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Bill Connelly again looks at which college football teams the F/+ ratings are sure about, and which teams remain a mystery (led by Appalachian State).

29 Mar 2013

The Month In Quotes: March 2013

compiled by Rivers McCown

MY MIKE LINEBACKER HAS +1 TO ALL SPEED CHECKS

"We don't run some magical offense or defense. You're talking about the best coaches in the world at this level. They see everything that we've done at the college level, and everything we'll do, they've seen before." -- Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, on his schematic wrinkles (LA Times)

BUT DID HE SLUR ANY OF HIS WORDS?

"The thing I will say is that it’s not a money thing. If we did do it, people would say that they they’re just doing it for the money. It’s not a money issue. It’s a do-the-right-thing issue." -- Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds on possibly selling alcohol at Longhorns football games (Daily Texan)

DOM CAPERS, HE DON'T KNOW, ANYTHING, ABOUT IT

"I think the read-option is the flavor of the month,. We'll see whether it's the flavor of the year. A few years ago, people were talking wildly about the Wildcat. It's less of a discussion now." -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, on the cyclical nature of the NFL (USA Today)

EH, WHAT INCENTIVE DOES DELANEY HAVE TO LIE BESIDES COUNTLESS DOLLAR BILLS, SLUSH FUNDS, AND PROTECTING AN INSTITUTION THAT GETS TO KEEP NEARLY ALL OF ITS PROFITS?

"...it has been my longstanding belief that The Big Ten's schools would forgo the revenues in those circumstances and instead take steps to downsize the scope, breadth and activity of their athletic programs. Several alternatives to a 'pay for play' model exist, such as the Division III model, which does not offer any athletics-based grants-in-aid, and, among others, a need-based financial model. These alternatives would, in my view, be more consistent with The Big Ten's philosophy that the educational and lifetime economic benefits associated with a university education are the appropriate quid pro quo for its student athletes." -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, on the conference possibly moving down to Division III if college athletes are paid (Sports Illustrated)

"If that's what they want to do, they should do it without funding new stadiums and paying millions of dollars to themselves. What Mr. Delany does not admit to is the value of the Big Ten Network to pay the salaries. If this happens, then Mr. Delany and his whole office will be out of work." -- Sonny Vaccaro, consultant to the O'Bannon plaintiffs, on Delany's comments (Alabama.com)

WE WILL USE THESE FINES TO CREATE NEW STUDIES, WHICH YOU'LL NEVER SEE, WHICH WE'LL USE TO CREATE MORE RULES, TO CREATE MORE FINES, TO...

"Absolutely not. It’s about protecting the players. I’ve been on the Committee for 20 years and it’s never been a discussion in our room of, ‘Well we’re worried about a litigation about this or a litigation about a knee injury.’ We’re worried about player safety and I think one of the great things about the league is it’s been a focus of ours for a long time and there’s such a long process that goes into it." -- Falcons president Rich McKay, on the new rule preventing running backs from leading with their helmets (Pro Football Talk)

"Wow so they really passed that rule...last time I checked football was a contact sport. Calling bank now to set up my lowering the boom fund." -- Bears running back Matt Forte, on the passage of said new rule (Twitter)

NC STATE PLANS TO ADDRESS SHOT CALLAS AND TWENTY-INCH BLADES ON THEIR IMPALAS IN THE 2015 CLASS

"NC STATE NEEDS = BALLERS. YOU = BALLER." -- North Carolina State director of player personnel Drew Hughes, in a letter to potential recruit C.J. Reavis (Dr. Saturday)

OH, I DUNNO, THROW IT ON THE PILE I SUPPOSE

"Just gonna look at it I guess." -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, on his giant new conract (Twitter)

BO PELINI: THE COLLEGE COACH MOST LIKELY TO ACTUALLY SAY "SALT TABLET"

"What I watched was a mentally weak football team, a bad football team. Especially on the defensive side of the football. Call it what it is. We’ve got a long, long, long way to go. It was so bad that we weren’t good in any regard, but the offense was better than the defense. You could’ve put a grade school offense out there against our defense and they would’ve been fine." -- Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, on an especially bad spring practice (Hail Varsity)

ROBERT GRIFFIN DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE REFERENCE YOU'RE MAKING

"A lot of people are looking at the [Achilles] injury and that stuff. I definitely feel like whatever team signed any tight ends right now, I’m gonna make them regret anything that they do – AND the Redskins, too, as well – because I know I’m gonna go out here and I’m gonna do what I have to do. And I’ll bet you next year’s gonna be a good year for me. This is The One right here. This is The Big One. You ever watch Fred Sanford? He had The Big One. That’s what this year is for me. Elizabeth, I’m coming!" -- Free agent tight end Fred Davis, on his plans to dominate next season (Newark Star-Ledger)

SO ... POOCHIE OKAY WITH EVERYBODY?

"We have not chosen a new conference name at this time and there are no favorites. We are going through a thoughtful evaluation of potential names for our conference, and will select a name in a timely manner through a comprehensive and deliberate process that involves our presidents and athletic directors as well as constituents from inside and outside the conference. We are excited about the prospect of re-branding and look forward to working with our institutions and our fans as we engage in this process." -- Statement from "Big East" commissioner Mike Aresco (College Football Talk)

"THE KICKS ... THEY'RE ONLY MAKING HIM FASTER!"

"The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!" -- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reacting to the Percy Harvin trade (ESPN NFC North)

"NOT A TEAM PLAYER" -- ANONYMOUS SCOUT

"I would describe myself as the classic drop-back quarterback, big arm, not really going to beat anybody with my feet. I can move a little better than most people give me credit for, but I’m not going to be doing any of the new read-option stuff." -- North Carolina state quarterback Mike Glennon (Pro Football Talk)

THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE SPENT MORE OF THIS YEAR INJURED

"Twenty-three minutes to read it, scan it, fax it, get Elvis to a machine and get it through. We tried." -- Elvis Dumervil's former agent, Marty Magid, on his client being released because he couldn't find a fax machine quickly enough to submit the paperwork necessary to the Broncos (Shutdown Corner)

YOUR FALSE ASSERTION WILL ONLY HURT MORE WHEN BUDDY RYAN GETS HOLD OF YOU

"To be honest with you I didn’t see it — I heard about it. People make a big deal out of stuff like that. But things happen all the time in football. I don’t think it’s that big of a story." -- Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, on Jonny Manziel reportedly shoving a graduate assistant during a scrimmage (San Antonio Express-News)

"(Well), no, we don’t have coaches going around punching players and players punching coaches. That doesn’t happen all of the time." -- Sumlin, on if that happened more with regular staff, with a chuckle (San Antonio Express-News)

OH I DUNNO, I BET IF YOU OPENED UP THE BOOKS ALL THE WAY WE COULD PROBABLY FIND SOME MONEY IN THERE SOMEWHERE, CAROLINA

"These franchises are a license to print money. This team is pretty damn healthy," -- Oregon business professor Dennis Howard, on leaked financial statements proving that the Panthers are raking in money (Deadspin)

"A detailed review of the financial statements demonstrates the difficulty of being competitive in the NFL, paying players to the cap, and trying to add the financing of a major stadium renovation." -- Carolina's unsourced response to these claims (Panthers.com)

CLEARLY YOU'VE LOST TOO MUCH GROUND IN THE SMUG COACH RANKINGS TO LANE KIFFIN

"I noticed both USCs had their pro timing day today. One of them finished No. 7 in the country, the other was not in the top 25, yet ESPN decided to go out to the one in California which did not finish in the top 25 and televise their day live. It’s interesting that (ESPN) doesn’t come around here on signing day, they don’t come around here on pro timing day, and yet they want us to play all these Thursday night games." -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, on the lack of ESPN at South Carolina's Pro Day. (Twitter)

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Posted by: Rivers McCown on 29 Mar 2013

14 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2013, 4:11pm by Rivers McCown

Comments

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by drobviousso :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:16am

Ok, I'm a total homer, but I love Tomlinisms. Not to get too gushy, but he's the greatest source of found poetry outside Donald Rumsfeld.

"I think there are coaches in rooms preparing themselves to defend it, there are coaches in rooms also preparing to run it. I think it's going to sort out on the grass."

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by Ryan D. :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:19am

Only people in South Carolina think of South Carolina when they hear "USC" or "Carolina."

In the other 49 states, "USC" means Southern Cal and "Carolina" means the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. They should just get used to it.

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by fb29 :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:30pm

No I'm from Georgia and I grew up thinking USC was South Carolina. Though I agree most people actually call it South Carolina while most people call Southern California USC.

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by JonFrum :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:52pm

Not a great comment on Georgia, cosmopolitanism-wise.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:52pm

I'm with you on the USC stuff.

The one I wonder about is UW. That one I think is going to be much more regional since neither Washington or Wisconsin have sustained national presence for long in any sports and they both have similar enrollment numbers (the 35 - 45 thousand range). For me UW is obviously Wisconsin, but I know some folks who think Washington.

As to the quote, I don't really think it was the name that Spurrier was really concerned with at all, I think he was just using it to help emphasize the issue of how media is still affected by name recognition. South Carolina had 6 players drafted last year, So Cal had 3. I'm not saying Suppier is right, So Cal has had 30 players drafted since 09 and South Carolina has only had 17. But Spurrier is railing against the media for assuming that one USC has more talent than the other USC when that may no longer be the case going forward.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 3:00pm

U-M is a fun, one, too.

Both Michigan and Minnesota claim it. I see Missouri thrown into the mix, some, too. Fortunately Massachusetts is UMass and Mississippi is Ole Miss. Although every now and again I wonder why Michigan State plays so many SEC teams.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 3:26pm

Yeah UM is interesting as well. Though Mizzou (and yeah Mizzou is official for them too) is officially MU (http://www.missouri.edu/) but I see people using UM for Missouri as well, and I think that is because of the University system stuff; UM-Kansas City (UMKC), UM-St. Louis (UMSL), UM-Columbia (Mizzou), and UM-Rolla (which is now Missouri S&T and no longer UMR).

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 7:01pm

Google results:

UM Miami 64,200,000
UM Michigan 49,000,000
UM Montana 25,200,000
UM Maryland 20,000,000
UM Missouri 15,100,000

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 9:23pm

But if players introducing themselves on Sunday night games is any indication, Miami is "The U."

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by dryheat :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 3:27pm

Washington has always been U-Dub. I've never heard Wisconsin called anything but Wisconsin.

But whither Wyoming?

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:42pm

I've never heard of U-Dub before. While growing up in Wisconsin, we occasionally called it UW. Usually we just referred to it as Madison. If fact, we normally called all the state schools by their campus name (except Stevens Point was just Point). This is probably because all the state schools are UW-[campus name], though back in the 60's most of the schools were Wisconsin State University - [campus name] except Madison and Milwaukee (Green Bay and Parkside started as UW and opened in the late 60's). I haven't lived in Wisconsin in over 25 years now, so this may have changed.

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by wiesengrund :: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 6:47pm

I think the late Jim McKay did not comment on this new rule, but Rich might have.

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by Rivers McCown :: Sat, 03/30/2013 - 4:11pm

Thanks. Corrected.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 03/30/2013 - 7:20am

And they complain that the Pro Bowl voting opens too early ...