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   "The game of life is a lot like football.  You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the

     opportunity."  Lewis Grizzard

 

 

 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Lewis Grizzard

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“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house. “

And

“I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married. “

And

“Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

And

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. “

And

“Sex hasn’t been the same since women started enjoying it. “

And

“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. “

And

“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

And

“You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’ “

And

“The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”

And

“Being a newspaper columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It’s great for the first two weeks.”

And

“Baptists never make love standing up. They’re afraid someone might see them and think they’re dancing.”

And

“I have three ex-wives. I can’t remember any of their names, so I just call ’em Plaintiff.”

And

“I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence.”

And

“In the south there’s a difference between ‘Naked’ and ‘Nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on … and you’re up to somethin’.”

And

“Kinky sex involves the use of duck feathers. Perverted sex involves the whole duck.”

And

“Real estate agents are God’s plague on mankind when locusts are out of season.”

And

“Women who drink white wine either want to get married, sell you a piece of real estate, or redecorate your house. Either way, it’s expensive.”

And

“Lewis’ advice to Atlantans in case of nuclear war: “If you live on the South side of Atlanta, get on I-75 and go south. If you live of the North side of Atlanta get on I-75 and go north. If you are a Yankee get on 285.” (Note to all you Yankees — I-285 is a continuous loop around the city)”

And

“I get letters from people who say, ‘What have you got against women?’ What could I possibly have against women? I’ve married three of them.”

Wikipedia: Lewis Grizzard

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”

And

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”

And

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”

And

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

And

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

And

“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.”

And

“I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.”

And

“The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

And

“We can’t command our love, but we can our actions.”

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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

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“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

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“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

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“I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.”

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“From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.”

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“As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.”

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“A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.”

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“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.”

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“The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it.”

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“When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.”

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“The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.”

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“Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.”

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“The highest morality may prove also to be the highest wisdom when the half-told story comes to be finished.”

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“I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.”

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“The more we progress the more we tend to progress. We advance not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression. We draw compound interest on the whole capital of knowledge and virtue which has been accumulated since the dawning of time. Some eighty thousand years are supposed to have existed between paleolithic and neolithic man. Yet in all that time he only learned to grind his flint stones instead of chipping them. But within our father’s lives what changes have there not been? The railway and the telegraph, chloroform and applied electricity. Ten years now go further than a thousand then, not so much on account of our finer intellects as because the light we have shows us the way to more. Primeval man stumbled along with peering eyes, and slow, uncertain footsteps. Now we walk briskly towards our unknown goal.”

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“What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts.”

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STEEL TRUE
BLADE STRAIGHT
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
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PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Epitath

Wikipedia Page: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Importance of Attention To Detail and The Little Things To Coaches Winning Football Games – #4 Hot Seat Head Coach, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Before we get to the #4 Coach on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings heading into the 2017 college football season…

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

…we first must relate the findings of some research we have been doing into great coaches in all sports which has produced a data point on something we have thought to be true for years, but was confirmed with hard data in the last month or so.

Coaches Hot Seat is now heading towards its 11 th year of covering the Great Game of College Football, and during the last ten seasons and for years beforehand a few of us at CHS have been collecting quotes, antidotes, stories and other information about great coaches in sport over the past 100 years plus in America. We have all of this data within Microsoft Word in 1,000-plus files and last December we started going through all that data and organizing it so we could begin to run keyword searches to see if we could pull-out commonalities among great coaches in the past and present.

Well, we have our first fascinating data point to pass along about what makes great coaches so GREAT and this particular thing is something we have seen over and over again and for some of us, we know of it totally, since it was drilled into our heads from our very first day in the US Navy 25+ years ago.

The first fascinating data point that is common across all GREAT coaches in sport both past and present is:

Attention To Detail!

Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant term for Attention To Detail was attention to “the Little Things” and is summed-up in the below great quote and video from the Bear:

“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.”

John Wooden, who in our minds is with Paul Bryant one of the five greatest coaches in American collegiate sports history had this quote about “Attention to Detail!”

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

In the advertising world that several of the founders of Coaches Hot Seat now working the original Mad Man advertising icon David Ogilvy had the below quote about “Attention To Detail!”:

“Leaders grasp nettles.”

What does “nettles” mean exactly from the British born David Ogilvy?

“Leaders grasp DETAILS!”

We could go on for quite awhile passing along quotes about the importance of “Attention To Detail” or as Paul Bryant said, “Talking to you about Little Things as long as you are here,” but the important point is that it’s VITAL for head coaches to focus like a laser beam on all the details that surround the coach in their job if they hope to be a consistent Winner and Great Coach….PERIOD!

The obvious question when understanding the importance of “Attention To Detail” and “the Little Things” is why do coaches who are sometimes paid a Helluva lot of money to create winning teams not putting enough emphasis on organizing as much of the details as possible within their team and the obvious answer to that question is:

They Are Lazy As Hell!

It takes HARD WORK to put a broad focus across a sports team or organization on the thousands of small things that once organized and managed on an ongoing basis create the foundation for building a winning team and the honest and pitiful TRUTH is that many coaches just flat-out…

Do Not Want To Do the Hard Work!

Those coaches would rather be fishing, or playing golf, or watching TV or all-manner of other things with the sometimes enormous amounts of money they are paid instead of doing the HARD WORK that flows from making sure every issue, person and possible eventuality is accounted for within your organization which is best exemplified by the Late Great Bill Walsh:

“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”

Why are most of the Top 30 coaches on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings on the Hot Seat today?

In our opinion because they have not been willing to put in the HARD WORK that is necessary to build a winning football program which does not equal the amount of time you spend in the office, but rather means the amount of time a head coach focuses on…

Attention To Detail

…and focusing on…

The Little Things!

The most ironic thing is after a lifetime of attending college football games going back to the mid-1970s, playing college football, and being around many of the top college football programs of today over the past decade-plus we can tell within just a few minutes of stepping inside a college athletic complex and watching a team practice if a Head Coach is spending enough time on organizing and managing “the Little Things” because it’s quickly obvious whether some things are being missed or if EVERYTHING is being accounted for from the largest to the smallest issue.

In 2008 a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for about a week on business and to see Alabama practice in the run-up to Bama’s second Spring Game under Nick Saban. We were with a good friend of ours that played for Paul Bryant in the 1970s, and thus we had as much run of the Alabama athletic complex as anyone could get under what is the Uber-organized Nick Saban and what we saw in those few days was fascinating in that EVERYTHING was accounted for within Saban’s program at Alabama which was best summed up by our friend that played for the Bear:

“Saban may be more organized than Coach Bryant and Coach Bryant was the most organized man I have ever known.”

Attention To Detail and a focus on The Little Things…do that and you as a coach and team will WIN…if you know how to coach the X’s and O’s of the game of football mind you!

Now with the above in mind which was written on this day for a very specific reason Aggie fans let’s move to…

#4 Hot Seat Head Coach, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Kevin Sumlin has a decent overall record at Texas A&M posting in FIVE seasons on the job in College Station a record of…

44 – 21

….but the REAL problem for Sumlin is his record in SEC Conference play….

21 – 19

….and even more startling at a place like Texas A&M which has EVERYTHING a coach needs to win a Helluva lot of football games is Sumlin’s record against Power Five Conference Schools the last FIVE seasons is…

26 – 21

Oh here’s another important data point in today’s world since teams like Texas A&M have so many cupcakes on their schedule each year….Kevin Sumlin has lost…

21 games

…in FIVE seasons at A&M which works out to an average of…

4.2 losses per season

….but over the past FOUR seasons the Aggies have averaged losing…

4.75 losses per season!

Can you really almost lose 5 games per season and keep your job at Texas A&M?

It seems so and thus why when we think of Texas A&M Athletics the first word that comes to mind is…

AVERAGE!

Oh here’s something else…Texas A&M hasn’t finished the season ranked in the Top 20 the last THREE seasons which leads us to perhaps the most important point of all considering the Aggies went 1 – 4 against the last 5 legitimate football teams it played to end the 2016 season….

Texas A&M Football under Kevin Sumlin has collapsed down the stretch of in each of the past FOUR seasons going….

2013: 3 – 3
2014: 2 – 4
2015: 2 – 4
2016: 1 – 4

Total: 8 – 15

….against the legitimate football in the second-half of the last FOUR years.

What causes the above exactly Aggie Football fans should be asking themselves?

See the introduction to this blog post for an explanation…in our humble opinion!

OK…let’s go to Texas A&M’s 2017 Football Schedule to see if Kevin Sumlin can turn things around in College Station in his SIXTH year on the job which one would think is important since Sumlin is making more than $5 Million Dollars to produce a winning football program and team…

At UCLA
Nicholls
La. Lafayette
Arkansas
South Carolina
Alabama
At Florida
Mississippi State
Auburn
New Mexico
At Ole Miss
At LSU

Our guess is that Texas A&M will finish with a overall record of…

7 – 5

…and a record in SEC play of…

4 – 4

…which if it happened would leave Kevin Sumlin’s record in SEC Conference play after SIX seasons on the job at…

25 – 23

…and if that is acceptable to fans of Aggie Football then as they say in the South…

“God Bless Their Hearts!”

We will leave you with the following….personally we like Kevin Sumlin having talked to the guy a few times over the years and from that it’s our opinion Sumlin is a good guy who works hard at his job, but if we had to put a number on what the level of organization and how close that Sumlin and his coaches pay “Attention To Detail” within the Aggies Football program using the benchmark of Nick Saban and Alabama which is…

100% organized

….we would put Sumlin’s organization of Texas A&M Football at around….

70% organized

….and last time we checked at Texas A&M a grade of 70 in the classroom in College Station is barely passing and frankly that’s not acceptable to us…but it might just be acceptable to…

Aggie Football Fans

“God Bless Their Hearts!”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, March 27, 2017 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

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“A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.”

And

“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.”

And

“Every idea is an incitement… Eloquence may set fire to reason.”

And

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.”

And

“Have the courage to act instead of react.”

And

“I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

And

“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”

And

“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”

And

“Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.”

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“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

And

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

And

“The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn.”

And

“Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.”

And

“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”

And

“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”

And

“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

And

“Get down, you fool!” Assertion famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

And

“Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.”

And

“Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.”

And

“State interference is an evil, where it cannot be shown to be a good.”

And

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”

And

“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

And

“I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater, but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does.”

And

“That, at any rate, is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.”

And

“Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there rises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds us that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the unimaginable whole. It suggests that even while living we are living to ends outside ourselves.”

And

“Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.”

And

“Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.”

And

“Lawyers spend their professional careers shoveling smoke.”

And

“A second class mind, but a first class temperament.” A summation of his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt

And

“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

And

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Wikipedia: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Ernest Shackleton

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“By endurance we conquer.”

And

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

And

“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

And

“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

And

“Optimism is true moral courage.”

And

“Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.”

And

“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

And

“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”

And

“You often have to hide from them not only the truth, but your feelings about the truth. You may know that the facts are dead against you, but you mustn’t say so.”

And

“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”

And

Shackleton’s Leadership of the Endurance Expedition, Charles Chappell, Wharton Exeutive MBS Program (pdf)

Lessons in Leadership

1. Put your people first
2. Be flexible in tactics
3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence
4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity
5. Lead by example
6. Strive for equal treatment
7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal
8. Balance optimism with realism

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Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehin, New York Times

Wikipedia: Ernest Shackleton

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Jimmy Stewart

The below book about the Jimmy Stewart is a GREAT read!

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight For Europe, Robert Matzen, Amazon.com

“I’ve always been skeptical of people who say they lose themselves in a part. Someone once came up to Spencer Tracy and asked, “Aren’t you tired of always playing Tracy?” Tracy replied, “What am I supposed to do, play Bogart?” You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.”

And

“The great thing about the movies … is-you’re giving people little … tiny pieces of time … that they never forget.”

And

“You must be oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant…and you may quote me.”

And

“I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients. It will be clean and it will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully.”

And

“You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.”

And

“Frank called me one day and said, ‘I have an idea for a movie, why don’t you come over and I’ll tell you?’ So I went over and we sat down and he said, ‘This picture starts in heaven’. That shook me.”

And

“Clarence: You’ve been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.” It’s A Wonderful Life

And

“Clarence: You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away? ” It’s A Wonderful Life

And

“I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.”

And

“I sort of got into Westerns… It was a sort of desperation move, really. I had several pictures that didn’t go very well, and I just realised that I would have to try something else. “

And

“I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.”

And

“We had an apartment on west side of Central Park. The rent was very reasonable. We found out later that it belonged to a gangster called Legs Diamond and it was a front to his headquarters. It was fine.”

And

“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”

And

“My mother approved, my father just didn’t accept the idea of my being an actor. I think that’s the reason he kept the hardware store in operation, because I think he was pretty sure that I was going to be found out sooner or later, and he wanted to have a job for me to come back to.”

And

“I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.” An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

And

“If we don’t try we don’t do. And if we don’t do, what are we on this earth for?” Shenandoah

And

“There’s not much I can tell you about this war. It’s like all wars, I guess. The undertakers are winning.” Shenandoah

And

“Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see.” The Greatest Show on Earth

And

“Liberty is too precious to be buried in books. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, ‘I’m free.’” Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

And

“He used to say to me, “Have you ever noticed how grateful you are to see daylight again after coming through a long dark tunnel?”…Always try to see life around you as if you’d just come out of a tunnel.” Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

And

“You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money! Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter! In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!” It’s A Wonderful Life

And

“I’ve always been skeptical of people who say they lose themselves in a part. Someone once came up to Spencer Tracy and asked, “Aren’t you tired of always playing Tracy?” Tracy replied, “What am I supposed to do, play Bogart?” You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.”

And

“I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.”

And

“If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had – their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage. The vogue for the new kind of western seems pretty unimportant to me. They try to destroy something that has been vital to people for so long.”

And

“I suppose people can relate to being me, while they dream about being John Wayne.”

And

“I cannot tell you, Mr President, just how happy I am to finally be able to call you my Commander-in-Chief.” — to longtime friend Ronald Reagan, on his inauguration as US President on 1/20/81.

Wikipedia: Jimmy Stewart

Lessons in Manliness: Jimmy Stewart – The Art of Maniless

Life with Jimmy Stewart: A War Hero Comes Home, 1945, Life Magazine

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#3 Hot Seat CFB Head Coach: Todd Graham, Arizona State – 2017 Coach and Season Preview for Arizona State Sun Devils

Let’s take a look at Todd Graham’s season and overall records in five years at Arizona State to try and figure out just what the Hell is going on in Tempe:

2012:  8 – 5
2013:  10 – 4
2014:  10 – 3
2015:  6 – 7
2016:  5 – 7

Overall:  39 – 26

Pac-12:  25 – 20

Hmmmm….something happened after the 2014 season to Todd Graham’s teams at Arizona State but what was it exactly?

Let’s now take a look at Arizona State’s Scoring Defense stats under Todd Graham (points per game given up on defense):

2012:  24.3
2013:  26.6
2014:  27.9
2015:  33.5
2016:  39.8

No…you are not going to win a Helluva lot of games giving up over 30 points a game and in the last two seasons Todd Graham has posted a record at Arizona State against Power Five Conference Schools of….

7 – 14

Why you must be asking yourself by now has the Arizona State defense collapsed so the last two seasons which had landed head coach Todd Graham squarely on the Hot Seat? Well, we went back and looked at the Sun Devils defense the last two seasons such as the below 61 – 55 loss in three overtimes to Oregon in 2015…

…and came to the very simple conclusion that the Arizona State defense is…

The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech

That’s not good when one considers that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense in America could easily hang 50+ points on the Red Raiders defense which means that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense could easily hang 48+ points on the Sun Devils!

There’s this odd thing about winning football games that Todd Graham doesn’t seem to understand:

If your team isn’t going to bother to tackle anyone on the other team your team is not going to win many games against legitimate football teams Son!

With the above in mind and looking at Arizona State’s 2017 schedule below how many games will the team with…

The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech

….win in the upcoming season?:

New Mexico State
San Diego State
At Texas Tech aka the No Damn Tackling Game of the Century
Oregon
At Stanford
Bye Week
Washington
At Utah
USC
Colorado
At UCLA
At Oregon State
Arizona

Our guess for Arizona State’s records in 2017….

Overall:  5 – 7

Pac-12:  3 – 6

Sorry…there’s not a chance in Hell that Todd Graham will be the head coach at Arizona State by December 15 if the Sun Devils finish 5 – 7 in 2017, which probably means that Graham better Damn find a way to have 6 wins on the board when Arizona comes to Tempe on November 25 which might just be a game where…

Both Head Coaches Are Fired Shortly After the Territorial Cup!

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, March 24, 2017 - Wilt Chamberlain

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“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.””

And

“With all of you men out there who think that having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I have learned in my life I’ve found out that having one woman a thousand different times is much more satisfying.”

And

“The man who won’t loan money isn’t going to have many friends – or need them.”

And

“I guarantee you, if you could give me 10 points in all those seventh games against the Boston Celtics, instead of Bill Russell having 11 rings, I could’ve at least had nine or eight.”

And

“I believe that good things come to those who work.”

And

“I get constant reminders from fans who equate that game and my career as one and the same.”

And

“And I remember leaving my place in L.A. and – my father is a big fight fan – and I said, ‘Dad, I got a couple of days off and I’m getting ready to go to Houston to sign to fight Muhammad Ali.”

And

“When you go out there and do the things you’re supposed to do, people view you as selfish.”

And

“If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?”

And

“We’re all fascinated by the numbers, as we were about the 100 points.”

And

“I couldn’t have come close without my teammates’ help because the Knicks didn’t want me to make 100.”

And

“You must understand as a kid of color in those days, the Harlem Globetrotters were like being movie stars.”

And

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”

And

“Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”

And

“Wilt was one of the greatest ever, and we will never see another one like him.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who broke Chamberlain’s record to become the NBA’s leading career scorer.

And

“When I started to play with him, he helped make me a better player. We seemed to have a real good feel together, I think it translated into a confidence with him. All players are generally judged by the number of championships they won. Unfortunately, he only won two. His greatness as a basketball player can’t be questioned. He was fun, we used to laugh at him a lot, some of the things that would happen. I once told him, no one roots for Goliath.” – Jerry West, former teammate and current executive vice president of basketball operations with the Lakers.

And

“As I grew up, Wilt the Stilt was the player. Just the things he was able to do. I guess one year they told him he couldn’t make as much money as he wanted because he couldn’t pass the ball, so he went out and led the league in assists. Watching Wilt, you always kind of got the idea he was just playing with people. That he was on cruise control and still 10 times better than anybody else that was playing at that time.” – Denver Nuggets Coach Dan Issel.

And

“Obviously, he was both literally and figuratively a larger-than-life sports figure of the 20th century. He dominated his sport like almost no one else.” – Atlanta Hawks president Stan Kasten.

And

“He was the NBA. He was the guy on the top. Wilt was the guy you talked about – he and Bill Russell. He was the most dominating center – the best center to ever play in the NBA.” – Former NBA center and Bulls coach Johnny “Red” Kerr, who played part of one season in Philly with Wilt and against him for six-plus years.

And

“He was always a person that I viewed as being bigger than life in more ways than one. I had recently heard through friends and associates that he hadn’t been feeling well, but again, I felt Wilt was a person who was able to overcome anything, so I was totally shocked to hear of his death.” – Al Attles, a former teammate of Chamberlain’s with the Warriors and now the team’s vice president and assistant general manager.

And

“Wilt Chamberlain had a great deal to do with the success of the NBA. His dominance, power, demeanor and the rivalry with Bill Russell says it all. He will be sorely missed by myself and everyone in the basketball community. Wilt was a great performer and a great athlete.” – Former Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

And

“He was a terrific guy. It is a great loss to the sports world. Wilt Chamberlain had a special place in basketball history and he will be missed. We had many battles with Wilt. He was a fun guy to be around; he was a ‘Gentle Giant.’ ” – Boston Celtics great and Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn.

And

“I spent 12 years in his armpits, and I always carried that 100-point game on my shoulders. After I got my third foul, I said to one of the officials, Willy Smith, ‘Why don’t you just give him 100 points and we’ll all go home?’ Well, we did.” – Darrall Imhoff, who as a 6-foot-10 rookie center for the Knicks, guarded Chamberlain during his 100-point game.

And

“We’ve lost a giant of a man in every sense of the word. The shadow of accomplishment he cast over our game is unlikely ever to be matched.” – NBA Commissioner David Stern.

And

“It’s a shock to all of us in the basketball community. This is a guy whose impact changed the rules of the game … he changed the interior part of our basketball game.” – Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.

And

“He was more inquisitive than anybody I ever knew. He was writing a screenplay about his life. He was interested in world affairs, sometimes he’d call me up late at night and discuss philosophy. I think he’ll be remembered as a great man. He happened to make a living playing basketball but he was more than that. He could talk on any subject. He was a Goliath.” – Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain’s longtime attorney.

And

“He just was a wonderful person. He comes off one way, but he is truly a family-oriented person, a person who loves his friends and friends loved him. … He is a person that will always be one of our favorite, favorite people. Not only because he was a great basketball player, but he was a great son, a great brother, a great uncle and he was just a nice, nice person.” – Chamberlain’s sister, Barbara Lewis.

And

“I did see him about four times a week – big, strong, big smile. He always thought he could play still better than all the guys in the game could play. He is gone and I can’t believe it.” – Announcer Chick Hearn, who broadcast all of the Lakers games when Chamberlain played for them.

And

“The 76ers family is deeply saddened by the loss of not only one of our greatest players of all time, but by an incredible human being. We pass along our condolences to his family and join the millions of basketball fans around the world mourning this loss.” – 76ers owner Pat Croce.

And

“Wilt was a tremendous individual, I really got to know him when I was coaching at UCLA. He spent a lot of time with the team. As far as basketball, he changed the way the game is played. This is a great loss.”
– 76ers Coach Larry Brown

Wikipedia: Wilt Chamberlain

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Dean Smith

“Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”

And

“I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.”

And

“What to do with a mistake–recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”

And

“Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.”

And

“The most important thing is team morale.”

And

“Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise.”

And

“Always have your players go and pick-up the guy who draws the charge.”

And

“Everyone on the bench stands for the man coming out of the game.”

And

“You should sub a player out when you see a player not going full-speed or playing selfish basketball.”

And

“Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.”

And

“The best way to build team chemistry is the way Rupp used to substitute, when they fouled out.”

And

“I’ve always believed in quickness over strength and size.”

And

“I only use statistics to reinforce what I already think, or if it’s something unusual.”

And

“The key statistic is still to get to the foul line.”

And

“I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10.”

And

“If you’re going to make every game a matter of life or death, you’re going to have a lot of problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”

Wikipedia: Dean Smith

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Winston Churchill

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

And

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

And

“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

And

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

And

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

And

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

And

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

And

“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

And

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”

And

“The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”

And

“If you are going to go through hell, keep going.”

And

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

And

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

And

“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

And

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

And

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

And

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

And

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

And

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”

And

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

And

“You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

And

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Wikipedia: Winston Churchill

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#2 Hot Seat CFB Head Coach – 2017 Coach and Season Preview for Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

It’s clear from Sports Illustrated columnist Pete Thamel’s latest on the meltdown of the Notre Dame football program under Brian Kelly the last few years….well, actually since Alabama destroyed the Irish in the BCS Title Game on January 7, 2013….that Brian Kelly understood he would either change course or his college head coaching career…at least in South Bend…would be over!

‘I’m going to make sure that never happens again’: Inside Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame overhaul, Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated

“To rejuvenate the Irish on the field, Kelly orchestrated a complete overhaul of his staff, program and, most significantly, himself. There’s a new offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coach and strength coach. In total, he hired 17 new staff members in the football staff. “We failed and I failed,” Kelly told Sports Illustrated in his office last week. “I think like any successful person.… They don’t say I’m a failure. I looked at what adjustments needed to be made.”

In an unusually candid interview, Kelly didn’t just fall on the sword for the Irish’s flop last season. He belly flopped on it, using some form of the word fail nine times and consistently pointing the finger back at himself. Antithetical to his red-faced and fiery sideline demeanor, Kelly underwent a thorough and deliberate overhaul of the program.”

Looking at Brian Kelly’s seven seasons at Notre Dame in reality is a story detailing what AVERAGE looks like especially when one realizes these win/loss records are at…Notre Dame!

2010:  8 – 5
2011:  8 – 5
2012:  12 – 1
2013:  9 – 4
2014:  8 – 5
2015:  10 – 3
2016:  4 – 8

Overall:  59 – 31 (.656)

Yes…in FIVE of his SEVEN seasons at Notre Dame Brian Kelly and his Irish have lost…

4 or more games

…with an average of…

4.42 losses per season

…and in case you just dropped onto Earth from an alien spaceship if Notre Dame hired the next guy that wandered into South Bend looking for a hot meal he would average no worse than…

4.42 losses per season!

It will be fascinating to see how Brian Kelly’s overhaul of Notre Dame after his SEVENTH season on the job will play out, but the word from our Notre Dame alum friends who we see every year at the Stanford – Irish football game tell us that…

“Kelly better turn things around in 2017 or this will be his last year in South Bend and we have…”

The most interesting thing about the end of the above sentence is that, “…and we have….” ends with the name of a current CFB head coach that would be a Helluva interesting fit at Notre Dame that would SHOCK college football if he was hired to coach the Irish.

With the above in mind and a lot of uncertainty of what Notre Dame will run out onto the field this Fall let’s look at Notre Dame’s 2017 football schedule:

Temple
Georgia
At Boston College
At Michigan State
Miami (Ohio)
At North Carolina
Bye Week
USC
NC State
Wake Forest
At Miami
Navy
At Stanford

What do we think will be Notre Dame’s win/loss record be in 2017?

7 – 5

How many wins does Brian Kelly need in 2017 to be the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2018?

At least 9 wins!

If Notre Dame did finish with a record of 7 – 5 in 2017 then in EIGHT seasons coaching the Irish Brian Kelly will have lost 36 games which would be an average of….

4.5 losses per season

….and there is not a Chance in Hell that Brian Kelly would be allowed to coach Notre Dame in 2018 with that number of average losses per season.

As for who might be the next head coach at Notre Dame if Kelly doesn’t win at least 9 games in 2017 if our Notre Dame alum friends are right…

It would be One Helluva Shocking Hire!

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Frank Leahy

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“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

And

“Give me a lead of 14-0 at halftime and I will dictate the final score.”

And

“There are no shortcuts in life – only those we imagine.”

And

“When the going gets tough, let the tough get going.”

And

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”

And

“Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.”

Wikipedia: Frank Leahy

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#1 Hot Seat CFB Head Coach – 2017 Coach and Season Preview for Ole Miss Rebels – Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

With the 2017 College Football Season now only…

160 Days Away

….we begin to look at the College Coaches and Teams for the upcoming season starting with the new #1 Hot Seat Head Coach…

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss Rebels

2017 Coach and Season Preview for Ole Miss Rebels

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

Overall Record: 69 – 32

Ole Miss Record
Overall: 39 – 25
SEC: 19 – 21

We have been talking to our good friends in the Great State of Mississippi over the past few weeks, and the word on the dirt roads of Rebel Country in and around the Square in Oxford is that Hugh Freeze’s future employment at Ole Miss hinges on the final..or maybe “signaled” punishment handed down by the NCAA. None of our friends could get a straight answer to a straight question, but they did get the feeling that the following will happen relative to Hugh Freeze’s future:

If Hugh Freeze is suspended for 6 or more football games

AND/OR

Ole Miss gets a 2-plus year bowl ban

AND/OR

Ole Miss loses 12+ scholarships or 2+ more than they have self-imposed

Then the Hugh Freeze Era at Ole Miss will be over.

We haven’t a clue when the NCAA would rule on the Ole Miss situation, but it’s already late March and we guess the final ruling could come down before the end of the year which might indeed be Hugh Freeze’s last in Oxford, and with that in mind let’s get to the Rebels 2017 Football Schedule:

South Alabama
UT Martin
At California
Bye Week
At Alabama
At Auburn
Vanderbilt
LSU
Arkansas
At Kentucky
La. Lafayette
Texas A&M
At Mississippi State

In Hugh Freeze’s sixth season at Ole Miss with no NCAA issues the Rebels would probably be favored to win 8+ games, but the NCAA has already caused some damage to Ole Miss football with more damage coming even if the NCAA agrees with the folks in Oxford’s self-imposed punishment.

How many wins do we think Ole Miss will have in 2017?

Overall Record: 5 – 7

SEC Record: 2 – 6

Just a guess…maybe the NCAA will “signal” to the administration at Ole Miss that if “X” happens meaning that if Hugh Freeze and maybe others are relieved of their duties at the school the NCAA will accept the Ole Miss self-imposed penalties, but even if the NCAA doesn’t punish the Rebels further it’s looking like 2017 will be a losing season and we find it hard to believe Hugh Freeze could survive that unless the NCAA doesn’t impose any other penalties and then maybe just maybe…BARELY…Hugh Freeze will survive in Oxford past this coming December.

Here’s how Hugh Freeze gets out of his current bind still holding the head coaching job at Ole Miss:

1. The NCAA accepts the Ole Miss self-imposed penalties or barely adds to them

2. Nothing else comes out implicating the Ole Miss football program

3. Ole Miss wins at least 5 games overall and 2 games in SEC play in 2017

Yes…Hugh Freeze can pull a Houdini-trick and get out of this mess, but the margin for error is smaller than paper thin….it’s Atom Thin!

Memo to Coach Hugh Freeze: We leave you with the Serenity Prayer by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:

“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

Good Luck Coach Freeze!

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, March 20, 2017 - Tom Peters

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”

And

‘Good managers have a bias for action.”

And

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”

And

“Remember my mantra: distinct… or extinct.”

And

“Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.”

And

“Vision is dandy, but sustainable company excellence comes from a huge stable of able managers.”

And

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

And

“Creating in all employees the awareness that their best efforts are essential and that they will share in the rewards of the company’s success.”

And

“Transforming leadership, [is defined as] leadership that builds on man’s need for meaning, leadership that creates institutional purpose … he is the value-shaper, the exemplar, the maker of meanings … he is the true artist, the true pathfinder.”

And

“What gets measured gets done.”

And

“Every excellent company we studied is clear on what it stands for, and takes the process of value shaping seriously. In fact, we wonder whether it is possible to be an excellent company without clarity on values and without having the right sorts of values.”

And

The Big Four: Out-read ’em. Out-study ’em. Out-present ’em. Out-listen ’em.

And

“The Peters Principles: Enthusiasm. Emotion. Excellence. Energy. Excitement. Service. Growth. Creativity. Imagination. Vitality. Joy. Surprise. Independence. Spirit. Community. Limitless human potential. Diversity. Profit. Innovation. Design. Quality. Entrepreneurialism. Wow.”

And

“Leadership is all about love:

Passion,
Enthusiasms,
Appetite for Life,
Engagement,
Great Causes & Determination to Make a Damn Difference,
Commitment to Excellence
Shared Adventures,
Bizarre Failures,
Growth Beyond Measure,
Insatiable Appetite for Change.”

And

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.”

And

“Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don’t get it, prune.”

And

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

And

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”

And

“The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.”

And

“Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.”

And

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

And

“The best leaders… almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.”

And

“We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo… excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.”

And

“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity”

And

“If not excellence, what? If not excellence now, when?”

Wikipedia: Tom Peters

www.tompeters.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Barbara Jordan

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“But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.”

And

“Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.”

And

“Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.”

And

“For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.”

And

“I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

And

“I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.”

And

“If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce.”

And

“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.”

And

“Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.”

And

“Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.”

And

“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

And

“The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.”

And

“There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.”

And

“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”

And

“We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation… but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.”

And

“We call ourselves public servants but I’ll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.”

And

“We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.”

And

“What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.”

And

“What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance.”

Wikipedia: Barbara Jordan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, March 18, 2017 - George Lucas

“A lot of people like to do certain things, but they’re not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything.”

And

“Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.”

And

“Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”

And

“Star Wars” is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It’s what they want.”

And

“Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.”

And

“When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.”

And

“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.”

And

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”

And

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

And

“Luke, there is no try, there is either do or not do.”

And

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

And

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”

And

“You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody’s squabbling, there’s corruption.”

And

“Being in Washington is more fictional than being in Hollywood.”

And

“Don’t avoid the cliches – they are cliches because they work!”

And

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

“Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

And

“[Luke has seen a vision of Han, Leia and Chewie being tortured in Cloud City]
Luke: I saw – I saw a city in the clouds.
Yoda: [nods] Friends you have there.
Luke: They were in pain…
Yoda: It is the future you see.
Luke: The future?
[pause]
Luke: Will they die?
Yoda: [closes his eyes for a moment] Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.
Luke: I’ve got to go to them.
Yoda: Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.”

And

“C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds. “

And

“[Luke can’t levitate his X-Wing out of the bog]

Luke: I can’t. It’s too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”

And

“Yoda: I am wondering, why are you here?
Luke: I’m looking for someone.
Yoda: Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm?
Luke: Right…
Yoda: Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.
Luke: I don’t think so. I’m looking for a great warrior.
Yoda: Ohhh. Great warrior.
[laughs and shakes his head]
Yoda: Wars not make one great.”

And

“Luke: All right, I’ll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

And

“[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog]
Luke: I don’t, I don’t believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.”

And

“Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
Luke: Vader… Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.
Luke: But tell my why I can’t…
Yoda: No, no! There is no “why””

And

“Luke: I won’t fail you. I’m not afraid.
Yoda: You will be. You… will… be.”

And

“Luke: There’s something not right here… I feel cold. Death.
Yoda: [points to a cave opening beneath a large tree] That place… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.
Luke: What’s in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.”

Wikipedia: George Lucas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, March 17, 2017 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Blessing

My wish for you

“I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses,

Not that you might never need regret,

nor that you should never feel pain.

No, that is not my wish for you.

My wish for you is:

That you might be brave in times of trial,

when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.

When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed,

When hope can scarce shine through.

That every gift God gave you might grow with you

and let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name,

whom you can trust and who helps you in times of sadness,

Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

One more wish I have for you:

That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.

This is my wish for you and for all who care for you.

This is my hope for you now and forever.”

And

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. ~Adrienne Cook

You’ve heard I suppose, long ago,
How the snakes, in a manner most antic,
He marched to the county Mayo,
And trundled them into th’ Atlantic
~William Maginn

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick’s Day consists of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth. ~Author Unknown

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown

What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck. ~Author Unknown

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Oh, Paddy, dear, an’ did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground!
No more St. Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his colour can’t be seen,
For there’s a cruel law agin’ the Wearin’ o’ the green.
~Author Unknown

When law can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow,
An’ when the leaves in summer time their color dare not show,
Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen;
But till that day, plaise God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.
~Author Unknown

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

So, success attend St. Patrick’s fist,
For he’s a saint so clever;
Oh! he gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And bothered them forever!
~Henry Bennett

Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!
~Author Unknown

Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. ~Author Unknown

Oh, the music in the air!
An’ the joy that’s ivrywhere –
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An’ the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th’-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly

When Irish eyes are smiling, sure ’tis like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing,
When Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay,
And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.
~Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr. (lyrics), Ernest R. Ball (music)

He was a terror to any snake that came in his path, whether it was the cold, slimy reptile sliding along the ground or the more dangerous snake that oppresses men through false teachings. And he drove the snakes out of the minds of men, snakes of superstition and brutality and cruelty. ~Arthur Brisbane

Oh, while a man may dream awake,
On gentle Irish ground,
‘Tis Paradise without the snake –
That’s easy to be found.
~Frederick Langbridge

For ’tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray,
And it’s green, green, green, all the happy night and day;
Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,
And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all.
~Mary Elizabeth Blake

O, the red rose may be fair,
And the lily statelier;
But my shamrock, one in three
Takes the very heart of me!
~Katherine Tynan

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough! ~Irish Saying

There’s a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
‘Twas St Patrick himself, sure, that set it;
And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It thrives through the bog, through the brake, and the mireland;
And he called it the dear little shamrock of Ireland…
~Andrew Cherry

And about her courts were seen
Liveried angels robed in green,
Wearing, by St Patrick’s bounty,
Emeralds big as half the county.
~Walter Savage Landor

Do you suppose it’s true, that St. Patrick was a parselmouth, and his muggle friends never knew? ~Dave Beard

The shamrock on an older shore
Sprang from a rich and sacred soil
Where saint and hero lived of yore,
And where their sons in sorrow toil.
~Maurice Francis Egen

A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. ~Author Unknown

What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?
~Author Unknown

May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland’s faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
~Irish Blessing

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman
Who came of decent people;
He built a church in Dublin town,
And on it put a steeple.
~Henry Bennett

Wandered from the Antrim hills,
Wandered from the Killalas rills,
Patrick heard upon the breeze
Voices from the Irish seas.
~Author Unknown

If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick’s Day you get what you want very much but haven’t wished for. ~Patricia Lynch

With the frost he kindled fire;
Drove the snakes from brake and brier,
Hurling out the writhing brood
With the lightning of his rood.
~Edwin Markham

There’s ne’er a mile in Ireland’s Isle where the dirty vermin musters;
Where’er he put his dear forefoot he murdered them in clusters.
The toads went hop, the frogs went flop, slapdash into the water,
And the beasts committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter.
~Old Irish Song

When after the Winter alarmin’,
The Spring steps in so charmin’,
So fresh and arch
In the middle of March,
Wid her hand St. Patrick’s arm on…
~Alfred Percival Graves

The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick – who was an Irishman only by adoption. ~Stephen Gwynn

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
~Author Unknown

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. ~Irish Saying

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Author Unknown

Wikipedia: Ireland

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Arnold Palmer

We love you Arnold Palmer! Thank You for an amazing life that will NEVER be forgotten!

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

And

“Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”

And

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”

And

“I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

And

“I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.”

And

“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

And

“It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”

And

“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

And

“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”

And

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”

And

“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”

And

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”

And

“You must play boldly to win.”

Wikipedia: Arnold Palmer

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Frank Lloyd Wright

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“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”

And

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.”

And

“Freedom is from within.”

And

“Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.”

And

“Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.”

And

“I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.”

And

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to thing you want to see happen.”

And

“Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.”

And

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

And

“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.”

And

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

And

“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”

And

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

And

“The truth is more important than the facts.”

And

“”Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”

And

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

And

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”

And

“A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call ‘democracy’ is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”

And

“Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”

And

“Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

And

“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”

Wikipedia: Frank Lloyd Wright

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - David Ogilvy

“A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself.”

And

“The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife. You insult her intelligence if you assume that a mere slogan and a few vapid adjectives will persuade her to buy anything. She wants all the information you can give her.”

And

“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.”

And

“The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be.”

And

‘If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

And

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”

And

“Leaders grasp nettles.”

And

“The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.”

And

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”

And

“Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won’t think you’re going gaga.”

And

“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”

And

“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.”

And

“Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.”

And

“Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

And

“First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them to go get on with it.”

And

“Ninety-nine percent of advertising doesn’t sell much of anything.”

And

“I don’t know the rules of grammar… If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.”

And

“There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies. But we need all we can find. Almost without exception they are disagreeable. Don’t destroy them. They lay golden eggs.”

And

“Good copy can’t be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You’ve got to believe in the product.”

Wikipedia: David Ogilvy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, March 13, 2017 - Earvin
Magic" Johnson

“If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better.”

And

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”

And

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

And

“If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you. You don’t stop. You always look over your shoulder.”

And

“The audience likes their emotions to be touched. They want to laugh and cry and feel good.”

And

“You’re the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.”

Wikipedia Page: Earvin “Magic” Johnson

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Coaches Hot Set Quotes of the Day - Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Larry Bird

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“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

And

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

And

“I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.”

And

“I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.”

And

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.”

And

“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”

And

“Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around.”

And

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”

And

“It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.”

And

“First master the fundamentals.”

And

“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.”

And

“I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.”

Wikipedia: Larry Bird

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Press On Forward Into the Future Out That Way —–> – Hot Damn It Feels Good To Have the Veteran Back in the Saddle! – The Disaster That Is The College Football Playoff – 2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

It was ten years ago this week that Coaches Hot Seat first went live on the Internet in January 2007, and it has been a Helluva lot of fun following the great game of college football and Coaches on the Hot Seat over the last decade. After much discussion over the past month or so on the future of CHS and considering a few offers from folks to buy the Coaches Hot Seat website we the members of CHS have decided like Americans have always done and…

Press On Forward Into the Future Out That Way —–>

…and who knows maybe do another ten years of having way Damn too much fun lighting up the asses of college football head coaches from coast to coast across the Great American Republic!

With the above in mind we have a few members of Coaches Hot Seat that are putting together a new sports-related Internet venture that they will tell the world about soon enough, but with that move it means the CHS bench needs to be re-filled and just like Don Shula calling on Johnny Unitas to spark the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III we have asked the person that…

Thought Up, Conceived Totally, Bought the Domain Name, and Pushed Many Folks to do Coaches Hot Seat in the Fall of 2006

….and then did 99% of the writing for CHS from 2007 to 2012 or so to return to the playing field, and after much prodding and the promise of unlimited cold New Belgium beer he has decided to accept our challenge beginning with the…

Post 2016 – 2017 CFB Season Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

….and everything written after this….

Hot Damn It Feels Good To Have the Veteran Back in the Saddle!

…is his with total control AGAIN of Coaches Hot Seat

 

The Disaster That Is The College Football Playoff

It would not be easy to find anyone that could mess up matching the best teams in FBS College Football to play in a postseason college football playoff, but that’s just what the Pooh-Bah Commissioners and their Chief Lackey Bill Hancock of paper-shuffling fame who “runs” the College Football Playoff have done by making a series of Totally Damn Absurd moves that unbelievably have undermined the college football postseason mainly because most everyone in the “leadership” of CFB has their lips firmly planted on the asses of the bowl game executives!

It took Bill Hancock and his handlers otherwise known as the conference commissioners to realize that playing the National Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve which is a work day for the vast majority of Americans that have Real Jobs….meaning not Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t known an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….but then Hancock and his Handlers don’t seem to be able to get it through their thick and bowl executive ass kissing heads that…

College Football Is Played on Saturdays!

Let’s repeat that for those slow on the uptake > Bill Hancock and his Handlers who spend most of each calendar year kissing the Precious Asses of Bowl Game Executives!

College Football Is Played on Saturdays!

OK…anyone with a working brain knows that it’s beyond absurd for FBS College Football to not like EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America to have a Real Postseason Playoff which would certainly involve the Conference Champions of the Five Power Conferences and the Next Three Best Teams in as Wild Cards…notice no automatic spot for the best Group of Five Team since we are talking about the Next Three Best Teams in FBS…..that would then play a…

Three Round College Football 8-Team Postseason Playoff

…that would have ALL the games being played on….wait for it for those slow on the uptake = Bill Hancock and the Morons running the Conferences = the Conference Commissioners…

ALL the Playoff Games being played on….Saturdays!

How exactly would have worked in 2016 – 2017 you ask?

Simple….Oh So Damn Simple!

The 8-Team College Football Playoff after the 2016 FBS Regular Season would have been made up the following teams…

Alabama
Clemson
Ohio State
Washington
USC
Penn State
Michigan
Oklahoma

…and the 8 above teams would have played the below First Round Games On Campus on SATURDAY December 17:

Oklahoma at Alabama
Michigan at Clemson
USC at Ohio State
Penn State at Washington

Yes…FOUR First Round Games in the College Football Playoff would have been played on a SATURDAY on College Campuses at the home field of the higher seed and would have looked like….

Oklahoma at Alabama

Michigan at Clemson

USC at Ohio State

Penn State at Washington

Of course, if you don’t have the Damn Common Sense to play ALL the College Football Playoff Games on Saturdays you for Damn sure don’t have the Damn Common Sense to implement the above, but then these Morons = Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t know an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….could easily make sure that the THREE games that are now part or the 4-Team College Football Playoff are played on SATURDAYS and certainly not have the crowing game of the FBS College Football Season on a Monday Night…A School Night…being played late into the night and ending after Midnight = Just Damn Idiocy!

OK…the 8-Team College Football Playoff would be the same way that EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America from Pee Wee to the NFL decides their champion…

On the Field of Play

…but let’s just stick to the current hokum system with a 4-Team Playoff and see how ALL of those games could have been played on a SATURDAY this year and in future years as well.

In an 8-Team College Football Playoff in 2016 – 2017 the First Round Games would have been played on-campus on SATURDAY December 17 and the Semi-Final Games would have been played just as they were this year on…

SATURDAY December 31

….and the National Championship Game would and should have been played one…

SATURDAY January 7

Oh…you say that the NFL played two Wild Card games on Saturday January 7? Yes, you would be right about that, but this is where…

Vision and Old-Fashioned Simple Common Sense

….comes into play because College Football and the NFL have an amazing opportunity to work together….we here at Coaches Hot Seat would say have an OBLIGATION to work together since FBS football is a FREE minor league system for the NFL that would cost Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a year to replace if it went away…and with that in mind the Clueless Damn Grand-Pooh-Bahs of college football should sit down with NFL executives and figure out a way that the following games could be played each year on the NFL’s current Wild Card Saturday:

Wild Card Game #1 – 10:00 AM EST

CFB National Title Game – 2:30 PM EST or just after Wild Card Game #1 ends

Wild Card Game #2 – 7:15 PM EST or just after CFB National Title Game ends

Call it….Football Day in America…with the networks working together to send the audience from Wild Card Game #1 when it was over to the CFB National Title Game and then that network then sending folks to the Wild Card Game #2!

Talk about one of the great sporting events on the calendar each year in America…

Wild Card Saturday and CFB National Championship Game

….would be an amazing SATURDAY of football that would put the game of football front-and-center for all to see but then the above would take something that college football is totally lacking right now since ALL of that leadership in CFB spends all their Damn time kissing the asses of the bowl game executives!

The above…the Football Day in America…of two NFL Wild Card Games with the CFB National Title Game sandwiched in between could easily happen…if someone would actually get off their lazy Damn asses and do some Damn work!

After all….College Football is played on SATURDAYS!

 

2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

It’s Good To See You Again Old Friend…Mr. Johnny Cash…It’s Been Too Long But Then Can You Do That Song I Loved So…You Know The One We Included in the First Coaches Hot Seat Rankings in August 2007….Yep…That’s the One Mr. Cash…Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!

2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – There are two rankings that interest us here at Coaches Hot Seat about Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame. One of those rankings is historical in that in Brian Kelly’s seven seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished unranked at the end of the season….

Four of Kelly’s Seven Seasons!

Let’s write that here again….in Four of Brian Kelly’s Seven Seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished….wait for it…UNRANKED!

When you are talking about Notre Dame where almost any bum could fall off the Chicago Limited train from New York City to Chicago as it was passing north of South Bend, Indiana and then coach Notre Dame to a ranked season EVERY season as a the head coach of the Non-Fighting Irish but Brian Kelly has NOT done that….

57% of the time!

The second ranking that interests us here at Coaches Hot Seat is that heading into Brian Kelly’s eighth season at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish now have the….

16 th best recruiting class in the country

according to Rivals.com.

What the Hell? Brian Kelly’s EIGHTH recruiting class at Notre Dame is ranked…

16 th in the country?

Hell….the same bum that fell off the Chicago Limited train just north of South Bend could EVERY YEAR have the Notre Dame recruiting class ranked in the Top 10 and yet….16 th Brian Kelly…really Son?

Just what in the Hell is going on at Notre Dame was the question we asked to a prominent Irish alum friend of ours recently and his response was classic:

“Have you seen…and I mean really watched Notre Dame play in recent years? Even when they are winning some games the effort is inconsistent, the play is sometimes great and sometimes mediocre…and sometimes awful…but in 2016 it was just generally mediocre and/or awful.”

Absolutely True and if not for Notre Dame having a ton of money in the bank and plenty of money coming in Brian Kelly who has over the last four seasons lost…

20 Games

….would have already been fired after posting a 4 – 8 record in 2016 but then when you have a Notre Dame alum + fan base that are willing to tolerate “mediocrity and awful” why spend $20 Million Dollars to buyout an average football coach when you can get away with letting him hang around for another year?

There it is….the problem with Notre Dame Football….Notre Dame is OK with being “mediocre and awful” or rather straight to the point…the folks at Notre Dame are just happy as Hell with being….

AVERAGE!

Anything less than 9 wins in 2017 and Brian Kelly is DONE at Notre Dame….in our always humble opinion.

2. Todd Graham, Arizona State – Maybe it’s just us…but if you have the signs of all the opposing teams shouldn’t your defense be giving up less than…

39.8 points per game?

Yep….Arizona State led by Good Ole Todd “I have your offensive signs” Graham has a defense that was ranked…

124 out of 128 teams in 2016

…and gave up that just amazing…

39.8 points per game!

Memo to Todd Graham: Son…maybe in 2017 don’t worry so much about stealing the opposing teams signs and maybe….

Coach Your Damn Football Team Up Son!

Over the last two seasons at Arizona State Todd Graham has posted records of…

Overall: 11 – 14

Pac-12: 6 – 12

….and look at the below headline from the 2015 season…

Arizona State coach admits he steals signs, says rivals steal his – FoxSports.com

“Do we steal signals? Yeah, we do,” Graham said on the Pac-12 coaches’ conference call. “Do people steal our signals? Yeah they do. Do you see our signs and all the things we do? It’s our responsibility to make sure our signals are safe. There’s nothing illegal about (stealing signs).”

Hmmm….coach is focused on stealing signs instead of coaching his own Damn football team and has posted records since admitting to being focused on stealing signs of…

Overall: 11 – 14

Pac-12: 6 – 12

…and one would have to think that in 2017 Todd Graham won’t be worried about the other teams’ signs but instead will be….

Coaching His Damn Football Team Up…and Oh Yea…maybe tackling someone on the opposing team also wouldn’t hurt either Todd…Son!

3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin has coached the Texas A&M Aggies for FIVE seasons now and has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…

21 – 19

…and over the last FOUR seasons has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…

15 – 17

…and yet Sumlin is getting paid $5 million-plus dollars a year and has a buyout today in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars!

15 – 17 record in SEC Conference play last FOUR seasons….$5 million dollars a year…$15 million dollar buyout…anyone got:

Texas A&M Aggies Are Dumb As Hell?

We do!

4. Jim Mora, UCLA – Many moons ago meaning like 20+ years ago a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were having dinner with a well-known corporate executive who today is worth in excess of $1 billion dollars and he said something very interesting to us about compensating employees:

“I never want someone to be making so much money that they can just say the Hell with it because I still owe them a ton of money on their contract.”

Of course, there are dozens of FBS college head football coaches that if fired today wouldn’t have to work another day of their lives forget about putting in 80-plus hours a week which brings us to Jim Mora who is making a TON of money at UCLA and in his FIFTH season on the job posted records in 2016 of…

Overall: 4 – 8

Pac-12: 2 – 7

What was it that Bill Dooley who was the head football coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and brother of the Great Vince Dooley said about being a college head coach? Oh…here it is…

“You have to resist the temptation to let up…you just can never let up.”

In our opinion….Jim Mora let-up…just a little…and also made a number of mistakes in how he handled his players and coaches at UCLA and who went from winning 29 games in his first three seasons at UCLA to winning 12 games the last two seasons and now finds himself on the one of the Hottest Seats in FBS football.

What does 2017 hold for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins?

Well…UCLA opens with…

Texas A&M
Hawaii
At Memphis

…in 2017 and if the Bruins play like they did at the tail-end of this past season to open up next season they might very well be 0 – 3 on the evening of Saturday September 16!

5. Paul Haynes, Kent State – In FOUR seasons as the head coach at Kent State Paul Haynes has posted records of…

4 – 8
2 – 9
3 – 9
3 – 9

….and amazingly as we sit here in early January 2017 he is still the head football coach at Kent State!

Isn’t America a wonderful country? You can be Below Average As Hell and keep your job….if you work in FBS College Football!

6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – We are not saying that Bret Bielema in the middle of a Total Disaster of season that was the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2016 that finished at…

Overall: 7 – 6

SEC: 3 – 5

…that also finished with a Total Meltdown against Virginia Tech in the bowl game that Bielema sometime during last season said something to the effect of…

“I better Damn get these Arkansas fans minds off what a pitiful Damn job I am doing and onto something else.”

…and then suddenly Bielema’s wife is pregnant and is due around the beginning of next season which would gain Bielema lots of good karma from pissed-off Arkansas football fans….but now….that is exactly what happened now isn’t it?

OK…forget about the baby which we wish the Bielemas great luck with…the bottom-line or rather the facts are that in FOUR seasons at Arkansas Bret Bielema has posted records of…

Overall: 25 – 26

SEC: 10 – 22

…and if that is OK with the fans of Arkansas Football then we have to ask…

What in the Hell is wrong with the fans of Arkansas Football?

We again called our old Arkansas alum buddy who lives in beautiful Ft. Smith, Arkansas last week to get his opinion on Bret Bielema and his response was….

“Baby or no baby if Chubby Boy doesn’t have a winning record in SEC Conference play in 2017 his ass will be gone from Fayetteville faster than you can spell Pampers!”

OK….let’s look at the Arkansas 2017 SEC Conference Schedule:

Texas A&M
At South Carolina
At Alabama
Auburn
At Ole Miss
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

Oh….that would be P – A – M – P – E – R – S!

7. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – As many folks in Mississippi tend to be literary in nature a good Mississippi buddy of ours that we first met fishing in Alabama over a decade ago now said to us recently about the current state of Ole Miss football….

“Hugh Freeze lost the plot….he just lost the plot.”

What does “losing the plot” mean exactly?

“Losing the plot – to no longer be able to act normally or understand what is happening.”

Yep…that’s right…Hugh Freeze just Lost the Freaking Plot at Ole Miss mainly because he let the worry about an NCAA investigation corrode his football program from the inside-out and now either Freeze will find the plot or his FBS head coaching career could come to crashing end in Oxford before next Christmas!

Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 schedule:

South Alabama
UT Martin
At California
At Alabama
At Auburn
Vanderbilt
LSU
Arkansas
At Kentucky
La. Lafayette
Texas A&M
At Mississippi State

Hmmmmm…that looks like a 6 or 7 win season for Ole Miss in 2017…at best…and if the Rebels only win 6 games in 2017 that includes another loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl the plot loser Hugh Freeze will be looking for a job come early December 2017!

8. Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple returned to UMass to coach the football team in 2014 after coaching the team from 1998 to 2003 when they were playing on the FCS level and a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and in three seasons back Whipple has posted an overall record of…

8 – 28

Sorry….but even at UMass 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and if UMass gave a Damn about their football program they would have fired Whipple and hired someone…anyone…to get the Minutemen moving in the right direction again….and yet Whipple is still there.

Yes…UMass is a tough job…but 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and in our opinion UMass can play better football than that….Period!

9. Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Clearly Lance Leipold can coach the game of football on the…

Division III level

….winning SIX National Championships in EIGHT seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater but can Lance Leipold coach on the FBS level in the MAC Conference?

Not yet at least in TWO years at Buffalo posting records of…

Overall: 7 – 17

MAC: 4 – 12

….and needing a .500 plus season in 2017 to probably hang onto his job come December.

10. David Beaty, Kansas – We haven’t a clue what Kansas football is doing right now with David Beaty as its head coach who in TWO seasons on the job has posted records of…

Overall: 2 – 22

Big 12: 1 – 17

….which is a program in Kansas Football that played in the Orange Bowl in the 2007 – 2008 season!

Call us crazy but if we had been the AD at Kansas in December of last year we would have fired David Beaty and hired current Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery who has the kind of offense that Kansas MUST have….an up-tempo attacking offense…if the Jayhawks are going to become a winning football program again but then….Kansas has an AD that hired…

Charlie Weis

AND

David Beaty

…who together have posted an overall record…with interim head coach Clint Bowen included…over the last FIVE years of…

9 – 51

Geez….don’t tell us there aren’t Total Damn Morons in the very upper reaches of FBS football because the TRUTH is….THERE ARE MANY!

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The Strange Odyssey of Good Ole’ Lane Kiffin – Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking – Thank You Mr. Johnny Cash for Ten Years of Telling These Head Coaches About the “Burning Ring of Fire” and an Amazing Singing Career and Life to Boot! We Love You Johnny Cash…Always Have…and Always Will!

The Strange Odyssey of Good Ole’ Lane Kiffin

We bookmark a lot of news stories on college football here at Coaches Hot Seat that we put into a lot of different folders in our browser so we can refer back to them in the future and the folder marked Lane Kiffin is a doozy!

An AD friend of ours when asked a couple of years why athletic directors might be reluctant to hire Lane Kiffin as a head coach turned to his computer and quickly found a story he had bookmarked in his browser:

USC fined for deflating football during game against Oregon, Paul Myerberg, USA Today

That AD then pointed towards the computer screen and says…

“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”

Also in the above ball deflation story there is a reference to Lane Kiffin switching jerseys of USC players in a game against Colorado which is another one of those…

“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”

….things that will haunt Lane Kiffin forever as will things like this Bullshit about Urban Meyer….

Maybe Lane Kiffin is a great offensive playcaller and maybe Alabama just has a Helluva lot of talent on campus in Tuscaloosa, but neither of those things would matter to us if we were presented with the opportunity to hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach if we were the AD at a college today. Instead we would say to ourselves something like…

“Is Lane Kiffin going to do something as the head coach at this school to embarrass the football team, the school, our fans, our alumni, our booster, and himself, and me who vouched for and hired the guy?”

Who the Hell knows and there is the problem with hiring Lane Kiffin as your head football coach.

No…we would NEVER hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach because there are plenty of great football coaches out there that we know are not going to…

Make A Total Ass of Themselves and Embarrass Our School

….which is just our humble opinion, but then there is no doubt an AD out there…maybe even two or three…that could care less if their head football coach might embarrass their school and that is the AD that Lane and Little Debbie Boy in Memphis should be looking for…

An AD that doesn’t give a Damn if Lane Kiffin embarrasses the school he is working for!

 

Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking

Thank You Mr. Johnny Cash for Ten Years of Telling These Head Coaches About the “Burning Ring of Fire” and an Amazing Singing Career and Life to Boot! We Love You Johnny Cash…Always Have…and Always Will!

Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking

1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – It seems the Notre Dame natives are a bit restless about Irish head coach Brian Kelly….

…who after all as the above ad points out has posted a record and winning percentage of…

31 – 20 (.608)

….since Notre Dame got blasted in the 2013 Bogus BCS National Title Game BUT what should be even more alarming for Irish fans is ND’s record against teams with .500 or better records over the past FOUR seasons:

18 – 19 (.486)

At NOTRE DAME!

Now…let’s look at Notre Dame’s 2016 football schedule which the Irish just played that included…

5 teams that didn’t get to a .500 record who the Irish were….

2 – 3 against

7 teams with .500 or better records who the Irish were….

2 – 5 against

Oh…the above is bad enough because one would think that NOTRE DAME could win more than FOUR games playing 5 teams that didn’t hit the .500 mark in 2016 but even worse NOTRE DAME…

Played 8 Teams with 8 wins or less who the Irish were…

4 – 4 against!

Hell….ANY Random Stumble Bum in Chicago could have taken a train over to South Bend before the season with the amount of talent on the Notre Dame campus and won…

8 Games in 2016

….and Mr. Multi-Million Dollar Man Brian Kelly who believes he created the Earth, the Moon and everything else in the Universe only got FOUR wins?

What is it about NOTRE DAME that attracts coaches that are such Pompous Arrogant Asses?

Who knows but a Coaches Hot Seat member did talk to what we will call a “prominent Notre Dame alum” when he was in New York City last week who said the following about the Irish football team:

“It’s a Damn Disgrace and it seems Jack (Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick) is satisfied with the football team being a Damn Disgrace!”

Maybe so because our lone contact at Notre Dame who we have known for years told us right after Notre Dame – USC debacle for the Irish….

“Notre Dame could win only FOUR games against next year and the AD is not going to fire Brian Kelly because the school would have to eat $15 million plus dollars NEXT December!”

Be Proud fans of Notre Dame Football!

FOUR Wins is the New Standard for Irish Football!

And to that we can only say……Go Stanford!

2. Todd Graham, Arizona State – From the desk of…

Athletic Directors Have Lost Their Freaking Minds

….which is a very busy desk these days we learn the following from this story…

Arizona Football, Rich Rodriguez’s buyout reportedly just under $9 million

….that Todd Graham’s buyout as of late in the 2016 college football season…

“Todd Graham would be owed $14,208,333, the 15th-highest mark in the nation.”

Maybe what university presidents should do when presented with a head coach’s contract that includes ANYTHING above a one year buyout clause amount for a coach that is fired is the university president should say to the athletic director….

“OK…but if we have to fire this head coach for non-performance before this contract is completed I am going to take this buyout number out of your ass and if you are still OK with this contract then let’s get it signed!”

Here’s the problem with Athletic Directors….

Not A Damn One of them is risking One Damn Penny of their own money and that is why agents are able to ROLL athletic directors with coaches’ contracts and then laugh like Hell as soon as they get in the car to go home…and we mean laugh like Hell!

Todd Graham’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $3 million dollars

Brian Kelly’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $4 million dollars

NO ONE should have multi-million dollar buyouts such as Todd Graham being owed $14 million dollars as Graham is owed at Arizona State and the reason for that is when a Human Being has that much money owed to them they sometimes in our opinion….

Get Lazy As Hell

….or maybe they have just quit teaching tackling in Tempe could also be the problem!

Of course most college football coaches think when their ass is sitting in the office or they are at practice or they our recruiting they are working BUT Hello From the Real World…

If you don’t produce all of that time in the office, on the practice field, and out recruiting is Totally Damn Useless!

Now let’s see here….the last 2 seasons Mr. 14+ Million Dollar Owed Man Todd Graham has posted records of…

Overall: 11 – 14

Pac-12: 6 – 12

….and in Dennis Erickson’s last two years at ASU he posted records of…

Overall: 12 – 13

Pac-12: 8 – 10

Geez…seems Dennis Erickson’s ass got run out of Tempe and now…

Todd Graham’s ass is getting kissed!

Be Proud fans of Arizona State Football!

YOU owe YOUR head coach $14+ million dollars and maybe he has just gotten Lazy As Hell…or maybe they just quit teaching tackling in Tempe…in our humble opinion!

3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Let’s take a look at the $5 Million Dollar Man…Kevin Sumlin….records in SEC Conference play from the 2013 season forward:

2013: 4 – 4
2014: 3 – 5
2015: 4 – 4
2016: 4 – 4

Total: 15 – 17

Yep…Aggies are paying a head coach in Kevin Sumlin $5 million dollars plus a season to post a winning percentage in SEC Conference play over the last FOUR seasons of…

.469

…but it gets worse because below is Sumlin’s SEC Conference record in home games at Mighty Kyle Field in College Station over the last FOUR seasons…

6 – 9 (.400)

Seems to us that if you are going to pay someone $5 Million Dollars Plus a season he should be able to post at least a…

.500

…record in SEC Conference play at home….right?

Not if you are an Aggie it seems who are Mighty Damn Proud to be…

Below Average As Hell

…..and will celebrate the Holiday Season being Below Average As Hell…AGAIN!

Even more troubling for a coach being paid $5 Million Dollars Plus a year to coach the Texas A&M Aggies….Kevin Sumlin….even counting the first year with Johnny “Hide Your Bourbon” Manziel in 2012 when A&M posted a record of 11 – 2 Sumlin’s record….

Against Power 5 Conference Schools With .500 or better records is…

20 – 20

….over his entire FIVE seasons at Texas A&M!

Yep…when you see an Aggie just do what we do now…

Hey Mr. .500 or worse….how’s it to feel to be an Aggie?

4. Jim Mora, UCLA – Several years ago over drinks in New Orleans an athletic director at a FBS school told us that a key metric in evaluating college head football coaches was….

Record against .500 or better teams

….which was a better measure than overall records since any average coach can rack up wins against inferior talent. We here at Coaches Hot Seat have been looking closely at a similar metric the last couple of years for head coaches at Power 5 schools…

Record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records

….and over the last two seasons UCLA head coach Jim Mora’s record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records is…

3 – 11!

Oh…in 2016 UCLA amongst their EIGHT losses the Bruins lost to TWO Power 5 Conference schools that posted losing records this past season which really puts Mora’s…

3 – 11

….record against Power 5 Conference schools with .500 or better records in perspective and in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat after studying our new metric the last few years…

If you don’t have at least a .500 record against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500 or better records you have very Damn little chance of holding onto your head coaching job and that is why Jim Mora is in such a precarious spot now because another bad season and the Jim Mora era at UCLA will end after the 2017 season for sure!

Just checking….UCLA’s 2017 Pac-12 schedule is not out yet but out-of-conference the Bruins play….

Texas A&M
Hawaii
At Memphis

….and 9 Pac-12 Conference games and in our opinion there is a very Damn good chance the Bruins are 1 – 2 or 0 – 3 when they enter Pac-12 Conference play next season!

What can Jim Mora do to turn things around at UCLA which are right now going straight in the crapper?

This past Summer a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to have a 25 th year reunion of the shipmates they served on a US Navy ship in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Now being in tight quarters on a US Navy ship for six-plus months can be stressful as Hell and throw in many months in the Hot as Hell Persian Gulf before, during and after Desert Storm and you have a recipe for disaster BUT 25 years later we were thrilled to see our shipmates and that is how Jim Mora should approach being the head football coach at UCLA.

Will the football players and coaches at UCLA today want to get together with Jim Mora 25 years from now to rekindle great memories?

If Jim Mora treats them right they will and in football or in the US Navy “treats them right” means being demanding at times, always respectful, but most of all caring about where the team, its players and coaches are going with their lives because without a LEADER doing that you don’t have a TEAM…and without a TEAM no organization whether in sports or anywhere else is going to accomplish a Damn thing.

5. Paul Haynes, Kent State – We don’t keep up with the goings-on with the MAC Conference as much as the Power 5 Conferences but in FOUR seasons at Kent State head coach Paul Haynes has posted records of…

2013: 4 – 8
2014: 2 – 9
2015: 3 – 9
2016: 3 – 9

Overall: 12 – 35

MAC: 8 – 23

….and if a head coach can keep his job with that kind of record then….

God Bless America because even the Total Damn Failures can keep their jobs!

6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Forgetting the one year disaster that was John L. Smith hired in the wake of the Bobby Petrino debacle one has to go pretty far back in Arkansas football history to find a head coach that has a winning percentage in conference play of…

.313

….that Bret Bielema has posted in FOUR seasons as the head coach of Arkansas, and since we love college football history let’s take a stroll down Hog Football Lane and see what kinds of conference records Arkansas past head coaches did post.

Arkansas Head Coaches and Conference Winning Percentages

Bobby Petrino: .531

Houston Nutt: .525

Danny Ford: .402

Joe Kines: .438

Jack Crowe: .375

Ken Hatfield: .783

Lou Holtz: .670

Frank Broyles: .714

Jack Mitchell: .472

Bowden Wyatt: .583

Otis Douglas: .222

Yep…one has to go back to Otis Douglass who coached the Arkansas Razorbacks between 1950 – 1952 to find a head coach who has a WORSE winning percentage than Bret Bielema of…

.313

….in conference play but then our good Arkansas fishing buddy who has lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas his entire life told us recently…

“Bielema has everyone so fooled he could go .500 another 10 years at Arkansas and they would build his ass a statue in Fayetteville!”

Oh…but what is Bret Bielema’s record at Arkansas in FOUR seasons against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records you ask?

11 – 22

….which is a winning percentage of…

.333

Hell…if Bret Bielema EVER does get back to the .500 mark against legitimate football teams they probably will build a statue of his ass in Fayetteville!

Oh how Arkansas Football has Total Downgraded its expectations since Bobby Petrino crashed that motorcycle when there was talk of…GASP…

Arkansas taking on Nick Saban and Mighty Alabama!

Uhhh…not anymore with more than likely a statue of Bret Bielema’s ass probably already in the planning stages in Fayetteville!

7. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – One of our favorite places to visit in the South in or out of football season is Oxford, Mississippi and one of our favorite haunts is Square Books on the square in downtown Oxford…

Southern writers have always been fascinating reads, especially the Southern writers that were able to capture the interesting place that the South has been and continues to be today like William Faulkner and writers such as Shelby Foote and Walker Percy which a great book was written about in 1997 by Mr. Foote and the below video has some great stories about Foote and Walker’s long friendship:

Getting back to football we have a terrific contact in Mississippi who loves to tell us all kinds of stories about the Mississippi and Mississippi State football programs and we always request to meet our contact at Square Books in Oxford which begins with a conversation in the book store and moves on to us…

Walking and Talking around Oxford about all kinds of things but which usually swings back around to college football.

A Coaches Hot Seat member that was down South for Thanksgiving drove over to Oxford, Mississippi after the Holiday weekend and spent an hour or so with our contact in Mississippi and they met at Square Books and did some Walking and Talking around Oxford and our friend’s opinion on the state of Mississippi football is the following….condensed down into the Cliff Notes version…

“Hugh Freeze is in a Helluva situation. The NCAA mess is hanging over Hugh and the football program with no end in sight and I don’t know if Hugh has a clue where he is going to take Ole Miss into the future. He will have a tough time getting new coaches to Oxford…and recruits as well…and there is a real chance the current malaise could turn 2017 into a…disaster.”

CHS Member: “So what would you tell Freeze to do?”

Mississippi Contact: “Well…no one is going to believe anything you say unless you believe it yourself and right now when you look at Hugh I don’t think he has a clue where he is going nor has he dealt with where the Ole Miss football program is right now. In the end Hugh is going to have to put on a mask of sorts to hide his indecision and make sure he keeps that positive mask on until he gets out of the hole he is now in.”

CHS Member: “Fake it till you make it?”

Mississippi Contact: “That’s what Faulkner would recommend if alive!”

Lots of Laughter!

Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 football schedule:

South Alabama
UT Martin
At California
At Alabama
At Auburn
Vanderbilt
LSU
Arkansas
At Kentucky
La. Lafayette
Texas A&M
At Mississippi State

Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule and that opening game against South Alabama may be one the biggest MUST WIN games in recent college football history with games at Cal, at Alabama and at Auburn on deck!

Could Hugh Freeze possibly survive a second-straight losing season at Ole Miss?

Not A Chance In Hell!

How about some more Shelby Foote this time talking about his book Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign:

8. Butch Jones, Tennessee – Reading this recent story by Travis Haney at 24/7 Sports on Butch Jones at Tennessee….

“The culture is a disaster:” Jones, Vols trending the wrong way, Travis Haney, 24/7 Sports

….the following paragraphs from the story really jumped out at us:

“Those close to Jones paint the picture of a good man with good intentions — but one who struggles with insecurity.

“Butch is not very comfortable in his own skin,” one source told us. “Until he has that, he’ll just never be a great coach. He’s not comfortable in his own skin in recruiting, play-calling, organization …

“He’s great in a small setting, but he’s just not a comfortable guy.”

Jones won at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, but Tennessee is his first Power 5-level job.

“It’s like he doesn’t think he should be there,” the source said. “It’s like he doesn’t think he belongs. And that permeates through the program. Everyone feels that.”

Another source inside the building wondered if this point — 29-21 in four seasons — constituted a career crossroads for Jones.

“I think Butch is still growing as a coach, but he needs to make a decision that this is the level he wants to be at,” the source said. “I’m not sure that it is.”

The source added that Jones tendency to bicker with reporters is indicative of a coach unsure of himself and his position.

“Why would you lecture the media?” the source said. “You can’t have a slogan that says ‘Own It’ and then not own it when it comes time. People will follow true leaders through brick walls, but if you talk and don’t back it up, you turn over your shoulder and no one is there.””

Here’s the thing about criticism whether it is being delivered by the fans, the media or a website like Coaches Hot Seat on the current status of a head coach which Coach Bill Walsh understood totally and is the way that all coaches should approach criticism:

“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”

“Learn from the deserved”…those are words that all leaders of organizations whether a football team or of an office should understand completely because it’s often only in from criticism where…

Truth is actually able to get through to the leader….because most of the compliments, patting on the back, and otherwise kissing one’s ass is nothing but Bullshit being blown-up someone’s ass to gain favor which makes almost all but criticism totally Damn worthless.

We have a good friend who owns a top restaurant in San Francisco and over cold beers one night after his restaurant had closed we asked if he ever got complaints about his restaurant’s service or food and here was his response:

“Yes, we get complaints and I treat them for what they are…a gift!”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Really….a gift?”

Restaurant Friend: “Yes…a gift…because a customer has taken the time to point out something that clearly me sitting here running this restaurant to the best of my ability wasn’t able to see and 9 times out of 10 the customer was right and we corrected the issue and made sure it didn’t happen again.”

Instead of worrying and becoming paranoid about what the media or fans or Coaches Hot Seat or anyone else is saying Butch Jones should instead do the following:

Look at the criticism quickly….determine if any of the criticism is warranted…fix things that need to be fixed…and then move the Hell on!

From our perspective on the outside looking in easily the biggest problem for Butch Jones in his FOUR seasons at Tennessee is that far too often Jones has not had his teams ready to play INFERIOR teams which is outrageous and unacceptable and points to a preparation issue which probably starts in the coaches’ offices, goes onto the practice fields, and continues right up until the kick-off of games like South Carolina and Vanderbilt this year which Tennessee had No Damn Business losing…PERIOD!

Coach Walsh again on this very point…

“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”

Mainly Butch Jones needs to find LEADERS among his coaching staff and players that are willing to build the “virtually self-sustaining and self-directed – almost autonomous” football program that right now falls to pieces in stressful situations which goes right back to Butch Jones own failing as a LEADER.

Look inside yourself and figure it out Butch Jones because if you don’t your head coaching career might very well be over a year from now at the ripe old age of 49!

9. Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple had a decent run as the head coach at UMass between 1998 – 2003 when the Minutemen were playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference BUT in the last THREE season with the UMass playing the MAC and as an Independent in 2016 records of…

2014: 3 – 9
2015: 3 – 9
2016: 2 – 10

Overall: 8 – 28

MAC: 5 – 11

…cannot be what the folks at UMass expected when they brought Whipple back to the school but then wouldn’t anyone expect a Head Coach at ANY school to post a better record than…

2 – 10

…in his THIRD year on the job?

One would think so.

Below is the UMass Football Schedule for 2017:

At Coastal Carolina
Old Dominion
At Temple
At Tennessee
Ohio
Hawaii
At USF
Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
A Mississippi State
Main
At BYU

Damn….UMass will be LUCKY to win 2 games in 2017 with that schedule!

10. Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Lance Leipold arrived at Buffalo in 2015 after posing the following amazing records as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater:

Overall: 109 – 6

Conference: 53 – 3

6 NCAA Division III National Championships in 8 seasons

Damn!

At Buffalo Leipold has posted records of…

Overall: 7 – 17

MAC: 4 – 12

….and at times in 2016 Buffalo has looked like a team without a head coach like…

Losing to Albany
24 point loss to Kent State
37 point loss to Northern Illinois
21 point loss to Akron

….which ended with a 2 – 10 record and Leipold squarely on the Hot Seat entering 2017.

Can Lance Leipold turnaround Buffalo football which only a few years ago under Turner Gill went to a bowl game?

We haven’t a Damn Clue to the answer to that question but in year THREE one would think the Bulls should be fighting for and be Damn close to a .500 record…right?

Right!

 

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A Few Thoughts on the 2016 – 2017 FBS Coaching Changes

As always the folks at FootballScoop.com are doing a great job of keeping up with the 2016-17 Coaching Changes on the FBS level….

2016-17 Coaching Changes, FootballScoop.com

….and it is interesting to see their listing of the number of head coaching changes in FBS in recent years:

2008 – 22
2009 – 23
2010 – 24
2011 – 28
2012 – 31
2013 – 20
2014 – 15
2015 – 29
2016 – 14

That’s an average of…

22.8

….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…

18%

….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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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…

HOT SEAT!

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…

Andy Ludwig

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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

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…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…

Six names for San Jose State job, Jon Wilner, East Bay Times

….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!

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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…

GREAT THINGS

…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…

10.67

…games a season BUT in his last 4 seasons he averaged winning…

7.5

….games a season and thus the reason why Mack Brown’s ass was fired after the 2013 season!

Coach Up Those Longhorns Tom Herman!

 

 

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