2010 Coaches Quick Hits

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Tuesday May 11, 2010

Quoting Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian: "I like to remind everybody that they didn't bring me here to win five games, so we've still got a lot of work to do.''

"We've got some nice athletes. The challenge for us in the Pac-10 conference is your ability to stay physical up front. This is a very physical conference and when you get on the road, you've got to be able to run the football and stop the run. But I like where we're headed. I like the mentality of our football team right now. But as always. you've got to get lucky in this league.''

Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt thinks Chan Gailey is the right man in Buffalo: "He was my offensive coordinator for two years in Miami, our families became close and we still talk about once a week."

"And I'll tell you this. Buffalo is going to be fine with Chan as head coach. I'm certain they'll be solid offensively because they WILL run the ball effectively.

"His problem will be on defense because they're going from a 4-3 to a 3-4 (alignment) and that changes the type of personnel needed in the front seven. But, in my mind, they've got the right guy as head coach."

Quoting Steve Spurrier: "We've been getting pushed around, shoved around ever since I've been here. We need to toughen up and get a little bit more physical on the offensive line, and hopefully we can do that this year."

Quoting Derek Dooley: "The ability to communicate today is so different than it was 15 years ago when the rules were structured."

"The spring of the junior year is an incredibly important time for institutions and prospects to start thinking of where I want to go. Unless they come on campus, I have no ability to meet them, talk to them. You're always trying to get them to call you. It's a very difficult process."

"The calendar is pretty good for coaches with their families and balance. I don't want it to go back to how it was when my dad was recruiting."

"The better you know them, the less risk you have."

Quoting Florida offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Steve Addazio: "I knew a lot of things could happen at that point. You could go a lot of different directions. You could fragment. A lot of different things can go down in times of controversy, in times of struggle. ... You're a family and the head of your family is going through a hard time. You're getting ready to play in the Sugar Bowl, you're coming off an extremely disappointing loss, you've got a lot of people looking, second-guessing, questioning. What happens is you get in a situation where you find out a lot about your team, you find out a lot about yourself and a lot about your program."

"We're a family. And what do families do in times of stress and times of trouble? You circle the wagons, you lock arms, you get stronger, you gain a little momentum, and you take care of your own."

Colorado going to morning practices in the Fall:According to the Boulder Dailey Camera, "In-season football practices have been conducted in the afternoons and early evenings at Colorado throughout the modern era of the program, but coach Dan Hawkins plans to change that this year."

"Veteran sports information director Dave Plati confirmed Hawkins has decided to move practices to an early morning window between 6 and 10 a.m. next fall, and he has instructed players and academic advisers to avoid scheduling classes during those hours to the best of their ability."