Wednesday May 5, 2010
Quoting Nick Saban (on the new "evaluation" period): I think the NCAA kind of defined it. It's supposed to be an evaluation period. Obviously, if you send five or six coaches to a place, you're not trying to evaluate. You're trying to emotionally impress somebody with what you're doing. We never really ever chose to do that, and we didn't choose to do it this year. We knew after April 28 we wouldn't be able to do it, so we just decided not to do it. The workload of the way we try to cover things, we get more people in more places by not doing it. But everybody's got to manage their program the way they want to. We really and truly do try to do it as an evaluation, and when I went out, I did it as an evaluation as well. It gave me an opportunity to crosscheck a lot of players and make comparisons.
Relationships are really important. I don't know if you've ever done a teleconference. I do those now because I can't go out on the road with parents, coaches, recruits, all kinds of people. And there's a world of difference between a telephone call and being able to sit there and look at somebody that you're talking to. I think it's very, very important. I think relationships are important. It's important in recruiting. It's important to get information from coaches, teachers, counselors, the people at the school. It's valuable information to be able to evaluate character and just what kind of person you really are recruiting.
Interesting quotes from Derek Dooley: "When you look at the inexperience we have going into this season, it's a concern. I don't think there's ever been a situation where you have five new offensive linemen, a new quarterback and a new running back with a new head coach.
"Then along with that goes a depth issue. We can't afford to lose a lot of guys with just 75 players on scholarship. Those are things you can't fix right away."
"I don't think he's coming back, but if he wanted to, the first thing I'd do is talk to our team to see if they'd want him back. I think at the end of the day, our team would welcome Bryce back, if that's what he wanted to do.
"But Bryce is going to have to want to come back. He's not going to be easy. He's not going to be handed anything. I'm not going to make a recruiting pitch to get him."
Quoting Jimbo Fisher: "I don't put a timetable on (success). When our players take the bit, they'll go. Hopefully it'll be quick. We don't need to be waiting around, and we don't plan on waiting around. But we didn't get in this situation overnight, and we're not going to totally fix it overnight. We have to see constant growth and development toward where we want to go."
"The thing about this state you don't realize, is no matter how many good players you get, the other guy is going to get good players too. But the key, I think, is player development. We have to develop these guys once we get them. Florida's got a bunch of good players. Miami's doing a good job recruiting, and there are a lot of (other schools) coming down into this state. We battled last year and got a good group. We feel good about it."
"I don't play (golf) very much. I play three or four times a year. Mainly I go around and take pictures and see everybody and go hit a ball and have a little fun, but I'm not a golfer."