Notable quotes from college coaches

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have

any.” Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

 

“Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat

Texas.” Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

 

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for

that.” Bobby Bowden / Florida State

 

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the

one who dropped it.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas

 

“When you win, nothing hurts.” Joe Namath / Alabama

 

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” Lou Holtz

/ Arkansas

 

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the

password, “Roll, tide, roll!” Bear Bryant / Alabama

 

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval

study hall.” Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

 

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of

you.” Woody Hayes / Ohio State

 

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want

to win enough to warrant an investigation.” Bob Devaney / Nebraska

 

“In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.”

Wally Butts / Georgia

 

“You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in

life.” Paul Dietzel / LSU

 

“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.” Bear Bryant / Alabama

 

“No, but you can see it from here.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas …When asked if

Fayetteville was the end of the world.

 

“I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him

to quit in practice, not in a game.” Bear Bryant / Alabama

 

“There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal

line.” Matty Bell / SMU

 

“Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.”

Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

 

“I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s

and Eisenhower’s.” Alex Karras / Iowa

 

“My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and

arrive in a bad humor.” Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

 

“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.” Duffy Daugherty

/ Michigan State

 

“Always remember….. Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.” Shug

Jordan / Auburn

 

“They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that’s real small pieces.”

Darrell Royal / Texas

 

“Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.” Knute

Rockne / Notre Dame

 

“They whipped us like a tied-up goat.” Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

 

“I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t

recruit me and he said: “Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren’t

any good.” Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

 

“Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering

wheel.” Bobby Bowden / Florida State

 

“Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a

contact sport.” Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

 

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post game message to his team: “All

those who need showers, take them.” John McKay / USC

 

“If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.”

Murray Warmath / Minnesota

 

“The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back,

you only have to be dumb.” Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

 

“Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.” Spike

Dykes / Texas Tech

 

“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.” Knute Rockne /

Notre Dame

 

“We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.” Darrell Royal /

Texas

 

“We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.” John

McKay / USC

 

“Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.”

Darrell Royal / University of Texas

 

“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.” Knute Rockne

/ Notre Dame

 

“Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this

football.” John Heisman

 

“Fullback.” – Coach Leahy when asked if his wife gave birth to a baby boy or girl.

 

“The game of football: at Notre Dame, it’s a religion; at Alabama, it’s a way of life.” -Howard Cosell, 1974 Sugar Bowl

 

“I’ve worked a long time to get where I am. And I’m not going to have some 19-year old kid messing it up for me.” -Ara Parseghian, on why he doesn’t let the QBs call their own plays

 

“There are two kinds of people in the world: Notre Dame lovers and Notre Dame haters. And, quite frankly, they’re both a pain in the ass.” -Dan Devine

 

Reporter: “What do you think of your team’s execution?”

McKay: “I’m in favor of it.”

 

Reporter: “Aren’t you afraid you’ll wear Ricky Bell out by having him carry the ball so much?”

John McKay: “Why? It isn’t heavy.”