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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Friday April 30, 2010

Quoting Steve Spurrier (on assistant coaches salaries): "I think it's wonderful and I think we ought to have a rule that the coordinator has to make at least one-fourth or one-third what the head coach makes."

Quoting Nick Saban (on playing Alabama's last six SEC opponents in 2010 all have a bye week before they play the Crimson Tide): "The thing I'm concerned about is playing Auburn on a short week. Sometimes a bye is an advantage and sometimes it's not. It's not going to be an excuse for us."

Quoting Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel (on Brees and Colt McCoy): "Both Drew and Colt are first-class people, but it took time for Drew to become the player he is today. I think, over time, Colt will play that position in the NFL. He certainly has one of the very, very best tutors in Mike Holmgren."

Tressel (on the most important quality for a quarterback): "Toughness."

"He (Colt) looked dazed at the end (against Nebraska). That was one of those knockdown, drag-out, heavyweight title fight games. Colt will probably have some of those at Browns Stadium with the Ravens and the Steelers."

"It's just so important. I thought Marty Schottenheimer did a marvelous job when Bernie Kosar was a rookie, having him turn and hand off, turn and hand off, until he got used to the speed of the game and the athleticism of the players. Same with Mark Sanchez with the Jets. Run the ball, run the ball, and throw on safe passing downs."

Nick Saban talks about if he learned from post-championship year at LSU: "I don't think there's any question about it. That's the first time we've ever had that experience over at LSU. We probably didn't realize some of the factors that are important being able to come back and get your team to come back and play at its full potential."

"On the other hand, people sort of psychologically think it's harder to repeat anything. But I think the hard part is not the repeating, but staying focused on the process to play your best football."

Quoting Derek Dooley: "There's not a lot of difference in coaching football, but what is different are the demands placed on the coach as far as the media, as far as the appearance and endorsements.

"Also, what is different is the number of layers of resources that you have to learn to navigate through to get things done."

"The world really is the free market working. That's what it is. Everybody kind of gets upset at it, but at the end of the day, it's free-market economics.

"When there's a coach out there that has a lot of demand, then whatever you're paying him that's what he's worth because that's what you've decided to pay him. I don't think that it's unfair. That's the way it is in our economy.

"Our profession is no different than any other business as it relates to salaries. What the institution is willing to pay and make a profit, that's their choice."

Quoting Steve Spurrier: "If you look at all the magazines you know that it's got nothing to do with how old you are but how you take care of yourself. I never thought I would coach until I was 60 but all of a sudden it gets here and you feel as good as you did 20 years ago."

Quoting Derek Dooley: "Hopefully I can coach another 4-5 years and be able to hang it up on my own. That is something you have to earn over time. Trust is built with the consistency of how we treat them and coach them. It's our job to get them to trust us, not to demand that they trust us."

Quoting Dan Mullen: "We challenged you when I came into fill the stadium and we shattered single season ticket sales and we increased our per-game average by 10,000. I would like to do that again next year. We don't have the seats. But if we do that, we'll start to expand the stadium."

"Our goal is not to go 5-7. Our goal is to win the SEC West. Hopefully I'll still be the Mississippi State coach 20 years from now and I'll tell you our goal is to win the national championship. But our every day goal is to win the SEC West."

"Developing a quarterback is a year-round process and I'm pleased with Relf and the strides he made since the victory over that school from up north (Ole Miss) and the first practice of the spring. Our quarterbacks have to take it upon themselves to continue to develop without a football. Tyler is working on his own with the receivers. I'm really pleased with where our quarterback position is."

"We have some depth issues there and it may be another year or two before I get the receivers where I want them."

Quoting Les Miles: "I don't know that the (Southeastern Conference) needs expansion in the fact that they have a pretty good format for a championship game. I think the teams we have are certainly very competitive and when you go to expanding a 12-team conference, what team are you going to bring in that will bring with it a strength, a financial package and a strength of following that will add to the conference?"

"And really, you are looking at two teams you need to bring in and I think that's going to be a difficult order for the SEC."