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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday April 1, 2010

LSU going to Purple field in Tiger Stadium:April fools photo

Quoting Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: "We stink right now. We're just so far from where we need to be in terms of attention to detail. This was a step back for us today."

"I want to make sure it's clear I liked what I saw defensively, but we gotta do this thing together. And we're not on the same page yet."

"You're 18, 19, 20 years old and you're playing at Notre Dame and it's 70 degrees out and I gotta motivate you? That's where we're not on the same page yet."

"We gotta get it out of them. They don't understand what I want from them yet. So I've got to go back and re-communicate the message and what the expectations are and how we practice and how we come to work every day."

"We don't have time. We have to do it now. It's gotta get done the right way. You get 15 practices (in spring). That's all you get. And then they're going to be gone. We can't touch them until August. I can't wait until August to put this team in a position to win in 2010. It's gotta happen today."

Quoting Rick Neuheisel: "It's not just to learn who you are and what you have. It's about really testing things out and finding out exactly who's going to be capable of being a stalwart for you. The intensity needs to go up in comparison to springs before. Hopefully we'll see progress."

Quoting Dennis Erickson: "That's a fast-paced practice. Offensively, that's what we're going to do now. That's how it's going to be every day and that's the kind of style we want to have. For the first day, I thought it went pretty well."

Marshall coach Doc Holliday talks after spring practice #1: "I felt like I wasn't doing anything. I felt like I needed to jump in there and coach somebody," Holliday said. "They let me coach the punt-block and let me coach the punt team a little bit. But I enjoyed it. I've hired nine great coaches, watched them work. To watch the technique and fundamentals they were teaching, they're all great teachers and it was a great joy to watch them."

Quoting Lane Kiffin: "My job here is to coach football and recruit players. We don't need to gather attention. We already have a high level of interest from recruits around the country. ... I really want to focus on the toughness and discipline. I think people are going to see that and carry it over onto the field. That's what we believe in."

Quoting Greg McMackin: "We're in good condition. The attitude is outstanding. The effort. The quickness."

"I just think we have a bunch of guys who want to learn and a bunch of coaches who want to coach. and they're communicating with each other and working hard at it and there's a freshness about it."

Quoting Joker Phillips: "I don't want conditioning after practice. I want us to play ourselves into shape, and running to and from drills and on and off the field," Phillips said. "I think that's a good way to condition."

Kentucky player Randall Cobb talks about Joker: "Coach Brooks was more laid back and let the coaches coach. Joker's a little more hands on. They're both good philosophies that work; they're just different."

Kentucky player Chris Matthews talks about Coach Joker: "Coach Joker is still Coach Joker. He's still going to get after you and holler at you. He's more into practice than Coach Brooks. Coach Brooks would say something to you if you mess up. But Coach Joker stays into you."