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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Friday August 14, 2009

OU coaches visit with Saints and Alabama about kick-off coverage: Kick coverage was a sore spot last season. The Sooners gave up 23.8 yards per return to finish 102nd in the country and allowed four returns for touchdowns. Special teams coordinator Chris Wilson said the coaching staff put in extra work in the offseason to beef up the unit. They visited the New Orleans Saints training camp last month and also spent some time at Alabama. Wilson spent more time studying opponents' special teams units.

New turf being installed at Sun Bowl:Link...

Houston Nutt has announced that Ole Miss is installing new turf, ready for season-opener: "This project will cost approximately $500,000, and we are grateful to have two anonymous donors who are covering that cost," Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone said. "Once again, our supporters are stepping up to enable our student-athletes to play under the best possible conditions."

Texas State practice film:Video...

San Diego State coaches not excited about mandated furloughs: To help solve a $584 million budget deficit, the California State University system and its employees have agreed to take two unpaid off days per month. The agreement even includes football coaches such as Brady Hoke, who somehow is supposed to take these furloughs during his first season on the job at San Diego State. How will he find the time? "I don't know," Hoke said after practice yesterday. "I know one thing: I'm not taking a day off. This is football season." Link...

Auburn punter talks about special teams coordinator Jay Boulware: He said there is a lot more instruction under special teams coordinator Jay Boulware this year. "So much tougher," he said. "He's always on us. He never stops with wanting us to do drills. A lot of them are the same drills that people do nationwide but he's more but he's more on top of us. You get annoyed and then you're like 'Wait, I mean, he's trying to help me out.' You got to understand. It's a lot tougher but I like it a lot better."