I could use a little Lou Holtz or Steve Spurrier

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  1. uscmustwin

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    This is my favorite quote by OBC, and why he was successful here.

    On taking the coaching job at South Carolina
    “I didn’t say we are going to win a lot. But we are going to play like winners, and we’ve got a plan in place to teach our guys how to play like winners and play like a champion.”
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. We could definitely use some of that in our locker room these days. Learn to act like winners and you'll be winners.
     
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    There was once Holtz was watching a punter punt and the player said he couldn't punt well with Lou watching him. Lou told him "Son, I plan on being at every game". True story.
     
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    I remember Holtz talking about Ryan Brewer's lack of speed. He said if Ryan raced a pregnant woman he would probably finish third.

    Holtz on Phil Petty's injury situation, Phil sprained an ankle in the game Saturday. A few days later he sprained his other ankle in practice. The good news is he isn't walking with a limp anymore.
     
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    That Brewer qoute is classic.

    Maybe Holtz's most timely quote was " it's never quite as good as it seems, and it's never quite as bad as it seems."
     
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    Here is a good Lou one:

    The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.
     
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    It's not a quote, but I think my favorite Spurrier moment was the wide receiver pass back to Newton for the last TD at Kentucky. It was on 3rd down and everybody in the stadium thought we would run it up the middle and kick the fg to go up by 10. That team wasnt all that great, but he had a swagger and confidence that few coaches had.
     
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    We could definitely use them on our sidelines on game days too. :(
     
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    It really is an attitude. For all his toughness (an act?) his teams play scared.
     
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    A reporter once mentioned to Lou Holtz " Coach, you are a two touchdown favorite to win this game Saturday," which Holtz responded, " will the scoreboard show us leading 14-0 at the opening kickoff?"
     
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    I think about that quote occasionally when stressed. Great perspective.
     
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    My favorite Holtz was referring to Derek Watson “He will either fill an NFL stadium or clean one up “. To bad he did neither
     
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    this is still my all time favorite . Doesn’t get any better than this one
     
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    That must have been 2014.
     
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    You can’t spell

    citrus

    without UT
     
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    Yeap and I think we won that game by 2 TDs . That was the game where Vandy ran the opening kickoff back , we scored on our first possession of the second half and the same guy ran the ensuing kickoff back . Wild game . I think we had nearly 500 yards of total offense but it was still a close game most of the way . I think Vandy was playing with a 3rd string QB . 2014 in a nutshell . If we just had a bad defense that year and not an abysmally bad defense I think we win 10 games . 2014 was without a doubt one of my most frustrating years to watch . The Mizzou , Kentucky and Tennessee games still make me sick to my stomach . In reality with a decent defense we win those three and probably beat that juggernaut Auburn team on the road . The only games we really got spanked were TAMU and Clemson . What a frustrating year
     
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    I use the WIN (What’s Important Now) mantra quite often when feeling a little overwhelmed with certain tasks.
     
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    I think Spurrier has intimated this before, but he realized that year he made a mistake by promoting Whammy instead of hiring the best DC he could find. He probably realized recruiting was tanking too. That's why he wanted to retire instead of going through another rebuild both with staff and players.

    There was no succession plan in place either. That part is partially on Tanner. It was his job to have a plan - or to make sure Spurrier had one.
     
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    Such a classic ‘John McKay’ style press conference.
     
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    I'm going to buy some of his books.
     
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    Holtz first year, we are 0-8 and going to UT I believe......."We could never get on Noah's Ark, we don't have two of anything."
     
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    Lou was truly funny!
     
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    Can you imagine...we had Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier as back-to-back coaches. 1999-2014+. And we're pretty much where we were in the mid-90s. Yes, I know facilities have improved.
     
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    That’s why hiring the right coach is key. It’s the most important piece of the puzzle. We’ve got the facilities, we’ve got the cash, we’ve got the fan base. We don’t have the tradition, but with the right coach we can still win big here.

    Also, thanks to the foundation that Holtz/Spurrier laid, we can get back to prominence much quicker. However that’s why this year is key. Muschamp has a decent, respected OC in Bobo. If he can’t get it done this year, it’s time to move on before we dig a deeper hole.
     
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    Can you imagine if we had a semi decent defense that year and Spurrier rides off into the Sunset with another 11 win team ?? We could have the pick of the litter . Instead we just got the litter . I think if anything else it just shows that Ray just was not prepared for life after SOS .
     
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    Reporter: "Hey Lou. Has the tackling improved any so far in Spring practice""
    Holtz: "I really don't know. Our running backs usually fall down before they are touched".
     
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    Someone mentioned to Holtz that the running back was tired after getting so many carries. Holtz said "I dont understand why he would be tired. The football doesn't weigh that much."
     
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    Very sad to hear about Beth Holtz passing. What a strong lady.
     

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