George: I don't know why Cletus drug your tired old bones in here, he musta owed you somethin' fierce. Fact is, mister, you start screwin' up this team, I'll personally hide-strap your ass to a pine rail and send you up the Monon Line!
Coach Norman Dale: Leave the ball, will you, George?

Coach Norman Dale: You know, if everyone is as nice as you, country hospitality is gonna get an awful name.
Myra Fleener: What a pleasant thing to say.

Myra Fleener: A man your age comes to a place like this ... either he's running away from something or he has nowhere else to go.
Coach Norman Dale: What I'm doing here has nothing to do with you.
Myra Fleener: Just stay away from Jimmy. I don't want him coaching in Hickory when he's 50.

[Strap is praying in locker room]
Coach Norman Dale: Strap?
[to another player]
Coach Norman Dale: How long is he going to go on like this?
Rade: I don't know. He'll come when he's ready, not before.
Coach Norman Dale: Hopefully that'll be sometime before tip-off.

Myra Fleener: You know, a basketball hero around here is treated like a god. How can he ever find out what he can really do? I don't want this to be the high point of his life. I've seen them, the real sad ones. They sit around the rest of their lives talking about the glory days when they were 17 years old.
Coach Norman Dale: You know, most people would kill... to be treated like a god, just for a few moments.

I love you guys.

Coach Norman Dale

I'll make it.

Jimmy Chitwood

You are in the Army. You're in my Army. Everyday between three and five.

Coach Norman Dale

Let's win this game for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here.

Merle Webb

Everett Flatch: You think #22's gonna take their last shot, Dad?
Wilbur 'Shooter' Flatch: Yeah, probably... they been pickin' low all night. Rade, let yourself get taken out! Uh, Buddy, drop down and take his place! Close that lane!

Well... keep His strength in the dribble alright?

Coach Norman Dale

Coach Norman Dale: Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team - no one more important that the other.

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