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2.12.2009

Trooper Taylor speaks

Hey everyone. Trooper Taylor, one of the Tigers' assistant coaches, spent 35 minutes speaking about a variety of topics. Here is an overview of the most intriguing things I heard.

  • NEW @ 4:45 p.m. On recruiting: "I like the ones that my wife can pick out. That's pretty good, you know, when she can put the tape on and say, 'Sign him, baby.' We're good."

  • On how difficult recruiting was: "I used to have an afro."

  • On DeAngelo Benton: "You don't go to bed a circle and wake up a square. If you can play ball, you can play ball."

  • He said Benton is fully qualified and will report to campus this summer.

  • He said Curtis Luper is the team's recruiting coordinator.

  • He said as assistant head coach, he handles team matters when head coach Gene Chizik is away. Taylor indicated that Chizik already has brought in outside experts to help Taylor (and perhaps other coaches) with their leadership and interview skills. Not media interviews. I think he meant job interviews.

  • He said Chizik, who projects an all-business aura, isn't duplicitous. He really is all-business, even behind closed doors.

  • He apparently turned down other offers, including a coordinator job, to work at Auburn. His primary Auburn contact was fellow assistant Curtis Luper, who already knew Chizik from his days at Stephen F. Austin. Luper warmed Taylor to the Auburn idea and Chizik took it from there.

  • He wants to be a head coach within five years.

  • He doesn't seem real geeked about recruits who wait until after NSD to make a decision. He's OK with the general concept, but clarified his position with an anecdote. Taylor said each player is the CEO of his own career and has vice presidents (ie family members or school/athletic contacts) who help. Once "other members of the board get in there," the situation can get murky.

  • Asked to assess his current players, Taylor's first dose of praise went to Montez Billings.

  • He seemed unsure about what to expect from PPL ... and when.

43 Comments:

Blogger Dear Leader said...

5

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doh! I wasn't signed in. Hey DL!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

WHazz up.... I like Troop.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

Trooper speaks, we listen.

2:53 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I hope we can keep him for 5 years; then I hope his HC gig isn't in the SEC.

2:54 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Trooper for coach-in-waiting!

2:55 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Thanks, Jay G.

Again, you have given the Hotties a good perception of what is going on in the loveliest village.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

OK what is PPL?

2:56 PM  
Blogger It's HEDLEY said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:57 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

philip pierre louis

2:57 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Okay, this has just been bothering me so I'm putting it out there. Pardon my ignorance (I have it in abundance) if it's foolish, but, why do I regularly see "Comment deleted..."? Is someone really posting something and then deleting it shortly afterwards or are they deleted for some egregious offense of our well-established rules of decorum here?

Inquiring mind wants to know.

2:58 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

PPL had bad ACL opening kickoff of '08

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yea, him.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I knew there was a DOH.. in my future...

Thanks THT

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Gotta go talk with Ted Roof Rusted now.

I'll check back in 30 minutes or so.

2:58 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

i delete mine occasionally when i realized how stupid a comment I made. Other times JGT will delete comments that don't abide by the rules. But his deletions are completely vaporized, i.e. no remnant whatsoever.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Gatiger.... I delete a comment many times because I hit enter twice and post the same message twice.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Happy Camper said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Happy Camper said...

"Deleting" is my specialty

3:01 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

Gatiger.... I delete a comment many times because I hit enter twice and post the same message twice.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Happy Camper said...

Although i prefer to call it murdering...watch

3:03 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

Gatiger.... I delete a comment many times because I hit enter twice and post the same message twice.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

nice

3:03 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Yes, well played Gov.

3:05 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Gatiger.... I delete a comment many times because I hit enter twice and post the same message twice.

3:06 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Gatiger.... I delete a comment many times because I hit enter twice and post the same message twice.

3:06 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Wait...what?

3:06 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'm leaving. call me when taylor arrives.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

J-Z ...

Trooper waits for no one.

3:09 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I hate it when I double post...

3:22 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

Not as much as the rest of us hate it, FSJ, you Bammer.

Just kidding ... not about the Bammer part.

You are a Bammer. Unless you decide to be cleansed of your Crimson sin.

3:26 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

The great Billy Joel said that he would "rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints...The sinners are much more fun."

3:28 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet On a Stick said...

Sinners are much more fun,

But ol' Jet's packin' a gun!

BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!

3:32 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Come out Virginia...

3:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Some basic comments from Ted Roof Rusted are up. I'll come back with more quotes -- for him and Taylor -- around 4:30 CST.

3:42 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I had always wondered why it was a big deal for Billy Joel to walk through Bedford-Stuy alone. Evidently it is/was a very shady part of Brooklyn. Maybe I was the only one that didn't know.

3:47 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

good thing he had his motorcycle to get him through the rain quickly.

tough dude that Billy Joel, eh?

3:52 PM  
Blogger postermom said...

Calling him "Ted Roof Rusted" has me singing "Love sacks, baby love sacks."

4:36 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

A great story about Trooper and the impression Coach Chizik made on a cleaning lady years back at Auburn. A good read I thought and makes you think Chizik is a class act.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tigercowboy, I didn't include that tangent for space concerns.

Yes, it was an interesting tale.

5:47 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Super work Jay. I hope we can hang onto Trooper until he finds a really good HC job.

6:06 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Since I missed the TV show discussion earlier;

Smallville is the show the family watches together. The treatment of Lex has been great since the start. We keep hoping for Lana to get permanently killed off.

Big Bang is my show. I know those guys. I work with them. I'm one of them.

6:08 PM  
Blogger youngpj said...

I was worried that Taylor might want to be a HC soon, within 5 years was a bit of a surprise. Maybe he can wait 7-8 if he is an OC???

8:44 PM  

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