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Longhorn Quotes

"We're ready."
    -- Darrell K. Royal in pregame interview for January 1, 1964 Cotton Bowl

"Total domination. It's the only way to go."
    -- Dusty Renfro on the 1999 Cotton Bowl

"All the white meat is gone. There's nothin' but necks on the platter."
    -- Darrell K. Royal on the rest of a tough schedule after beating a couple of soft opponents.

"He doesn't have to be spectacular, we just want him to drive the car"
    -- Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis on quarterback Major Applewhite's first career start

"That guy is a big ol' cuss.....look at him rumblin' down the field......looks like a grizzly bear haulin' a walnut."
    -- Darrell K. Royal on a Baylor Tightend

"I don't know. Never had one"
    -- Darrell K. Royal to Mack Brown on how to coach a team after a losing season

"Dance with the one that brung ya."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"Will Rogers never met Barry Switzer"
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"Winning coaches must treat mistakes like copperheads in the bedclothes - avoid them with all the energy you can muster."
    -- Darrell Royal

"Bibb was so dedicated to baseball that until a week or so ago he thought the first verse in the Bible said, 'In the big inning, God created heaven and earth."
    -- Wilbur Evans, describing Bibb Falk

"Football doesn't build character. It eliminates the weak ones."
    -- Darrell Royal

"If I die, I want to be sick."
    -- Abe Lemons on why he doesn't jog

"Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same ol' dog's rear end every day."
    -- Darrell Royal

"Are you SURE Coach?"
    -- James Street, Fayetteville '69 (4th down)

"I called it. And I called it long."
    -- Darrell Royal, Fayetteville '69 (4th and 3)

"Come on, men, we've got'em where we want'em now. They've run out of room to pass. They've got to come right at us."
    -- Johnny Treadwell Linebacker. 1962 Arkansas game as Arkansas lined up on the 3 yard line trying to go up by 10 points. Treadwell and Culpepper caused Arkansas FB Danny Brabham to fumble, Texas recovered , drove 85 yards and won 7-3.

"When I was a kid and got in trouble, I'd always say, Mom, I'm in trouble. Well, Mom, I'm in trouble."
    -- Earl Campbell, trying to find the words to express himself after winning the Heisman Trophy, 1977.

"He's not in my will or anything like that."
    -- Fred Akers on Barry Switzer, 1977.

"I've been here five years and we've won five championships. (Travis) Roach and I are going to write a book. We're going to call it 'Five in a Row, or Cab Driver, One More Time Around the Block.'"
    -- Linebacker Randy Braband after the Horns beat TCU 27-0 in 1972 to clinch Texas' fifth straight SWC title.

"This was a great experience for the kids. Twenty years from now these guys will be sitting in some bar in Idaho drinking beer and talking about the time they went down and played Texas."
    -- Utah State Coach Phil Krueger after losing to the Longhorns 61-7 in 1975 on why Utah State would schedule a game with Texas.

"He's not very fast, but maybe Elizabeth Taylor can't sing."
    -- Darrell Royal about a not very fast player

"Punt returns will kill you quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper."
    -- Darrell Royal

"You never lose a game if the opponent doesn't score."
    -- Darrell Royal

"Get out the wide-angle lenses, boys, I'm gettin' ready to smile!"
    -- Fred Akers

"We could never figure out why they didn't choose to settle it on the grass in Dallas, rather than from a soapbox in Pennsylvania."
    -- Freddie Steinmark on the protestations of Penn State and Joe Paterno that they deserved the MNC in 1969, after they refused the invitation to play the Horns in the Cotton Bowl.

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
    -- Darrell Royal

"If worms carried pistols, birds wouldn't eat 'em"
    -- Darrell K. Royal.

"...and that's why I decided to stay for my Senior Season"
    -- Ricky Williams

"Would you quit stopping in the same spot every time you come down the court!! You're wearin' the wood out!"
    -- Abe Lemmons to UT Center

"Sometimes you have to suck it up and call a number "
    -- Darrell Royal describing 53 Veer pass in The Shootout

"Hey by the way, tell Corso I made it thru the game all right."
    -- Ricky Williams after the 1998 Husker game

"Ricky can't come back next year, I have already checked. Oh yea he can't sing either."
    -- Mack Brown on what Ricky Williams can't do

"Three things can happen when you pass and two of 'em are bad."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"Nine in the box...that's a football term"
    -- Ricky Williams to David Letterman

"If you can't get behind him, just get enough for the first down. But if you can get behind him, run like hell."
    -- James Street to Randy Peschel in the huddle on 4th and 3 from the 43 with 4 min. 47 sec. remaining in the Big Shootout. Fayetteville 1969

"Maybe we'll beat THEM by 21 points!"
    -- James Brown prior to the 1996 Big XII Championship game. 10 turned out to be enough.

"I like to watch Coach Campbell coach. Of all my professors at the University of Texas, he knew his field better than they knew theirs."
    -- Dan Mauldin on Mike Campbell.

"Let them have their fun over there tonight. After we finish what we came here to do, this town will belong to us for the next three days."
    -- Texas Coach Blair Cherry to the Longhorns on New Year's eve, 1947. The Horns were in New Orleans to play Alabama. The next day, Texas beat the Tide 27-7.

"Once you cross the 50 you feel like an unsaddled horse."
    -- Darrell Royal

"Men, we have to face the fact that our coach is incompetent ... he should be taking lessons from us, rather than we from him."
    -- Longhorn guard Lucian Parrish on Texas Coach Henry Schenker, 1906. (HCtTL Vol. I p. 32). Note: Parrish later became a U.S. Congressman.

"He runs like a bucket full of minnows."
    -- Darrell Royal on James Saxton, 1961

"Boys! The eyes of Texas are upon you. Texans are huddled around their radios from Brownsville to Wichita Falls, from El Paso to Texarkana, in every home, grocery store, drug store, barbershop and hardware store in the state of Texas all are eagerly waiting to find out how you do today. Today, you are not just representing the University of Texas, today, you're fighting and playing for the entire state of Texas! This is Texas against Wisconsin! Set your jaws! Make up your minds! Let's play a game that will live in the hearts and minds of the people of Texas FOREVER!"
    -- Texas Coach D.X. Bible's pregame speech to the Longhorns prior to the 1939 contest with Wisconsin. Texas won 17-7 over the larger UW squad.

"Hey Looney, get off the field you creep. You're killin' the grass."
    -- UT's Bobby Gamblin to OU's Joe Don Looney in the 1963 Texas-OU game (Texas - 28 OU-7)

"Roosevelt Leaks All Over the Field."
    -- a newspaper headline after Roosevelt Leaks ran for 342 yds. vs. SMU in 1973.

"Randy, I'm talking to you. I'm looking at Cotton but I'm talking to you!"
    -- James Street to Randy Peschel (but pointing at Cotton Speyrer in emphasis) in the huddle before the 4th and 3rd play against Arkansas in 1969. Street had noticed the Arkansas players looking into the huddle all afternoon.

"A boy shows how much he wants to play in the spring, when it's tough, and during two a days, when it's hot and tough. I don't count on the boy who waits till October, when it's cool and fun, then decides he wants to play. Maybe he's better than three guys ahead of him, but I know those three won't change their minds in the fourth quarter."
    -- Darrell Royal

"Somebody get that idiot off the goalpost!"
    -- Wally Pryor, Texas vs UH, 1990

"When Earl ran, snot flew, I haven't seen any snot fly yet."
    -- Darrell Royal when asked to compare Butch Hadnot to the Tyler Rose

"You just threw 3 balls at last year's Texas's High School high jump champion"
    -- Jerry Gray to SMU qb after he threw 3 straight fades in the north end zone at true freshman James Lott. He broke up all 3.

"I don't know if Earl's in a class by himself, but it sure don't take long to call roll."
    -- Darrell Royal on Earl Campbell

"They're like a bunch of cockroaches. It's not what they eat and tote off, it's what they fall into and mess up that hurts."
    -- Darrell Royal on TCU

"Don't matter what they throw at us. Only angry people win football games"
    -- Darrell Royal

"I had hoped God would be neutral"
    -- Darrell Royal on seeing a sign in front of a church reading Darrell Royal, Cast not thy steers before swine. before the 1969 Game of the Century

"Old ugly is better than old nothin'"
    -- Darrell Royal

"You've got to think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket - you might have caught a fish"
    -- Darrell Royal

"It was like having a big ol' lollipop in your mouth and the first thing you know all you have is the stick."
    -- Darrell Royal on losing a game in the last minute

"Give me a guy with his jaw stuck out, his shirt sleeves rolled up and who swaggers when he walks. I know its Harry High School, but if I have to make a choice I'll take the cocky, over-confident, conceited kid, over the one who has so much humility he can't look you in the eye"
    -- Darrell Royal

"If everything had already been done, there would be nothing left for young people to accomplish. There are always going to be people who run faster, jump higher, dive deeper, and come up drier"
    -- Darrell Royal

"I'm going to learn it. You have to learn it up there. It's like the Bible. I'm going to learn it"
    -- Rod Babers on The Eyes of Texas

"I decided on Texas because it is close to home. It is close to my parents. And it's the State of Texas. You don't know how much I love the state. When we left and came back to Texas I realized how much I missed it. This is my home. It's been in my heart. The state of Texas has been good to me. And I want that to continue"
    -- Cory Redding on why he chose the University of Texas

"A head coach is guided by this main objective: dig, claw, wheedle, coax that fanatical effort out of the players. You want them to play every Saturday as if they were planting the flag on Iwo Jima."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"He__, no. I'm not going to candy this thing up. These are work clothes."
    -- Darrell K. Royal on fancy, striped uniforms

"Every coach likes those players who, like trained pigs, will grin and jump right in the slop."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"You're what-iffing now and everybody can what-if."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"He runs faster than small-town gossip."
    -- Darrell K. Royal on the speed of halfback James Saxton

"The only thing that disturbs me about my profession is the fact that people give you too much credit when you win and too much criticism when you lose. I'll be the same person and do the same things and say the same things when we lose. But people won't believe me then. I won't change, but the people will."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"To say we were the only ones aggressive would be like a skunk telling an opossum his breath smells. "
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"When you get to the end zone, act like you've been there before."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"Just as happy as a gopher in soft dirt."
    -- Darrell K. Royal when asked how he felt about beating Notre Dame in the same Cotton Bowl.

"We would like to sign a punter. We'd rather not punt. But based on my experience, that happens some."
    -- Mack Brown

"It's coming. It's right around the corner. Keep your eyes open because the state of Texas and the Longhorns are on the warpath and we're making our way to a national championship."
    -- Cory Redding

"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"There is no such thing as defeat except when it comes from within. As long as a person doesn't admit he is defeated, he is not defeated-he's just a little behind and isn't through fighting."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"Next to weather, there is no equalizer like two fired-up football teams"
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"We're not exactly a rolling ball of butcher knives."
    -- Darrell K. Royal After being named a full tenured professor after winning the national championship of 1963, the student paper roasted Royal. During the middle of the controversy, a writer found Royal at his desk with a deep frown on his face. When asked what was bothering him, Darrell replied: I've been sitting here ten minutes trying to figure out if 'professor' has one or two 'f's'.

"The tail should never wag the dog, but as long as football is in its proper place on the campus, then it's good. I want to be remembered as a winning coach, but I also want to be remembered as an honest and ethical coach."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"One player was lost because he broke his nose. How do you go about getting a nose in condition for football?"
    -- Darrell K Royal, when asked if the abnormal number of Longhorn injuries that season resulted from poor physical conditioning

"The legislature shall as soon as practicable establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a University of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, and styled, The University of Texas, for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, including an Agricultural, and Mechanical department."
    -- Texas Constitution, Article 7, Section 10

"You've got to be in a position for luck to happen. Luck doesn't go around looking for a stumblebum."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"He's smoother than smoke through a keyhole."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"We're just as average as everyday wash."
    -- Darrell K. Royal

"And the baseball gods woke up and smiled on us."
    -- Coach Augie Garrido on the regional championship win over Arizona State in 2000

"You scored one more point than a dead man."
    -- Coach Abe Lemmons

"When you're in elementary school, that's all anyone talks about -- Pee Wee football and on and on. It's king in the state of Texas. Football is my life. It's just around me. Everybody I know, all my friends, they play football. That's what we do in Texas."
    -- BJ Johnson

"So what if I'm tired? I can rest when I die."
    -- Major Applewhite

"Fat people don't offend me. What offends me is losing with fat people."
    -- Darrel K Royal

"Once the ball is in the air, it's mine. That's like $10 million dollars floating in the air, and (a db) is not going to get $10 million dollars from me. If Bevo was sitting on $10 million dollars, I would pick Bevo up to get the money."
    -- Roy Williams

"Once I get behind a db I act like he's a dog. I'm not going to be caught by a dog. I don't like dogs."
    -- Roy Williams

"We have been in the neighborhood of the top 10 a few times. What we need to do is buy a house in that neighborhood."
    -- Mack Brown

"I plan to ... give the Ags many headaches at Kyle Field and I have nothing to say to the Sooners. They probably couldn\'t read it anyway."
    -- Rufus Harris

"Destructive Back"
    -- Rufus Harris on what position he will play at UT

"I wish they would leave this league. Every time I come down here we get our heads kicked in."
    -- Iowa State Coach Eustachy after Texas rolled to a shockingly easy 94-78 win over his No. 6 Cyclones.

"No matter how bad you feel, no matter how much you hurt, you've got to do it for Texas."
    -- Texas Swimmer Nate Dusing

"Leadership is what you do when nobody is watching"
    -- Cory Redding

"Being a leader is just being you, not trying to be someone else."
    -- Cory Redding

"Football's so important in Texas. On the West Coast, it's a social. On the East Coast, it's a culture. Here, it's a religion."
    -- Major Applewhite

"If you want to surf, move to Hawaii. If you like to shop, move to New York. If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California. But if you like college football, move to Texas."
    -- Ricky Williams

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