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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Monday November 2, 2009

Florida assistant McCarney says Meyer gave awesome speech to team: Players and coaches admitted it as UF struggled to get past Arkansas and Mississippi State. And it seems Meyer decided to do his best to put an end to it. "This Friday night with our football team was the best job he's done talking to our football team since I've been here," said second-year defensive line coach Dan McCarney, who has been around college football since 1977. "I had hair standing up on the back of my neck. There were goose bumps up and down my arms. I've been around this for a long time. I've heard a lot of coaches talk and I've heard myself talk a lot, too much. I thought he did an unbelievable job. I was ready to go play Friday night."

Quoting George O'Leary after 21-20 win over Marshall: ''These kids have a lot of fight in them,'' UCF coach George O'Leary said. ''They don't worry about mistakes, they worry about making the next play and that's what we did. When we needed a play, somebody stepped up and made it.''

Quoting Mark Snyder after 21-20 loss at UCF: ''That's one of the wackiest games I've seen in my career,'' Marshall coach Mark Snyder said. ''I thought we dominated the whole game, we played our hearts out, but we had some mistakes at the end that cost us the game.''

Quoting Gary Pinkel: "I could give you every game (speech) following three losses. This is my 19th year of files of talks that I give on Thursday. I know every talk for every situation. We as a staff, and the leadership on the team kind of draw on that. It takes a lot of courage for the team, and positive attitudes and perseverance to get out of that."

Al Groh comments on the Duke defense: "They were well prepared. They were on every one of our plays. They recognized the formation and they really challenged us. They anticipated where the ball would go, and I give a lot of credit to them. They played and executed at a critical time."

Quoting Rich Brooks: "I worry every week about the mental frame of mind and focus and mental preparation," Brooks said. "With that loss we go from a team that could have done something that maybe the previous teams weren't able to do and win more games and climb up the SEC ladder to maybe a team that might break that bowl streak."

"We were more ready to play mentally (at Auburn) therefore we were ready physically," Brooks said. "In this game we weren't prepared mentally, and that has an impact on you physically. Obviously, I didn't get the message across to my team about the importance of being ready to play this game."

Quoting Houston Nutt: "We're going to win next week (Northern Arizona) and then come back for a three-game stretch (Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State)," Nutt said. "We still have a chance to go to a bowl game and (the players) know that. They got a taste of that last year and they know what that feels like."

Quoting Dan Hawkins: "You talk about your options every week and the tangible is that you have to win out to go to a bowl game. The intangible is that people always talk about sports building your character and I think that's part of it. Having some resolve and battling it out counts for something. Regardless of what's on the line, we need to show up and put our best foot forward and give it our best effort."

Quoting Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones after 31-10 loss at BC: I thought it was a very disappointing performance overall, but we played a very talented football team. Our goal coming in was to start fast. I thought we did that, but we had the ball on four different occasions with great field position and we came away with zero points. Defensively, minus the one possession, I thought we played extremely well in the first half. In the second half, I thought Boston College came out and established the line of scrimmage and made some plays, and we never really got into any kind of rhythm on offense. I thought we put our defense in some adverse situations with ball control, but hat's off to Boston College. They're a very, very good football team, and deserving to contend for the ACC championship.

Quoting Mike Riley: "You can never relax in football - not that we relaxed," Riley said. "The only way to get back in it was get a couple big plays, and they did. I thought we kept our composure, made some plays, scored a touchdown and won the game."