2010 Coaches Quick Hits

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Tuesday October 27, 2009

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Mike Leech goes off on "fat little girlfriends": Leach said his staff had failed to make "our points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is 'how great you are' and 'how easy its going to be' and we had a bunch of people who wanted to win the football game but nobody wanted to play the football game.

"That defies every level of work ethic that exists with regard to football. As coaches, we have to solve our failure on reaching them and the players have to listen. I am willing to go to fairly amazing lengths to make that happen. I don't know if I will be successful this week or not but I am going to try and there will be some people inconvenienced and if it happens to be their fat little girlfriends too bad. "

Quoting UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisal: "I'll be disappointed if the team doesn't" get a bowl bid this year, which probably means going 4-1 down the stretch.

Quoting Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone: "You look at the first two quarters of their scoring. You're talking about a team that's putting up close to 200 points in the first half," Marrone said Monday of the Bearcats, who have outscored their seven opponents 183-59 in the first half. "Now, all of a sudden you have to become somewhat one-dimensional in how you approach it. I'm not taking anything away from their defense. They do a nice job."

Quoting Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel: "I can't tell you how disappointed I am in our football team," Pinkel said Saturday night after Missouri's third straight loss, a 41-7 shellacking at the hands of Texas. "I'm responsible for getting those guys to play well.

"The blame is here, it's me, it's my job."

"We will not change what we do and how we prepare," he said. "I make that very clear to our players, we do what we do. I'm not saying we aren't going to tweak our offense or defense, because that's always going to happen.

"You know what? If you do it, it works. We will not change and eventually the players will change. And when they do that, we'll start winning."

Quoting Frank Beamer: I think as a group it's probably the best character team we have had. They always say if you have a tough loss and you look forward to seeing your players on Monday, than you have the right kind of people. After tough losses, I look forward to seeing them on Monday. We had a tough loss to Georgia Tech. They are fun to be around. They will continue to improve as a football team. We have some inexperience at a couple of positions this year and I think that causes you to play a little inconsistent at times, but I think we continue to improve and we'll be a really good football team before this thing is over."

Mack Brown compliments Mike Gundy: "I really admire Mike and their staff for what they've done," Brown said. "They just move forward. They don't talk about it. Anyiam (Cowboy wide receiver Hubert Anyiam) has got 19 receptions the last two games, so he has stepped in for Dez.

"Keith Toston was an alternating back anyway, and he's done a great job for Kendall Hunter. I think Mike and that staff have done one of the great coaching jobs this year in the country."

Quoting ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie: "We're hoping we can stay with them," ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "Troy is a good football team. I think they're as good as any team in our conference. They were picked to win the conference."

Quoting Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder: "It's not about being 3-1," he told reporters Saturday. "It's about whether this football team gets better. That hasn't changed, and we didn't (on offense) - that's why I'm upset."

Quoting Akron head coach J.D. Brookhart: ''You rally. That's what we have talked about . . . talking about being fighting men,'' Brookhart said Monday during his weekly news conference. ''When these things happen, just like you do in a family, you sometimes draw closer to each other.

''Pretty amazing stories the last couple of weeks about the fight. They are fighting their butts off.''

Quoting Kent State head coach Doug Martin: ''That whole freshman class that we brought in,'' Kent State coach Doug Martin said. ''They were the No. 1-ranked class in the MAC, and I would have to say that they are probably proving that was pretty accurate.''