Welcome to The Thirsty Beagle’s First Annual Way-Out-of-Context Big 12 Quotes. Here, I will provide some actual quotes from coaches at Big 12 media days, and provide the type of expert analysis you can only get at TTB. Let’s get this thing started!
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini
-”We’re going to play good defense in Nebraska.”
But we’re going to give up a ton of points when we play on the road.
-”Zac Lee came out in the spring.”
Umm, coach, I don’t think he’s even told his parents yet.
-”First of all, I love our running backs.”
Don’t you think the rest of the team will be a little jealous?
-”I think everybody talks about all the yards that Bradford put up, for instance, at Texas last year.”
Nebraska will be in over their head against Texas when they discover they didn’t game plan for Colt McCoy.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy
-”We have a terrific home schedule of eight home games.”
The Cowboys decided not to play all those road games on their home schedule this year.
-”Obviously, we start out at home, and we play a number of them at home for you.”
For me? Coach, you shouldn’t have!
-”You go on the road, and I think that every coach hopes that that happens.”
Because that usually means you still have a job.
“I don’t think there’s any question he understands defensive football.”
You don’t think? Or are you sure about it? Because that’ s a pretty big difference.
“It’s been interesting our players have played very well.”
It has been interesting, because Gundy really thought they would play terribly.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman
-”They’ve had a great winter program, summer, and now — also in the springtime.”
No wonder Texas A&M’s been struggling, their seasonal calendar is way out of whack.
-”As far as this upcoming season is concerned, I feel like we’ve had a very profitable off-season.”
On-field results have been spotty at best, but season tickets sales are going strong!
-”I think the biggest improvement I’ve seen is in the most important room on campus in my mind, is our locker room.”
Finally! Someone admits going to the classroom is not important for college football players!
-”No matter what you did in high school, it doesn’t matter anything anymore.”
Good thing he’s not coaching the players up on grammar and sentence structure.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads
-”My vision is developing a championship program and developing a team of winning football. … That vision takes place one day at a time and one season at a time and certainly has no win-loss expectations that are placed upon it.”
Just a tip: Playing winning football usually requires, you know, having more wins than losses. So maybe you should set some parameters for a win-loss record.
-”We’re worried about August 4th, our start of training camp, and the preparation for North Dakota State.”
Team’s new slogan: “Iowa State Football 2009: Let’s not lose to North Dakota State.”
“Iowa State is a job that — falling in love with the bricks and the mortar, as I say, I think is awfully important.”
You better find something to love when you’re 2-10 and one of those wins is against North Dakota State. Or not.
So there you have it. Check back in tomorrow for day two of The Thirsty Beagle’s First Annual Way-Out-of-Context Big 12 Quotes.