Al McGuire Quotes


I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.

I want my team to have my personality: surly obnoxious and arrogant.

A team should be an extension of a coach's personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.

If the waitress has dirty ankles the chili is good.

God didn't miss any of us.

All love affairs end. Eventually the girl is gonna put curlers in her hair.

Our guys took Shop and Advanced Shop. Shop is when you make a chair. Advanced Shop is when you paint it.

Make your life exciting. Do what you have to do as long as you don't hurt people.

Life is what you allow yourself not to see.

I don't believe in looking past anybody - I wouldn't look past the Little Sisters of the Poor after they stayed up all night.

That's it. Curtains. Off to the races. Treetops. Seashells and balloons.

I let ballplayers yell back at me because I wasn't trying to prove I'm boss. I know I'm boss.

I'm not saying that they were Einsteins; they were marginal students. But every ballplayer whoever touched me has moved up his station in life. And the players moved up my station.

Remember half the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their class.

They call me eccentric. They used to call me nuts. I haven't changed. The only difference between being eccentric and being nuts is the number of security boxes you own.

Live in the moment that you are in.

I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.

The people who know basketball their elevators don't go to the top.

I don't discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I'm not interested in philosophy classes.

You better have great practices.

Help one kid at a time. He'll maybe go back and help a few more.

I don't think any decent human being enjoys recruiting.

The next time I will cry is when I die. My life has been that beautiful.

When I'm losing they call me nuts. When I'm winning they call me eccentric.

Don't call me son unless you're going to include me in your will. (When Adolph Rupp called him "Son.")

You can always tell the Catholic schools by the length of the cheerleaders' skirts.

It's a profession in which the longer you stay the closer you are to being fired.

The nicest thing about coaching is that one day you feel like you can play handball against a curb and on other days you feel like you can fly to the moon.

When a guy takes off his coat he's not going to fight. When a guy takes off his wristwatch watch out!

I just can't recruit where there's grass around. You gotta have a concrete lawn before I feel comfortable enough to go in and talk to you parents.

Can't win without talent you know.

I come from New York where if you fall down someone will pick you up by your wallet.

I'm an Einstein of the streets and an Oxford scholar of common sense.

Keep it simple when you get too complex you forget the obvious.

My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house. That's not my world. My world has a cracked sidewalk.

We rush for the stars as we crawl toward our graves.

Every obnoxious fan has a wife at home that dominates him.

There's no one who's dropped on top of the mountain. You've got to work your way to the top.

Dean Meminger was quicker than 11:15 Mass at a seaside resort.

Live every day as if it were Saturday night.

When I was losing they called me nuts. When I was winning they called me eccentric.

The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.

If a player leaves Marquette and doesn't have some of my blood in him then I don't think I've done a good job.

You measure a player from the head up.

The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

Winning is only important in war and surgery.

Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.

I had my moment on the stage. The trick in life is to know when to leave.

Don't be just another guy going down the street and going nowhere.

If you're straight with your players they'll be straight with you.

The world is run by C students

I think the world is run by 'C' students.

If winning weren't important nobody would keep score.