Here are five sayings from former football coach Lou Holtz:

1)A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

2) A lifetime contract for a coach means if you’re ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can’t fire you.

3) It’s not the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it.

4) Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond.

5) No one has ever drowned in sweat.

Good stuff.

Holtz, of course, is the father of Skip Holtz, the coach of my alma mater’s football team. East Carolina opens up the football season this year with games against Virginia Tech (#17) and West Virginia (#8). I predict an early-season upset for the Pirates.