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What they're saying

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published May 30, 2001


"Charley Pell was a wonderful guy who never did anything but think of other people. No matter what, he always thought of other people. ... Keep in mind, Charley was very successful after coaching. He sold over $30-million worth of real estate at auction last year, and a $2-million horse farm in Ocala a month ago." -- WILLIAM BONE, President, National Auction Group, Gadsden, Ala.

"Charley didn't put up with anybody that was not playing by the rules. If they didn't make bed check they didn't play next day. They'd sit on the bench, even if they were the No. 1 quarterback. Charley didn't say things like "Boys will be boys.' He called them young men and treated them as such." -- BEN HILL GRIFFIN III

"He had a great work ethic and desire to win. He was a great evaluator of talent. Back in those days, alumni were able to recruit and he expected you to be working. You would always get a call from Charley. He certainly turned around the program and what he started was carried over when Steve Spurrier got there. We're sorry he's gone and sorry he had to suffer." -- LEONARD LEVY, Tampa businessman and former Gators Booster Club president

"He made very, very significant and lasting contributions to the football program at the University of Florida. I've worked at Florida 40 years, and we've never had anybody who worked harder than Charley Pell at anything. He was a workaholic who was devoted to his players and coaching." -- NORM CARLSON, Florida assistant athletic director for communications

"Those of us who love Coach Pell and respect Coach Pell don't have grudges. He started building the program to where it is now." -- MARK McGRIFF, one of Pell's final recruits

"He was the one who turned Clemson football around. (Previous coach) Red Parker recruited great players, and Charley made them champions." -- JIM PHILLIPS, longtime radio Tigers voice

"He was as organized a coach as I ever did see. Charley let his coaches coach. And he got good players." -- CLYDE WRENN, former Clemson assistant

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