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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Thursday July 15, 2010

Quoting Bobby Johnson: "Football is not life, but it's a way of life and it consumes your life."

"You only have so many years to live, and you want to see a different way, at least I do. Some guys will coach until one foot is in the coffin, but I want to do some other things."

"All I know is that we were in a lot of football games the last four or five years, and I know people have to play well to beat us. We wanted to be in a position to win games in the SEC, and we have won them and we've lost some close ones. Early in the thing we took our lumps, and that's probably the biggest motivator that we could have possibly had. Our guys didn't like it."

"In my opinion, a coach could not ask for any more from his players. I'm proud of some of our accomplishments, but I'm more proud about the type of young man we have when he leaves our program."

Quoting Vanderbilt interim head coach Robbie Caldwell: "College football is losing a great man today. It's going to be difficult for all of us because of his friendship, his leadership and all of the things that he's done here at Vanderbilt."

Quoting Mark Richt: "Bobby Johnson is a great coach, a great competitor, and a first-class human being."

Quoting Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun: "I feel like it's a 20-year responsibility of mine to help them be prepared for life after they leave here."

"I think it absolutely is a responsibility of the coach to make sure his players are prepared to be contributors to society and the country well after they have played their last game. That's not a burden. We spend a lot of time recruiting and identifying prospective candidates to come to our schools. That's where the process has to begin. Coaches develop strong bonds with their players and coaches can influence their attitude toward academics and citizenship."

"I look at what we've done in the APR ratings as just a toddler's step toward what is needed. It showed we're going in the right direction, but we also have to provide the guidance that will make them competitive in the job market when they've been away from the program 18 months or more. Sports competition is an important learning tool. The competition helps build character traits that are going to help the athlete achieve success in whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue."

Quoting Southern Miss offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic (on battling cancer): "Nobody wants to have cancer, but thyroid cancer has a high success rate because you can surgically take it out."

"I was recruiting in Birmingham and I had gotten sick with a sore throat, which had nothing to do with the cancer. But I felt a lump in my throat, and after three weeks it didn't go away."

"He yelled at me if I tried to do anything. Those camps are so important for our recruiting. I knew, obviously (the rest of the staff), could do the job. But if I missed all those offensive linemen coming through, I didn't want to feel like there was something I could've done. I didn't want to go home and lay on the couch. Heck, I'm sitting on a bus."