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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Wednesday April 14, 2010

Quoting Joe Paterno: "When all this happens (conference realignment), I'll probably be out of this thing. I'd like to see our particular conference move East a little bit. It would give us a little broader television market and a little more exposure and if we had 12 teams we'd have a chance to get into some kind of championship [game } ...

"Whether that means you go 12 [teams] or you go 14. I don't know. I don't know all the consequences. The thing you have to do is when you get married, you better get married to somebody you love. We've got to get people in our conference that are AAU [research] schools, the same kind of commitment academically ...

"Along with that bring along some people that have a comprehensive athletic program. That it's going to be a happy marriage and we're all on the same page ... Can you find one, two, three, four, I don't know?" - Source: CBS Sports Dennis Dodd

Quoting Steve Sarkisian: "It's almost halftime. We are through seven practices now and been in full pads for a few days in a row as coaches and players can look around and say its just another one but there is never just another one. Try to pride ourselves that it doesn't matter what they are wearing, it doesn't matter what the weather is like. We only know how to practice one way and that's 100 miles an hour and we just wanted to make sure that that was the way we were going to go again today.''

Lane Kiffin takes away #1 jersey: "We had some numbers here that I don't know if they are deserved. No. 1 should be a dominant player. We need a guy to show up and deserve it."

Quoting Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson: "We didn't execute, we didn't tackle," He continued. "Once you get there, you know you've got to tackle, because it's a lot more than just running full speed. The big plays still concern us, even though they're not as obvious because they're not the deep outside throws. Those pursuit angles and the breakdowns on some of the plays that happen inside."

Terry Bradshaw says he and Jimmy Johnson influence the hire of Sonny Dykes at LA Tech: "We had to get a coach. I had talked to Steve [Davison, current member of the LA Tech Athletics Council] and I called him from the FOX broadcast booth. I said, 'I am going to get Jimmy [Johnson] involved,' and he said 'Would you?' I said yeah. So I got Jimmy involved and we went to work making phone calls. Two or three more people that Tech had looked at and one in particular. So Jimmy Johnson was working hard for our school and giving us recommendations. It's hard to find a good coach. They have to fit what we do here."

"When Sonny's name came up -- Jimmy loves Mike Leach. Jimmy and I had taken Mike Leach fishing, the old Texas Tech coach. When Sonny's name came up, Jimmy knew his dad and loved his dad and heard nothing but great things. So Jimmy made phone calls to make sure what he was hearing was validated and it was. The Sonny hire was approved wholeheartedly by Jimmy Johnson. I didn't know anything about Sonny but I knew he ran the Texas Tech offense which I think is perfect for us."

Spurrier talks about Lane Kiffin: "I think our (SEC) commissioner is happy he left. He doesn't bother me."

Pat Hill not worried about contract extension: "That's not even really a big concern of mine right now. We talked about an extension. But I haven't seen anything on paper yet, and I'm not too worried about it right now."

Quoting San Jose State quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator John DeFilippo: "Football is football. Whether you're coaching guys who are making $30 million or guys that are here on scholarships or walk-ons, I coach everyone the same."

"Those things take so much repetition with the quarterback position. This position is very hard to play if you have somebody yelling at you all of the time, getting after you and being really negative - it can turn any position of sports into a burden."

"If we keep making strides, I think we could be really special this year."

Quoting San Jose State OC Tim Landis: "We want a balanced offense. We have to be able to take care of the football, really limit our turnovers, be a disciplined offense in terms of penalties and we want to win the time of possession battle."

Quoting Turner Gill: "We spend time with our players, and we have players and coaching staff talk in front of the team about who is the most influential person in their life and why. That's so we can get to know the more common things and the more similarities that we have. There are more of those things than there are differences. We spend time getting to know each other in a deeper way."

"Our expectation is to be competitive and expect to win. No matter who you are or where you're coming from, if you don't expect to win, then you're in the wrong place. That's no different with our staff coming here to the University of Kansas. We expect to win. We expect to win now. We expect our guys to respect authority. We expect to them to get their degrees. And we expect to be winning championships as we go through this process."

Harbaugh and Stanford playing spring game in San Francisco: "We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to play our annual Cardinal and White Spring Game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Although it has been remodeled over the years, Kezar Stadium is still one of the Bay Area's historic sporting venues. We are also excited for the opportunity to bring Stanford Football to the heart of San Francisco."

Quoting Cornell head coach Kent Austin: "I brought in guys with a lot of experience that have a mixture of personalities that blend well, I believe. They're excellent coaches with a lot of experience, but at the end of the day they're philosophically in line with what I believe in how to treat our players, how to coach them, how to build into their lives in a proper way and understand it's about the players and not us."

"The Ivy League recruiting, you're either a great recruiter or you're not. I'll bring the parameters around the philosophy of how we're going to that. I'll build the processes and the systems that they will follow. You need guys who know how to sell the virtues we have at Cornell and at the end of the day we're going to try and identify players that the others aren't."

About Iowa DC Norm Parker, according to the Des Moines Register: Norm Parker turns 69 in October. His gait is slow and labored. Diabetes has gotten more than few good licks in the past couple of years. A reporter asked: How long does he want to keep fighting the good fight? Surely, there's more golf to be played, more fish to be caught.

"I'll probably croak right on the field someday, you know?" Parker replied. He then allowed a small smile to creep up the side of his face. "I hope we're ahead when I do it."