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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday February 18, 2010

Quoting Jim Harbaugh: "Not only does Ron Turner have a great deal of familiarity with Stanford University, but he also was my coordinator and position coach in Chicago, and I have long held a tremendous amount of respect for the job he does," Harbaugh said. "Ron brings an unmatched level of professionalism and experience. Ron cares for the welfare of his players and treats them with respect, not only while together but also after their playing days are over; something I learned firsthand in Chicago while he was my coach and friend."

Stan Drayton and Urban Meyer on the same page: "I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't surprised," Drayton, who once again is UF's running backs coach, said Wednesday. "But we're grown men, Urban Meyer and I. All that stuff was blown out of proportion. The respect that we have for each other was never compromised."

"I've seen Coach Drayton shed tears before," former running back Anthony Gay told The Sporting News in 2008. "Not in front of (Meyer), but right after practice because of how he acknowledged him, because of how he belittled him." Link...

Quoting Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh: The plan was always to continue to be active in doing this. I can explain that by a statement that Tom Moore - who's the offensive coordinator with the Colts - made last week. There was a lengthy article on the front page of USA Today, kind of about the relationship between Tom Moore and Peyton Manning - not just the personal relationship, but how they go about trusting each other, and the calling of plays, and the running of the game. Tom has been aligned with highly productive offenses for a long time - he's 71. The writer posed a question as to his retirement. He said, "I don't have any plans to retire. I guess at some point, I'll get into a stage where nobody will ask me to work for him, so I guess that means I'll be retired." So I read that and I said, "Well, I think that explains things pretty well."

And how did I assess that? Well, I have all the energy that I've ever had. I have all the ambition to accomplish things that I've ever had. I really like the whole process of competition, and helping players improve. And I still feel like I have a lot of things to accomplish and to prove. This is an environment which I've operated for a long time, and which I feel comfortable in, so we're going to keep on going.

Shortly after I left Virginia, Paul called to, one, just say, "I respect everything you guys did there, I thought you guys did a great job," - clearly we probably were as competitive against Georgia Tech over the two years that he's been here as any team in the conference with our two games - and, "By the way, what are your plans?" So I told him really what you and I just discussed [in the previous question], and he said, "Would you be interested in doing it here?" Frankly, coming from the coach who had just won the conference championship, that he would think that we could do something to help them out, we were flattered by that and immediately interested. Link...

Give ‘em the heater, Tubs: Tech athletics officially announced Tuberville will throw the first pitch prior to when the Red Raiders take on Jacksonville State at 4 p.m. Friday at Dan Law Field.

Hawaii athletic department working to improve financial situation: Women's volleyball led the UH programs by turning a profit of $84,071 for the 2008 season. Football showed a $1.5 million deficit, though Donovan said football accounts for most of UH's pay-per-view revenue of $2.5 million, which would push the program into the black.

The University of Hawaii athletic department's cumulative deficit hit $8 million during the 2009 fiscal year and UH officials project the deficit to break the $10 million mark after the current year. Link...