2010 Coaches Quick Hits

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Tuesday June 15, 2010

Quoting Skip Holtz (on the passing of Rock Roggeman): "It's a tough day, a very tough day. Rock made an impact on everybody he touched. He was such a good person with such a great spirit. It's a sad day for a lot of people. I used to joke, ‘If we could get this guy to be just a little more intense, we're really going to have a quality coach on our hands.' You walk out on the practice field, you didn't have to ask where coach Rock was."

Quoting East Carolina corner Travis Simmons: "Everyone on the team loved Rock. He was a great man and we learned a lot from coach Rock. He taught us how to be better men. Seeing him in his battle with cancer reminded all of us that life is short and you can't take it for granted."

Quoting Derek Dooley: "I do" zone in. I like to be with the team. I go with the team. I'll come home to sleep, but it's just something about being with the troops. It's like you're about to go to battle. I like to be there with them and touch them and feel them and talk to them and be there. I don't mean as a group, but just with them. Kind of like being with your kids a little bit, because that's who you are. You've got 85 kids that you're with, and you're about to go lay it on the line. There's just something about, to me, the 24 hours before a game. I don't think you can just show up at a game and say, ‘OK, I'm ready.' Your mind has to be so clear and you've gone through so many what-ifs, so you're prepared. Because at the end of the day, we get measured on 12 days a year. I've told the coaches, ‘There's no excuse for not being ready.' And to do that, it takes some sacrifice."

Quoting Doc Holliday: "Everywhere we've been there have been packed houses and overflow crowds. Just the passion and the excitement that all the people have for the football team and the athletic program, it's been great."

"I've been very fortunate in this business to coach at three great places. I can honestly say the support from the community, and the fan base, has been unbelievable.

"I told our staff, I'm not sure if I've ever been treated ... any better than I've been treated here in southern West Virginia."

"I've been recruiting a long time. There are a lot of excellent football players out there, if you hire nine great guys, which I did, that are great recruiters and great coaches, and get after it."

"You're going to find 18 to 20 kids a year that can help you win a championship."

Quoting Urban Meyer: "We have a bunch of good players still there, now. A little bit in [2006], when we lost that whole group, we knew we were getting ready for a tough go. We have some really, really good players. They may not be the marquee name guys right now, but hopefully they will become that. You turn the page and keep going. Everything is in decent shape. Some guys have to step up and play, because we did lose some good players."

Quoting Auburn coordinator of football operations Scott Fountain: "We have well over 1,400 guys attending our camps this summer."