“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.”
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around it.”
“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”
“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.”
“There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is the court.”
“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”
“There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.”
“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.”
People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.
Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.
“Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
Above – To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes
“Well, they’re Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you at golf. ” Harper Lee
“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” Harper Lee
“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.”
“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision.”
“People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for, sacrifice for, that they trust.”
“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.
This is the kind of passionate conviction that sparks romances, wins battles, and drives people to pursue dreams others wouldn’t dare. Belief in ourselves and in what is right catapults us over hurdles, and our lives unfold.
“Life is a sum of all your choices,” wrote Albert Camus. Large or small, our actions forge our futures and hopefully inspire others along the way.”
“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”
“Remember: You’ll be left with an empty feeling if you hit the finish line alone. When you run a race as a team, though, you’ll discover that much of the reward comes from hitting the tape together. You want to be surrounded not just by cheering onlookers but by a crowd of winners, celebrating as one.”
“To stay vigorous, a company needs to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for all these types: the dreamer, the entrepreneur, the professional manager, and the leader. If it doesn’t, it risks becoming yet another mediocre corporation.”
“People want guidance, not rhetoric. They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it.”
“There is a word that comes to my mind when I think about our company and our people. That word is ‘love.’ I love Starbucks because everything we’ve tried to do is steeped in humanity.
Respect and dignity. Passion and laughter. Compassion, community, and responsibility. Authenticity.
These are Starbucks’ touchstones, the source of our pride.”
“There’s a metaphor Vincent Eades likes to use: “If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.”
“One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure”
“It’s one thing to dream, but when the moment is right, you’ve got to be willing to leave what’s familiar and go out to find your own sound.”
“Every step of the way, I made a point to underpromise and overdeliver. In the long run, that’s the only way to ensure security in any job.”
“Treat people like family, and they will be loyal and give their all. Stand by people, and they will stand by you. It’s the oldest formula in business, one that is second nature to many family-run firms. Yet in the late 1980s, it seemed to be forgotten.”
“While Wall Street has taught me a lot, its most enduring lesson is an understanding of just how artificial a stock price is. It’s all too easy to regard it as the true value of your company, and even the value of yourself.”
“At a certain stage in a company’s development, an entrepreneur has to develop into a professional manager. That often goes against the grain.”
“Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Don’t do things the way they’ve always been done. Don’t try to fit the system. If you do what’s expected of you, you’ll never accomplish more than others expect.”
“It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see, and pursuing that vision no matter who tells you not to.”
“I had a go at changing history – maybe not all by myself – I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.”
‘Every time I started painting it was like a new experience, but they all came out the same.”
“I hold doors open for all the women. Men can open the doors for themselves.”
“Imagination comes of not having things.”
“Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet, theatre, movies, or other sporting events… and nothing is like the fights to me. I’m excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job.”
“I’ve met and sketched most of the great athletes from the past five decades and their movement, grace and energy have kept me captivated over the years. That’s what the ancient Greeks first saw and that’s what caught my interest.”
“I always stayed in tune with my own ambitions and attitudes and I’m still my intractable old self, for better or worse.”
“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… eating with friends, the service, the ambience.”
“But ‘Playboy’ was liberating. I was drawn to it and went for it full throttle.”
“I guess I created LeRoy Neiman. Nobody else told me how to do it. Well, I’m a believer in the theory that the artist is as important as his work.”
“It’s a nice feeling to go out in the world and look for excellence – the best in man. My subject is very valid. It’s about people, and about life.”
“I’ve got the public. I don’t care about the critics. I did at one time. I don’t any more. I did when I needed compliments. But if you get a lot of compliments, you don’t need a critic to tell you, ‘This should be done another way.'”
“The businessman says ‘If I don’t do it first, somebody else will.’ The artist says ‘If I don’t do it first, nobody else will.'”
“I can easily ignore my detractors and feel the people who respond favorably.”
“It’s been fun. I’ve had a lucky life. Art has made me pull the best out of myself.”
“I don’t know if I’m an impressionist or an expressionist. You can call me an American first… I’ve been labeled doing neimanism, so that’s what it is, I guess.”
“I’ve zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence… Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves, and art has made me pull the best out of myself.”
“The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they’re spectators, they’re not viewers.”
“I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don’t think a painter has to be able to draw, I just think that if you draw, you better draw well.”
“I love the passion you go through while you’re creating.”
“You can’t take yourself too seriously.”
“No, I never had any dreams. The process of art is a dream in itself. The artist just doesn’t… you work out something. It’s yours. You don’t have to go to sleep to do that. You do that on the canvas.”
“When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person – the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person’s public presence reflects his own efforts at image development.”
“‘Playboy’ made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings – not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself.”
“It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled ‘Big Band’ completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and includes Wynton Marsalis.”
“The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I’ve done before. Sometimes the best happens – beyond possibility. Just do it. Can’t worry about it.”
“You know what I like about San Francisco? The women are beautiful, fashionable and smart. San Francisco is one of the only cities I like to visit. I love New York and Chicago – I studied there, and L.A. has the same people as New York.”
“There’s no greatest moment in the arts. It’s a life, it’s a continuity thing. You can’t have a great moment because it’s spiritual. It’s a belief, it’s a calling. If you’re an artist, doing your own thing on your own, it’s while you’re doing it that counts. It’s a process. If you get too elated, you can get too depressed.”
“The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism – Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on!”
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.”
“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
“As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.”
“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”
“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”
“I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
“I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, “without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”
“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
“There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
“We never repent of having eaten too little.”
“When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.”
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
“The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen. These considerations, and others such as these, may enable us in some measure to surmount the difficulties thrown in our way; to bear up with a tolerable degree of patience under this burthen of life; and to proceed with a pious and unshaken resignation, till we arrive at our journey’s end, when we may deliver up our trust into the hands of him who gave it, and receive such reward as to him shall seem proportioned to our merit. Such, dear Page, will be the language of the man who considers his situation in this life, and such should be the language of every man who would wish to render that situation as easy as the nature of it will admit. Few things will disturb him at all: nothing will disturb him much.” Letter to John Page (15 July 1763)
“All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.”
“I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.”
“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution… They are not among the powers specially enumerated…” Opinion against the constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)
“The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens. Funding I consider as limited, rightfully, to a redemption of the debt within the lives of a majority of the generation contracting it; every generation coming equally, by the laws of the Creator of the world, to the free possession of the earth he made for their subsistence, unincumbered by their predecessors, who, like them, were but tenants for life.” Letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
“A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life” 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.”
“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.”
“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”
“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”
“Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”
“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”
“The ultimate goal is victory. And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”
“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”
Remarks of Benjamin Franklin after the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787 in the words of James Madison:
“Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
“Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
“Where liberty is, there is my country.”
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
“I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being. … I believe He is pleased and delights in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous.”
“I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects, and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous; which I hope is the case with me.”
“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“Let me add, that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
“These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were 1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty. 9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve. 10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation. 11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable. 12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation. 13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”
“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”
“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”
“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”
“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”
“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”
“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”
“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”
“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”
“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”
“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”
“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”
“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”
“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”
“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”
“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”
“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”
“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”
“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”
‘Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”
‘Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”
“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.”
“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”
“We are most alive when we’re in love.”
“When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.”
“I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.”
“We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.”
“I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is — its irresistible charm — a fire.”
‘Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.”
“It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.”
“In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.”
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
“The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.”
“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”
“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.”
“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.”
“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”
“Mental toughness is essential to success.”
“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”
“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”
“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”
“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”
“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”
“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”
“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”
”Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”
“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”
“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”
“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”
“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”
“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”
“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”
“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”
“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”
“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”
“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”
“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”
“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”
“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”
“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”
“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”
“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.”
“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”
“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”
“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”
“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”
“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”
“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”
“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”
“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”
“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”
“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”
“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”
“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.”
“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”
“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”
“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”
“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service
“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”
“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”
“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”
“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.”
“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”
“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”
“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”
“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”
E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).
Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.
Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.
2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).
“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.
They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”
3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires
1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage 2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated. 3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees. 4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner. 5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.
4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership
“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).
Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.
Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.
And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.
“I guess I’m like Roger Miller who used to say that he didn’t have as many jokes as he thought he did.”
“I like to start the day early, it keeps me out of trouble.”
“I would have been content to just do studio work, making it on my own never really entered my mind.”
“Some people have said that I can ‘hear’ a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also ‘feel’ one.
“Who are your friends? They are the people who are there in hard times or when you’re hurting beyond words. Or with a few words of encouragement and concern, make you realize you’re really not lost at all. Friends comes in both sexes, in all shapes, colors and sizes, but the most important thing they have in common, is the ability to share with you, your best joys and your deepest sorrows, for they are your friends.”
“I don’t feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”
“I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them.”
“I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing’s a joke to me. I don’t feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.”
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”
With the bowl season now underway and the 21 FBS Head Coaching Jobs that opened all filled we can take a look at the Post 2018 College Football Regular Season Top 10 Coaches on the Hot Seat.
We have a lot of opinions on the 21 FBS Head Coaches hired in this cycle which we believe to be….
The Worst Group of Head Coaching Hires
….in our lifetime of watching college football which goes back 40+ years to the 1970s and here at Coaches Hot Seat now encompasses the last 12 seasons since we cranked this website up in January 2007.
Before we get to those Top 10 Hot Seat Coaches we first must say that it really is too bad the Damn Fools running college football which is primarily….
The Power 5 Conference Commissioners + the Notre Dame AD
…are willing to shutdown the top teams in college football each year for 30+ days when this past Saturday – December 15 sports fans in America…think the 75%+ of the Americans that do not now watch the sport….could have watched what would be the…
Biggest Day in Sports in America Each and Every Year
….if college football had an 8-Team College Football Playoff which in 2018 would have produced the below 4 On-Campus College Football Games if the sport had the following qualifying for the CFB Postseason:
Keep the College Football Season just as it is right now including keeping all the Conference Championship Games just adding 1 Quarterfinal Round of 4 On-Campus Games on a Saturday in the middle of December
5 Power Five Conference Champs IF LESS than 3 losses (if Power Five Conference Champ has 3+ losses they will have to be selected as a Wild Card for the 8-Team Playoff)
2 Wild Card Teams (More if there is a Power Five Conference Champ with 3+ losses which may or may not be selected as a Wild Card)
1 Group of Five Conference Team IF in the Top 12 of Final Rankings
Losers of Quarterfinal Games then slotted into NYE 6 Bowl Games or other bowls if appropriate around the first of January
Here are those 4 College Football On-Campus Games for 2018 which would create the Biggest Day in Sports in America Each and Every Year
which this year would have been played on Saturday - December 15:
UCF at Alabama
Washington at Clemson
Ohio State at Notre Dame
Georgia at Oklahoma
For now at least the Damn Fools still have the wheel of FBS College Football but not forever because the Meaningless Bowl Exhibition Games will not forever define and even control FBS College Football….No….that will not exist forever and the National Champion of FBS will be settled on the field of play without ceding all of December to the NFL and that will be a glorious day and it will be a True Blue American Day because in America…Real Americans settle Championships on the field!
In the last year of his life on Earth President John F. Kennedy in 1963 traveled to Europe and delivered one of the great speeches of his Presidency at the Assembly Hall in Frankfurt, Germanywhich is often overlooked because there are so many other speeches Kennedy made that evoked themes that have come to define what America has become in the Post World War II period. We often quote a line from this Kennedy speech in Germany to our friends, co-workers and anyone else that will listen to us on “Change” that is in our opinion the very definition of what has made America so great today:
“But Goethe tell us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Mike Slive was born in 1940 around the same time as many of our Dads and lived through World War II and saw America become the world’s lone superpower not by looking to the past or trying to hold onto the present, but by doing what Americans have always done, by looking forward into the future. If college football is going to achieve its full potential in the life of America it needs to bring everyone in the country along so that like every other NCAA sport the Champions and Top Teams around the country that have earned the right to earn a National Championship on the field of play have that opportunity in the Postseason and that’s just what an 8-Team Playoff would do for college football.
The opportunity to make college football everything it can be in is in the hands of people that often live in the past, that look to a time that is gone and never coming back, instead of looking to the future and embracing change because after all Kennedy was right and every Real American knows it:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Let’s get to Top 10 Hot Seat Coaches as of middle of December 2018 with no doubt some changes coming as the bowl season unfolds and with that let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. Clay Helton, USC – The most disturbing thing about the USC football team this past year is how little the Trojans looked like the Trojans under Pete Carroll who were surging in all areas heading into Year 3 when this Trojans team under Helton looked towards the end of the 2018 season….
Undisciplined Not In Great Shape Confused Out-of-Control Almost Un-Coached at Times
….and we cannot help but wonder how USC could be getting worse under Helton the longer his tenure at the school?
Clay Helton took over the USC football program during the 2015 season from Steve Sarkisian and if one looks at the Trojans recruiting the last few seasons under both Sarkisian and Helton according to 24/7 Sports USC by all rights should have had a team playing for a National Title this season:
And yet in 2018 USC played 7 FBS teams with .500+ records and their record in those 7 games was:
1 – 6
Oh….USC also lost to a 3 – 9 UCLA team!
Consider this for a moment…USC over the past 5 seasons averaged recruiting the….
#6 Recruiting Class in America
….and the Trojans went 1 – 7 against .500+ FBS teams + the loss to UCLA in 2018!
That is nothing short of STUNNING!
This is USC Football Dammit which we have been watching both in person and on TV since the mid-1970s and we are not going to tolerate this Embarrassing Horseshit nor should USC fans and alumni!
Looking ahead to the 2019 season we haven’t a Damn Clue why Clay Helton hired Kliff Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator when Kingsbury proved he is a…
College Football Program Killer
…at Texas Tech where Kingsbury Totally Damn Failed winning an average of….
5.83 wins a season
…where Bozo the Clown could win 6 games a season!
In our opinion USC does not have the defensive depth to handle the pressure that will put on it by the offense that Kingsbury runs which wears out and eventually destroys the defenses on the teams he coaches and with that in mind let’s look at USC’s 2019 schedule:
Fresno State Stanford At BYU Utah At Washington At Notre Dame Arizona At Colorado Oregon At Arizona State At California UCLA
Whatever the Hell Clay Helton has planned for 2019 it better Damn be good because there’s a decent chance the Trojans start 0 – 6 or 1 – 5 and if that happens USC will have an interim coach when Arizona comes to the LA Coliseum on October 19.
Oh…USC’s 24/7 Team Recruiting Ranking as of right now….and remember we are talking about USC Football now….is…
Personally….we are pulling for Clay Helton to turn this thing around at USC but honestly we don’t think he has it in him to be the head coach at a place like USC. Some people can handle jobs like Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Florida State…and USC…and some can’t. Let’s see if Clay can and….
Great Luck Clay!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – To understand the Total Disaster that has been Chris Ash’s time as head coach at Rutgers where he has posted records of…
Overall: 7 – 29 Big Ten: 3 – 24
….you have to understand that in the two seasons that the previous Rutgers head coach, Kyle Flood, led the team the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten Conference the Knights won…
….that’s in 2 seasons….and in 3 seasons Chris Ash has won…
Oh….in Chris Ash’s THIRD season on the job his Rutgers football team put up a record of…
1 – 11!
For some reason the words of former Athletic Director at Florida Jeremy Foley are ringing in our ears right now…
“Anything that will have to be done eventually….should be done immediately!”
Eventually Chris Ash will be fired at Rutgers and he should have been fired after this season….in our humble opinion.
Let’s look at Rutgers 2019 schedule:
UMass At Iowa Boston College At Michigan Maryland At Indiana Minnesota Liberty At Illinois Ohio State Michigan State At Penn State
That looks like between 1 and 3 wins to us for Rutgers in 2019 and the reality is we here at Coaches Hot Seat may care more about Rutgers football than the people running Rutgers Athletics because for Damn sure we would not tolerate this kind of losing….not for a Damn second!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – After the Total Disaster that was Bob Diaco as the head coach at UConn for 3 seasons when Diaco posted records of….
Overall: 11 – 26 AAC: 6 – 18
….we haven’t a Damn Clue why UConn brought back Randy Edsall after he left out the back door not even saying goodbye to his players at UConn to take the Maryland job but Edsall was brought back and the last 2 seasons he has posted records of….
Overall: 4 – 20 AAC: 2 – 14
….and still we cannot understand…
Why was Randy Edsall hired at UConn?
There’s no good answer to that question and when you look at UConn’s 2019 schedule one can see only more Total Disaster ahead!
Wagner Illinois At Indiana At UMass At Cincinnati At Temple At Tulane At UCF East Carolina Houston Navy USF
That looks like THREE wins max to us and if UConn only wins 3 games in 2019 one has to assume the Huskies will have a new head football coach a year from today….right?
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Much like Randy Edsall as UConn we haven’t a Damn Clue why Lovie Smith is the head football coach at Illinois who in 3 seasons on the job has posted records of…
Overall: 9 – 27 Big Ten: 4 – 23
….and remember now…Lovie Smith took over a .500 football program at Illinois and has turned it into…
A Complete Freaking Disaster!
Consider this STUNNING Number for a moment…
Illinois has played 22 FBS teams under Lovie Smith with .500+ records and the Illini’s records in those games is…
1 – 21!
1 of Lovie Smith’s 9 wins at Illinois is against a FBS team with a .500 or better record and even more AMAZING the Illini have lost…
6 games to teams with sub-.500 records!
Oh….the Freaking Damn Moron who is the AD at Illinois…
…just gave Lovie Smith a 2-year contract extension at $5M a season!
Geez…there are so many Stupid People working in college athletics today that cannot see what is right in front of them or as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote and was said by Sherlock Holmes which sums up a lot of college football administration today:
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – There are so many people with their hands in the pot at Auburn it’s always hard to know what’s going on across The Plains but over a decade ago we were in Auburn for a football game and a well-known Auburn alum told us over lunch at a diner in Opelika, Alabama (next door to Auburn) that (paraphrased since so long ago but this Auburn alum is still around and he would say the same thing today!)….
“What mainly drives Auburn is what’s happening at Alabama and if Alabama is doing well then that just puts that much more pressure on the head coach at Auburn. Also there are a lot of politics at Auburn that a head coach, athletic director and president at Auburn University need to understand is something that can be managed…for awhile at least…but that eventually the politics will get them unless they have the power to ignore what the folks with the money want which is not really possible.”
Translation for what’s going on at Auburn in 2018: Alabama is rolling under Nick Saban and has been for a decade now and unless the Auburn head coach is able to keep up with Bama he is going to be under pressure and make no mistake about it…
Gus Malzahn needs to win 10+ games in 2019 to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers one year from today!
In our opinion it was a BIG mistake for Gus Malzahn to not take the Arkansas job which is not only home for Gus but it would have gotten Gus away from the pressure of coaching at Auburn when Nick Saban is across the state coaching Alabama and it would have gotten Gus to a place where 7 to 8 wins a season would have kept him off the Hot Seat.
This is Auburn Football which we have been watching play on TV and in person for 40+ years now and with the resources at Auburn there’s no reason for the school to be so far behind Alabama even if Nick Saban is in T-Town.
Consider Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban’s overall records in the last 6 seasons which is how long Gus has been at Auburn:
Last 6 Seasons
Gus Malzahn: 52 – 27
Nick Saban: 77 – 7
Also consider this….Gus Malzahn has been the head coach at Auburn for 6 seasons and he has lost…
4+ games in 5 of those 6 seasons 5+ games in 4 of those 6 seasons
Oh…Gus Malzahn is making $7 Million Dollars A Year…..losing 5 games in 2018 and in 2018 the Tigers played 8 FBS teams with .500+ records and Auburn’s record in those games was:
4 – 4
For someone being paid $7 Million Dollars A Year!
Auburn plays Purdue on Friday December 28 in the Music City Bowl and that is a Purdue team that finished the season at 6 – 6 even if they did beat Ohio State and we have some news for Gus Malzahn….
Lose to Purdue and you will replace Clay Helton on the Hottest Seat in America going into the 2019 season in the #1 Hot Seat Slot!
The good news for Gus Malzahn is that word from our Arkansas-alum buddy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas who we have known for decades and who has known Gus for decades and likes the guy told us recently….
“If Gus can win at least 7 games at Auburn next year and our coach (Chad Morris) has another disaster of a season Gus must might be able to come home to Arkansas after all.”
Let’s look at Auburn’s 2019 schedule:
Oregon (Dallas) Tulane Kent State At Texas A&M Mississippi State At Florida At Arkansas At LSU Ole Miss Georgia Samford Alabama
That looks like another 7 – 5 to us for Auburn in 2019 and if that happens Gus Malzahn will not be the head coach at Auburn a year from today….Hell…anything less than 10 wins and Gus will be gone…but maybe Gus will be the head coach at Arkansas a year from today….which is very doable in our opinion.
More on Chad Morris in a moment.
6. Willie Taggart, Florida State – The Late Great Johnny Carson who took over the Tonight Show from Jack Paar in 1962 when he was only 37 years old had a saying about being ready in life when your chance on the big stage came along….
“Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”
…and let’s just face FACTS here….
Willie Taggart was NOT ready to take over or handle the Florida State job and it showed on the field in 2018 with the Seminoles finishing with a record of 5 – 7 but even worse in the 10 games it played against FBS teams with .500+ records FSU’s record was…
3 – 7
This is Florida State Football and when we say that it means…
This is the Florida State Football program that Bobby Bowden built and Jimbo Fisher revived and that Willie Taggart will either get back on track in 2019 or FSU will have a new head football coach a year from today…PERIOD!
An FSU-alum who a couple of us first met when we were serving in the US Navy in Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1980s and who took us to several FSU football games in Tallahassee called us in August after a business trip to Tallahassee where he checked in on what was going on in Fall Camp for FSU football and he says:
“It’s just all fluff. There is no football being coached or practiced at FSU and I would be stunned if they win 6 games this season.”
Our buddy in Jacksonville was right and it’s going to be very interesting to see how Willie Taggart responds which is a guy we first ran across when he was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford and frankly we like Willie but come now…
We are not going to tolerate Mediocre or Worse Football at Florida State and that’s why Willie is going to need 8+ wins in 2019 or he will be gone and it doesn’t get any clearer than that!
Let’s look at Florida State’s 2019 schedule:
Boise State (Jacksonville) La. Monroe At Boston College At Clemson Louisville Miami NC State Syracuse At Virginia At Wake Forest Alabama State At Florida
We would be stunned if FSU won more than 7 games in 2019 and if that’s the case….one of the best jobs in college football will come open in late November 2019!
7. Kalani Sitake, BYU – No one needs to tell us what BYU Football was in the past and still can be today and certainly the 3 year run of Kalani Sitake as the head coach of BYU producing this record…
19 – 19
…is not the BYU Football we grew up nor the BYU Football we are going to accept!
No one at Coaches Hot Seat is a Mormon, but we do have plenty of Mormon friends in Utah and around America and if you have Mormons as friends you know they don’t tend to complain much but we can tell you they are not happy with the current state of their football program at BYU and either Kalaini Sitake is going to get things fixed in Provo or BYU will be forced to find another head coach that can get it done.
Let’s look at BYU’s 2019 schedule:
Utah At Tennessee USC Washington At Toledo At South Florida Boise State At Utah State Liberty Idaho State At UMass At San Diego State
Geez….that’s a pretty tough schedule and we gotta think Sitake is going to need 8+ wins in 2019 to keep his job and 8+ wins with that schedule would be pretty impressive!
8. Chad Morris, Arkansas – It’s hard to know just how bad the Arkansas Football program was when Bret Bielema left but a friend of ours that works on the academic side of the University of Arkansas sent us a note after Bielema was fired and before Morris was hired that said…
“Maybe the next coach won’t allow the football team to be such sloppy pigs. I know we are the Razorbacks but it was just f-ing ridiculous how undisciplined Arkansas was under Bielema!”
Certainly Bret Bielema’s records at Arkansas over 5 seasons of…
Overall: 29 – 34
SEC: 11 – 29
…were bad enough to get both Bielema and former AD Jeff Long fired but could it have been so bad in Fayetteville that it was the poor Leadership and Coaching of Bielema that led to new head coach Chad Morris posting a record of….
2 – 10
….in his first season on the job at Arkansas?
Maybe…or maybe Chad Morris is just an Average Coach who is now sitting on an overall record of…
16 – 32
….in 4 seasons at SMU and Arkansas and from what we saw of the Razorbacks in 2018 which was a good bit….
We didn’t see a Helluva lot!
As mentioned above Gus Malzahn might just become available at the end of the next football season to return to Arkansas if Chad Morris cannot get things rolling and with that in mind let’s look at the 2019 schedule for the Razorbacks:
Portland State At Ole Miss Colorado State San Jose State Texas A&M At Kentucky Auburn At Alabama Mississippi State Western Kentucky At LSU Missouri
With 4 Cupcakes on the Arkansas 2019 schedule which is just how folks in SEC Country love their competition = Easy As Hell and Cupcakes Galore…we don’t see why Arkansas doesn’t win at least 6 games in 2019 and if the Hogs don’t win at least 6 games in 2019 Ole Chad Morris is going to find his rear-end on fire because after all….
This Is Arkansas Football!
9. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech was able to get Marshall on their schedule for a make-up game because of the washout of a game earlier this year because of a hurricane to get to 6 – 6 on the season but come now…
The Hokies played 8 FBS Teams in 2018 with .500+ records and their record in those games was….
3 – 5
…and in case some of the folks haven’t been paying attention out there and didn’t get to see Virginia Tech play this season…
Something stinks in Blacksburg and it stinks bad!
We know what Justin Fuente is capable of doing which is a lot but in our opinion he is no more leading the Virginia Tech football program or is capable of leading the Virginia Tech football program right now than the Pillsbury Dough Boy which may mean he is being distracted by something….maybe something personal….or he just forgot how to Lead and to Coach but something’s wrong with the Hokies football program and in our opinion the problem goes deep….very deep!
With Justin Fuente now having lost…
4+ games in ALL 3 of his seasons at Virginia Tech
….and sitting on records of…
Overall: 25 – 14
ACC: 15 – 9
…2019 will be a critical year for Fuente where either the Hokies will continue their downward trend after winning 10 games in 2016 or they will recover and become a power again in the ACC and with that in mind let’s look at Va. Tech’s 2019 schedule:
Furman Old Dominion At East Carolina At Notre Dame At Boston College At Georgia Tech At Miami At Virginia Duke North Carolina Pitt Wake Forest
That looks like 7 – 5 to us unless the Hokies get some problems fixed in the offseason and at a place like Virginia Tech going 7 – 5 in your FOURTH year on the job….
Will get your ass fired!
10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – All of Mike Gundy’s having his name out there for every decent job opening in FBS football the last few seasons came home to roost in 2018 with Oklahoma State being very lucky to finish at 6 – 6 and a Damn Pitiful 3 – 6 in Big 12 Conference play and against FBS teams with .500+ records the Cowboys were….
3 – 5
Yes…Oklahoma State was Damn Lucky to win 6 games in 2018 and one has to wonder if Gundy has lost it with all the rattlesnake rodeo and other Meaingless Horseshit that has nothing to do with winning football games at OSU or maybe there’s something else going on but just our opinion having watched a lot of the Cowboys games in 2018…
Gundy doesn’t look very interested in our humble opinion
…on the sidelines and when the Head Coach is tuned out guess what…
The Coaching Staff and Whole Damn Team tunes out!
Luckily there is something that can focus the mind for Mike Gundy and that is getting his ass fired at his alma mater next season which another 6 or even 7 win season would do and with that in mind let’s look at Oklahoma State’s 2019 schedule:
At Oregon State McNeese At Tulsa At Texas Kansas State At Texas Tech Baylor At Iowa State TCU Kansas At West Virginia Oklahoma
Anyone else get the feeling that Mike Gundy will be coaching for his job and career as a head coach when the Cowboys travel to Norman to play Oklahoma on November 30, 2019?
That Tulsa job probably open up next season so you could just slide over to Tulsa from Stillwater so all might not be lost Son!
There’s a Helluva Lot we could write about Kansas hiring Les Miles as their next head coach but a Coaches Hot Seat member said it all yesterday at lunch when talking about this just makes no Damn sense at all hire by KU and it is…
“Because Jeff Long totally Damn failed at Arkansas and was unable to admit that hiring Bret Bielema was a Total Disaster he was run out of Fayetteville and hired to be AD at Kansas which then leads Long to hiring Les Miles that no other team in college football would hire.”
A Total Failure as the AD at Arkansas just hired a new head coach at Kansas that No One Else Wanted To Hire!
The really cruel irony for fans of Kansas football is if Jeff Long had actually done his Damn job at Arkansas and hired someone to coach the Razorbacks that had a chance to win in the SEC Conference Long would never gotten run out of Fayetteville and had an opportunity to hire someone like Les Miles at Kansas who in our opinion….
Is very close to the Total Damn Disastrous hire of Charlie Weis at Kansas
…which in our opinion is the worst hire in the history of College Football go back to the 1890s!
Here’s the real kicker…in three years when both Jeff Long and Les Miles are fired by the University of Kansas they are both So Damn Arrogant that they will both claim they are not to blame because they did their “best!”
Memo to University of Kansas: Make Damn Sure the next AD you hire actually knows what the Hell he is doing and didn’t just get his ass run out of his last job for Totally Damn Failing at that job!
Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
We need you again Johnny Cash go please now…give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. Clay Helton, USC – Taking over for Steve Sarkisian in the middle of the 2015 season Clay Helton’s records at USC are not terribly bad…
Overall: 32 – 16
Pac-12: 24 – 10
….but USC fans are like Alabama fans in that they have seen a lot of winning football over the years and they know from that experience that the Trojans only win a Games + Conference Titles + Championship when they have a coach that can fill up not just a room but the entire city of Los Angeles and Helton….he’s nice guy but he’s just not the guy that’s going to fill up the entire city of Los Angeles which is a city with some pretty amazing football being played at the LA Rams and do you see how many folks are coming to Rams games compared to the USC games now?
A Helluva Lot of Folks!
With the Trojans now sitting on a record of 5 – 6 after a loss to one of the worst UCLA football teams we’ve seen in our lifetimes on Earth only the Irish are left and we cannot see this Trojans team beating Notre Dame so that’s going to be…
5 – 7
…for Clay Helton in Year 4 and how in the world can Helton survive a losing record in his 4 th year on the job at….wait for it….USC?
He Cannot…if USC is still in the Winning Football Business that is!
…..and a record of 1 – 10 in 2018 with only a game against Very Damn Mediocre Michigan State left to play in East Lansing it’s important to know just who Chris Ash has beaten at Rutgers the last three seasons:
2018 Texas State – Losing Team and Head Coach Just Fired
2017 Morgan State – FCS Team Illinois – Losing Team Purdue – 6 – 6 Team Maryland – Losing Team
2016 Howard – FCS Team New Mexico – Losing Team
That’s right…in three seasons on the job at Rutgers Chris Ash has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and in his THIRD year on the job he is now looking right at a record of….
1 – 11
….and with that in mind if Chris Ash is “safe” then Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs is the one should be fired and he…
Should be fired this afternoon if Rutgers is actually interested in winning football games
…but come now….they are not!
Be Proud fans of Rutgers Football….you have a head coach who has beaten ONE FBS team in last 3 seasons with a .500 or better record and an AD that is detached from all reality on Earth!
Memo to the Average As Hell in America: Go into college athletics because your ass can be both Average As Hell and Detached From All Reality….and would we hire Chris Ash or Pat Hobbs to Shovel Shit in West Texas?
No…but then we are not Damn Morons!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – Rutgers may be a football program that is being Totally Destroyed right now by Total Incompetence but UConn is a football program that is being Totally Obliterated on purpose in our opinion as the Huskies are sitting on a record of…
1 – 10
…in 2018 with only a game against Temple left which will make this season a 1 – 11 record in Randy Edsall’s second year back at UConn after he ran from the program to Maryland without even bothering to talk to the UConn players and if you are wondering why it looks as if the Huskies players don’t really give a Damn….in our opinion….it is any surprise they don’t really give a Damn about playing for Randy Edsall at UConn! These kids at UConn are not Damn Morons folks!
Why exactly Randy Edsall was hired back at UConn after he left the program for the Maryland job without talking to the UConn players which in our opinion he would do again if he got a better job offer we don’t really know but we do know if we became the AD at UConn tomorrow the first thing we would do is fire Randy Edsall but then we are…
Not A Damn Moron like Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs who may be one of the Stupidest and Most In Denial Human Beings now alive in America!
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday in Lovie Smith’s 35 th game as the head coach of at Illinois his football team lost to Iowa…
63 – 0
…and that moves Lovie’s records with the Illini in 3 seasons on the job to…
Overall: 9 – 26
Big Ten: 4 – 22
…and please now is there Someone…Anyone…that can explain to us why Lovie Smith was hired at Illinois who took over a .500 college football program and turned it into a…
Complete Total Disaster
…while being paid $5M dollars a year?
No one can explain that to us because there is…
No Damn Logical Reason why Lovie Smith was hired or should remain employed by the University of Illinois!
4 – 7 Illinois which has wins over…
Kent State – Losing Team Western Illinois – FCS Team Rutgers – Losing Team Minnesota – Losing Team
…has a game left at Northwestern on Saturday which might just be a win since we expect Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern team to just Relax and Coast and Quit now they have won the Big Ten West so don’t be surprised if Northwestern lies down and QUITS against Illinois as it gets ready for Big Ten Championship Game!
5. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Imagine for a moment you were hired as the Athletic Director tomorrow at Texas Tech and you set about evaluating the Tech football program and you looked at Kliff Kingsbury’s records…
Overall: 35 – 39
Big 12: 19 – 34
…when you as Thinking Human Being would know that Mike Leach was the head coach at Tech just a few years ago before being run off by the PC-Police and you would go check Leach’s records at Tech…
Overall: 84 – 43
Big 12: 47 – 33
….and you would think to yourself….Mike Leach could win at Texas Tech so I cannot understand why Kliff Kingsbury isn’t winning at Tech and you would then thank Kliff for his efforts and start looking for a coach that could bring Winning Football back to Lubbock….IF you were a…
Thinking Human Being!
Texas Tech is now 5 – 6 on the season just like they were at this time last year when they beat Texas to get bowl eligible and since this is Texas Tech where…
Average As Hell is Accepted and Celebrated
…there’s a chance again for Kingsbury to beat Baylor at home on Saturday and get “bowl eligible” and since this is Texas Tech after all…
It will be Accepted and Celebrated
…and if you are thinking the folks in Lubbock are…
Total Damn Losers and Sorry Damn Excuses for Americans….You Would Be Right!
6. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – We said in this blog several weeks ago were BIG problems at Texas Tech that in our opinion are being covered-up by the media in Blacksburg which is little different than the media in Russia which gets on its knees and kissing the Precious Ass of Vladimir Putin and that’s still our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
There Are Big Problems at Virginia Tech which just lost 38 – 14 at home to a Miami team that is one of the worst Miami teams we have seen in recent years and that’s the FOURTH straight loss for now 4 – 6 Tech with games left against…
What exactly are the BIG problems at Virginia Tech?
Well…we would rather not say but they all go back to…in our humble opinion…of head coach Justin Fuente being a Sorry Ass Leader that does not have the GUTS nor the COURAGE to actually lead the Virginia Tech football program and if you are an AD that had Fuente’s name on a list you might consider to hire at your school…
Take his name off your list unless you want to hire someone with No GUTS or COURAGE
….in our humble opinion that is!
It will be interesting to see if the Virginia Tech football team just Totally Quits in these last two games against Virginia and Marshall….very Damn interesting to see!
7. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – North Carolina finally got a 2 nd win on Saturday beating FCS Western Carolina at home and now the 2 – 8 Tar Heels end the season with a home game against NC State on Saturday with head coach Larry Fedora now sitting on a record the last two years of…
Overall: 5 – 17
ACC: 2 – 13
….and since we don’t see any way in the world that North Carolina beats a pretty decent NC State team one has to think someone in Chapel Hill will say to themselves something like…
5 wins the last two seasons isn’t so good…it isn’t good at all
…..and if they say that to themselves then they more than likely will be looking for a new head coach at UNC!
8. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa – We don’t have a clue what has happened to Tulsa the last two seasons after the Golden Hurricane put up 10 wins in 2016 and the last two years head coach Philip Montgomery is now sitting on record of….
Overall: 4 – 19
AAC: 2 – 13
…with 2 – 9 Tulsa only having a game left against SMU.
Whatever is going on at Tulsa….it’s Not Good…it’s Not Good At All!
9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – It must be nice to be making $7 Million Dollars a year and post a record of 7 – 4 with only Alabama left on the schedule and…
No One At Auburn Gives A Damn
…and that is the situation Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn has going on The Plains now but come now…we first got to an Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 1980s and we know that…
Auburn Loves and Celebrates Average just like Rutgers
…and Gus could take the Tigers up to Tuscaloosa and get whipped 100 – 0 by Alabama and…
No One At Auburn Would Give A Damn!
Auburn may be a “Family” but it’s a family that…
Does Not Care About Winning Does Not Give A Damn About Losing Does Not Mind Being Totally Dominated By Alabama
…and if you are thinking about sending your kids to Auburn…DON’T…unless you want them to be…
Total Damn Losers who are willing to Accept Average and Laugh, and Laugh, and Laugh
Auburn = It’s All About Being Average As Hell and Loving Every Minute Of It!
Be Proud Fans of Auburn Football…Just Be Proud!
10. Willie Taggart, Florida State – On Saturday Willie Taggart and FSU got their 5 th win of the season at home against Boston College with only a game in Tallahassee against Florida which is a MUST WIN for Willie Taggart and Florida head coach Dan Mullen because the..
Losing Coach Will Be on the Hot Seat the entire 2019 offseason and begin next year on the Hot Seat
….so this is…
Lose and your ass is on the Hot Seat entering the 2019 season Game
…and it will be interesting to see if the Seminoles come out attacking the Gators all over the field or they just lie down and quit against Florida!
There is so much that we could write about Bobby Petrino being fired at Louisville which in our opinion was nothing short of…
Bobby’s Second Reign of Terror at Louisville
…which should have never happened since a coach like Petrino that had his agent shopping his wares to every school with a job opening while he was at Louisville the first time, plus his walking out on the Atlanta Falcons during the season, and Petrino having an affair with someone that worked directly for him at Arkansas and riding around on a motorcycle with the girl that was not his wife showed Petrino has…
No Damn Judgment or Even Any Damn Decency At All
….and thus why there really was No Damn Reason for former Louisville AD Tom Jurich to hire Petrino beyond Bobby could win some football games.
Sorry….that’s just not enough and Good Won and Evil Lost on this Sunday with Bobby Petrino now gone from Louisville and let’s hope Louisville finds as solid coach to lead their football team as they have coaching their basketball team in Chris Mack.
We do hope that for Louisville and any ADs out there thinking about hiring marginal people with shady characters like Bobby Petrino….Just Don’t Do It!
1. Clay Helton, USC – Unlike Bobby Petrino the Head Football Coach at USC Clay Helton is truly a Terrific Human Being and we never take joy in being tough on folks like Clay but from the start we have been doubtful that Helton was ready for a job like USC….which was the same in our opinion with…
Lane Kiffin AND Steve Sarkisian
….and now in the aftermath of Pete Carroll leaving USC for the Seahawks after the 2009 season that makes for 3 straight head coaches that USC has hired that was in our opinion….
Hiring Below The Level of the USC Job
…which USC has done a lot of since John Robinson’s first-stint at USC and even a school like Alabama has done a lot of that in hiring…
Ray Perkins Bill Curry Mike DuBose Dennis Franchione Mike Price Mike Shula
…in the Post-Bear Bryant era with only Gene Stallings truly up for all that entails being the head coach at Alabama which certainly Nick Saban has proved he can handily easily. We have a former Alabama player that played for Bryant at Alabama who is a member of Coaches Hot Seat and his opinion there about 5 coaches in college football at any given point in time that can handle the Alabama job and the same is true for USC….Hell there might not even be 5 coaches in FBS football today who can handle the USC job!
So in 3 1/2 years on the job at USC Clay Helton has put up records of…
Overall: 32 – 15
Pac-12: 24 – 9
…with one Pac-12 Title which is decent football if you are most anywhere but USC which is not one of those places where 32 – 15 is decent football…it’s Average Football…and the question for the folks at USC thinking about this situation is very simple:
What direction is the USC Football program going and will it better in Year 4 under Clay Helton than it has been in Year 3?
If you cannot answer that question with a strong YES then the folks at USC need to make a coaching change and if they do make a coaching change they need to hire someone…
That is BIG enough for the job in Coaching Ability, Personality, Presence, Recruiting Strength….Freaking Everything!
There are less than 5 coaches in College and Pro Football that can handle the USC job and win in the USC job and when we say WIN that means be in the race for the Pac-12 Title every Damn season!
When you consider someone for a job like USC when you think of the person on the sidelines coaching the Trojans you should say “YES!” as you imagine that in your mind’s eye.
If you make a change….Go Hire That Coach USC!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – With the Rutgers loss to Michigan on Saturday head coach Chris Ash’s records at the school now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 27
Big Ten: 3 – 22
…..and Rutgers still has to play…
Penn State At Michigan State
Got 1 – 11 in Chris Ash’s third year at the school and in our opinion when we watch Rutgers play a…
Not Very Well Coached Football Team?
Yep…in our opinion and there’s little doubt the Rutgers football program is WORSE today than it was when Chris Ash took it over 3 years ago. 3 years is a Helluva Long Time and a football team or ANY sports team should look better after 3 years if the coach knows what the Hell he is doing and either the folks at Rutgers will admit that Truth or they can keep lying to themselves.
It really is that simple!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday UConn hosted SMU which like the Huskies plays very little to no defense and the score of that game was:
SMU – 62 UConn – 50
That sound you hear is us laughing at loud as Randy Edsall in his second stint at the school has his team at 1 – 9 with games still left against…
At East Carolina Temple
Is this UConn football program going anywhere under Randy Edsall?
Just down…that’s it’s…just down!
4. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Anyone at Coaches Hot Seat ever gets a FBS head coaching job one of the most important hires will be a solid defensive coordinator because we will be bringing the Bill Walsh playbook and West Coast Offense with us with a target of 35 points a game so if we can get ANY defensive play at all we are going to win a Helluva Lot of Football Games and it’s not surprising THE Problem at North Carolina is that the Tar Heels just play no defense under head coach Larry Fedora and they haven’t played defense since Gene Chizik left the DC position at UNC a couple of years ago.
The last 2 seasons with Gene Chizik gone from Chapel Hill the Tar Heels are sitting on records of…
Overall: 4 – 17
ACC: 2 – 13
…and that is primarily because Larry Fedora doesn’t seem to give a Damn about stopping the opposing teams which is also a problem at a lot of schools in the Big 12 Conference including Oklahoma which has enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to give up 40+ points a game….North Carolina does not and thus why Fedora is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in America!
With games left against…
Western Carolina NC State
…it looks like UNC will finish at 2 – 9 in Larry Fedora’s 7 th year at the school and that is Damning….Just So Damning….because in Year 7 you should have things rolling and there are NO excuses to fall back on especially if you don’t coach half the game = Defense!
We haven’t a clue if Larry Fedora will be fired or not after this season but save Gene Chizik coming back or some other defensive coordinator coming to Chapel Hill that knows what the Hell he is doing….Nothing Will Change in 2019….Just Nothing!
5. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the loss at home to Washington State on Saturday Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre’s record against FBS teams with .500 or better records now stands at…
10 – 41
…and MacIntyre’s overall record at CU is…
30 – 43
You do the math but it isn’t pretty math and now the 5 – 5 Buffs have games left against…
Utah At California
…which looks like 2 losses to us and just make that record against FBS teams with .500 or better records even uglier!
We have no idea what the folks at Colorado are thinking about their head football coach but we do know for the sake of athletic department revenues meaning donations, tickets, merchandise, etc. cannot survive much more Average Football and thus why MacIntyre really needs to win at least 1 of these last 2 games to have a chance to hang on…make that maybe to hang on in Boulder!
6. Lovie Smith, Illinois – With the loss to Nebraska on Saturday Lovie Smith’s record at Illinois in 3 years on the job now stands at…
Overall: 9 – 25
Big Ten: 4 – 21
..and the 4 – 6 Illini still have to play in 2018 games against…
Iowa At Northwestern
Is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in 2017….maybe slightly…but a better question is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in Bill Cubit’s last season as head coach of the Illini in 2015?
No…in FACT Illinois is a Much Worse Football Team today than it was 3 years ago and anyone knows one Damn thing about football knows it!
7. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We really like Willie Taggart here at Coaches Hot Seat but we don’t have a Damn Clue what Willie is trying to do at FSU and from afar combined with a few FSU-alums in the state of Florida we have known for decades now it’s our opinion…
FSU is one of the Worst Practicing Teams in FBS Football
…and either that will be corrected and quick or Willie Taggart’s coaching career at a BIG school like FSU will forever be over!
The 4 – 6 Seminoles have games left in 2018 against…
Boston College Florida
…which are both homes games and against team that FSU has MORE talent than and should win but do we think FSU will win either of those games?
No…we do not!
Save Florida beating Florida State like 70 – 0 in the last game of the year Willie Taggart is not going to be fired after this season but if the Seminoles do lose their last two games Taggart will start the 2019 season on one of the Hottest Seats in American Football and he will be coaching for his job next season and when we say coaching for his job we mean…
FSU better Damn win 9+ games in 2019 or the Taggart era at FSU will be OVER before next Christmas!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – When you are paying someone $7 Million Dollars A Year when the average family income in the state of Alabama is around $50,000 a year…
You Better Damn Be Performing ALL The Time
…and yet Gus Malzahn performs at less than 50% of the time and in our opinion he has no Damn business being the head football coach at a place like Auburn that should have no peer in the SEC….including Alabama!
Consider this So Damn Average Football…in Gus Malzahn’s 2 best years at Auburn in 2013 and 2017 his combined record in those 2 years was…
Overall: 22 – 6
SEC: 14 – 2
…but in the other 4 years at Auburn Gus Malzahn’s combined records for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 now stands at…
Overall: 29 – 20
SEC: 14 – 17
For $7 Million Dollars A Year?
Please….Auburn could have hired the person that makes the milkshakes at the diner at Toomer’s Corner and he or she could have posted at least the above records with all the Talent + Resources + Great Fans of Auburn Football which raises the obvious question:
With Auburn at 6 – 4 and games left against…
Liberty At Alabama
…which looks like a 7 – 5 finish which will be the…
4 th Freaking Time
…that Gus Malzahn has lost 5 or more games in 6 seasons on the job we cannot help but wonder…
How much Average Football are fans of Auburn Football willing to tolerate?
It seems like a LOT….a Helluva LOT!
9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – It seems Mike Gundy and his coaching staff and now along with the OSU football team have woken up from their slumber to actually Give A Damn about the 2018 football season but with yet another loss…this time to Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game….the 5 – 5 Cowboys with games left against…
West Virginia At TCU
….may have woken up way Damn too late and might miss a bowl game which should be a Helluva Lesson for young coaches out there and that lesson is…
Don’t Be A Lazy Ass like Mike Gundy
….because if you do your ass might just miss a bowl game where the guy that shines T. Boone Pickens shoes could take Oklahoma State to a bowl game every year just practicing the team once a week!
The Great News for Mike Gundy is that the offseason is almost here and Gundy’s name will probably be up for every job opening around America and maybe this time Gundy will take one of those jobs thinking along the lines of…
If I am a Lazy Ass again next year we might not make a bowl game again and I might get my ass fired!
In our humble opinion as Combat Vets on this Veterans Day that is!
10. Kalani Sitake, BYU – On Saturday BYU traveled across the country to beat a very mediocre UMass team by the score of…
BYU – 35 UMass – 16
….which improves the Cougars record to 5 – 5 with games left against…
New Mexico State At Utah
Since there’s no chance at all that BYU will beat Utah in the last game of the season intense rivalry game or not the Cougars really need to beat New Mexico State on Saturday and maybe a 6 – 6 record in his 3 rd year on the job in Provo will be enough to get Kalani another year at BYU….or maybe not.
Consider this…BYU has played 7 FBS teams that have a decent shot of finishing with a .500 or better record in 2018 and the Cougars record in those games is…
That David Beaty was fired at Kansas on Sunday was as predictable as the Sun coming up in the East when Beaty was hired after the 2014 season by KU and no surprise Beaty barely moved the needle in Lawrence which has been a non-existent needle for Kansas football since the firing of Mark Mangino in 2009.
Kansas has now hired three straight football coaches that did not have a ice cube’s chance in Hell of succeeding at KU with the following records put up by those three coaches, Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, and David Beaty over the past 9 seasons:
Overall: 17 – 80
Big 12: 4 – 65
The above is bad…really bad…and could have easily been avoided if Kansas had employed an athletic director that knew how to hire a coach for the KU job which is a very unique one where…
6 Wins A Year
…is Pretty, Pretty Good Work by a head coach and 8 wins a year is borderline a Lombardi-level of coaching. In Mark Mangino’s last five years at Kansas he averaged…
“Long is the new guy, hired just five months ago, with a reputation for football competence that far exceeds anything his current school has seen in nearly a decade.
There’s that phrase again. Long is better qualified than the men he follows. He is widely respected for his connections and ability to identify and hire football coaches.”
Now that is a bit of Fake News if we have ever seen it because based upon what Jeff Long has actually done in his life when it comes to hiring football coaches and what the media THINKS he has done are two totally different things and it actually takes 5 minutes of checking the Internet to realize this which is something they must not have in the Kansas City area!
Jeff Long’s “football competence” folks as an AD hiring football coaches:
2005 – Dave Wannstedt, Pitt – FIRED 2008 – Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – FIRED 2009 – John L. Smith, Interim Arkansas – CRAZY AS HELL! 2013 – Bret Bielema – FIRED
Would anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat hired ANY of the above coaches in ANY of the situations that Jeff Long was in?
No….but then we actually know something about the game of football and in both Sam Mellinger’s column and mentioned by others across the Internet on Sunday there’s some thought that Les Miles will be hired by Kansas to which we can only say….
So Kansas is going to hire a coach that got fired at LSU where Bozo the Clown, Mister Rogers, or Captain Kangaroo could win 8 games a year if they just rolled the footballs out on the practice field?
Yes….that makes sense if you are Complete Freaking Idiot and have never played a down of football and as far we can tell the people advocating for Les Miles to be hired at Kansas…
Have Never Played A Down Of Football!
Kansas should hire the kind of coach that should be hired for ANY job in this world and that should be someone that is…
Actually Freaking Qualified For The Job
….and it will be interesting to see who Jeff Long hires at KU….very Damn interesting since Long has hired Shady Characters and the Wrong Coaches for the Wrong Situations in the past which just what happens to be what Kansas has done in its last three head coaching hires!
Our guess…there is Complete Freaking Stupidity coming down the pike in Lawrence which will be Hilarious as Hell but sad for anyone that gives a Damn about Kansas football but come on now…these folks have no one to blame but themselves because you GUTTED yourself by literally taking a large sword and driving it into your GUT with the last three head coaching hires and from where we sit you are about to take the sword down from above the fireplace again and…
Drive it into your GUT…..AGAIN!
Let’s get to the Post Week 10 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and to do that we would like to bring out the Late Great Johnny Cash who we miss a lot and love very much!
1. Chris Ash, Rutgers – On Saturday with the Rutgers loss to a very Average if now downright Weak Wisconsin team by the score of 31 – 17 Chris Ash’s record at Rutgers in three years on the job now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 26
Big Ten: 3 – 21
….and if that looks a Helluva Lot like David Beaty’s record at Kansas only Beaty now in five seasons at KU only has 6 wins on the board!
If you actually know anything about the game of football OR even can read the written word here is what your know about Rutgers football and that is Chris Ash took over Rutgers in 2016 from the fired Kyle Flood who coached Rutgers from 2012 to 2015 putting up records of…
Overall: 27 – 24
Conference: 12 – 19
…and his last two seasons at Rutgers the Scarlet Knights were playing in the Big Ten Conference and put up records of…
8 – 5 4 – 8
…which totals up to….
Overall: 12 – 13
Big Ten: 4 – 12
Now let’s do some simple math here since there seems to be some folks that don’t know simple football analyzing the situation at Rutgers:
Is Rutgers a better football program today under Chris Ash than it was when Ash took over the program before the 2016 season?
No…of course not…but then your ass actually has to be able to READ to know that and there are plenty of folks in America…especially ones making Hundreds of Thousands or even Millions of Dollars a year in Athletic Director positions who cannot……READ!
The 1 – 8 Scarlet Knights whose only win is over Texas State and wait for it….lost to Kansas 55 – 14 earlier this year…have left on their schedule games against….
Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
Got 1 – 11 in Chris Ash’s THIRD year as the head coach at Rutgers?
2. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday the UConn football team coached by Randy Edsall traveled to play 2 – 7 Tulsa on the road and lost by the score of 49 – 19 and we cannot find a person that is surprised by that result which drops the Huskies record to…
1 – 8
…on the season with only 56 – 49 win over FCS Rhode Island between UConn and no wins at all in 2018!
UConn has the following games left to play this season…
SMU At East Carolina Temple
…and we fully expect UConn to lose all three of those games to finish at 1 – 11 after going 3 – 9 last season and again we ask…
Why is Randy Edsall the head coach at UConn?
The reason we ask that is Randy Edsall left UConn in the dead of the night not even saying goodbye to his UConn players after the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to take the Maryland job and Edsall at Maryland put up records of….
Overall: 22 – 34
Big Ten: 10 – 24
….so again we ask….
Why is Randy Edsall the Head Football coach at UConn?
There is NO logical answer to that question….NONE!
3. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – With the loss at home to Georgia Tech on Saturday the Total Collapse of North Carolina football under Larry Fedora the last two seasons continues with Fedora now posting since the beginning of 2017 records of…
Overall: 4 – 16
ACC: 2 – 12
…and those 4 wins have been over:
Old Dominion Pitt Western Carolina Pitt
…and luckily for Larry Fedora UNC has…
Western Carolina on the schedule in 2 weeks!
…so maybe the Tar Heels can get 2 wins in 2018!
What’s the problem exactly with North Carolina Football the last two seasons?
It’s simple really…North Carolina no longer plays any Defense and their defensive rankings for the 2018 season now stand at…
97 th in Total Defense in FBS giving up 432 yards per game
107 th in Scoring Defense in FBS giving up 34.8 points per game
There’s a Simple Rule in Football:
If you are not going to play Defense you are not going to win many football games and North Carolina has won…
4 Football Games the last two seasons
…and we see UNC winning only one of their remaining three games against…
At Duke Western Carolina NC State
…and if the Tar Heels are not planning on playing any defense in 2019 if Larry Fedora is brought back they will win 2 or 3 games next year as well which includes an opening game against South Carolina in Charlotte and Appalachian State in Chapel Hill which be just a GREAT spot for UNC to get its ass beat by its little-little brother!
If we were the AD at North Carolina we would call Larry Fedora into the office and ask him…
“Larry….this is your 7 th season at North Carolina and I would love to know why your team is not playing any defense Son?”
Don’t expect any kind of legitimate answer to that question because the right answer is…
Defense is no longer coached at North Carolina…PERIOD!
4. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat can understand why then Arkansas AD Jeff Long hired Bobby Petrino in 2007 or why Western Kentucky hired Petrino in 2012 and we certainly cannot understand why Louisville brought Bobby Petrino back in 2013….unless of course those Athletic Directors…
Only cared about winning football games
…which let’s face it…that is all many athletic directors care about and if the person they are hiring is someone that Coaches Hot Seat would NOT hire to…
Shovel Shit in West Texas
….like Bobby Petrino there will always be an AD that will hire that coach because…he might just win some football games and at Louisville Petrino has won some games winning an average of…
8.5 games a season
…in his latest stint at UofL…but at what cost to the school we ask?
An Enormous Cost in our opinion because Bobby Petrino is someone that treats other human beings like Total Shit and if you are say….Jeff Long who is now the Athletic Director at Kansas where another AD hired Charlie Weis a few years ago who also treats other human beings like Total Shit in our opinion then anyone with an IQ over room temperature would have a concern about these folks ethics…but come now…
Bobby Petrino can win you some football games!
We have some news for the folks out there in the world making a Helluva Lot of $$$ in Athletic Director positions…
There are plenty of coaches that can win football games that are actually…Decent Human Beings as well!
2 – 7 Louisville has games left this season against…
At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
….and we fully expect the Cardinals to get SMASHED in all those games…not just beat but SMASHED and then we will find out if the folks at the University of Louisville have…
Questionable Ethics and Integrity
…and will keep Bobby Petrino employed or if they will actually act like Real Americans with Common Decency and fire Petrino before he totally GUTS Louisville Football on the cross of treating other human beings like Total Shit!
5. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Watching BYU play and lose to Boise State on Saturday night by the score of 21 – 16 with the Cougars having a great chance to score at touchdown at the end of the game we could not help but wonder….
How did BYU only score 6 points against Northern Illinois at home the previous week?
There is NO logical answer to that question which raises the question:
Just what in the Hell is going on at BYU?
2018 BYU Offense Scoring:
28 Points on Arizona 18 Points on California 24 Points on Wisconsin 30 Points on McNeese 7 Points on Washington 20 Points on Utah State 49 Points on Hawaii 7 Points on Northern Illinois 16 Points on Boise State
We went back and looked at all of BYU’s games this season and frankly…
We don’t have a Damn Clue what BYU is trying to accomplish on offense nor do we think the BYU coaches have a Damn Clue what BYU is trying to accomplish on offense which is a Helluva situation for a place like BYU that made its name on…
Scoring A Lot of Points on Offense!
Kalani Sitake is now in this third year at BYU and has posted a record of…
17 – 18
…overall and at 4 – 5 in 2018 with these games left to be played…
At UMass New Mexico State At Utah
….and if BYU loses at UMass on Saturday there’s a decent chance the Cougars will not go to a bowl game for a second straight season and we cannot imagine how Sitake can survive that if they are actually still serious about playing football in Provo that is!
While we have you here on the issue of the head football coach at BYU some may be wondering why Bronco Mendenhall is now the head coach at Virginia instead of still at BYU and in our opinion the main reason is that…
Bronco Mendenhall was paid very little money at BYU
…and Mendenhall is making $3.5M+ a year at UVA and has a contract that guarantees to pay him $18M+ no matter what he does in the future which is the kind of money that Bronco would NEVER make at BYU and that is because…
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
A few years ago the Athletic Director at BYU Tom Holmoe made a comment that was something along the lines of…
“Some of the websites out there that say Bronco Mendenhall makes “X” amount of money are just way off base because he doesn’t make anywhere close to the kind of money they are reporting.”
Since BYU is a private school and does not report what it pays its head football coach it’s not easy to know or even guess what Kalani Sitake makes as the head football coach at BYU but we do know what the head football coach at BYU should be making…
$3M+ a year easy!
….that is BYU actually paid a Market Wage but come now…maybe you forgot…
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
Oh…BYU’s current endowment is something around $1.5 Billion Dollars and the Mormon Church is easily in our opinion worth north of $30 Billion Dollars and yet when it comes to paying the head football coach at BYU….
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
We have lots of Mormon friends in the state of Utah and elsewhere around America and to a person they are two things….they are NOT…
Arrogant or Cheap
…and we cannot help but wonder why AD Tom Holmoe and we are guessing the folks that run BYU are not willing to pay their head football coach a Market Wage?
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
Until BYU quits being so Damn CHEAP don’t tell us that Tom Holmoe or anyone else at BYU gives two rips about winning football games because they don’t…they just don’t!
6. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are not quiet sure what Willie Taggart is doing at Florida State but we do know this…
Jimbo Fisher won an average of 10.375 games a season at FSU over the past 8 seasons
…and the now 4 – 5 Seminole after they got destroyed by NC State on Saturday have beat in 2018:
Samford Northern Illinois Louisville Wake Forest
…and FSU still has to play this season:
At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Now…we haven’t a Damn Clue what is going on at Florida (see more below on the Gators) but does anyone else think that FSU is headed for a record of…
4 – 8
…in 2018 and Willie Taggart possibly sitting on the #1 Hot Seat in America entering the 2019 season?
FSU’s Goal for Notre Dame game this coming Saturday:
Don’t get their asses blown out by the Irish!
7. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Some of the more interesting numbers about Mike MacIntyre are his records at both Colorado and Overall which look like this…
Overall Winning Percentage at San Jose State and Colorado = .422%
Winning Percentage at Colorado = .417%
….which says a Helluva Lot and when one looks at MacIntyre’s record at Colorado one finds that against FBS schools with .500 or better records he is at…
10 – 40
…in those games and MacIntyre’s Overall Record at CU now stands at:
30 – 42
If you are thinking that Mike MacIntyre has fattened up his record at Colorado with lots of wins over very average or worse teams then you would be right and it’s not like MacIntyre’s record in Pac-12 play is that great at…
14 – 37
The CU Buffs are now 4 – 5 on the 2018 season and have games left against…
Washington State Utah At California
…and if Colorado plays like they played last couple of weeks in losses to Oregon State and Arizona they will finish the season at 5 – 7 which would be for MacIntyre…
5 Losing Records in 6 Seasons at Colorado!
Even if Colorado won one of their remaining games and got to 6 – 6 on the season is that good enough at Colorado in his sixth season on the job?
Not in our opinion but then we are old enough to remember when Colorado actually played the game of football!
8. Lovie Smith, Illinois – We have been alarmed about the amount of points that Minnesota has been giving up this season but the Gophers giving up 55 points to Illinois was quite the eye-opener and has moved P. J. Fleck towards the Hot Seat as he fires his defensive coordinator but with that win the Illini moved to 4 – 5 on the season with games left against….
At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
…and it will be interesting to see if Illinois can win any of their remaining three games or if they will collapse down the stretch as they have done in the first two seasons under Lovie Smith.
Scott Frost and Nebraska really need to beat Illinois on Saturday to get to 3 wins on the season with Michigan State and at Iowa left so this will be a very interesting game….a very interesting game indeed!
9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – We are not quite sure what $5 Million Dollars A Year is supposed to get you but we are guessing it’s not a record of…
5 – 4
…that Oklahoma State is now sitting on with games left against…
At Oklahoma West Virginia At TCU
…with Mike Gundy banking that $5M a year and a real chance now that the Cowboys will miss a bowl game in 2018 which would take a…
Charlie Weis Level of Incompetence
….for Mike Gundy because Gundy could have gone hunting and fishing away from Stillwater and let an Oklahoma State sorority coach the Cowboys in 2018 and they would have gotten at least…
6 Wins In 2018!
Will Mike Gundy hit at least the mark that an OSU sorority coaching the Cowboys football team in 2018 or will he fall short?
10. Dan Mullen, Florida – We gotta call on Sunday from a Florida alum buddy of ours from Jacksonville we first rented a house from out near the beaches in Jacksonville about 30 years go and this UF alum was a student at Florida when Steve Spurrier was playing quarterback for the Gators so he goes way back and here is what he said about the current state of Florida football based upon what he saw at The Swamp on Saturday in the Mizzou – Florida game:
“I am not quite sure what Dan Mullen is doing but for Damn sure he is not coaching the Florida football team right now. I went over behind the Florida bench in both the first and second half and the Gators players just could have cared less that they were playing and losing to Missouri and the fans at the game perfectly reflected the amount of energy the players and coaches brought to the game which was almost no energy at all.”
It was interesting after the Mizzou game when Dan Mullen’s football team…
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
“That’s how it works,” a frustrated Mullen said. “I’m gonna be honest with you, this is how it works too, when we sell out the stadium, we win a championship. It doesn’t go the other way. It’s not we win, you sell out. You sell out, you win. Go watch teams that have built programs. That’s how it works.”
This is FLORIDA Son where…
Any Random Stumblebum off the beaches of Jacksonville Beach can win 8 games a season
…and the Gators now after losing to Mizzou at home on Saturday in a game where the Gators….
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
….are now 6 – 3 and have games left against…
South Carolina Idaho At Florida State
Now Dan Mullen could turn over the Gators to Mike Gundy and they could beat Idaho but will the Gators actually show-up to play against South Carolina like….
They give two rips about winning the game or not?
…or will they show up how they looked against Mizzou?
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
Our long-time Florida alum buddy also said to us on Sunday:
“If Dan Mullen thinks we are going to tolerate a lot of average football at Florida then will just see about that and if the Gators look like they did against Mizzou in 2019 then Mullen will not make it past year 2 in Gainesville and AD Scott Stricklin will be gone as well because those two are attached at the hip. Maybe Mullen and Stricklin think this is just a fun game and they can just coast along being average, but one thing McElwain showed is that even a Damn Idiot can take the Gators to the SEC Championship and if the Gators aren’t competitive against Georgia next season and winning 9+ games then Dan Mullen and his buddy Scott will be unemployed next Christmas so I hope they enjoy this Christmas with their families!”
This is not a game Dan Mullen and you better Damn not lose to South Carolina on Saturday and if you somehow fooled around and lost to South Carolina and the Total Train Wreck that is Florida State football in the last game of the season…
Your trips to the Gators clubs in the coming offseason will be the most miserable experience of your life on Earth!
Don’t lose to South Carolina and Will Muschamp on Saturday Dan because it might just be a Zook-like beginning of the end of your coaching career with the Gators!
We are deep into the 2018 college football season now and have a Helluva football game coming right at us this coming Saturday in Baton Rouge with the Alabama Crimson Tide playing the LSU Tigers and if you are thinking living in America is Great Fun you would be right!
Let’s get to the Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means bringing out the Late Great Johnny Cash!
Thank You Johnny!
Oh…you ever want to watch a great documentary on Johnny Cash you can’t go wrong with this one >
1. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers had a bye in Week 8 and it’s a good thing because the Scarlet Knights are coming off 7 straight losses after opening up the season with a win over lowly Texas State and with these four games still on the schedule for a 1 – 7 team:
At Wisconsin Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
Wisconsin looks Hardly Coached At All right now so maybe Rutgers can beat the Badgers in Madison, but we don’t think there’s a chance in Hell they can win any of those last three games so there’s at least a 50 – 50 chance that Rutgers head coach Chris Ash will finish his THIRD season with a record of…
1 – 11
….and in the four seasons before Ash took over at Rutgers in 2016 this football program under head coach Kyle Flood posted an overall record of…
27 – 24
Is there anyone on Earth that believes Rutgers is getting better or even holding level under Chris Ash?
No one we can see that Knows His or Her Ass From the Side of a Barn!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday in head coach Lovie Smith’s 32 nd game as the head coach of the Illini his team lost to a Maryland team dealing with Total Chaos that has an Interim Head Coach and lost to the Terps by the score of…
63 – 33!
That loss now leaves Lovie’s Big Ten Conference record in 3 years on the job at…
3 – 20
…and the Illini still have to play in 2018 games against…
Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
Maybe Illinois can beat Minnesota at home…..but then the Vegas Folks have the line at…
…so maybe not but for Damn sure there’s not a chance in Hell that Illinois beats Nebraska, Iowa, or Northwestern!
What if Illinois finishes at 3 – 9 in Lovie Smith’s THIRD year on the job making $5M a year with a $12.6M on December 1, 2018 when he took over a football program that went to a bowl game in 2014 under Tim Beckman and almost went to a bowl game in 2015 under Bill Cubit…is there a chance in Hell that Lovie Smith will return to coach the Illini in 2019?
Not if we were making the hiring and firing decisions at Illinois but then we here at Coaches Hot Seat actually interested in…
Winning Games and Championships
…not Horseshit PR which this move to hire Lovie Smith at Illinois was…
Just Horseshit PR!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday UConn lost to lowly UMass to drop to 1 – 7 on the season and Randy Edsall’s records at UConn since he returned to coach the Huskies last season now stand at…
Overall: 4 – 16
AAC: 2 – 10
….and we were wondering if there is ANYONE in America that can claim this isn’t just going to worse from here with Edsall at UConn, because if there is someone that can claim that we would love to meet that person and make sure they are escorted to the closest mental hospital because that person is a danger to themselves and any nearby community!
4. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – An interesting record for Larry Fedora is that in North Carolina’s last 23 games under Fedora the Tar Heels are…
5 – 18
….and UNC the last two seasons are sitting on an ACC Conference record of…
2 – 11
What in the Hell went wrong at North Carolina would be an interesting thesis for someone to write but what it really boils down to is….North Carolina’s rankings on Defense:
104 in Scoring Defense giving up an average of 34.3 points per game
100 in Rushing Defense giving up an average of 191.3 yards per game
83 in Total Defense giving up an average of 413 yards per game
60 in Passing Yards Allowed giving up an average of 221.7 yard per game
North Carolina no longer plays any Damn defense under Larry Fedora and if you are not going to play Defense then your ass is going to lose a lot of football games like…
18 of the last 23!
With 1 – 6 North Carolina still having to play in 2018 games against…
Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
…we would recommend maybe Larry Fedora spend Oh let’s say…
30 minutes a week maybe coaching Defense at North Carolina!
Is that really too much to ask…a college football team playing a little defense which begins and end with…
Actually Tackling the Opposing Players which takes EFFORT!
Why has North Carolina lost 18 of its last 23 games you ask?
There’s Precious Little EFFORT among these North Carolina players and when there’s Precious Little EFFORT that is always a Helluva Lot of QUIT!
5. Clay Helton, USC – After the home loss to Arizona State to drop the USC record to 4 – 4 in 2018 with games still left against…
At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
….it’s not surprising that head coach Clay Helton shook-up his offense staff and took over offensive play-calling duties because Helton more than likely has to…
Run The Table and win the last 4 games of the 2018 season
…to return to coach the Trojans in 2019 and that begins with beating Oregon State on the road on Saturday which just beat Colorado in Boulder, and if Helton isn’t worried about his future now his ass better start worrying because he is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in America at USC where 4 – 4 starts will get your ass fired even if you did win the Pac-12 Title last season!
We don’t know all the Big Money Players at USC but we know a number of them and doing a quick survey on Sunday with em we didn’t find one that was in support of bringing Clay Helton back for the 2019 season even if it would cost “X” Millions of Dollars to buy out Clay and his staff + hire a new head coach and instead every single one of them asked something to the effect of….
“Who do you think we should get to replace Helton?”
You look back at the coaches that won BIG at USC…
John McKay John Robinson Pete Carroll
…they all had the ability to motivate and move players and they had BIG personalities and Clay Helton at this moment doesn’t seem to be able to motivate and move his players and Helton blends so much into the background in Los Angeles you hardly know he is there!
One thing for sure….USC loses to Oregon State this coming Saturday you can…
Turn Out The Lights on Clay Helton at USC!
6. David Beaty, Kansas – Head Coach David Beaty and Kansas got a nice win over TCU on Saturday but come now….this TCU football team is falling to pieces as it collapses in on itself with Gary Patterson losing control of anything and everything in Ft. Worth (a situation that is about get a Helluva Lot worse in our opinion) and with that win Beaty’s records in 4 seasons on the job now stand at:
Overall: 6 – 38
Big 12: 2 – 30
The 3 – 5 Jayhawks have games left in 2018 against…
Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
…and if David Beaty can win 3 of those remaining 4 games then he will probably hold onto his job at KU but anything short of 6 wins total in 2018 and Kansas will be looking for a new head football coach in late November.
7. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – The Total Meltdown in River City Louisville continued this past Saturday with the Cardinals losing to Wake Forest at home by the score of…
56 – 35
…and now 2 – 6 Louisville has games left to play against…
At Clemson At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
Got 2 – 10?
Good because so will Louisville in a few weeks and $14M buyout or not we haven’t a Damn Clue how Louisville can keep Petrino around for another season unless the folks at Louisville…
Just don’t give a Damn about the Louisville Football Program!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – After a week off in Week 8 the 5 – 3 Auburn Tigers get back at it in Week 9 with a home game against Texas A&M in a game that Auburn should win but could easily lose because the reality is…
No one has a Damn Clue what Auburn team will show-up against Texas A&M on Saturday!
It’s our humble opinion that there is some infighting going on within the Auburn football program that has divided the team along offensive and defensive sides which culminated in the home loss to Tennessee and luckily the Tigers had a game against Ole Miss the next week which looked like a team that was hardly coached at all by Matt Luke and the Rebels coaches will led to an Auburn win in what was probably a job saving win for Gus Malzahn even with a $30M+ buyout on the books!
5 – 3 Auburn has left in 2018…
Texas A&M At Georgia Liberty At Alabama
…so that looks like best case scenario a 7 – 5 record for Gus Malzahn in his…
6 th Season at Auburn
…and if there is a fan of Auburn football that thinks a head coach in his 6 th season on the job should be posting records like 7 – 5 then that is an Auburn fan that is a…
Total Damn Loser!
Of course lose to the Aggies on Saturday and Auburn + Malzahn looking right at 6 – 6 in 2018 which would lead to the firing of Gus Malzahn $30M+ buyout or not in our humble opinion!
Who have we heard might be interested in the Auburn job if it should open?
We are not going to say the coach’s name but he’s having a GREAT 2018 season!
9. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Just when you thought BYU might be able to put together a decent 2018 season sitting on a record of 4 – 3 after a win over Hawaii the Cougars host Northern Illinois at home and scored only…
…in losing to what is an average MAC Conference team in Northern Illinois and when you are BYU and you can only score 6 points against a MAC team you have a head coach that is in a Helluva Lot of trouble and that’s where Kalani Sitake finds himself now with games left against…
At Boise State At UMass New Mexico State At Utah
Utah will DESTROY BYU in that final game and you can forget about BYU beating Boise State in Boise so if the Cougars lose at UMass or at home to New Mexico State it’s our opinion BYU will be looking for a new head football coach in late November and this time around maybe BYU should considering hiring a Non-Mormon but still a committed Christian to be their head football coach because there’s one just up the road in Logan, Utah in Matt Wells who is doing a Helluva job at Utah State.
10. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are not quite sure what Willie Taggart was hoping for from his Florida State football team against Clemson but we were expecting a decent game that saw the Tigers pull away in the second half but instead we got…
A Sloppy, Undisciplined, Often Playing Out of Freaking Control, Sometimes Quitting, Sometimes Loafing, Almost Always Looking Un-Coached FSU Team on Saturday
…and that reality has lit-up Willie’s backside as his now 4 – 4 Seminoles have games left against in 2018…
At NC State At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Hell…Florida State is not going to win another game and finish at 4 – 8 on the season and make 2019 a…
Make Or Break Season for Willie Taggart’s Coaching Career
…with Willie entering 2019 on one of the Hottest Seats in College Football after lots of coaches ahead of him in the rankings get run from their jobs!
The Late Great Woody Hayes once said…
“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the Hell kicked out of you.”
…and if that’s True then Willie Taggart and the Florida State Seminoles football team should have…
Very Damn Clean Souls right now
….because they got their ass whipped by Clemson!
Now the question is will Florida State just Give Up and QUIT or will they FIGHT?
Our guess and opinion is that FSU will Give Up and QUIT because there’s just no heart or soul or anything in these Florida State players and when you combine that with almost nonexistent coaching you have a Helluva mess on your hands and…
FSU Football is now a Helluva Mess!
…very similar to what Tennessee was under Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, and Butch Jones so SMILE fans of Seminoles football…
You only have a about decade of Horseshit football ahead of you and LOTS of coaching changes….YES….lots of coaching changes coming unless Willie Taggart gets ahold of and change things and quick!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas lost 48 – 16 at Texas Tech on Saturday and 43 games into his tenure in Lawrence David Beaty’s records now stand at…
Overall: 5 – 38
Big 12: 1 – 30
With these games left to play….
TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
…we give Kansas a ZERO-POINT.ZERO chance of winning another game this season and one can only wonder who is on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s short list to be next head football coach of the Jayhawks because when you look at the head football coaches that Jeff Long has hired as an AD it’s got to be worrisome if you are fan of Kansas football!
2005 – Dave Wannstedt, Pitt – FIRED 2008 – Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – FIRED 2009 – John L. Smith, Interim Arkansas – CRAZY AS HELL! 2013 – Bret Bielema – FIRED
We can think of 10 coaches that could turn Kansas football into a .500 football program in 3 years or less…are any of those 10 coaches on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s list to replace David Beaty?
NOPE…and we have that on good authority!
Just an opinion…the Total Disaster that is Kansas Football will keep rolling into the future with no end in sight!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers gave a Northwestern team that has looked at times in 2018 like head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff spend every afternoon at the local bar drinking bear, playing video games, and hitting on waitresses rather a team that is Coached by Real Coaches in practice on a regular basis a decent game on Saturday but come now..
3 – 3 Akron beat Northwestern in Evanston this year!
What kind of football program is Rutgers in head coach Chris Ash third season on the job…well the records are…
Overall: 7 – 25
Big Ten: 3 – 21
…and those 7 wins were over….
2016 Howard New Mexico
2017 Morgan State Illinois Purdue Maryland
2018 Texas State
So in three seasons Chris Ash has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was Purdue last year which went 7 – 6 in Jeff Brohm’s first year on the job and what has Brohm done in less than two seasons on the job with the same amount of talent at Purdue that Ash inherited at Rutgers….
Well…he just beat Ohio State which Rutgers lost to earlier this by a score of…wait for it…
52 – 3!
A very simple question the folks at Rutgers need to ask themselves:
Is Rutgers a better football team today than it was when Chris Ash took over 3 seasons ago and remember he took over a team that had gone…
27 – 24
…the previous four seasons under Kyle Flood.
If you answer anything but NO to the above question not only do you Not Have A Damn Clue about the game of football you are a Damn Fool!
Yes…there are Lots of Damn Fools in AD positions hiring football coaches in today’s world!
3. Lovie Smith, Illinois – In Lovie Smith’s 31 st game as the head coach at Illinois his football team got whipped by an Average Wisconsin team in Madison by the score of…
49 – 20
…to drop the Illini’s record to 3 – 4 on the year and Lovie’s record at the school to…
Overall: 8 – 23
Big Ten: 3 – 19
Oh…those 8 wins were over….
2016 Murray State Rutgers Michigan State
2017 Ball State Western Kentucky
2018 Kent State Western Illinois Rutgers
Like Rutgers HC Chris Ash Ole Lovie Smith has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record…no not Michigan State in 2016 which went 3 – 9 that year but….wait for it…
“Naming Lovie Smith as the Illinois head football coach is the first step in taking this program to a place of national prominence,” Whitman said. “We will build a program that contends annually for Big Ten and national championships. The timing for this move was extremely tight, and we needed to move quickly. A coach of Lovie’s caliber would not have been available to us if we had waited until after the 2016 season. Lovie’s reputation as a coach, and even more so as a person, made it clear it was an awesome opportunity for the University of Illinois.”
Got LOL – Freaking – LOL?
Also got Lovie Smith’s agent ROLLED Illinois AD Josh Whitman thinking that because Lovie got a loaded NFL roster with Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl that wasn’t something hundreds if not thousands of football coaches in America couldn’t have also done?
Oh…lest us not forget that Lovie Smith took over an Illinois football team that went 5 – 7 in 2015 under Bill Cubit and the year before had finished at 6 – 7 under Tim Beck.
Here’s what Lovie Smith has done at Illinois:
He has taken an Average Football Program and turned into a Complete Freaking Laughingstock…that’s what Lovie Smith has done and Oh his buyout on December 1, 2018….
…on top of Lovie getting paid $5 Million Dollars A Year!
What in the Hell has Lovie Smith done to earn that $5 Million Dollars A Year?
Not One Damn Thing and in FACT his presence in Champaign has made the Illinois football program WORSE not BETTER!
Oh…the 3 – 4 Illini have left on their schedule…
At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
We would be shocked if Illinois wins more than 1 of their remaining 5 games….but then we were shocked when Lovie Smith was hired to coach a college football team when the last time he coached in the college game before taking this job in 2016 was in 1995 at Ohio State!
20+ Freaking Years!
Got there are Helluva Lot of Stupid Damn People hiring football coaches on the FBS level right now?
4. Randy Edsall, UConn – South Florida may just be the softest undefeated football in recent college football history and UConn gave those soft Bulls a decent game before losing by the score of 38 – 30 which with the loss dropped the Huskies record in 2018 to…
1 – 6
….and Randy Edsall’s record at UConn the last two seasons to….
4 – 15
Oh…those 4 wins were over…
2017 Holy Cross Temple Tulsa
2018 Rhode Island
Randy Edsall has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was…
Temple last year that went 7 – 6.
Is Randy Edsall long for the UConn right now meaning will Edsall coach the Huskies in 2019?
We haven’t a Damn clue but let us know how many more games you think 1 – 6 UConn will win in 2018 from their remaining games…
UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
Maybe they beat UMass….Maybe!
5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – It didn’t surprise anyone at Coaches Hot Seat that Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels gave Syracuse all it could want on Saturday since Dino Baber’s football teams melt like a cube of butter on a hot sidewalk in Phoenix in the middle of Summer but North Carolina did take Syracuse to two overtimes before losing after they should have beaten Virginia Tech the week before but come now….UNC is still 1 – 5 on the season and they still have left to play games against…
At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
Georgia Tech can be beat….that’s obvious…and Western Carolina is a win but can UNC end up with a record better than…
3 – 8
….in 2018 with the game against UCF cancelled due to a hurricane…which woulda been a loss?
Not in our humble opinion.
6. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Again the San Jose Spartans gave a decent team….San Diego State…..a decent game before losing 16 – 13 to the Aztecs but come now….San Jose State is now 0 – 7 on the season and head coach Brent Brennan’s record in two years at the school are now at…
Overall: 2 – 18
MWC: 1 – 11
Who exactly did San Jose State beat in those two games last year?
Cal Poly and then Wyoming in the last game of the season.
Is Brent Brennan long for the San Jose State job?
We haven’t a Damn Clue but with these games left…
UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
…if SJSU doesn’t beat UNLV on Saturday it looks like ZERO wins in 2018 for the Spartans!
7. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – It’s clear now the money has been put together to buyout Gus Malzahn if that is what needs to be done at the end of this season which is something along the lines of…
$32 Million Dollars Total $15 Million Dollars Paid Within 90 Days $17 Million Dollars Remaining Paid Over Next 6 Years
…and we can understand why with the way Auburn has looked in 2018 which we would characterize as…
A Head Coach with a $32 Million Dollar Buyout who could really care less how many games Auburn wins in 2018 or ever again!
In our humble opinion!
We have lots of ways to measure coaches at Coaches Hot Seat and one of those measure is a scale of 1 – 100 which we do before each season on how bad does a loss impact “X” coach with the scale being…
100 = The Freaking World Is Over! 1 = No Big Whoop!
…and Gus Malzahn before the 2018 season fell at….
25 = Whatever
…on that measure and the general consensus if we had to redo that measure again it would today be….
12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!
Oh…Nick Saban on this measure of coaches on how hard a loss hits them is at…
100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
Be Proud Auburn fans because here is what you now have on your hands when a team in the state of Alabama loses a game…
Nick Saban = 100 = The Freaking World Is Over! Gus Malzahn = 12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!
With the win over Totally Damn Listless Ole Miss which looked Totally Un-Coached on Saturday and in the second half had players….Loafing All Over the Field…the Auburn Tigers are now 5 – 3 on the season with games left against…
Texas A&M At Georgia Liberty At Alabama
If Auburn beats Liberty and loses to the A&M, Georgia and Alabama to finish at 6 – 6 with a totally loaded roster will Gus Malzahn get the Heave-Hoe out the back door with Millions of Dollars in early December of this year?
Who might be the front-runner to replace Gus Malzahn at Auburn?
Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm….in our humble opinion.
Where does Jeff Brohm fall on how does a loss impact “X” coach with Brohm being the coach in this case…the same as Saban:
100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
Jeff Brohm just might be the Pat Dye to Paul “Bear” Bryant who at the end of Bryant’s career turned the tables just enough to send the Bear packing beating him in their last Auburn – Alabama game against each other at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama:
8. Clay Helton, USC – If there ever was a FBS head coach that really could not afford to lose a game on Saturday it was USC head coach Clay Helton whose Trojans lost to Utah by the score of…
41 – 28
….to drop the Trojans record to 4 – 3 on the season with games still left against…
Arizona State At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
We have it on good authority that Clay Helton really needs to win 4 of the next 5 games or things will be mighty ugly around USC in late November especially if the Trojans lose the last two games to the Bruins and Irish!
9. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist wrote a hilarious story last week about Paul Johnson’s situation at Georgia Tech…
“The belief is that Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech’s athletic director, doesn’t want to fire his football coach. Events, however, aren’t cooperating. The Yellow Jackets are 3-4. The only Power 5 team they’ve beaten is Louisville, which might be the worst Power 5 team.”
An AD that doesn’t want to fire a coach?
No AD wants to fire a coach but what AD that is competent in his job would do anything but fire ANY coach that wasn’t performing and in the last two seasons Johnson has posted a records of…
Overall: 8 – 10
ACC: 5 – 7
…and 3 – 4 Tech still has to play in 2018 games against…
At Virginia Tech At North Carolina Miami Virginia At Georgia
So the AD at Georgia Tech is hoping with his fingers crossed that Georgia Tech wins 3 of their remaining 5 games to get bowl eligible in Paul Johnson’s….
11 th season at Georgia Tech?
Shouldn’t the AD at Tech be thinking that the Georgia Tech football team should be winning 10+ games in Johnson’s 11 th year at the school?
Yes…but that would be a Competent AD that Knew His Ass From the Side of a Barn and if you are thinking America was not built by LOSERS like Todd Stansbury then you would be right!
Here’s a thought for you Todd Stansbury >
Walk into Paul Johnson’s office and tell him if his team doesn’t win at least 4 of its remaining 5 games his ass is going to be fired instead of sitting in your office and hoping like a Damn Loser that Georgia Tech gets to 6 wins in 2018!
10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Oklahoma State had a bye in Week 8 and the only real question that needs to be answered is…
Did Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and his coaches do any Real Work in the bye week in getting ready for a primetime match up against Texas next week of will the Total Slop that is Oklahoma State football continue rolling on in the 2018 season with the coaching staff asleep at the wheel?
We are all going to find out the answer to that question because there really is…
No Damn Good Excuse
…for Tom Herman in his second year at Texas to come rolling into Stillwater…after taking over a totally tanking Longhorns football program…and beat Mike Gundy’s Cowboys when Gundy is in his….
14 th year at OSU!
If Texas does come in and beat Oklahoma State to drop the Cowboys record to 4 – 4 on the year with games still left against…
At Baylor At Oklahoma West Virginia At TCU
….Ole Mike Gundy might have to get his agent to shop his wares around to program’s with open jobs this coming offseason because Ole Gundy may just find his ass out of his job in Stillwater in early December!
Texas beats OSU Baylor beats OSU Oklahoma beats OSU West Virginia beats OSU TCU beats OSU
….and the Cowboys finish at 4 – 8 on the year and Mike Gundy is sitting around the Christmas Tree without a job but with $16 million dollars in the bank from his buyout!
Karma can be a bitch and in his case the Karma is bad but Gundy will get $16 Million Dollars to do NOTHING which may be what he wants….if Oklahoma State QUITS down the stretch then that will be what Gundy wants….
coach David Beaty did fire his OC Doug Meacham last week which is like tossing
your Executive Officer overboard on US Navy ship as you head towards a reef so
you can make sure you hit the reef in the just the right way but come now….in 4
seasons at Kansas Beaty is sitting on records of…
Overall: 5 – 37
12: 1 – 29
Jayhawks still have to play in 2018 games against…
Texas Tech TCU Iowa
State At Kansas
….and we don’t
see KU winning any of those games so everyone knows where this is going and as
John Wayne said playing character Davey Crockett in the movie The Alamo…
always counted on dying, it’s just the where and the when I’m not sure of right
down the Where and the When…just like with Davey Crockett at The Alamo!
Chris Ash, Rutgers – Ole Steve Politi wrote after the Rutgers
loss to Maryland on Saturday…
ass MUST BE BOUGHT OUT….unless of course the people running Rutgers Athletics
needs to have their asses fired and run out of town!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn – What we saw on Saturday in the Tennessee –
Auburn game wasn’t just an…
Inferior Football Team in Tennessee by 2 or 3 times that beat Auburn on its
a replay of the game we saw….
Football Players QUITTING
sense because we wrote in this blog last week that…
Malzahn has QUIT coaching the Auburn football team!
say that Gus Malzahn has QUIT coaching the Auburn football team we are saying
that because we believe there is a reason why Malzahn has QUIT and that
reason…in our humble opinion is…
Gus Malzahn in
a Petty, Selfish, and in a Big Ego kind of way has created a toxic place for his
assistant coaches to work and that has now seeped down to the Auburn players and
unless someone owns up….make that Gus Malzahn accepts direct responsibility for
his Pitiful Pettiness, Selfishness, and Massive Ego…and apologizes for acting
like a Spoiled Pompous Arrogant Ass to his coaches and players…NOTHING is going
to change at Auburn and the now…
4 – 3
…will be lucky
to win another game….YES lucky to even beat Liberty at home in November since
Liberty just beat Troy….this season with these games left:
Miss Texas A&M At
Georgia Liberty At
Malzahn is hoping that Auburn doesn’t win another game and that he will get his
ass run off The Plains with $32 million dollars in early December but….we have
it on good authority that if Auburn collapses down the stretch and it’s obvious
as Hell that Gus Malzahn has Totally Damn QUIT on his football team that Malzahn
will have go into court to get that $32M or take a lot less if Auburn runs his
ass out of town because when you Flat-Out QUIT your ass is not fulfilling the
obligations inherent in being the…
Football Coach of the Auburn Tigers!
is probably coming for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn football team?
see lots of trouble ahead with potentially the President at Auburn getting fired
followed by Gus Malzahn getting fired and anyone else that signed-off on the
Idiocy of giving someone a 7 year $49 million fully guaranteed contract getting
their asses out of Auburn….that’s the trouble that is coming plus a few other
items as well if this does indeed implode that will make the insanity around
Terry Bowden getting run from Auburn almost 3 decades ago look sane by
Randy Edsall, Connecticut – During this past Summer when about a
dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were on our 2018 See America RV Tour which
included visits to 30 US states we drove from Gettysburg Battlefield in
Pennsylvania to the Hartford area to spend the night before heading into Boston
the next day. We went to Hartford because we wanted to meet with a UConn alum +
booster of ours to talk to him about Randy Edsall and he met us at a great
barbecue restaurant near the Hartford airport called the
a Damn Mess and has been for awhile. (meaning UConn football.) In my opinion
anything less than 6 wins this season and Randy is gone, but who would we hire?”
Our UConn alum
+ booster passed along a few other tidbits about UConn football we will not post
in this spot for various reasons, but if Randy Edsall does need to win 6 games
in 2018 then the 1 – 5 Huskies with only a win over FCS Rhode Island and still
to play these games…
South Florida UMass At Tulsa SMU At East
get busy but come now…is there anyone on Earth thinks UConn will win more than
one more game the rest of this season?
We happen to
know 3 or 4 coaches we think could turn around and win at UConn in a short
amount of time which we passed along to our UConn alum + booster and let’s hope
he has passed those names along to the folks at UConn because it looks like 2018
is going to be nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for the Huskies!
Larry Fedora, North Carolina – By all rights North Carolina
should have beaten Virginia Tech on Saturday before losing 22 – 19 to the Hokies
at home and with that loss Larry Fedora is…
5 – 16
….in his last
21 games at UNC and things don’t get any easier with these games left in 2018…
Tech At Duke Western
Carolina NC State
We would guess
that UNC maybe wins 2 more games to finish at…
3 – 9
second straight season and Larry Fedora’s buyout on December 1, 2018….
Now that is
Freaking Hilarious because we would not give a contract like that to Nick Saban
but then we don’t work in the Total Damn Freaking Fantasyland that is a college
campus where ADs make contracts with coaches with…
…so what the
Hell do they care if they create Totally Damn Stupid contracts?
They don’t care at all!
Thus why there
are so many asinine contracts in college football and also because Athletic
Directors and Presidents are…
Damn Easy To Roll!
Brent Brennan, San Jose State – In Brent Brennan’s 19 th game as
the head football coach at San Jose State his team got beat by Army….at home
mind you…by the score of…
52 – 3
Brennan’s records at…
Overall: 2 – 17
State now at 0 – 6 on the season still has to play in 2018 games against…
Diego State UNLV At
Wyoming At Utah
State Nevada At Fresno
like at best…a record of….
1 – 11
…for San Jose
State in Brennan’s second year on the job and that is not something we would
tolerate if we were the AD at SJSU but then come now…if we were the AD at SJSU
we would be interested in actually…
Finding a Head Football Coach that could Win Some Football Games
for a coach that checks off a few boxes and gets recommendations from a few
people….many of them out of the game of football because they also got their
asses run out of jobs!
That’s just us
now and then you have ADs that Don’t Know Their Asses From the Side of a Barn
when it comes to hiring football coaches…hiring fraud football coaches that have
No Damn Idea how to lead a football program and to win football games on a
regular basis across America!
Bobby Petrino, Louisville – Louisville lost to Boston College on
Saturday by the score of…
the Cardinals record down to 2 – 5 on the year with games still to play against…
Syracuse NC State Kentucky
We don’t think
Louisville will win another game this season and that Mark Stoops and the
Kentucky Wildcats will DESTROY Louisville in the last game of the season which
will be followed by Bobby Petrino being fired by the AD at Louisville.
Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday Lovie Smith coached his 30
th football game at Illinois against Purdue and his team lost at home to a team
with roughly the same amount of talent in Purdue by the score of…
46 – 7
…and what you
saw on Saturday was…
Brohm – A College Head Coach That Has A Damn Clue
Smith – A College Head Coach That Has No Damn Clue
….and if you
cannot figure out a way to not Get Your Damn Ass Whipped All Over The Damn Field
in your 30 th game as a head coach going against a team with the same talent as
Ass Is NEVER Going To Figure It Out!
Lovie Smith is
his third year coaching the Illini and his records now stand at…
Overall: 8 – 22
Ten: 3 – 18
still have games left against…
At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
We don’t see
Illinois winning another game in 2018 but Lovie is being paid…
is the AD at Illinois and not only was the hiring of Lovie Smith to coach a
college football team…
..but to give
a guy who had never been a college head football coach the above contract in our
opinion means that…
Whitman’s ass should be fired today
now…we are talking about an AD here where being…
As Hell is actually a Freaking Job Requirement!
tells you someone is smart because they are an attorney we note that Josh
Whitman’s Wikipedia entry says he was graduated…
Cum Laude from the Illinois School of Law!
Freaking Hilarious because when Lovie Smith was hired by Illinois three years
ago a friend of ours that has worked in the NFL for 30+ years said to us….
will turn out to be the Stupidest Hire in recent college football history!”
there’s a few even worse with Charlie Weis being hired by Kansas easily in our
Hire since the end of World War II in major college football
Smith being hired by Illinois might just be #2!
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – So let’s get this straight….
had a long-term grudge against Louisville defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder
so Johnson’s Georgia Tech team whips the Cardinals by a score of…
that same team led by the same coach loses to Duke at home a week later by the
what Damn sense does that make and why in the Hell was Paul Johnson not fired on
the field after the Duke game?
several Georgia Tech alum friends been fed-up with Paul Johnson’s Horseshit for
years now and being good engineers who work their asses off in their day jobs
they don’t let that the Yellow Jackets look like Total Shit on the field really
bother their daily lives but come now…
Over the past
two seasons Georgia Tech’s combined record now stands at…
8 – 10
still has to play in 2018 games against…
Virginia Tech At North
Carolina Miami Virginia At
might win 2 more games in 2018 and finish with a second straight 5 win season in
Paul Johnson’s 11 th year at the school where Johnson seems more interested in
settling scores with other coaches than winning Games and Championships?
Exactly why we would have fired Paul Johnson on the field right after the Duke
game on Saturday!
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – It’s not easy to find out what’s
going on at schools around the country with their football programs on a
day-to-day basis with the way coaches hide their football programs from most
everyone, but we hear enough things from our contacts and by reading things in
the media to form opinions and something we have been kicking around at Coaches
Hot Seat for about a year is new Coaches Ranking called the…
Laziest Ass College Head Football Coaches
…and in our
opinion if we had to list the 10 Laziest Ass College Head Football Coaches who
in our opinion do a Helluva Lot less work than other coaches around the country
the that list would start with…
1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn 2.
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Why is it our
opinion that Gus Malzahn and Mike Gundy are the 2 Laziest Ass College Football
Head Coaches in America?
We don’t have
to answer that question because…it’s our opinion as Americans and US Military
Combat Vets and Mike “I Am A Man but a Lazy Ass Man In Our Opinion” Gundy can
stuff that opinion…
The Sun Doesn’t Shine!
Even if Mike
Gundy is Lazy As Hell….and in our opinion Ole Gundy is Lazy As Hell and has been
for a couple of years now as he has shopped his ass around to any school with a
job opening that might consider his ass…be lucky you didn’t hire him because
Gundy is Lazy As Hell in our opinion….what has landed Gundy on the Hot Seat is
the performance of his football team which after losing to a…
Pitiful Kansas State team on Saturday
…is now 4 – 3
on the season and things aren’t going to get any better because…
Your Head Coach is Lazy As Hell
…and you still
have to play games against…
Texas At Baylor At
Virginia At TCU
decent chance the Cowboys don’t win another game this season and checking the
USA Today Coaches Salaries list we see that Gundy’s buyout on December 1, 2018
might be a number that T. Boone Pickens would be wise to write a check for since
Ole Boone is 90 years old and if he wants to see Okie State win a national title
that’s not something he will see with a..
Ass Head Coach in Stillwater!
to T. Boone Pickens: Boone, we know a Helluva Head Football Coach that
would love to have the Oklahoma State job and in addition to not being Lazy As
Hell like Mike Gundy he could win in 2019 so you might want to get that
checkbook out and make it out to…
Million Dollars and on the comments line just write in:
fire the 2 nd Damn Laziest Coach in College Football!
humble opinion of course!
want the name of that coach Boone just give us a call…you should have our
With Week 5 of the 2018 College Football Season in the books we can say 2018 has been an interesting year so far and that we are seeing some major trends that could impact college football for the long-term with the main trend being the increase in scoring which is being driven by head football coaches who no longer see as scoring a Helluva lot of points as a negative which it should have never been in the first place!
We have told the story many times about seeing Florida practice in the first-year under Steve Spurrier in 1990 during Fall camp before the season and recognizing immediately that the SEC Conference and as we came to see all of college football in general would be changed forever with Spurrier’s desire to score as many points as possible. Spurrier’s approach to the game with the Head Ball Coach winning….
1 National Title
8 SEC Conference Titles
….in 12 seasons at Florida was fully understood in the 1990s but as we approach 2020 the idea that a team should hang 30, 40 or even 50+ points on their opponents is not a bad thing because if you score 30, 40 or even 50+ points you are going to be a very hard football team to beat…as Barry Switzer knew in the 1970s in his “hang half-hundred” days in Norman coaching the Sooners!
We will be interested to see in the coming years how many coaches embrace the idea of “cutting loose” their offense to score as many points as possible to make winning football games all that much easier and how many coaches continue to try and play a possession game which will be doomed to fail as more points are piled up and the teams without the ability to score a lot finding themselves losing more games they win and those head coaches then finding their asses on the Hot Seat!
More Points on the Scoreboard = Insurance Against A Loss = Your Ass Not on the Hot Seat so…Score A Helluva Lot of Points Coaches!
With that in mind let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas is not an easy place to win football games which is certainly the case in today’s Big 12 Conference where you better be scoring 30+ points a game to have any chance to win a lot of games, but there comes a point when a head coach at Kansas either has to fish or cut bait and in Beaty’s fourth year at KU he is off to a 2 – 3 record which puts his overall records at KU at…
Overall: 5 – 36
Big 12: 1 – 28
You look with us at the rest of the Kansas schedule and tell us how many more games do you think the Jayhawks will win 2018?
At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
Kansas could beat Kansas State…YES…that could happen but will Kansas beat anyone else besides KSU?
Not in our opinion and that is why we think the Kansas job will open up in November and just a note to college coaches out there that has an agent that is always calling around to ADs whispering in those ADs ears that “X” coach would be a great fit IF you have an opening down the road….
Don’t be talking to your agents about potential job openings during the season or your ass will take the focus off games you are coaching this year with your current team and you will get your ass upset as happened this past weekend which will cost you a shot at a better job!
Memo To College Head and Assistant Coaches that might be up for Head Coaching Jobs:
Quit talking to your agent during the Freaking Season you Damn Morons and tell your agent you will talk to him in late November at the earliest about potential job openings!
Some of these coaches…just not the brightest bulbs!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Lovie Smith’s Illini had a bye week in Week 5 and return to play in Week 6 with a game at Rutgers which might be the only chance for Illinois to get another win in 2018….except for Nebraska which might not win a game itself in 2018!
Right now Lovie Smith’s records at Illinois in his third year on the job stand at…
Overall: 7 – 21
Big Ten: 2 – 17
…and if you were thinking that is BAD…you are RIGHT!
Illinois has left in 2018….
At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
…and if we were an Illinois fan we would assume that….
…and Hell….maybe even
…are beatable this season but if we had to guess if Illinois does beat Totally Hapless Rutgers on Saturday they will finish the 2018 season at…
3 – 9 or 4 – 8
Can Lovie Smith survive posting even a 4 – 8 record in his third season at Illinois?
Not a snowball’s chance in Key West in August!
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers did play a decent game against a pretty good Indiana team on Saturday before losing 24 – 7 and in Week 6 the 1 – 4 Scarlet Knights host Illinois in a classic…
Hot Seat Coach vs. Hot Seat Coach
…game with the losing moving up in the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings unless Kansas doesn’t win again since it would impossible to get by David Beaty in the #1 Hot Seat unless the Jayhawks find a way to win another game this season.
Our guess…Rutgers finds a way to beat Illinois on Saturday in a close game!
Oh…Chris Ash’s record at Rutgers now stand at:
Overall: 7 – 22
Big Ten: 3 – 18
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – After Connecticut got blasted by Cincinnati on Saturday by the score of 49 – 7 after getting blasted by Syracuse 51 – 21 the week before we are not quite sure what is going on at UConn under Randy Edsall but we are sure of one Damn thing…
Whatever the Hell is going on it isn’t good!
UConn is now 1 – 4 on the season with these games left to play…
At Memphis At South Florida UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
…and we had to guess the Huskies will finish 2018 with a….
2 – 10 or 3 – 9
….record after Edsall went 3 – 9 last year at UConn.
Will Randy Edsall be allowed to continue to field football teams that win 3 games a season?
Not in our humble opinion.
5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – In Larry Fedora’s last 20 games at North Carolina, after the loss to Miami this past week, he is sitting on a record of…
5 – 15
…and that is run of football that no coach can survive at a place like UNC where the expectations by us here at Coaches Hot Seat is…
7 to 8 wins a year
…and with the Tar Heels now at 1 – 3 on the season they still have to face in 2018:
Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
With a bye in Week 6 how many games might UNC win in 2018?
Our guess the Tar Heels will finish at…
2 – 9 or 3 – 8
…with the UCF game cancelled and only 11 games on the schedule and can Fedora survive two straight 3 win seasons in Chapel Hill?
We don’t think so.
6. Major Applewhite, Houston – Houston got their cupcake win on Saturday against Texas Southern to raise their record to 3 – 1 on the season and now Major Applewhite and his Cougars need to take care of business in the next two games that Houston should easily win against…
Tulsa At East Carolina
…so they are 5 – 1 headed into the last 6 games of…
At Navy South Florida At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
In our opinion if Major Applewhite does not win 9 games in the 2018 regular season his job will be in serious jeopardy so taking care of business the next 2 weeks and winning at least 4 of the last 6 games Houston has on the docket is CRITICAL!
Keep your focus on THIS WEEK Major!
7. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Brent Brennan and San Jose State almost got their first win of the year on Saturday with a 5-overtime loss to Hawaii at home but alas it was another loss which drops Brennan’s records in his 2 nd season at the school to…
Overall: 2 – 15
MWC: 1 – 9
…and the Spartans still have left to play in 2018…
Colorado State Army At San Diego State UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
Colorado State at home is a very winnable game for the Spartans but do we see San Jose State winning more than 2 games in 2018?
Nope…don’t think so….but we do have it on pretty decent authority that if Brennan can somehow find a way to win 4 of his team’s last 8 games he will return to coach San Jose State in 2019 but alas…another 2 win or worse season….it will be Dandy Don Time!
8. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – To truly understand why Bobby Petrino gave a away a sure-fire win over Florida State on Saturday….
Bobby Petrino is one of the Most Arrogant Asses on the Earth
….which is why Petrino called a pass play on 1 st down with the ball on the Florida State 20 yard line and 2 minutes left in the game and just for that decision alone…
Bobby Petrino should be fired
…and in our opinion Bobby Petrino will be fired later this year because the folks at Louisville are sick and tired of Bobby Petrino and want to fire Bobby Petrino and that incredibly stupid decision on Saturday against FSU just made the decision to fire Bobby Petrino all that more easy when it does come…and in our opinion it will come before December 1, 2018.
Bobby Petrino could have had all kinds of great jobs in his life…
Auburn, LSU, Hell…even Alabama was looking at Petrino at one time
….but he ended up at Arkansas and made it into the 2 nd best team in the SEC West behind Alabama but then we all know what happened with the blonde and the motorcycle and that happened for the same Damn reason that Bobby Petrino threw the ball on 1 st down late in the game against Florida State….
Bobby Petrino is one of the Most Arrogant Asses on the Earth
Louisville is now 2 – 3 on the season with games left against…
Georgia Tech At Boston College Wake Forest At Clemson At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
…and our guess is the Cardinals will finish with a record of…
4 – 8 or 5 – 7 or 6 – 6
…and the folks at Louisville will be looking for a new head football coach come December whatever the team’s final record is in 2018 and we will say this…
Louisville is a Helluva Coaching Job for the right coach!
9. Clay Helton, USC – USC looked Very Average to borderline in Total Chaos in beating a Very Average Arizona team on Saturday night and with that win the Trojans are now 3 – 2 on the season and Clay Helton with what we will call a…
Disgraceful Performance Against Arizona
….now have a week off to get things straightened out with Colorado coming to the LA Coliseum on Friday, October 12 in a game that USC just…
Flat-Out Cannot Lose
….because of what they have left on the schedule after the Buffaloes:
At Utah Arizona State At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
If USC loses to Colorado we see the Trojans finishing at…
7 – 5
…on the 2018 season and if Clay Helton wins less than 9 games this season he is going to be in Helluva tough spot come late November especially if the Irish lay a whipping on USC in the Coliseum on Friday, November 23 which would be a Total Explosion sending USC fans, alumni and boosters into a Total Meltdown that might see the Head Coach and AD shown the door in South LA!
10. Chip Kelly, UCLA – Check-out the numbers for Chip Kelly’s offense at UCLA this season…they are UGLY!
Scoring Offense = #120 – 17.3 points per game
Total Offense = #118 – 319.7 yards per game
Rushing Offense = #103 – 131.5 yards per game
Passing Offense = #108 – 176.5 yards per game
Completion Percentage = #108 – .541%
Third Down Conversion = #121 – .304%
First Down Offense = #128 – 64
The above is nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for Chip Kelly’s offense at UCLA and watching the UCLA – Colorado game on Friday night we did see some improvements but those 4 – 0 Buffs everyone is talking about….they have beaten 4 teams who have a combined record of…
1 – 16
…so playing well against Colorado….not a Big Whoop!
UCLA is now 0 – 4 on the season and after a bye week the Bruins have games left against…
Washington At California Arizona Utah At Oregon At Arizona State USC Stanford
Will UCLA win even ONE game in 2018?
In our opinion….NO!
The reality is the whiz-bang offense that Chip Kelly had at Oregon from 2009 – 2012 is now run widely across college football and teams know how to defend it and unless Kelly can come up with something new and quick…
The Jig Is Up on Chip Kelly’s Offense and he WILL NOT make it past Year 2 at UCLA!
For over a decade we have had a contact within the UCLA Athletic Department who has passed along info on the football programs coached by Karl Dorrell, Rick Neuheisel, Jim Mora, and now Chip Kelly and that person has not only been very reliable but we also have very diligent in using any of that information directly since it was info that was very closely held by a very few people in Westwood. We talked to our contact on Sunday about the current state of UCLA football program and our contact’s main takeaway was:
College Football’s Week 4 is now in the books and we have noticed a trend both in this season and the last few seasons in that every weekend there are Heluva Lot of…
Un-Coached College Football Teams
….being fielded by coaches that should have their teams ready to play and yet….these teams are basically Un-Freaking-Coached!
What is an Un-Coached College Football Team exactly?
It’s a team that looks like the head coach and coaching staff just rolled the footballs out onto the practice field and went to the local bar and got sauced on the university Dime no less and no surprise the teams showed up at the games on Saturday….
Not Ready To Play Football!
The Week 4 Un-Coached College Football Teams Were…..
Virginia Tech Oklahoma State Tennessee Rutgers Nebraska Louisville Kansas State Oklahoma Mississippi State Arkansas
…that basically looked like the players coached themselves and we note that a Helluva Lot of the above teams have Head Coaches making….
$3M+ A Year
…and one cannot help but wonder what in the Hell they are doing at practice because they sure the Hell are NOT coaching their football teams!
Let’s get to the Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means bringing out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty is now in his 4 th season coaching the Kanas Jayhawks and after the loss to Baylor Beaty’s records at KU now stand at:
Overall: 5 – 35
Big 12: 1 – 27
No…that’s not good but it’s going to get worse with what Kansas has left to play this season:
Oklahoma State (That is if the Mullet actually coaches his team this week!) At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
Kansas State is very beatable but we cannot see Kansas winning more than 1 game left on their schedule or 3 games overall in 2018 and that means there will be a head coaching job opening up come late November at Kansas and if KU AD Jeff Long is smart he will go find someone who tosses the ball all over the lot and scores a Helluva lot of points…it’s the ONLY chance Kansas has at winning games in the Big 12!
Hey….Gundy may not coach his team again this week and maybe KU will beat the Cowboys in Lawrence!
Great Luck David Beaty!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – It took awhile but Penn State pulled away for a 63 – 24 win over the Illini on Friday night and now Lovie Smith’s records in his 3 rd year on the job at Illinois stand at:
Overall: 7 – 21
Big Ten: 2 – 17
Hey…that’s playing some GOOD football compared to what David Beaty is doing at Kansas but come on now…Lovie Smith at Illinois has been a Total Disaster in taking over a pretty decent Illini program and turning into a….Total Disaster!
Let’s see what the Illini have left in 2018:
At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
Save Rutgers which the junior varsity team of the Little Sisters of the Poor could be we don’t see Illinois winning another game and finishing at 3 – 9 and leaving Lovie with….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 seasons coaching at Illinois which is the same number of wins…THREE…that Lovie got in his first season with the Illini!
No coach can survive that kind of record…even Lovie Smith!
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers – We are not quite sure what Chris Ash is doing at Rutgers because for Damn sure he is…
NOT Coaching the Rutgers Football Team
…and to prove that in his 3 rd season on the job Ash is sitting on records of:
Overall: 7 – 20
Big Ten: 3 – 16
Geez….that’s BAD and looking at the rest of the Illinois schedule for 2018…
Indiana Illinois At Maryland Northwestern At Wisconsin Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
…save Illinois which the junior varsity team from Slippery Rock University could beat we don’t see the Knights winning another game in 2018 which would mean…MAYBE…Chris Ash has….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 years at Rutgers!
Yes…the Rutgers job as well will be opening up come late November!
Think they would probably take Greg Schiano back in Piscataway and if Schiano promises to not be a Total Ass this time around we won’t bring up the whole Bucs fiasco when he is up for the Rutgers job like we did when he already had the Tennessee job last season!
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – We haven’t a Damn Clue why Randy Edsall left Connecticut for the Maryland job after the 2010 season when he took the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl and we don’t have a Damn Clue why Connecticut hired Edsall back after he posted a record of…
22 – 34
….coaching the Maryland Terrapins over 5 seasons!
Whatever is going at Connecticut Randy Edsall’s records after returning to UConn in 2017 now stand at….
Overall: 4 – 12
AAC: 2 – 7
….and we are starting to think that UConn might be looking for a new head coach come late November because when you look at the rest of the Huskies schedule….
Cincinnati At Memphis At USF UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
….do you see the Huskies winning more than 3 more games and 4 games total in 2018?
Didn’t think so and why Randy Edsall is now firmly on the Hot Seat and we don’t see that changing anytime soon!
5. Clay Helton, USC – Watching the Washington State – USC game from Eugene, Oregon on Friday night we could not help but think of the words of USC-alum buddy of ours on what Helton had to do to hang onto his job which were….
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
…and it took a minor miracle for the Trojans to beat the Cougars and things don’t get any easier for Helton and USC with their upcoming schedule:
At Arizona Colorado At Utah Arizona State At Oregon State Cal At UCLA Notre Dame
We talked to that same USC-alum buddy of ours on Sunday who was still pissed out how the Trojans let Washington State run up and down the field on his team at the LA Coliseum on Friday night and he says to us again…
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
Memo to Clay Helton: We would recommend you win out the rest of the games Son!
6. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Larry Fedora and North Carolina got a nice win over Pitt at home on Saturday but even with that win the Tar Heels are…
5 – 15
…in their last 20 games under Fedora and thus why Fedora is firmly on the Hot Seat with these games left to play in 2018:
At Miami Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
Does anyone think Fedora and the Tar Heels can find 5 wins in their last 7 games to get to even 6 wins and get bowl eligible?
Didn’t think so and that is what Fedora needs to keep his job a birdie from the Great State of North Carolina told us last week…
Great Luck Larry!
7. Major Applewhite, Houston – Major Applewhite got a win over Texas Southern on Saturday to move to 3 – 1 which means Major will need…
6 More Wins
…to meet what we are now calling the…
Tillman Fertitta Standard of 10 Wins Per Season
…for the Houston football program and with 3 wins on the board let’s see what Houston has left in 2018 thinking a bowl game could get Houston that much needed 10 th win:
Tulsa At East Carolina At Navy USF At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
Our opinion….Houston has as MUCH or MORE talent than EVERY team left on its schedule except….
…where the talent is EQUAL and there’s no reason that Houston doesn’t win at least 6 of its last 8 games!
Yes…we would recommend that Major Applewhite win 9 games in the regular season just to be sure of your job security Son!
8. Willie Taggart, Florida State – Willie Taggart and Florida State finally beat an FBS team in the 4 th week of the season and now the 2 – 2 Seminoles have an opportunity to get a win in Week 5 against the imploding Louisville Cardinals which should be an interesting measuring stick for both teams since neither has looked worth a Crap in 2018!
Let’s look at the rest of FSU’s 2018 schedule:
At Louisville At Miami Wake Forest Clemson At NC State At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Our opinion if FSU cannot beat Louisville on Saturday….they do NOT win another game this season to finish at 2 – 10 which would be nothing short of….
All-Out Code Red Total Disaster for Willie Taggart!
If FSU did only win 2 games in 2018 the $30M buyout of Willie Taggart and all his coaches + support staff might save Willie….but we doubt it!
Great Luck Willie!
9. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – We have been told all kinds of thing about the Disastrous Offseason that Virginia Tech just went through after Justin Fuente led the Hokies to…
…in his first 2 seasons at the school and for the most part we just laughed off the comments from our friends in and around the Va. Tech football program but one of those comments did stick with us and that comment was from a Va. Tech alum buddy ours who told us….
“There’s lots of Crazy Shit going on in Blacksburg…don’t know if it will do damage to the 2018 season though.”
We followed up to the above comment asking just what in the Hell our friend was talking about relative to the Virginia Tech program and his further comments will be kept to us and maybe provided to someone in the media to look into if the Hokies continue to implode like they did against Old Dominion on Saturday because there may be a BIG story here that a proper media organization can dig out and report on without getting their asses sued.
As for what’s going on with Virginia Tech football in 2018 the Hokies did indeed get DESTROYED by an Old Dominion team on Saturday that coming into this game has lost to…
At Liberty: 52 – 10
FIU: 28 – 20
At Charlotte: 28 – 25
…and yet ODU beat the Hokies by the score of….
49 – 35
Anyone else thinking there’s something “Rotten in Blacksburg” and that there’s something ODD going on there when you consider the Disastrous Offseason the Hokies are coming off of?
Thought so…Oh So Very Damn Odd it is!
Just our humble opinion but one of the BIG mistakes that Justin Fuente made when taking the Virginia Tech job was keeping DC Bud Foster around even if Bud Foster is a Helluva DC precisely because Foster being there so long with Frank Beamer probably thought he should have been the one who got the Hokies head coaching job…maybe for good reason…and there’s an Ole Rule in the US Navy…when a new Captain takes over the ship he is in COMMAND and there is no one left around that might question his COMMAND of the ship even if that means changing personnel.
Let’s see what the 2 – 1 Hokies who seem on the precipice of a Total Damn Disaster have left in 2018:
At Duke Notre Dame At North Carolina Georgia Tech Boston College At Pitt Miami Virginia
If the Hokies play like they did against ODU they will not win another game save Georgia Tech which is also now falling to pieces, and maybe Justin Fuente can survive a less than .500 record in Year 3 at Virginia Tech…and maybe he can’t if there is something else going on in Blacksburg that may or may not come to light in the coming weeks.
We shall see.
10. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – We really don’t know why San Jose State hired Brent Brennan in 2017 beyond that he had coached with the Spartans years ago and we say that because we know of one High-Profile Coach who would have loved the San Jose State job but didn’t even get a call and for Damn sure that High-Profile Coach would have won more than what Brent Brennan has won with San Jose State:
Overall: 2 – 14
MWC: 1 – 8
Can Brent Brennan survive another 2 win or worse season in 2018 with NO wins on the board now and still having to play the below games?
Hawaii Colorado State Army At San Diego State UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
NOPE…not in our opinion and we don’t expect San Jose State to win a game in 2018 looking at the above schedule so maybe that High-Profile Coach will get a shot at the Spartans job again later this year!