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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday August 13, 2009

Maryland football budget: Overall, the football budget - $9.7 million for 2009-2010 - was reduced $301,535, or about 3.1 percent, Eaton said. In one of many telling symptoms of the rough economy on college athletics, the Terps will travel by bus to and from Duke - a 270-mile trip - for the Oct. 24 game. The university estimates the savings at $80,000. The athletic department is also exploring taking buses one way - and flying the other - for games at Wake Forest on Oct. 10 and North Carolina State on Nov. 7, administrators said in interviews. The athletic department also said it is saving $100,000 by switching to CDs instead of printing media guides. Link...

Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit pre-practice interview:Video...

University of Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber talks to Peyton Manning: Adam Weber stated, "I wanted to know how they go about preparation going into a week, how much tape they look at. Peyton was talking about how he'll spend just about the same amount of time watching other teams' defenses as he does watching himself. Peyton stresses fundamentals and he's a perfectionist. That's why he's one of the greatest quarterbacks. I'd never guess he'd spend that much time watching yourself and making adjustments on your own form."

America's best colleges, ranked 1 to 600 according to Forbes:Link...

Bronco Mendenhall coaching the nose tackles this year: Mendenhall is coaching the nose tackles during practices this year, instead of just walking from station to station during position-specific drills. Asked why he is coaching a position this year, he said, "Fun." Was he not having fun before? "Not as much as I wanted to have," he said.

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin: "We are light years ahead of where we were last year," Franklin said during spring practice. "Last year, we were talking about base concepts and philosophies. Now we're building on those things."

Tommy West talks 1st practice at Memphis:Video...

ESPN interview with Nick Saban: Q: How close are you to having the entire infrastructure in place here the way you want it? Saban says, "Everybody runs a program like they see fit. We have an idea of how we've done it in the past, and I'm not talking about the football part of it. I'm talking about the overall program. We do a lot of personal development stuff. We have three or four outside entities that really contribute to that in a positive way. Those have all been added in the last couple of years. They've made a tremendous impact on helping the players be successful and developing who they are, which is a big part of what we try to do. From an academic standpoint, we've done a really good job of graduating our players. We're tops in the league and probably moving upward from that. We had the most freshman Honor Roll guys (12), which was more than anybody in the league. From a recruiting standpoint, we have good people in place who do a good job, not only the coaching staff, but the support staff here who help internally and with the organization of recruiting. The coaching staff is really good and complements each other really well. The strength and conditioning part of the program is outstanding. The medical part of the program is outstanding. The one final piece, because we had a problem with it last year in the bowl game, is doing a better job in agent education. We hired Joe Mendez to come in here and help us with that. He's another outside entity. When you talk about infrastructure from a program standpoint, I feel like we've made tremendous progress." Link...