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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday November 17, 2009

Big hits concern Mike Gundy: An emphasis on strength training has contributed to more serious injuries, Gundy said, because college football players are getting bigger and stronger every year.

"It's the real fine line where you have to have your players in great physical condition and they have to be strong in order to compete, but then you don't want to do too much," he said.

"Your corners, your defensive backs are now 200, 205, 210 (pounds). There's some safeties that are playing now that are 220, and it didn't used to be that way. Those guys used to be 175 pounds. It's just kind of the law of physics. I don't see it moving any other way in football."

Mike Sanford press conference (Video):Video...

Quoting former Nevada state university system chancellor Jim Rogers (on UNLV head coaching job): "If you are going to build a winning program -- and I think there are legitimate questions whether this town has any interest in doing so -- you have to make the investment," said Rogers, the former state university system chancellor. "What we have done is pay just enough to assure whoever the coach is would be a failure."

"The system here in terms of football has been Death Valley for years. It is a career-ender for head coaches. You have to find a way to pay people a lot of money and assure them you will stand behind them." Link...

Mike Sanford makes good points: Mike Sanford insisted he wasn't frustrated or bitter, that he simply wanted to set the record straight for the good of UNLV football.

The fired coach blamed numerous factors for holding back the program, including a lack of community and university support as well as substandard facilities, but never mentioned himself as part of the problem.

"This is not a coach issue," Sanford said in his news conference Monday at the Lied Athletic Complex. "This is a system, infrastructure, commitment issue that I am concerned about.

"There's been more of a football commitment made at Reno from a facility standpoint than there has at UNLV. Our locker room is the worst locker room in college football.

"If people really want to win here, if they're going to hold the football coach and the football coaching staff here to a high standard, they need to put their money where their mouth is. I don't believe that's ever been done here. I don't believe it was done one bit during the time I was here."

Quoting Virginia head coach Al Groh: "When you win, it's a grind. When you lose, it's a grind. You know, but it's positive. It's good. It's what we choose for it to be. But to do 100 hours a week and go through the whole process again every week, there is no carry-over."

"Boston College is over. You grade the film, you put it in the file, and you start the whole process over again," he said. "That's what we like to do. We enjoy getting ready for games. We enjoy teaching players. We enjoy the competition."

Jim Harbaugh defends decision to go for 2-point conversion with big lead vs. USC: Harbaugh spent much of his time defending a decision to go for two with Stanford leading 48-21 in the fourth quarter of Saturday's blowout of USC.

"There was an opportunity to punch it in and we thought it was the right thing to do," Harbaugh said. "We wanted to be full throttle the entire game. We felt like we were going to get it and that's why we did it."

"Had I known that they weren't going to score any more points and that we were going to score another touchdown, I probably wouldn't have done it," Harbaugh admitted.