C-USA Media Day news, notes, and quotes
Posted by: Pete Roussel on July 26, 2012
C-USA Media Day took place yesterday in Dallas. Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the head coaches.
- East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill said, "I think we have a chance to be (the best defense in C-USA). I think the front 7 is an area we had to strengthen and we've done that. I think it's got a chance to be a special, special group."
- Ruffin McNeill stated last summer that he had lost about a sixth-grader. McNeill is now down about 150 pounds and said today that he down, "about a ninth-grader."
- Houston head coach Tony Levine stated, "I said this a couple of times this morning and I really mean it. I don't know what it costs to buy a game program, but I would encourage our fans at least in September when they come in the stadium to pick up a program on the way in because I think we'll have some guys score some touchdowns where they're going to have to open the program and match a name with a face."
- Levine had absolutely no qualms passing on a question about UCLA, who is Houston's third opponent of the season. Levine made it very clear that he and his team are only thinking about the first opponent of the season, Texas State.
- Speaking of Levine, the first-year head coach made his way back to Houston last night to throw out the first pitch before the Astros' game. He went from the rubber, kicked & dealed. That's awesome! Levine went with the heater and while it was out of the strike zone, I think he would have gotten a swing & miss.
- Doc Holliday feels great about this 2012 Marshall Thundering Herd: "Lot of people say we're going 8-4. I say which 4 are we going to lose. We go into every game thinking we're going to win." In non-conference games, Marshall is set to play at West Virginia, Western Carolina, Ohio, at Purdue. The Herd also must travel to Southern Miss and East Carolina.
- Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson has made several statements this off-season about making sure the Green Wave recruits smart players. It's part of the New Orleans Saints' philosophy and something CJ believes in strongly. He said on Wednesday, "We're going to find the smartest, toughest, hardest- working players that you can."
- UCF offensive line / recruiting coordinator / assistant head coach Brent Key filled in for George'Leary.
- SMU head coach June Jones said, "Overall, the linebacking crew has a chance to be one of the best I've ever had anywhere." Jones also stated that the key to the SMU season will be how fast Garrett Gilbert develops and whether the offensive line can find a chemistry and play like a veteran o-line.
- UAB head coach Garrick McGee said: "What happened in the past has not worked. To get a different result, you have to change. I saw Bob Stoops walk into Oklahoma (after three consecutive losing seasons), and in his second season they go undefeated and win the national championship."
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