10/7 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Tuesday to discuss preparation for USC, Jeff Casteel, and more. Read on for all the latest.

  • Arizona got a few extra days by playing on a Thursday, but Rich Rodriguez says that the Wildcats did not do a lot with it.

    "We didn't do much," Rodriguez said. "For the players it is probably good because they had a day or two to recover and come back down to earth mentally as well. After this game we have an open date and then we play six straight, so it’s going to be important to give everything we got Saturday night."

  • When discussing defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, Arizona's head coach believes what you see is what you get.

    "He’s all ball," Rodriguez said. "Ain’t no drama with Jeff. He isn’t worried about the fluff, doesn’t care if he gets any attention. He’s a ball coach and I have known him for 25 years and he loves coaching football.

    "One thing I am proud of with our defensive staff is that we still are a work in progress in a lot of respects, but they are all really good teachers. I am talking about fundamental and teaching things football wise that is good to see, because as they get older and grow up in the system they will keep getting even better as football players."

  • USC has been inconsistent this season, but the film on the Trojans still shows plenty of overall talent.

    "You watch and you see really talented players," Rodriguez said. "I think with Boston College, for me they kind of controlled the game and then lost it at the end and the same thing with the last game. They controlled it the whole time and then gave up a couple of big plays at the end.

    "When you watch them on film, these are guys that are what you thought; really, really talented. It’s a first year staff, so I am sure we will get the very best USC has to offer Saturday night."

  • In order to prepare for what Arizona will see this weekend, Rodriguez is not simply going to watch tape from this season.

    "I think a little bit of both (USC and last year's Washington)," he said. "This year is most important, but you also have to watch what they have done in the past both offense defense, and special teams to get a feel."

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