All-Time Great College Football Quotes

8/29/07 in NCAAF   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

Each sport has their classic quoting legends. Baseball has Yogi Berra, NFL has Vince Lombardi, and the NBA has ... Bill Walton? College Football had/has some memorable orators or more accurately off-center coaches with a unique sense of humor.

You're probably familiar with many of these, or you just recently received the email forward that seems to be going around, but either way who doesn't love a good list of quotes. I hope someone has been keeping tabs on Joe Paterno, he definitely has a handful that belong in this grouping as well.

Here's My Top 10

10. "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

"Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport." - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State

"Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died." - Frank Leahy, Notre Dame

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." - Lou Holtz, Arkansas

"Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas." - Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

. "Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated."
- Lou Holtz, Arkansas

. "I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades."  - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State

2. "At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money and we don't have any"  - Erk Russell, Georgia Southern

1. "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

Best of the rest:
"After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that."  - Bobby Bowden, Florida State

"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

"In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant."
- Wally, Georgia

"No, but you can see it from here." - Lou Holtz, Arkansas...When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world.

"There's one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line."
- Matty Bell, SMU

"My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor."
- Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee

"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

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame 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

"Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad." 
- Darrell Royal, University of Texas

"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football"
- John Heisman

Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.
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8/29/07   |   CriticalFanatic

IlliniBob72 wrote:

One of my favorites is this exchange with John McKay...


Reporter: Coach, how do you feel about your team's execution?

McKay: It's a good idea.

Until this I had forgetten that John McKay had that great sense of humor

8/29/07   |   IlliniBob72   |   83 respect

(Edited by IlliniBob72)

One of my favorites is this exchange with John McKay...


Reporter: Coach, how do you feel about your team's execution?

McKay: It's a good idea.

8/29/07   |   dlaylo   |   2 respect

Those are absoluely hilarious.

8/29/07   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

These are so great. I'm sure I'll have some to add in, I run across quotes that stand out pretty often.