What Jim Harbaugh, Colin Cowherd, Urban Meyer & more had to say: Big Ten quotes of the week
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The Buckeyes hosted their annual coaches clinic, and Meyer discussed ownership with the coaches that were there. Nike founder Phil Knight is in town for the spring game, so Meyer used Nike as an example while bringing in Ohio State’s rivalry with Michigan.
“There is nothing funny when we talk about the Team Up North. I see people smiling and saying, ‘That must be funny. I’m going to go and wear blue to their practice.’ I don’t smile about that. This is real. This is not a game.
“They want we got; we want what they got. This is a war. This is a battle. It’s called competition for excellence. I’m putting my life into this thing. Are you kidding me? We don’t joke around about that.
“I challenge you as a high school coach to own it. What’s wrong with making our players own the program? That’s the same thing I learned at Nike that first year. Competition is good … but it is very serious.”
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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 12, 2017
Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd delivered a four-minute rant on Iowa’s nonconference scheduling that includes some pretty choice phrases. Of course, as Black Heart Gold Pants points out, he’s missing the mark a little bit.
“This is why I’ve called Iowa football the fake ID of college football. They want to get into the night club with all the pretty girls, but they’re not of age.”
“What bothers me is your coach, Kirk Ferentz, gets on the phone and dials 1-800-CREAMPUFF every year. You’re the same fan base that demands I include you in Rose Bowl talk, but you’ve lost five straight bowl games.
“You know why you lose five straight? Because you get into bowl games you didn’t earn because you’re the fake ID of college football.”
(via Land Of 10)
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, right, and the team mascot Sparty lead their team on to the Michigan Stadium field before the an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan State has remained in the news during a sexual assault investigation this winter and spring, and more players have been suspended in the two weeks since the Spartans’ spring game. Coach Mark Dantonio had to defend his program again.
“Obviously, there’s a concern off the field that we had — and I addressed that at an earlier press conference — so we need to work through those situations. But as much as anything, when you have a young football team, you need to find leadership. And that leadership needs to translate on the field and off the field, as well.
“And so that’s what we’re doing — we’re finding who our leaders are. We’re gonna come together as a football team and we’re all gonna go in the same direction. And if we’re not going in the same direction, those people will be left behind.”
(via Detroit Free Press)
Penn State head coach James Franklin yells instructions during practice in Holuba Hall on Dec. 16, 2016. The Nittany Lions take on USC in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State suffered a potentially big blow last week when cornerback John Reid was reportedly lost for “significant time” with a knee injury, but Franklin is staying mum about any potential time that Reid could miss.
“I’m happy to talk about practice, I’m happy to talk about guys that are practicing right now, I’m happy to talk about the upcoming season.”
“But as you know, I don’t get into those types of specifics.”
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh gestures from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Big Ten coaches’ spring teleconference provided Harbaugh the platform to take center stage and expound on his quirky wisdom for the country. There was this comparison of recruiting to mining the whole country for recruits.
“I care about them all. The whole United States of America. We look at ourselves as being miners. We’re out there panning for gold. Searching for gold nuggets. Good, better and best.
“We find that everywhere they play football, that’s where we want to have a chance to evaluate and recruit. That’s the way we look at it.”