2010 Coaches Quick Hits

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Thursday June 3, 2010

Quoting Nick Saban (on expansion): "I don't really know a lot about what's going on out there. Even when I was back in the Big Ten [at Michigan State], and I really think that's the key to all this stuff, it was always about Notre Dame then. Each year, there was a big discussion about trying to get Notre Dame to join the Big Ten, and I think that's a lot of what it's about now."

Quoting Urban Meyer: "When I was first hired at Florida, I had two kids in bunk beds. Now one is in college and the other one is getting ready for that. So I needed to learn to enjoy that family time more. I have heard some coaches say that they missed 20 years of raising children, and I am not going to do that."

Quoting K-State head coach Bill Snyder: "I like the idea that we were virtually penalty-free in the ballgame. I think we had one penalty, none in the first half on either side of the ball. I thought was very positive. Our number one offense had no turnovers in the ballgame. Those types of things, I thought, were very positive."

"One of the things we've been trying to overcome in the past year and a half is we've been seen as a poor tackling team. Obviously, that's very basic to the game of football. I thought we became a more consistent and better open-field tackling team. That was evident during the course of the spring game."

"I've kind of set in my ways. That doesn't mean I'm not open to other options and alternatives. But the initial direction, which is consistent with the entirety of my tenure, has strictly been to understand where we are. Then it's about finding ways to incrementally improve where we are. That's really all that we attempted to last year, and it's what we'll attempt to do this year. I understand how youngsters think, and I know young people in our program have goals that they set amongst themselves and individually. But my direction for our football team, and what I want our youngsters to understand is it's fine to have those lofty goals, but we have to understand how to get there. The simplicity of it all is if each individual in the program can find a way to get himself a little better today, then we'll collectively keep moving in that direction. That's really where we put our emphasis. I've always been a strong believer that if you keep your eye on the goal, then you forget how to get from Step A to Step B. That's where your focus needs to be. At least that's my belief, is you have to focus on the steps you need to take to get to the top rung."

Quoting East Carolina running backs coach Clay McGuire: "The running backs really touch the ball 45 percent of the time," McGuire said. "We get it to five different skill positions - four receivers and a running back. The running back touches it 45 percent of the time - running the ball or catching it in the passing game."

"I'm kind of biased to 'em but when you really look at it, it's the X factor position. ... If we don't do our part in the run game and the screen game and in the passing game - it's kind of built off everybody else."

"Probably 70 percent of the time, they're going to get the ball in some kind of space. They're going to be in the open field. It's on them to make the unblocked guy miss. Our guys are going to have a lot of opportunities to make plays and be good space guys. If they can do that, they've got a chance to pile up a lot of yards."

"That's what we did at Texas Tech. He kept everything really simple. We got really good at it. We kind of became a machine. That's what we're going to bring to East Carolina. We're going to come in here. We're going to do what we do. We're going to get really good at it.

"When we do get really good at it, we're going to be able to win a lot of games. We're set up really good right here at East Carolina. We've got great athletes here. It's a great place to recruit. It's a great school to go to. We can keep building on what's been built here in the past and we're going to take this program to another level.

"That's what we're here to do and that's what we intend to do."