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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Friday April 23, 2010

Quoting Tommy Tuberville: "We want to get through that door that has been cracked open the last few years."

"We are not harassing them but we need to make the whole team better. One or two guys don't win for you. They need to buy into the team concept."

"Offense wins game but defense wins championships," he said. "I like the players we have, we just don't have enough of them. You can't win with offense every week. We don't a championship caliber defense."

"Don't go to the restroom when we're punting."

"I told the players, 'This is y'all's team. I'm here to guide you. 'What the players put into it is what we get out of it."

Quoting Michigan State head coach Mike Dantonio: "You can't force (chemistry). It's got to be natural. It's got to be real, and I think that's what's happening with this football team. Along the way, you're going to find tough times, and you're going to have to go through those tough times. But when you do that, it brings you closer together."

Quoting Illinois DC Vic Koenning: "We were trying to get the leaders going instead of us having to spur them on. We're not going to allow it. It's that old saying, if you give an inch, they'll take a mile. We have to set a tempo."

Quoting Ron Zook: "If there's one thing that's stood out to me this spring, it's the demanding part. If we demand something, we're getting it. That's maybe one of the issues we weren't getting before. ... We're holding them to the fire and that's what's important."

"Everyone's on the same page. If you're not going to do it, move another guy in there. For me, it has been a breath of fresh air. The coaches have not only demanded, but they've taught. Coaching is teaching and usually your best coaches are your best teachers."

Quoting Washington State offensive line coach Steve Morton: "Eleven spring-practice days left," Morton explained one day last week. "And then, 115 days to fall camp, 141 days to the Oklahoma State game. And 233 days to the Apple Cup.

"I got that from Don James."

"First off," he said, "I'm a Cougar. I've always been one. I'm more excited to be here right now than when I came here to play for the first time. This is really something personal to my wife and me."

Navy head coach Ken Niumatololo talks about hiring former Wake Forest GA Napolean Sykes: "We had a bunch of great applicants, guys from the NFL and a lot of major conference schools. I just kept coming back to Napoleon's resume. Coach Grobe had nothing but good things to say about him and that meant a lot. It was kind of an omen that Buddy and I both liked the same guy. That definitely sealed the deal to go with Napoleon."

Quoting West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart: "I don't like being 9-4. I know a lot of people would like to win nine games every year, but I'd like to win more, and that's what my goal is."

"But this year we have a chance to be pretty good, and by 2011 we should be pretty darn good. And if I don't put the challenge of playing for a Big East championship, a BCS bowl and a national championship out there for them, who's going to do it?"

"I know what I'm doing, and I'm in control. I know my plan, and we've got great coaches and great players. Maybe the ball bounces our way in a couple of close ones and we get over that 10-win barrier this year and win the Big East."

"I go to bed every night peaceful. And I wake up every morning with a bounce in my step and a great attitude, knowing I have the best job in football."

Northwestern DC Mike Hankwitz talks about Pat Fitzgerald: "He's got a more youthful, closer-to-being a-player attitude."

Northwestern OC Mick McCall talks about Pat Fitzgerald: "(The players) trust him. Anytime you've developed that trust factor within one another and you've got an open line of communication, they'll do anything for you. And that's why our guys will play their fannies off for him."

Bob Stoops talks about 1st night of the NFL Draft: "I am so happy for these guys mostly because of the way they represent themselves. They are a credit to our university and our football program. I could not be more pleased for them. This accomplishment is the result of hard work and dedication that these guys have put forth since they day they arrived on our campus. They have earned their way to this level.

"I also want to recognize our coaching staff, both the position coaches and the strength and conditioning staff. They have done an incredible job of developing our players and positioning them to have this kind of success on draft day. When you combine players and coaches who are dedicated toward the common goal of getting better every day, players realize their lifelong dreams.

"This was historic night, a statement for our program. Everyone associated with our program should be proud of what was accomplished in this draft. I am just overwhelmed and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know these guys and coach them. To think that four guys who came in as members of the same recruiting class went in the first 21 picks is amazing.

"I also want to salute these guys for staying in school. I don't know how you could look at this draft and think that these players did anything but improve themselves by staying for another year. And each of them also has a degree or is very close to having one. We tell them to ‘have their cake and eat it too,' and these four guys did that very thing. They had a fulfilling college career, athletically and academically, and now have an opportunity to play in the NFL."

Quoting San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre: "The Spring Game is going to involve a couple different elements. The first one I want to see is the competition factor out there - kind of under the lights, so to speak - no coaches on the field with them, they're on the sidelines calling the plays, and see how they compete in that atmosphere."

"The second part of it is to create some enthusiasm with our football program. We'd like a lot of people to come, a lot of people to see it."

"I expect them to keep disciplining themselves on and off the field, and carry on their conditioning. The things we talked about this spring to accomplish was discipline, conditioning, extreme effort and toughness. We're not there yet on extreme effort or toughness."