Saturday June 19, 2010
Quoting Nick Saban (in recent Sporting News issue): "Well, honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character. Those are words that we use all the time. I think that in an effort to protect our team at Miami -- because I had not talked to Alabama and did not talk to them until the season ended -- I express that (character is important) to (Alabama) through my agent and said it was up to them whether they wanted to wait and that I would not make any promises. I would talk to them then, [and] I would only reassess my circumstances and our situation as a family at the end of the year.
"But I kept getting asked about this over and over and over, and in trying to defuse the interest and leave the focus on our team in Miami (long pause) . . . I had a responsibility and obligation to the players on that team, the coaches on the staff, and I didn't want that to be the focus of attention.
"So would I manage it differently? Absolutely. I would still have the same integrity for our team, but I just would not answer any questions relative to Alabama. . . . I do apologize for any professional mishandling that might have occurred."
Quoting Charlie Weis: "I could drive by the stadium if I wanted to, but it isn't like I need to go back there and reminisce. I have a clear vision of all the fond memories."
"Kids (former ND players) still text me and call me, and I text them back and call them back. But I think it's important for me not to be a distraction. I try to keep my distance, because I think it would be unfair to the current regime to, all of a sudden, be around."
"What I would take from there, if sometime down the road I'm in that position again, there are a lot of things you learn from being in a position of authority. But right now, that's not my job. That's (Chiefs head coach) Todd Haley's job. I'm just worried about the offense."
Quoting Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez: "Our league, we work very well together. There aren't any bullies in that meeting room. Everybody is concerned about the conference. Naturally you're concerned with your program, but I think we work well together, and I think everyone understands the philosophies of our league."
"When you talk about expansion, you have to bring something to the table to make it worthwhile. And that brand is very visible and was, I think, very important in our decision to accept Nebraska."
Quoting Kirk Ferentz (on a Big10 title game): "It's coming, so now I'm a fan. I hope we're in one someday, whenever it comes, it's still at least a year away."