8-26-2011 Wisdom by Football Coaches

The Wisdom of Football Coaches

Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy……..than to fumble THIS football”

John Heisman

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

Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

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“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

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

Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

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

Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

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

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

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

Bobby Bowden / Florida State

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“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.”

Lou Holtz / Arkansas

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“When you win, nothing hurts.”

Joe Namath / Alabama

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

Lou Holtz / Arkansas

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“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold……. you gotta know the password, “Roll, tide, roll!”

Bear Bryant / Alabama

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“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”

Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

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

Woody Hayes / Ohio State

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“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

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

Wally Butts / Georgia

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

Paul Dietzel / LSU

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“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.”

Bear Bryant / Alabama

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When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. “No, but you can see it from here.”

Lou Holtz / Arkansas

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“There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring……..give us the ball near the goal line.”

Matty Bell / SMU

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

Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

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

Alex Karras / Iowa

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“My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.”

Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

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“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar…….except for my grades.”

Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

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

Shug Jordan / Auburn

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

Darrell Royal / Texas

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“They whipped us like a tied up goat.”

Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

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“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 and Dallas Cowboy star

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

Bobby Bowden / Florida State

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“Football is NOT a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Dancing IS a contact sport.”

Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

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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

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

Murray Warmath / Minnesota

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“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

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

Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

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

Darrell Royal / Texas

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

John McKay / USC

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

Darrell Royal / University of Texas

(Also attributed to other coaches))

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

Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

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