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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Sunday November 8, 2009

JUCO shootout ends 75-71: East Mississippi CC defeated Gulf Coast CC 75-71 for the Mississippi JUCO state championship. 1,192 yards of offense in the game.Link...

Bo Pelini video interview after 10-3 win over Oklahoma:Video...

Gary Pinkel video interview after loss to Baylor:Video...

Quoting Nick Saban after 24-15 win over LSU: ‘‘It was a tough, physical game," Saban said, ‘‘and man, those games are fun to be a part of."

‘‘I don't think there was a minimum requirement for this team," Saban said. ‘‘This team had a totally different challenge than last year's team. Last year's team had a different motive. They had to prove they could be good."

This year's team had to prove it could stay good. And it has.

‘‘I'm extremely pleased and happy that we won the West and we now control our own destiny in terms of what else we can accomplish," Saban said.

Quoting Les Miles: "The hardest part," Miles said, "is telling our guys that's how it is. Patrick says he intercepted the ball. The replay official said he didn't."

Quoting Oregon DC Nike Aliotti: Stanford had 505 yards of incredibly balanced offense, getting 254 on the ground and 251 through the air.

"You wouldn't know it, but we prepared for everything we saw," UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "Their X's were better than our O's. They made plays, we didn't."

Quoting Tommy West after 56-28 loss at Tennessee: "Defensively, we came in and knew we had to stop (Hardesty). For the most part we did. But I've never been in a game quite like this where we could not cover them. We tried everything we could possibly do. We tried man (coverage). We tried zone. We tried two-deep. We tried three-deep. We came in to play three deep, to play off and make them throw the ball in front of us.''

"I don't know if we got stage fright, or what, in the first half,'' West said.

Solid win for Dan Hawkins, sad Colorado fans: Disgraced by a football team so embarrassingly bad it brought back the nightmare of the 1980s, hundreds of very noticeable fans in a Folsom Field crowd of 47,227 wore powder blue T-shirts, visually taunting current Colorado players by displaying the school's predominant uniform color from the long-ago era of Chuck Fairbanks and unrelenting blue Saturdays.

The protest made Hansen see red.

"We took it as disrespect to us. We took it personal. We wanted to come out and show the fans that we're still here, we're still a good team. And that even though you guys don't have our back, we're going to still play for each other," said Hansen, a sophomore quarterback who completed 21-of-32 passes against the Aggies, including a 22- yard strike to tight end Patrick Devenny for the winning score with 2 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee over $100 million athletic budget: Tennessee's athletic department has joined the exclusive $100,000 million club.

The 2009-10 operating budget announced at the fall meeting of the Athletics Board is $100,850,000, up about 15 percent from the previous year.

"I knew at some point we were going to hit that mark,'' men's athletic director Mike Hamilton said Saturday morning. "We're not the first athletic department to go over that mark.''

Quoting Steve Sarkisian after loss to UCLA: "All these game and experiences that we've been in - that we continue to be in - we're going to grow from them," Sarkisian said. "We're going to find it. I feel for our guys, but when you get so close, so many times, and you just can't finish it, it's disappointing for all of us."

Danny Hope / Rich Rod post-game handshake very odd: Despite Purdue's first victory at Michigan Stadium since 1966, Hope took the opportunity during the postgame handshake to "thank" Rodriguez for getting Purdue lineman Zach Reckman suspended for one game this season, Rodriguez said.

Hope wasn't asked about the incident in his news conference, but he issued a statement after the game saying: "As far as I'm concerned, our conversation will remain between coach Rodriguez and me. We'll leave it at that."

Rodriguez said Hope brought Reckman over to him after the game and Reckman said, "Thanks, coach. I really appreciate what you did."

"I don't know where that came from," Rodriguez said. "I talked to him on the phone and told him that wasn't the reason. This was way back when. I didn't have anything to do with that."

Quoting Ralph Friedgen after 38-31 loss to NC State: "Sometimes in life you go through periods like this," Friedgen said. He said he told his players how - as offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s - his team struggled and he feared he could get fired. At the same time, weather forecasters predicted Hurricane Hugo could veer toward his family home in South Carolina.

"So I said [to the players], 'Things were bad then, too,' " Friedgen said. His house was spared and the team went on a roll. "When it turns around, it can turn around quickly," he said.

Good question: Why do coaches -- talk so much about effort? Effort isn't to be rewarded; it is to be expected. Playing well is far different, more difficult and more important than accumulating meaningless moral victories.

Clemson coaches visit Mickey Andrews before game: Clemson and Florida State are obviously hard-nosed rivals on the playing field, but it doesn't mean there's no respect among the opposing players and coaches. That was evident on Saturday when Tiger boss Dabo Swinney, along with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and offensive line coach Brad Scott, made a surprise visit to the FSU locker room prior to kickoff.

Once there they sought out longtime Seminoles defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who is retiring at the end of the season. To show their appreciation for his career accomplishments, the Tiger coaches presented Andrews with an autographed Clemson football helmet as well as a football signed by the 2009 Tigers.

Andrews has spent 26 years on the Florida State coaching staff and is stepping down in order to spend more time with his family.

Kiffin & Vols never understood Tommy West's joke, Kiffin responds: "The way it's supposed to go, Kiffin didn't realize that the point wasn't that the dog was lying. The point was that the dog talked and was worth more than 5 dollars," Stocker said.

So, does understanding it make it funnier?

"It's not funny at all," Stocker said. "Anytime you've got to think about a joke, it's not funny at all."

Kiffin did respond to West's joke.

"I guess that dog bit back a little bit today, didn't he?" Kiffin said. "Take it from there."

In the end, though, whether or not the joke was funny didn't matter.

"We didn't understand why somebody would put that out," Thompson said. "Either way, we were going to defend our coach."

"It really got under their skin," Kiffin said of the joke. "But I still don't get it."

Don't worry, coach. You've got company.

Mark Richt dealing with penalties in strange way, pulling players: Coach Mark Richt had decided any penalty - or turnover for that matter - would warrant being pulled from the game.

Georgia had 11 penalties for 86 yards, including six false start penalties.

"For a while, it got kinda crazy," quarterback Joe Cox said. "You looked over and there were like three guys running out, and it's like, 'What is going on?' That's tough, too, because some guys might get a little tight when there's something like that going on. But it's something we've gotta learn how to stop, and we've gotta stop it now.

Richt sounded ready to scrap the new punishment for penalties.

"I'm not sure we'll continue to do it, quite frankly," Richt said. "It sends a message, but it also can get guys about as tight as they can get. 'If I just flinch, man, I'm out of the game.' "

Richt told the team last Sunday about his plan.

"That's our main thing that's killing this football team," tight end Orson Charles said. "He's got to do what he's got to do to set the rules down."