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Bret Bielema


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Lovie Smith


Chris Ash


Brad Lambert


Butch Jones


Rich Rodriguez


Doug Martin

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Sean Kugler


Kliff Kingsbury

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Barry Odom

Chad Morris


Tony Sanchez


Matt Wells

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East Carolina

B. Mendenhall


Everett Withers

Texas State

Doc Holliday


Mike Neu

Ball State

Tyson Summers

Ga. Southern




    SUNDAY APRIL 30, 2017

   "Victory is won not in miles but in inches.  Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”  Louis L'Amour




Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Louis L'Amour

“A good beginning makes a good end.”


“A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.”


“All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I.”


“Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him.”


“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”


“He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.”


“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”


“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.”


“No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.”


“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”


“To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.”


“To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”


“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”


“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”


“One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter – who was a child at the time – asked me, “Daddy, why are you writing so fast?” And I replied, “Because I want to see how the story turns out!”

Wikipedia: Louis L’Amour





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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Ted Turner

“All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”


“I didn’t get here for my acting… but I love show business.”


“I see what keeps people young: work!”


“I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”


“My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.”


“There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”


“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”


“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”


“Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”


“Sports is like a war without the killing.”


“I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.”


“I mean, there’s no point in sittin’ around and cryin’ about spilt milk. Gotta move on.”


“I know what I’m having ’em put on my tombstone: ‘I have nothing more to say’.”


“Life is like a B-movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle of it but you don’t want to see it again.”


“The mind is just another muscle.”


“I’m a human being, just like everybody else. I’m up some days and down others. Some days, I just refuse comment. If I’m feeling a little down, I won’t say anything. But if I’m really up, I’ll let it all hang out. I do have a slight propensity to put my foot in my mouth.”


“I’m a millionaire, I guess, but I’m just a normal person and I like everybody, taxi drivers, whoever you are, to call me by my first name and talk to me on a man-to-man basis. I think the garbage collector is as important as the goddamned president.”


‘I’ve got a virtually limitless supply of bullshit.”

Wikipedia: Ted Turner

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, April 28, 2017 - Chuck Noll


“A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.”


“Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.”


“It’s not pleasant when you lose your whole football team.”


“The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time. Winning one week at a time. Never look back and never look ahead.”


“The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing.”


“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

Wikipedia Page: Chuck Noll

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Edmund Hillary


“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”


“My solar plexus was tight with fear as I ploughed on. Halfway up I stopped, exhausted. I could look down 10,000 feet between my legs, and I have never felt more insecure. Anxiously I waved Tenzing up to me.” High Adventure : The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest


“Well, we knocked the bastard off!” Hillary’s comment to George Lowe, after his successful ascent of Mt Everest


“I’ve always hated the danger part of climbing, and it’s great to come down again because it’s safe … But there is something about building up a comradeship — that I still believe is the greatest of all feats — and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation.”


“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got, is a very pleasant bonus.”


“On my expedition there was no way that you would have left a man under a rock to die. It simply would not have happened. It would have been a disaster from our point of view. There have been a number of occasions when people have been neglected and left to die and I don’t regard this as a correct philosophy. I am absolutely certain that if any member of our expedition all those years ago had been in that situation we would have made every effort.”


“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”


“The explorers of the past were great men and we should honor them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.”


“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”


“I’ve always hated the danger part of climbing, and it’s great to come down again because it’s safe … But there is something about building up a comradeship — that I still believe is the greatest of all feats — and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation.”


“While standing on top of Everest, I looked across the valley, towards the other great peak, Makalu, and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed… it showed me that, even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything for me, by any means. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.”


“I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.”

Wikipedia: Edmund Hillary

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Coaches Hot Set Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Tom Landry


“A winner never stops trying.”


“Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.”


“I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.”


“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.”


“If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job.”


“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”


“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.”


“Right after the game, say as little as possible.”


“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”


“The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.”


“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”


“When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.”

Wikipedia: Tom Landry

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#15 Hot Seat Head Coach – Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – The Man Who Could Have Stopped Nick Saban From Taking The Alabama Job

#15 Hot Seat Head Coach – Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

For college football fans interested in very important trivia Rich Rodriguez will go down in college football history as the man that…

Could have stopped Nick Saban from taking the Alabama job

….IF Rodriguez had accepted the offer that was tendered to him by then Alabama AD Mal Moore on December 7, 2006 when Nick Saban was still the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

How different would college football be today if Rich Rodriguez had taken the Alabama job and Nick Saban had decided to stick-it-out in the NFL without a really good college job opening besides Alabama after the 2006 season?

Massively Different is the answer to that question and although we don’t doubt that Rich Rodriguez could have won a lot of games at Alabama, there’s not a chance in Hell he would have matched Saban’s accomplishments of…

4 National Championships
5 National Championship Game Appearances
3 College Football Playoff Appearances
6 SEC Conference Championships

….in 10 seasons at Alabama. It’s just a guess, but our guess is if Rodriguez had been the head football coach at Alabama the last 10 seasons would have posted something like…

1 National Championship
3 SEC Conference Championships

…which is very good but it’s not even close to what Nick Saban has accomplished at Alabama which brings us to the interesting question of why didn’t Rodriguez accept the Alabama job in 2006 but did accept the Michigan job after the 2007 season?

There is NO logical answer to that question which brings us to another question:

Just what in the Hell is going on at Arizona the last two seasons under Rich Rodriguez after the Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division in 2014, but in the last two years have posted records of…

2015: 7 – 6
2016: 3 – 9

Overall: 10 – 15

Pac-12: 4 – 14

Oh…and counting from that 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona teams have posted a combined record of…

10 – 17

A few here at Coaches Hot Seat got to see Arizona close-up in person in 2016 at the Stanford – Arizona game in Tucson and taking an extended look at the Arizona sideline, the team before, during and after the game, and generally getting a broad range of opinions of what was wrong with the Arizona football program after a 34 – 10 whipping the Cardinal put on the Wildcats we came away from Tucson with the opinion…and it is only our opinion:

After Arizona’s 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game Rich Rodriguez let things slide…he let-up on the accelerator…he let small things go unattended…he let recruiting slip…and finally team discipline slid some…which led to the 7 – 6 record in 2015 and what looked to us to be nothing short of a…

Total Disaster of a College Football Team

…late in the 2016 season in the Arizona Wildcats.

Watching Rich Rodriguez on the sideline coach against Stanford was nothing short of bizarre with Rodriguez going through every possible tormented emotion that a man could possibly go through in a few hours while always being a nanosecond away from and actually exploding on coaches, players and anyone else within earshot of Rodriguez on HIS team’s sideline!

What caused all of the above you ask…again it’s our opinion mind you:

Well…if one looks at Arizona’s 2016 schedule one sees…

A 2 point loss to BYU to open the season

An overtime loss to Pac-12 Champion Washington in Week 4

A Total Collapse of Arizona Football after the overtime loss to Washington in Week 4 losing the next 8 Pac-12 Conference Games by an average score of….

25.5 points

…before beating a Totally Hapless and even MORE Total Disaster of a Football Team in Arizona State to end the season.

Our recommendation to Rich Rodriguez: Go back to having fun coaching college football again Son because what you have been doing in the last year or so is not only hurting the Arizona football team it is making your life miserable as well. If someone is going to pay you millions of dollars a year to coach a football team and will pay you millions of dollars if they fire your ass you have No Damn Reason to be acting like a Damn Fool and thus why not again focus on the Fun and of course in Football…

The Fun Is In the Winning!

Let’s look at Arizona’s 2017 schedule:

Northern Arizona
At Colorado
At Cal
Washington State
Oregon State
At Oregon
At Arizona State

It’s not an easy thing to play 9 Pac-12 Conference Games in today’s Pac-12, but we see no reason at all why Arizona is NOT…

3 – 0

…when they play Utah at home on Friday, September 22 which is also a very winnable game and with a win there the Wildcats could…probably should….be 4 – 0 when the head to play Colorado in Boulder on October 7 after bye week.

As for the rest of Arizona’s schedule, it’s just a guess but we think Arizona will finish with records of…

Overall: 7 – 5 or 8 – 4

Pac-12: 5 – 4 or 6 – 3

YES…we see a bounce-back year for Rich Rodriguez and Arizona in 2017 IF the Wildcats can get off to a 3 – 0 or 4 – 0 start out of the gate which means Rich Rodriguez better Damn have his team ready to play football when September dawns in about 120 days, and if Rich Rodriguez doesn’t have his team ready to play in his SIXTH year on the job in Tucson then…

His Ass Should Be Run Out of Town

….and with that in mind…

Put A Damn Smile On Your Face Rodriguez and Have Some Fun Coaching Football Again Son!


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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - William Faulkner

“A gentleman can live through anything.”


“A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”


“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”


“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”


“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”


“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”


“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”


“Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”


“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”


“Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”


“I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”


“I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.”


“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”


“I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”


“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”


“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”


“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”


“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”


“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”


“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.”


“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”


‘We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”


“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”


“Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.”


“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.”


“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” Nobel Prize Speech, December 1950


“Mr. Khrushchev says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man’s dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” Speech in New York, October 1959


“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. Its various allegories are the charts against which he measures himself and learns to know what he is. It cannot teach a man to be good as the textbook teaches him mathematics. It shows him how to discover himself, evolve for himself a moral codes and standard within his capacities and aspirations, by giving him a matchless example of suffering and sacrifice and the promise of hope.” Paris Review Interview, 1958


The two great men in my time were Mann and Joyce. You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with “faith.”


“Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

Wikipedia: William Faulkner



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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, April 24, 2017 - Ernest Hemingway

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”


“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”


“Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”


“When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.”


“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it — don’t cheat with it.”


“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” A Farewell to Arms


“If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” For Whom the Bell Tolls


“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It’s been that way all this year. It’s been that way so many times. All of war is that way.” For Whom the Bell Tolls


“Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” The Old Man and the Sea


“Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don’t you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something” Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, July 1, 1925


“I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.” About his book, The Sun Also Rises in a letter, August 21, 1926


“Grace under pressure.”


“I’ve been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.” Letter to Marlene Dietrich, July 1, 1930


“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn… American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”


“However you make your living is where your talent lies.”


“Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.” On Ezra Pound, as quoted in The New Republic, November 11, 1936


“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”


“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”


“Never confuse movement with action.”


“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”


“Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.”


“The individual, the great artist when he comes, uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own.” Death in the Afternoon


“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” Death in the Afternoon


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”


“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”


“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

Wikipedia: Ernest Hemingway

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, April 23, 2017 - John Steinbeck

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”


“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”


“I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.”


“I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?”


“I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.”


“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”


“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”


“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”


“In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”


“It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.”


“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”


“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”


“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”


“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”


“Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.”


“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”


“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.”


“Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there’s time, the Bastard Time.”


“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”


“We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ”Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.””


“One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter: “Beware. You will never get out of this world alive.””


“If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.”


“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.”


“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.”


“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”


“In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. there is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.”


“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”


“The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like a solid, stable business.”


“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.”


“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”


“I guess this is why I hate governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by the fine print men. There’s nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.


Excerpt from Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

The next passage in my journey is a love affair. I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it. Once, when I raptured in a violet glow given off by the Queen of the World, my father asked me why, and I thought he was crazy not to see. Of course I know now she was a mouse-haired, freckle-nosed, scabby-kneed little girl with a voice like a bat and the loving kindness of a gila monster, but then she lighted up the landscape and me. It seems to me that Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda. Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans. Here for the first time I heard a definite regional accent unaffected by TV-ese, a slow-paced warm speech. It seemed to me that the frantic bustle of America was not in Montana. Its people did not seem afraid of shadows in a John Birch Society sense. The calm of the mountains and the rolling grasslands had got into the inhabitants. It was hunting season when I drove through the state. The men I talked to seemed to me not moved to a riot of seasonal slaughter but simply to be going out to kill edible meat. Again my attitude may be informed by love, but it seemed to me that the towns were places to live in rather than nervous hives. People had time to pause in their occupations to undertake the passing art of neighborliness.

I found I did not rush through the towns to get them over with. I even found things I had to buy to make myself linger. In Billings I bought a hat, in Livingston a jacket, in Butte a rifle I didn’t particularly need, a Remington bolt-action .22, secondhand but in beautiful condition. Then I found a telescope sight I had to have, and waited while it was mounted on the rifle, and in the process got to know everyone in the shop and any customers who entered. With the gun in a vise and the bolt out, we zeroed the new sight on a chimney three blocks away, and later when I got to shooting the little gun I found no reason to change it. I spent a good part of a morning at this, mostly because I wanted to stay. But I see that, as usual, love is inarticulate. Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth. If Montana had a seacoast, or if I could live away from the sea, I would instantly move there and petition for admission. Of all the states it is my favorite and my love.

At Custer we made a side trip south to pay our respects to General Custer and Sitting Bull on the battlefield of Little Big Horn. I don’t suppose there is an American who doesn’t carry Remington’s painting of the last defense of the center column of the 7th Cavalry in his head. I removed my hat in memory of brave men, and Charley saluted in his own manner but I thought with great respect.

The whole of eastern Montana and the western Dakotas is memory-marked as Injun country, and the memories are not very old either. Some years ago my neighbor was Charles Erskine Scott Wood, who wrote Heavenly Discourse. He was a very old man when I knew him, but as a young lieutenant just out of military academy he had been assigned to General Miles and he served in the Chief Joseph campaign. His memory of it was very clear and very sad. He said it was one of the most gallant retreats in all history. Chief Joseph and the Nez PercÚs with squaws and children, dogs, and all their possessions, retreated under heavy fire for over a thousand miles, trying to escape to Canada. Wood said they fought every step of the way against odds until finally they were surrounded by the cavalry under General Miles and the large part of them wiped out. It was the saddest duty he had ever performed, Wood said, and he had never lost his respect for the fighting qualities of the Nez PercÚs. “If they hadn’t had their families with them we could never have caught them,” he said. “And if we had been evenly matched in men and weapons, we couldn’t have beaten them. They were men,” he said, “Real men.”

Wikipedia: John Steinbeck

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - George S. Patton

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”


“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”


“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”


“Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.”


“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”


“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”


“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”


“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”


“If a man has done his best, what else is there?”


“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”


“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”


“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”


“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”


“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!”


“There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.”


“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”


“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”

Wikipedia Page: George S. Patton

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#14 Hot Seat Head Coach – Butch Jones, Tennessee – “I think Jones is going to need 9 wins plus in ’17 to keep his job boys.” – Totally Transform Tennessee Football overnight and turn the SEC Conference on its head by getting off a plane in Knoxville to take the Vols job

#14 Hot Seat Head Coach – Butch Jones, Tennessee

We have enough contacts around the Southeastern United States now, including a few that live around Knoxville, Tennessee, to know that Tennessee Vols head coach Butch Jones is none too thrilled that his ass is now on the Hot Seat at Coaches Hot Seat and other media outlets that cover college football, but come now Butch…..we are talking about…


…here Son and we will be Damned before anyone at Coaches Hot Seat is going to tolerate mediocrity at Tennessee or any other football school that should be an perennial power in college football.

When we say that we are not going to tolerate “mediocrity” at Tennessee what we mean is this…Butch Jones’ win/loss records in FOUR years at UT:

2013:  5 – 7
2014:  7 – 6
2015:  9 – 4
2016:  9 – 4

Overall:  30 – 21

SEC:  14 – 18

Yes…the above numbers...especially the last two years of 9 – 4 records are slightly above “mediocre” but let’s go inside those win/loss numbers to look at a few other key metrics:

Record Against Power 5 Conference Opponents:  18 – 21

Record Against Non-Power 5 Conference Opponents:  12 – 0

Record Against SEC East Opponents:  14 – 10

Record Against SEC West Opponents:  0 – 8

Now you understand why we have Butch Jones on the Hot Seat and if you still don’t understand let’s start with these Simple Facts

A.  In a time when the SEC East has been the WEAKEST it has been since the SEC Conference split into two divisions Tennessee under Butch Jones had a great opportunity to establish a presence in the SEC East over the last few years, but instead what Butch Jones has been doing is…

B.  Has Losing Record Against Power 5 Conference Opponents

C.  Is Cleaning Up….40% of his Wins…are against Non-Power 5 Opponents

D.  Barely has a Winning Record Against SEC East Teams

E.  Has Not Beaten Even ONE SEC West Team in Four Years

F.  Zero SEC Eastern Division Titles and ZERO Trips to SEC Championship Game

Oh…and here’s the REAL kicker….in 2015 + 2016 Tennessee easily had the most talented team in the SEC East and both times Butch Jones let Florida win the SEC East when anyone with a working brain knows the Gators had no Damn business playing in the SEC Championship Game the last two years!

Now here’s the REAL problem facing Butch Jones today…while Jones and the Vols have let two trips to the SEC Championship Game slip away the last two years when UT clearly had the most talented team in the SEC East, the rest of the Eastern Division has now caught up and entering the 2017 season the Vols no longer have the best roster in the East Division which are ranked below based upon talent:

1.  Georgia
2.  Florida
3.  Tennessee
4.  South Carolina
5.  Kentucky
6.  Missouri
7.  Vanderbilt

Yep…Butch Jones has gotten himself into a Helluva situation where he has two straight 9 win seasons on the board with Tennessee fans in both years expecting more like….

A Trip to the SEC Championship Game

…which UT fans should have been expecting since they had the best roster in the SEC East the last two seasons AND now Jones is facing a quickly improving SEC Eastern Division that will FORCE Butch Jones and his coaching staff to take it up a notch in 2017 or face a reckoning come late November of this year that could see another head coaching change in Knoxville…but more on that in a moment.

Let’s take a look at Tennessee’s 2017 football schedule:

Georgia Tech
Indiana State
At Florida
South Carolina
At Alabama
At Kentucky
Southern Miss
At Missouri

Oh Butch Jones does have a Helluva situation on his hands with that schedule which has at least TEN teams on the Vols schedule that have a 50-50 or better chance of beating Tennessee AND in a season when UT fans will be looking for the Vols to win the SEC East for the first time since…..wait for it…..since…


What kind of records do we think Tennessee will finish with in 2017? Well if we had to guess and it’s only a guess which is our opinion of course we would say….

Overall:  7 – 5

SEC:  5 – 3

Is it even remotely possible that Butch Jones would be brought back to coach the Tennessee Vols in 2018 if he finishes 2017 with the above records?

Not A Chance In Hell!

Why do we say that you ask?

Because if Butch Jones goes 7 – 5 in 2017 that would open the door for the Tennessee Vols to hire the ONLY coach now on the market that could Totally Transform Tennessee Football overnight and turn the SEC Conference on its head by getting off a plane in Knoxville to take the Vols job.

Who exactly is that coach you ask?

Well…below is that coach’s records in the FOUR years he was a head coach in college football:

2009: 10 – 3 – Conference Champion – Rose Bowl
2010: 12 – 1 – Conference Champion – BCS National Title Game
2011: 12 – 2 – Conference Champion – Rose Bowl
2012: 12 – 1 – Tied for First in Division – Fiesta Bowl

Overall:  46 – 7

Conference:  33 – 3

3 Conference Championships in 4 Seasons

Who is the above coach you ask?

Why it’s former Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly who after a few years in the NFL may have figured out that it is NFL officials that determine the speed at which NFL games will be played and that if Chip Kelly is going to be a successful head coach again it will have to be on the college level.

Oh…here’s another little tidbit delivered by a friend of ours over lunch in San Francisco earlier this year:

“I think if Chip Kelly goes back into the college game he wants a shot at coaching in the SEC.”

Hmmmmm…..Chip Kelly’s attacking spread offense in the SEC and in the incredibly loud Neyland Stadium which only gets louder and Louder and LOUDER as the Vols pour on the points would be a Helluva frightening thought….to other SEC Conference Head Coaches…and it should be a Helluva frightening thought to Butch Jones as well because in our opinion….

If Chip Kelly was offered the Tennessee head coaching job he would accept it AND Chip Kelly would IMMEDIATELY start winning on a BIG scale in the SEC Conference and who does Tennessee open the 2018 college football season against you ask?

West Virginia in Charlotte

Oh that would be a Helluva Game to kick-off the Chip Kelly-era at Tennessee facing off against Crazy Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers in Charlotte!

Memo to Butch Jones: Not that we have a clue Butch what the administration at the University of Tennessee is thinking, but we do know what a BIG alum + booster of Tennessee Football is thinking when he told us in March of this year the following:

“I think Jones is going to need 9 wins plus in ’17 to keep his job boys.”

There you have your Win Target Butch Jones = 9 Wins

Good Luck To You Son!

Oh for those Tennessee Football fans that aren’t like the Stanford folks at Coaches Hot Seat that got to see Chip Kelly’s teams at Oregon up close and personal for FOUR years here’s a little reminder of what Tennessee might just have in its future…maybe some of your remember this 35 point whipping that the Ducks put on the Vols in Neyland Stadium in 2010?

That sound you just heard were head coaches around the SEC Conference saying:

“Let sure the Hell hope they don’t hire Chip Kelly at Tennessee!”’s the 2011 Oregon at Stanford game we are still trying to forget!


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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, April 21, 2017 - Paul "Bear" Bryant


“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”


“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”


“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”


“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”


“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”


“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”


“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”


“Get the winners into the game.”


“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”


“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”


“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”


“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”


“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”


“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”


“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”


“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”


“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”


“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose with humility. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”


“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”


“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”


“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”


“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”


“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”


“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”


“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”


“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”


“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”


“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”


“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”


“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”


“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”


“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”


“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”


“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”


“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”


“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”


“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”


“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”


“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”


“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”


“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”


“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”


“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”


“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”


“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”


“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”


“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”


“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”


“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”

Wikipedia: Paul “Bear” Bryant

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#12 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chris Ash, Rutgers – #13 Hot Seat Head Coach – Brad Lambert, Charlotte

#12 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chris Ash, Rutgers

It is going to be very interesting to see if native of Ottumwa, Iowa Chris Ash can be a success as a head coach at Rutgers which is defacto foreign country to folks that didn’t grow up in the New York – New Jersey region of America, and if Ash is a success in turning Rutgers into again a semi-respectable football team then he will have achieved something mighty impressive indeed.

In the previous 20 years before Chris Ash took over the Rutgers head coaching job in 2016 the Scarlet Knights….playing in sub-par conferences to the Big Ten for 18 of those 20 years….Rutgers posted .500 or better regular season records in….

8 of 20 seasons

….with 6 of those .500 or better regular seasons coming under now Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

The problem that Chris Ash has to deal with as opposed to most Rutgers head football coaches in the past is that the Scarlett Knights are now playing in the very tough….

Big Ten East Division

…which includes the likes of…

Penn State
Ohio State
Michigan State

….in addition to Rutgers and in our opinion with the Big Ten now playing 9 conference games…

As EVERY Conference in America should be playing today and if you are playing 8 Conference Games like the SEC and ACC you are nothing but Total Damn Cowards and you sure the Hell were not raised by Real American since Real Americans are not Damn Cowards = SEC and ACC Conferences

….if Chris Ash or ANY Rutgers head football coach in the foreseeable future is able to post 6 plus wins a year that will be a MAJOR accomplishment.

In his first year on the job at Rutgers Chris Ash posted records of…

Overall: 2 – 10

Big Ten: 0 – 9

….and in 2017 Rutgers is scheduled to play:

Eastern Michigan
Morgan State
At Nebraska
Ohio State
At Illinois
At Michigan
At Penn State
At Indiana
Michigan State

With ONE sure win on the schedule in Morgan State it looks like 2017 is going to be another slog for Chris Ash and his Rutgers football team which we see posting a record of…

3 – 9 or 4 – 8 at best

….and no doubt if that happens this time next Chris Ash’s rear-end will still be on the Hot Seat heading into the 2018 college football season!


#13 Hot Seat Head Coach – Brad Lambert, Charlotte

2017 will be Brad Lambert’s FIFTH season as the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers who will be entering their THIRD season playing on the FBS level in Conference USA. In the first two seasons in FBS Brad Lambert and his Charlotte football team posted records of…

2015: 2 – 10
2016: 4 – 8

…and Lambert’s records are….

Overall: 16 – 30

CUSA: 3 – 13

Considering the above records so far what are the chances that Brad Lambert can turn Charlotte into a .500-plus team playing in Conference USA on a regular basis?

The chances are Warm-To-Midland at best and primarily because Conference USA has some pretty good football programs in it right now, and secondly because there are very few football programs that have made the jump to FBS and won on a consistent basis until they were an established program for many years.

With the above in mind let’s go to Charlotte’s 2017 schedule:

At Eastern Michigan
At Kansas State
Georgia State
At Western Kentucky
At Old Dominion
Middle Tennessee
At Southern Miss

Looking over the above schedule we give Charlotte a 50-50 or better chance of winning about…

7 of their 12 games in 2017

…and with that in mind we are expecting Brad Lambert to have his Charlotte team fighting for a bowl berth towards the end of the 2017 season and if not we all know what that means….Yep….Hot Seat for Brad Lambert!


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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, April 20, 2017 - David Packard

“Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”


“Why are we here? I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company’s existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being.”


“Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.”


“To remain static is to lose ground.”


“A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately – they make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental.”


“The greatest success goes to the person who is not afraid to fail in front of even the largest audience.”


“Set out to build a company and make a contribution, not an empire and a fortune.”


“A company that focuses solely on profits ultimately betrays both itself and society.”


11 Simple Rules

“1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation – the first requisite – for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.”

2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person seem less important, we frustrate one of his deepest urges. Allow him to feel equality or superiority, and we can easily get along with him.

3. Respect the other man’s personality rights. Respect as something sacred the other fellow’s right to be different from you. No two personalities are ever molded by precisely the same forces.

4. Give sincere appreciation. If we think someone has done a thing well, we should never hesitate to let him know it. WARNING: This does not mean promiscuous use of obvious flattery. Flattery with most intelligent people gets exactly the reaction it deserves – contempt for the egotistical “phony” who stoops to it.

5. Eliminate the negative. Criticism seldom does what its user intends, for it invariably causes resentment. The tiniest bit of disapproval can sometimes cause a resentment which will rankle – to your disadvantage – for years.

6. Avoid openly trying to reform people. Every man knows he is imperfect, but he doesn’t want someone else trying to correct his faults. If you want to improve a person, help him to embrace a higher working goal – a standard, an ideal – and he will do his own “making over” far more effectively than you can do it for him.

7. Try to understand the other person. How would you react to similar circumstances? When you begin to see the “whys” of him you can’t help but get along better with him.

8. Check first impressions. We are especially prone to dislike some people on first sight because of some vague resemblance (of which we are usually unaware) to someone else whom we have had reason to dislike. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.”

9. Take care with the little details. Watch your smile, your tone of voice, how you use your eyes, the way you greet people, the use of nicknames and remembering faces, names and dates. Little things add polish to your skill in dealing with people. Constantly, deliberately think of them until they become a natural part of your personality.

10. Develop genuine interest in people. You cannot successfully apply the foregoing suggestions unless you have a sincere desire to like, respect, and be helpful to others. Conversely, you cannot build genuine interest in people until you have experienced the pleasure of working with them in an atmosphere characterized by mutual liking and respect.

11. Keep it up. That’s all—just keep it up!”

Wikipedia: David Packard, Stanford University BA (1934), MA (1939)

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#11 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lovie Smith, Illinois – Illinois Football= “Whatever”

#11 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lovie Smith, Illinois

When in March 2016 it was announced that Illini head football coach Bill Cubit had been fired to be replaced with Lovie Smith the reaction at Coaches Hot Seat was about as close as one can get to…


….without actually being “Whatever” and that is because if there is a school playing Power 5 Conference football that has won less with more resources that Illinois we certainly the Hell don’t know that school!

Consider this for a moment….

Since Ron Turner was hired as the Illinois head coach in 1997 the Illini have posted….

SIX .500 or better records in the last 19 seasons

….and we don’t have ANY reason at all to believe that Lovie Smith who before getting Illini job had posted a record of….

89 – 87

…in 11 seasons coaching the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFL will do any better!

Would we have fired Bill Cubit at Illinois to replace him with Lovie Smith who got a six year contract paying him $21 million dollars from the Illini?

Not a chance in Hell!

Not that we don’t think a lot of Lovie Smith who did a decent job with a not always great roster with the Bears, but why would anyone think that Smith is going to bring winning ways to a college football program that has done so little winning in the last two decades?

There is no good answer to that question and that brings us to that Lovie Smith in his first year on the job coaching the Illini posted records of…

Overall: 3 – 9

Big Ten: 2 – 7

Who did Illinois beat in 2016?

Murray State
Michigan State

What was the combined record of the TWO legitimate football teams, Rutgers and Michigan State, that Illinois beat in 2016?

5 – 19

What then does the future hold for Lovie Smith and Illinois with a 3 – 9 record on the board in 2016?

We haven’t a Damn clue and there’s the problem! If Illinois had hired an experienced college head coach that has actually been a head coach on the college level we could make an educated guess on where Illini football is going but as for now….

No one has a Damn clue where Illini football is going in the future and don’t let anyone tell you they have a Damn clue where Illini football is going because they are lying to you!

Let’s take a look at the Illinois 2017 football schedule:

Ball State
Western Kentucky
At Iowa
At Minnesota
At Purdue
At Ohio State

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with TWO out-of-conference games against Western Kentucky and at USF that should be pretty tough games for the Illini to win which leads us to GUESSING that Lovie Smith will finish with records of…

Overall: 3 – 9

Big Ten: 2 – 7

…which was the same record the Illini posted in 2016.

Can Lovie Smith post 3 – 9 records and hang onto his job with Illinois for the foreseeable future?

Probably so because let’s be honest here…does anyone really expect Illinois to do ANYTHING in football anymore?

Of course not!

And that’s the Damn problem!

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Marcus Aurelius

“A man should be upright, not be kept upright.”


“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”


“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”


“Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.”


“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”


“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”


“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”


“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”


“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”


“Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.”


“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”


“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”


“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”


“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”


“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.”


“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”


“Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.”


“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”


“Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.”


“At dawn of day, when you dislike being called, have this thought ready: “I am called to man’s labour; why then do I make a difficulty if I am going out to do what I was born to do and what I was brought into the world for?”


“Everything–a horse, a vine–is created for some duty…For what task, then, were you yourself created? A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.”

Wikipedia: Marcus Aurelius

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#8 Hot Seat Head Coach – Mark Whipple, UMass – #9 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lance Leipold, Buffalo – #10 Hot Seat Head Coach – David Beaty, Kansas

#8 Hot Seat Head Coach – Mark Whipple, UMass

We don’t know what the expectations are at UMass in Mark Whipple’s second go-around as head coach of the Minuteman…this time in FBS….but in THREE seasons on the job Whipple has posted records of…

2014: 3 – 9
2015: 3 – 9
2016: 2 – 10

Overall: 8 – 28

Who are those 8 wins against exactly over the past 3 seasons?

Kent State
Eastern Michigan
Ball State
Eastern Michigan

NOPE…not very impressive but then if you are a head football coach and it doesn’t really matter what your Win – Loss record is….in other words…

You are working for Die-Hard Communists not Americans

…then maybe you can win EIGHT football games in THREE seasons on the job and not be on the Hot Seat….well your ass will be on the Hot Seat at Coaches Hot Seat…but maybe not at UMass!

Let’s look at the UMass 2017 football schedule:

At Coastal Carolina
Old Dominion
At Temple
At Tennessee
Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
At Mississippi State

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule for the Minutemen who are no longer in the MAC Conference and if we had to guess we would say they will finish with a record of something like….

1 – 11 or 2 – 10

….in 2017.

Can Mark Whipple survive a ONE or TWO win season in his FOURTH year on the job coaching UMass the second time around?

Probably not but an even better question is:

How long can UMass football be awful and survive on the FBS level?

Not for much longer we would think unless they are willing to take a LOT of lumps in the future!


#9 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lance Leipold, Buffalo

So far the move of Lance Leipold from Division III football powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater to Buffalo hasn’t gone so well with Leipold in TWO seasons on the job posting records of….

2015: 5 – 7
2016: 2 – 10

Overall: 7 – 17

MAC: 4 – 12

Clearly Lance Leipold knows how to coach football on the Division III level which is certainly something much different than coaching in FBS…even in the MAC Conference…where it’s great talent + coaching that leads to a lot of wins and if you don’t have great talent…or at least close to an equal amount of talent to the team lining-up against your team…you are going to have a hard time winning football games even if you are the next coming of Knute Rockne!

Let’s look at Buffalo’s 2017 football schedule:

At Minnesota
At Army
At Kent State
Western Michigan
Northern Illinois
At Miami (Ohio)
At Akron
Bowling Green
At Ball State

That’s a pretty tough schedule that the Bulls have to face in 2017 even before they get into MAC Conference play and if Leipold knows what is good for him he will have Buffalo at least…

3 – 1

…when they begin MAC play on September 30 at Kent State or this could be a very LONG season for the Bulls!

Lance Leipold might be able to survive another sub-.500 season at Buffalo but that doesn’t mean we won’t have his ass on the Hot Seat if the Bulls don’t start playing better football in 2017!


#10 Hot Seat Head Coach – David Beaty, Kansas

We don’t have a clue why Kansas hired David Beaty to be their head coach in 2015 but then we don’t have a Damn clue why Kansas hired Charlie Weis to coach the Jayhawks in 2012 so we are talking about an AD at Kansas that in our opinion…

Has No Damn Clue What He Is Doing

…relative to the Kansas football program, and if we had been the Kansas AD after firing Turner Gill we would have hired an up-and-coming coach on the FCS level that had an offense that would scare the Hell out of the rest of the Big 12 Conference but then that would take…

Real Common Sense

….and NO ONE with Real Common Sense would have hired Charlie Weis to coach the Kansas football team…PERIOD!

In TWO seasons on the job at Kansas Davie Beaty has posted records of…

Overall: 2 – 22

Big 12: 1 – 17

…and those TWO wins were against:

Rhode Island

LOL! Oh Charlie Strong how in the Hell did your Texas team lose to a Kansas team that has won….

7 Football Games

…in the last FIVE football seasons and if you are now thinking the folks making the Football Decisions in Kansas….

Haven’t Got A Damn Clue

….you would be right!

Let’s look at the Kansas 2017 football schedule:

SE Missouri State
Central Michigan
At Ohio
West Virginia
Texas Tech
At Iowa State
Kansas State
At Texas
At Oklahoma State

With a pretty weak non-conference slate to start the season Kansas should have a decent shot of having at least TWO wins when Big 12 Conference play begins on September 23 against West Virginia at home in Lawrence, but then who the Hell knows with these Jayhawks who could easily post another…

2 – 10

…season in 2017 and if we had to guess we will go with Jayhawks going….

2 – 10

…in 2017!

Here’s the REAL kicker about the Kansas head coaching job….after winning TWO football games in TWO seasons on the job Kansas gave head coach David Beaty a contract extension through the 2021 season!

Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger explains reasons for David Beaty’s raise, contract extension, Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star

If we were fans of Kansas football we would have on the speed dial on our phones the number to a Lawrence area mental hospital after reading some of the quotes by Kansas AD Zenger in the above article….but then that’s just our opinion from the “far outside!”

Could David Beaty possibly keep his job if Kansas went 2 – 10 in 2017 and survive to coach the Jayhawks in 2018?

This is Kansas Football we are talking about here so that would be a BIG YEP!

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#6 Hot Seat Head Coach – Paul Haynes, Kent State AND #7 Hot Seat Head Coach – Bret Bielema, Arkansas – The Voodoo Hex and “Because the boy likes to eat, can tell a joke and has a great looking wife!”

#6 Hot Seat Head Coach – Paul Haynes, Kent State

Considering that Paul Haynes took over the Kent State football team in the 2013 season that in the year before in 2012 had posted a record of 11 – 3 it’s hard for us to understand how Haynes is still the head coach at KSU considering his records…

Overall:  12 – 35

MAC:  8 – 23

….in FOUR years on the job but then as one of our old bosses used to tell us…

“The world needs average folks boys because not everyone can be great!”

Let’s check out Paul Haynes yearly records at Kent State:

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

OK….can someone explain to us how Paul Haynes is still the head football coach at Kent State?

We have heard more sound in the middle of Death Valley on a cloudless night that what we just heard in folks answering the above question!

Let’s take a look at Kent State’s 2017 football schedule:

At Clemson
At Marshall
At Louisville
At Northern Illinois
Miami (Ohio)
At Ohio
Bowling Green
At Western Michigan
Central Michigan
At Akron

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule and if we had to guess the Golden Flashes will probably end up with records come December of….

Overall:  3 – 9

MAC:  2 – 6

With a record of 3 – 9 in Paul Hayne’s FIFTH season on the job at Kent State cost him his job?

3- 9 sure the Hell hasn’t so far!


#7 Hot Seat Head Coach – Bret Bielema, Arkansas

A good Arkansas-alum friend of ours who lives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and was with his wife in San Francisco recently on a business trip told us at dinner one night the following about Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema:

“Whatever the Hell voodoo hex that Bielema has over Arkansas fans is something I would love to bottle and sell to football coaches everywhere, because there’s no explanation for someone having a 10 – 22 record in SEC play in four seasons on the job having his ass kissed pretty much around the clock by Hog fans!”

Let’s take a look at Bret Bielema’s records at Arkansas with FOUR years on the books:

Overall:  25 – 26

SEC:  10 – 22

Woooooo Pig that’s BAD but then when have some kind of voodoo hex going for you just might be able to have TEN conference wins on the books after FOUR years on the job, but now let’s look at the FOUR most successful Arkansas coaches’ conference records in the post Frank Broyles era to compare to Bielema and those four coaches would be:

Lou Holtz (Southwest Conference):  37 – 18 – 1  (.670)

Ken Hatfield (Southwest Conference):  36 – 10  (.783)

Houston Nutt (SEC Conference):  42 – 38  (.525)

Bobby Petrino (SEC Conference):  17 – 15  (.531)


Bret Bielema (SEC Conference):  10 – 22  (.313)

What the Hell?

Besides talking to our good buddy from Ft. Smith, Arkansas who is pissed as Hell that Below Average As Hell is now acceptable to fans of Arkansas football…

“Because the boy likes to eat, can tell a joke and has a great looking wife!”

….we have reached out to some other folks we have known over the years in the Great State of Arkansas including one who knew Bill Clinton really well when Brother Bill was Governor of Arkansas (Oh, this guy has some great stories about Brother Bill that we wish we could put in this blog!), and when we asked him about the current state of Arkansas football and Bret Bielema his response was:

Long Silence….A Loud Sigh……and then….

“Hell…I don’t know but I do know this….my Son who went to Arkansas was over at my place for dinner couple of weeks back with his wife and kids and he told me he had heard someone say that Bielema’s record against SEC West teams was 7 – 17, and I decided to look it up myself and Damn isn’t Bielema’s record against SEC West teams is 7 – 17! That’s not good boys…that’s just no Damn good at all!”

Yep…Bret Bielema’s record against SEC West teams is 7 – 17 in FOUR years on the job and below are his records against those SEC West teams:

Alabama:  0 – 4
Auburn:  1 – 3
LSU:  2 – 2
Mississippi:  3 – 1
Mississippi State:  1 – 3
Texas A&M:  0 – 4

As many people in the South often say when they see their educational systems ranked towards the bottom nationally…

“Thank God For Mississippi!”

….and in this case Bret Bielema can “Thank God For Mississippi” because without those three wins over the Rebels his SEC record at Arkansas would move from…

Devastatingly Bad to Biblically Bad!

So the real question here is how long can Arkansas Football be Below Average As Hell under Bret Bielema who we remind everyone is making $4 Million Dollars Plus a year to win football games for the Razorbacks?

Consider this little factoid which is another example about how…

Athletic Directors are the easiest Damn folks in America to roll

…if fired before 2018 Bret Bielema’s buyout of his Arkansas contract is…

$15.4 Million Dollars!

There might be ONE…maybe TWO Morons in America that would give a contract like that to a coach that was not a sitting Athletic Director and no doubt Bret Bielema’s agent is right now having a good laugh at the contract he got from Arkansas AD Jeff Long for Bielema which in our opinion is borderline a criminal act against Arkansas football fans which pay ALL the bills in Fayetteville!

Let’s go to the Arkansas 2017 schedule to see where this situation at Arkansas may be when December rolls around:

Florida A&M
Bye Week
Texas A&M – Dallas
New Mexico State
At South Carolina
At Alabama
At Ole Miss
Coastal Carolina
Mississippi State

The above schedule has TWO cupcakes in Florida A&M and New Mexico State and TWO pretty tough games against TCU and Coastal Carolina (which is no joke team moving up from FCS) out-of-conference so if we had to guess right now Bret Bielema and Arkansas will finish with the below records in 2017:

Overall:  6 – 6

SEC:  3 – 5

Could Bret Bielema survive putting up the above records in his FIFTH season on the job at Arkansas considering he would have a buyout north of $15 Million Dollars if fired?

Not a chance in Hell nor would Arkansas AD Jeff Long with both of them being run out of Fayetteville on a rail by the middle of December!


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Former College Head Coach Weighs-In on Attention To Detail and The Little Things – #5 Hot Seat Head Coach, Jim Mora, UCLA

Following on our last blog post about “Attention to Detail” and “The Little Things”…

The Importance of Attention To Detail and The Little Things To Coaches Winning Football Games, Coaches Hot Seat Blog, March 2017

…a fairly well-known former head coach in college football rang-up the CHS red phone this week and said about the above post:

“Something you learn as a coach is that when you have everything organized and ready to go for the team the players sense that the head coach and his assistant coaches have their Shit together and that gives the players confidence that the coaches know what the Hell are doing which is a big part of building that positive feedback loop. The assistant coaches see that the head coach has his Shit together which gives them confidence, the players see the head coach and assistant coaches have their Shit together which gives them confidence, and all that confidence pays huge dividends when things start getting tough in close games.”

Amen to that and the above observation goes right to something that a few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat witnessed personally in the US Navy one more than one occasion when our commanding officer was replaced by another commanding officer, and each time that happened the new CO brought with him his own management style to the ship and crew and in short order the entire crew made a determination if the new CO knew what the Hell he was doing or not and either added or lost confidence in the CO and the other officers on the ship. Now in most situations in peacetime a crew losing confidence in the commanding officer of an US Navy ship is no big deal, but in something like Desert Storm which a few of us went through the change of command in a CO was a HUGE deal and luckily for us was a very positive change for the ship and crew!

Any fans of great movies certainly know the movie The Caine Mutiny when the officers of an US Navy ship confront the captain of the ship played by Humphrey Bogart who is clearly losing his mind and thus putting the ship and its crew at risk:

Lesson from the Caine Mutiny for head football coaches:

Get and Keep Your Shit Together!

#5 Hot Seat Head Coach, Jim Mora, UCLA

Many years ago a Coaches Hot Seat member got a great lesson in working with someone that remains with him to this day that is an important thing in writing about the situation that Jim Mora now finds himself in at UCLA.

That Coaches Hot Seat member has told a simple story many times that when he was working in Manhattan for a large bank that he over time got into a bad working relationship with a younger person that worked for him and their relationship got so bad that the younger person (and valuable employee) left the company to work for another bank. Shortly after the younger person had left the bank after six-plus months of turmoil in the workplace an older executive at the bank called the CHS member into his office and told him this:

“Just a piece of advice as you learn how to manage people in the real world. There are always going to be lots of disagreements on all kinds of different things in any office, but what you should keep in your mind when reacting to those disagreements is this…think about how you would be viewed if you happened to see one of the people now working for you 20 years from now on the street. Would that person be happy to see you, would they want to have a drink with you to catch up with old times, would they want to have dinner to talk about what has been going on with their life? If not, then you have turned a common workplace disagreement into something much worse that will have forever broken the relationship between two people and that is something you must avoid at all costs. There is nothing wrong with setting clear goals and holding people accountable in the office, but disagreements in the workplace must be dealt with in clear ways by a manager…by a leader….because if they are not it causes all kinds of discord that makes the office an unenjoyable and unproductive place to work.”

The Coaches Hot Seat member then says that when he held in his mind when considering the people he was managing that he might see one of these people on the street 20 years from now and that he would want that person to have a positive memory of the CHS member his entire management approach changed which he says almost overnight immediately improved the atmosphere and more importantly the productivity of the office.

What does the above story have to do with UCLA head coach Jim Mora you ask?

Jim Mora needs to take the advice of the older gentleman above and manage his coaches, support staff and players at UCLA as people in such a way that 20 years from now on the street they will want to stop, chat, have a drink or maybe have dinner to catch up on old times as opposed to way that Jim Mora is now managing the UCLA coaches, support staff and players which in our opinion has set the Bruins football team up for disaster and failure.

Let’s look at Jim Mora’s win/loss records at UCLA:

2012: 9 – 4
2013: 10 – 3
2014: 10 – 3
2015: 8 – 4
2016: 4 – 8

Overall: 41 – 24

Pac-12: 25 – 20

Now since we are talking about UCLA football which has only a marginal history in college football compared to a powerhouse program like UCLA, the above Jim Mora records are not bad per se, but they are trending in the wrong direction and another losing record for the Bruins in 2017 will put the folks in Westwood in a Helluva interesting spot since Mora would have a…

$10 Million-Plus Buyout at the end of the 2017 season

…which is Totally Damn Absurd since there is not a Chance in Hell that UCLA Dan Guerrero could raise $10 Million-Plus Dollars to buyout Jim Mora even if the Bruins didn’t win a game in 2017!

Now let’s go to UCLA’s 2017 schedule:

Texas A&M
At Memphis
At Stanford
Bye Week
At Arizona
At Washington
At Utah
Arizona State

Damn! There is a chance that if UCLA starts slow in 2017 that they could easily be…

0 – 5 or 1 – 4

…heading to Arizona on October 14 which would put a tremendous amount of heat on Jim Mora and UCLA AD Dan Guerrero, but let’s give the Bruins some benefit of the doubt that they will play decent football this coming season and come up with some predicted records for 2017:

Overall: 6 – 6

Pac 12: 3 – 6

Now if we had to predict a worse case total Armageddon scenario for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins in 2017 their record COULD easily be overall….

4 – 8

Would Jim Mora lose his job as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins if he posted a second consecutive record of 4 – 8 in 2017?

No UCLA head football coach in the post World War II era has survived to coach a third season after posting two straight losing seasons and more often than not UCLA head coaches posting .500 records for two consecutive seasons…

Save Terry Donahue in 1989 and 1990 when he posted two straight losing seasons, but Donahue had taken UCLA to the Rose Bowl three times and Fiesta Bowl once in recent years

…. have lost their jobs and not given a chance to coach another season which leads us to think that if Jim Mora and his Bruins do have a losing season in 2017….

There is going to be Helluva LARGE money agreement to be worked out on how UCLA is going to pay Jim Mora over time as he is shown the door in Westwood!

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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…


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…

La. Lafayette
South Carolina
At Florida
Mississippi State
New Mexico
At Ole Miss

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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#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
At Stanford
Bye Week
At Utah
At Oregon State

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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#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:

At Boston College
At Michigan State
Miami (Ohio)
At North Carolina
Bye Week
NC State
Wake Forest
At Miami
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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#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


Ole Miss gets a 2-plus year bowl ban


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
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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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…

Ohio State
Penn State

…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

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….


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 –

“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
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
At Ole Miss
Mississippi State

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
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


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!

Great Luck to you David Beaty!


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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)


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…


…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…


…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
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…


….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…


….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…


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
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
Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
A Mississippi State

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


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?



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A Few Thoughts on the 2016 – 2017 FBS Coaching Changes

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

2016-17 Coaching Changes,

….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…


….FBS head coaching changes over the last NINE years with probably a few more changes coming this year which works out to an average of about…


….of FBS head coaching jobs changing each season.

Is a roughly 20% turnover in FBS head coaches a season an appropriate number or is there even an appropriate number when considering FBS head coaching turnover?

The answer to that question is that FBS head coaches just like EVERYONE else in America is evaluated and kept in their jobs based upon performance and most Americans if they didn’t perform at an acceptable level for…

Just One Week

….would more than likely be shown the door so please save us the crying about coaches getting fired after two or three years on the job!


As the Great Vince Lombardi said long before Coaches Hot Seat showed-up on the scene in 2007…

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm!”

As for the head coaching jobs that have turned over in 2016-17 here are few comments on those firings and new hires if there has been one…

Baylor – What a Damn mess Baylor football and athletics is for that matter. We are not sure what they are teaching in the churches, classrooms and halls at Baylor University, but for Damn sure it isn’t Christianity as defined by Jesus Christ and as spread by Paul. Baylor should be a great coaching job, but every time we think of Baylor football now we think of…

Sorry Ass People claiming to be Christians putting the safety and lives of innocent women at risk in the name of winning football games which.

Disgusting is the word that comes to mind when we see or hear Baylor University and the next head coach in Waco is going to have a Helluva rebuilding job on his hands!

Who should Baylor hire as their next head coach: We haven’t a Damn clue!


Cincinnati – Watching Tommy Tuberville the last few years at Cincinnati none of us thought his entire heart and soul was into coaching the Bearcats and we would recommend to Tubs before he goes looking for another head coaching job that he might want to do some TV work for a year or so and see if maybe that is where he might find some enjoyable and decent paying work that want take 24/7 of his time!

Is Tommy Tuberville a College Football Hall of Fame coach?

Well, considering that Tubs and Auburn got jobbed out of playing for the 2004 National Title which we think Auburn would have won that year, and that Tommy has 159 – 99 overall record we would have to say that…

YES…Tubs is a future College Football Hall of Fame coach!

Who should Cincinnati hire as their next head coach? Maybe Philip Montgomery at Tulsa or Scott Satterfield at Appalachian State or Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion or Charlie Strong maybe….hire someone with some energy whatever you do Cincinnati!

Florida Atlantic – No doubt Charlie Partridge worked hard at FAU, but three straight seasons of…

3 – 9

….records with no noticeable improvement in the program doomed Charlie and now FAU has to start anew again. We know the Boca Raton, Florida area pretty well having visited and played golf around Boca many times, and we would love to have the FAU head coaching job and so should LOTS of good coaches!

We would probably look at a very good FCS head coach to move up to the FBS level if we were AD at FAU.

Who should FAU hire as their next head coach? We would hire a top and hungry FCS head coach who had done some recruiting in Florida for the FAU job.

Florida International – Ron Turner should have NEVER been hired as the head coach at FIU, and it going to be interesting to see what the 65 year old Butch Davis will do with the Panthers where a .500+ record in any season is a pretty Damn good coaching job.


Fresno State – Whatever caused Tim DeRuyter’s fall at Fresno State after winning back-to-back Mountain West Conference Championships in his first two years on the job (2012 – 2013) we haven’t been able to figure it out, but for Damn sure something changed in Fresno besides losing a few good players to the NFL. The last few years DeRuyter hasn’t looked happy coaching Fresno State and there is nothing worse than not being totally committed to the job you are doing which can be severely impacted by many things on and off the field that most people know nothing about.

Fresno State has hired former Cal head Jeff Tedford to be the head coach at Fresno State, and we would say the 55 year old Tedford is an interesting hire that we have no Damn clue how it’s going to work out. When Jeff Tedford is in a good spot and very motivated he is a very good football coach and exceptional play-caller, and with that in mind if we are the AD at Fresno State we make sure Jeff Tedford is in a good spot and very motivated!


Georgia State – The Georgia State job should be a decent place for up-and-coming coaches to take and run with since there is a TON of high school football talent with a 3 hour drive of downtown Atlanta, but for some reason like UAB which is only a couple of hours away the Georgia State program has never really become a thing to do in Atlanta.

Most of all Georgia State football needs an identity and a quality head coach and if we are the AD at Georgia State right now we are probably looking for an innovative, ambitious, highly-competent FCS-level head coach to take this job.

Houston – Certainly no one with a working brain thought Tom Herman was going to hang around Houston after UH lost out on getting into the Big 12 Conference and if Texas hadn’t hired Herman we have no doubt he would the head coach of LSU today.

Houston has a TON of money to spend on a football coach and high school football players galore all around the Houston + South Texas area and with that in mind Houston should be able to hire a Helluva football coach.

Who should Houston hire as their next head coach? We would hire P.J. Fleck at a place like Houston which really needs someone to keep the pot stirred, but then we would hire P.J. Fleck at most places if sitting in an AD chair with an open head coaching job.


Indiana – Whatever was going on at Indiana must have raised some eyebrows behind the scenes because that was simplest mutual parting of the ways we have seen between a head coach and AD/School with Kevin Wilson leaving Indiana since Tommy Tuberville was giving a TON of money to “resign” at Auburn a few years back.

We know very little about the new Indiana head coach Tom Allen, but we have read about Coach Allen is impressive…mighty Damn impressive.

Great Luck to you Tom Allen and remember…do it YOUR way because YOU are the head coach at Indiana now Tom!


LSU – Reality is Les Miles should have been fired at the end of the 2015 season and there is not a Chance In Hell that Ed Orgeron would have be the head coach at LSU today if Les Miles had been fired last year or if the Texas job had not opened up for Tom Herman this year.

The most interesting thing about the LSU head coaching search both last year and in 2016 was that it seems LSU AD Joe Alleva was targeting ONE guy…

Jimbo Fisher in 2015
Tom Herman in 2016

….and when that ONE guy didn’t come through he fell back to…

Les Miles in 2015
Ed Orgeron in 2016

Now let’s assume for a moment that a new AD had been hired at LSU before the end of this year’s college football season and that AD was charged by the President and Board at LSU…

“Hire the best coach possible!”

….would Ed Orgeron have been the “best coach possible” or rather way down the list of potential new head coach at LSU?

Way down the list of potential new head coaches at LSU is the answer to that question and we have it on good authority there are several very good FBS coaches who would have loved a shot at the LSU job, but who never got a call.

We can only wish the best of luck to Coach Ed Orgeron who we will really be pulling for the in coming years to do great things at LSU and of course Ed…if you win less than 10+ games a year Son….yours ass will go right on the…


Nevada – We had been hearing rumblings from University of Nevada folks we know that they weren’t very happy with Brian Polian and the state of the Nevada football program for about a year now, and it looks like those folks got their way after a very AVERAGE 5 – 7 record in Brian’s fourth year at Nevada.

Nevada is not an easy coaching job sitting in Reno, Nevada which is a nice town, but not exactly an easy place to recruit kids to and certainly recruiting will need to big positive piece of the next head coach at the school.

The word on the street is that Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt OC Andy Ludwig are up for the Nevada job and if we asked to choose between one of those two coaches we are hiring…

Andy Ludwig


Oregon – People that didn’t get to see the Oregon football program in person in the last year have no Damn idea how bad things were with Ducks football which in our opinion looked….

Totally Leaderless in 2016

….which left the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers behind the scenes with no choice left but to fire Mark Helfrich who let’s be honest here…

Is NOT head coaching material on the FBS level forget at a high-profile place like Oregon!

Who would we hire to be the next head coach at Oregon? Well…a few years ago we thought Chris Petersen would be an amazing hire for Washington even though we knew that Petersen would build a powerhouse in Seattle that would directly threaten Stanford football and for Oregon we know that the ONE coach we hope the Ducks don’t hire is…

P. J. Fleck


…because the last Damn thing that Stanford football needs is a dynamic coach like Fleck in the Pac-12 North raising Hell and taking names!

Maybe the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers pulling the levers behind the scenes will go with a “name” coach who will be a terrible fit for Eugene and who will no doubt burn the Oregon football program to the ground which Hey…won’t be a bad thing for Stanford football going forward!

Purdue – We are old enough to remember Joe Tiller throwing the ball all around the place at Purdue posting an overall record of…

87 – 62

….in 12 seasons at the school and what has been the overall record of the Boilermakers since Tiller was pushed out the door at Purdue?

31 – 67

Damn….the above is what happens when you have Total Damn Idiots hiring football coaches and let’s hope that Purdue finds a great coach this time around to get things going again in West Lafayette!

Who would we hire as the head coach at Purdue? Couldn’t go wrong with Jeff Brohm, P.J. Fleck, Matt Rhule, Troy Calhoun, Philip Montgomery, Bobby Wilder, Scott Satterfield…to name a few head coaches we would be going after as AD at Purdue.

San Jose State – In four seasons at San Jose State Ron Caragher posted an overall record of…

19 – 30

…which of course rightly led to his firing and now the question is who is San Jose State going to get to right the Good Spartan Ship?

If we were the AD at San Jose State we would be thinking of someone who can bring an innovative offense to San Jose….and we can think of 10 coaches like that from young ones, to old ones, to ones middle-aged….and certainly Jon Wilner who follows San Jose State closely has his list…

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!


Texas – In THREE seasons at Texas Charlie Strong posted an overall record of…

16 – 21

…and whether you are white, black, red or green that kind of record in THREE seasons would have gotten your ass fired and no surprise…

Charlie Strong got his ass fired at Texas!

With Tom Herman taking things over at Texas and most of the folks in front and behind the scenes in the Lone Star State with a rooting interest in the Longhorns are now in the stable and ready to see what Herman can do and we predict great things for Texas in the coming years, but when we write…


…that means Tom Herman you better Damn win 10+ games a year or your ass…

Will Go Right on the Hot Seat!

Mack Brown in his first 12 seasons as the head coach at Texas averaged winning…


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


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

Coach Up Those Longhorns Tom Herman!



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