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Football changes and so do people. The successful coach is the one who sets the trend, not the one who follows it.
[Football]
 

Football games are generally won by the boys with the greatest desire.
[Desire]
 

Georgia Tech beat us and Mississippi Southern tied us last year, and Texas beat us after we had the game won. We only played about five games the way we were capable of playing and lost one of those.
[Football]
 

Get the winners into the game.
[Winning]
 

He can't run, he can't pass, and he can't kick - all he can do is beat you.
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Hell, no! A tie is like kissing your sister!
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Here's a twenty, bury two.
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How many people watch you give a final exam? [About fifty is the reply.] Well, I have 50,000 watch me give mine - every Saturday!
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I ain't never had much fun.  I ain't never been two inches away from a football.  Here guys go fishing on the day of the game, hunting, golfing, and all I want to do is be alone, studying how not to lose.
[Football]
 

I ain't nothing but a winner.
[Winning]
 

I ain't won but one.  My team won the rest in spite of me.
[Winning]
 

I always want my players to show class, knock'em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.
[Sportsmanship]
 

I can reach a kid who doesn't have any ability as long as he doesn't know it.
[Ability]
 

I can remember loving to recruit. I knew I was going to do my best. But traveling and recruiting doesn't appeal to me any more. It's not as much fun as it used to be.
[Fun]
 

I didn't care if we ever quit practicing. I loved it. The only other guy I ever knew who loved it as much was Jerry Duncan. He would beg to practice even when he was hurt. I've actually seen him cry because the trainer told him he couldn't scrimmage.
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I didn't have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn't want to. But I didn't think they'd pick one I didn't like.
 

I don't care how much talent a team has -- if the boys don't think tough, practice tough, and live tough, how can they play tough on Saturday?
 

I don't guess anybody would think much of what Joe did nowadays, including myself. But he was supposed to be a leader, so he had to live by the rules. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, and it was to the greatest athlete I ever coached.
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I don't have any ideas; my coaches have them. I just pass the ideas on and referee the arguments.
[Glory]
 

I don't hire anybody not brighter than I am. If they're not smarter than me, I don't need them.
 


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