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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Wednesday February 24, 2010

ESPN fooled by Brian Westbrook impersonater Live on Sportscenter (funny):Video....

Tuberville continues emphasize defensive line play: "The one thing you have to have to be successful and to win championships is you have to play good defensive line. That doesn't mean you have to have great players."

"If it's third down and 15 or third and 1, our defensive line is going to play the same technique. We're going to be attacking the line of scrimmage, getting depth, making plays."

"The biggest key when you're playing defensive line, that I've found over the years, is so many people look at the guy in front (of them). If you talk to any really good defensive lineman who has been around it for a while, the first thing that they will key is the football. They want to move when the ball moves, not when the offensive lineman moves. I think that's the biggest key to defensive line play is, when that ball moves, you're gone."

"We want our defensive ends and defensive tackles to be flying to the football. It goes back to one thing: Don't worry about size. Worry about (having) guys that can run. Your defensive linemen will make more plays by doing this when the ball goes away than when the ball comes to them. If it goes away, these guys will have a great opportunity to make a play, because they are hauling butt down the line of scrimmage.

"One thing we always tell our defensive linemen: We're forcing the ball, but we're not worried about linebackers being free and trying to keep blockers off of linebackers. We want them to make the play first."

"Our first step is always downhill with the play-side foot. After that, we don't coach them. We just tell them, ‘Run to the football.' The one thing you don't want to do if you're playing an attacking front is over-coach a linebacker.

"If you're going to coach anybody, coach those D-linemen. Coach them to key the ball and get their butt upfield on the snap of the ball." Link...

Skip Holtz makes some great points: "Anytime there is change, there is excitement and enthusiasm and energy, and you want to build on that. You want to keep that going. Part of the obligation as a head coach is to get out and meet with your booster club, meet with your fan base, meet with your student body, meet with the faculty, meet with the media. It all goes together.

"Being a head football coach today has very little to do with how to block ... it has very little to do with schemes."

"You have to do it. You have to promote your program. I'm not going to say, 'Let's sit behind locked doors, and do our thing.' We need the media to get to where we want to be."

"I was in Greenville (N.C.) where we had 60,000 people trying to fill a 50,000-seat stadium. How many people live in this area? A couple of million? I've never had the opportunity to recruit a couple of million people to fill up a stadium. If we have the same batting average we had in Greenville we'll do really well here." Link...

Quoting Texas OC Greg Davis: "The last two seasons, we kind of put a bunch of eggs in Colt's basket as far as running the ball. We kind of said, "If the defense outnumbers the run, that's fine and we don't care." But we've got to be better in the run game this season than we were the last two years. We're going to do some things this spring to try and help that."

"We're going to go back under center with the quarterback some more. We played the last two years almost exclusively out of the shotgun. We will continue to play a lot of the game from the shotgun, but we're going to go back under center to try and help the backs run more downhill. With the zone read dropping off the radar, we're going to play with the running backs' alignment in the gun. When we are running the ball out of the gun, they can run more downhill. We can be tighter on our zones with the offensive line because of the landmarks with the backs. I think that is a big emphasis this spring -- to try and take the pressure off the quarterback and run the ball better. " Link...

Notre Dame OC Charley Molnar living a dream: "It has all been very humbling. When you know the history and tradition of Notre Dame like I do, it becomes a lifestyle. Around here, everything revolves around Notre Dame football. Everywhere I go now, people already know who I am. They know about me. They're offering congratulations and support. It's quite an amazing thing. I already have a very recognizable face."

"The players we have are very cognizant of the past success we've had with our spread offense. I think they're excited about that. I think they took notice and watched what we did at Cincinnati and saw that we won a championship. They know that we're going to find ways to get them the ball." Link...

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen welcomes public to watch current team combine: The Pokes will be tested in five different areas: the vertical jump, standing long jump, three-cone test, 20-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash.

UW coach Dave Christensen says the team thought it would be fun for people to see players compete in the tests.

Lane Kiffin: Yet Kiffin seemed confused - and perhaps a bit dismayed - by UT athletic director Mike Hamilton's public claim last month that Kiffin wasn't a "good cultural fit" at UT.

"I don't really know exactly what that means," said Kiffin, who was UT's coach for just 14 months. "I don't think at the end of day that has anything to do with whether you score points or whether you win games. Where you're from? I don't know. That's just my opinion.

"Is Nick Saban from Alabama? Is Urban Meyer from Florida? Those are two of the best coaches in the country. So I don't think that really means anything."

"I know this: From the day that I got there to the day that we left, that roster was drastically better than it was," Kiffin said. "Really at the end of the day, that's my job as a head coach, is to improve the roster and improve what the kids are doing in the classroom.

Mississippi State most improved crowd attendance, South Carolina declines: Mississippi State was the runaway winner for most improved last season when it came to getting fans in the stands. Only three teams nationally enjoyed an increase of more than 10,000 fans, and Mississippi State led the way with a 10,339-fan increase. Yale and Indiana also had increases of more than 10,000 fans.

The Bulldogs went from an average of 43,453 in 2008 to an average of 53,792 last season.

The largest attendance decrease in the league last season belonged to South Carolina, which went from an average of 80,529 in 2008 to an average of 75,369 in 2009. The Gamecocks also had three attractive home games in 2009 - Ole Miss, Florida and Clemson.

The Ole Miss game was on a Thursday night the fourth week of the season, and the Rebels were a top 5 team at the time. Still, the upper deck on the East side that night at Williams-Brice Stadium wasn't much more than half full.