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Thursday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Jim Harbaugh being Jim Harbaugh: “I hate to be defended in the newspaper. As long as all that is said against me, I feel a certain assurance of success. But as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me, I feel as though I am one that is unprotected against my enemies.”

“We want to play with class and an element of cruelty. We want people to know that this isn’t the Stanford of five or six years ago. We’ve moved on.”

"Our players believe they can win a national championship. Our players believe they can win a Pac-10 championship. And they believe they don't have to take a back seat to anyone."

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher says a lot of unknowns about Virginia: “You don’t know them. I mean, you wouldn’t – as new coaches, you wouldn’t know their schemes anyway. You’d have to watch it on film. The thing that makes it weird for both of us is we don’t know each other’s personnel. You’ve never played against it so you really don’t know how big is he really, how fast is he really in person?”

Navy head coach Ken Niumatololo and assistants attended class last week: “I’m not sure what the term was but they had something called Coaches To Class (set up by Christine Copper, the NCAA Faculty Representative for the Naval Academy Athletic Association) and we were invited to attend class with some of our players and I thought it would be a great opportunity for all of us to go and see what these young men go through. It was a great experience. Some of us had been to class before, but it was kind of cool to go. It reaffirmed for me that I went to the right school (laughter).”

Quoting Skip Holtz: “When you look at us having a young quarterback in a new system with a lot of inexperienced receivers we just felt like we could put the saddle on the offensive line and the running game. We said let’s not throw the ball around and get a lot of statistics and lose the game because we are trying to win left-handed. We played right handed. It’s not flashy, it’s not pretty. It’s winning ugly unless you love the running game. But it was the smart way to play.”

Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood talks about struggle at Arizona State: “It was almost like we were playing in a panic out there at times, rather than collecting ourselves and doing what we were supposed to do. And things just seemed to snowball.”

“I’ve got to look at myself first and find out what I’m doing wrong in the teaching process, of getting some very core concepts to stick with them. That’s what’s frustrating me out there. We’ve just got to collectively get our act together.”

Mike Sherman says Aggies are now more mentally tough: “I think we're playing better defense now. We're a year older and a year wiser. We're not as fragile as we were a year ago.”

“When things went south in the fourth ballgame last year against Arkansas — and they went south very fast — I don't think we handled that very well. (Now) our team is more mentally mature to be able to handle the adversity and the bumps in the road that come in a game.”