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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Monday September 28, 2009

Saban gives DC Kirby Smart the credit: All week long, this game was billed as a battle of wits between Saban, the defensive wizard, and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, the offensive mastermind. Saban didn't like that. ‘‘You all create stuff that I'm not happy about sometimes," Saban said. ‘‘Bobby's a great offensive coach. Kirby Smart's the defensive coordinator here. He did a fantastic job of getting our players ready to play in this game. ‘‘I help him. I'm his GA (graduate assistant), and that's it. All that got proven out there today is I'm a better GA than somebody else."

Quoting Purdue coach Danny Hope on his questionable timeout: Clausen's next pass was incomplete and after Robert Hughes gained 2 yards on a run, Hope called a timeout with 36.9 seconds to play when the Irish didn't have any remaining. "I just wanted to have enough time to run a couple of plays," Hope said. "If I looked at the situation again maybe it wasn't a great idea."

(Reversal) Danny Hope's comments late Sunday night: "I want to retract my statement from (Saturday) night," Hope said Sunday. "(Saturday) night, I wasn't sure it was the right call. Today as I look at it, it was the right call in spite of a lot of experts and the critics.

"It didn't have anything to do with winning or losing."

"If I had not called a timeout as soon as they tackled (Hughes), how much time do you think would've been left on the clock for us to manufacture a drive? Do you know? Maybe five or six seconds," Hope asked.

"Looking back on it and if I had to do it all over again, I would've done it the exact same way, regardless of the skeptics or the cynics out there and even some of those great experts that we listen to on TV and radio."

Dan Mullen on the 3rd & 4th down play calls at the end of the game: "I probably would have called the same calls exactly the way we called them."

Quoting Art Briles: On his level of a concern when Robert Griffin went down on a scale of 1-10: "We're stopping at 10? I like winning football games, you know, if there are 52 cards in a deck, I like having 52 of them." Late Sunday night, it was announced that Griffin will be out for the season (torn ACL).

Quoting Dabo Swinney: "I think this is a team that really believes that they can win, that they expect to win," he said during a teleconference. "Now, we've got to teach them how to win."

"I just believe in what we're doing," he said. "We're better. We're more physical. We're tougher. We're a closer team. We can't lose confidence in what we're doing because I believe we're doing the right things."

"I'm glad we're sitting here today sick because we lost a tough game to TCU because I believe it's going to pay off for us," he said. "I don't think that TCU will lose a game.

"We had opportunities to win, and hopefully we can continue to get better so the next opportunity will win it," he said. "But I do think our experience here with our schedule the early part of the season will pay off for us in the long run."

Mike Leach takes blame, should have gone for it on 4th & 1: But Leach put it on his shoulders after the game. "We had half a yard, but hindsight I should've kicked it, which is a fairly big botch on my part I would say," he said. "I should've kicked it."

"I called the play, but it doesn't change the fact," Leach said of the quarterback sneak. "If I put the field goal team out there - at that point in the game - that's the better thing to do, and I didn't do it."

Quoting Nick Saban: "There's an old saying," he said. "‘You win games on defense and with special teams. You play offense for the crowd. I don't believe that. Now that these people can light it up and score 40 and 50 points in a heartbeat, that's not true at all."

Texas Tech player tweets Sunday night about Mike Leach: Senior linebacker Marlon Williams was especially vociferous about Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's leadership on his Twitter account. "Wondering why I'm still in this meeting room when the head coach can't even be on time to his on [sic] meeting," Williams wrote on his "Kos 39" Twitter account.

Quoting Jimbo Fisher on Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder: "It just takes time. That position is so different. Name me one guy that walks in the NFL and just is a star off the bat. There's too many things that happen in your decision-making process, your growth. And then sometimes, like I keep saying, it's not entirely upon you. The guys around you have to learn what they're doing."

Special teams coordinators BEWARE: Someone is going to run the Titans' fake this week. We're calling it. Video...

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Saban talking about Jim McElwain: "A lot of offensive guys are big stat guys," Saban said. "They want to see where they're ranked and all that. They talk about how many yards they gained. They say, ‘We had over 400 yards. We should've won the game.'

"I say, ‘Well, if you hadn't fumbled five times, you probably would've."‘

A year ago, Saban got it right when he hired Jim McElwain. Mac's not a self-promoter, is he?

"He's a hard-working guy who kinda believes like I believe," Saban said. "If you do it right and you work hard, good things will happen. You don't have to do anything to bring attention to yourself."

McElwain's not a stat guy, either, is he?

"No," Saban said.

Best JUCO team website goes to Jones County JC in Mississippi: Check out the Coaches Show link. We thought it was a great idea. Link...

College GameDay will broadcast from Chestnut Hill this Saturday: Boston College vs. FSU.