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Pete Golding talks more Sooners and Alabama

On whether recruiting is a young man’s game: “I don’t know. There’s some older guys, you can get down on social media. I think the biggest thing is just the effort you have to put into it. Used to be you could write guys letters, call ‘em once a week. Talk to ‘em the next week. You got on a routine. Now it’s a daily basis. If you haven’t talked to a kid in two or three days, it’s ‘what’s up, coach, where you been?’ I think it’s just the instant gratification part. Somebody’s recruitin’ ‘em. They’re getting hit every day. So you’re not, you look up in a couple of days or a week, like ‘Coach, man, what’s up? Y’all don’t like me anymore?’ It’s that part, the consistency of it, now has changed, even from when I started back in 2006. Just completely different in how much and how often you’re staying in touch with these kids on a daily basis.”

On his goal becoming a head coach: “Ultimately, it’s definitely my goal. But I’ve still got several years of wanting to get kids prepared and call defenses, do that part of it. I enjoy that part of it. I’m in a great situation. Obviously, any decision you have to make, ultimately it’s what’s best for your family and you feel from a career standpoint what can put me to my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal is to be a head coach, I don’t want to do that too soon, and there’s not a better place to do that than here.”

On the OU offense: “So many explosive plays. The biggest thing is on the perimeter. They do a great job distributing the ball on the perimeter. Quick rhythm throws. They’re getting rid of the football. But they’re making guys miss in space. Seventy percent of their explosive plays are based on missed tackles. That’s going to be the big thing for us. On the perimeter, getting those guys on the ground. Then when you do have them covered, with Kyler pulling the ball down. They do a great job on offense. They make you use all people, because they run their quarterback. They’re very talented on the perimeter. If you do load the box, they’ve got the one-on-one matchup, especially in the slot with 5 (Marquise Brown) that they like, they like to move him around. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

On OU’s similarity to any Alabama foe: “I think they’re similar to kind of where Arkansas State of the world. What they were trying to do in the run game, especially. They just got different guys doing it. They do a really good job with quick rhythm in the pass game. Very few dropback. Get to third down. He (Lincoln Riley) does a great job calling plays. It’ll be 3rd-and-8 and 3rd-10, they still run the ball. So he does a good job staying balanced. They’re a very gameplan-oriented team. So I think it’s going to be a big part for us, getting adjusted to what we see early, getting it coached up on the sideline and making the adjustment to be effective in the game. A lot of things are per game. He’s got his bread-and-butter stuff he’s going to do. But he’s going to gameplan you. He’s going to look for a weakness. He’s going to try to identity, and we’ve got to do a good job adjusting.”

On his biggest surprise in watching video of OU: “Obviously, didn’t start watching them until this playoff run, but how good of a quarterback Murray is. Everybody’s talked about him as the athlete. How well he runs, how fast he is, all that type of stuff. The way he reads, he understands the coverages. How he distributes the ball. When he distributes the ball. The timing of it. Then based on a look that you give him, you’re going to do some things that takes some things away, then that’s when he beats you with his legs. Just how developed he is as a quarterback, I was very impressed with his decision-making. Obviously, he’s an unbelievable athlete, but based on the coverages and schemes that seems, he distributes most of the time where he’s supposed to, on time.”

On how to prepare for OU not knowing whether Brown will play: “You gotta prepare that he’s going to play and he’s going to be 100 percent healthy. He’s been a dynamic part of their offense. So obviously you’ve got to have the plan for him. You can’t base all your reps on that. Because If he doesn’t play, you didn’t work the other stuff. But you’ve got to have a plan for him, and right now, we’re planning that he’s going to play. We have guys that follow the injury reports and all type of stuff, try to keep us up. But everybody does a great job. You can read whatever you want. They’re going to hold it to their vest and we’ll see on Saturday. But we expect ‘em to play.”

On his first impression of Nick Saban: “Very serious. Business. Then as soon as we got done with the interview and we were in his home, just very, genuine and sincere, good dude. It was nice to see both sides of him very early.”

On his job interview with Saban: “I got here. About 2 o’clock, got on the white board. About 2:15. Got off of it about 7 o’clock. He had to go to a dance recital. Then I started with film with the entire staff, went through UTSA games and stuff like that. I was on the board about five hours. This is kind of how it starts. Your base installation, so you’re Day 1, you’re going through your defense, how you’re going to install Day 1, front, coverages, stuff like that. Then it got more specific, based on, here’s the formation, here’s the play we’re getting, you’re in this defense, how do you defend it? About halfway through it, I kind of figured, this is Clemson’s offense (for the Sugar Bowl) we’re talking about here. So we had seen a lot of similar things and things like that. That’s the biggest thing. He just wants to get you up there, make sure you have answers for everything. But see your teaching progression and how you teach.”

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