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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Friday July 24, 2010

Quoting Mark Richt: There's an energy that we have this off-season that we probably haven't had in a while, quite frankly. Some of it has to do with some of the changes we made.

Aaron Murray came in as a midyear enrollee. He's been through a spring, went through a season, went through last spring. He understands our system well. You can get him in the meeting room, get him on the board, ask him anything. He'll tell you the answer, get it right. And that could be exciting as a coach. But we got to be careful, Coach Bobo and myself, not to get enamored with that and expect him to be able to answer the question quite so well as he's on the field getting chased by a bunch of 300-pound defensive linemen. He's got to live the experience of being that quarterback. But because he's surrounded by a bunch of veterans and a bunch of guys that have really kind of surrounded him and want to see him succeed, and they want him to lead, I think we're in good shape. But we've got to be careful to go at his pace. If we do that, we'll be okay.

We probably don't have as much depth at the outside linebacker position as we would like to have. I think we must stay healthy there or we'll have to make a few fairly radical changes. But other than that, we've got pretty good depth at most other spots. We might have some youngsters. Defensive line, I think we had five scholarship defensive linemen, interior defensive linemen, leave our program last year, so there's a bunch of young guys in there. We do think we have the right kind of guys to get the job done.

Well, Coach Bowden, I talked to him yesterday. He won't be out of college football. He won't be coaching. He's going to be at a lot of ballgames. Everybody around the country is asking him to come and watch their games, be at their spring games, be at their clinics, talk, advise. So he's going to be very involved in college football still, but not as a coach. I'll just say this. I love Coach Bowden. He gave me my first job. He allowed me to grow and mature as a coach, as a man, and he led me to the Lord in 1986. So anything that Coach Bowden didn't like, I don't like either, I can tell you that.

Let's face it. Coach Grantham is really the only one that truly understands what he's trying to accomplish. I'm still learning it. Scott Lakatos is still learning it; Warren Belin is still learning it; Rodney Garner is still learning it. There's an energy in knowing that you got to prepare and be out of your comfort zone a little bit.

I understand the business. I understand just how things go. So I don't worry about it. My goal is to focus on the important things and the things I can control. I can control my attitude. I can control my effort. I can control, you know, certain things. That's what I focus on. Then the things I can't control, I just trust the Lord with that. That's kind of how I've been operating since 1986.

Quoting Vandy coach Robbie Caldwell: I told Coach Spurrier a while ago, I got a greater appreciation what he's been doing behind the scenes all these years. I had no idea in some cases, but you always think you do. It's kind of on-the-job training in some areas.

My daughter did remind me of one note that you can appreciate. She looked at the schedule and said, "Daddy, I think there's two teams on there that didn't go to a Bowl game." I said, "Honey, that's the great thing about being in the SEC, you play against the best. So we're excited about that. I don't know all the format here. At this point, I'll be glad to open it to questions, whatever. Anything I can do, fire 'em at me.

I'm just thrilled to have an opportunity. I told my wife, if it's two days or 20 years, I will now be able to say, Hey, I was a head coach one time, other than in 1977 when I was head baseball coach. We were pretty good, by the way. We were 14-2, had a chance, made the state playoffs.

Absolutely it's a fair situation. Vanderbilt has given me no stipulations. All they've told me is, We're behind you 100%. I know Vice Chancellor Williams said, You're our coach. We're not out looking for one. You're our coach.

All I know how to do is work. I've been a worker all my life. I grew up in it. My wife said, You can't talk about anything but football. I can. I can talk about pouring concrete, farming, being a pipefitter, all those things, working on a turkey farm. But nobody wants to hear that. Those are the things that I did prior to getting into football. That's the God's truth.

I got to see Coach Spurrier today, Coach Richt. They have no idea who I am. Coach Spurrier does. We have a little relationship. He's a guy I admire a great deal. I appreciate that.

I can still walk in places and nobody knows me. Last night I was opening the door for people and they gave me a tip. I thought, hey, that's great. How can you get it any better than that?

(on if he will keep Bobby Johnson's no cussing policy) You know, I'm no angel, that's for certain. We certainly do try to live by that. But, you know, it's just a sign of limited vocabulary sometimes. I know y'all can't tell it, but I do have an education (smiling). But, no, you know, what we try to do by that - and by the way, Coach Art Baker, Coach Dick Sheridan, Coach Steve Robinson, who's no longer with us, Coach Jimmy Satterfield - those are the guys. My high school coach I love dearly. But if I had a nickel for every you-know-what he called me, I'd be wealthy, be able to retire a little earlier. Times have changed. There's a different way. What we want is we want mothers to be able to come watch their child practice and not be embarrassed. It doesn't mean we won't get on you now. We'll chew your butt out in a heartbeat. But, you know, you don't like that. We never did as players. There's a different way to skin a cat. Don't mean it's the right way, it's just a different way. I appreciate you asking.

I knew I was a fat guy, but I didn't need all these heavy-duty extra springs. This job has been good for me, I've lost about seven pounds in the last eight days. No, it hasn't. You can tell by looking at me. I done it all, too. If I told some of these ladies, what they put in that lipstick right there, oh, my goodness, because I de-beaked, blood tested, vaccinated. I done it all. It was pretty special.

Quoting Mike Gundy: "It's difficult. I really enjoyed the last few years being back involved calling plays. But it got overwhelming for me to put in 6-8 hours a day preparing to call a game, along with recruiting and all the other duties involved with being a coach."

Quoting Paul Johnson: The big mantra now is the bowl game. We can't win a bowl game, because the opponent gets extra time to prepare. You're better off not even responding. I want to say, "What about the three bowl games you lost in a row before I got here? Was that because of extra time?" And those weren't the Orange Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I got a news flash for you: If you're playing in the Orange Bowl, you're playing against a good team. You're not getting the s**t beat out of you by Fresno in Boise.

It's never going to change. I've realized that as I've gotten older, that you're never going to convince some people. Every year will be the year the defenses catch up. "The option is a gimmick. They're going to catch up." Sooner or later, you're going to prove them right. Sooner or later, you're going to have a down year where you're not very good, just like any offense.

Last year was the year they caught up to Georgia. So I guess they're never going to be able to run that offense again. Or Florida. Or whoever. The difference is if Florida loses 14-6, you don't have 42,000 people saying. "That's it. That's the blueprint. They showed how you play it right there." After a while it gets frustrating, because you've done it for so long.

I remember the beginning of last year, coming off the Chick-fil-A loss to LSU. The doubters were saying, "LSU, that's it, they gave everybody the blueprint. They'll just play like LSU." People aren't worldly enough or sophisticated enough to see everybody lined up the way LSU did. They just didn't have the same people, and we didn't play as poorly.

Quoting Butch Davis: "One of the things that we do with all of those kinds of things is we talk to our kids about electronic media, and this isn't just a knee-jerk reaction. We've been doing this ever since I've been the head football coach. Just talking about YouTube, Facebook. If you go back and take a look across the country, that's the No. 1 way that high school and college kids communicate. They talk, they Facebook friends, they develop relationships with kids at other colleges and kids they went to high school with. You just have to try to educate them as best you can about making smart decisions."

Quoting David Cutcliffe (on agents): "I think it's probably got to be a federal issue....And maybe some people get put in jail. It looks to me like a lot of this is probably criminal behavior."