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“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 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.” — / Arkansas

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

“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 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 



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