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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday September 22, 2009

UTEP head coach Mike Price buys turkey legs and sloppy joes for team during game delay. Very funny quotes from Mike Price. Check it out. Link...

Kiffin and Urban Meyer still going at it: "You didn't feel like they were going for the win,'' Meyer said. "They wanted to shorten the game.'' Meyer pointed out there was "no urgency'' on UT's part even when Florida led 23-6 in the fourth quarter. Asked about Meyer's comments, Kiffin chose his words carefully: "I'd say this. This offseason the (SEC) commissioner (Mike Slive) made a big deal about our renewal of vows about what we're supposed to say about other teams, other coaches, other players. "Obviously, Urban feels he doesn't need to follow that. I won't say anything else.'' Asked if he'd ever say an opponent didn't play to win, Kiffin said, "No, I would never say that.'' Kiffin did say something else, though, indirectly taking a swipe at Meyer. Meyer said a flu outbreak among several key players adversely affected Florida's performance against UT. Asked if he was concerned about flu striking Tennessee, Kiffin said: "I don't know. I guess we'll wait and see, and after we're not excited about our performance, we'll tell you that everybody was sick.''

Trooper Taylor being Trooper Taylor during pre-game: Video...

Steve Kragthorpe comments strike nerve with Rich Brooks: After the game, Kragthorpe - while noting that Lindley is a "great player" - said he and his players "weren't scared" of the UK cornerback and "were going after his (behind)." At his weekly news conference on Monday, Brooks was asked about U of L's ability to throw the deep ball against UK, and he took the opportunity to bring up Kragthorpe's comments. "You know, it's amazing how people can beat their chest about going after a guy that's a really good player and (catching) a pass on him," Brooks said. "Corners, all-pro corners (in the NFL), they get beat for touchdowns. They give up plays. They're out there where the world can expose them. I just hope people keep going after Trevard Lindley. Pound your chest and go after him." Link...

Quoting Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild: "I feel like we took a step forward on Saturday. We got a little closer to playing a complete game against a very good Nevada team. I was happy walking away because I felt like both sides of the ball and special teams contributed to the win. Having said that there is still areas of concern on both sides of the ball that need to be addressed. If we keep taking advantage of our practice opportunities and improve every time we get a chance to go out there, I think we are headed to playing some pretty good football here. "What I do know is our situation. From the first day we got here and hired our staff, we analyzed every aspect of our program from coaching to personnel to how we resource it to our facitlities, because when you are trying to catch somebody you have to make up ground. I feel very fortunate with what our athletic administration has done here over the last year and a half or so. We have certainly made some strides to get back up on top, but there is a lot of work left to be done at Colorado State to consistently get this program to where we want it to get to. Like any other problem, recognition and knowing that these are the things you have to do is half the battle. Now we just have to go do them. We don't need everything, this place is a great university and a great setting; Fort Collins is a wonderful place so we don't have to have the best of everything here but the things that are pertinent to winning we have to address."

Quoting Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman:Talk about your offensive productivity. The team leads the country in total offense and the guys are putting up a lot of yards... "You know, I kind of focus on the things we didn't do more so than what we did do. I'm very realistic when it comes to statistics. I don't spend a whole lot of time looking at the stats. The biggest stat we have is the turnover ratio. It goes without saying that if you don't turn the ball over you have an excellent chance to win the football game. We've been fortunate enough to do that, not turn the ball over and create turnovers in the last couple of ballgames. That's really the only stat I pay a whole lot of attention to. That is the most important one. As far as offensive productivity, I think we should be more productive. We missed some opportunities. We could be a little more accurate in our passing. We caught the ball pretty well. We made some nice catches. We've got to pass block better. Jerrod made a lot of big plays with his feet, but I'd rather not have him run around quite as much as he is. I'm grateful he converted some third downs for us with his feet, which we ask him to do, but at the same time I'd much rather have protection and throw the ball downfield. Productivity is really a measurement of wins and losses at the end of the season, and we'll see at that time."