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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Monday April 12, 2010

Quoting Mike Stoops: "I'm not really worried about scoring points. I really think we should be able to do that pretty consistently."

Quoting Arizona co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell: "It's kinda weird, but when I was in junior high, my dad asked me what I wanted to do for a living. I told him I wanted to coach football. That's all I ever wanted to do. My goals and aspirations have always been to be an offensive coordinator one day, and, after that, a head coach."

"My job hasn't changed much. We're all in there game-planning. We put in the same hours. We've had an unbelievably good addition this year with Frank Scelfo as our quarterbacks coach. He's a set of outside eyes that we needed. We're all involved. Bill, Frank, everybody. It won't be my offense."

"I'm not calling every single play out there, trust me. Guys will step up and make calls when need be. Some guys may see something I don't see. Ultimately, that's how it should work. Input from everyone."

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Quoting Brian Kelly: "Coach (Charlie) Weis' philosophy and ours differ. One's not better than the other, they're just different. So there's going to be a little bit of a learning curve there. We're going through that learning curve where we drew a line in the sand and said, ‘This is where we're going to be with this, and if you don't want to jump on board, it might be addition by subtraction.'"

Quoting Derek Dooley: "There have been times in the spring where we've let it fly. There's parts going everywhere. I'm sure those guys look at the defense and it's like looking through a kaleidoscope - there's parts going everywhere. Then there's times when we've controlled what we've done in certain periods and say, ‘OK, let's play real basic here, be real vanilla.' I think you need a balance."

Quoting Nebraska OC Shawn Watson: "I really believe your offensive coordinator needs to be your quarterbacks coach. It's my coaching philosophy. It just makes sense. Because the coordinator has to call the game through the eyes of the quarterback. You have to know what you've got and develop your system around that guy."

"There are so many things a quarterback has to manage - no one really has any idea. No other position in any other sport requires what the quarterback's required to do in the sport of football. He's calling a lot of the shots and making a lot of decisions for a team."

Quoting Dabo Swinney: "I've challenged our defense to be dominant. If you make a great play on first down so what? ... (focus) on the next play, the next quarter."

"I'm most pleased with our linebackers. We are as improved at that position as any on the team."

Quoting Memphis head coach Larry Porter: ''I would have liked to have seen more rhythm and continuity within our passing game. This week we scaled back to two or three guys and those guys got more reps. So from a conceptual standpoint, we can see the improvement.

Lamar University new uniforms cost $49,565: "All told, the university paid $49,565.70 for complete sets of red and white uniforms, according to a purchase order obtained by The Enterprise after it filed a public information request with the athletic department."

Northern Illinois OC Matt Limegrover talks about "The Pistol" : "We really liked a lot of things. We started watching Nevada a little bit. One of the things is, when you're an under-center team, our quarterbacks were getting a lot of their down-the-field throws out of the gun. Then when we got under center we were usually limited in dropbacks. But what the pistol has allowed us to do is be more consistent."

Quoting Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill: "It (The Pistol) doesn't change what we've been doing. It just puts the quarterback back there and gives a little bit different look as we go along. I think we've all worked hard to visit different places and share different ideas, and in the spring, this is when you do that."

Quoting San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre: "We've got every situation worked on in the scrimmage, which is good. We had goal line, we had red zone, we had backed up, we had short yardage, we had the high red, low red and moved the full field."

"I thought the punting looked good, he said. Field goals were good, so I felt pretty good about all that."

"I expect us every week to go out and play to win. That's how I look at it. I look at each game as an individual season within itself. I'd like to see us improve weekly and be a team that you see get sharper and sharper as the season goes along."

Quoting Steve Spurrier: "Stephen (Garcia) should be our best player, but sometimes he just doesn't completely act like it or perform like it. Hopefully he will have a real committed summer of getting ready to play."

"If a player has a poor summer, he may not be a starter even if he was last year. We will put the best team together at the end of preseason practice and they will be the starters."

"Don't talk too kindly of the Gamecocks until we do something - okay...a lot of our players don't handle praise very well. They are just not mature enough. Wait and see on the Gamecocks, okay."

Bret Bielema talks about assistant Joe Rudolph: "The recruiting coordinator needs to have, first off, a good big-picture view. I think for us at Wisconsin, there's nobody better on our staff than Joe. He's a guy that I've been impressed with every day since I've been around him."

"... Obviously, you've got to have a great personality. But (simply) being able to follow through and do things (is important). A lot of people talk about what they're going to do and never do it - Joe Rudolph does it every day. It's just amazing to me how much of an effect he's had on us in recruiting, and I want that to carry over to all of us."

Quoting Wisconsin recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph: "It's happening faster and faster than it ever has. But at the same time, we know who we are and coach (Bielema) is always stressing that we give the guys in this state a chance to come in here and compete. I love that. Because those guys make up the heart and soul of this program."

"The fact you get to know someone and you're face to face and you're getting to know them and you see their level of competitiveness and you see what type of kid they are, you see how they react when things get hard. I think that's invaluable, I think it really elevates someone when you have a chance to work with them one on one."