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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Wednesday September 23, 2009

College Football Hall of Fame moving from South Bend to Atlanta: Several published reports indicate that the College Football Hall of Fame will move to Atlanta, Georgia. According to the reports, Atlanta city officials will announce the move at a Thursday news conference.

Bo Pelini press conference (Video): Calls 16-15 loss to VA Tech toughest of his career. Video...

Steve Kragthorpe on playing in Utah at high altitude: "People are going to make a big deal about the altitude. We're not freaking going to play on Mount Everest here," Kragthorpe professed. "We're going to 4,200 feet. It's not that big of a deal and in fact I think our guys will like the weather better because it's dryer. You're not going to sweat nearly as much."

Great article following the Minnesota Gophers coaches during meetings (All-Access):Link...

Video interviews with Gus Malzahn and Gene Chizik: Video...

Quoting Mark Dantonio: "You can either crush people as a head coach, tell them they are no good and lay blame on certain people, or you can embrace those people and bring them with you," Dantonio said. "I think we've always chosen to embrace."

Quoting GA Tech head coach Paul Johnson: On coordinator's Dave Wommack's assertion that his defenders will switch to a 4-5-2 alignment for Saturday's game against North Carolina: "We could play a 4-12-9, but it won't matter what we play if we don't get our face on somebody and our eyes where they should be."

Quoting Charlie Weis: "The No. 1 thing that we're going to work on this week is playing with confidence. And I think that when you start giving up some yardage on some plays, like what was happening in the last couple games in particular, you start losing some confidence - not necessarily in the scheme or your teammates, but just on your own play-making ability."

Quoting Coach Sark: Sarkisian said he won't ask his players to forget the USC win --- "that's the last thing we want to do.'' Instead, he said he wants them to remember the feeling while realizing that the only way to get it again "is to get right back to work.''

Quoting Brian Kelly: "This group, more than most teams that I've coached, loves to play," Kelly said Tuesday. "That's a characteristic of great teams that I've had. And I think the skill level is of championship caliber based upon what we looked at last year.

"I'm on the wall for 24 hours a day," Kelly said. "You're never falling asleep at the wheel or something like that would come up and hurt your team. If there's one thing that I'm responsible for it's to make sure that our guys don't lose sight of why we're here.

"Every day we're trying to reiterate the messages. You absolutely have to communicate with these kids every day. This group will touch the stove when it's hot. That's the way they are, so you have to stay on them."

"I like the way they play on Saturdays," Kelly said. "But there's a lot of work leading up to Saturdays, believe me. There's a lot of personalities. There's a lot of guys that want to play. We're deeper than we've ever been, which requires soothing some egos and making sure you get your touches and your snaps. There's a lot more work during the week, but on Saturday you can let the dogs hunt and that's a good thing."

"What you do - and I've done it - is you remind them to begin with the end in mind first," Kelly said. "I remind them every day. How do you want this thing to go? Do you like this? Do you want to keep winning? It's hard to win, so there's going to be more sacrifice. You're going to have to dig down deeper. You're going to have to play banged up. You're going to have to suck up your ego.

"It's hard to do, so I remind them, ‘Did you like getting off the plane in Miami and seeing those buses on the tarmac with Bearcats all over them? If that's what you want to do, understand that you've got to sacrifice more.' "

Quoting Kirk Ferentz on crowd noise at practice: "For a long time I just thought that was all garbage," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We used to do it in the '80s, and we did it when I was in the NFL. I thought it was kind of overhyped, but last year I figured we'd give it a shot. It's part of our routine. I don't know if it helps or not. If they think it helps, then it helps. That's good."

Quoting former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr: Q: How many games have you actually attended since you retired? A: I've attended all the Michigan home games. This year I'm planning on going to our Iowa game in Iowa City. And of course, I've been to a couple of pro games to see our former players. I'm gonna see the Miami-New England game in Miami in December, and I watch all the games on TV.

Quoting San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke:

Is there anything you don't' like about the job?

Media.

Why?

I'll be very honest and very frank.

I think it's a Catch-22 situation. These kids are my family and I'm going to protect them. I'll tell you, I'll fight for these kids more than anyone else in this department. If I don't, nobody will. The media here has been tremendous. And I mean that, I'm not just saying that. It's a compliment. Every guy I've worked with has been very honest, very candid, but very good. But I've been at other places, not as a head coach, but as an assistant, where that's not always the case. They've been first class here. I'm not saying that for any reason but the truth. But I'm going to protect the kids. If I think a kid is not ready for something in the media, or he's a young kid, there are all kinds, and if they're not ready and they get nervous and don't know how to handle it, I'm going to protect them. The only time I ever get really upset with the media is when they criticize the kids. Don't criticize the kids. Criticize me, the staff all you want. These are 18- to 22-year-old kids and that sometimes can be hard. I was at Michigan for eight years and talk about a program that was in the spotlight for eight years. We had pretty good teams. But they are still kids. Charles Woodson was still a kid. I didn't think some guys were handling it as well as they could have been. I can't give you specific examples. But I'm going to protect the kids.

Do you have aspirations of coaching in the NFL?

I've had some opportunities. I don't know. I like working with kids. I've got great parents and unbelievable in-laws who are really a foundation to us also. I say us, because it's Kelly (daughter, 24) and my wife and I. If I didn't have the coaches though that I had at Ball State, I wouldn't be sitting here right now. I can promise you that. I made a lot of poor decisions in my lifetime, especially early in college. If I didn't have the guys who cared about me as coaches, I wouldn't be here.

What are some of those poor decisions?

A lot of them. Too many to name. From simply academically - in all phases from an academic and social standpoint, not achieving the way you could. I underachieved for a couple of years in college because of making poor social choices. Let's put it that way. And academic choices.

Do you share those experiences with the kids you coach now?

I tell them everything. They know. They know. They know and I think it allows me to have a relationship with them that I understand what they've done or did or what they are going through. That message that we don't want to underachieve in anything we do. We've all got potential that we're blessed with. Either athletically, academically or just being a human being socially. For us not to take advantage of those opportunities and those blessings that we have, we're cheating ourselves. And we can't cheat ourselves. If we cheat ourselves in this program, we're cheating the guy next to us. And we're cheating the guy counting on us so there is no accountability. Everything goes back to that accountability we need to have with each other.