Monday May 3, 2010
Quoting Mark Richt: "By the end of next week, our assistant coaches will have been to more than 350 schools in the state of Georgia. Our coaches are really pounding the state of Georgia. The focus of our staff is to make sure we recruit the state of Georgia first."
"As we all know, recruiting is the lifeblood of any program and our state is a hotbed for talent. It's our job to do everything we can to show these young men the academic and athletic merits of the University of Georgia. I know if we get the best players in our state to come to the University of Georgia, we will win championships. When we do go out of state, it's always been our philosophy to only sign great players who are great people."
"We are committed to providing the academic and athletic resources necessary for our football program to be among the very best in the country. Our coaches are equally committed to winning championships on the field and to helping our players become the leaders of tomorrow. That is our message as we are on the road recruiting."
Quoting East Carolina OC Lincoln Riley: (On his young age) "It really doesn't bother me at all. Sometimes guys say that it doesn't bother them, but they are just saying that to look tough, or they are not really telling the truth. But it really doesn't bother me."
"I've said it before, if you can get it done, you can get it done. It doesn't matter how old you are. You can either get the job done or you can't get the job done. I'm glad that I'm still this young because it means I have a lot of years and a lot of chances to continue to coach. I'd rather be at this point at my age than maybe at 50-years old."
"I've got guys on the offensive staff who I totally trust. That makes it a lot easier. It's been a pretty easy transition because of the coaches around me."
"I don't know that I can put into words how important that has been. It's been the key to the entire spring. We got in a lot more things (this) spring than I anticipated, than I ever thought we would. That had a lot to do with these guys around me. I didn't have to spend a lot of my time, like a lot of new coordinators do, coaching the coaches and then coaching the players. We could just jump in and start coaching these players."
"We're not scared to throw it deep on 3rd and 1 or to run it on 3rd and 15. You get to a point I think in this offense, and we aren't there yet but we are well on our way, where you have the mentality that you are going to go out and play well every day. The expectations get so high that even if you didn't have a good day, you put up 30 points and 500 yards of offense."
Q&A with NY Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn:Link...
New recruiting rule for coaches: According to Randy Kennedy's article on AL.com , "The new rule prohibits more than two assistant coaches at a time from visiting a school during the evaluation period. According to the NCAA, the rule change was needed because "multiple coaches are appearing at the high schools of the prospective student-athletes just as much to be seen as to actually conduct an evaluation. Many institutions are unnecessarily expending resources in order to have multiple assistant coaches attend these evaluations as a result of the perceived recruiting benefit."
Quoting Lane Kiffin: "I think our defense has a chance to be really good. I think our offense has a long, long, long ways to go, especially in the run game."
"I told the players at halftime they are going to take your scholarship checks and give them back to the fans that came out today because that was an embarrassing performance. It was good to see them respond. They came out in the second half and played much better."