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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Tuesday May 25, 2010

VA Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring (on if having 2 phenomenal tailbacks could actually be a problem): "I don't see it that way. I don't think anybody, not in our office, sees it that way."

"The problem is when you don't have a tailback, or when you're concerned about that spot. To say that you have too many, I don't think that's a problem."

"At Virginia Tech, that's two really important ingredients to have. You've got to have pieces of the puzzle that fit together."

"We finished up so strong last year, in terms of the last six or seven games, then carried it into the bowl game. We have a great nucleus returning, so we feel like we have an opportunity to have some success out there."

Quoting Rich Rodriguez: "I wish we could have got it done earlier. Get all this stuff behind us so the only conversation with the old ball coach is, ‘OK, who is your quarterback going to be?' ‘Why'd you run this coverage?' ‘What kind of scheme are you going to run on defense?' Or, ‘What kind of opponent scares you,' or something like that. So it could be more football-related."

"Everything was very thorough. And it's not something that any coach ever wants to go through, trust me on that."

"We've got to address everything head on and then let everybody - at least assure everybody that cares about our program, that cares about the University of Michigan, that everything's going to be fine."

"It's easy to be all-in when you're assured that everything is going to be OK. And I'm trying to tell everybody that everything's going to be OK. I just got to show it. I just got to show it."

Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes talks about Chizik: "What we love the most about Coach Chizik is that he gets in our behinds every single play -- defense, offense and special teams. He's a competitor, and we see that in him. I'm not saying that Coach Tuberville wasn't a great coach. He was a very good coach. But Coach Chizik is more into you."

"He's a players' coach. He's in the drills. He's in our faces. He's getting in our behinds. He's pushy, but he's only going to make us a better team and better players.

"We see a coach who's always working to get better."

Quoting Nick Saban: "We are very pleased that we have one of the highest graduation rates in the United States. Being a good person and getting an education are the things that are going to affect the quality of your life more than what kind of football player you are."

"Education is very, very important to the future of our country and certainly to the quality of life that the young people are going to be able to live based on their ability to get an education."

Skip Holtz not opposed to playing UCF: "I'm not opposed to it. When we were at East Carolina, we played North Carolina, we played N.C. State, we played Duke and we played Wake Forest and we played App. State. We played people above us, we played people below us from a conference standpoint. I'm not opposed to it. I like the geographical rivalry it creates for your fan base."

Quoting UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough: "I think it will be interesting who steps up and becomes a leader. The "mike" [middle] linebacker in my defense has always been that guy. He makes all the checks. So Sloan and Larimore, one of them -- whoever it is -- has got to step up."

Quoting Turner Gill: "I believe in teaching young men. That's just who I am. It doesn't have to do with whatever happened in the past. "

"If it helps a person the color of my skin to think that now he or she can accomplish something ... to have more confidence, then that's what it's all about."