“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.”
“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
“Everyone lives by selling something.”
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”
“It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”
“Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.”
“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation and is thought necessary.”
“Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.”
“The world has no room for cowards.”
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
“To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.”
“We must accept life for what it actually is – a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.”
“You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?”
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”
“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
“The Monterey Peninsula is the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.”
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”
“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.”
“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”
“Miss Sullivan touched my forehead and spelled with decided emphasis, “Think.” In a flash I knew that the word was the name of the process that was going on in my head. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea. For a long time I was still … trying to find a meaning for “love” in the light of this new idea. The sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers; but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its southern splendour. Again I asked my teacher, “Is this not love?”
“Love is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out,” she replied. Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained:
“You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.”
The beautiful truth burst upon my mind — I felt that there were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirits of others.”
“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”
“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”
“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.”
“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.”
“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”
“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.”
“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”
“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”
“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”
“The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”
“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”
“At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”
“I rebel; therefore I exist.”
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”
“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
“The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”
“Except for a few guitar chords, everything I’ve learned in my life that is of any value I’ve learned from women.” Glenn Frey
“Hey, I didn’t make a big deal out of Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did.” Glenn Frey
“I read the Life magazine articles about free love and free dope in California. At age 20 I drove to Los Angeles.” Glenn Frey
“It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they’re just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax.” Glenn Frey
“Somebody asked my friend Bob Seger, Why do you think the Eagles broke up? He said, Hotel California.” Glenn Frey
“A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.” Don Henley
“I don’t mind doing two or three Eagles songs and playing the drums. I’m not one of those artists who’s going to sit here and deny the past.”
“I’m fortunate that I’ve been in this business long enough that I’ve earned the right to be left alone by my record company.” Don Henley
“Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don’t look back, you can never look back.” Don Henley
“Selling eight million copies of your first album will mess you up.” Don Henley
“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” Don Henley
“Well, I heard some people talkin’ just the other day And they said you were gonna put me on a shelf But let me tell you I got some news for you And you’ll soon find out it’s true And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself
‘Cause I’m already gone And I’m feelin’ strong I will sing this victory song Woo hoo hoo, my my, woo hoo hoo” Already Gone, The Eagles
“Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? You been out ridin’ fences for so long now Oh, you’re a hard one but I know that you got your reasons These things that are pleasin’ you can hurt you somehow
Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds boy She’ll beat you if she’s able You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
Now it seems to me, some fine things Have been laid upon your table But you only want the ones that you can’t get” Desperado, The Eagles
“Somebody’s gonna hurt someone Before the night is through Somebody’s gonna come undone There’s nothin’ we can do
Everybody wants to touch somebody If it takes all night Everybody wants to take a little chance Make it come out right
There’s gonna be a heartache tonight A heartache tonight, I know There’s gonna be a heartache tonight A heartache tonight, I know, Lord, I know” Heartache Tonight
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget So I called up the captain, “Please bring me my wine” He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969” And still those voices are calling from far away Wake you up in the middle of the night just to hear them say “Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face They’re living it up at the Hotel California What a nice surprise (What a nice surprise) Bring your alibis” Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice And she said, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device” And in the master’s chambers they gathered for the feast They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast Last thing I remember I was running for the door I had to find the passage back to the place I was before “Relax,” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive You can check out any time you like but you can never leave” Hotel California, The Eagles
“Look at us baby, up all night Tearing our love apart Aren’t we the same two people who live through years in the dark? Ahh… Every time I try to walk away Something makes me turn around and stay And I can’t tell you why” I Can’t Tell You Why, The Eagles
“Glowin’ and burnin’, blinded by thirst They didn’t see the stop sign, took a turn for the worst She said, “Listen baby, you can hear the engine ring We’ve been up and down this highway, haven’t seen a goddamn thing”
He said, “Call the doctor, I think I’m gonna crash” “The doctor say he’s comin’ but you gotta pay in cash” They were rushin’ down that freeway, messed around and got lost They didn’t care, they were just dyin’ to get off and it was
Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind Life in the fast lane Life in the fast lane, everything all the time Life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane Life in the fast lane” Life in the Fast Lane, The Eagles
“You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes And your smile is a thin disguise I thought by now you’d realize There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes
She gets up and pours herself a strong one And stares out at the stars up in the sky Another night, it’s gonna be a long one She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry
She wonders how it ever got this crazy She thinks about a boy she knew in school Did she get tired or did she just get lazy? She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool
My oh my, you sure know how to arrange things You set it up so well, so carefully Ain’t it funny how your new life didn’t change things? You’re still the same old girl you used to be
You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes And your smile is a thin disguise I thought by now you’d realize There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes Honey, you can’t hide your lyin’ eyes” Lyin’ Eyes, The Eagles
“Harry got up Dressed all in black Went down to the station And he never came back
They found his clothing Scattered somewhere down the track And he won’t be down On Wall Street in the morning
He had a home The love of a girl But men get lost sometimes As years unfurl
One day he crossed some line And he was too much in this world But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore
In a New York minute Everything can change In a New York minute Things can get pretty strange
In a New York minute Everything can change In a New York minute” New York Minute, Don Henley
“I like the way your sparkling earrings lay Against your skin so brown And I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight With a billion stars all around
‘Cause I got a peaceful easy feeling And I know you won’t let me down ‘Cause I’m already standing on the ground
And I found out a long time ago What a woman can do to your soul Ah, but she can’t take you any way You don’t already know how to go” Peaceful Easy Feeling, The Eagles
“Come on, baby, don’t say maybe I gotta know if your sweet love Is gonna save me We may lose and we may win Though we will never be here again So open up I’m climbin’ in So take it easy
Well, I’m a runnin’ down the road Tryin’ to loosen my load Got a world of trouble on my mind Lookin’ for a lover Who won’t blow my cover She’s so hard to find
Take it easy, take it easy Don’t let the sound of your own wheels Make you crazy Come on baby, don’t say maybe I gotta know if your sweet love Is gonna save me
Oh we got it easy We oughta take it easy” Take It Easy, The Eagles
“So put me on a highway And show me a sign And take it to the limit one more time
You can spend all your time making money You can spend all your love making time If it all fell to pieces tomorrow Would you still be mine?
And when you’re looking for your freedom (Nobody seems to care) And you can’t find the door (Can’t find it anywhere) When there’s nothing to believe in Still you’re coming back, you’re running back You’re coming back for more
So put me on a highway And show me a sign And take it to the limit one more time
Take it to the limit Take it to the limit Take it to the limit One more time
Take it to the limit Take it to the limit Take it to the limit One more time
Take it to the limit Take it to the limit Take it to the limit One more time” Take It To the Limit, The Eagles
“It’s another tequila sunrise Staring slowly across the sky Said goodbye
He was just a hired hand Working on the dreams he planned to try The days go by
Every night when the sun goes down Just another lonely boy in town And she’s out running round” Tequila Sunrise, The Eagles
“Did you do it for love? Did you do it for money? Did you do it for spite? Did you think you had to, honey? Who is gonna make it? We’ll find out in the long run (in the long run) I know we can take it if our love is a strong one (is a strong one) Well, we’re scared, but we ain’t shakin’ Kinda bent, but we ain’t breakin’ in the long run Ooh, I want to tell you, it’s a long run in the long run in the long run” The Long Run, The Eagles
“So you live from day to day And you dream about tomorrow And the hours go by like minutes And the shadows come to stay So you take a little something To make them go away
And I could have done so many things, baby If I could only stop my mind From wonderin’ what I left behind And from worrying ’bout this wasted time
Another love has come and gone And the years keep rushing on I remember what you told me Before you went out on your own “Sometimes to keep it together We got to leave it alone”
So you can get on with your search, baby And I can get on with mine And maybe someday we will find That it wasn’t really wasted time” Wasted Time, The Eagles
“The sun goes down The night rolls in You can feel it starting all over again The moon comes up And the music calls You’re getting tired of staring at the same four walls You’re out of your room And down on the street Moving through the crowds through the midnight heat The traffic roars And the sirens scream You look at the faces, its just like a dream
Nobody know where you’re going Nobody cares where you’ve been
‘Cause you belong to the city You belong to the night living in a river of darkness, beneath the neon light” You Belong to the City, Glenn Frey
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
“Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.” State of Fear
“It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.”
“What makes you think human beings are sentient and aware? There’s no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their ‘beliefs.’ The reason is that beliefs guide behavior which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. Next question.” The Lost World
“God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.” Jurassic Park
“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.” Jurassic Park
“You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away — all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. Do you think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.” Jurassic Park
“I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.”
“All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they’ll tell you will be wrong.” The Lost World
“Praise not the day until evening has come, a woman until she is burnt, a sword until it is tried, a maiden until she is married, ice until it has been crossed, beer until it has been drunk.” Eaters of the Dead
“It’s hard to decide who’s truly brilliant; it’s easier to see who’s driven, which in the long run may be more important.” Congo
“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
“The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature–all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn’t care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal’s behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct.” Congo
“In the corner store we pulled fat bottles of water from the shelves. No one thinks it’s weird that we have to buy clean water, and that’s how I know we’re going to hell.”
“In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.”
“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.” The Lost World
“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” The Lost World
“Anyone who says he knows God’s intention is showing a lot of very human ego.” Next
“Let’s be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven’t got the power to destroy the planet – or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.” Jurassic Park
“In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated. But in our century, they want to be entertained. The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused.” Timeline
“Raising children is, in a sense, the reason the society exists in the first place. It’s the most important thing that happens, and it’s the culmination of all the tools and language and social structure that has evolved.” The Lost World
“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.”
“All human behavior has a reason. All behavior is solving a problem.” Disclosure
“A hundred years from now, people will look back on us and laugh. They’ll say, ‘You know what people used to believe? They believed in photons and electrons. Can you imagine anything so silly?’ They’ll have a good laugh, because by then there will be newer better fantasies… And meanwhile, you feel the way the boat moves? That’s the sea. That’s real. You smell the salt in the air? You feel the sunlight on your skin? That’s all real. Life is wonderful. It’s a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn’t really anything else.” The Lost World
“Exercise invigorates the body and sharpens the mind.”
“Nobody dares to solve the problems-because the solution might contradict your philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important than succeeding in the world.” State of Fear
“Working inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you are interested, keep working. If you are bored, keep working.”
“His management philosophy, tempered in his rain-dancing days, was always to give the project to whoever had the most to gain from success–or the most to lose from failure.” Congo
“The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.”
“The purpose of history is to explain the present – to say why the world around us is the way it is. History tells us what is important in our world, and how it came to be. It tells us what is to be ignored, or discarded. That is true power – profound power. The power to define a whole society.” Timeline
“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”
“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.”
“I did it to myself. It wasn’t society… it wasn’t a pusher, it wasn’t being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.”
“What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.”
“Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.”
“Affluence separates people. Poverty knits ’em together. You got some sugar and I don’t; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I’ll give you some of mine.”
“I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t been able to hear.”
“There’s nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, ‘If you believe in Me, you ain’t going to have no troubles.'”
“I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.”
“There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.”
“Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.”
“Music’s been around a long time, and there’s going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it’s a big record, that’s the frosting on the cake, but music’s the main meal.”
“What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.”
“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.”
“My version of ‘Georgia’ became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.”
“The fact of the matter is, you don’t give up what’s natural. Anything I’ve fantasized about, I’ve done.”
“Hey mama, don’t you treat me wrong, Come and love your daddy all night long. All right now, hey hey, all right. See the girl with the diamond ring; She knows how to shake that thing. All right now now now, hey hey, hey hey. Tell your mama, tell your pa, I’m gonna send you back to Arkansas. Oh yes, ma’m, you don’t do right, don’t do right.” What’d I Say, from the album What’d I Say (1957)
“Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you — a part that’s so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. … It’s like electricity — we don’t really know what it is, do we? But it’s a force that can light a room. Soul is like electricity, like a spirit, a drive, a power.”
“But now if I can wrap myself up in that song, and when that song gets to be a part of me, and affects me emotionally, then the emotions that I go through, chances are I’ll be able to communicate to you. Make the people out there become a part of the life of this song that you’re singing about. That’s soul when you can do that.”
“I started to sing like myself — as opposed to imitating Nat Cole, which I had done for a while — when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchy, this religious or gospel sound. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. It was very controversial. I got a lot of criticism for it.”
“Do it right or don’t do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there’s something I want to do, I’m one of those people that won’t be satisfied until I get it done. If I’m trying to sing something and I can’t get it, I’m going to keep at it until I get where I want it.”
“You better live every day like your last because one day you’re going to be right.”
“Before I begin, let me say right here and now that I’m a country boy. And, man, I mean the real backwoods! That’s at the start of the start of the thing, and that’s at the heart of the thing.”
“I was born with music inside me. That’s the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water.”
“When I was going blind, I didn’t turn to God. It didn’t seem to me then — and it doesn’t seem to me now — that those items were His concern. Early on, I figured I better begin to learn how to count on myself, instead of counting on supernatural forces.”
“Oh beautiful for heroes proved, In liberating strife, Who more than self, our country loved, And mercy more than life,
America, America may God thy gold refine, Til all success be nobleness And every gain devined.
And you know when I was in school, We used to sing it something like this, listen here:
Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain,
But now wait a minute, I’m talking about America, sweet America You know, God done shed his grace on thee, He crowned thy good, yes he did, in brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.
You know, I wish I had somebody to help me sing this (America, America, God shed his grace on thee) America, I love you America, you see, My God he done shed his grace on thee, And you oughta love him for it, Cause he, he, he ,he crowned thy good, He told me he would, with brotherhood, (From sea to shining Sea). Oh lord, oh lord, I thank you Lord (Shining sea).” America the Beautiful, Ray Charles
“Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.”
“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”
“So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I’ll take the turbulent one.”
“There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline.”
“It’s not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can’t run your family like a company. It doesn’t work.”
“A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done.”
“A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.”
“You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.”
“Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.”
“Our biggest competition in achieving our ambitions, … is a television set.”
“Technology happens, it’s not good, it’s not bad. Is steel good or bad?”
“Your career is your business, and you are its CEO.”
“The Lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change”
“Strategic changes doesn’t just start at the top. It starts with your calendar”
“The person who is the star of previous era is often the last one to adapt to change, the last one to yield to logic of a strategic inflection point and tends to fall harder than most.”
“If you’re wrong, you will die. But most companies don’t die because they are wrong; most die because they don’t commit themselves. They fritter away their valuable resources while attempting to make a decision. The greatest danger is in Standing still”
“Selectivity – the determination to choose what we will attempt to get done and what we won’t – is the only way out of the panic that excessive demands on our time can create.”
“Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more Successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing”
“People in the trenches are usually in touch with impending changes early”
“It’s harder to be the best of class in several fields than in just one”
“How can you motivate yourself to continue to follow a leader when he appears to be going around in circles?”
“A strategic inflection point is a time in the life of business when its fundamentals are about to change. that change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights. But it may just as likely signal the beginning of the end”
“As we throw ourselves into raw actions, our senses and instincts will rapidly be honed again”
“Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment worth $2,000, you shouldn’t let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.”
“Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, Good companies survive them, Great companies are improved by them.”
“You need to try to do the impossible, to anticipate the unexpected. And when the unexpected happens, you should double the efforts to make order from the disorder it creates in your life. The motto I’m advocating is — Let chaos reign, then rein chaos. Does that mean that you shouldn’t plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans. It cannot anticipate fires, so it has to shape a flexible organization that is capable of responding to unpredictable events.”
“You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.”
“I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly”
“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”
“Action is character.”
“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”
“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”
“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”
“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”
“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”
“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”
“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”
“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.
Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925
“Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.”
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”
“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”
“If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.”
“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”
“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”
“The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.”
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”
“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.”
“You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.”
“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”
“There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
“A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.”
“A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”
“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”
“All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.”
“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”
“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.”
“Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.”
“Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.”
“Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.”
“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.”
“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”
“Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.”
“Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.”
“The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.”
“The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.”
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”
“The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.”
“The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.”
“Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.”
“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”
“To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.”
“To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.”
“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”
“There is nothing impossible in the existence of the supernatural: its existence seems to me decidedly probable.”
“Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.”
“Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said.”
“The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Thanks Commissioner Mike Slive for all Your Great Work and the Exemplary Life You Lived!
“The hostile atmospheres when you play on the road in this league are incomparable. If you can go through that [undefeated] and win this game, you deserve to be in the national championship game.”
“We really don’t have any concern about that. One thing this tragedy taught us is that we all need to be flexible.”
“The conference didn’t have to take any action of any kind,”
“Coaches develop relationships with these students, and if they come to believe in them as people, not just athletes, they want to give them the benefit of the doubt if they can. Not all of them make it. We know that. But we have given them the opportunity.”
“After reviewing all of the information, I felt this was the best decision for the game, … The safety of our student-athletes, coaches and fans is our priority.”
“One of the great things about the Southeastern Conference is our fans and our support — the importance of college football. On occasion that exuberance goes over the top. What we’d ultimately like to do is channel it on the field.”
“Hurricane Katrina has devastated the lives of victims in four of the SEC’s states, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, and may continue to do so for months and years to come,”
“The MVP program will raise awareness about issues that can adversely affect our student athletes. It is important for the SEC to be aware of the challenges facing our student-athletes so that we can assist them whenever possible.”
“Coach Vaught certainly was one of the great icons in SEC football. If you look at the list of names (of) great all-Americans from here that played for him … you just get a sense of what he’s meant to this conference.”
“We’ll evaluate everybody. But in terms of the work ethic and the commitment of our officials, I think it’s very strong.”
“I used to go to more games than I do now. Every game you see in person you probably miss somewhere between five and 10 games.”
“Right now, there is peace in the valley. We hope to keep it that way for a little while.”
“No one person, no matter how popular, can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
“The first time I talked to Mike Slive was in a ballroom of the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The year was 2002 and the event was a reception to honor Roy Kramer, who in March had announced that he was stepping down as commissioner of the SEC after an ultra-successful 12-year reign.
Among the invited guests was the diminutive, silver-haired former circuit court judge who was then serving as commissioner of Conference USA. I saw Slive and his wife, Liz, from across the room and made a mental note to say hello before the night was over.
“You probably need to do that,” said a friend of mine who worked at an SEC school. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to be your new commissioner.”
My first reaction to this news? I knew Slive was from the North (Utica, N.Y.) with an Ivy League background (Darmouth College). I knew he had hung out a shingle after U.Va. Law School and had worked in administration with the Pac-10 before becoming a commissioner. But that’s all I knew. And as someone who grew up in the SEC and had been covering the conference as a reporter for almost two decades, I didn’t see any way this guy could replace Roy Kramer.
Kramer was a former coach (he won a Division II national championship at Central Michigan), a former director of athletics (Vanderbilt), and one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever met. And he was tough. The football coaches listened to Kramer even when they didn’t agree with him because he had been one of them. The presidents and the athletics directors listened to Kramer because from Day 1 he was looking 10 years down the road and could see it very clearly.
I just didn’t know if someone with Slive’s background would have the gravitas to wrangle the collection of powerful people with egos to match that was the SEC at the beginning of the 21st century.
We had a short, cordial visit. I didn’t bring up what I had heard. It wasn’t the time because we were there to honor Commissioner Kramer. But his smile and his handshake let me know that we’d be seeing each other soon enough.
On July 2, 2002 Mike Slive was introduced as the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. After the formal press conference at the SEC offices in Birmingham he met with a smaller group of reporters in a conference room. From the minute he sat down Mike Slive was comfortably in charge of the room. His words were thoughtful and measured. Like a good lawyer he had anticipated the questions and had his answers ready.
He knew that there would be a learning curve to the job but was confident he could handle it. He knew that he had just been handed the keys to one of most powerful vehicles in the world of college athletics.
But he also knew that his job not to be a caretaker. Mike Slive realized that his challenge was to take the world-class franchise that Roy Kramer had helped to build and to make it into something even better. I left Birmingham that day with no doubt that he would be a great commissioner.
That was the first memory that raced back to me on Tuesday when Commissioner Slive announced that he would retire on July 31, 2015. He will remain on as a consultant for four years. In a brilliant 13-year run he has:
**–Turned the SEC from a strong regional brand into powerful national brand with long-term television contracts and the creation of the SEC Network, which launched on Aug. 14.
**–Presided over what was nothing less than the Golden Age of SEC football, with seven consecutive BCS championships from 2006-2012. Auburn was 13 seconds short of making it eight straight back in January.
**–Added two strong institutions-Texas A&M and Missouri-to an already strong conference.
**–Maintained an across-the-board commitment to all 21 sponsored sports, which have recorded a staggering 75 national championships during his tenure.
**–Introduced the proposal that would eventually become the four-team College Football Playoff, which begins his season.
**–Spearheaded the movement to give the Power Five conferences greater autonomy in the NCAA governance structure.
**–Through the force of his leadership, increased the SEC’s commitment to diversity. He created the SEC Minority Coaches Database. He made sure everybody in the conference understood that the SEC was not going to pay lip service to diversity. The SEC was going to live it. In 2011 Kentucky played Vanderbilt in the league’s first-ever meeting of African-American head football coaches. It wasn’t a big story. To Slive, that was a good thing.
**–Launched the SEC Academic Initiative, which used the power of the athletics brand to highlight and advance the great accomplishments of the members on the academic front.
The list of Slive’s accomplishments as commissioner goes on and on. But what I really want to share with you today is not what Mike Slive did but the way in which he did it.
He has been the ultimate consensus builder. Like the good lawyer who never asks a question to which he doesn’t already know the answer, Commissioner Slive would make sure he had the votes lined up before the meeting ever took place. And no matter what the vote actually was, it would be unanimous when Slive walked out of the room.
He has always understood the importance of strong coaches, but those coaches always understood who was in charge. In 2009 a number of the SEC football coaches had been sniping at each other in public. At the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin Slive walked into the room and read his coaches the riot act. Problem solved.
“I’d say the commissioner made his point,” Steve Spurrier told me after the meeting.
When Slive took over as commissioner he made it clear that he would have zero tolerance for schools that knowingly broke NCAA rules. The rules were also changed so that if one member had a problem with another member in the area of rules compliance, that complaint would first go through the SEC office.
When Auburn was left out of the BCS championship game with a 13-0 record in 2004, the commissioner started putting together the idea for the four-team college football playoff. Slive’s original version was called a “Plus-One” and he presented the idea to his fellow BCS commissioners during a meeting in South Florida in April of 2008. Only one other commissioner, the ACC’s John Swofford, supported it.
Slive’s idea was shot down and he was clearly disappointed when we talked in a hallway outside the meeting room. I asked the commissioner if he actually floated the idea just to set the table for 2012, when the current BCS deal was scheduled to end.
He just smiled.
In 2008 Slive knew his fellow commissioners weren’t ready to make the change. He was betting that four years later they would be ready. And he was right. When two SEC teams-LSU and Alabama-played for the 2011 BCS championship the commissioners came around to Slive’s way of thinking.
His work ethic is legendary. If you’re on Mike Slive’s staff, be prepared for 6:30 a.m. meetings at Starbucks. George Schroeder of USA Today wrote a wonderful piece on the commissioner last summer.
In that piece Schroeder quotes Slive’s daughter, Anna, on his ability, at age 74, to still outwork men half his age.
“He only has two speeds,” she told Schroeder. “High and off.”
In the interest of full disclosure, I need to point out here that I’ve been fortunate to have a close personal and professional relationship with Commissioner Slive. I have used him as a sounding board when I have had to make some tough career decisions.
Each year, on the day before the Spring Meetings begin in Destin, we sit down for about an hour and reflect on where the conference has been and where it is going. Those conversations invariably turn personal and every year I ask how much longer he wants to go at this pace. Last May he just said: “You’ll see me until you don’t see me.”
In June of 2012 he became a grandfather for the first time. In August of 2012 I became a grandfather. And every meeting we’ve had since begins with the sharing of photos-his of Abigail and mine of Sloane.
That’s what I was thinking about when Commissioner Slive announced that he would retire next July. Because at the end of the day it’s really not about the money you make or the power you accumulate or the championships you win. It’s about the lives you have touched.
Mike and Liz Slive have touched a lot of lives in their time at the SEC. Lucky for us, they will do so for many years to come.”
With the 2018 College Football Spring Games almost complete it’s time to take a look at the Head Coaches now sitting on the Hot Seat and look towards the Fall as we celebrate Spring and look towards Summer vacations ourselves. We also need to look ahead to the 2018 schedules for each of the teams with Head Coaches on the Hot Seat and guess on a win/loss record and if the Head Coach will still be employed by the school by the time the middle of December rolls around.
Let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give a Spring Hello to the Head Coaches now on the Hot Seat! Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!
#1 – 10 CFB Head Coaches on the Hot Seat – May 2018
1. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty is entering his 4 th season as the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks and his records are Not Good…make that…they are Damn Ugly!
Overall: 3 – 33
Big 12: 1 – 26
Let’s not forget in this spot that current Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger also hired Charlie Weis to coach Kansas in 2012 and Weis + Beaty’s records combined with Interim Head Coach Clint Bowen have posted records over the past 6 years of….
Overall: 9 – 62
Big 12: 3 – 51
If you were wondering how Sheaon Zenger is still employed at Kansas you are not alone but let’s look at the 2018 schedule for the Total Damn Disaster that is the Kansas Football Program and see where this train wreck is going:
Nicholls At Central Michigan Rutgers At Baylor Oklahoma State At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
That looks to us like a record of….
1 – 11
2 – 10
…..for Kansas in 2018 and there’s no way David Beaty can survive another Total Damn Disaster of a season….right?
Who the Hell knows….after all….this is Kansas!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – We still haven’t a clue why Lovie Smith was hired as the head football coach at Illinois since Lovie did nothing in his coaching career to make us think he would EVER be a successful college head coach.
In fact, having watched Lovie Smith coach closely in his 11 seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers it’s our opinion that Lovie is a classic “NFL Coach” and therefore would always be an Average College Head Coach at best and so far….
Lovie has been a Well-Below Average College Head Coach!
Lovie Smith’s records at Illinois:
Overall: 5 – 19
Big Ten: 2 – 16
Not good….let’s look at the 2018 Illinois Football Schedule to see where this may be going….
Kent State Western Illinois USF Penn State At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
That looks like 3 or 4 wins for Lovie Smith and the Illini in 2018 and….
There’s Not A Chance In Hell Lovie Smith can survive 4 win or less season and return to coach Illinois in 2019.
3. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – If anyone had told us before the 2013 college football season that Kliff Kingsbury would be sitting on records of…
Overall: 30 – 33
Big 12: 16 – 29
….at Texas Tech and that Kliff still be the head coach of the Red Raiders we wouldn’t believe it and yet….
Kliff Kingsbury is still the head coach in Lubbock!
Got Nuts? Yep!
Can Kliff Kingsbury possibly keep his job by posting another .500 or so records each season at Texas Tech?
We haven’t a Damn Clue but the standards have been lowered so much for Texas Tech Football maybe Kliff can hang onto his job in the middle of an incredibly Mediocre Run the last 5 seasons and with that in mind let’s look at the Red Raiders 2018 schedule…
Ole Miss Lamar Houston At Oklahoma State West Virginia At TCU Kansas At Iowa State Oklahoma Texas At Kansas State Baylor
Best Case Scenario: Texas Tech wins 7 games
Worst Case Scenario: Texas Tech wins 4 games
Can Kliff Kingsbury survive to coach Texas Tech another year with just 7 wins in 2018?
Maybe so…and that says a Helluva Lot about how accepting of Mediocrity folks in Lubbock have become and let’s just hope that disease doesn’t spread to the rest of America because it would destroy our country!
4. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – Luke Fickell is entering his 3 rd season as a head coach in his 2 nd year at Cincinnati and fans of college football will remember that Fickell took over a Loaded Ohio State team after Jim Tressel got fired in the Spring of 2011 and promptly went 6 – 6 taking his team to a Gator Bowl which cost an undefeated Ohio State football team a chance to play for a National Title in 2012 under Urban Meyer.
The question for us here at Coaches Hot Seat as we look at Fickell’s two years as a head coach….
Overall: 10 – 15
Conference: 5 – 11
…and his record at Cincinnati after one year….
Overall: 4 – 8
AAC: 2 – 6
….does Luke Fickell have a Damn Clue how to be a head coach?
That question will be answered in 2018 because this 2 nd season under Fickell should be a bounce-back year to at least a .500 record and with that in mind let’s look at the Bearcats 2018 schedule:
At UCLA At Miami (Ohio) Alabama A&M Ohio At UConn Tulane At Temple At SMU Navy USF At UCF East Carolina
Cincinnati should win at least…6 games in 2018….but will Fickell coach the Bearcats to at least 6 wins?
No….in our humble opinion and more than likely because Fickell has a Totally Damn Absurd buyout in his contract the folks at Cincinnati will have to tolerate Below Mediocrity for the foreseeable future….in our humble opinion!
5. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Kalani Sitake took over a BYU Football team from former head coach Bronco Mendenhall who posted…
11 straight winning seasons
….which Sitake continued in Year 1 with a record of….
9 – 4
…but in Year 2 the Cougars dropped to…
4 – 9
….and now Sitake is coaching for his job because we don’t think there’s ANY CHANCE the folks in Provo will tolerate two straight losing seasons which takes us to BYU’s 2018 schedule:
At Arizona California At Wisconsin McNeese At Washington Utah State Hawaii Northern Illinois At Boise State At UMass New Mexico State At Utah
There’s at least 6 wins on that schedule and thus No Good Excuse for Kalani Sitake and his Cougars to have a losing record in 2018!
6. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – When one looks at Jim Harbaugh’s records in three years at Michigan…
2015: 10 – 3 2016: 10 – 3 2017: 8 – 5
Overall: 28 – 11
Big Ten: 18 – 8
….they don’t look too bad but when realizes that Michigan has played 22 FBS teams with .500 or better records the last three seasons and Jimmy’s record against those teams is…
10 – 12
….it’s easy to understand why Jimmy is now sitting on the Hot Seat!
Jim Harbaugh is being paid an enormous amount of money….
$7 Million Plus Annually
……to build a Championship Football Program at Michigan meaning….
Winning Big Ten Championships Playing in College Football Playoff Winning National Championships
….and in April 2018 the above goals seem so far away one must start to wonder….
How long can this Mediocrity continue for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan?
The word from a close Michigan alum in San Francisco is….
“If Jim only wins 8 games again in 2018 he will not be the head coach of Blue in December.”
With that in mind let’s look at the 2018 Michigan Football Schedule:
At Notre Dame Western Michigan SMU Nebraska At Northwestern Maryland Wisconsin At Michigan State Penn State At Rutgers Indiana At Ohio State
If Michigan can beat Notre Dame in South Bend on the opening weekend then maybe Blue can be 3 – 0 heading into Big Ten play but with Scott Frost now in Lincoln, and the second game at Northwestern, along with at least FOUR other Big Ten games where Michigan might be the underdog it’s not hard to conjure up another….
8 – 4
…record of Michigan in 2018 and if that happens….
Michigan will have a new head football coach before January 1, 2019.
Where could Jim Harbaugh end up if things don’t work out at Michigan?
Our guess —-> New York Jets for 2019 season!
7. Ed Orgeron, LSU – In two seasons at LSU Ed Orgeron is sitting on records of…
Overall: 15 – 6
SEC: 10 – 4
….but let’s get serious here in the last two seasons under Coach O LSU has played…
14 FBS Teams with .500 or better records
…and the Tigers’ record in those games is…
8 – 6
…and in case you didn’t know it…
That’s NOT LSU Football!
Let’s go to the 2018 LSU schedule to see where this could be going in Baton Rouge….
Miami (Dallas) SE Louisiana At Auburn La. Tech Ole Miss At Florida Georgia Mississippi State Alabama At Arkansas Rice At Texas A&M
Geez…that’s a pretty TOUGH schedule and if LSU loses that opening game to Miami in Dallas it’s not hard to imagine the Tigers being…
3 – 2
…heading to Gainesville to play Florida with….
Georgia Mississippi State Alabama
….up next for Coach O.
Our guess….LSU ends up with a record of….
5 – 7
…in 2018 and LSU had a new head football coach before January 1, 2019!
This would be a GREAT season for Lane Kiffin to put up 11 – 1 or at worst 10 – 2 season at Florida Atlantic which opens the season at Oklahoma if Lane is hoping to get a head coaching job in the SEC namely in Baton Rouge!
8. Major Applewhite, Houston – Big Houston booster Tilman Fertita has made it clear he is not going to tolerate Houston football slipping back into Mediocrity after the Cougars posted a record of…
22 – 4
….in Tom Herman’s two seasons at Houston which is especially GREAT compared to the….
7 – 6
…record that Major Applewhite posted in his first year on the job in H-Town!
We have it on “very good authority” that if Major Applewhite wins less than…
10 Games in 2018
….that his job will be in serious jeopardy after the Cougars play at Memphis on November 23.
With that in mind let’s go to the 2018 Houston schedule:
At Rice Arizona At Texas Tech Texas Southern Tulsa At East Carolina At Navy USF At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
If you think Houston is going to win at least 10 games with the above schedule then you are seeing something we aren’t for Damn sure!
9. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – You can sit around all day trying to figure out why North Carolina took a step back in 2017 under head coach Larry Fedora but when one realizes that the Tar Heels were ranked…
#88 in Scoring Defense giving up 31.3 points per game
#83 in Scoring Offense scoring 26 points per game
…you are not going to win a Helluva lot of football games and thus the…
3 – 9
….UNC record last season!
Larry Fedora’s records in SIX seasons at North Carolina don’t look too bad…
Overall: 43 – 34
ACC: 27 – 21
….but Fedora cannot survive another losing season in Chapel Hill and with that let’s look at the Tar Heels 2016 schedule:
At California At East Carolina UCF Pitt At Miami Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
It may be hard for North Carolina to win at least 6 games in 2018 with that schedule unless there is a dramatic turnaround on both sides of the ball and if UNC only wins 5 games this coming season…
Larry Fedora’s head coaching career is probably OVER at least at the Power 5 Level….which should be Plenty of Damn Pressure to motivate Larry!
10. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – The most Damning record for Dana Holgorsen in his SIX seasons at West Virginia is the Mountaineers record in Big 12 Conference play since WVU joined the Big 12 in the 2012 season:
27 – 27
Getting above .500 and going to bowl games at West Virginia each season which is certainly geographically challenged in the Big 12 Conference is kind of an accomplishment….but come on now….don’t we all expect more out of West Virginia football that just…
Let’s look at West Virginia’s 2018 schedule….
Tennessee (Charlotte) Youngstown State At NC State Kansas State At Texas Tech Kansas At Iowa State Baylor At Texas TCU At Oklahoma State Oklahoma
That looks like another 7 – 5 season for Holgorsen at West Virginia in 2018 and will that be acceptable to the folks in Morgantown?
We haven’t a Damn Clue…but we sure Hell wouldn’t accept it!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – After three seasons as the head coach of the Kansas football team David Beaty has records on the board of…
Overall: 3 – 33
Big 12: 1 – 26
…and if there is ANYONE on the Earth that can explain to us why Beaty is still the head coach of the Jayhawks…outside a few lunatics in Lawrence, Kansas that hired and No Damn Big Surprise had to fire Charlie Weis in the same position before Beaty was hired….we would love to hear from you so that we can refer you to the closest mental institution so your ass can get some help…and quick!
Yes…David Beaty has won 3 games in 3 seasons coaching at Kansas and those 3 wins were against…
2017 – SE Missouri State 2016 – Rhode Island 2016 – Texas….Oh Charlie Strong that was Pitiful Son!
Oh…maybe David Beaty was kept on for a FOURTH year at Kansas because of an Amazing Recruiting Class and yet as we check the latest…
#69 – Toledo #68 – Houston #66 – Tulane #64 – FIU #63 – Western Michigan #61 – Boise State #59 – Duke #58 – Iowa State #57 – Wake Forest #50 – Cincinnati
Do we need to go on? Didn’t think so!
Hey…Kansas can have any Damn coach they want to lead their football program but in the Real World where only Damn Morons hire Damn Idiots like Charlie Weis THREE years is plenty of Damn time to know or not if a football program is moving in the right direct and thus it’s No Damn Surprise that someone that hired Charlie Weis would keep David Beaty on when Beaty hasn’t done One Damn Thing to have earned the right to coach the Jayhawks for a FOURTH season!
A sidenote in this spot we do note that we have been told by someone we trust that more than one Very Damn Qualified Head Coach has reached out to the folks at Kansas to say that “X coach” would love to coach the Jayhawks and maybe we should start writing the names of those coaches to show just what kind of Damn Idiots are running Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas right now!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Lovie Smith took over an Illini football team two years ago that had won…
…the two previous seasons before Lovie’s arrival and in two years on the job Lovie has records on the board of:
Overall: 5 – 19
Big Ten: 2 – 16
For those slow on the uptake that’s a plus-50% decline in wins and thus we haven’t a Damn Clue why anyone at Illinois would think that firing longtime college head coach Bill Cubit to hire Lovie Smith who last coached in college over 20 years beyond some hack agent of Lovie’s convincing the AD at Illinois, Josh Whitman, that hiring Lovie would make sense when if anyone at Coaches Hot Seat had taken that call would have said:
“Please…tell me what qualifies Lovie Smith to be the head football coach at Illinois or any Power 5 Conference school?”
There is NO good answer to the above question especially when one considers that when hiring Lovie Smith you are not getting a coach that “fits” the college game like a Pete Carroll who is….
Actually Alive and Awake on the Sidelines During the Games
….while Lovie has around the intensity level of a Tom Landry who was a Helluva pro coach with the Cowboys but would have been a Damn Failure if he had ever tried to coach in the college game!
What does the future hold for Lovie Smith at Illinois?
Our opinion…Lovie Smith will be fired at Illinois..either after the 2018 season or the 2019 season…because we don’t think there’s a chance in Hell the Illini come close to win 6 games in either of the next two years and if you can’t win 6 games at Illinois then what exactly is the point of you being the head coach of the football team?
There is NO point is the answer to that question!
3. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – If anyone had told us FIVE years ago that Kliff Kingsbury could post records of…
Overall: 30 – 33
Big 12: 16 – 29
…at Texas Tech and still be the head coach after his FIFTH year on the job we would have never believed it but then we have never thought Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt…
Cared About or Gave A Damn About Winning
…and it’s also our opinion Hocutt willingness to tolerate the above records from Kingsbury points to our opinion being right and even worse the alumni, boosters and fans of Red Raider Football that also seem….
Do Not Care About or Give A Damn About Winning!
One thing we are Very Damn Thankful for here at Coaches Hot Seat:
Kirby Hocutt is alive today in America and was not around in the early 1940s when WINNING was very Damn important and LOSING was not tolerated because if LOSING had been tolerated there would be no country for us Americans to live in today!
Be Proud fans of Texas Tech Football…
You are Below Damn Average and have an Athletic Director that Celebrates and Rewards Below Damn Average!
Guns Up and Give that Hocutt Boy your hard-earned money and be Damn proud when you do it!
4. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – We saw enough of Luke Fickell as the interim head coach of Ohio State in 2011 after Jim Tressel got run out of town to lying to his bosses to know that Fickell was Damn Good at taking a team that should have won 10 games EASY and ended with a record of…
6 – 7
…costing the Buckeyes a shot at a National Title in 2012 under Urban Meyer when the team went undefeated after Ohio State AD Gene Smith and what must be a Helluva lot of stupid people in Columbus sent the Buckeyes to a meaningless bowl game…to know that Luke Fickell was not head coaching material!
No…we would NEVER had hired Luke Fickell to be the head coach at Cincinnati or ANY FBS school but then we actually watch football games here at Coaches Hot Seat and don’t believe Horseshit just because it is coming from a coach or an agent or someone else about Fickell or anyone else and what did Cincinnati get for hiring Luke Fickell as their coach?
Fickell took a team that should have EASY won 6+ games in 2017 and he posted a record of…
4 – 8
Our opinion…Luke Fickell is a nice guy… a solid guy…but he is not Head Coaching material no more than Kansas head coach David Beaty is head coaching material and the folks at Cincinnati like the folks at Kansas can either realize and understand that now or realize and understand it in the future but eventually….they will realize and understand it to be a FACT!
Our guess…Cincinnati has another losing season in 2018 under Fickell and Fickell will be fired because unlike Kansas which can tolerate losing seasons until the Earth ends the folks in Cincinnati don’t have that luxury and with that in mind Fickell better Damn get off his ass or he will be back in the assistant coaching ranks a year from today!
5. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Like Luke Fickell BYU head coach Kalani Sitake is another nice guy…a solid guy…but watching the BYU Cougars play several times in 2017 we cannot help but wonder…
Just what in the Hell is Kalani Sitake doing because his BYU football team looks like it is barely coached at times!
A 4 – 9 record in 2017 after a 9 – 4 record in 2016 certainly means Sitake has the ability to win games coaching the Cougars but he going to have to perform this coming season or he might very well find himself out of a job and when we mean perform anything less than 7 wins and we have to think the Kalani Sitake experiment will come to an end in Provo in early December.
6. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – There were a few Coaches Hot Seat members on hand when Jim Harbaugh was introduced as the Stanford head coach in December 2007 and we were able to spend enough time around Jim during his FOUR years on The Farm and overall we were impressed with Harbaugh and we were not surprised at all when he went on to be very successful at the San Francisco 49ers.
The above was our opinion before the 2017 season began and after watching Michigan in every game it played this past season what we are beginning to wonder is…
What exactly is wrong with Jim Harbaugh?
Does Jim have some kind of health issue?
If it’s not a health issue then…what exactly is wrong with Jim Harbaugh because the Jim Harbaugh we see on the Michigan sideline and the one we are hearing about from our contact in Ann Arbor is not the Jim Harbaugh we know nor does the Michigan football team now reflect the Harbaugh we knew at Stanford.
Beyond all of the above let’s take a hard look at just what Jim Harbaugh has accomplished at Michigan in THREE seasons:
Overall Record: 28 – 11 Big Ten: 18 – 8
Also in THREE seasons Jim Harbaugh + Michigan have played 22 FBS teams that finished the season with .500 or better records and Harbaugh’s record in those 22 games is…
10 – 12
Sorry….the above kind of record is not what the folks at Michigan are paying Jim Harbaugh Millions of Dollars a year and spending Many, Many Millions of Dollars for assistant coaches, support staff, facility upgrades and all manner of other things like flying the entire Damn team to Florida and Europe for spring practice!
So what’s wrong with Michigan Football assuming there isn’t something wrong with Jim Harbaugh health wise?
Well for starters the Michigan Offense is…
The Most Predictable Offense in College Football
…on ANY level of the college game and that is beyond Michigan also having…
Some of the Most Pitiful Quarterback Play
…we have EVER seen at a school like Michigan and it’s almost as if…
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Offensive Coaches aren’t actually coaching the team in practice but are going out and getting drunk at a local Ann Arbor bar
….and maybe Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Offensive Coaches should go get drunk at a local Ann Arbor bar because what they did last season was a…
Total and Complete Joke!
We don’t know a whole lot of Michigan alumni but we do know one who could buy and sell Nick Saban in about 10 minutes and we asked him what would happen to Jim Harbaugh if he went 8 – 4 again in 2018 and his response was….
“Jim will be fired.”
When we told that same Michigan alum that Harbaugh was 10 – 12 against FBS teams with .500 or better records in the last 3 seasons he said…
“Maybe we should fire Jim right now!”
Memo to Jim Harbaugh: Get off your Damn Ass now Son or your head coaching career will be OVER…at least on the college level…a year from today!
7. Ed Orgeron, LSU – If you are going to fire Les Miles at LSU and in our opinion Miles was given way too much time to get things straightened out then you better Damn hire a coach who will do better than Les Miles and Coach O in his first full season as the head coach of the Tigers posted a record of…
9 – 4
…and in Les Miles’ 11 full seasons as the head coach of LSU he only lost 4 or more games…
….and if Ed Oregon loses 4 games again in 2018 he is going to one of the Hottest Seats in College Football and the Tigers fans are going to be IRATE especially after the moving around of coaches in the offensive coordinator position which was the same side of the football that Les Miles had so much trouble with and which in the end got Les Miles fired…and will get Coach O fired as well!
For what it’s worth our longtime LSU alum friend who lives in New Orleans and was deadly accurate in predicting Les Miles demise in Baton Rouge told us recently….
“If Ed doesn’t get things rolling in ’18 and Mike Norvell has another big season at Memphis I fully expect for some big alumni and boosters to demand that LSU hire Norvell and end the madness in Baton Rouge.”
4 or more losses by LSU in 2018…Hell…maybe even 3 losses…and Mike Norvell might be the head coach at LSU a year from today!
8. Major Applewhite, Houston – We haven’t a clue if Major Applewhite believes that he had to hire Kendall Briles and Randy Clements to get the Houston football program rolling again BUT we do know that if Applewhite doesn’t come very close to winning if not outright winning 10 games in 2018 the Major Applewhite experiment at Houston will be over a year from today and we have heard from a UH alum that he wouldn’t be surprised if the school went after Lane Kiffin in a BIG way which wouldn’t surprise us either since the folks at Houston…expect their football team to win a Helluva lot football games now!
Would we have hired Kendall Briles at FAU or Houston?
Not A Chance In Hell…but that’s just us!
9. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – We haven’t a clue what caused North Carolina football t0 fall from a 11 – 3 record in 2015 and 8 – 5 record in 2016 to a 3 – 9 record in 2017 but beyond the 3 wins when we got to see the Tar Heels play last season…
The Team Looked Like It Was Hardly Coached At All
….and that makes perfect sense since when one realizes those 3 wins were over…
Old Dominion Pitt Western Carolina
We don’t have a Damn Clue what happened to North Carolina football last year besides the Tar Heels giving up a Helluva lot of points finishing…
99th in Total Defense
…out of 129 FBS teams and either Fedora will get his Defense and Football Team straightened out and win 6+ games in 2018 or Fedora will have a Heluva lot of time on his hands come this time next year!
10. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – This isn’t Crazy Dana Holgorsen’s first trip to the Coaches Hot Seat Rodeo and after posting a 7 – 6 record in 2018 which has left Holgo’s records at West Virginia in 6 seasons in Big 12 at…
Overall: 43 – 34 Big 12: 27 – 27
…one has to think the folks in Great State of West Virginia are not going to tolerate the Mediocrity of averaging winning…
7.16 Games A Season
….so 2018 may indeed be Holgo’s Little Bighorn so keep an eye out on the horizon Holgo for campfires because you should see plenty of smoke Son!
I’m all for new faces shaking things up. I like it when people question conventional NFL wisdom. I don’t think enough people do it, and as a result I think things have a tendency to get a little redundant with the league from time to time. So if a new hotshot coach wants to come in from the college ranks and shake things up with a new defense or some funky new plays or even a new attitude, I’m generally all for it.
That is not, however, what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is up to with this thing where he had his players jump over the line and after New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning while Manning was taking a knee at the end of Sunday’s game. The Giants were justifiably upset about the maneuver, and Schiano’s excuse was weak and stupid. Per ESPNNewYork.com:
“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us ‘Game over,'” Schiano said. “There’s nothing dirty about it and there’s nothing illegal about it.
“We crowd the ball — it’s like a sneak defense and you try to knock it loose. Watch Rutgers, they would know if they watched us that’s what we did at the end of the game.”
Rutgers is, of course, where Schiano was coaching this time last year. And there are a few real problems with his rationale. First of all, you don’t see teams doing that stuff at the college level, and it’s for the same reason you don’t see it at the NFL level. It’s because it’s a real good way to get people hurt for no good reason. If you’re losing and out of timeouts and the other team has the ball with so little time left that they can kneel down and run out the clock, you’ve lost. It doesn’t prove anything to your players or anyone else if you’re the fake tough guy who refuses to accept that. All it does is put people at silly risk of injury at the end of 60 minutes’ worth of brutal, health-threatening collisions. You owe it to your own players to know when you’re beaten and back off. Asking them to make a useless leaping hit in that situation is putting them at risk the same way it’s putting the other team at risk. It’s irresponsible.”
Amen Greg Graziano and we repeat that Greg Schiano is a…
Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk
We would not hire Greg Schiano to Shovel Shit
…and who also in our opinion is…
A Sorry Damn Excuse for a Human Being
Be Thankful fans of Tennessee Football that you got in the way and this Sorry Damn Bastard didn’t become part of YOUR football program which YOU OWN since after….
YOU folks pay ALL the Damn Bills
…in Knoxville and you have every Damn right to stand-up and DEMAND that these Damn Morons at the University of Tennessee end this Damn Stupidity before they totally destroy Tennessee Football!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – You really can’t make up what is going on with Kansas Football right now where the AD at KU Sheahon Zenger hired Charlie Weis in 2012 who then promptly posted records of…
Overall: 6 – 22
Big 12: 1 – 18
….who was then replaced by current head coach David Beaty who in three seasons has posted records of…
Overall: 3 – 33
Big 12: 1 – 26
….with the Jayhawks giving up…
…in 9 of its 12 football games in 2017 and…
….in 11 of its 11 games against FBS teams in 2017!
Now if the fans of Kansas Football don’t mind being…
The Laughingstock of College Football
…and to have a Damn Moron as your AD then more the power to you folks but please don’t tell us there is anyone working at the University of Kansas that oversees the Kansas Football program that gives a Damn about…
Winning, Excellence, Pride, Class…Hell…ANYTHING AT ALL!
Last week a Coaches Hot Seat member got a text from a football assistant coach at a Big 12 Conference school that said…
“Everyone Big 12 hoping KU keeps DB least 1 more year because it’s only sure win on sked right now if Rhule gets things going at Baylor”
…and on Sunday when it was announced by Kansas that David Beaty would be back for the 2018 season that same assistant coach sent that CHS member the following text!
Be proud fans of Kansas Football….Oh…be so Damn proud!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – In two years at Illinois Lovie Smith has now posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 19
Big Ten: 2 – 16
….and in 2017 posting a 2 – 10 record the Illini beat…
Ball State Western Kentucky
Hell…not only did Illinois go 0 – 9 in Big Ten Conference play in 2017 on October 14 they lost to now 4 – 8 Rutgers….at Home…by the score of 35 – 24!
Please…is there someone….anyone….in North America that can tell us why Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Illinois Football program?
Didn’t think so!
3. David Bailiff, Rice – Posting a record of 1 – 11 in 2017 and sitting on records of…
Overall: 57 – 80
CUSA: 40 – 48
…..in 11 seasons at Rice the end must be near for head coach David Bailiff which would open up a Helluva job for some coach that could bring some energy to Houston and win some football games!
4. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – We are not quite sure what it takes to get your ass fired at Texas Tech but if these records won’t do it…
Overall: 30 – 32
Big 12: 16 – 30
….after five years on the job then one would think there are a Helluva lot of…
Below Average As Hell Folks
…working Lubbock at Texas Tech University right now!
While Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt is spending a lot of time in Dallas working on the College Football Playoff Committee which tomorrow could be replaced by two monkeys, a house cat, a parakeet and a Damn Moron and do just a good job as the committee members we cannot help but wonder what in the Hell is Hocutt looking at in evaluating the Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury who is averaging…
3.2 wins in conference play
…a season playing 9 conference games a year!
Clearly there is some kind of Damn Moron supplement in the water that ADs in the Big 12 Conference are drinking or Big 12 university presidents are just hiring Damn Morons in AD positions!
5. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – On Saturday the Cincinnati Bearcats eked out a…
22 – 21
…win over a 3 – 9 UConn football team which leaves Cincinnati with a 4 – 8 record in Luck Fickell’s first year on the job and is there anyone on Earth that thinks Fickell will win 6+ games in Year 2 coaching the Bearcats?
Oh…there is someone….did you see that last Saturday Cincinnati got beat 48 – 20 by an East Carolina team that Memphis just beat by the score of 77 – 13?
We don’t believe in allowing a mistake to fester and if the folks at Cincinnati had a Damn Clue they would fire Luck Fickell today but they don’t have a Damn Clue so expect the Bearcats to have another losing season in 2018 and in 2019 as well if Fickell makes it to 2019 as the Cincinnati head coach!
6. Kalani Sitake, BYU – On Saturday night BYU got a win over a hapless Hawaii team by the score of 30 – 20 which leaves the Cougars record in 2017 at 4 – 9 and head coach Kalani Sitake’s record in two seasons on the job at…
13 – 13
….and Sitake took over a BYU football program that had won 8+ games in 9 of the last 10 seasons under Bronco Mendenhall and the other season the Cougars won 7 games!
We don’t have a Damn Clue why BYU only won 4 games in 2017 besides that the Cougars offense was nothing short of a Damn Disaster, but we do know that Kalani Sitake better fix the mess he has created in Provo and fix it in a Helluva hurry or his head coaching career will be over a year from today!
7. Brad Lambert, Charlotte – Charlotte is a very young FBS football program but in five seasons as the head coach at Charlotte on both the FCS and FBS levels head coach Brad Lambert is sitting on records of…
Overall: 17 – 41
CUSA: 4 – 20
…and if you can keep your job with those kind of records then there’ s hope for all the Damn Morons out there that now can see that they might indeed be able to make something of themselves at places like Charlotte, Kansas and Texas Tech so hang in there Damn Morons…hang the Hell in there!
8. Matt Rhule, Baylor – It was reported that Matt Rhule saw the Baylor job as some kind of “mission” for him in moving over from Temple and in Rhule’s first year at Baylor on his “mission” he took over a Bears team that won…
…in 2016 and Rhule just posted a record of…
1 – 11
…coaching the Bears so we have this obvious question for Matt:
How’s that “mission” working out for you Son?
The best thing the folks at Baylor can say today is…
Thank God and the Pillsbury Dough Boy for Kansas!
9. Chris Ash, Rutgers – In two seasons as the Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has posted records of..
Overall: 6 – 18
Big Ten: 3 – 15
…and we cannot help but wonder how long Ash can go posting these kinds of records and then we realize this is Rutgers…now playing in the Big Ten and not the Big East…and the expectations at Rutgers….
Not Real Damn High
…so the losing could go on for awhile here now….it could go on for a Damn long time before Ash gets run!
10. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Congrats to San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan and his football team winning their FIRST football game against a FBS team on Saturday against Wyoming which has got to be Very Damn Embarrassing for the Cowboys and head coach Craig Bohl because you just got beat by a 2 – 11 team cowpokes and that is…
Pretty, Pretty Damn Embarrassing!
Can Brent Brennan win in 2018 more than the 2 games that his football team won in 2017?
We haven’t a Damn clue and don’t really care for that matter!
Over the past few years during the Jim Mora-era as the head coach of the football program a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members have had the opportunity to be in the UCLA Athletics Complex a few times and every time we left the place we got the feeling that working for Jim Mora…
Wasn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world
…and that Mora’s management style probably hurt Mora as much as anything at UCLA…in our humble opinion.
Overall, Jim Mora did a credible job as the head coach at UCLA in 6 seasons on the job posting records of…
Overall: 46 – 30
Pac-12: 28 – 26
Record Against USC: 3 – 3
….but in the end the general downtrend of the Bruins in the last couple of years led to Mora’s firing along with little hope for a move back up for UCLA Football under Mora in 2018 and future years.
We haven’t a clue if UCLA will be able to hire Chip Kelly to coach the Bruins, but it would be fascinating as Hell to see Kelly’s offense with the kind of talent that even average recruiting can get to Westwood, and if Kelly does end up at UCLA it will also be fascinating as Hell to see if college defensive coordinators have figured out what Kelly is doing which Stanford showed on multiple occasions can be stopped with the right approach and schemes on both sides of the ball.
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1. Mike Riley, Nebraska – With one game at home against Iowa in the strange odyssey of Mike Riley at Nebraska left after almost three full seasons on the job Riley’s records now stand at….
Overall: 19 – 18
Big Ten: 12 – 13
…which works out to winning percentages of…
Big Ten: .480
….and Riley’s winning percentages in 14 seasons coaching at Oregon State were…
….which are numbers surprising to no one it must be….except now former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst…who if EVER allowed to hire a head football coach on ANY level of football in America again will mean that a Seriously Mentally Ill person has hired a Damn Moron to hire that head football coach!
No…Nebraska is no longer the Nebraska of the 1990s under Tom Osborne BUT Nebraska is a school where we fully expect the head coach playing 13 to 14 games a year to win…
9.5+ Games A Season
….and if the Huskers beat Iowa on Saturday Riley will have averaged winning…
6.67 Games A Season
….and considering that the last coach at Nebraska (Bo Pelini) averaged winning…
9.42 Games A Season
….meaning Riley took over a Pretty Damn Good Football Program at Nebraska there is the clear reason why Mike Riley is less than a week away from being fired as the head coach of the Huskers.
….which even if the Hogs beat Mizzou at home next Saturday…not likely…Bielema would have averaged winning…
6 Games Per Season
…and Bobby Petrino in 4 seasons coaching at Arkansas averaged winning…
8.5 Games Per Season
…which happens to be how many games a head coach at Arkansas should win…
8.5 Games Per Season
It’s our opinion that Bret Bielema made a lot of mistakes at Arkansas that were mostly made behind the scenes having to do with recruiting, roster management, personnel decisions, coaching hires, etc. that we could elaborate on in this spot but they are mainly decisions that were made because Bielema fundamentally misunderstood what the SEC Conference is actually all about and it’s NOT…
….but rather recruiting…
High-Level Skill Athletes
…which Bielema was NEVER able to recruit to Arkansas in any kind of numbers and that showed up on the field in SPADES which led to Bielema averaging…
6 Wins A Season
…if the Hogs beat Mizzou on Saturday and if they don’t Bielema will have won an average of….
5.8 Games A Season
….which is very simply a Total Damn Disaster at Arkansas!
3. David Beaty, Kansas – On Saturday Oklahoma blasted Kansas by the score of 41 – 3 in Kansas head coach David Beaty’s 35 th game at KU which now leaves Beaty’s records at Kansas…
Overall: 3 – 32
Big 12: 1 – 25
…with a game at Oklahoma State left on the schedule and anyone on Earth that thinks Kansas Football will be better in Beaty’s FOURTH year on the job in 2018 that is a person that needs to…
Check Into The Closest Mental Institution
….wherever they are on the Earth!
This past week an assistant coach in the Big 12 texted a member of Coaches Hot Seat the following:
“Everyone Big 12 hoping KU keeps DB least 1 more year because it’s only sure win on sked right now if Rhule gets things going at Baylor”
Yes…there are some Damn Morons in Lawrence, Kansas that should be fired tonight!
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday Ohio State beat Illinois by the score of 52 – 14 in Lovie Smith’s 23 rd game as the head coach of the Illini which leaves Lovie’s records in two seasons on the job at…
Overall: 5 – 18
Big Ten: 2 – 15
…and we ask again:
Is there someone…anyone…that can tell us why Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Illinois Football team?
4. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – With Texas Tech’s loss to TCU at home on Saturday that leaves only Texas on the schedule for the 5 – 6 Red Raiders and Kingsbury’s records in FIVE seasons at the school….
Overall: 29 – 32
Big 12: 15 – 30
….and save Tech beating Texas on the road in Austin next Saturday we would guess that TCU assistant coach Sonny Dykes will be the head coach of the Red Raiders sometime in early December…not that we know anything…but just a guess!
6. David Bailiff, Rice – On Saturday Rice lost to Old Dominion which dropped the Owls record to 1 – 10 in 2017 and head coach David Bailiff’s records in 11 seasons at Rice to…
Overall: 57 – 79
CUSA: 40 – 47
…and we fully expect the Rice head coaching job to come open soon which in our opinion is a pretty Damn good job that we would want because we know that…
1. Houston is a great town 2. There’s plenty of high school football talent in south Texas 3. We could prove our chops making Rice Football into a winner
7. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Even with the win over Ole Miss on Saturday it’s our opinion that Texas A&M is going to change head coaches in a week or so because of the following…
If A&M loses on the road to LSU next Saturday that will mean that Kevin Sumlin will have lost 5 games in each of the past 4 seasons at Texas A&M which is a place where a coach has EVERYTHING and should be able by his SIXTH season on the job compete with Alabama for the SEC West Division Title and come on now….
The Aggies are not in the same Universe with Alabama after SIX seasons of Kevin Sumlin coaching A&M!
What will be Damn interesting is who Texas A&M will hire to follow Sumlin who in our opinion if he is to be considered successful will win an average of…
9.5 Games A Year
…with Sumlin averaging 8.5 Wins which let’s face it folks…
That’s Just Not Good Enough for Texas A&M….PERIOD!
8. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – We are not quite sure what the folks at Cincinnati saw in Luke Fickell who as the Interim Head Coach at Ohio State in 2011 posted a record of…
6 – 7
…with a team that had enough talent to win the Big Ten and National Title but we said last year if the folks at Cincinnati think Luke Fickell is the man to lead their program….OK…let’s see what the boy can do.
OK…Luke Fickell in his first year on the job coaching the Bearcats and is now sitting on a record of 3 – 8 after his team got BLASTED by a 2 win East Carolina team on Saturday by the score of…
48 – 20
….and on top of what has turned into nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster for Cincinnati Football we learned via USA Today a few weeks ago that Fickell has a….wait for it….
….for doing what exactly before he became the head coach at Cincinnati last year we haven’t a Damn Clue but then we all know that any random coaches agent can roll most any Damn athletic director in America now and clearly the Cincinnati AD got his ass rolled by Fickell’s!
Cincinnati hosts a 3 wins UConn team next Saturday and in our opinion if Fickell can’t win this game…
His Ass Should Be Fired on Saturday Night
….$9.1 Million Dollar Buyout or not because there would be no Damn point to keep him employed as the head coach of the Bearcats if he can’t beat this PITIFUL UConn team at home…in our humble opinion!
9. Kalani Sitake, BYU – For the love of Brigham Young…meaning the original Brigham Young who reportedly had 55 wives which is a stunning number in every way we can imagine because just how in the Hell can one man handle 55 women telling him on constant basis “they need this” or “they need that” which our wives are constantly telling us which must have led to some Helluva BIG shopping trips for Ole Brig as we like to call him here at Coaches Hot Seat when around our Mormon friends just to dig them a little!
Oh..getting back to the for the love of Brigham Young how in the Hell exactly can BYU lose to UMass at home by the score of…
16 – 10
…in head coach Kalani Sitake’s 25 th game at the school?
That loss to UMass now leaves Sitake’s record at BYU in 2 seasons at…
Overall: 12 – 13
…and the 3 – 9 Cougars still have to play at Hawaii next Saturday!
We are not sure exactly what is going on at BYU but whatever the Hell it is…it’s not good…it’s just no Damn good….we sure the Hell know that!
10. Todd Graham, Arizona State – With the win on Saturday over Oregon State Todd Graham’s Sun Devils are now 6 – 5 on the season with only the Territorial Cup game at home against Arizona left on the schedule that we were told on Sunday…
Todd Graham MUST WIN to keep his job at Arizona State
In 6 seasons at Arizona State Todd Graham now how records on the board of…
Overall: 45 – 31
Pac-12: 30 – 23
…which if you give ASU the win over Arizona adds up to Graham averaging…
7.67 Wins Per Season
…and we have Arizona State as a…
8.5 Wins Per Season
….school to keep your rear-end off the Hot Seat.
We guess there’s an outside chance that Todd Graham could keep his job at ASU even he lost to Arizona but something we learned a long time ago is that when things get marginal in a job a person in the position of hiring + firing someone will almost always fire someone…
They Don’t Like
…and work like Hell to…
Keep Someone They Do Like
…which in the end might just seal the fate for Todd Graham in Tempe!
16 Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games In Week 12 Whose Teams + Coaches Need To Take It To The Limit! – Thanks Randy!
Bill Snyder, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State – There are few things as Totally Damn Worthless as people holding prominent positions trying to get their kids into those positions as they head for the doors and that is exactly what Bill Snyder is trying to do at Kansas State with his son Sean:
Clearly, Bill Snyder believes that his son Sean doesn’t have the ability or chops to get a Power 5 Conference Head Coaching Job on his own so that’s why Daddy is trying to strong-arm Kansas State into hiring his Boy which if you are like us makes Bill Snyder…
Worthless As Hell
…and his Sean even worse because if Sean had actually been raised by a…
REAL Man and REAL American
…Sean would tell his Daddy to butt the Hell out of his coaching career because Sean wouldn’t want his Daddy getting him the Kansas State job but would rather if Sean was a..
REAL Man and REAL American
…he would earn and get the job himself but clearly the Snyders are…
NOT REAL Men nor REAL Americans
…and with that in mind every American worth a Damn should hope like Hell that Worthless as Hell Bill Snyder loses his last two games against…
At Oklahoma State Iowa State
….so the Wildcats finish at 5 – 7 and Billy “My son Sean is such a Candy Ass Pussy I have to get the Kansas State Job for Him” Snyder will go out the…
Total Damn Loser
….that we all know he is now!
BEAT the Living Hell out of Bill and Sean Snyder Oklahoma State and if you can hang Freaking 100….hang Freaking 100 on ‘em Mike Gundy!
What a Total Embarrassment that Bill Snyder is to Kansas State, College Football and America for that matter!
If you think we are HOT about Bill Snyder trying to pass down the Kansas State Football Program to his son Sean like KSU Football is some kind of medieval kingdom that can be passed down to someone because of their last name and they won the sperm lottery then you would be RIGHT but then any Real America would vehemently object to this Total Horseshit as well and if you think what Bill Snyder is doing is right…
You are not a REAL American…PERIOD!
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan vs. Wisconsin– Since Penn State destroyed Michigan in Week 8 the Wolverines offense has scored….
35 33 35
…points against its last three opponents and clearly Blue is going to need 35+ points on Saturday to beat Wisconsin in Madison and we are fascinated to see how far this Michigan team has come this year and if Harbaugh can actually beat a football team with a winning record in 2017!
Our recommendation to Jim Harbaugh: Don’t lose to Wisconsin AND Ohio State to end the 2017 season Jimmy or your ass is going right on the Hot Seat heading into 2018!
David Beaty, Kansas vs. Oklahoma – The 1 – 9 Kansas Jayhawks head coach David Beaty may have the support of the KU Chancellor but in the Real World which clearly doesn’t include Lawrence, Kansas when you have posted these kind of records in THREE year on the job…
Overall: 3 – 31
Big 12: 1 – 24
…your ass gets fired but then we are talking about the University of Kansas here where…
We are no Damn where near Below Damn Average in Football and we are Damn proud of it!
…to finish the 2017 so David Beaty you got…
1 – 11
…in 2017 and…
3 – 33
…in 3 years on the job Son?
You are about to Son!
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame vs. Navy – Oh this is very simple…if Notre Dame happened to lose to Navy on Saturday after getting destroyed by Miami last Saturday Brian Kelly’s ass would be right back on the Hot Seat with a game still left against Stanford on The Farm next week and if Kelly lost to both Navy and Stanford and finished at 8 – 4 on the season in our opinion Kelly would be fired shortly after the Stanford game on November 25 th!
Don’t lose to Navy Brian Kelly!
Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Ohio State – We asked the 178 Coaches Hot Seat members this week if anyone thought…
Lovie Smith would ever field a .500 or better football team at Illinois
…and as of Friday morning 154 Coaches Hot Seat members have responded and the results were…
154 – No 0 – Yes
This week the 2 – 8 Illini who have beaten Ball State and Western Kentucky this season and are 0 – 7 in Big Ten play face Ohio State and then finish with Northwestern which looks like two more losses to us which would leave Smith’s record after 2 years at Illinois at….
Overall: 5 – 19
Big Ten: 2 – 16
Please….someone…anyone…why the Hell is Lovie Smith the head football coach at Illinois?
There are just so many Damn Morons in the world in important positions in collegiate athletics one has to wonder…
How in the Hell did they get into these jobs?
Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Penn State– The Mike Riley era is OVER at Nebraska so we don’t expect much out of the Huskers this week against a Penn State team that could hang almost any number they wanted on the Blackshirts defense so this isn’t so much a MUST WIN Game for Mike Riley and Nebraska as it is…
Just Don’t Totally Embarrass the State of Nebraska
…please now Mike Riley!
Jim Mora, UCLA vs. USC – Jim Mora is moving very close to the “Mendoza Line” with his Pac-12 Conference record now sitting at…
28 – 25
…with games left against USC this week and California next week which could both easily be losses but since we are talking about UCLA here where your Sorry Damn Ass can go on a retail shoplifting spree and you can remain on the Bruins Basketball Team why should we expect Damn anything out of UCLA Football?
UCLA = Where we allow our student athletes to go on shoplifting sprees at retail stores and stay on athletic teams!
Oh UCLA…be so Damn Proud!
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. TCU – Kliff Kingsbury is sitting on some very Damn average records as the head football coach at Texas Tech…
Overall: 29 – 31
Big 12: 15 – 29
….and we cannot imagine that Kingsbury will be the head coach at Tech in 2018 if the 5 – 5 Red Raiders don’t win at least one of their last two games against…
TCU At Texas
….and we have to think that beating TCU at home in Lubbock by out-scoring the Horned Frogs will be a Helluva lot easier than beating Texas in Austin next Friday when the Longhorns will probably need a win also to get to 6 wins on the year!
You better Damn beat TCU on Saturday Son!
Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – To really understand what a Total Disaster that Bret Bielema has been for Arkansas Football over the past FIVE seasons posting records of…
Overall: 29 – 32
SEC: 11 – 27
….one only has to look at how many games the other 13 SEC schools had won in the previous 5 years before 2013, from 2008 – 2012, to see how good the Arkansas football program was when Bielema took over:
Games Won Previous 5 Seasons by SEC Teams – 2008 – 2012
As anyone can clearly see above Arkansas was tied with Auburn for 38 wins between 2008 and 2012 before Bret Bielema arrived in Fayetteville and that includes the 4 win Total Disaster Season under John L. Smith in 2012 at Arkansas after Bobby Petrino dalliance with the blonde on the motorcycle so when Bielema arrived in town to coach the Razorbacks he was taking on a pretty good Arkansas Football Program and in the last 5 seasons Bielema has won…
29 Football Games
….with games still left at home against Mississippi State and Missouri which from where we sit could be “boat race” games with Arkansas getting “boat raced” right out of its home stadium in Bielema’s last two games as the Arkansas head coach!
Yes..Mississippi State is a MUST WIN Game for Bret Bielema and Arkansas!
Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Iowa State– Matt Rhule is sitting on a record of 1 – 9 record in his first year at Baylor and still has to play games against…
Iowa State At TCU
…which looks like a 1 – 11 record to us and one has to wonder just why in the Hell Rhule was hired if he is going to win…
ONE Football Game
….with a Baylor team that won…
47 Football Games
…in the last 5 seasons because there is still plenty of Damn talent in Waco!
Yes…Iowa State is a MUST WIN Game for Matt Rhule and Baylor!
Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. UMass – In 2017 BYU has 3 wins and those 3 wins are over…
Portland State San Jose State UNLV
…and BYU has games left against 2 teams with losing records….
UMass At Hawaii
…and if Kalani Sitake’s Cougars can’t win these last 2 games then why in the Hell is Sitake the head coach at BYU?
There is No Damn Good Answer to that question!
Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Oregon State– At the beginning of the 2017 college football season it was thought by us here at Coaches Hot Seat that Arizona State head coach Todd Graham needed at least…
8 wins in 2017
…to return to coach the Sun Devils next year and now in the middle of November it’s our opinion that if ASU finished with…
7 Wins in 2017
…that Todd Graham could hang onto his job and now at 5 – 5 Todd Graham better Damn win his last two games against…
At Oregon State Arizona
….and if Graham can’t beat Oregon State with an interim head coach then really now…
What the Hell’s the point of Todd Graham being the head coach at Arizona State?
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss – The word on the street in south Texas is that the decision on Kevin Sumlin has already been made by the Aggies making decisions in and out of College Station…meaning Sumlin is GONE….and with that in mind A&M’s Week 12 game against Ole Miss doesn’t really mean that much for the 6 – 4 Aggies but then Sumlin doesn’t want to go out losing games to…
At Ole Miss At LSU
NO….and once the season is over and Kevin Sumlin is sent packing it is going to be fascinating to see how A&M hires in this spot….Damn fascinating!
Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. UConn – The 5 – 5 Boston College Eagles and their head coach Steve Addazio REALLY need to win their last two games against…
UConn At Syracuse
….because anything less than 6 wins in 2017 and we believe Steve Addazio is DONE at BC and thus beating UConn is really a MUST WIN Game because you sure the Hell don’t want to go to Syracuse and try and win a game to hang onto your Damn job!
Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Vanderbilt –Missouri is now 5 – 5 on the year after wins over…
Idaho UConn Florida Tennessee
…which before the season looked like a 2 – 2 series of games at best but with Florida and Tennessee football programs totally imploding Barry Odom has a chance to get to 6 wins in 2017 with games left against…
At Vanderbilt At Arkansas
….and thus beating Vandy on Saturday is CRITICAL because Bret Bielema and the Hogs are going to need to win that last game of the season also and no doubt coaches across the SEC will be hoping that Bielema will find a way to hang onto his job so that Hogs will stay in the toilet at least into 2018 and beyond!
Don’t lose to Vandy Barry Odom!
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Missouri – After getting Vandy to a bowl game in 2016 head coach Derek Mason really can’t afford the 4 – 6 Commodores to not win 6+ games in 2017 and with these games left on the schedule…
Missouri At Tennessee
…if you don’t beat Mizzou on Saturday the Tennessee game doesn’t really mean that much but then we remember that we are living in…
Candy Ass America
…today where even 5 – 7 teams are going to bowl games but what about this…
Maybe Vandy winning 6 games in 2017 and EARNING right to go to a bowl game Derek Mason!
“Butch Jones was an abusive, vindictive, immoral, tyrannical dictator during his time at Tennessee. He cared only for Butch Jones and would destroy anyone in his path who challenged him. Sad that his players and staffers ever had to put up with such a small minded and hateful man.”
…and although we cannot verify the above with a first-hand account we have gotten enough opinions from people that have followed the Tennessee Football program for years that have told us similar things to believe the person behind the above tweet believes it to be true and in our opinion we believe it to be true also.
We could write a lot in this spot about what we have heard about Butch Jones from former players and coaches that played or worked with Jones in this spot, but why waste the time since what got Jones eventually fired at Tennessee is something that Butch Jones probably hasn’t….probably never will…come to grips with and in the end Jones Win/Loss record was driven by Butch’s unforced errors and mistakes off the field that collectively did tremendous damage to the Tennessee football program both on and off the field.
All we can say to Tennessee AD John Currie is that he better Damn get this new head coaching hire right because a mistake here Son and you will be out of collegiate athletics on the FBS level within three years!
It’s just our humble opinion but Tennessee should be able to hire a Head Football Coach who is a Helluva Coach and a Helluva Human Being…..Hell….the fans of Tennessee Football DESERVE that and if the Vols fall short of that mark we are going be about as disappointed as we were years ago when the Vols hired Lane Kiffin which we said was going to be a Damn Disaster and in the end launched the Damn Disaster Wagon Train to Hell the Tennessee Football program is still on right now!
1. Mike Riley, Nebraska – With Nebraska’s 54 – 21 loss to a 5 – 5 Minnesota team on Saturday we knew already that the Mike Riley three year era in Lincoln was over but for those 3 Damn Morons that didn’t know it was over…
The Mike Riley Era Is Over at Nebraska!
Mike Riley’s records at Nebraska now stand at…
Overall: 19 – 17
Big Ten: 12 – 12
…..and to say that the Riley hiring at Nebraska was one of the most inexplicable hirings in our 40+ years of watching college football here at Coaches Hot Seat would be a MASSIVE understatement which brings us to a much-discussed subject at Coaches Hot Seat:
Hiring the RIGHT Head Football Coach at “X” School
It’s self-evident to anyone with a working brain after firing Bo Pelini who averaged winning…
9.43 Wins Per Year
…coaching at Nebraska that Mike Riley is not going to be on a Potential Head Coaches List to replace Pelini if that list has 100 names on it which makes us wonder…
How could Nebraska have hired Mike Riley? How could Tennessee have hired Derek Dooley? How could Kansas have hired Charlie Weis and David Beaty? How could Alabama have hired Mike Price? How could Notre Dame have hired Charlie Weis?
We could go on for awhile here because we have a list of dozens of Inexplicable College Football Head Coaching Hires since the 1970s which brings us to what should be a Fail-Safe procedure before an AD at any school hires a new head football coach:
Talk to Football People before you make that hire and make sure those are Football People that are up on today’s game of college football because if they are they KNOW whether a coach can “really coach” or not and most importantly if he can get MORE out of players and a team than what most coaches can get because if he can then he can “really coach!” An AD doesn’t want to hire a coach that got “what was expected” out a football team and program but rather an AD should look to hire a coach that consistently has his teams performing at HIGHER levels than the talent-level he has on hand to coach. That may seem obvious, but college football coaches get hired every year that are only Average or Slightly Better Than Average relative to what they have at their disposal to coach so look for someone Good To Great at least ADs!
The best mental exercise for any AD to use when considering hiring “X” coach it to imagine in your mind’s eye what the coaches at your major rivals will say the moment they hear the name of the coach you are considering. Example:
Tennessee AD John Currie should think when hiring the next head of the Vols what will be Nick Saban’s IMMEDIATE reaction upon hearing who the next Tennessee head coach is going to be…if Saban says in your mind’s eye anything but…
“Damn! Well…that means the Tennessee game will be competitive again!”
….move on to another coach until you get the right reaction from Saban!
As for Mike Riley we will always wish Coach Riley the best and we certainly hope he can go out with a win in one of his last two games…
At Penn State Iowa
Give ‘Em Hell Mike Riley!
2. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – 5 years ago both Butch Jones and Bret Bielema were hired at Tennessee and Arkansas respectfully and with Jones now sent packing its worth looking at both of their records besides each other, but first one must understand that Bielema took over a Helluva Lot better football program than Jones took over at Tennessee which was a Total Disaster after Kiffin and Dooley with Bielema taking over an Arkansas team loaded with talent that under Bobby Petrino was one of the top teams in the SEC!
Butch Jones: 2013 – 2017
Overall: 34 – 27
SEC: 14 – 24
Bret Bielema: 2013 – 2017
Overall: 29 – 32
SEC: 11 – 27
Translation: Butch Jones was Borderline Disaster at Tennessee primarily driven by Butch’s own unforced errors and Bret Bielema has been nothing short of…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…after taking over a sold Hogs program at Arkansas and the Hogs at 4 – 6 on the season still have to play…
Mississippi State Missouri
We are going to let everyone on in a little secret about Hiring and Firing people:
99 times out of 100 the person hiring someone knows within 90 days whether they made a good hire or not.
Yes….one hears all the time that a coach needs several years to “get his kids in the program” but the reality is that Good forget about Great Coaches can immediately impact a football program and the things that a head coach does in his first 90 days often tells the tale on whether that coach will be successful or not and whether the Athletic Director that hired that coach admits it or not…He/She knows very soon after the hire whether it was the right hire or not.
We say the above because our Good Arkansas Buddy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas who has been going to Razorbacks football games for 40+ years told us a couple of months into Bielema’s tenure at Arkansas….
“It’s just not going to work with Bielema. It may take a couple of years or five years but in the end it’s just not going to work out for Bret at Arkansas.”
Our recommendation to the Good Folks at the University of Arkansas:
Send Bret Bielema packing in a few weeks and hire Memphis head coach Mike Norvell to coach the Razorbacks!
3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – An amazing number to look at when considering Kevin Sumlin’s career as the head coach at Texas A&M is that in his SIXTH year at the school that has EVERYTHING a head coach would need to win a Helluva lot of football games is that the Aggies are…
6 – 4
….with games still left against…
At Mississippi At LSU
…which of course means that A&M will officially be looking for a new head football coach in a few weeks and this is going to be a Helluva interesting hire in College Station.
A few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat have been lucky enough to have been on the Texas A&M campus a dozen-plus times both for football games and during the off-football-season and Aggieville is just a very unique place that needs a very unique coach that can fully embrace and get a Helluva lot out of A&M and then translate that “Aggie Energy” as we like to call it to the football field to win football games!
It’s often said that a head football coach is the “primary face” of a college football program and often a school and sometimes an entire state like Nick Saban is in Alabama, and to understand that when traveling across America get questions from people in sports, in business, in politics, in every line of work about Nick Saban and what he is doing at Alabama who primarily know something about the state of Alabama because of the Alabama football program and its success over the past decade. At Texas A&M the head football coach is REALLY the face of the Aggies Football Program and the Entire School for that matter and A&M AD Scott Woodward better Damn not mess up this hire because if he does his ass will be out of a job in short order!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty’s record in 3 seasons as the head coach at Kansas:
Overall: 3 – 31
Big 12: 1 – 24
That’s enough said about David Beaty at Kansas.
5. Lovie Smith, Illinois – With the Illini’s loss at home to Indiana on Saturday Illinois is now 2 – 8 overall and 0 – 7 in the Big Ten and Lovie Smith’s records in 2 seasons at Illinois now stand at:
Overall: 5 – 17
Big Ten: 2 – 14
Oh…in 2 seasons Lovie Smith + Illinois has not beaten a FBS team with a winning record.
Please…someone…anyone…why is Lovie Smith the head coach of the Illinois Football team?
6. Todd Graham, Arizona State – With Arizona State’s loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday the Sun Devils fell to 5 – 5 on the year and still have to play games against…
At Oregon State Arizona
….which to us looks like a 6 – 6 finish to the season based upon the way Arizona is playing these days and there’s not a chance in Hell or Tempe in the Summer that Todd Graham can hang onto his job with a .500 record in his SIXTH season on the job at Arizona State.
Todd Graham is a solid football coach who like Butch Jones has made some self-inflicted + unforced errors at Arizona State and if the folks at ASU are going to be make a head coaching change they must do ONE thing for sure:
Hire A Head Coach BETTER Than Todd Graham!
7. David Bailiff, Rice – David Bailiff has been at the head coach at Rice for 11 years now which is as long as Coaches Hot Seat has been around starting in the 2007 college football season and in those 11 seasons Bailiff has put up records of…
Overall: 57 – 78
CUSA: 40 – 46
….and he has THREE .500 or better seasons + bowl game trips with the last one coming in 2014 and in our opinion with the 1 – 9 Owls still having to play…
At Old Dominion North Texas
….Rice will be looking for a new head football coach in a couple of weeks and also in our opinion Rice will be able to hire a pretty good coach because Rice also-also in our opinion is a Pretty Damn Good Job with a Helluva lot of very good football players within a 3 hour drive of its campus in Houston!
Great Luck the rest of the season Coach Bailiff!
8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech got a MUST WIN over Baylor on Saturday but then this Baylor football team is 1 – 9 with only a win over Kansas so beating the Bears isn’t much at all and with that win the Red Raiders are now 5 – 5 on the season with games still left against…
TCU At Texas
Damn….it will take some serious football playing for Texas Tech to win either of their last two games and we guess if Tech did win both of them and finished at 7 – 5 overall and 4 – 5 in Big 12 play Kingsbury could hang onto his job in Lubbock but that’s a Helluva BIG IF!
9. Brad Lambert, Charlotte – What we know about the Charlotte Football program you could write on a matchbook but we do know that head coach Brad Lambert in FIVE seasons coaching a Charlotte has records on the board of…
Overall: 17 – 39
CUSA: 4 – 18
…and even at Charlotte that must put your job in serious jeopardy!
…..and at best that looks like 6 – 6 on the season in Mora’s SIXTH year on the job in Westwood.
With a $12M+ buyout and very few rich UCLA alumni that give two rips whether the Bruins win another football game or not it’s not likely that Mora will be fired after this season but that sure the Hell doesn’t mean he’s not on the Hot Seat at Coaches Hot Seat where…
We Expect Excellence In A Place Like UCLA
…even if the folks in the UCLA Athletic Department are willing to accept…
Luke Fickell, Cincinnati vs. Temple – In his first season as the head coach at Cincinnati Luke Fickell is off to a dreadful start which would have moved into Total Disaster area if the Bearcats had lost to Tulane who they beat by one point last Saturday and for Damn sure Fickell better not lose at home to Temple at home on Friday night with these games left to be played after the Owls:
At East Carolina UConn
Hell….Cincinnati SHOULD be able to win their last two games over ECU and UConn so beating Temple to give the Bearcats at least a chance to get to 6 wins in 2017 is a MUST so coach your team up Son!
Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. UNLV – BYU is already 2 – 8 on the season which will break a streak of 12 straight postseason appearances for the Cougars and now it’s a matter of BYU not embarrassing itself down the stretch in its last three games against…
At UNLV UMass At Hawaii
A normal BYU team would have a better than 90% chance of beating the last three teams on their schedule but Hell this BYU team…might just lose all three….and if BYU finishes at 2 – 10 in 2017 Kalani Sitake might very well find himself out of a job come early December because our Mormon friends in Utah are not going to put up with the BYU Football program being Totally Destroyed by ANYONE!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Georgia – Not only is Gus Malzahn…
0 – 6
…the last three seasons against Georgia and Alabama Malzahn’s record in SEC play since the 2014 season forward now stands at…
16 – 14
…and because of that the calculus on The Plains is very simple for Gus Malzahn…if Auburn loses to Georgia and Alabama this year he will be…
0 – 8
…against the Dawgs and Tide the last 4 seasons and Malzahn’s record in SEC play will be sitting on…
16 – 16
…and there’s not a chance in Hell Gus Malzahn can survive to coach Auburn again in 2018 with that kind of record in SEC play!
Beat Georgia Gus Malzahn because for Damn sure you don’t want your job status for 2018 riding on beating Nick Saban and Alabama on November 25 Son!
Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. NC State– Steve Addazio and Boston College has won 3 straight games over…
Louisville Virginia Florida State
….to raise the Eagles record to 5 – 4 on the year but to get to 6 wins for Addazio to keep his job he needs at least 1 win in BC’s last three games against…
NC State UConn At Syracuse
Hell…if Steve Addazio can’t win at least 1 of their last 3 games his ass should be fired in late November!
Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. LSU– With the Total Damn Disaster against Coastal Carolina narrowly avoided last week Bret Bielema is still sitting on a record in SEC play of…
11 – 26
….in 5 years as the head coach at Arkansas and the 4 – 5 Razorbacks still have games in 2017 against….
At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Damn….that looks like 3 more losses for Arkansas this season which means Arkansas would finish at….
4 – 8
…and we remind everyone this is Bielema’s FIFTH season on the job but then now…this is the University of Arkansas we are talking about here where…
We Are Below Damn Average and Proud Of It!
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Baylor– In FIVE seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech Kliff Kingsbury the prodigal son is sitting on records of…
Overall: 28 – 31
Big 12: 14 – 29
….and Tech still has to play this season games against:
Baylor TCU At Texas
Hell…if Tech doesn’t beat Baylor on Saturday 4 – 5 Tech has no chance to get to 6 wins in 2017 which for Texas Tech Football still…
Below Damn Average
….so Tech will be looking for a new head football coach save Kingsbury running the table the rest of the year…right?
Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Texas Tech– Luckily for Matt Rhule and Baylor there are Helluva lot of Damn Morons in Lawrence, Kansas that have no Damn idea how to hire a head football coach so the Bears did get a win over Kansas last week but if Rhule is actually coaching this Baylor football team one would think he would get at least 2 wins in 2017….right?
Baylor has left in 2017 games against…
Texas Tech Iowa State At TCU
Damn Matt Rhule…you better beat Tech on Saturday Son because there’s No Damn Way you are beating Iowa State and TCU!
Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Indiana – With the loss to Purdue in Week 10 the Illini are now 2 – 7 on the season with games still left against…
Indiana At Ohio State Northwestern
….and if Illinois doesn’t beat Indiana at home they are looking at 2 – 10 record in 2017 after Lovie Smith posted a record of 3 – 9 in his first year on the job!
Damn…please…someone…anyone…why is Lovie Smith the head coach of the Illinois football team?
Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt– Last week Mark Stoops lost a MUST WIN Game against Ole Miss at home and if Mark wants to find his ass right back on the Hot Seat as the 2017 football season heads to the close then he can…
Lose to Vanderbilt on Saturday
….and no doubt if Mark Stoops loses this game his ass will be right back on the Hot Seat with a record of 6 – 4 and games still left against…
At Georgia Louisville
Don’t lose Vandy Mark….no don’t do that Son!
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky – Derek Mason got his MUST WIN over Western Kentucky last Saturday and now the Commodores must keep things rolling by beating Kentucky in Week 11 because 4 – 5 Vandy needs 2 more wins and they still have to play games against…
Kentucky Missouri At Tennessee
Don’t lose to Kentucky Derek…no don’t do that Son!
David Beaty, Kansas vs. Texas – Last season Kansas beat Texas in Lawrence and this year the Jayhawks are 30+ point underdogs against the Horns in Austin and does anyone think Kansas can win this football game?
Not A Damn Person on Earth!
In 3 seasons as the head coach at Kansas David Beaty’s records are…
Overall: 3 – 30
Big 12: 1 – 23
….and KU still has to play this season:
At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State
Turn out the lights because the party is way Damn over in Lawrence for David Beaty!
Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Missouri– We have been hearing a Helluva lot of interesting info coming out of East Tennessee about who might be the next head coach of the Tennessee Vols with that info going like…
Jon Gruden will or has already been offered the Vols head coaching job
….and right now there are about 5 coaches on the list in the #2 slot if Gruden turns UT down and maybe takes another NFL head coaching job.
The most hilarious thing this week in SEC Football is that Tennessee Football is…
12+ point underdogs
…to a Mizzou Football Team that has a head coach in Barry Odom who in 2 seasons has a record in SEC play of…
3 – 10!
Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Tennessee– Barry Odom has won 3 straight games over 3 pretty weak teams in…
Idaho UConn Florida
…to raise Mizzou’s record to 4 – 5 on the season and this Saturday’s game against a collapsing Tennessee team is a MUST WIN for Odom because a loss in this spot would be nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…and Barry Odom’s ass will be nothing short of a Roaring Forest Fire!
Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. UCLA– We checked in with our contact in Tempe again this week and the word on Todd Graham’s future at Arizona State is that he needs…
…in 2017 to return to coach the Sun Devils next season and now at 5 – 4 with these games left to be played…
At UCLA At Oregon State Arizona
…beating UCLA on Saturday is just flat-out a MUST WIN for Todd Graham!
Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Arizona State– To really understand how bad things are for Jim Mora at UCLA in Jim’s last 25 games coaching the Bruins his record is…
9 – 16
….and fired UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel’s record in his last 25 games in Westwood was…
10 – 15
….and Rick’s ass got run right of town so Mora would be held to the same standard….right?
Well…one would hope so!
UCLA is now 4 – 5 on the season with games left against…
Arizona State At USC California
….and that sure the Hell looks like a losing season to us especially if the Bruins lose to the Sun Devils in the Rose Bowl on Saturday!
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Thank You Mr. Cash!
1. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – It’s hard to know exactly where things went wrong for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M but then if Johnny Manziel had been kicked of the Aggies football team for the Horseshit that Johnny was up to a few years back and it seems like is still up to today would Sumlin have ever posted that…
11 – 2
…record in 2012 and beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa?
No…not a chance in Hell and when you take out that first season of Sumlin’s at Texas A&M which included an overall record of 11 – 2 and a SEC record of 6 – 2 one finds what one would expect to find for a place like Aggies Football over the past FIVE seasons:
Kevin Sumlin: 2013 – 2017
Overall: 38 – 23 (.623)
SEC: 18 – 20 (.474)
We remind everyone that the above records over the past FIVE seasons were posted at TEXAS A&M where any Damn Moron can win 7+ games a year and you have EVERYTHING you could possibly want to win a Helluva lot of football games so in reality the story of Kevin Sumlin in College Station in the end will be…
Johnny Manziel for a couple of seasons…and not the Hell much else!
One thing we noticed this year watching Texas A&M football games were the announcers almost bragging about how Kevin Sumlin was, “playing a lot freshman” as if for some reason the Aggies in Sumlin’s FIFTH year on the job don’t have….
Any Damn Upperclassman To Play
…which may in fact be the story of what has been going on at A&M and as we look down the Aggies Football roster today in early November 2017 we cannot help but think…
Where in the Hell did all those great players that Kevin Sumlin recruited to Texas A&M go?
On top of all of the above with the loss to Auburn on Saturday Kevin Sumlin’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools at Kyle Field now stands at…
9 – 14
….and guess who those 9 wins are over?
Missouri Vanderbilt Mississippi State x 2 Arizona State South Carolina x 2 UCLA Tennessee
Anyone willing to hazard a guess how many of the above teams had winning records in the years that A&M beat them at Kyle Field?
It seems obvious now that Kevin Sumlin will be fired before December arrives with the 5 – 4 Aggies having games left against…
New Mexico At Ole Miss At LSU
…and it will be Damn Fascinating to see who they hire to replace Sumlin because the folks at Texas A&M like the folks at Florida haven’t exactly been hitting it out of the park in hiring head football coaches in recent years!
If we were the AD at Texas A&M we would offer Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente…
$7M a year for 6 years
…and see if he could be lured to College Station to take on the challenge of coaching + winning in the SEC.
2. Butch Jones, Tennessee – After four straight losses Tennessee finally got a win on Saturday against a Southern Miss team that just lost to UAB which raises the Vols record to 4 – 5 on the season with games left against…
Davis claimed he suffered “constant intimidation, bullying, and mental abuse” from Butch Jones and that he resigned from UT because of the “hostile work environment.”
As we try to imagine Butch Jones bullying Antone Davis when anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat would have kicked Jones Precious Damn Ass if he had tried that with us in the process teaching Butch a few things we learned in the US Navy we cannot help but wonder just what in the Hell is going on…and has been going on…for the last five years in Knoxville?
Football is a tough sport…it’s a rough sport…it’s not a sport for the weak-hearted, but there’s no excuse for Butch Jones bullying ANYONE and if the above is true just for that Bullshit if it actually happened Jones ass should have already been fired and no doubt in our minds eventually Jones will be fired and it will be very Damn interesting to see if any other schools hire Jones which we have to think his agent Jimmy Sexton has been working the phones on for a few weeks now.
It’s just our humble opinion after watching Butch Jones over the past few years at Tennessee and talking to the good folks in East Tennessee who have seen the Jones era first-hand…
We wouldn’t hire Butch Jones to wash our cars
…even though we acknowledge that Jones is a decent…not good…not great…but decent football coach who is a solid recruiter but is also very average at getting a lot out of the recruits he gets to the school he is coaching.
We haven’t a Damn Clue what’s next for Butch Jones or Tennessee Football but it’s going to be a Damn interesting hire to coach the Vols next and UT AD John Currie better Damn get this hire right because there will be no second chance if he messes this up and it will be a Total Disaster if we are right back in this same spot in a couple of years with the Vols coach’s ass back on the Hot Seat!
3. Mike Riley, Nebraska – Mike Riley is a nice man…Blah..Blah..Blah..but Mike Riley is also an Average Football Coach who has an overall college record of..
112 – 96 (.538)
….at Oregon State and Nebraska and still to this very moment we cannot for the life of us why there was ANYONE on Earth that believed Mike Riley was the right coach to replace Bo Pelini in Lincoln!
Hell…if the AD of Nebraska had come to us as President of the school and said he was going to hire Mike Riley as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers we would have told him…
“Not only are you not hiring Mike Riley to be the next head coach at Nebraska but your ass is now fired because you are clearly a Damn Moron Son!”
Now…if Mike Riley called Coaches Hot Seat tonight and told us he really needed “X” done that did not involve taking his ass off the Hot Seat…
We would do it as fast as humanly possible
….because Riley is the kind of guy if you were really in trouble a person you would go to because Mike is going to the best of his ability help you and get your ass on the down the road into a better place. In the end being a good human being is a Helluva lot more important than being a winning football coach but then Nebraska has had some Helluva Great Human Beings…
Bob Devaney Tom Osborne
…who won a Helluva lot of football games and we have no doubt if the folks in Lincoln put their minds to it they will find another Great Football Coach + Helluva Human Being to lead their football team again soon.
Our opinion on what is going to happen at Nebraska after Mike Riley is…
Scott Frost will or already has gotten around a $6M a year + 5 years offer from Nebraska which if Frost turns down will lead the folks in Lincoln to offering their head coaching job to current Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl who played and coached for Tom Osborne at Nebraska and is a Helluva Football Coach winning THREE straight FCS National Titles at North Dakota State.
If we had to guess today it would be that Scott Frost takes the Florida head coaching job and Craig Bohl is hired at Nebraska and both schools will have made a Helluva upgrade on the football coaching front!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – With the Kansas home loss to Baylor on Saturday David Beaty’s records in THREE season as the head coach at KU now stand at…
Overall: 3 – 30
Big 12: 1 – 23
…and the 1 – 8 Jayhawks still have to play…
At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State
Got 1 – 11 KU?
Is Kansas Football any better today than it was when David Beaty took over in 2015?
No…in fact..it could be argued that KU Football is worse today because in Two-And-A-Half seasons coaching Kansas Chubby Charlie Weis won…
6 Football Games
…and more than likely David Beaty is going to win…
3 Football Games
…in 3 FULL years on the job!
Here’s a Pro Tip for the folks at the University of Kansas:
Hire A QUALIFIED HEAD FOOTBALL COACH this time folks!
Geez…we actually had to write the above line out! What a time to be alive!
5. Bret Bielema, Arkansas –
Really Bret Bielema?
39 – 38 win over Coastal Carolina Son?
Here’s who Coastal Carolina had lost to in 2017 before playing Arkansas:
Texas State Appalachian State Arkansas State Georgia State La. Monroe Western Illinois UAB
Arkansas State beat Coastal Carolina by the score of…
51 – 17
…on October 14 of THIS YEAR and it took a Damn Miracle for Bielema’s Hogs to beat the Chanticleers…what the Hell is a Chanticleer anyway….and this is Bielema’s FIFTH year on the job at Arkansas in the NINTH Damn game of the 2017 season!
Call the Hogs alright…Call the Damn Hogs to Haul Bret Bielema’s ass out of Arkansas and back north of the Mason-Dixon line…and take AD Jeff Long with him…because a few more weeks of this Horseshit and the Arkansas Football program is going to cease to exist!
Let’s check Bret Bielema’s records now after that BIG win over the Chanticleers!
Overall: 29 – 31
SEC: 11 – 26
Oh…4 – 5 Arkansas still has to play this season games against…
At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Please…someone in Arkansas…for the Love of God and the Pillsbury Dough Boy…put a fork in Bielema…he’s done folks!
Ditto for AD Jeff Long = Fork!
6. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – With the overtime loss to a mediocre Kansas State team on their home field Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech are 4 – 5 on the season and it seems the folks in Lubbock have had their fill of the Kingsbury-era:
Who can blame the fans of Texas Tech Football when Kingsbury is sitting on records of…
Overall: 28 – 31
Big 12: 14 – 29
…which is Below Damn Average for what we would expect of ANY head football coach at Tech and thus it seems with these games left to be played…
Baylor TCU At Texas
…the Kingsbury era is effectively over already and for God’s and the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s sake….someone in West Texas….put a fork in Kliff…he’s done!
Word is that Kliff Kingsbury has a $6 million dollar buyout for no Damn logical reason which just makes perfect Damn sense in this…
Age of the Damn Idiots in AD Positions Everywhere One Looks!
7. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Last week we asked everyone at Coaches Hot Seat the following question:
“If you were the AD at Illinois a couple of years ago and you were asked to draw up a list of 100 coaches to be the next head football coach of the Illini would Lovie Smith have been on the list?”
NO ONE here at Coaches Hot Seat said that Lovie Smith would have been on their list of 100 coaches to be the next head football coach of the Illini a couple of years ago and yet…
Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Illini Football team
..and Smith after the loss to Purdue on Saturday is sitting on records of…
Overall: 5 – 16
Big Ten: 2 – 13
…and the 2 – 7 Illini still have to play this season games against:
Indiana At Ohio State Northwestern
Please…someone….anyone…why is Lovie Smith the head coach at Illinois?
8. Jim Mora, UCLA – Evidently when you are on a four game losing streak one of the best things that can happen to you is see the UCLA Bruins on the schedule next and luckily for the 4 losses in a row Utah Utes they did get to play UCLA on Friday night and the score of that game was…
Utah – 48 UCLA – 17
With that loss to Utah Jim Mora’s Bruins are now 4 – 5 on the season with still games to be played against…
Arizona State At USC California
….and from where we sit that looks like a another losing record for the Bruins in 2017 and for Jim Mora that would be TWO straight losing seasons in Westwood and in Mora’s last 25 games the Bruins are now…
9 – 16
…which is a winning percentage of…
….but then this is UCLA we are talking about here so..
We Are Average As Hell and Proud Of It!
What went wrong for Jim Mora at UCLA?
There’s a lot we could write in this spot to answer that question but in our humble opinion the Bruins have had plenty of talent to compete and even win the Pac-12 the last SIX seasons under Mora but in the end having to work and play for a…
Pompous Arrogant Ass
…like Jim Mora was just too much for the UCLA Football program to overcome. Some schools are so strong and some football coaches are so good they can overcome being a…
Pompous Arrogant Ass
…and win a Helluva lot of football games but that’s not going to happen at UCLA and certainly not UCLA under Jim Mora who had made a lot of unforced errors on and off the football field in the last SIX years that will ultimately lead to his firing in Westwood either this year or next.
9. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – The best news for Larry Fedora and North Carolina this past week was that they had a bye so they couldn’t…
Get Their Asses Whipped on the Field
…which no doubt will happen a couple more times this season with the 1 – 8 Tar Heels still having to play games against…
At Pitt Western Carolina At NC State
Considering the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Athletics just got away with….
Decades of Massive Academic Fraud
….let all good folks hope and pray that…
North Carolina Football is Totally Destroyed in the Coming Years
….to make up for the NCAA’s lack of punishment for what is in our opinion…
The Most Corrupt Collegiate Athletic Department in the History of Collegiate Athletics in America!
10. Kalani Sitake, BYU – With the loss to Fresno State on Saturday night BYU’s record on the season now stands at 2 – 8 and head coach Kalani Sitake’s record in TWO seasons on the job is…
Overall: 11 – 12
….which at a place like BYU is nothing short of a…
Total Damn Disaster
…and the Cougars still have to play games against…
At UNLV UMass At Hawaii
…which are all 3 very losable football games!
Maybe Kalani Sitake can get things turned around at BYU after this disastrous to date 2017 season…and maybe he cannot…but either way one has to wonder how long BYU will stick with Sitake who had no head coaching experience when he took over the BYU job which has seen the Cougars take a major step backwards in Year 2 which is always a very troubling thing for head coaches since few head coaches last long-term when they go backwards in Year 2 from Year 1 and in Year 1 BYU posted a record of…
16 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in 2017 Who’s Coaches + Teams Need To Take It To the Limit in Week 10!
Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Utah – It’s bad enough that Jim Mora is 9 – 15 in his last 24 games coaching the UCLA Bruins but now Jim is fighting ESPN commentator and former Washington Husky QB Brock Huard who made some accurate comments about Pretty Boy Bruin QB Josh Rosen and here comes a game at Utah…which is having a Helluva lot of problems itself….for the 4 – 4 Bruins who may not get to a .500+ season and a bowl game for the second straight year.
How many games will UCLA win out of its last 4 games?
At Utah Arizona State At USC California
Our guess 2 games which means the Bruins might just get their coveted 6 wins in 2017 and when you get 6 wins at UCLA which is…
Average As Hell
…at most places BUT you are Golden in Westwood because after this is…
UCLA we are talking about here = Average As Hell and Proud of It!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Texas A&M – This is very simple for Gus Malzahn on Saturday against Texas A&M:
Gus Malzahn and his Auburn Tigers cannot lose this game because with these games left to be played…
At Texas A&M Georgia La. Monroe Alabama
….a loss in this spot with the Dawgs and Bama still on the docket and that looks a Helluva lot like…
7 – 5
….to us for Auburn in 2017 and we have been told by someone on The Plains we trust that…
“Anything less than 9 wins and Gus Malzahn is DONE at Auburn and one of those 9 wins better Damn be over Georgia or Alabama!”
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Auburn – Not only can Gus Malzahn not afford to lose the games to the Aggies on the Saturday Kevin Sumlin and his A&M team just flat-out…
CANNOT Lose to Auburn!
We have had the feeling for awhile now the that money folks in and around Texas A&M Athletics have had their eye on one particular coach to replace Kevin Sumlin if Sumlin didn’t…
…in 2017 and from where we sit “Meet Expectations” is…
…and the Aggies now at 5 – 3 on the year still have 4 games against…
Auburn New Mexico At Ole Miss At LSU
…and since A&M would have to win out the rest of their games to get to 9 wins it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to understand that a loss to Auburn on Saturday and the Kevin Sumlin era in College Station will end shortly after the Aggies play LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 25.
Don’t Lose to Auburn Son!
Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Florida – Mizzou head coach Barry Odom has had some luck go his way the last couple of weeks with that luck primarily being that the Tigers got to play doormats…
Idaho and UConn
…in the middle of the 2017 college football season which raised Mizzou’s record to…
3 – 5
…on the year and Odom got some more luck this past week when now former Florida head coach Jim McElwain went running like a Damn Coward from the Gators head coaching job…in our opinion Jimmy…which leaves Florida with Randy Shannon as the interim-head coach which may end up being bad luck for Odom and the Tigers since Shannon might actually have the Florida football team ready to play on Saturday!
With these games left on the schedule for Mizzou…
Florida Tennessee At Vanderbilt At Arkansas
…we have been told by a bird that if Odom win less than 2 of the remaining 4 games there’s a better than 50 – 50 chance his ass gets run out of Columbia in late November.
No…don’t lose to the Florida Gators on Saturday Barry Odom…Son!
Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Purdue – With the Illini’s loss to Wisconsin last week that drops Lovie Smith’s record at Illinois now to…
Overall: 5 – 15
Big Ten: 2 – 12
…and the Illini are 2 – 6 on the 2017 with these games left to be played:
At Purdue Indiana Ohio State Northwestern
Hell….if Illinois doesn’t beat Purdue on Saturday the Illini will not win another game in 2017 and finish at 2 – 10 and the Lovie Smith era at Illinois will then be nothing short of a…
Complete and Total Disaster!
Don’t lose to Purdue Lovie!
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Western Kentucky – It seems like it was only yesterday that Vanderbilt was 3 – 0 and playing Alabama in Nashville on CBS Sports but after the Tide whipped the Commodores by the score of…
59 – 0
….Vandy has now lost 5 straight football games to be 3 – 5 on the year with a CRITICAL game on Saturday against Western Kentucky that Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason can just flat-out..
Kentucky Missouri At Tennessee
…to finish the year for Vandy after Western Kentucky as loss in this spot and there’s little chance that the Commodores will be returning to a bowl game this season and for Damn sure if that doesn’t happen Derek Mason’s ass…
Will Be on a Roaring Hot Seat!
David Beaty, Kansas vs. Baylor– Just look at these Win/Loss numbers for Kansas head coach David Beaty in 3 seasons at Kansas:
Overall: 3 – 29
Big 12: 1 – 22
Kansas Football is now 1 – 7 on the 2017 season and have left to play in 2017…
Baylor At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State
…and if the Jayhawks lose to a winless Baylor team on Saturday at home they will finish this year at….
1 – 11
….and No One In Kansas or Across College Football Will Give A Damn!
What a Damn Shame….but then when you hire coaches that are clearly NOT qualified to be the head coach of a school in the Big 12 what else would one expect to happen?
What a Crying and Disgraceful Damn Shame Kansas Football is today!
Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Kansas – Maybe the Baptists that run Baylor University will let the football program run wild for years will allow the current head coach Matt Rhule to win very few games and also get his ass kissed…like they kissed Art Briles Precious Ass for years….but we here at Coaches Hot Seat will sure the Hell not do that since we were raised by Americans and when your ass is…
0 – 8
…on the season your ass is on the Hot Seat!
Baylor is now 0 – 8 in the first year under Matt Rhule and the Bears got their asses whipped last week by Texas by the score of 38 – 7 and we are getting a whiff of…
A Team Totally Quitting
…and if Baylor loses to a Totally Damn Hapless Kansas team on Saturday it will be confirmed…
The Bears Have QUIT on their head coach Matt Rhule!
Let’s all see if the Bears Totally QUIT on Saturday as we expect them to do and lose to Kansas!
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Kansas State – We never thought Kliff Kingsbury would win big as the head coach at Texas Tech but we did think he would have .500+ records by his SIXTH year on the job but right now Kingsbury is sitting on Win/Loss records of…
Overall: 28 – 30
Big 12: 14 – 28
….which we would label as…
Below Damn Average
….and we don’t know many head coaches at Power 5 Conference Schools that can survive for long being…
Below Damn Average!
Texas Tech at 4 – 4 on the season has left to play in 2017….
Kansas State Baylor TCU At Texas
…and anything less than 2 more wins in the last 4 games and the Kingsbury era at Texas Tech will come to an end before December 1 arrives on the calendar and even if Kingsbury goes 6 – 6 in 2017 that will still be…
Below Damn Average
…for Texas Tech Football!
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State vs. Syracuse– A few years ago someone that has known Jimbo Fisher for a couple of decades now told us about Jimbo….
“Forget LSU…if Jimbo Fisher ever leaves Florida State it will be for Auburn.”
The above makes sense considering Jimbo coached at Auburn under Terry Bowden but would Auburn want Jimbo Fisher now who has a football team in a Total and Complete Meltdown in 2017 with a 2 – 5 record with still a few tough games left on the board against…
Syracuse At Clemson Delaware State At Florida
Hell…if FSU loses to Syracuse on Saturday they will more than likely end up with only 3 wins on the board in 2017 and this is a team that coming into this season had won under Fisher…
61 of their last 70 games!
What’s gone wrong for FSU in 2017 besides losing their starting QB against Alabama in the opening game of the season?
Try some Very Average Football after the Alabama game thru the Duke game and then some Disgraceful Football the last two weeks against Louisville and Boston College which could turn into a…
FSU Team Totally Quitting on the year if they lose to Syracuse on Saturday!
Don’t let your 2017 Florida State football team QUIT Jimbo…not if you are planning on winning a Damn thing in 2018 Son!
Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss – Mark Stoops has been cruising along winning a lot of close games at Kentucky in 2017 and the Cats are 6 – 2 on the year but they still have games against…
Ole Miss At Vanderbilt At Georgia Louisville
…and a loss to Ole Miss on Saturday with 3 more losable games still left on the schedule and Stoops might just wake-up on Monday morning with his ass back on the Hot Seat so Mark Stoops…
Don’t Lose to Ole Miss Son!
Luke Fickell, Cincinnati vs. Tulane – Cincinnati is paying head coach Luke Fickell a Helluva lot of money….
$1.9 Million Dollars A Year
…with a current buyout of…
$9.1 Million Dollars
…which is AMAZING when one considers that Fickell did very little as interim head coach at Ohio State in 2011 and now Fickell is 2 – 6 in his first season with the Bearcats and they still have to play in 2017….
At Tulane Temple At East Carolina UConn
….and if Cincinnati did lose in New Orleans to Tulane on Saturday Fickell is going to find his ass on a…
Roaring Hot Seat
…of EPIC proportions come Monday morning!
Don’t lose to Tulane Son!
Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Coastal Carolina– We cannot imagine Arkansas losing to a Below Average Coastal Carolina football team that is without its head coach Joe Moglia in 2017 so all we have to say about this is…
Don’t Lose To Coastal Carolina Bielema
…especially with these games left to end the season after CC for the 3 – 5 Hogs:
At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Will Arkansas even get to 6 wins in his FIFTH year on the job when Any Random Stumble Bum could easily win 6+ games in his FIFTH year coaching the Hogs?
Who knows and there’s the problem with Arkansas Football today and it’s our opinion that there are people working for the University of Arkansas right now that…
Burn Down the Entire State of Arkansas just to avoid having to admit they are WRONG!
Yes…there are Pompous Arrogant Asses and then there are folks like Arkansas AD Jeff Long who in our opinion believes that he spun up the Universe and everyone should get down on their knees and kiss his…
NEVER worked a day in his life in the Real World Precious Ass!
Most…no make that EVERY…company in America if you have hired…
Bobby Petrino – Damn Disaster John L. Smith – Damn Disaster Bret Bielema – Damn Disaster
…you are ass would have been fired long ago but then Jeff Long works for the University of Arkansas where…
We Are A Total Damn Disaster and Proud Of It!
Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Southern Miss – The Tennessee Vols are…
3 – 5 Overall
0 – 5 in SEC
…in 2017 and we are not quite sure why Butch Jones is still employed in Knoxville considering his records now stand at…
Overall: 33 – 26
SEC: 14 – 23
….which is certainly You Ass Should Be Fired Worth at a place like Tennessee and we are guessing that Jones and Vols AD John Currie are just playing out some kind of crazy string that no one with a working brain can possibly understand over these last four games…
Southern Miss At Missouri LSU Vanderbilt
Memo to Tennessee AD John Currie: Don’t mess up this head coaching hire Son or your athletic director career will be over before you turn 50 Son!
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan vs. Minnesota– Jim Harbaugh is now coaching in a Knife’s Edge at Michigan where one bad loss could send Jimmy and Blue spiraling out-of-control and a loss to a Very Average Minnesota team at home is the kind of bad loss that could blow the whole Damn thing up in Ann Arbor!
Now at 6 – 2 on the year and still having to play these games…
Minnesota At Maryland At Wisconsin Ohio State
…that looks like a record of 8 – 4 for Jim in his THIRD year on the job which is…
Average As Hell
….at Michigan Jimmy!
Don’t lose to Minnesota Son!
Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Colorado – Since the end of the 2014 season Todd Graham is now sitting on a combined record over the past THREE seasons of…
15 – 18
…and the now 4 – 4 Sun Devils better Damn find at least 3 more wins for their head coach or Todd Graham is going to be out of a job come December.
With these games left to be played…
Colorado At UCLA At Oregon State Arizona
….and having to win 3 of their last 4 games do you think beating Colorado is a MUST?
You bet your ass it is!
Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. Fresno State – BYU got their MUST WIN over Hapless San Jose State last week and now the 2 – 7 Cougars have games left against…
At Fresno State At UNLV UMass At Hawaii
….and if head coach Kalani Sitake has any plans on getting to a .500+ record in 2018 or even being the head coach at BYU in 2018 he better Damn have his team playing hard down the stretch in their last 4 games against teams that even an AVERAGE BYU Football team would have a decent chance of sweeping….the 2017 BYU team…might Damn lose all 4 games left on the docket!