A boy needs a male figure, and the girls do, too. Somebody to discipline them and make them be a man.
During my last days at Florida State, 65 to 70 percent of my boys did not have a daddy at home. They're raised by mommas. Thank God for them mommas, or grandmommas. Or big sister or aunt.
I've always said it takes more courage to stand back there and throw a ball knowing you're fixing to get drilled than anything I can think of in football.
That boy don't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and that boy don't know the meaning of a lot of words.
I learned a long time ago that you don't have to go around using bad language and trying to hurt people to show how macho you are. That stuff won't get you anywhere, it just shows lack of vocabulary and character.
Discipline to me is sacrifice; it's willingness to give up something you want to do, so you can better yourself.
Do I think God is going to win football games? Oh no. I never prayed to God to help us win a game. I would pray for the safety of the players. I would pray that they would do their best. I think God will answer that.
He died right after he retired, and seeing that made me feel more conscious of a man needing a motive to live. If I ever got out of coaching, I would have to get a job somewhere, or I'm afraid I'd wilt on the vine, too.
If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year.
A better ending could not have been scripted. Of course, if we had won, that would have been better.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words.
I won't miss coaching. What you miss is that camaraderie with those boys and the other coaches. You miss that.
Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do.
There's a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches -- those who have been fired and those who haven't been fired yet. That's kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough.
The thing that drives most coaches out of coaching in college is they get tired of the grind of recruiting.
People that are brilliant and successful, we think they've just always been that way. That's not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It's prepared them. I've never felt like you could develop character without adversity.
You can live by biblical principles, and you can teach by those principles and still be a winner. So many coaches think you've got to kick your players in the rear end. You've got to cuss them out. You've got to hit them across the head. No. You don't have to do that.
A guy's who has all the money he needs and never faced any hard times, he won't have any character. But when you've had it tough and you've had it rough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that's the way you build character.
To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can't coach.