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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Monday June 14, 2010

Quoting ULM head coach Todd Berry: "The game has gotten so much more complex every year, but certainly the last 15. I think you've got to challenge guys mentally to understand not just their role, but the concept of what you're trying to get accomplished.

"The sooner they understand that, the faster they can come with the game as a whole and become more interested in our learning."

"I think we've got a very close football team. When you know the guy next to you is willing to put forth the effort and has the desire to not just be a great football player but truly give it up for the team, I think that creates trust and trust usually creates cohesion and cohesion generally brings about expectations, and I think based on the exit interviews I've done with the young people I think their expectation level has risen in terms of what this football team can accomplish next year."

"We're not a group of first-round NFL draft picks from an athletic standpoint. We have the skill level to be competitive, and if we're not that then we'll have to work, and we're willing to do that."

Quoting Gene Chizik: "The importance of the continuity, working together, the timing, all of those x-factors in there that need to be really on tune right when you start the season: these voluntary workouts, they're imperative. They've got to do a good job of getting in sync with each other and obviously they have to do it on their own.

"I think the leadership of naming the starting quarterback coming out of spring practice was part of the means of the madness, the leadership of what that does for the football team."

"College football is a game of momentum ... It's great to win your bowl game, (and) sometimes it's great how you win it. I think that was the case in our situation - it was kind of cool how we won it.

"And we followed that up with a recruiting class that was top five in the country, so those two things propelled us into having momentum this summer as we head into the fall."

Quoting Georgia DC Todd Grantham: "There are certain fundamentals and structures that I'm used to from a secondary standpoint, so all of that stuff was new. Really, everybody was a freshman when you look at it from day one. I think the biggest difference from what I saw was that guys who have played before could handle it and adjust maybe a little bit quicker than another guy, because he could relate it to something. "I think it was a learning experience for all of them, and I think everybody progressed."

Quoting San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke: "I would hope when the dust settles that we are now in a BCS situation and have that availability. I think staying at 10 with the addition of Boise, it moves us a little further toward that. If we do go to 12, 14, 16 teams, that moves us in that direction also."

"You always have to look at the options that are out there. I feel badly for those kids and that program and we'll take it day-by day-and see, rule wise, what's going to be acceptable and unacceptable. Obviously we want to try to further our program."

"Right now we've got 30 something high school teams here for our passing camp and I'm thinking about getting through today and hoping our evaluations are going well. We have enough ahead of us."

Quoting Ruffin McNeal: "I've been in the business for really 30 years and I know that anything can happen at any time. The realignment deal is out of our control, and we've got to worry about what we can control. I can control our coaches right now working hard, and they are right now, and I can control our players and I know they're preparing for fall camp."