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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Wednesday July 21, 2010

Quoting Nick Saban: "I'm about ready for college football to say, 'Let's just throw the NFL out. Don't let them evaluate players. Don't let them talk to players. Let them do it at the combine.' If they are not going to help us, why should we help them?"

 "What the NFL Players Association and the NFL need to do is if any agent breaks a rule and causes ineligibility for a player, they should suspend his (agent's) license for a year or two. If they are not going to help us, why should we help them?"

Quoting Lane Kiffin: "I've known Pat Haden for a long time and my congratulations go out to him. I know he'll do a wonderful job as our athletic director. He's been such a vital part of the USC fabric for so long, he'll be able to contribute immensely to our athletic department. I know the entire Trojan Family will readily welcome him."

"I also want to thank Mike Garrett for the opportunity he presented to us. We will work extremely hard to carry on his vision for USC football. He had an incredible run as our athletic director and Trojan fans should applaud his passion, dedication and accomplishments. When I spoke with Mike today, he said that although he won't be here, he'll be following us closely because USC is so dear to him."

Quoting GA Tech head coach Paul Johnson: "If there's a knack that maybe differentiates me from some other play-callers, it's that I've always had the ability to see everybody. I could always tell you what everybody was doing: at the ball, on the periphery, everything. Some of it I don't know that I see, but I know what happened by the result. I might have to ask in the box, "Why can't we scoop the backside linebacker?" But I know we didn't get him. I'm watching the quarterback or A-back or whoever, but I can catch it out of the corner of my eye. Is he coming over the top? Underneath? And a lot of times I'll ask the kids when they come out."

"No. I used to have a practice card, a 5x7 card, in the box. When I was in Hawaii, the head coach wanted us to have a sheet. It was the same every game. It just changed at the top, whatever the theme was. I'd fold it up and stick it in my back pocket. I'd never really look at it."

"Once my mind dulls a little bit, I probably need to let somebody else do it. I don't think a sheet will help. I'm to the point where our coaching staff has been together for a long time. I have guys on the staff who could call the plays. But I don't ever want to be in a position where I'm second-guessing somebody. If I decide that I'm going to walk away from calling the plays, I need to give them some leeway with the offense. They need to be able to run the offense they want and not my offense."

Quoting Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman: "Everybody is on the same page. Everybody has bought into this thing. (Last year) we lacked maturity. I don't think I've felt this way about a football team in a long time."

Quoting Randy Shannon (on twitter): "I'm just really not into it. It doesn't interest me."

Quoting Duke head coach David Cutcliffe: "We are having a blast. The [coaching] staff, the blend of the kids on the team and the kind of kids we are recruiting is just phenomenal. I absolutely love where we are in recruiting. Can we win at Duke? Yeah, and it's because of our high standards."

"I hear two things that people always say: 'You play football at Duke?' and 'Duke football is the worst football in the BCS.' We are better than that. No one questions that now. And wait until they see us in a few seasons."

"We offer a student-athlete the best of both worlds. To get a degree from Duke is one of the top degrees in the world."

"Kevin White has been at Notre Dame, and he knows big-time football. He knows the model. He knows how to support us, raise money and organize. Kevin White is the consummate pro."

"The facility is really good and we have enhanced the stadium. We are way ahead of where I was at with Ole Miss. We are going to compete with higher institutions. We have to beat teams like Notre Dame on kids, and that's what we intend to do."

"We will not recruit a kid that can't run. It's simple. One of our goals is to be the fastest team in the ACC."

Quoting UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: "I think it's real important that you can break it down so that they can learn in concepts or packages so that if you have 75 calls it's not 75 new things. It might be four new things. I think the players have done a good job of trying to understand our concepts of what we want."

"The more you know about a system, and the more you know about your role and concepts, the faster you can play. Because it still gets down to players playing fast. We want be aggressive. We want to attack. We want to be relentless in our pursuit to the ball. We want to do those things, and I think it's important the better understanding you have about what you're supposed to do, I think, the better chance you have for success in that area. Really that's the big thing is just making sure that players understand what we want systematically and what we want to get accomplished, but at the same time we want to play fast."

Quoting ULM head coach Todd Berry: "There's so much that goes into having success at the collegiate level, and a lot of it depends on the chemistry of your football team. Certainly those teams that have won in the past know how to win and that's a big part of chemistry."

"Every year is new in college football. You have a new make up in terms of trying to mold those guys so I think it's very hard to predict."

Quoting Tommy Tuberville: "When you come to (coaching school) people are interested in what you say. They might not believe what you're talking about but they're there to learn something. And it's always kind of the kickoff for the season and everybody's getting into the groove."

"That's probably our biggest question mark. I know we have seven or eight guys who we can play with right now and can play with anybody. But we don't need seven or eight, we need 20 or 25. We're going to play a lot of players on defense because I'm from the school that you play two deep, you rotate in and you play young guys. It's all about, how much can they learn and how much can they adjust from week to week?"