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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday November 24, 2009

Quoting Kentucky OC Joker Phillips, GREAT article on Rich Brooks: "If you had told me before the season that all of that was going to happen and we'd have a chance to win eight games, I'd have taken it - right then and there," UK head coach for offense Joker Phillips said. "It's been an amazing year." Link...

Joe Kines talks about Texas offense (hope his wife doesn't read this): "To have a senior quarterback that is hot, and probably the best receiver in college football, it's like my wife entering the Mrs. American contest, love her to death, but she might not have a chance. She's 65 years old, if she was entering Mrs. Grandmother, she'd be alright, but in a Mrs. America contest she ain't going to make it!"

Quoting Gary Patterson: "We want to win a national championship at TCU, and I firmly believe we can," Patterson wrote on his web site ( "This is why I signed a contract extension through 2014. I want to prove to the rest of the country that it can be done at TCU."

Monte Kiffin pointed out Dungy's slow start, talks about sticking together: Monte Kiffin made a great point on the Lane Kiffin Show. The veteran defensive coordinator talked about how Tony Dungy started 0-5 and moved to 1-7 in his first year at Tampa Bay. "The key was the guys stayed together and bought it. I mean, I think we allowed 7 straight one hundred yard rushers. We literally could stop the A and B gaps defensively. But the guys bought in and stuck together."

Quoting Pat Fitzgerald:"What I learned from [Penn State] coach Joe Paterno was you need to be who you are," said Fitzgerald, who turns 35 on Dec. 2. "If you know who you are, you know how to adjust and have an understanding of where you're at. But if you try to be someone you're not, then you're lost somewhere."

Great to see Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder, John Latina, and former KU athletic director step up for Mark Mangino: "If you talk to other coaches, you realize that there are 100-and-something Div. I programs, let alone all the Div. II and IIIs, and those coaches are just one or two complaints away from the same thing probably happening to (them)," Bohl said. "That tough love and things that coaches deal with, every coach is only a heartbeat away from one or two players complaining."

"When you have 130 guys on a team, you can find some disgruntled players," said John Latina, who assisted Mangino in getting his first Div. I coaching job as a graduate assistant at K-State. "On every team in America. Things I've read and things that I've heard, I think it's somewhat unfair. What I know is (Kansas) wasn't very good for quite a few years before he got there, and he took a program that was down - in a tough area of the country that doesn't maybe have the most recruits in the geographical area - and he's done a phenomenal job with it."

Asked whether he would feel comfortable sending his own children to play for Mangino, Latina said, "Tomorrow." Link...

Interview with Bud Foster from
Coach Beamer has had multiple opportunities to leave for high-profile jobs - Alabama and North Carolina, to name just a couple - and has stayed at Tech. Has that served as a model for you as you approach potential job opportunities, that you don't just leave to leave?

Exactly. With Coach Beamer, he's a Virginia Tech guy. He's very loyal to this university and the people that support us. So for him, he was just looking for that commitment over time: "We want to be Alabama here. We want to be like Florida State or Nebraska. We want to be considered one of the premier programs in the country." He got that feedback, and obviously we've gotten that support with everything that's allowed this program to grow the way it has.

I look at it the same way. I could have taken a lot of I-AA jobs or MAC school jobs, but I really like competing at the highest level. I really like the interaction with the kids. I really like having an opportunity to play in a premier conference and compete for a national championship. I feel like I don't have to take a step back to show that I can be a head football coach. As I said earlier, Coach gives us a lot of control.

Hopefully, my track record over time shows that I can coach, I can recruit, I can motivate, and I can organize. I don't need to take a step back to take a step forward. I don't need to take another coordinator's job. I really don't.

I want to be a head coach at the BCS level. That's where I've shown I can coach. We've played in and won some major bowl games. I would think that an athletic director would want a guy that's done those things and has that track record. That's why I feel like I don't have to coach at a Kent State. Why do I have to do that and win five or six ballgames there when we turned this program around here? Link...

Houston Nutt praised DC Tyrone Nix: "In my mind, he's defensive coordinator of the year," UM coach Houston Nutt said. "He's been consistent every single week and his plan has been right on every game. He has a great feel for the game and knows where to call those blitzes - there's no question about it."

Quoting new Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart: "I have always followed Western Kentucky University, ever since I was in school here," said Taggart. "When I saw this opportunity, I knew this was the opportunity of a lifetime. My wife and I sat around and talked about it and this is a dream come true. WKU is in my DNA. One thing about me, you don't have to retrain me in the community. I know where to go. I've always bled red since day one, and I know everything about WKU and I know what it takes to win here. I know what type of athlete we want, and I know what type of direction we want to go."

Quoting Sam Houston State AD Bobby Williams (on the change): I think there are a variety of different factors involved in the decision to relieve coach Whitten of his duties," Williams said. "When you look at the program and the direction you want to go, you look at our recruiting philosophy, the strength of the program and the philosophy offensively, defensively and special teams.

"A lot of times people just look at it from a wins and losses standpoint, but you have to look at the philosophy of the program and see if that has to do with the outcomes. When you look at the entire body of work, it just led me to believe that it was time and we needed a fresher approach and outlook. Todd handled it professionally, very classy and I support him in his endeavors in the future."

Sam Houston State AD talks to current assistants: "I talked to the staff after I talked to coach Whitten and I have not made any changes there," Williams added. "A lot of that will be determined in the next few weeks, specifically on who we hire. I've told the assistant coaches to come to work and proceed like we would under normal circumstances, but that they were free to look for other positions and that I would support them and help them out any way I could.

"I also told them there could be a possibility to stay on here. I would like that and I think the continuity would help in the transition. The last transition, we didn't evaluate that staff fairly and that was my responsibility. That is why I would like to keep a few coaches if we can."

Quoting Mack Brown: "Some kids don't hear what you say. They hear pieces of it," Brown said. "Usually, if I said four (teaching points) that were complimentary, and one that wasn't very good, he'll only remember the one that wasn't complimentary. And usually he won't remember like I said it or like I meant it.

"So I'll say, 'No, here's what you heard and here's what I said.' And we'll go back over it again. So communication is really, really difficult."