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Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill talks about collapsing and his recovery: “I told (my wife) Rebecca, before I went to bed, I said, ‘You know, I may be in trouble here because I just don’t feel right.”

“Through that medication, when you’re not retaining (it) … and it gets out of your system, my body shuts down. My body shut down.”

“I thought it was minor surgery. I didn’t think it was a big deal, being that I had surgery on Friday and I was here on Saturday … and went to work on Monday and never missed a beat.”

“I want everyone to know, due to different reports, I am cancer free. I do not. Have. Cancer. I’ve been in remission for five years.”

“That’s who I am. I can’t change. I will not change. I will not change my coaching style. I never have and haven’t slowed down one inch. That’s who I am. The day I don’t do that then I won’t be doing it. But that won’t happen because I’ve been doing it too damn long and too damn good.”

Joe Paterno talks about stress in coaching: "I coach exactly the way I've coached. I don't have any physical problems. I had that little bout with those antibiotics [an intestinal ailment during the summer] and a couple of things . . . but I'm fine. Knock on wood, I've never had any problem, heart problems or whatnot. I've been a great walker. I've got to do more walking than I've been doing in the past because of time. So much more is demanded of us these days, and I think that's probably what happened" to Dantonio.”

Chip Kelly says Sun Devils kick-off return team will be a challenge: “It’s going to be a challenge. I’ve always said, when you get in this league, especially on the road, special teams are going to be the key. Our kickoff coverage unit — we spent a lot of time on it today — is going to have their work cut out for them because they’ve got some explosive guys.”

Quoting Derek Dooley: “Coaching is nothing more than handling a series of crises.” 

“Right now, about 95% of my time is either coaching or recruiting. You have such a responsibility to the team and evaluating high school players to get them to come here.”

Quoting Lane Kiffin: “I don’t even sense the bowl conversations. It never even happens around our team. That’s for other people.”

Quoting Fresno State head coach Pat Hill: "I guess if we sugarcoated and wanted to play a different schedule, I guess we could have won 10, 11 games a year. But I don't think that would help our program grow."

Randy Edsall responds to UCONN player that talked about a demoralized team when trailing Temple: "There's still time left on the clock. Go find a way to win. Don't say you're demoralized or somebody took the air out. Bullcrap. That's a cop-out. As long as there's time left on the clock, you're fightin' and scratchin' and clawin' and trying to find a way to get it done.”

"That's got to come from (the players). I ain't good enough and I'm too old to play, but I know one thing, I'll fight my tail off until the very end. I don't care what it is. A game of golf ... you name it. If it's competitive, you've got to fight to the very end. I don't give a crap. I don't care how many I'm down with how much time to go. That's the same thing our guys have to do."

(on his quarterback) "I don't want him to be John Wayne and start letting it fly, because we've seen what happens when that happens.”

Ball State head coach Stan Parrish talks about stress in coaching: "It's why some of the guys walk away. It can't be bigger than life. I always tell myself that. I get away from it in the middle of the day by putting on my headset and walking around campus every day.”

"What you can do is eat better and exercise and try to get some rest. The biggest thing coaches don't do during the season is get rest. They work late and are up early. It's competitive ... it's stressful."

Jim Grobe disappointed: “We had play poor in every area. ... I guess the only positive thing for us is we got to play a lot of people. I wouldn’t say that’s a shining light. We have nine games to become a good football team. Right now, we are not a very good football team.”