Wednesday March 10, 2010
Quoting Dennis Erickson: "It's going to be a huge turning point offensively in our program," said Erickson, going into his fourth season with the burden of 9-15 record in the past two seasons. "It'll be completely different than what people have seen, and you'll see it in the spring from Day 1."
"Our (offensive) speed is way better than it's ever been. You'll probably see as fast an offensive team that you've seen in a long time here, and us taking advantage of all that speed. We've got the right guys to do this, and we'll continue to recruit to that type of guy."
"You've got to look at the end product of when I came here and told them what I was going to accomplish. That if and when I leave, this program is going to be in way better shape than it was. I feel like we're doing that."
"I just want to get it to the point where we can compete in this league every year for the championship. I'll coach as long as I feel I'm a benefit to this university and to this football program. That's my last legacy."
Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney talks about Urban: "It's not like he's been here at 6 a.m., but he's sat in on a couple of meetings. His text messages to us are still going strong. But clearly he's tried to get away by removing himself from the daily operations, and I'm sure Shelley (Meyer) has had a lot to do with that."
Head coaching changes in the 2000's:
Brett Bielema talks about hiring defensive backs coach Chris Ash: "One of the main reasons that I hired Chris was for his teaching abilities and what he can bring to the table as far as a technician and teaching kids how to play the game. Especially the way that we approach spring ball from the beginning, the first two practices, almost half of it is dedicated to fundamental work so you really get a chance to see his hands-on touch and see how the players respond."
Quoting Derek Dooley: "Character education - very important to me. So many of these young men come from different backgrounds, they come from different value sets, they come from different socioeconomic places, and they all have different views of what's right and wrong. Let's face it, when you're 18 to 22, no matter where you came from, you have a big hole in your head. I know I did. I did some of the dumbest things that I can't even believe I did.