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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday April 27, 2010

Quoting Dan Mullen: "The great thing about Josh (McDaniels) is he's innovative. He's not afraid to think outside the box. He'll be creative with him. To expect him to be an every-down quarterback right away is asking a lot."

"In New England, they felt they had the personnel that matched what we did in Florida. Everybody steals from everybody in football. I watch the N.F.L., and it looks like there are less complicated looks than we see in the SEC."

"When we were really successful with the spread at Utah, nobody ever saw it before. Josh did that in New England. If you can stay a little ahead of the curve and do something they're not prepared for, you're at an advantage."

Michigan AD Dave Brandon talks about hosting Notre Dame at night in 2011: "Well, change is good. Clearly there's a part of me that wanted to make a statement. The reality was, I did a little research. We had been on the road 33 times all the way back to 1944 and we're always the team on the road, and we're always the ones flying home at 3:30 in the morning. We're always the ones playing on prime-time national TV in front of hostile crowds, screaming at us, and thankfully we've done really well. We've won two-thirds of those games. But the reality is we've never had the opportunity to let somebody else feel what that's like. I like the idea that Notre Dame can come to Michigan Stadium and feel what that atmosphere is going to be like on national TV, prime-time. Let them fly home at 3:30 in the morning."

Steve Sarkisian talks about UW spring game: "We'll have a Purple and a White team and we are going to play. What we won't do is we won't have kicks and punts to try to save our legs, so if a team scores we'll kick the extra point, and we'll have field goals throughout the game. But as opposed to having a kickoff you'll get the ball at the 20-yard line and if you get stopped it's an automatic 40-yard punt.''

"You'll keep seeing that. To me this isn't about game planning and what's the best group to go beat BYU with --- we'll do that in fall camp. This is about giving guys' opportunities so we can elevate as a football program. So you'll keep seeing that stuff.''

Fox Sports reports:Head coach Rick Neuheisel kicked off the UCLA Bruins' spring game at the Rose Bowl Saturday by telling the roughly 12,000 fans in attendance that the Bruins were going to win the Pac-10 Championship. "See you back here on Jan. 1," Neuheisel said.

Quoting Brian Billick: "One of two things will happen (with Tebow). Either he'll change his mechanics to fit the demands of playing in the N.F.L. Or is he the singularly spectacular athlete that changes the paradigm of the N.F.L. to bring the spread to the game?"