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Sunday, August 20. 2017
"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
"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!” - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money, and we don't have any." Erik Russell / Georgia Southern
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." - Lou Holtz / Arkansas - Notre Dame
"When you win, nothing hurts." - Joe Namath / 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
"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 is to 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
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me ." 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
Lots more below the fold -
"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 was, "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
"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
"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players." - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
Ohio State 's Urban Meyer on one of his players:"He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words.
What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs? Drool.
How many Michigan State freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb? None. That's a sophomore course.
Two Texas A&M football players were walking in the woods. One of them said, "Look, a dead bird.”The other looked up in the sky and said,"Where?"
What do you say to a Florida State University football player dressed in a three-piece suit? "Will the defendant please rise."
If three Rutgers football players are in the same car, who is driving? The police officer.
How can you tell if a Clemson football player has a girlfriend?There's tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room? A full set of teeth.
University of Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh is only going to dress half of his players for the game this week; the other half will have to dress themselves.
How did the Auburn football player die from drinking milk?The cow fell on him.
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Several Stanford players transferred to Texas A&M, to get a better scholarship deal. Thereby raising the average IQ of both universities.
Some great quotes and quips. It would have been nice to see something from Vince Lombardi.
My dad is friends with a fellow who played for Coach Bryant in the early/mid seventies. One day he was telling my dad about how he knew football wasn't going to be his "thing". He said after practice one day Coach Bryant called him over and said, "Son, only three things keep you from being a great football player. Would you like to know what they are? - (My dad's friend said he responded enthusiastically that he did) Speed, size, and talent."
"Son, I'm not mad at you. I'm mad at the guy who told me to draft you." George Halas
Other apocryphal quotes, likely from comedy routines:
"Every one of my players made straight "A's". This semester we're going to get to work on their "B's"."
"We had a perfect record on bed checks. Not once did we find a bed missing."
I got this from the biography of a college football coach. Coach got teed off at something - maybe some memo from administration. Coach started shouting in a loud voice. From a nearby observer: "Coach, I can't hear you."
George Lynn Cross, President of the University of Oklahoma-a.k.a. OU- had a good one.
It was 1951 or '52, as Dr. George L. Cross remembered it, a year or so after the University of Oklahoma won its first national football championship, and he, the school president, was defending a budget request to the combined appropriations committee of the State Legislature.Coincidentally, I used to work for a guy whose father had been a running back for Bud Wilkinson at OU. The former running back became an entrepreneur. Ditto his son. As far as the stereotype of the dumb football player, all I can go by is what his son was like- very bright.
For more than an hour, Dr. Cross detailed why the university needed the money.
When he finished, one ''sleepy old Senator'' raised up in his seat.
''Yes, that's all well and good,'' said the Senator. ''But what kind of football team are we going to have this year?''
Dr. Cross replied, ''We want to build a university our football team can be proud of.''
''It was a cynical remark because I thought my whole presentation had been wasted,'' says Dr. Cross today, ''but the quote was picked up all across the country.''
There are a lot of smart football players. One of my favorite (I teach at a community college in Texas) was a running back who worked very hard and earned a nice grade in my class.
I have also taught football players who I wouldn't trust to change a light bulb.
Over the decades, football players have become bigger and better. In the '30s, my father was second-string center for his college football team- at 155 pounds. He wouldn't even make tryouts today.
In addition, big-time college athletes today are putting in hours on their sports which at times become the equivalent of full time jobs. There are occasional examples of football players- usually offensive linemen- who are pursuing rigorous majors like pre-med or engineering. These are exceptionally self-disciplined people, whose self-discipline is far beyond that of most people.
Back in the day, the cousin of a friend of mine was second string on a State U basketball team that was not yet big-time. He was an English major who got a MSW- a student who happened to be an athlete. Turns out there were quite a few English majors on that team. Even an Engineering major. Nearly everyone graduated. These days at State U the time constraints for the big-time basketball team mean that a normal major like English is for very few. More like PE or Sports Studies.