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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Interesting quote from Lane Kiffin: "Orgeron came to me halfway (through) practice to say: ‘We're not going to be a good defensive line, we're going to be a dominant, great defensive line.' "

Quoting new Arizona defensive backs coach Greg Brown: "I know I would probably be slighting some other schools, but when I think of defensive backs, I have always thought of the University of Arizona.".

"When you think of linebacker schools, you think of Penn State. U of A comes to mind to me when you think of defensive backs."

Chizik talks about naming a quarterback: "The sooner the better, but we're not going to put a time­table on when it's going to hap­pen or when we just absolutely have to have that happen. It's going to hap­pen when there's two clear-cut guys that we need to be giving more of the reps to -- or maybe it's three. Whenever that oc­curs, we'll go in that direction."

Tubs talks about naming a quarterback: "Well, the season-opening starter will be whoever can lead the team better in terms of scoring points. As I told both of them, I really don't care who starts. I want the guy who works the hardest. I want the guy who can get the job done. They understand that. They're good friends; they work and compete against each other. They're making each other better, which is great. I wish one was a junior and one was a senior, but they're both seniors. So let the best man win, so to speak. But I have no preconceived notions. It's great to have two, and both will play, but we'll only have one starter. You've got to have one guy who the team can look at and say, "This guy is going to get it done for us." If one of them gets in the game and has problems, it's going to be a great luxury to have another guy to put in and see if he can start the engine and get it going."

Tubs talks about getting back into coaching: "I knew that from the day I resigned at Auburn. I left on my own; it was probably a unique situation where you had people who understood, ‘Hey, he's been here for 10 years and he might want to do something else.' You need to be recharged. After coaching for a long time, I took a year off and was able to visit some schools and learn some new things. I recharged my batteries and did some TV work. I learned some things about a lot of different conferences. When you just coach in one conference, you don't learn a lot about anything else. TV really helped me broaden my perspective on college football. And so after being out for a year, I was really excited about getting back in. I had some other opportunities, but I just felt Texas Tech fit what I wanted to do and my family. So far, it's been a great match and I'm looking for a long tenure here."

Interesting quotes from Boise State head coach Chris Petersen: "There's a lot about Boise that I even appreciate more when I see the whole setups (at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State). The other thing that I know is we're getting there. No one's got a better indoor facility than us. No one's got a better press box. The stadiums are bigger and the locker rooms are better, but we're getting there. I know we're moving toward those goals."

Jimbo upset with wide receivers: "It's hard to function when you've got knuckleheads out there running routes. If our wideouts don't get better, we ain't gonna be worth a flip. We've got a lot of things to do at wideout. We're not playing worth a flip there."

"They know it's not personal. I hugged them in the locker room. But we're not going to tolerate it. And the team can't tolerate it. For us to go where we need to go they need to pick it up. And they did today."

Quoting Western Kentucky DC Clint Bowen: "I felt like with the players in place, there was a chance to really make something happen here. The defense had bad numbers statistically last year, and I look at that as a great opportunity to improve."

Dooley talks about special teams: "We have a lot of work to do on special teams, and I wish we had 15 more practices after this. A lot of new techniques, a lot of new schemes, very different than what they've been accustomed to. It's going to take us awhile to really get an understanding for that."

"I think you have to be good at everything, and every coach talks about being good on special teams. But then how you implement it into your system and how you work it in the offseason and the spring really dictates how important it is to you. I know this - if you're going to win a championship, you have to be great on special teams. I believe that, so is it a part of our program? Absolutely, because that's what I feel it takes to win."

Quoting Vols running back David Oku: "Coach Dooley said if we're not top-five in the country (in special teams), he's going to be mad at us. So I'm not about to get in trouble, that's the way I look at it."

Quoting Oregon State OC Danny Langsdorf: "There is a sense that we have to get a guy ready to play that hasn't played much. You can throw a lot at veteran guys. If you throw a lot at a rookie QB you can make him uncomfortable. ... we have a lot of time until we play but there's definitely a need to get a No.1 guy comfortable and ready to play in a big game against a tough opponent.''

Lane Kiffin talks about recruiting Florida area: "You want to find somebody that has something in common with here - maybe they lived out here at one point or something. We don't just go down there covering the whole (South Florida) area, but from time to time we will go for specific players."

Quoting West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart: "Noel is 1,000 yards, 1,200 yards, 1,500 yards ... I'd love to see him have a banner year, I really would. I'd love to see him have one of the greatest years ever because he's so deserving. He came back when he could have gone out. He's such a great role model. He's matured so much and become such a leader; he's become a leader in the community. This guy has done everything right. There couldn't be a better script than for him to come out on top."