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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Monday May 24, 2010

Quoting Urban Meyer: "I'll bet I've gotten 70 books sent to me about how to deal with stress." According to , he said he glanced at them and has chosen "two or three" to consider as reading material over the summer.

Quoting Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly: "Well, I don't know if it's me individually. It's the system that I've put together over the last 20 years, it's been very successful. We're going to integrate those same systems with the right people. I've got a great support staff. I think, together, we're going to put together the same system I've used everywhere. It's had great success."

"I think we should be part of the national landscape when you talk about championship programs. I think we can be there at Notre Dame every year."

"Alabama. (Coach) Nick (Saban) has them believing that they are the best team in the country. There's a great belief there and they've recruited really well, especially on the defensive side of the ball."

"I'm very excited about it. It commemorates a very important time in Notre Dame's football history, where they went out to the East Coast, and played anywhere, anytime, anyone. This kind of reflects that historical development of this program back in the early 1900s. It's going to be exciting from a historical standpoint and then, obviously, being in Yankee Stadium. They say that the two toughest jobs in the country are the head coach of Notre Dame and the manager of the Yankees."

"If (Girardi) lets me use Jeter on third down, I'm definitely going to have a conversation with him."

"I'm just going to wear my Red Sox underwear."

"No. In fact, the Yankees and what they've done, their great tradition, just like any great franchise. I grew up a Celtics and Red Sox fan, you either hate them, or you love them. I respect them."

"Derek Jeter, without question. Professionalism, consistency, handles himself in the pressure of New York in an incredible manner. He's my favorite."

"This football team needs to play harder, for longer. We have to play exciting football. I want to be the Fighting Irish. I want people to know that we are going to play hard for four quarters and with great enthusiasm. If we do that, the wins and losses will take care of themselves." Full article on Kelly

Quoting East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill: We're still in adapting. We lost 28 players from last year's football team, which is a big hit for any ball team. We've had 15 practice days with them, which is not a lot on the coaching scale. Summer improvement on their own will be very improvement for our progress as a team.

I've been on defense my entire coaching career - 30 years - and I've faced a lot of offenses. In preparation for one day hopefully being a head coach, I looked at what type of offense I might want. Trying to defend this concept for 10 years under Mike Leach, I liked what it was able to do.

I'm anxious to see how [transfer] Dominique [Davis] works. He is enrolled at school. He brings some experience from Boston College and the junior college ranks. Brad Wornick had a solid spring for us. Then we have some guys that are competing as well. I'm anxious to see what Dominique can bring, but he has to be patient and not try to take the whole world on his shoulders. A lot of expectations from our fans and alums have been placed on his shoulders, but we've got to remember that's a big burden to carry and we all have to be patient.

This offense has been successful when it has a starter and that starter gets the majority of reps and the majority of reads. In the last year I was a part of when there was an exchange of quarterbacks, I think we ended up playing three, the yardage was still there on the team but the continuity wasn't there. We'll just get the best guy in there who can make the best decisions, distribute the ball and lead us on and off the field.

Quoting Jimbo Fisher: I think you have to get better everywhere. Our defense has to improve, our offense has to improve. There's still things we didn't do as well on offense. You're always striving to be perfect, but you know you're never going to get there. You have to get better all the time in all facets of the game. Our kicking game can be huge. I think we have weapons as kickers and returners this year.

You have to remember, there's so many good athletes out there, everybody has good players. I think the key is how you develop your players, and you have to do that because everybody coaches pretty good and everybody does things. I think player development is the key today.

It wasn't (hectic as coach-in-waiting). I was the offensive coordinator. Coach Bowden, coach (Chuck) Amato and coach (Mickey) Andrews ran everything as far as day-to-day things. I was just in charge of the offense. That's what everybody assumes that I was running it, but I wasn't. I wasn't the guy behind coach that was doing everything. They were. That's the way coach wanted it, no problem. That was agreed upon when we did it. I was going to run the offense and that's what we did. It wasn't really crazy. Me and (Bowden) had a great relationship. There were no issues ever. Full article on JImbo Fisher