“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”
“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.”
“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.”
“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”
“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.”
“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”
“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”
“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”
“The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”
“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”
“At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”
“I rebel; therefore I exist.”
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”
“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
“The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”
….FBS head coaching changes over the last NINE years with probably a few more changes coming this year which works out to an average of about…
….of FBS head coaching jobs changing each season.
Is a roughly 20% turnover in FBS head coaches a season an appropriate number or is there even an appropriate number when considering FBS head coaching turnover?
The answer to that question is that FBS head coaches just like EVERYONE else in America is evaluated and kept in their jobs based upon performance and most Americans if they didn’t perform at an acceptable level for…
Just One Week
….would more than likely be shown the door so please save us the crying about coaches getting fired after two or three years on the job!
As the Great Vince Lombardi said long before Coaches Hot Seat showed-up on the scene in 2007…
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm!”
As for the head coaching jobs that have turned over in 2016-17 here are few comments on those firings and new hires if there has been one…
Baylor – What a Damn mess Baylor football and athletics is for that matter. We are not sure what they are teaching in the churches, classrooms and halls at Baylor University, but for Damn sure it isn’t Christianity as defined by Jesus Christ and as spread by Paul. Baylor should be a great coaching job, but every time we think of Baylor football now we think of…
Sorry Ass People claiming to be Christians putting the safety and lives of innocent women at risk in the name of winning football games which.
Disgusting is the word that comes to mind when we see or hear Baylor University and the next head coach in Waco is going to have a Helluva rebuilding job on his hands!
Who should Baylor hire as their next head coach: We haven’t a Damn clue!
Cincinnati– Watching Tommy Tuberville the last few years at Cincinnati none of us thought his entire heart and soul was into coaching the Bearcats and we would recommend to Tubs before he goes looking for another head coaching job that he might want to do some TV work for a year or so and see if maybe that is where he might find some enjoyable and decent paying work that want take 24/7 of his time!
Is Tommy Tuberville a College Football Hall of Fame coach?
Well, considering that Tubs and Auburn got jobbed out of playing for the 2004 National Title which we think Auburn would have won that year, and that Tommy has 159 – 99 overall record we would have to say that…
YES…Tubs is a future College Football Hall of Fame coach!
Who should Cincinnati hire as their next head coach? Maybe Philip Montgomery at Tulsa or Scott Satterfield at Appalachian State or Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion or Charlie Strong maybe….hire someone with some energy whatever you do Cincinnati!
Florida Atlantic– No doubt Charlie Partridge worked hard at FAU, but three straight seasons of…
3 – 9
….records with no noticeable improvement in the program doomed Charlie and now FAU has to start anew again. We know the Boca Raton, Florida area pretty well having visited and played golf around Boca many times, and we would love to have the FAU head coaching job and so should LOTS of good coaches!
We would probably look at a very good FCS head coach to move up to the FBS level if we were AD at FAU.
Who should FAU hire as their next head coach? We would hire a top and hungry FCS head coach who had done some recruiting in Florida for the FAU job.
Florida International – Ron Turner should have NEVER been hired as the head coach at FIU, and it going to be interesting to see what the 65 year old Butch Davis will do with the Panthers where a .500+ record in any season is a pretty Damn good coaching job.
Fresno State – Whatever caused Tim DeRuyter’s fall at Fresno State after winning back-to-back Mountain West Conference Championships in his first two years on the job (2012 – 2013) we haven’t been able to figure it out, but for Damn sure something changed in Fresno besides losing a few good players to the NFL. The last few years DeRuyter hasn’t looked happy coaching Fresno State and there is nothing worse than not being totally committed to the job you are doing which can be severely impacted by many things on and off the field that most people know nothing about.
Fresno State has hired former Cal head Jeff Tedford to be the head coach at Fresno State, and we would say the 55 year old Tedford is an interesting hire that we have no Damn clue how it’s going to work out. When Jeff Tedford is in a good spot and very motivated he is a very good football coach and exceptional play-caller, and with that in mind if we are the AD at Fresno State we make sure Jeff Tedford is in a good spot and very motivated!
Georgia State– The Georgia State job should be a decent place for up-and-coming coaches to take and run with since there is a TON of high school football talent with a 3 hour drive of downtown Atlanta, but for some reason like UAB which is only a couple of hours away the Georgia State program has never really become a thing to do in Atlanta.
Most of all Georgia State football needs an identity and a quality head coach and if we are the AD at Georgia State right now we are probably looking for an innovative, ambitious, highly-competent FCS-level head coach to take this job.
Houston – Certainly no one with a working brain thought Tom Herman was going to hang around Houston after UH lost out on getting into the Big 12 Conference and if Texas hadn’t hired Herman we have no doubt he would the head coach of LSU today.
Houston has a TON of money to spend on a football coach and high school football players galore all around the Houston + South Texas area and with that in mind Houston should be able to hire a Helluva football coach.
Who should Houston hire as their next head coach? We would hire P.J. Fleck at a place like Houston which really needs someone to keep the pot stirred, but then we would hire P.J. Fleck at most places if sitting in an AD chair with an open head coaching job.
Indiana – Whatever was going on at Indiana must have raised some eyebrows behind the scenes because that was simplest mutual parting of the ways we have seen between a head coach and AD/School with Kevin Wilson leaving Indiana since Tommy Tuberville was giving a TON of money to “resign” at Auburn a few years back.
We know very little about the new Indiana head coach Tom Allen, but we have read about Coach Allen is impressive…mighty Damn impressive.
Great Luck to you Tom Allen and remember…do it YOUR way because YOU are the head coach at Indiana now Tom!
LSU – Reality is Les Miles should have been fired at the end of the 2015 season and there is not a Chance In Hell that Ed Orgeron would have be the head coach at LSU today if Les Miles had been fired last year or if the Texas job had not opened up for Tom Herman this year.
The most interesting thing about the LSU head coaching search both last year and in 2016 was that it seems LSU AD Joe Alleva was targeting ONE guy…
Jimbo Fisher in 2015 Tom Herman in 2016
….and when that ONE guy didn’t come through he fell back to…
Les Miles in 2015 Ed Orgeron in 2016
Now let’s assume for a moment that a new AD had been hired at LSU before the end of this year’s college football season and that AD was charged by the President and Board at LSU…
“Hire the best coach possible!”
….would Ed Orgeron have been the “best coach possible” or rather way down the list of potential new head coach at LSU?
Way down the list of potential new head coaches at LSU is the answer to that question and we have it on good authority there are several very good FBS coaches who would have loved a shot at the LSU job, but who never got a call.
We can only wish the best of luck to Coach Ed Orgeron who we will really be pulling for the in coming years to do great things at LSU and of course Ed…if you win less than 10+ games a year Son….yours ass will go right on the…
Nevada – We had been hearing rumblings from University of Nevada folks we know that they weren’t very happy with Brian Polian and the state of the Nevada football program for about a year now, and it looks like those folks got their way after a very AVERAGE 5 – 7 record in Brian’s fourth year at Nevada.
Nevada is not an easy coaching job sitting in Reno, Nevada which is a nice town, but not exactly an easy place to recruit kids to and certainly recruiting will need to big positive piece of the next head coach at the school.
The word on the street is that Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt OC Andy Ludwig are up for the Nevada job and if we asked to choose between one of those two coaches we are hiring…
Oregon – People that didn’t get to see the Oregon football program in person in the last year have no Damn idea how bad things were with Ducks football which in our opinion looked….
Totally Leaderless in 2016
….which left the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers behind the scenes with no choice left but to fire Mark Helfrich who let’s be honest here…
Is NOT head coaching material on the FBS level forget at a high-profile place like Oregon!
Who would we hire to be the next head coach at Oregon? Well…a few years ago we thought Chris Petersen would be an amazing hire for Washington even though we knew that Petersen would build a powerhouse in Seattle that would directly threaten Stanford football and for Oregon we know that the ONE coach we hope the Ducks don’t hire is…
P. J. Fleck
…because the last Damn thing that Stanford football needs is a dynamic coach like Fleck in the Pac-12 North raising Hell and taking names!
Maybe the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers pulling the levers behind the scenes will go with a “name” coach who will be a terrible fit for Eugene and who will no doubt burn the Oregon football program to the ground which Hey…won’t be a bad thing for Stanford football going forward!
Purdue – We are old enough to remember Joe Tiller throwing the ball all around the place at Purdue posting an overall record of…
87 – 62
….in 12 seasons at the school and what has been the overall record of the Boilermakers since Tiller was pushed out the door at Purdue?
31 – 67
Damn….the above is what happens when you have Total Damn Idiots hiring football coaches and let’s hope that Purdue finds a great coach this time around to get things going again in West Lafayette!
Who would we hire as the head coach at Purdue? Couldn’t go wrong with Jeff Brohm, P.J. Fleck, Matt Rhule, Troy Calhoun, Philip Montgomery, Bobby Wilder, Scott Satterfield…to name a few head coaches we would be going after as AD at Purdue.
San Jose State– In four seasons at San Jose State Ron Caragher posted an overall record of…
19 – 30
…which of course rightly led to his firing and now the question is who is San Jose State going to get to right the Good Spartan Ship?
If we were the AD at San Jose State we would be thinking of someone who can bring an innovative offense to San Jose….and we can think of 10 coaches like that from young ones, to old ones, to ones middle-aged….and certainly Jon Wilner who follows San Jose State closely has his list…
….none of which we would hire at San Jose State by the way.
If we are the AD at San Jose State we would probably try to hire…
Maybe we will whisper it to San Jose State AD Gene Bleymaier instead of writing it in this spot!
Texas – In THREE seasons at Texas Charlie Strong posted an overall record of…
16 – 21
…and whether you are white, black, red or green that kind of record in THREE seasons would have gotten your ass fired and no surprise…
Charlie Strong got his ass fired at Texas!
With Tom Herman taking things over at Texas and most of the folks in front and behind the scenes in the Lone Star State with a rooting interest in the Longhorns are now in the stable and ready to see what Herman can do and we predict great things for Texas in the coming years, but when we write…
…that means Tom Herman you better Damn win 10+ games a year or your ass…
Will Go Right on the Hot Seat!
Mack Brown in his first 12 seasons as the head coach at Texas averaged winning…
…games a season BUT in his last 4 seasons he averaged winning…
….games a season and thus the reason why Mack Brown’s ass was fired after the 2013 season!
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”
“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.”
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”
“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.”
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
“I don’t know whether Napoleon did or did not try to get across there and I don’t care. I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.”
“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”
“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”
“The average man won’t really do a day’s work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it. There is plenty of work to do if people would do it.”
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”
“All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.”
“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”
“Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.”
“If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”
“It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.”
“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.”
“Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.”
“The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.”
“The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers, the more he can depend on their response.”
“The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.”
“Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”
“War therefore is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.”
“Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst.”
“Determination in a single instance is an expression of courage; if it becomes characteristic, a mental habit. But here we are referring not to physical courage but to courage to accept responsibility, courage in the face of a moral danger. This has often been called courage d’esprit, because it is created by the intellect. That, however, does not make it an act of the intellect: it is an act of temperament. Intelligence alone is not courage; we often see that the most intelligent people are irresolute. Since in the rush of events a man is governed by feelings rather than by thought, the intellect needs to arouse the quality of courage, which then supports and sustains it in action. Looked at in this way, the role of determination is to limit the agonies of doubt and the perils of hesitation when the motives for action are inadequate.”
“We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea.”
“Men are always more inclined to pitch their estimate of the enemy’s strength too high than too low, such is human nature.”
“With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents.”
“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.”
“Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a ‘genius’.”
“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”
“There are times when the utmost daring is the height of wisdom.”
“Boldness governed by superior intellect is the mark of a hero.”
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
“Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”
“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”
“To be, or not to be: that is the question.”
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
“To be, or not to be, — that is the question: — Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? — To die, to sleep, — No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, — ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; — To sleep, perchance to dream: — ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, The pangs of despis’d love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would these fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, — The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, — puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know naught of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.” Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1
“She should have died hereafter; There would have been time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5
“There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” Julius Caesar, Brutus, Act IV, Scene 3
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” Romeo and Juliet
“When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” Romeo and Juliet
“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” Romeo and Juliet
“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.” Romeo and Juliet
“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game. (Act 1, scene 4)” Romeo and Juliet
“True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy, Which is as thin of substance as the air, And more inconstant than the wind, who woos Even now the frozen bosom of the north, And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence, Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.” Romeo and Juliet
“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”
“Action is character.”
“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”
“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”
“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”
“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”
“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”
“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”
“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”
“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.
Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925
“America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.”
“Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.”
“I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad?”
“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.”
“In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.”
“It’s not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.”
“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.”
“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.”
“No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there’s something bad about it.”
“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”
“People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?”
“Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn’t beat us.”
“Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”
“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
“The good old days are now.”
“The human condition today is better than it’s ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.”
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”
“There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.”
“There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it’s not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.”
“There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.”
“Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that.”
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”
“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”
“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”
“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”
“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”
“What is once well done is done forever.”
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”
“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”
“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”
“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”
“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”
1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – It says a Helluva lot that in your 90 th game as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that your team gets destroyed by the score of…
USC – 45 ND – 27
….but then those that have been watching Notre Dame football closely since Alabama obliterated the Irish in January 2013 saw this coming and were telling anyone that would listen…most didn’t at first….including us…but we are sure the Hell listening now!
Consider this for a moment…since Notre Dame got stomped-on by Alabama in the Bogus BCS National Title Game in January 2013 the Irish have played…
39 Games Against Power 5 Conference Schools
….and have posted a Win/Loss Record in those 39 games of…
20 – 19!
It’s just our humble opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat but….
Brian Kelly of 2016 is not the same Brian Kelly that arrived at Notre Dame in 2010 after nice runs at Cincinnati and Central Michigan and that is because….in our humble opinion of course….
Brian Kelly is not as hungry to win Games and National Titles for Notre Dame as he used to be just a few years ago
…and if that is the case then that is a Helluva bad spot for the Notre Dame Football program to be at in the hands of when by ANY measure we can think of the Fighting Irish have plenty of talent to work with on their campus:
And in 2016 you post a 4 – 8 record playing 12 games when….
5 of those teams had losing records in 2016?
Geez…what in the Hell is going on at Notre Dame and with Brian Kelly?
Again…it’s just our humble opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat but a few CHS members noticed at the Stanford – Notre Dame game in October that there were a lot of Irish football players fooling around on the Notre Dame sideline during the game against the Cardinal almost as if…
They didn’t give a Damn if Notre Dame won the game or not!
Here’s the Notre Dame 2017 Football Schedule:
Temple Georgia At Boston College At Michigan State Miami (Ohio) At North Carolina USC NC State Wake Forest At Miami Navy At Stanford
If Notre Dame plays like it did in 2016 or even a little better the Irish will be lucky to win…
6 Games in 2017
…and Oh that must warm the hearts of Irish fans everywhere!
2. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – We are not sure what is going on with Mark Helfrich at Oregon right now, but the words of an US Navy Admiral are ringing in a few of our ears at Coaches Hot Seat who was asked by one of us over drinks after a round of golf the following:
“Admiral, why did you relieve the commanding officer of “X” ship when the ship was in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the way to Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf?”
Admiral: “Because when you make a decision to fire someone…you fire their ass!”
If Oregon has decided to fire Mark Helfrich…and let’s hope the folks in Eugene and Beaverton are not slowing down this process over a few million bucks which is a rounding error in the grand scheme of things since NONE of us are getting off this planet with ANY money…then Oregon…
Needs to Fire Mark Helfrich!
Hell…almost everyone at Coaches Hot Seat has been fired during their working lives and it’s not very Damn fun to be told your services are no longer needed at this company and you have till five o’clock to get your shit together and get the Hell out of the building BUT getting fired is a very liberating thing…for the person being fired…and for the person doing the firing!
There’s little reason to waste time on the FACT…in our humble opinion…that the Oregon Football Program is now in total disarray with no REAL leadership with the clock ticking on recruiting at this very moment not only for 2017 but 2018 and 2019 as well and with that in mind…
Whoever is making the Firing Decisions relative to the Oregon Football program these days needs to get their ass or asses in gear!
Either Fire Mark Helfrich or tell him he is coming back in 2017 and with many Stanford Football folks at Coaches Hot Seat in mind if Oregon decides to bring back Mark Helfrich we may just…
Throw one Helluva THANK GOD Oregon brought back Mark Helfrich Party!
3. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati – There is nothing that will get your ass on the Hot Seat quicker than…
Losing Your Last FIVE Games
….to end the season which Cincinnati and head coach Tommy Tuberville just did and now Tubs has firmly planted himself on the Hot Seat just like he was during his last years at Auburn which weren’t no bed of roses for Tubs or anyone else on The Plains!
Where does Tommy Tuberville stand with the folks at Cincinnati after FOUR years on the job and these win/loss records on the board?
Overall: 29 – 22
AAC: 18 – 14
We don’t know the answer to that question but we watched Cincinnati play football a few times in 2016 and in our opinion it looked at times like the Bearcats were just going through the motions and not really committed to winning and forgive us but in this day and age if you have a coach …in ANY sport…that isn’t…
Lighting A Fire Under the Asses of His or Her Players
…then that is a coach that as AD we are keeping a close eye on with their employment contract within close reach at all times!
Here are the Goals of ANY Coach we would employ as an AD at ANY school:
Win the Conference Championship
Win the National Championship
The above is what the coaches of ALL athletic teams at Stanford University are given and there is No Damn Reason at all that’s not the same goal at EVERY other college and university in America…including Cincinnati…and if a coach is not driving his or her players towards those goals then…
That Coach Should Be on the Hot Seat and more than likely FIRED!
Just for the record over the past TWO seasons at Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 14
AAC: 5 – 11
Not Good Tubs….that’s just Not Good Son!
4. Todd Graham, Arizona State – The 2016 Arizona Football is BAD and with that in mind what the Hell does it say that a BAD Arizona Football Team just destroyed Arizona State in the Territorial Cup game by the score of…
Arizona – 56 Arizona St – 35
It says there is one Helluva problem with the Arizona State football program and since head coach Todd Graham controls EVERYTHING that goes on with Arizona State football there is only once place to go here and that is…
….for head coach Todd Graham.
It’s just a guess but when a team like Arizona State is giving up an average of…
…points per game that is case of DON’T WANT TO among many Arizona State defensive players because there is NO defensive scheme that a competent coach could run at a school like ASU where they have plenty of Damn talent that could give up an average of…
….points per game unless the ASU players just DON’T WANT TO!
Here’s the problem if you have a lot of DON’T WANT TO on your football team since we will assume that Todd Graham actually knows what he is doing with his defensive schemes….
DON’T WANT TO = Players Quitting = The Head Coach Getting His Ass Fired!
Oh…but it’s not just 2016 that this has been going on because we started to notice some DON’T WANT TO among Arizona State players in 2015 and over the past two seasons Todd Graham has posted win/loss records of…
Overall: 11 – 14
Pac-12: 6 – 12
Clearly there’s a serious Damn problem going on at Arizona State and if Todd Graham is going to be brought back to coach the Sun Devils in 2017 we recommend Todd take a good look at himself in the mirror and ask….
“What in the Hell am I doing wrong because it’s clear I am the problem.”
“Is it fun to play football for Todd Graham?”
Ask that question to your departing seniors Todd Graham….go ahead…ask it Son…and tell them to answer the question truthfully!
5. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – It must be one Helluva bad feeling for fans of Texas A&M football to realize that in Kevin Sumlin’s…
64 th Game
….coaching the Aggies that he would lose that game by the score of…
LSU – 54 A&M – 39
….when one would think that by your 64 th game you would be better than your…
12 th Game
…when the Aggies beat Missouri…when Mizzou still had a decent football team…by the score of…
A&M – 59 Mizzou – 29
Yes…the feeling must be settling in by now in Aggieland that…
Texas A&M Football is Average As Hell
….and that Aggies should just go ahead and accept that their football program is….
Average As Hell
….and we also must point out the days of making fun of Texas Football…
Those Days Are About To Come To An End Aggies!
Hell…Buck up Aggies….Kevin Sumlin’s record in SEC play in FIVE seasons on the job of..
21 – 19
…isn’t that bad…that is if you are willing to accept….
Average As Hell!
There’s your slogan Texas A&M and ALL Aggies on the planet….
Texas A&M = We Are Average As Hell and Damn Proud Of It!
Hell..over at LSU where Les Miles posted a record in SEC play over the last FIVE seasons of…
20 – 15
….got his ass fired because….
LSU isn’t willing to be Average As Hell
…and look no further than this score to understand that reality…
LSU – 54 A&M – 39
Get up this morning and Go Be Average Aggies…Because That’s What You Are…
6. Jim Mora, UCLA – When Jim Mora was hired at UCLA after the 2011 football season a wise friend of ours who watches the game of football very closely across America said to us about Mora…
“Jim will do very well at UCLA…for a year or two…and then it will go straight downhill.”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Why do you say that?”
Wise Friend: “Because Jim eventually pisses everyone off and people quit wanting to work and play for him.”
To be honest we didn’t think Jim Mora was that much an upgrade from Rick Neuheisel who is a Helluva fun guy to be around and who knows a Helluva lot about football, but who just wasn’t getting the job done at UCLA for a myriad of reasons that we could list here but will not which brings us back to Jim Mora at UCLA who proved us wrong until….2016….and now the question is…
Can Jim Mora right the ship at UCLA which is sinking faster than bowling ball dropped into the Pacific Ocean?
Our guess….unless Jim Mora completely overhauls the UCLA coaching staff and changes the way he interacts with both his coaches and players meaning he needs to act as if…
Jim Mora will be able to be good friends with his coaches and players 25 years from now
….or the UCLA Bruins will sink into the Pacific Ocean faster than a 17 lb bowling ball!
7. Paul Haynes, Kent State – In FOUR seasons at Kent State head coach Paul Haynes has posted win/loss records of..
Overall: 12 – 35
MAC: 8 – 23
….and any day now we expect to hear that Darrell Hazell will be coming back to Kent State to coach the Flashes and that Paul Haynes will be his defensive coordinator!
8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Really Bret Bielema? Lose to Missouri Son? A Missouri team by the way Son that lost to Middle Tennessee at home just a few weeks back by the score of…
MTSU – 51 Mizzou – 45
….and you really lost to Missouri Bielema?
Now in FOUR seasons at Arkansas Bret Bielema has posted win/loss records of…
Overall: 25 – 25
SEC: 10 – 22
….and by ANY standard we can think of in recent Arkansas memory that kind of record over FOUR seasons in Fayetteville by a head coach….
Gets Your Ass Fired!
Now let’s see here…in Houston Nutt’s last FOUR seasons at Arkansas he posted win/loss records of…
Overall: 28 – 21
SEC: 16 – 16
….and Houston Nutt got his ass run out of town on a rail!
Hmmmmm…what exactly is going on at Arkansas that a coach like Bret Bielema can post such average records like…
10 – 22
…in SEC play and not be under more pressure from the fans and administration at Arkansas?
Oh….it must be just like Texas A&M….
Arkansas LOVES Being Average!
Uhhhh…make that Below Average for the Hogs that they do LOVE!
Oh…Bret Bielema’s record against teams in the SEC West Division over the past FOUR seasons….
7 – 17
Uhhh embrace Below Damn Average fans of Arkansas Football because that’s what you are folks!
9. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – It’s just speculation on our part here at Coaches Hot Seat but a few Coaches Hot Seat members were down in Destin, Florida for the SEC Conference Spring Meeting several months back and we got a good look at Hugh Freeze from close-up several times and it looked then and it looks even more now that the NCAA investigation of the Mississippi Football program was in the Spring and is today having a tremendous negative impact on Hugh Freeze and that negative vibe from Freeze has rubbed off on everyone on and around the Ole Miss football team.
Even after losing a TON of talent in the NFL Draft the 2016 Mississippi Football team has plenty of players to win 9 or 10 games BUT something went wrong after two early losses to two very good teams in FSU and Alabama, and after a loss to Arkansas on the road on October 15 the dam began to break and ended with Ole Miss losing…
5 of its last 7 football games
…and finishing the season at 5 – 7 in what clearly has to be one of the WORST coaching jobs in recent SEC Conference history.
What could have Hugh Freeze done to mitigate the effects of the NCAA investigation of the Mississippi football program on Freeze himself and thus everyone else in and around the team which led in our opinion to a Total Collapse of the Rebels down the stretch of this season?
When something is hanging over any kind of organization such as an NCAA investigation the thing a leader has to do is address the situation head-on…no not with the outside world…but with the folks on the inside and we mean really address the situation as in bursting the bubble totally and more importantly…
Using the THING hanging over everyone’s head as a rallying cry and motivation to prove folks wrong!
Of course…Hugh Freeze on the sideline in 2016 looked a Helluva lot like he look at the Sandestin Resort in the Spring and what did Freeze look like when he walked by a few of us in the hallway…
“Like a dead man walking!”
Hugh Freeze says that he is raring to go for the 2017 season…
….but Hugh you can make all the Damn lists you like but if you aren’t right personally Son…your team is not going to be right…nor is your staff.
Get yourself right and then get your coaches right and then get your players right or Hugh Freeze…
2017 will be re-run of 2016!
10. Butch Jones, Tennessee –
Memo to Butch Jones: You just took a 10 win team at Tennessee…a team you built through recruiting and won 8 games Son…and that is Damn Outrage in every sense of the words Damn Outrage!
There was just No Damn Excuse for Tennessee to lose to…
South Carolina and Vanderbilt in 2016
…who combined posted a record of…
12 – 12
…..and if you had beaten those TWO Very Average Teams Butch Jones your Tennessee Football team would be getting ready to play Alabama in the SEC Championship Game instead of waiting around to play in some meaningless bowl game.
Clearly, no one at Coaches Hot Seat was at the Tennessee practices in Knoxville in 2016 but watching the South Carolina and Vanderbilt games it was obvious as Hell that the Vols came into both games flat and not ready to play and therein lies the difference between….
Awful – Average – Good – Very Good and Great Football Coaches
….because Very Good and Great Football Coaches DO NOT let their teams in vital games come in Flat and Not Ready To Play and early on in the week they recognize that things are not right and they do something…anything….to get their team motivated and ready to play and bottom-line…
Tennessee WAS NOT ready to play South Carolina or Vanderbilt…PERIOD!
Beyond the AVERAGE records that Butch Jones has posted at Tennessee in FOUR years on the job…
Overall: 29 – 21
SEC: 14 – 18
….and beyond not having the Vols ready to play in many important and not-so-important games over the past FOUR seasons the worst thing of all in our opinion relative to Butch Jones coaching career….
There is No Joy in Knoxville for Butch Jones and the Tennessee Vols
Members at Coaches Hot Seat have had all kinds of coaches in all kinds of sports in our lives and it’s not even close who our favorite coaches were and what they were like…
Our favorite coaches demanded a lot of us but made Damn sure we had fun playing the sports we loved to play
Butch Jones demands a lot of his coaches and players and that is normal as apple pie in America but Butch Jones….life is short Son….and when you look back on your time at Tennessee are you going to think of that time as misery of a high order….or are you going to change now and start having fun coaching the great game of football?
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”
“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”
“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”
“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”
“Life must be lived as play.”
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
“There is truth in wine and children”
“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”
“Those who tell the stories rule society.”
“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”
“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”
“Those who stay will be champions”
“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”
“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”
“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”
“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.
Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.
That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.
There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.
Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.
He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.
He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.
Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.
If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.
Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.
Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.
Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!
Recruit for character.
Develop leaders underneath you.
Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.
Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.
Emphasize execution, not innovation.
There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.
There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.
And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.
Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.
This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”
“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”
“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”
“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”
“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”
“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”
“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”
“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”
“Get the winners into the game.”
“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”
“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”
“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”
“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”
“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”
“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”
“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”
“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”
“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose with humility. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”
“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”
“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”
“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”
“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”
“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”
“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”
“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”
“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”
“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”
“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”
“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”
“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”
“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”
“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”
“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”
“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”
“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”
“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”
“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”
“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”
“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”
“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”
“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”
“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”
“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”
“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”
“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”
“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”
“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”
“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”
“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”
“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” H.U. Westermayer
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” E.P. Powell
“So once in every year we throng Upon a day apart, To praise the Lord with feast and song In thankfulness of heart.” Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” Henry Ward Beecher
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” Edward Sandford Martin
“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” Alexander Pope
“He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.” J.A. Shedd
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” Robert Caspar Lintner
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck
“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.” William Jennings Bryan
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Seneca
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” William Shakespeare
“It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.” James Smith
“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson
“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.” P. J. O’Rourke
“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.” Mark Twain
“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” Albert Barnes
“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” Robert Casper Lintner
“Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:
So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.
When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.
he next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.
“Anyone whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.
This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.
And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.
So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.
For the traveler, as travelers have been always…..”
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
“A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.”
“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.”
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”
“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.”
“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”
“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”
“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”
“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”
“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
“Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.”
“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”
“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.”
“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”
“There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
“Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.”
“There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”
“Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.”
“Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”
“Everywhere means nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”
“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.”
“Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”
“God is near you, with you, and in you. Thus I say, Lucilius: there sits a holy spirit within us, a watcher of our right and wrong doing, and a guardian…”
“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”
“You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.”
“NAURO NATIVE KNOWS POSIT HE CAN PILOT 11 ALIVE NEED SMALL BOAT KENNEDY” Message carved into a coconut after the wreck of PT-109, August, 6, 1943
“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”
“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”
“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men – such as the subjects of this book – have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality. In whatever area in life one may meet the challenges of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient – they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”
“Now let me make it clear that I believe there can only be one defense policy for the United States and that is summed up in the word ‘first.’ I do not mean ‘first, but’. I do not mean ‘first, when’. I do not mean ‘first, if’. I mean ‘first –period’.”
“I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin – where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases – and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman.”
“It has been a long road from that first snowy day in New Hampshire to this crowded convention city. Now begins another long journey, taking me into your cities and homes all over America. Give me your help, your hand, your voice, your vote. Recall with me the words of Isaiah: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.” As we face the coming challenge, we too, shall wait upon the Lord, and ask that he renew our strength. Then shall we be equal to the test. Then we shall not be weary. And then we shall prevail.”
“But the harsh fact of the matter is that there is also an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies—whose physical fitness is not what it should be—who are getting soft. And such softness on the part of individual citizens can help to strip and destroy the vitality of a nation. For the physical vigor of our citizens is one of America’s most precious resources. If we waste and neglect this resource, if we allow it to dwindle and grow soft then we will destroy much of our ability to meet the great and vital challenges which confront our people. We will be unable to realize our full potential as a nation.”
“Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass.”
“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power…Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time.”
“But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.”
“Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable—that mankind is doomed—that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable—and we believe they can do it again.”
“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough—more than enough—of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on—not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.”
“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
“This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.”
“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”
“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
“A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.”
“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!””
“Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.”
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.”
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”
“Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.”
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
“The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.”
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.”
“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”
“I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.”
“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”
“All students, members of the faculty, and public officials in both Mississippi and the Nation will be able, it is hoped, to return to their normal activities with full confidence in the integrity of American law. This is as it should be, for our Nation is founded on the principle that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny. The law which we obey includes the final rulings of the courts, as well as the enactments of our legislative bodies. Even among law-abiding men few laws are universally loved, but they are uniformly respected and not resisted. Americans are free, in short, to disagree with the law but not to disobey it. For in a government of laws and not of men, no man, however prominent or powerful, and no mob however unruly or boisterous, is entitled to defy a court of law. If this country should ever reach the point where any man or group of men by force or threat of force could long defy the commands of our court and our Constitution, then no law would stand free from doubt, no judge would be sure of his writ, and no citizen would be safe from his neighbors.”
“‘Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
“And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: “I served in the United States Navy.”
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
“The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive.”
“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed. I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.”
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations—explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon—if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.”
“And if there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.”
“For a city or a people to be truly free they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choice and to live their own lives.”
“I pledge you that we will neither commit nor provoke aggression, that we shall neither flee nor invoke the threat of force, that we shall never negotiate out of fear, we shall never fear to negotiate.”
“Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example. But inevitably they fail, either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats, and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.”
“In short, we are neither “warmongers” nor “appeasers,” neither “hard” nor “soft.” We are Americans, determined to defend the frontiers of freedom, by an honorable peace if peace is possible, but by arms if arms are used against us. And if we are to move forward in that spirit, we shall need all the calm and thoughtful citizens that this great University can produce, all the light they can shed, all the wisdom they can bring to bear. It is customary, both here and around the world, to regard life in the United States as easy. Our advantages are many. But more than any other people on earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free.”
“As apt and applicable as the Declaration of Independence is today, we would do well to honor that other historic document drafted in this hall–the Constitution of the United States. For it stressed not independence but interdependence–not the individual liberty of one but the indivisible liberty of all.”
“No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will, the 50 thousand years of man’s recorded history in a time span of but a half-century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end of them advanced man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover them. Then about 10 years ago, under this standard, man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only five years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less than two years ago. The printing press came this year, and then less than two months ago, during this whole 50-year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power. Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power, and now if America’s new spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.”
“Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it—we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”
“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
“The 1930’s taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged ultimately leads to war.”
“The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is one of the most consistent with our character and our courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high — but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and this is the path of surrender or submission. Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right — not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. Thank you, and good night.”
“In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours—and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest. So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
1. Charlie Strong, Texas – Whatever is going on at the University of Texas right now with the status of their head football coach Charlie Strong there is something that just happened that ended any chance that Charlie Strong had of coaching the Texas Longhorns in 2017…
Even playing a close game against Kansas in your 36 th game as the head coach at Texas forget about losing to Kansas which is unacceptable on ANY level we can imagine when you are talking about the University of Texas Football Program
We have some good buddies in the Austin area that happen to be University of Texas alums who often take us fishing when we are down there way and one of those UT-alums said something very interesting about Charlie Strong before Strong had even finished his first season at Texas which was said to a few of us sometime in 2014 at a BBQ joint in Austin:
“Charlie is acting like he has years to get Texas winning again which is most certainly not the case!”
Clearly, what that Texas-alum meant by the above statement was the Texas Football is a Cadillac, Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari…you pick the blue-chip model of car you think is the best…and blue-chip cars are not slowly driven around for a few years until you get the feel of things but rather must be driven at full-throttle from the word go and all you do as the driver…or head coach in this situation…in hang on with all your might until it eventually tosses you aside or you find a way to slow it down and get successfully out yourself.
Let’s face FACTS….there are FIVE Blue-Chip College Football Programs in America that stand above everyone else…
USC Notre Dame Alabama Ohio State TEXAS
….and if you are the head football coach at ANY of the above schools and you are winning less than 10 games a year on a consistent basis your ass is…
Headed to the Hot Seat!
The reason for that is simple…ANY Average Football Coach can Average winning 8 games a year at….
USC Notre Dame Alabama Ohio State TEXAS
….and thus of course Charlie Strong who has records on the board at TEXAS of…
Overall: 16 – 20
Big 12: 12 – 14
….is going to be on the Hot Seat whether we or anyone else like and respects Charlie Strong or not because after we are talking about…
We love college football history here at Coaches Hot Seat and looking at the head football coaches at Texas since just before World War is a fascinating look indeed and much needed with the Charlie Strong situation at Texas and thus below are the winning percentage of those head coaches starting with Coach Bible in 1937:
Dana Bible (1937 – 1946) – .665
Blair Cherry (1947 – 1950) – .756
Ed Price (1951 – 1956) – .549
Darrell Royal (1957 – 1976) – .774
Fred Akers (1977 – 1986) – .731
David McWilliams (1987 – 1991) – .544
John Mackovic (1992 – 1997) – .592
Mack Brown (1998 – 2013) – .767
Charlie Strong (2014 – 2016) – .444
Any questions why Charlie Strong is getting fired at Texas?
Didn’t think so.
Great Luck to Charlie Strong who we know did his best, who worked his ass off, but who just fell short as millions of others have fallen short in jobs and who later gone on to do great things….lick your wounds Charlie…learn your lessons…and come back and do something great somewhere else!
Great Luck to you Charlie Strong and go out and beat TCU to end on a winning note at Texas!
2. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – It just so happens that another head coach that is at one of those FIVE Blue-Chip College Football Programs in America…
USC Notre Dame Alabama Ohio State Texas
….is on the Hot Seat with that coach being Brian Kelly at Notre Dame who in our humble opinion…
Has Done A Piss Poor and Below Mediocre Job Coaching Notre Dame the Last FOUR Seasons
…which has seen the Irish post the following record against Teams From Power 5 Conferences that had .500+ records in the year that Notre Dame played them:
19 – 18
Yes….Notre Dame has posted a record of…
….winning percentage against Teams From Power 5 Conferences that had .500 records over the past FOUR seasons and could someone please explain to us how this can happen at NOTRE DAME and the head coach can keep his Damn job?
Oh….that’s right…Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick must love….
Average As Hell
…because that is what you have Jack Swarbrick in Brian Kelly….
An Average as Hell Football Coach
….who in our opinion seems to believe he invested the game of football and yet….
Is looking right at a 4 – 8 season in his SEVENTH season as the head coach at Notre Dame!
Remember well folks…ANY Average Football Coach could Average winning…
8 Games A Year at Notre Dame
…and how many games will Brian Kelly have averaged winning after the Irish get the Hell beat of them by USC this coming Saturday:
8.43 Wins A Season = Slightly Better Than Average As Hell!
Average Wins Per Season of Recent Notre Dame Head Football Coaches:
Charlie Weis – 7 wins per season
Tyrone Willingham – 7 wins per season
Bob Davie – 5 wins per season
Lou Holtz – 10 wins per season
Of course as a Stanford alum here at Coaches Hot Seat said recently….
“Why in the Hell do we have Brian Kelly on the Hot Seat….Hell we need him to stay at Notre Dame for as long as possible to keep the football program down!”
That’s A Damn Good Point!
Memo to Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick: Forget everything negative we have written about the Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly who is doing a Helluva job coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!
Oh….in the last 10 seasons Notre Dame’s record against Stanford is..
4 – 6
Keep Brian Kelly as the Head Coach at Notre Dame….PLEASE Jack Swarbrick!
3. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – How far has the Arizona football program fallen under Rich Rodriguez you ask?
Arizona just got beat by the score of…
42 – 17
….by Oregon State which has won FOUR Pac-12 Conference Games in the last THREE seasons!
We don’t exactly what has gone wrong for Rich Rodriguez at Arizona but over the past TWO seasons the Wildcats have a record in Pac-12 play of…
3 – 14
….and just from the outside looking in it looks like the Arizona players have QUIT on RichRod who is having some epic meltdowns on the sidelines this season….
Since we don’t know our guess for what is wrong with Arizona football goes something like this…which is of course our humble opinion:
Rich Rodriguez criticizes too much instead of taking full responsibility for the failures of HIS football team and the assistant coaches and players are tired of being told it’s their fault when they are getting Damn Little leadership from their head coach!
Just our opinion mind you but we have seen teams QUIT on their head coaches before and a few at Coaches Hot Seat saw the Arizona players QUIT in person against Stanford in Tucson and in our opinion the Arizona players QUIT in their last three games against…
Washington State Colorado Oregon State
Will the Arizona players QUIT against Arizona State on Friday or Hell maybe the Arizona State players will QUIT against Arizona will make for one Helluva game but at least when it’s over…
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham will have all of Arizona’s signals!
4. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – When your ass and your team’s asses gets BOAT-RACED by Iowa State by the score of…
66 – 10
….when the Cyclones just gave up 24 points to Kansas last week you have a Helluva problem on your hands and…
Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
…has a Helluva problem on his hands in Lubbock!
Kliff Kingsbury is now in his FOURTH year at Texas Tech and has records on the board of…
Overall: 23 – 26
Big 12: 12 – 23
….and a 4 – 7 record in 2016 with only Baylor left on the schedule and if those records are acceptable to the folks in West Texas and alums + boosters of Texas Tech Football…
Then Bless Their Hearts in West Texas!
What a Damn Mess at Texas Tech and is there anyone with a working brain that thinks it will get any better in 2017 under Kliff Kingsbury at Tech?
Didn’t think so!
5. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati – Tubs has some respectable records in FOUR seasons at Cincinnati of…
Overall: 29 – 21
AAC: 18 – 13
….but watching Cincinnati play Memphis on Friday night while we were having the Pre-Big Game Party near San Francisco all of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were thinking….
Hell…this Cincinnati team has QUIT on Tubs!
Oh…Memphis with a first year head coach beat Cincinnati by the score of…
34 – 7
Guess what…Cincinnati plays at Tulsa this coming Friday and will probably get beat by more than…
…and probably QUIT again….in our humble opinion of course!
6. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – From where we sit the Oregon game against Utah which saw the Ducks beat the Utes in Salt Lake City was a vindication that…
Oregon should fire Mark Helfrich’s Ass
…because if you can play like that against Utah where in the Hell was that the rest of the year before the Ducks gave away the entire 2016 season?
The realty of Utah’s loss to Oregon which must have Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham kicking himself right now since the Ducks defense gave up the following points to teams in 2016…
UC Davis – 28 Virginia – 26 Nebraska – 35 Colorado – 41 Washington St – 51 Washington – 70 California – 42 USC – 45 Stanford – 52 Utah – 28
Hell….Utah should have scored 50 points on Oregon and won easily but alas Kyle Whittingham forgot to keep the pedal down and it cost him a shot at Pac-12 South Division Title!
What’s next for the Oregon Ducks and Mark Helfrich who only have the Civil War game left at Oregon State this coming Saturday?
There are many across the Pac-12 Conference that are now saying in their prayers each night…
“Please, in closing could you tell Phil Knight to keep Mark Helfrich as the head coach at Oregon….Thank You….Amen.”
7. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Boston College has won FIVE games in 2016 over…
UMass Wagner Buffalo NC State UConn
….and the combined record of the FOUR FBS teams that the Eagles have beaten is…
11 – 32
Oh…over the past TWO seasons Boston College’s record in ACC Conference play stands at…
1 – 14
…with only a game left at Wake Forest to play this coming Saturday.
Is this what fans of Boston College football expect out of their football team?
Then keep Steve Addazio who has at BC records of…
Overall: 22 – 27
ACC: 9 – 22
….when only a few years ago Tom O’Brien was posting records of…
Overall: 40 – 35
ACC: 22 – 26
…and Jeff Jagodzinski was posting records of…
Overall: 20 – 8
ACC: 11 – 5
In our opinion an AVERAGE coach would have at least .500 records in Overall and ACC play at Boston College and Addazio’s winning percentages now stand at….
ACC: . 290
Pitiful…Just Damn Pitiful!
8. Todd Graham, Arizona State – We have always been working under the impression that a head football coach should be getting better or at least holding his own at school the longer he is at the school and yet in Years 4 and 5 at Arizona State Todd Graham has posted records of…
2015: 6 – 7
2016: 5 – 6
….and has a record in Pac-12 Conference play over the last two seasons of…
6 – 11
….which strikes us as Odd….Very Damn Odd Indeed!
So exactly what has changed in Tempe to cause such a large drop-off of Arizona State football the last TWO years?
We haven’t a Damn Clue to the answer to that question but let’s start with this….
Todd Graham is a defensive coach and yet Arizona State is now giving up an average of…
38.4 points per game
…which is 119 out of 128 teams that play FBS football and the Sun Devils are only scoring…
33.2 points per game
…which equals Average As Hell Football and that is what Arizona State is right now…just…
Average As Hell Football!
Luckily for Arizona State they get to play Arizona this coming Friday which has an even worse defense giving up…
38.6 points per game
…while only scoring…
21.9 points per game!
Geez…Arizona at Arizona State on Friday is truly…
Just Damn Awful Football (Wildcats) vs. Average As Hell Football (Sun Devils)
But at least when the game is over…..Arizona State head coach Todd Graham will have all of Arizona’s signals!
9. Kevin Sumlim, Texas A&M – We got the following straight from the “Big Aggie Alum’s” mouth in Houston, Texas this past weekend…which is of course only his opinion as an Texas A&M alum and Houston BigWig…
“If Kevin Sumlin loses to LSU at Kyle Field to end the season he’s done at A&M.”
Houston A&M BigWig: “Yep….four or more losses the last four seasons with the kind of money we are spending on that football program is too much especially with Sumlin’s home record in Kyle Field.”
CHS: “Which would be 7 – 10 against FBS schools over the past four seasons at Kyle Field if the Aggies lose to LSU to end the season.”
Houston A&M BigWig: “Yep…that’s unacceptable on any level at Kyle Field.”
CHS: “Not to mention Sumlin’s 21 – 18 record in SEC Conference play which is average at best.”
Houston A&M BigWig: “Geez…I haven’t looked at Kevin’s SEC record lately…that’s Damn awful!”
CHS: “So who would A&M hire to replace Sumlin?”
Houston A&M BigWig: “Oh…don’t worry about that.”
CHS: “What the Hell does that mean?”
Houston A&M BigWig: “It means don’t worry about that!”
Geez….what the Hell does that mean…is there already a backchannel open to a top coach to come to Texas A&M if LSU beats the Aggies on Thanksgiving Day?
A couple of years ago a Coaches Hot Seat member was talking to an agent to several college coaches and that agent said something to the effect….
“I know who A&M is going to go after if they ever fire Kevin Sumlin….it will be “X” at “X” place.”
Hmmmm….that “X” coach at “X” place seems like a Helluva stretch to us but if it did happen it would be a…
Blockbuster Hire That Would Shake-Up the Entire SEC Conference and College Football!
Memo to Kevin Sumlin: Beat LSU Son….Beat LSU!
10. Charlie Partdrige, Florida Atlantic – With the loss to Old Dominion on Saturday Charlie Partridge’s records at FAU now stand at….
Overall: 9 – 26
CUSA: 7 – 16
….and with the Owls now sitting on a 3 – 8 record in 2016 with a game left at Middle Tennessee left on the schedule which to us looks like another…
3 – 9
…record in 2016 we cannot help but say…
That Is Below Average Football Charlie…Just Below Average Football Son!
Will FAU replace Charlie Partridge after the game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday?
We haven’t a Damn Clue but if we were the AD at Florida Atlantic we sure the Hell would!
“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”
“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”
“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”
“All war is deception.”
“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”
“Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.”
“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
“The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”
“The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.”
“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.”
“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
“You have to believe in yourself.”
“Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.”
“He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”
“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
“It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.”
“Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.”
“Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.”
“If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.”
“It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.”
“Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”
“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”
“Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.”
“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.”
“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”
“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”
“Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.”
“The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”
“The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.”
“The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.”
“To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”
“If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.”
“There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.”
“For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.”
“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and you know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you now Heaven and you know Earth, you may make your victory complete.”
“If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.”
“Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.”
“Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.”
“When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.”
“If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.”
“The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.”
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”
“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.”
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”
“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”
“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
“How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”
“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”
“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”
“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”
“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”
“Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.”
“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”
“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”
“The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.”
“There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”
“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”
“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.”
“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Order of the Day (2 June 1944) Message to troops before the Normandy landings
“We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible–from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.”
First Inaugural address (20 January 1953)
“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”
“Character in many ways is everything in leadership. It is made up of many things, but I would say character is really integrity. When you delegate something to a subordinate, for example, it is absolutely your responsibility, and he must understand this. You as a leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does. I once said, as a sort of wisecrack, that leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”
“I’m going to command the whole shebang.” Comment to his wife Mamie, after being informed by George Marshall that he would be in command of Operation Overlord
“We look upon this shaken Earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose — the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails. The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard. And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning — and ready to pay its full price. We know clearly what we seek, and why. We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself. Yet this peace we seek cannot be born of fear alone: it must be rooted in the lives of nations. There must be justice, sensed and shared by all peoples, for, without justice the world can know only a tense and unstable truce. There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak. But the law of which we speak, comprehending the values of freedom, affirms the equality of all nations, great and small. Splendid as can be the blessings of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne.” Second Inaugural address (21 January 1957)
“I do have one instruction for you, General. Do something about that damned football team.” Said to William Westmoreland in 1960 when Westmoreland assumed the post of Superintendent of West Point.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?”
Farewell Address, January 17, 1961
“We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.
Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.
Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.
Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”
“One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family’s essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work.”
….television program starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May
starts streaming on Amazon.com Prime on November 18 so make Damn sure you have
Amazon.com Prime so you don’t miss The Grand Tour because these three
Idiots….Clarkson, Hammond and May…are Great Damn Fun!
Post Week 10 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
We Are Ten Weeks Into the College Football Season Mr. Cash….Just Keep Giving It
To These Hot Seat Coaches Straight With The Bark On Johnny…With The Damn Bark
least have to wonder if Mark Helfrich missed a great opportunity when he took
over the Oregon Ducks football team to make it more reflect…
….instead of continuance of what Chip Kelly built at Oregon which one must say
was a potent force in the world of college football but was like the San
Francisco 49ers are now…
A Lifeless Form With No Real Heart or Soul
a Coaches Hot Seat member that was at the University of Oregon earning a
master’s degree in the last two years of Chip Kelly’s reign in Eugene and his
great interest in the game of football led him to try and find out just what
made Chip Kelly such a great coach but alas….the Oregon football program was
sealed-up like a tomb as if it was afraid of the outside world when Chip Kelly
was at the helm…and sadly even with a strikingly different new head coach in
Mark Helfrich who should have taken a chance and put his own stamp on the
Oregon Football is still a place With No Real Heart or Soul
guessing, but the core group of people that founded Coaches Hot Seat about ten
years ago now when Walt Harris was still the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal
football program, have over the last two decades-plus run into Phil Knight a few
hundred times not that any of us have ever gleaned anything from those meet-ups
since Phil doesn’t share much but the Oregon Ducks football program reflects
Knight totally in that same, “The Hell with them, we are going to do it our…the
Oregon way,” fashion.
Everyone at Coaches Hot Seat agrees that the Oregon Ducks football team that
Mark Helfrich took over in 2013 was a Top 5 football program and over the next
two years posted a record of…
24 – 4
…including a National Title Game appearance against Ohio State at the end of the
then has happened since that loss to Ohio State that has seen the Ducks post a
12 – 10
last two seasons and a record against Power 5 Conference schools of…
9 – 10
2015 + 2016?
our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat…but the Chip Kelly Oregon football team
that Mark Helfrich took over in 2013 is slowly dying and indeed may already be
dead and Helfrich has created nothing to put in its place…a Mark Helfrich
football team for starters…that reflected Mark Helfrich…
Not the Aloof Chip Kelly
Not the Private Phil Knight
Mark Helfrich who is by all accounts is a smart and nice guy that has a football
team that reflects something not of him really and that is now crumbling around
Helfrich with the head coach seemingly not having a clue why!
course those in the know in and close to Oregon athletics would say in this spot
Oregon football reflects Phil Knight above all
to wander from that spot would be like committing suicide for any head coach but
to that we will only say this…
Above all Phil Knight loves a WINNER
has had under contract at Nike athletes that won in all kinds of different ways
and approaches and that brings us back to Mark Helfrich and his 3 – 6 football
team which still has to play this season…
At Oregon State
Sorry…even if Oregon wins its next three games 6 – 6 is not good enough for Mark
Helfrich to keep his job mainly because there isn’t anyone with a working brain
that thinks Oregon would be any better in 2017 than they have been in 2016 which
to be honest has been…
for the record….below are Oregon’s Team Recruiting Rankings according to
Rivals.com for the years 2009 through 2017 and does anyone else notice a
trend….a downward trend that is?
Nick Saban, Alabama
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Bobby Petrino, Louisville
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
David Shaw, Stanford
Chris Petersen, Washington
is that coach at the end…Chris Petersen of Washington…who coached for FIVE years
at Oregon under Mike Bellotti before heading off to be an assistant and then
Uber-successful head coach at Boise State and now Washington.
Would Chris Petersen leave the big city of Seattle to take the Oregon job for
$10 million a year for 10 years which would more than double his current salary
a feeling he might…but then that’s just our opinion…and with Chris Petersen 52
years of age that might be a call that one of Phil Knight’s assistants should
make in the next couple of weeks….just saying.
2. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – The
difference between the Power 5 Conference Schools + Notre Dame has gotten to be
so big in recent years we here at Coaches Hot Seat have begun to look at Head
Coaches at Power 5 Schools Win/Loss Records against other Power 5 Schools and
when we started to do that we found a STUNNING number with Irish head coach
Notre Dame lost to Alabama in the Bogus BCS National Title Game on January 7,
2013 Notre Dame under Brian Kelly has posted the following Win/Loss Record
against teams that are members of a Power 5 Conference:
22 – 17 (.564)
check-out Brian Kelly and Notre Dame Football’s record against Power 5
Conference Schools with .500 or better records in the year they played them….
10 – 14 (.417)
Again….at NOTRE DAME!
Sorry…but we here at Coaches Hot Seat must have a little higher expectations for
Notre Dame Football than Irish AD Jack Swarbrick who evidently believes that…
Brian Kelly can post ANY Damn record in 2016 and keep his job
Kelly is going to test with the Irish now at 3 – 6 on the season and with wins
now have a combined win/loss record of…
12 – 15!
Oh….Notre Dame has lost to THREE teams in 2016…
either already have confirmed will not or might not have a .500+ record in 2016!
Joys of working at Notre Dame where as head coach you can now…
Average over FOUR-PLUS losses a season
keep your Damn job!
some news for Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and everyone else making excuses for
Brian Kelly who is in his SEVENTH season in South Bend…
In your SEVENTH season at Notre Dame you should be competing for a National
Title…PERIOD…but then why should…
We have HIGH expectations for Notre Dame Football when it’s clear the Athletic
Director of the school for Damn Sure Doesn’t?
3. Steve Addazio, Boston College
– After the 52 – 7 beatdown of Boston College by Louisville on Saturday in BC
Head Coach Steve Addazio’s…
47 th Game at Boston College
win/loss records now stand at…
Overall: 21 – 26
ACC: 9 – 21
last two seasons in ACC Conference play Boston College’s win/loss record is…
1 – 13!
us if we are not clear on this whole hiring a Head Coach thing BUT shouldn’t a
Head Coach’s football team be betting BETTER in Years 3 and 4 instead of worse?
is now 4 – 5 on the season with games left against…
At Florida State
At Wake Forest
the Over/Under on how many people will be at the UConn – Boston College game at
BC on November 19?
wouldn’t have just fired Steve Addazio’s ass if we were the AD at Boston College
after his team got whipped 52 – 7 by Louisville in Addazio’s….
47 th Game at BC
rather we would have grabbed Addazio by the scruff of the neck and dragged his
ass to Boston Harbor followed by quickly throwing his ass into Boston Harbor
just as American tossed tea into the harbor almost 243 years ago!
By the Scruff of the Damn Neck!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – After
the Kansas Jayhawks 48 – 21 loss to West Virginia on Saturday in Head Coach
21 st game at Kansas
leaves Beaty’s win/loss records at the school in TWO years on the job at…
Overall: 1 – 20
Big 12: 0 – 15
Beaty is a nice enough of a guy so if we were hired as the AD at Kansas tomorrow
we would call Beaty into our office and say….
“Son….you have won one football game in two seasons on the job here at Kansas.
You have Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State left on the schedule. If you win two
of the three remaining games you will be coaching the Jayhawks in 2017….if you
win less than two games it’s over. Now best of luck to you Son in these last
three games and if you need anything just let me know.”
week that we wrote in this blog that if we fired David Beaty at Kansas that we
would call the below coaches in order to find a new coach, but alas we left a
name off this list which we should add now which is Tulsa head coach Phillip
Montgomery who has done a very nice job in two years at the school:
Leach, Washington State 2. Craig
Bohl, Wyoming 3. PJ
Fleck, Western Michigan 4.
Philip Montgomery, Tulsa 5. K. C.
Keeler, Sam Houston State 6. John
Grass, Jacksonville State 7. Bob
5. Butch Jones, Tennessee – What
was being whispered a few weeks ago in Knoxville is now public fodder and has
even made into onto the Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network and what we are
referring to is…
Jones believes that the news media in Knoxville….yes in Knoxville…are out to get
him and Jones has turned into the Richard Nixon of college football obsessing
over what every member of the local and regional media is saying about him and
his football program.
Butch Jones to think that the media in Knoxville or any coach about to think
that the media in ANY SEC Conference town is out to get the head football coach
is NUTS beyond belief since the football team pays a lot of the bills and keeps
a lot of people employed covering said football team AND…listen closely here
There is nothing more the local media in ANY SEC Conference town wants than
their local football team to win and win BIG!
that the Total Damn Idiocy that the media in Knoxville is out to get Butch Jones
has been Totally Debunked let’s look at the FACTS starting with Jones win/loss
records at Tennessee….
Overall: 27 – 20
SEC: 12 – 17
we would label as AVERAGE to BELOW AVERAGE for a place like Tennessee especially
when one considers that the Vols could easily be…
4 – 5
now instead of 6 – 3 in 2016 which if reversed would have Butch Jones on the #1
Hot Seat in America even ahead of Mark Helfrich at Oregon which brings us to
what’s left on Tennessee’s schedule in 2016….
what would have to happen for Butch Jones to lose his job in a few weeks:
Tennessee loses all THREE games = Butch Jones is DONE
Tennessee loses TWO of last THREE games = Butch Jones is DONE
Tennessee loses ONE of the last THREE games = Butch Jones comes back in 2017
think Tennessee can finish 7 – 5 in Butch Jones FOURTH year at Tennessee and
Jones can keep his job?
chance in Hell especially considering that entering the season the Vols were
10 of the 12 games on their schedule
the best case scenario they will end up with 9 wins which is OK…if you are
partial to AVERAGE!
6. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – On
Saturday Arizona got beat by Washington State by the score of…
69 – 7
there is only ONE way a football team with as much talent as Arizona can lose a
game to Washington State which has Equal or Less Talent than the Wildcats….
The Arizona Football Team just Flat-Out QUIT…PERIOD…in our humble opinion.
happens now after Arizona QUIT….in our humble opinion….against Washington State
which leaves Arizona’s record at 2 – 7 with games left with….
At Oregon State
the very real chance that Arizona in Rich Rodriguez’s FIFTH season at the school
could finish at…
2 – 10?
Well….at least those rumors that Rodriguez was interested in the South Carolina
and Miami jobs last year….in our humble opinion mind you….are starting to make
sense not that we don’t understand that since the reality is…
Rodriguez grew-up and spent most of his life in GREEN West Virginia and he is
now living in the BARREN desert of south Arizona which is beautiful but is a
place that those of us here at Coaches Hot Seat can only take for a few weeks at
the most before we are ready to get back to the GREEN of California, Colorado,
just a hunch on our part but we wouldn’t be surprised if Rich Rodriguez’s agent
was right now talking to other schools that might have a job opening coming up
in the next few weeks about Rich Rod possibly moving on down the road from
Arizona to somewhere where it is GREEN and somewhere where they speak more
Southern….Hmmmmm…now where could that possibly be?
think of at least one…maybe two places…that are in GREEN places and in the South
where a job may be coming open in the coming weeks and for Damn sure if Rich
Rodriguez does make a move we are quite confident that Arizona AD Greg Byrne has
a list of coaches at the ready and we have a pretty good idea who Byrne would
attempt to hire first if he suddenly had a head football coach opening….THINK….
Row The Boat…just Row the Damn Boat!
that anyone at Coaches Hot Seat would like to see the Boat Rower in the Pac-12
Conference but it’s something that could very well happen!
7. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
– On Saturday Charlie Partridge and his FAU football got a nice win over woeful
Rice which also has a head coach in David Bailiff on the Hot Seat and now in
THREE seasons at the school Charlie’s win/loss records stand at….
Overall: 8 – 25
CUSA: 6 – 15
in our opinion is BELOW AVERAGE for what we expected out of Partridge at FAU who
we had High High Hopes for when Charlie came from Arkansas to take this job in
2 – 7 on the season can FAU maybe get a few more wins with games left against…
At Middle Tennessee
probably means one more win and if that happens it would leave Charlie Partridge
with THREE straight seasons at FAU with records of…
3 – 9 3
– 9 3
Sorry…if we are the AD at FAU tomorrow and had this stadium for our football
team to play in….
would call Charlie into our office in late November and say:
“You have a good Thanksgiving Charlie?” Good….Good…now as for FAU we are no
longer going to be needing your services Son and you and your coaches have until
Saturday, December 3 to get all of your stuff out of the athletic building.
Understood? Good…now good luck to you Son!”
8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech –
Yes…Kliff Kingsbury’s overall record at Texas Tech is BELOW AVERAGE at…
23 – 24
Kingsbury’s Big 12 Conference record at Tech is AWFUL…
12 – 21
even worse is Kingsbury’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools in FOUR
seasons in Lubbock:
14 – 25
Damn….is there a word in the English language to describe a 14 – 25 record
against Power 5 Conference Schools when you are the head coach at Texas Tech?
Well…maybe not a word but a phrase perhaps…
Raiders are now 4 – 5 after their loss to Texas on Saturday and still have games
At Oklahoma State
At Iowa State
our guess is that Tech finishes the season at 6 – 6 since it looks like that the
Baylor football team and coaches it seems are about to Totally Quit on the 2016
Will a 6 – 6 record save Kliff Kingsbury’s job at Texas Tech?
9. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech –
In Paul Johnson’s EIGHT and NINTH seasons at Georgia Tech he has posted combined
win/loss records of…
Overall: 8 – 13
ACC: 3 – 11
that can keep you employed at Georgia Tech then we don’t have a Damn Clue why
Tech even bothers to field a football team any longer!
5 – 4 on the season after the loss to North Carolina the Yellow Jackets have
games left against…
At Virginia Tech – Guess A Loss
Virginia – Guess A Loss
At Georgia – Guess A Loss
would leave Tech at 5 – 7 on the season and looking for a new head football
coach come early December under new athletic director and former football player
at Georgia Tech Todd Stansbury.
Who might Todd Stansbury hire at Georgia Tech if he should have an opening in
the football head coaching job in a few weeks?
guess…someone that is under 50 years of age…someone who runs an up-tempo offense
that is NOT the wishbone…and someone that can get the Atlanta area excited about
Georgia Tech football again. We can think of a handful of coaches that fit that
10. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati
“Hey…Go To Hell…Get A Job?”
Tommy….Son….we learned something in business a Helluva long time ago…
someone paying YOUR salary is criticizing and/or yelling at your ass about your
job performance you don’t yell back at them…
“Hey…Go To Hell…Get A Job!”
Tuberville has had a decent run at Texas Tech and Cincinnati after getting fired
or after mutually parting with Auburn after the 2008 season but in the last
couple of years we have detected a bit of…
“If we win we win…if we lose we lose”
….attitude from Tuberville at Cincinnati….in our humble opinion….and after two 9
– 4 records to start at Cincinnati in the last two seasons Tuberville has posted
Overall: 11 – 11
AAC: 5 – 8
the problem….with Cincinnati now at 4 – 5 on the season after their loss to BYU
at home on Saturday they have games left against…
there is a very good chance that the Bearcats could lose all three of their
remaining games and not go to a bowl game for the first time in Tuberville’s
time at the school.
Tommy….your Cincinnati team SHOULD beat UCF under a first-year head coach and
SHOULD beat Memphis under a first year head coach and as for that game at Tulsa
on November 25…
There’s not a chance in Hell you will beat Tulsa Tommy
better Damn beat UCF and Memphis to get your ass off the Hot Seat!