They said it — and sometimes swung fan perceptions and landed in hot water because of it.
Here’s a look at some of the best quotes from the last decade involving Texas football:
“Can you imagine being put out there against a great defense like that, in a setting like this? At one point, I thought he was going to come back and win this.”
— Texas coach Mack Brown on backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert after the 2010 BCS national championship game.
“I really didn’t try to hit him that hard. I wasn’t trying to hurt him. It was just part of the game.”
— Alabama reserve defensive end Marcell Dareus on his hit that injured Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
“ESPN is the global sports leader, and having this relationship on our campus will be special for all associated with the university.”
— Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds on Jan. 19, 2011, on the announcement of a TV partnership that would later be called Longhorn Network.
“As a lifetime Texas football fan, I am sad to see this rivalry come to an end.”
— UT regent Steve Hicks on the end of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry on Aug. 31, 2011.
“This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.”
— Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin in a statement after A&M was accepted into the SEC on Sept. 25, 2011.
“The final play of the rivalry … Good snap and hold. Tucker’s kick is up … Justin’s kick is … GOOD! IT’S GOOD!”
— Texas radio announcer Craig Way after Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal beat A&M 27-25 on Nov. 24, 2011.
“They have a sliver down the east side” of the state.
— Dodds on the geographic footprint the SEC added to the state of Texas by adding A&M in May 2012.
“Hell, all the money that’s not in the Vatican is up at UT.”
— Texas booster Red McCombs at an Alamo Bowl press conference on Dec. 12, 2013.
“It’s not about integrity. It’s not about class. It’s not about grades. It’s not about any of that stuff. You got to win. We’ve set a standard at this place where you better win all of them. That’s the expectation. And I understand that. I’m a big boy.”
— Brown at his farewell UT press conference in Bellmont Hall on Dec. 15, 2013.
“We’d rather gone out with a win for sure. But we love the man, and the man loves us. Inside that locker room, we know we fought for him. That’s all that matters.”
— Texas quarterback Case McCoy after the 2013 Alamo Bowl that was Brown’s final game at UT.
“Well, I could have been the 15th choice and I’m so happy to be the head football coach here. Twenty? Fifteen? It doesn’t matter. Whatever choice I was, I’m the head football coach.”
— Texas coach Charlie Strong at his introductory press conference on Jan. 6, 2014.
“Change is never easy, but I have every confidence that UT athletics will continue to thrive as it embraces the future.”
— Steve Patterson after being fired as the Texas athletic director on Sept. 15, 2015.
“I was at home about to fire up the grill, and my phone rang.”
— Mike Perrin after being named the interim Texas athletic director on Sept. 16, 2015.
“Didn’t think we could do it, did ya?!”
— Strong to reporters after UT defeated No. 10 Oklahoma 24-17 in 2015.
“Swoopes … dancing … for the win … Texas is back, folks!”
— ESPN announcer Joe Tessitore after Texas defeated No. 10 Notre Dame to open the 2016 season.
— Perrin after Texas lost to Kansas State on Oct. 22, 2016, which dropped the team’s record to 3-4.
“When you had the blown opportunities we had, it’s hard to win a football game.”
— Strong during a four-minute press conference after Texas lost a Kansas 24-21 in overtime in 2016.
“It’s just like baking a cake. The cake has been baked. The only thing you need to do now is put the icing on it and slice it. That’s what this team is. The cake has been baked. Now, it’s just ready to be sliced.”
— Strong after losing to TCU on Nov. 25, 2016. He was fired the next day.
“Pressure is that uneasy feeling that you feel when you’re unprepared. We’re prepared for this job. We’re prepared for success at this job. We’re prepared for adversity in this job, so I don’t feel any sense of pressure at all.”
— Texas coach Tom Herman during his introductory press conference on Nov. 27, 2016.
“He needed to work on his staff. He knew that; Mike knew that; I knew that. I offered to help in a key recruitment.”
— Texas President Gregory L. Fenves in June 2016 on why he flew to Tulsa, Okla. to help land offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.
“I did everything I could to help our team win.”
— Texas running back D’Onta Foreman in Atlanta after winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back on Dec. 8, 2016.
“By the way, I’m an amazing crier. I cry when we win; I cry when we lose. It’s OK to show emotion because it means you’re real. Means you’re real.”
— Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte at his introductory press conference on Dec. 11, 2017.
“Why can’t we get out of our own way?”
— Herman after losing to Maryland in the 2017 season opener.
“Greater days are ahead, they just are. I believe in these guys, I believe in our coaching staff and most of all, I guess I believe in the enduring quality of the University of Texas’ fan base and pursuit of excellence.”
— Perrin after the Longhorns won the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28, 2017.
“A lot of people are gonna want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.”
— Herman after a second loss to Maryland in the 2018 season opener.
“Longhorn Nation, we’re baaaack!!”
— Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger after defeating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019.
“I wouldn’t trade this team for the world, man. I’ll keep going to war with these guys every day if I have to. And I want to.”
— Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai after Texas lost to LSU on Sept. 7, 2019.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
— Ehlinger after a win over Texas Tech to end the 2019 season.
“We’re going to be OK. Things are still headed in the right direction.”
— Herman after the Tech win ending his third season with the Longhorns.
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