2010 Coaches Quick Hits

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Tuesday June 22, 2010

Quoting USC assistant Ed Orgeron: "Here's the deal. You're going to play for a great university with a great tradition. That hasn't changed. Next, you're going to get a great education here. That, for sure, is never changing. Third thing is, you're going to come here to be coached by a great staff. That's there. The fourth thing is, you're going to come here to play for a national-championship (caliber) football team. You're still going to do that. You're not going to come here for one game."

Quoting Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads: "It looks like we'll be playing nine conference games every year. And to be quite honest with you, that excites me."

"It will be hard. It will be grueling, but the way I look at it is that we'll just have to do the best job we can out on the recruiting trail to be as good and competitive as everyone we'll be playing."

"I'm not going to shy away from competition. Never have, never will. What playing those teams means to me is that we've got to figure out a way to beat them, and to be quite honest, we're going to use it on the recruiting trail.

"With 10 teams, I don't think there's a reason for divisions and that's all right. You're going to get a true champion this way."

Quoting Illinois DC Vic Koenning: "I tried not to have too many preconceived notions. The word on the street was that Illinois had some good recruiting classes and highly rated players, but I've been around this long enough to know that's not necessarily the recipe for success. I've actually not even watched too much of last year's film because you don't want to have those preconceived notions."

"There are a lot of question marks on our football team, including our secondary. We're trying really hard to avoid situations where our guys can't make plays. That's the million dollar thing; you want your best players isolated with their worst players and you want to avoid situations where your guys can't be successful."

Quoting Marshall head coach Doc Holliday: "I think leaders set the standards and make sure everyone around them lives up to those standards. That's the job of the head coach and the job of the leaders in your program. If you are going to talk the talk then you have to walk the walk."

"I enjoy this. I'm starting to wind down a bit and get a couple of days where I don't have to do this, but it's great. Anytime we can spread the word about Marshall football, talk about Marshall or talk Marshall football it's great."

Quoting Bobby Bowden: "The SEC shouldn't expand because they have the best (TV) contract in the whole dadgum country," he said. "Why bring in two more teams and split it with them. Dividing a million dollars by 12 is better than dividing it by 14. I think it has settled down now. The whole thing is built around money and TV contracts."

"We applied for the SEC for 30 years. I always thought we would get in. When the SEC decided to expand they invited us, but the ACC invited us as well. At the time we were trying to build our basketball program. We felt by getting in the ACC everybody else in the conference would be trying to catch up with us in football and Florida State would try to catch up with the rest of the ACC in basketball. The ACC did vastly improve in football, but it's not as tough as the SEC. I don't think anybody is. You can tell by who is winning the national championships."

"I won't miss coaching one bit. I'm 80. If I were 50 I would miss it. I wanted one more year, but they wouldn't let me have it. I'll miss the camaraderie with the players and coaches, but as far as actually coaching on Saturday, I won't miss that. I'll enjoy sitting back and watching it on TV."

Quoting Derek Dooley: "I understand the expectation of winning. You can't take this job without that. At some point, we're going to get measured by our wins. But every decision I have made in the first three months of this job was not to win next season. It was to build a foundation to win in the future."

Quoting Purdue OC / quarterbacks coach Gary Nord: "They know that we're going to give them a true evaluation and give them a legit shot to compete for our scholarships.There's a lot of camps around the country ... (that) have 250-300 quarterback days and there's no way that they can get the repetitions or get the evaluations that you can get in the camp that we've got. We keep our numbers to a minimum where we can handle them. We've got 50 kids and we cut it off. We want to coach them with our staff. We keep our staff in place and all of the kids that are getting coached are getting coached by our staff members."