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6.01.2010

Best of the Day (so far)

Here's a potpourri of different things heard at the SEC Spring Meetings:

URBAN MEYER
Florida football coach
  • Meyer took some time off earlier this year to deal with personal issues related to his health. The coach declined to delve into the basis of his problem other than to make vague references to his esophagus and chest pains.

  • "It's like waking up every morning with a toothache in your chest. Haven't felt anything since late January. I feel fantastic. I have a greater appreciation for the guys around me."

  • He doesn't think it's fair that people get on him for taking leave: ``A lot of them do it without saying leave. They take a few weeks off here and there. It's just not in an article. I have to learn to really trust our staff. I'm pleased with how it's going."

  • Meyer reportedly took his family on a trip to Rome, where he saw Pope Benedict. ``Big Gator fan," he quipped. Sounds like Meyer only saw the Pope from long range.

  • He said doctors, for a long time, couldn't explain what was wrong with Meyer: ``To have someone say we're not quite sure? That's very humbling. Then they said: This is it. Take this. Now it's time to go."

  • On learning to let go: "I can bolt for five days, I've never done that in my life. The stadium's still standing and everything."

NICK SABAN
Alabama football coach
  • He told a funny story about how Saban was holding an aggressive phone conversation (presumably with a subordinate) when Derek Dooley came upon the Sabans this morning. Dooley told Terry Saban, Nick's wife, that he didn't understand why Saban would be so rough with assistants back in the day. Now Dooley understands. ``It's so they don't bring all that mouse manure stuff to you," Saban said. ``(Dooley) gets it."

  • He said the only change he's made to his spring regimen is to fill space formerly filled by recruiting responsibilities. Head coaches can have only limited involvement now. ``Not being able to do that, I have more time off, more speaking -- things I don't enjoy very much. I'm not wired to where I can sit around and do nothing. Even at the lake … I got the chainsaw out and was trimming trees. And I have a lot of trees I can cut."

DEREK DOOLEY
Tennessee football coach
  • He's a straightforward guy, speaks pretty abruptly. He seems to sugarcoat less than the average SEC coach.

  • On getting Tennessee's support system realigned: ``When you come into a low-resource program, you want to get your culture right and do things a certain way. There’s really nobody there to do it. In some ways, it’s easier, but you don’t have the resources to do it. At Tennessee, we have so much support. It’s phenomenal. A lot of areas touch you and it’s hard to get them all on board philosophically in a month. It takes more than a year to slowly get to know each other. We’re making progress.

  • His mother, Barbara, has become a popular figure in Tennessee ... so much so that Derek playfully suggested that she no longer interview with outlets in Tennessee. She already has done that. ``She's violated the interview policy -- and she doesn't give a damn about what I say."

  • On his relationship with Nick Saban: ``Philosophically, we're cut from the same cloth." Dooley said he still enjoys hanging out with Saban. ``I always have a good time."

  • He told a funny story about his first year at Louisiana Tech, which included a thumping at LSU. Afterward, some of his coaches were telling players to keep their heads up. Dooley said he soon told players a different story: ``Bull----. Put your head down. Next time, I'm going to bring a box of Sharpies and some pictures so you can get some autographs. That's the way you played," he said Tuesday.

STEVE SPURRIER
South Carolina football coach
  • He was asked about the pre-season conditioning programs of yesteryear ... and couldn't help discuss Doug Johnson's regimen prior to the 1997 season. ``He was out playing professional baseball and drinking beer all summer. We did a poor job of giving him a summer plan."

  • On why Steven Garcia played the entire season at quarterback despite playing poorly for long stretches: ``He went the distance because we didn't have anyone else. We had to live with everything he did."

  • He said retirement hasn't been a serious consideration for him. ``I've been going 4 or 5 years for the last 20. Back then, though, 50 used to be on the far side of coaching."

MARK RICHT
Georgia football coach
  • He's not into the expansion thing: ``I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon."

  • ``The commissioners who have managed this league of date have done a great job. I just don't want to add any more league games. That's for sure."

  • There is talk that a new NCAA rule will dole out automatic suspensions for players who don't pass nine credit hours per semester. ``I doubt it will affect anybody. If they know they have to get nine, they'll get nine."

  • On Bobby Bowden's retirement: ``He didn't really retire. He had to retire."

  • On the possibility of (again) attempting to ban artificial noisemakers: ``I've never seen it enforced to a point where it matters. Once it's loud -- super loud or just loud -- we just have to adjust."

BOBBY PETRINO
Arkansas football coach
  • "I'm like you guys, I'm sitting here wondering what's going to happen. I didn't get any talking points. The commissioners didn't give me talking points."

  • On the cowbells at Mississippi State: ``The first time I went there was when I was at Auburn. That was the year they did away with the cowbell -- and enforced it. Who is going to enforce it? That's the question. I didn't really notice. Those stadiums are so loud. You have to be well prepared on your silent cadence. By that time of the year, you're so used to (din)."

46 Comments:

Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Derek Dooley, Esquire.

2:20 PM  
Blogger API said...

2nd

2:21 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Second what?

2:23 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Does 3rd ever count for anything? I think not.

2:23 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Isn't touching players an indictable offense?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I like the Dooley candor.They're a cool family.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Only if they're under 18. I think TN requires their players to have been held back so they can start touching them as seniors in HS. Dooley wants less touching, but I think they're so used to it, he's fighting a losing battle. It's like asking a bammer to quite what they do.

2:30 PM  
Blogger API said...

I 2nd the motion.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm stuffed. JGT, after all that substance, I won't have to eat supper tonight... though I'll still have my bowl of ice cream and Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for reading, peeps!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

You're welcome, JGT! Unlike THT, I could go for another bowl of substance.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We need more cowbell.

3:21 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Whenever I get depressed I just think to myself, hey, at least I'm not a South Carolina quarterback, and I feel better.

3:23 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm depressed. Tarballs washing up on Dauphin Island. The gulf is effed.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Playing professional baseball and drinking beer sounds like the best summer ever.

3:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Michael, make the best of it. I see a tarball sculpture in your future.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It's getting close to Puppet Hour which can mean only one thing...it's getting close to commute time in my time zone.

Norm - how are things in SW PA?

3:42 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Cory Luckie named starter against Jax St.

4:00 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I find it extremely easy to hate Nick Saban. The man just exudes something that I find foul and offensive.

4:03 PM  
OpenID AUEE13 said...

So will we be hearing from the other six coaches? I'm unfamiliar with the SEC meetings.

4:07 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

What is the official HABOTN stance on Derek Dooley? His association with Saban is troubling, but I do like his frankness.

4:07 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I like Derek Dooley but I am scared that he is that close to Saten I mean Saben

4:11 PM  
Blogger API said...

I think Dooley is over matched for the SEC, but my articles aren't read by tens of thousands and no one will remind me of my mis-statements ( on football ) in subsequent years.

4:15 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Jay thanks for the work hope you have a little fun while your there

4:15 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Spurrier is getting soft and losing it. In years gone by at these very meetings he use to poke someone just to see them jump.
Or is it the South Carolina atmosphere got him down.

4:31 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It seems that Spurrier's discontent with Garcia continues. Lately I have gotten the impression he is getting very frustrated at South Carolina.

4:42 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Does anyone else find the thought of Saban with a chainsaw realy scary?

5:03 PM  
Blogger API said...

NoVa, you've seen too many 'date' movies.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Just watched Cally Chizik argue with one of his sisters (can't tell them apart). He got nowhere.

Brought back some childhood memories!

5:05 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

whattup hottt ones?

finally back from the beach. still hatin'.

thanks for all the HABOTN twitter updates JG.

peace to all!

5:54 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

PF, i couldn't agree with your 3:25 post more. what a way to spend a summer?!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

Jet's Cliff Notes

1. I still maintain what makes Saban great will be his undoing. See "Spurrier, Steve."

2. Dooley needs to win quickly if he's going to be so abrupt.

3. Mississippi State without cowbells is Arkansas State.

6:13 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

After Jet's notes, there's nothing more to be said.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in honor of Jet's succinct notes, I'm going to have that big bowl of ice cream now.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Evening Hotties - I got to spend the day in SW PA in two server rooms helping an Engineer move around racks, install more equipment and reposition servers and storage devices within those racks. All because the hospital refused to do these prelim tasks on their own. So, we're now a day behind and tomorrow looks like a long day and night. Such is my life.

But, other than that, I enjoyed reading the coaching snippets. I'm gonna put it out there, Spurrier does not coach at USCe next year. Pick your reason.

Keep Hate Alive.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bag was supposed to have posted some beisbol substance here today.

Oops.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

What a slacker.

8:22 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.

8:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I'm optimistic about the Bravos this season.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Norm ...every year I predict Spurrier is 2 years away from retirement.

I'm good with your prediction.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Just spent a few hours sending Comcast an email outlining the many things they've done wrong over the last few days. Ball's in their court (and I told them so...tailing towards the far sideline, but still in their court). We'll see if they make it right. Next time I talk to them, it's either going to be to thank them for fixing things, or to maintain my anger level so that I change to sat. tv. CSS plays a ton of SEC sports. I'd miss that.

9:44 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

And we're back.

10:08 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Ebro, you don't have time for habotn.

What's that? You don't have a wife or kids? OK maybe you're good.

10:25 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

At least I don't think you do. I don't really know crap.

Hope y'all had fun and welcome back.

10:28 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

The Braves have to make things interesting.

10:32 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

But, they win! 1 1/2 games ahead of Phillies.

10:33 PM  

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