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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Wednesday June 16, 2010

Quoting Pete Carroll: "Now the word's out. You can do this. One person can do this, go after a university and a kid. And nothing has to be true. Nothing has to be true. They just have to make claims, and then the investigations and all that are under way. I just hate the thought that that can take place and we can do nothing about it."

"My coming to Seattle was for one reason: This was an extraordinary opportunity. It's an NFL dream opportunity for me, and it had nothing to do with anything that was going on at that time."

Quoting Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix: "I hear all this talk as well, and I don't understand where it's coming from. We lost three big-time football players up front, and we have a lot of unproven players up there. We have a long way to go defensively to prove we're one of the better front sevens in the country.

"We're just trying to hold our own in this conference. When you look at the Alabamas, the Floridas, the Georgias, the last time I checked, they were all pretty stout up front as well.To be somewhere close to that is a compliment, but people forget, we lost Greg Hardy Marcus Tillman and Emmanuel Stephens. Those are big shoes to fill, and we don't know who will be that guy. We need a guy that can wreck the (offensive) front, and we have some unknowns. I don't know really."

Quoting Temple head coach Al Golden (on the program before he arrived): "Saying it was 'unsuccessful' probably isn't a fair characterization. It was an embarrassment to the university and the university community. That's why there were so many people who wanted to eliminate it."

"Pierce is as talented as any back that I have been around -- William Green, Thomas Jones, Tiki Barber. We really had to beat no one to get him, like a lot of our guys."

Les Miles (on incoming freshman QB Zach Lee): "Potential first-round draft pick at quarterback. He's a very significant quarterback player."

Quoting Tim Brewster: "That we are going to be inexperienced doesn't bother me because we have talented inexperience. We've got kids who can play."

"The best thing about where we're at now, is we have competition at every spot."

Quoting Minnesota AD Paul Maturi: "We have a brutal schedule, so we may end up with fewer wins than last year. But I truly expect that we're still going to be a better football team."