Skip to main content

2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday September 3, 2009

Great interviews with Tommy Tuberville and Tommy West (Audio):Link...

Texas A&M athletic directors thinks highly of Mike Sherman: "He is a program builder, not a quick-fix guy," John Thornton, an associate athletic director at Texas A&M, wrote in an e-mail. "He will not compromise his values and/or those of Texas A&M." "When he gives you his word, it is better than a signed contract," A&M AD Bill Byrne wrote in an e-mail. "He has a consistency of character and values that make people want to follow his lead," Byrne said. Link...

Quoting Dabo Swinney: Following Wednesday's practice, Swinney said the only real thing he worries about is first-game jitters and distractions. "(It's) not peaking too early," he said. "Keeping them on a steady climb, and getting them focused, making sure for a first-time game, we minimize the distractions. That's one thing we'll spend some time talking about tomorrow, staying focused on the right things, remember what we've worked hard for and don't let something distract you at the last minute."

Les Miles talks about his strength coach Tommy Moffitt: "Tommy is, in my opinion, the finest weight and strength coach in the country. He's a guy that not only provides great resource in terms of nutrition, weight strength, speed and development, but coaches the entire team and has a great philosophical perspective on how a team should be prepared. We're thrilled that coach Moffitt is a part of this program and look forward to him being here for years to come."

Purdue head coach speaks highly of OC Gary Nord: "I've been convinced about Gary Nord for 25 years," Hope said. "He's a great football coach and young people love being around him. He has a great compassion for people, particularly young people. "Even when we were in our 20s working together coaching at the University of Louisville and Louisville was one of the worst football programs when we went there, Gary Nord always put the players first. He's an exceptional football coach. He's a high-energy guy, is a lot of fun to be around, and is one of the very best I've been around as far as the evaluation process goes in recruiting. He's excellent in developing a relationship with recruits and excellent in the closing process. He does a great job of keeping the defense off balance. "We hit the jackpot when we brought Gary Nord here. He and I talked years ago about working together, so we're excited about being together again." Link...

Texas A&M schedules USC and Oregon: The team is adding non-conference football series with Southern California and Oregon, athletic director Bill Byrne announced Wednesday. "We are finalizing a series with USC for 2015 and 2016," Byrne wrote in his weekly online column. "Meanwhile, you can mark your calendars for September of 2018 when we will play at Oregon. The Ducks will visit Kyle Field in September of 2019."

Article on USC play-caller Jeremy Bates: Bates said the Trojans would try to play "smart football" to avoid the chance for turnovers against San Jose State. Asked what that specifically translated to for Barkley, Bates said, "If a guy's covered, you don't throw it to him." Link...

Interesting quote from Purdue OC Gary Nord, talking about Florida Atlantic: The decision to leave Boca Raton, Fla., wasn't easy. "It was very difficult to leave because of Howard No. 1," Nord said, "but No. 2 we had nine senior starters coming back on offense so we felt like we were going to have the best team we ever had down there (in 2009)."