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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday November 5, 2009

Young NFL coaches: More than half of the 11 coaches hired in the offseason were younger than 45. Only one was older than 50. McDaniels has shown what a dose of youthful energy can bring to a team.

"When you're dealing with older coaches they're kind of set in their ways with a lot of things," said receiver Brandon Stokely, who is about two months younger than McDaniels. "The younger coaches provide that enthusiasm and fresh ideas."

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is only 37 years old.

Quoting Mark Richt: "People that know me well or the team or the coaches, they know that I've got another edge to me that I don't show publicly all the time," Richt said. "Maybe that's what the public wants to see, but if you are going to be accused of something, being accused of being a nice guy is not one of the worse things to be accused of.

"When something bad happens, my personality has always been I'm going to focus on 'where are we now and what do we got to do to win?' Not to worry so much about who am I going to blame for this or blame for that, just where are we and how can we win from this point forward."

Butch Davis compliment Duke offense: Coach Butch Davis of North Carolina looks at Duke's passing attack and sees the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

Coach David Cutcliffe of Duke wishes it were so.

"I don't see Reggie Wayne out there, nor Peyton (Manning)," Cutcliffe said.

"After I saw (Davis' comments), I called Bill Polian (the Indy general manager) and asked him if I could borrow his five offensive linemen. He turned me down. So we're not going to play with the Colts' offensive line, unfortunately.

Quoting Frank Spaziani: "We don't have the luxury of thinking too far ahead,'' he reasons. "We know what's at stake. You always want the games at the end of the season to have some meaning to them, and we have that. But, obviously, for us, it's one game at a time. We have a very thin margin of error.''

Dooley has high praise for Boise State special teams: Dooley expects Boise State to do what many teams don't - kick the ball to Livas, who has six return touchdowns in his career.

"I'm sure Boise will kick to him because they're as good on special teams as anybody in the country," Dooley said. "I'm sure they don't fear anybody."

Quoting Georgia AD Damon Evans: "Our head coach is very good at what he does."

"We are in a business that is very public," Evans said in an interview with the AJC. "When things go wrong, there are different reactions that come from people. But our head coach is very good at what he does, and I have the utmost confidence Mark Richt will continue to lead us in the right direction.

"I have confidence in our head coach to make decisions with his program, as I always have. ... I don't think right now is the time for us to talk about staff changes or anything of that nature. What we need to focus on is the task at hand. ... I know [Richt] will evaluate his program at the end of the season, as he always does."

When that time comes, Evans said, "I am here to provide advice and things of that nature and to work with him in any way that is appropriate. But I have utmost confidence in [Richt]."

USC players keep jersey after final game every season, part of bowl gift: After the final game of every season, all the players get to keep the jersey from that game, regardless of what year they are in school. So for the Trojans, players have gotten to keep the jersey worn in the Rose Bowl for the last four seasons (three cardinal jerseys and one white jersey, all with the Rose Bowl patch on them).

Technically, the jersey is part of the program's "bowl gift" to each player. Bowl gifts, which are limited to a certain monetary value each year, include electronics, gift cards, backpacks, watches -- and the game-worn jersey from the bowl.

Article on Ball State OC Eddie Faulkner:Link...

Great article on Texas Longhorns special teams philosophy:Link...

1) He convinced many of the Longhorn's superstars to play special teams. Superstar 0 was wide receiver Roy Williams, the seventh pick in the 2004 NFL draft, who now plays for the Dallas Cowboys. This year, star wide receiver Jordan Shipley returns punts.

2) He created a point system like to the one used by Marriott hotels in which players earn points for making certain plays, which lead to special perks like membership in "block party," "gold," and "diamond" clubs.

3) He kept the clubs exclusive. Subjectively, of course.

"I can't tell you too much about the block party because it's a team thing. Really you have to be a member of the block party to understand it," said Akina, who came up with the idea in 2003 or 2004.

Quarterback Colt McCoy, the biggest superstar on this year's team, has supposedly lobbied for a membership.

"I've tried and I've tried to get on that unit," Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said. "When I'm walking by their office on the way to the offense I always stop and say, ‘Hey, I'm ready. I'm here. (No.) 12 is always ready.' You walk by there and they're all happy, yelling and excited. You just want to be a part of it."

But despite being a Heisman Trophy runner-up, McCoy's not welcome as a member of the block party.

"The rules are strict," (special teams member) Curtis Brown said. "You only get in if you earn your way in. That's just the way it is. We've got to keep it that way. If we didn't, everybody would be a member."

The result: Texas' special teams have blocked 45 punts since 2002, the second most in the nation, including three this season. They have also scored six touchdowns in 2009, and have the highest kickoff return average (31 yards) of all FBS teams.