Saturday May 15, 2010
Interesting quote from LSU athletic director Joe Alleva (on 8-8 record over the last 2 years): " That's not acceptable. but you have to remember we had a kid on our team named Ryan Perrilloux, who would have been the quarterback the last two years which would have made a huge difference."
Dooley talks about biggest obstacle since getting to Tennessee: "Getting a handle on the organization as a whole. This is a big, high-resource operation. A lot of employees with so many people who touch your student athletes. Getting all of those people on board, outlining a philosophy, outlining accountability lines is very difficult. Moving them in the direction I want to move in. Because everyone has these areas they do to support the student athletes. At the end of the day if we aren't on the same page the program can become fragmented."
"You have a better chance to win when you have less distracting elements that are interfering. I think all of those things that happen off the field indirectly contribute to what your team's performance is week to week."
Kansas special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Aaron Stamn talks about Turner Gill's obsession with recruiting: "He's a bulldog with it. He loves it."
"We never back down from anybody. It's not about this guy's the highest profile guy in the country, we have to get him, it's about getting the right guys for your program. We'll always go after the best of the best. But they have to be the right fit for Lawrence, too. Because we want to bring good people in here who want to do the right things and want to be great."
Quoting Kansas running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell: "In the afternoon, it's straight recruiting. You work four hours in the morning on football and then four hours in the afternoon on recruiting, which is unique."
"People give a lot of lip service, but he is all about it."
"This here sells itself. It's probably one of the best facilities in the country. It would probably be one of the top two or three in the Big Ten."
Quoting new Indianapolis Colts OC Clyde Christensen: "I think I've changed seats. I've been in the Ferrari for a while. I've taken some turns driving. I've taken some turns riding. I've been in the back seat. I've been in the front seat."
"That's why a lot of my commitments, the things I really want my life to count for, are fatherhood. I have a special heart for that, and of course, I have three daughters and being like the average man, it's hard to balance your career and the demands of your job with being at home."
"You may change color in a couple of rooms or move some furniture around or pick up a new piece of furniture, but for the most part, the structure of this thing is intact. We're not trying to change a system or bring in a new scheme or anything like that."
Gene Chizik video interview:Video...
Quoting Gene Chizik: "I don't want to paint any pictures of delusions of grandeur and I don't want to paint any pictures of doom and gloom either. I think we're in the process of being exactly where we need to be. We have a chance to be a good football team this year, but what we're trying to do is make sure we build this thing for a long time."
"Probably the biggest evil we had last year was inconsistency everywhere on our football team -- offense, defense, special teams. So that was kind of the theme of spring practice this year, trying to go in and really get more consistent."
"When you talk about recruiting, at the end of the day it's about relationships and hard work," he said. "We're going continue to do whatever we think like appeals to a young guy, to attract him to Auburn University. What happens is ultimately when they get on our campus, they see our fans, they understand the Auburn family -- that's why they get attracted to Auburn. It's that and relationships. We're going to continue to recruit really, really hard ... and build relationships, and that's how we're going to be successful recruiting."
"In the bowl game ... he tried to dunk the ball over the goalpost. That was not something Gene Chizik really cared for," Chizik said of Tate. "Ben called me day after signing day and left a message on my phone. He said, 'Coach, I want to tell you congratulations on a great signing class.' And he said, 'Oh yeah, by the way coach, I want to apologize for dunking that ball over the goalpost. I was wrong.'
"That was the benchmark. When I heard that, I said, 'Our guys are all in.' And they are."
Quoting Mark Richt: "If we don't throw the ball to A.J., we're not very smart. We better get the ball to A.J. Green, and I don't think it's a news flash to any defense that we're going to get the ball to A.J."