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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Sunday June 27, 2010

Quoting Brian Kelly: "We need to make New York and North Jersey as important for us as Chicago. I have just spoken to a group of 250 in Staten Island and there must have only been 30 who were Notre Dame alums. (But) there is so much passion for Notre Dame back East."

"Charlie recruited some good players. Did they play at the level they should have? That's the big question and why didn't they, really? Is Notre Dame the most talented team in the country? No. But it's certainly not a 6-6 team. Let's find out what happened. I needed to formulate in my mind what's needed to address those issues."

Quoting Houston Nutt: "There have been (24) changes around that head table since 1998. I couldn't even name all of them. I could get to at least 20, though."

Quoting Urban Meyer: "Top to bottom, this league is brutal. Just some great, great programs. When you play great people, you get exposed. You miss a tackle against a really good player, it goes 70 yards. You miss a tackle against a not so great player, it goes 12 yards. It seems like Florida is the hunted most often. That's the way it is. There are not many stadiums we walk into where that's not the game of the year. One thing about this league, there are a lot of hunters."

Quoting Les Miles: "I've always thought it was my responsibility to allow an assistant coach to make a living, so the pressure to win is always mine. No one can have greater pressure than what is self-imposed. You know, historically, we've been pretty good. Without tooting your own horn, when you're the winningest coach in your first five years at the school you're currently coaching, you enjoy that. You get a certain understanding of the accomplishments that have been made. The whole (hot seat) notion is crazy. But that's today, that's America. We want it now."

Quoting Oklahoma defensive backs coach Willie Martinez: "That was the longest place I had ever been. My son is 14, so he's lived a majority of his life there. There are some great memories that we will have forever and some great friends that we will have forever.

"Both of our girls are still at Georgia, so we'll obviously be visiting them and their friends quite often, I guess."

"I really don't want to get too much into that, but we've talked. Obviously he felt like he had to do something, but I don't really want to revisit that. We've talked. I'm at Oklahoma, and I'm excited to be here and am ready to move on from that chapter of my life."

Quoting Mark Richt: "That was by far the toughest thing I've had to do in my professional life, if you want to call it that. There have been other things that have been out of my control that happened to me or to someone I know and love, but as far as a decision that I made, it was absolutely the most gut-wrenching thing that I felt like I needed to do."

Quoting Washington AD Scott Woodward: "I'm very philosophical, very reflective, in how I do things," Woodward said. "I'm always thinking of the people I manage, 'How would they feel?' It's important to help you understand and empathize. The hard decisions are always really tough for me. If I have a weakness, it's that I angst too much."

Quoting Tennessee quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw: "We're recruiting the next Peyton Manning. That's our pitch."

"Does he have to be those dimensions? No. But you will be able to go from this offense right into the League and be a first-round draft pick."

"I like the offense we're in right now. I think you can run some spread concepts from this offense. But I think in the SEC, you better have a pro mentality.

"The level of play is as close to the NFL as you're going to get without being there. You've got to be able to move the football running."