? Bill Battle, forced out as head football coach at Tennessee: "Class is, when they run you out of town, to look like you're leading the parade."
?Adrian Buoncristiani, head basketball coach at Gonzaga University, a Jesuit school in Spokane: "Like all coaches at the beginning of the season, I'm optimistic. And righteously so."
? Jack Faulkner, Los Angeles Rams assistant coach, on the placekicking Mike-Mayer brothers, Steve of the 49ers and Nick of the Falcons, who between them in the same game missed two easy field goals and an extra point and had a third field-goal attempt blocked: "I'm just glad they aren't a trapeze act."