Town and Gown was fully utilized today and the crowd was well over 250.
In my view there are two highlights to each meeting. The coach's remarks with the Q&A and the coach's analysis of selected plays. The plays are viewed on a large screen with stop action and multiple camera angles as the coach explains the play. I like to understand "why" some plays worked and some didn't and this give insight into the process I can't get any other way. The tape not only shows what happened but the coach explains what was supposed to happen.
Coach Carroll arrived to a standing ovation. Some who are new to these reports may not realize that over the years there has been some meeting with former coaches where tensions were present. Pete is so open, and so successful, that our meetings with him have all been positive. PC got right to his subject with brief summaries of the Auburn and then the BYU games. I can't quote him directly but he's basically in tune with most who post on WeAreSC i.e. he loves the effort and intensity of the team, is not satisfied with everything and loves the good start we've gotten.
The plays reviewed were split evenly between special teams, offense and defense. He showed all the TD's and was very complementary to the team. Specifically he complimented Matt Leinart, Mike Williams and Keary Colbert, among others. On Defense, he showed several of the sacks, both interceptions and several selected plays that highlighted individual super-plays.
Specifically he called our attention to Omar Nazel, Matt Grootegoed and Will Poole (who he said would start this week). He complimented many of the special team players with a special compliment for punter Tom Malone who he said was Pac 10 player of the week. The above was done with the plays shown on the big screen and specific achievements highlighted.
The coach spent almost an hour with us on the taped plays and the Q & A. We are all so happy to have a successful program that you might think he would get nothing but creampuff questions. However some were quite direct but always asked in good humor.
Pete answered dozens of questions that basically duplicate the kind of information contained in recent press interviews. Others were specific about the Hawaii game and I choose not to report those answers.
For those who have wondered whether the trip to campus for MMQB would be informative, let me leave you with the following tease. Pete was asked about QB rotation and future plans. He spent about 5 minutes with a detailed answer that made a lot of sense and, I believe, satisfied those who wish we were following a different policy. Believe me, if you can get away for lunch on Monday, MMQB is a way to get information that is unavailable elsewhere.
NOTE: This year, MMQB will meet with the coach on the following schedule: September 8, 15, and 29; October 6, 13, 20 and 27; and November 3, 17 and 24. The doors open at 11:30 for a buffet lunch. The coach arrives close to 12:00 noon and we are usually out by 1:00.