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Nearly every coach I've talked with tells me that the attention you get from media and other people is the thing you miss most. I don't know if that's right.
[Attention]
 

Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray.
[Prayer]
 

Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don't quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don't quit until you reach it. Never quit.
[Quitting]
 

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it's what his players know that counts.
 

On the three types of individuals who play the game: "First, there are winners and know they are winners.  Then there are the losers who know they are losers.  Then there are those who are not winners but don't know it.  They're the ones for me.  They never quit trying.  They're the soul of our game."
 

One man doesn't make a team. It takes 11.
[Teamwork]
 

People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don't share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.
[Teamwork]
 

Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won't do it unless my coaches tell me I've just got to. The whole process is kind of undignified for me and the young man.
 

Regardless of who was coaching them, they still would have been a great team. I said early in the season that they were the nicest, even sissiest, bunch I ever had. I think they read it, because later on they got unfriendly.
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Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don't forget them when they leave.
 

Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.
 

Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.
 

Set goals - high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.
[Teamwork]
 

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.
[Character]
 

Stephenson was a man among children - he didn't say very much, but he didn't have to.
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Sure I'd like to beat Notre Dame, don't get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state.
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Sure, being hungry could be a great motivator, but coaching is a lot more fun if you don't have to do it for a living.
[Motivation]
 

The alumni are starting to grumble, and I'm the one starting it.
 

The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I'm not talking about grades now, I'm talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.
 

The first thing a football coach needs when he's starting out is a wife who's willing to put up with a whole lot of neglect. The second thing is a five-year contract.
[Football]
 


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