When coaches and players speak they are at their most entertaining. Between the conference tournaments in basketball and court proceedings in football there is plenty to find interesting.
Here are some of the best from the last few days for you to consider.
“Our future is bright, make no mistake about it.”
LSU head basketball coach Trent Johnson said this after his Tigers were ousted from the SEC tourney by Tennessee and a 2-14 SEC record. For the season LSU went 11-20.
His reason for such confidence is the number of returning players he has next year. Hmmm, hope that recruiting class turns out as well as hoped.
When bragging about the number of returning players my team had after one really bad season, my brother made a wise observation when he said “Yep, you have indeed got five lousy players coming back.” Sorry LSU, it will take more than you have coming back to play with the bigger SEC boys next year.
"I think the progress has been huge."
After his team blew a big lead against Alabama in the opening round of the SEC tournament South Carolina coach Darrin Horn was heard saying these words. Really?
Here is what the coach calls progress. Leading Alabama 54-36 with just under twelve minutes in the game, South Carolina went on to allow the Tide to wash them away from that point on and ultimately win 68-63.
Here was how South Carolina “closed out” Bama. They sent Devan Downey up to the corner just past half court and had him dribble the ball for most of the shot clock. Usually, with about ten seconds left on the clock, he would start the offense which consisted of him driving to the goal and putting up an air ball. Other times the Gamecocks would allow the shot clock to expire.
This is progress? Where was the starting line?
“We’ve had 10 incredible years here. I had a really good day today. What can I say? It’s 10 years.”
Former Texas Tech coach speaking through tears after depositions in his case against his former employer.
“Put him place so dark that the only way he knows he has an (expletive) is to reach down and touch it.”
Quote from Mike Leach’s deposition according to attorney who participated in the session.
Hey coach, let me see. This week they released videos that indicate your verbal skills don’t properly reflect you supposed high IQ. You are filing suit against a school that fired you for mistreating a player with a concussion, and sounded like you really wanted to punish him in your deposition. What is a bad day like for you?
"It better be. I can't live through another one like this."
North Carolina coach Roy Williams when asked if next year would be better for the Tar Heels.
Coaches are competitive and that is what you want, but many of these guys need to get a grip on what life is really all about.
Was Williams joking? Yes. And no. Look at poor Urban Meyer. He was so sick he had to quit until one great practice caused him to choose, well, himself over his daughter. So, is Williams so out of touch that he just does not understand there is more to life than the outcome of his games?
Here is some advice to the ones who can’t seem to get over their teams losing. Count your blessings. If you can’t find any beyond the field or court you need to make a change.
And the winner of the “Did he really say that?” honors this week comes from this line…
“In the other situation with our quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, after careful consultation in making a decision, I’ve suspended Jeremiah for the entire season next year. Jeremiah will not be eligible to play.”
Oregon football coach Chip Kelly.
Hmmm, where have we heard these words before? Oh yeah…we were told on September 4 of last year that LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the remainder of the season after hitting a Boise State player following the Broncos upset of the Ducks. On November 11, before the season was over by our best calculations, Blount was back on the field as a Duck.
So, is this a season long suspension, or just a sort of season long suspension?
Keep your ears open to what you hear coaches say. Some of their words can be really interesting when taken in context.