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7.23.2010

Media Days: AUBURN



AUBURN
The coach is Gene Chizik.

  • He's now at the main podium.

  • On last season: ``We'll never pin success on a number of wins. The foundation of what we were trying to do was extremely important."

  • "We spent the majority of the off-season figuring out how we can be a more consistent football team. That's everywhere on our football team. Look at our offense last year. There are a lot of things we did well. We had some landmarks. What was glaring to us is that we were very inconsistent. There were times when we couldn't run the football. First downs ... there were times when we put pressure on our defense. When you commit to a fast-tempo offense, that's what you do to you defense. There were times on defense when we played really well."

  • "Wins and losses is not something we can pin a number to and say: We're successful."

  • "Lee (Zimeba) is a tremendous Auburn man. He's as happy as he's ever been. He's probably going to break most of the records for consecutive starts at Auburn. We're expecting a big year from Lee."

  • On Bynes: "He played relentlessly through all 13 games. Didn't miss a game. Didn't miss a practice."

  • On Savage: ``He's the epitome of a young guy who fought through so many things ... that could bring you down. He's done everything we've asked him to do. I'm just glad we have him back on the team. The leadership he brings ... is second to none."

  • Is Auburn like Arkansas? "I know Arkansas is returning a very, very good football team. All my effort goes into what Auburn does. I don't know what people are saying. I'm not sure what everybody thinks about the status of Auburn or Arkansas. I don't have time for that."

  • He supports legislation that would prevent players from receiving scholarship offers before their junior year ends: "It's the way recruiting is right now. Technology ... has sped up the recruiting process. Right now, literally you're evaluating sophomore. You're sitting down there talking to a 15-year-old about what it's going to be like 15 years from now. That's really weird. It's like trying to take sand out of the sandbox. It's already out."

  • Does Auburn's offense score too quickly? "When you have explosive plays, it was a different dynamic for us. We scored fast and quick. I'm good with that; that's not a problem. What we need to address that we saw in the offense ... is how can we sustain longer drives. From a team concept, that's where we needed to continue to improve. That means getting first down, driving the football, running the football. We have to do things to keep our defense off the field."

  • On Cam Newton: ``He's done everything we've asked him to do -- on an off the field. When he walks through the door, you can tell he's an athletic young man. The fact that he went to a junior college and was able to guide them to a national championship. That's part of the recipe. He's really, really worked at it ... and a lot on his own. That's what excites me about him."

  • "We recruit against everybody. There's no question that the productivity of us on offense helps us sell Auburn University to a young man who wants to play. There are a lot of things we did last year that we feel were just a glimmer to what we could be. The fact that there are opportunities, the fact that we were an explosive offense ... I think those are intriguing things. I want to make sure nobody outworks us."

  • On Zac: "He eats, sleeps and drinks football."

  • On if energized Auburn fans translates into pressure for the coaching staff: "More pressure for coaches in self-imposed more than anything else. I'm just excited that the Auburn family. It's the same passion and energy and excitement at every place. I wanted to pull the Auburn family back together. The pressure that's involved -- we're in an age when everybody wants to win. Your self-imposed pressure maybe is the biggest part."

  • He said Trovon Reed could play a few roles (wideout, Wildcat). ``We've got to see how fast he develops and see where he feels most comfortable."

  • "We're going to continue to fight every week in the league. It's challenging ... from top to bottom."

  • That's a wrap. For now.

99 Comments:

Blogger MiniWEG said...

Chizik substance!

8:34 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Give it to me!!

8:36 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Is there somewhere online where we can watch the feed or ustream or something?

Anyone know what Savage's story is? I'm not familiar with it...

8:36 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

http://www.secsports.com/sport_stats/football/mediaday/index.html

8:37 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

SECMEDIA DAYS LIVE

8:37 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Gracias Scottie :)

8:38 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

UT's Dooley is on the live podium now.

8:39 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Anyway that link can give me Chiz and not Dooley?

8:39 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yes. Thanks for the link, scottie.

8:40 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

i don't have that kind of power.

right now anyways.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Pre-Chiz substance most likely > Podium Chiz substance.

8:41 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Will Chiz be up next? I really don't care about Dooley. At all.

8:41 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

One day, scottie. One day...

8:41 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

"You don't know my break away speed!"

btw, mrs. scottie encouraged me to play my new anniversary present last nite. NCAA11 is SSSOOOO much better than last year's.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

My car got egged while I was on habotnsabbatical. Coincidence?

8:45 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

JayG's blog, like Aaron's leadership, is second to none.

8:45 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Probably.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Scottie ... I don't know if I'd consider that a positive -- in 20 years or so, yeah, sure, but now?

Not so sure.

8:46 AM  
OpenID AUEE13 said...

Drat, I was out of signal so long I missed the end of the thread. Posting here in response to... Someone from the last page.

Not my first post, actually. Usually my tag on here is AUEE13, though. Dunno why it changed. I mostly lurk.

And if anyone's wondering why it took so long to respond, I just got in from Cades Cove which had NO reception of any type.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Chick Fil A devoured. It's gonnx be a good day.

8:47 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Other than Savage's injury, what's his story? Is there some family drama I'm unaware of? Not knocking him...just curious as to what he's done that makes him such great leadership material.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Well, he did overcome being raised in a family of Savages.

8:49 AM  
OpenID AUEE13 said...

....and that time it was correct. My name WAS Redgp88 in the day two thread

8:50 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Great work as usual Sportswriter JGT.
A lot of substance there without putting foot in mouth.
He is good at that.
He is right we are all excided about Auburn football kick the ball and lets get rolling.

8:50 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Mini...I think it's mostly just the being out injured the last two years and persevering to play football again. Didn't look like that was going to happen for a while there.

Touch wood of course and let's hope he makes it through fall camp to Arkansas St. and beyond.

8:50 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

nice brother Jet.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Gray suit? Not a fan in this situation. Lapel pin out of place. Pocket square is a nice touch, though.

8:52 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

SAVAGE now on the live feed from www.secsports.com!!!!!!!!!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

ESPNU HD still has Chiz. I'll take the delay.

8:53 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Thanks for the info, E. Savage looking sharp with the suit/bowtie combination!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Atlanta or bust.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Hey Cincy

8:55 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

i love how Aairon just referred to Gene's wife as 'Mrs. Chiz'. AUsome.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man

8:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

btw, the new HABOTN is gonna be pretty nice...

8:56 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

Favorite Chiz quote so far: "I don't have time for that." (in reference to if Auburn is like Arkansas)

8:58 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

So that's where you've been PF.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

JGT, if you ever decide to collect all of The Chiz's press conferences into a single published volume, may I humbly submit a title for the compilation:

GENE CHIZIK: Bland Ambition

8:58 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Scottie, any major changes in NCAA 2011 versus 2010?

On the coachspeak, I am glad chizik is non controversial. He represents AU well. Let the players do the "talking" by their performance on the field.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Wes Skiles died. Dang. He took good pictures.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

The voice of JAY TATE on ESPN U!!!!!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Jay finally got his ESPN gig, do bad he's not getting funded via the U.

9:02 AM  
Blogger MiniWEG said...

My media days link is still blank...waiting on the video substance...

9:02 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

who's going to live blog Jay G Tate?

9:03 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So what do we measure success by? I need to know this.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Did I make ESPN?

9:04 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

for me?

beating ua-t

9:04 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sweet.

9:04 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

Baldy, of course the graphics are better but the biggest enhancement in the gameplay is how smooth it is to manage your running backs. easier & more natural to make cuts & follow blockers. it was fantastic. beat UT 28-7 & UGA 20-3. good times.

also, Byrum actually kicks the ball in the endzone on kickoffs. i couldn't get it inside the 10 on NCAA10.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jay G's voice sounded like he spent all night smoking cigarettes and talking to girls.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Maybe it was just an HD thing.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yes, JGT. Apparently your contract negotiations with ESPN were being carried live on the U

9:05 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Scottie- Well if Byrum can kick endzone kicks, I question the games accuracy.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I liked how Chiz kinda perked up, waved and said "Hey Jay."

9:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Maybe Jay was also enjoying foot longs, as he is known to have done in the past.

9:07 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Chizik's last quote on JayG's report...she said that.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I hope T.Reed develops faster than a fruit fly.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Is Lowell Galindo old enough to drink?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

HABOTN, next best thing to being there. Thanks JGT for the substance!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

THT- into a great CB?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Google's new image search is pretty freakin awesome.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Eddie - into anything that helps AU win games

9:16 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

May need to try this:

Frozen Jack & Ginger

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel's
4 1/2 oz ginger ale
Large scoop of lime sherbet
2 cups ice

Blend until ice is dissolved.

9:21 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

nice noggin' floggin' from your bloggin'

chiz was nice, plain vanilla but one of the better speakers so far at the daze.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

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9:24 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Stephen Orr looks strange with neatly combed hair and/or no visor.

9:25 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

couldn't agree more comment deleted.

i never thought of it that way.

9:26 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

he should have gone with the mohawk.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

From a few threads back:

You bring that garbage over here all of the time.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Spurrier with a 'hawk would be awesome. His players might actually get excited and be better than mediocre.

9:36 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

lugenbill said on espnu yesterday that lattimore said he committed to usce because spurrier did the the electric slide with momma. chiz apparently needs to learn crunk or break dancing.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Mrs. Jet is convinced that SOS is a wearing rug.

9:39 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Josh Bynes live streaming on SEC's site right now.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Is a "wearing rug" a euphemism for something sinister? Har har.

I agree with mrs jet and have thought he's worn a rug for quite a while.

9:51 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ziemba up now.

9:54 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

he has a pretty nice mane.

9:58 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

It's to keep him weighted down at the line of scrimmage, preventing false starts.

It is beautiful, though.

10:00 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

i bet the ladies @ the Supper Club love it too.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

PF with the fashion critique and drink recipe...that's pretty fly for a straight guy...or something like that.

10:06 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Mario got second team All-SEC. Not bad for a guy who hasn't consistently played at RB since 2007.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Dontae Aycock is just as deserving. Neither one have done JACK SQUAT this season.

10:14 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

THE CHIZ NOW ON SECSPORTS.COM

10:14 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, ScottieB

10:16 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yeah, Aycock has been up and down.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Mainly down.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

You know who was always up?

10:19 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

SULLIVAN AND...

10:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hellooo Kennesaw, GA (for Scottie B who's listening to the Chiz)

10:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that was an awesome setup, Hotties

10:21 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

That's about as good as it gets there.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

10:22 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Mini WEG....you make me proud!!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Harold Hallman!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

David Rocker!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Benji Roland!

9:29 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Steely Dan!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

vomit!!!!!!!!!

10:37 PM  
Blogger michael said...

puke!

3:49 PM  

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