in Mississippi on a Saturday evening.”
“Right now it’s a huge push for us. There is great high school football in Memphis. It’s a huge recruiting area for us with a lot of talented football players. It’s a natural recruiting area for us.”
“For a coaching staff there is no bigger game than the first game of the year.”
Quoting Memphis defensive line coach Mike Dubose: "When I was fired and first left Tuscaloosa, I was angry. I was mad at the world, mad at everybody but me. I was the only one I should have been mad at. In 2001 when I sat out, I didn't do anything. I tried to watch college football and couldn't. I tried to go to a couple high school games. I couldn't be a spectator."
Quoting San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke: “We’ve got our hands full with Nicholls State. I promise you that.”
Dooley glad to have defensive GA Peter Sirmon: "We're not talking about a guy that sits in the back of the room in meetings and takes notes. Peter brings a lot to the table because of his experience. He's played the game at the highest level. Having a guy like that here as a G.A. is a bonus."