Some interesting notes & quotes from around the country:
Quoting Chip Kelly: "We're not playing against Justin Wilcox - we're playing against Tennessee.”
Oregon DC Nick Aliotti calls Justin Wilcox a ‘Rock Star’ : "All I can say, I would never have expected our offense to look like it did on that particular day (Boise State game in 2009). But he's good, he's a rock star.''
Idaho getting ready to get paid: Nebraska is dishing out $800,000 to Idaho. Texas A&M is slated to pay $850,000 to Idaho for a game next season in College Station and Louisiana State will write a check for $950,000 to the Vandals for a guaranteed game in 2012 in Baton Rouge.
Northwestern ticket sales skyrocketing: “Season-ticket sales are up more than 40 percent from last season, and ticket estimates for the Wildcats home opener on Saturday against Illinois State (11 a.m., Big Ten Network, 720-AM) are 50 percent higher than for the 2009 opener. NU's ticket office has also established a waiting list for those who wish to buy 2011 season tickets.”
Tony Franklin explains the ‘Tony Franklin System’ : “The goal is to take coaching out of the game. I’m not a very smart football coach or scheme coach. But this can let coaches be great teachers. And if you line up fast enough, then a defense can’t do what they want to do. Make it a player’s game instead of coach’s game. And then when fatigue sets in, you’re in trouble.”
LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes returns to Kyle Field: "It's probably my favorite place in college football, atmosphere-wise. I've been lucky. I've been in a lot of different stadiums in the SEC and the Big 12 and the Pac-10, and I'm not sure that it's not my favorite place I've ever been, just in terms of the student body support. It's an unusual environment. It's fun. It really is. The fans are great, and they're passionate about college football. It's kind of what college football is all about.
Todd Graham feels for his players: “I'm heartbroken for our kids and for our program because I know how hard they work. That's just very tough. To battle and to put yourself in position to win in that type of atmosphere is always disappointing. The people who were there and who watched on TV could see that it was an unbelievable effort. You can't ever say that losing is something you ever want to experience, especially like that. It's a loss, but the sun comes up and we have to go to work and get better. I just hated it for our kids because I felt like we deserved to win.:
“There is a lot of work that goes into playing 12 regular-season ballgames. There are a lot of practices, meetings, sprints and workouts. The kids understand that, just like in life, you're going to have setbacks and sometimes it's hard to understand.”
Lane Kiffin describes USC DE Nick Perry: “I mean you’re talking about a guy who was a Freshman All-American last year, a guy who has had a great offseason and testing-wise is off the charts. I mean he tests right now as a top 10, top 15 pick on paper - height, weight speed, vertical. We were watching some film last night, I was in there with Coach O watching some drills and there’s probably only 10-15 people like him in the world that have his ability. If you’re talking about a guy who jumps 34 inches and plays defensive end, a guy who if you take his 10-yard and 20-yard dash it matches our DBs. Hopefully he’ll reach that potential. We’re very excited to get him back whenever that is.”