? Alabama Coach Bear Bryant, to a nationwide radio audience: " Georgia Tech will be the No. 1 football team in the nation next year."
? Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Dodd: "That remark was typical of Bryant."
? Arnold Palmer, reporting that Sam Snead takes a different view of invitations from him now that Palmer has his pilot's license: "He'll fly anywhere with me now. Sam's not so worried about the danger as he is about saving money."
?W. M. ( Boston) Smith, when asked by a Texas state legislative committee investigating fixing of Southwest Conference basketball games if he were the biggest gambler in Texas: "Only around the waist."
?Walter Rabb, baseball coach at the University of North Carolina, on his problems with a team that had its worst season in 14 years: "There was one game when I decided to change pitchers. I walked to the mound and held my hand out for the ball. The kid on the mound hesitated and said, 'Please, Coach, let me face this next guy. Last time he was up I struck him out.' That's true, son, I told him, but if you just think back the last time he was up was in this same inning."
?Bob Fontana, Canadian Davis Cup captain, lamenting his countrymen's laziness: "Years ago nobody heard of Russian tennis players. This year they took sets off such famous Italian players as Nicola Pietrangeli and Fausto Gardini. And it was only because of hard work. If I were to ask a Canadian youngster to run a mile before working out on the court, he would flip-or think I had flipped."
?Art Quirk, Baltimore Oriole rookie pitcher (SI, April 16), on being shipped to Rochester where he won his first start: "They wanted Robin Roberts and I was the guy who got shortchanged. I'll pitch my way back. I'm on my way already."