“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”
“I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.”
“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.”
“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
“Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business.”
“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.”
“The chief business of the American people is business.”
“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.”
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”
“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.”
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”
“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.”
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
“I don’t know whether Napoleon did or did not try to get across there and I don’t care. I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.”
“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”
“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”
“The average man won’t really do a day’s work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it. There is plenty of work to do if people would do it.”
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”
“All 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.”
“A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.”
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”
“A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.”
“One and God make a majority.”
“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”
“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”
“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”
“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”
“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”
“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”
“Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.”
“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.”
“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
“Whatever the future may have in store for us, one thing is certain — this new revolution in human thought will never go backward. When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world. Such a truth is woman’s right to equal liberty with man. She was born with it. It was hers before she comprehended it. It is inscribed upon all the powers and faculties of her soul, and no custom, law, or usage can ever destroy it. Now that it has got fairly fixed in the minds of the few, it is bound to become fixed in the minds of the many, and be supported at last by a great cloud of witnesses, which no man can number and no power can withstand.”
“Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a great man — too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular color.”
“I look upon my departure from Colonel Lloyd’s plantation as one of the most interesting events of my life. It is possible, and even quite probable, that but for the mere circumstance of being removed from that plantation to Baltimore, I should have to-day, instead of being here seated by my own table, in the enjoyment of freedom and the happiness of home, writing this Narrative, been confined in the galling chains of slavery. Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity. I have ever regarded it as the first plain manifestation of that kind providence which has ever since attended me, and marked my life with so many favors. I regarded the selection of myself as being somewhat remarkable. There were a number of slave children that might have been sent from the plantation to Baltimore. There were those younger, those older, and those of the same age. I was chosen from among them all, and was the first, last, and only choice.”
“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.”
“An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.”
“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”
“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”
“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”
“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”
“I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.”
“In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”
“It’s a disagreeable thing to be whipped.”
“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”
“I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”
“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”
“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”
“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”
“I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”
“There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.”
“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”
“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”
“If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.”
“A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”
“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”
“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”
“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
“Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”
“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”
“Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”
“I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”
“I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.”
“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”
“I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”
“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”
“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”
“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”
“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.”
“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”
‘We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”
“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”
“Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.”
“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.”
“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” Nobel Prize Speech, December 1950
“Mr. Khrushchev says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man’s dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” Speech in New York, October 1959
“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. Its various allegories are the charts against which he measures himself and learns to know what he is. It cannot teach a man to be good as the textbook teaches him mathematics. It shows him how to discover himself, evolve for himself a moral codes and standard within his capacities and aspirations, by giving him a matchless example of suffering and sacrifice and the promise of hope.” Paris Review Interview, 1958
The two great men in my time were Mann and Joyce. You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with “faith.”
“Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
“Deep experience is never peaceful.”
“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”
“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”
“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
“Live all you can — it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?… What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that…The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have…. Live!”
“To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one’s own.”
“We work n the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”
“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”
“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.”
“To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived — to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that — this doubtless is the right way to live.”
“I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.”
“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”
“Ideas are, in truth, force.”
“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”
“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”
“Those who stay will be champions”
“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”
“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”
“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”
“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.
Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.
That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.
There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.
Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.
He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.
He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.
Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.
If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.
Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.
Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.
Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!
Recruit for character.
Develop leaders underneath you.
Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.
Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.
Emphasize execution, not innovation.
There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.
There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.
And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.
Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.
This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”
“I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have.”
“Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.”
“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”
“The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.”
“I’m not coming here looking for security. I came here for the opportunity.” Upon accepting Ohio State head coaching job
“Paralyze resistance with persistence.”
“I don’t live in the past. I’m a student of the past, and I try to learn from the past, although some people will say, ‘You haven’t done a very good job of it.’ But for me to live in the past? Hell, no.'”
“A man is always better than he thinks.”
“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”
“The time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”
“Success – it ‘s what you do with what you’ve got.”
“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players heads and motivate them.”
“I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.”
“I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him.”
“Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can’t do mine.” – to an OSU professor
“I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose.”
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
“Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?”
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
“When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.”
“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.”
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
“It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.”
“The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it’s really a manifestation of his character.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.”
“One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”
“The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call “following your bliss.”
“The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. …Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms… the two are the terms of a single mythological theme… the down-going and the up-coming (kathados and anodos), which together constitute the totality of the revelation that is life, and which the individual must know and love if he is to be purged (katharsis=purgatorio) of the contagion of sin (disobedience to the divine will) and death (identification with the mortal form). “All things are changing; nothing dies…”
“Eternity isn’t some later time. Eternity isn’t a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. There’s a wonderful formula that the Buddhists have for the Bodhisattva, the one whose being (sattva) is illumination (bodhi), who realizes his identity with eternity and at the same time his participation in time. And the attitude is not to withdraw from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but to realize that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder and to come back and participate in it. “All life is sorrowful” is the first Buddhist saying, and it is. It wouldn’t be life if there were not temporality involved which is sorrow. Loss, loss, loss.”
“Follow your bliss.”
“Bill Moyers: Unlike heroes such as Prometheus or Jesus, we’re not going on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. Joseph Campbell: But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”
“Marx teaches us to blame society for our frailties, Freud teaches us to blame our parents, and astrology teaches us to blame the universe. The only place to look for blame is within: you didn’t have the guts to bring up your full moon and live the life that was your potential.”
With the 2018-19 college football season done and Coaches Hot Seat now entering its 13 th season of covering the great game of college football it’s time to look backward at how the Hot Seat coaches got on the Hot Seat and what is facing those Hot Seat coaches as we head towards the 2019-20 season.
We will have something to say soon about the new head coaching hires in college football which is the most fascinating and risky group of coaching hires any of us can recall from watching college football closely since the mid-1970s which if at turns out to be TRUE it means there will be a lot more turnover in coaching jobs coming in the near future….a Helluva Lot more….so buckle yourself in! Let’s bring out the Late Great Johnny Cash now to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!
…with what was plenty of talent and a decent coaching staff but that things began to unravel the moment things got a little tough and in 2018 the USC Trojans posted a records of…
Overall: 5 – 7
Pac 12: 4 – 5
…and certainly Helton is coaching for his job in 2019 and Helton knows it!
The thing is Clay Helton’s fate will determined early in 2019 because USC is facing one of the toughest schedules in college football this coming season that looks like this:
Fresno State Stanford At BYU Utah At Washington At Notre Dame Arizona At Colorado Oregon At Arizona State At California UCLA
Geez….looking at the above schedule a few weeks back we asked an USC-alum buddy of ours who was part of a group of people that tried to get Helton fired after last season what Helton will have to do in 2019 to keep his job and he says to us:
“Anything less than 10 wins Clay Helton is done and I know no one that thinks Lynn Swann has a clue how to do a coaching search or hire the very best coach that USC football can get if Helton is fired.”
Therein lies the real disaster at USC….if Clay Helton doesn’t hit that 10 win mark in 2019 then there’s a decent chance the Trojans will end up with another coach that wasn’t the…
Very Best Coach USC Could Hire
…as was the case in Every Single Coach hired after Pete Carroll left to take the Seahawks job after the 2009 season…
Lane Kiffin Steve Sarkisian Clay Helton
It’s 10 Wins or bust for Clay Helton in 2019 and maybe Bust for the next hire at USC as well!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – We are not quite sure why Chris Ash is still the head coach at Rutgers after three years on the job with a worse Rutgers football team today than one he took over before the 2016 season and posting these records in those three seasons…
Overall: 7 – 29
Big Ten: 3 – 24
…but come now these aren’t exactly the Sharpest Sticks in the Bin running the Rutgers Athletic Department and let’s play a little game here on how many games that YOU think Rutgers will win in 2019 under Chris Ash!
UMass At Iowa Boston College At Michigan Maryland At Indiana Minnesota Liberty At Illinois Ohio State Michigan State At Penn State
With Hugh Freeze at Liberty do you think Rutgers is going to beat Liberty in 2019?
Didn’t think so and we will go with a record of…
1 – 11
…for Rutgers in 2019 with a lone win over UMass!
You gotta fire a head coach that goes back-to-back 1 – 11 seasons in his third and fourth years on the job….right?
Not necessarily…..this is Rutgers we are talking about here!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – We are not quite sure what UConn Athletics is hoping to achieve by allowing Randy Edsall to continue to coach the UConn football team…
The Total Destruction of UConn Athletics maybe?
Whatever the reason in his last two seasons on the job at UConn after he ran off to Maryland and then came running back Edsall has posted records of…
Overall: 4 – 20
AAC: 2 – 14
….and does anyone really think the trend of UConn Football in 2019 of Down, Down, Down The Huskies Boat Goes is going to change this coming season?
Didn’t think so and let’s look at UConn’s 2019 schedule….just for laughs…as Edsall enters his third season back coaching the Huskies:
Wagner Illinois At Indiana At UCF USF At Tulane Houston At UMass Navy At Cincinnati East Carolina At Temple
We are guessing UConn beats Wagner….we would hope so…..but will UConn win another game in 2019 to beat the 1 – 11 record this past season?
Maybe….but that looks like 2 – 10 or 3 – 9 to us for UConn in 2019 and unless the folks at UConn are totally nuts we expect the UConn job to come open sometime around December 1, 2019.
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – The reality is Lovie Smith took over a .500 football program at Illinois three seasons ago and he posted records of…
Overall: 9 – 27
Big Ten: 4 – 23
…and those records at a place like Illinois doesn’t get you fired…wait for it….it gets you a contract extension!
Illinois has played 22 FBS teams under Lovie Smith with .500+ records and the Illini’s records in those games is…
1 – 21!
Oh…and only 1 of Lovie Smith’s 9 wins at Illinois is against a FBS team with a .500 or better record and even more AMAZING the Illini have lost…
6 games to teams with sub-.500 records!
Let’s look at the Illini’s 2019 schedule to see where this rolling disaster is going….
Akron At UConn Eastern Michigan Nebraska At Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin At Purdue Rutgers At Michigan State At Iowa Northwestern
Illinois couldn’t have an easier out-of-conference slate so no way they should lose any of those games…if they do lose to any of Akron, UConn, or Eastern Michigan this rolling disaster will be off the bridge and into the river but how many of the 9 Big Ten games can the Illini win?
Maybe the Rutgers game on November 2?
4 – 8 best and 2 – 10 at worst is what we see for the Illini in 2019 with either surely getting Lovie another contract extension!
It’s Illinois and thus We Love, Love, Love Below Damn Average!
5. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are all about to find out if Willie Taggart can coach the game of football or not because Willie has got himself in a Helluva Mess that is partly due to the mess that Jimbo Fisher left behind in Tallahassee AND how Willie has made that mess worse by making some poor assistant coaching hires and practice approaches that left the Seminoles leaderless and adrift in 2018…something that will be corrected in 2019 or Willie Taggart’s coaching career will be over before Christmas!
Two seasons when Taggart’s teams won 8+ games out of 9 seasons
….and certainly Taggart knows anything less than 9 wins at Florida State will land your ass right on the Hot Seat!
It’s our opinion that Taggart is going to need 8 wins at least in 2019 to be back to coach Florida State in 2020 and with that in mind let’s go to the FSU 2019 schedule:
Boise State – Jacksonville La. Monroe At Virginia Louisville NC State At Clemson At Wake Forest Syracuse Miami At Boston College Alabama State At Florida
What are those 8 wins exactly….
Boise State – Maybe La. Monroe – Sure the Hell hope so! At Virginia – Not Likely Louisville – Probably NC State – Maybe At Clemson – Nope At Wake Forest – Maybe Syracuse – Maybe Miami – Maybe At Boston College – Maybe Alabama State – Yes At Florida – Nope
That adds up to….
6 Maybes 2 Nopes 1 Probably 1 Yes 1 Not Likely 1 Sure the Hell hope so
We see no reason with all the talent at Florida State right now that the Seminoles don’t win at least 8 games in 2019 and if not…the word we are getting is that Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell will be the #1 choice to replace Taggart if he is replaced.
6. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – The Steamrolling Disaster that is now Virginia Tech Football Program under Justin Fuente kept on a rolling in January with several key players transferring out and then the Hokies finishing with the…wait for it…
A few of us spent a few hours in Blacksburg, Virginia last Summer on our See America RV Trip driving from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Appomattox, Virginia for a visit to the Appomattox Courthouse where Lee surrendered to Grant and then on to Charlottesville to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and those few hours in Blacksburg with a good friend of ours and Virginia Tech alum were interesting indeed and felt a lot like…
A lunch we had with an Ole Miss alum a couple of years ago in the offseason in Oxford before Hugh Freeze resigned at Mississippi
…and the reason we say that is because in Oxford, Mississippi our friend told us in Spring 2017…
“You need to put Freeze in the #1 Hot Seat because he is done at Ole Miss.”
….and our buddy in Blacksburg told us flat-out after talking about all the problems going on inside the Virginia Tech football program:
“Fuente is not going to make it here. He just doesn’t have it in him to deal with the problems that are now overtaking the entire program.”
Boy was he right as 2018 was nothing short of a Complete Disaster for the Hokies who finished at 6 – 7 and who could have easily lost two more games and not even gone to a bowl game!
Let’s look at the Hokies 2018 schedule to see where this is going:
At Boston College Old Dominion Furman Duke At Miami Rhode Island North Carolina At Notre Dame Wake Forest At Georgia Tech Pitt At Virginia
Even though Old Dominion beat the Hokies in 2018 the out-of-conference slate for Va. Tech in 2019 is a Damn joke so that’s three wins but can Fuente and the Hokies get to at least 6 wins in 2019 because anything less than 6 wins and Fuente is done in Blacksburg and if you cannot win at least 6 games at Blacksburg who in the Hell else is going to hire your ass to be a head coach?
Almost no one!
Our guess Virginia Tech goes 7 – 5 in 2019 and maybe 6 – 6 or maybe 8 – 4 and any of those records are not acceptable to us so they will not be acceptable to fans of Virginia Tech football….right?
We shall see!
7. Chad Morris, Arkansas – One of the most interesting numbers about Arkansas head coach Chad Morris who has been on the job one season in Fayetteville is Chad’s overall head coaching record at SMU and Arkansas of…
16 – 32
….and after a 2 – 10 record in that first season coaching the Razorbacks we don’t see Morris getting above the .500 mark in that record anytime soon!
The really tough thing about the Arkansas job now is that the SEC West is not exactly a place where you can get ahead of yourself if you are at the bottom and after a series of Nonsensical and Totally Foolish Moves by former Arkansas AD Jeff Long to hire….
Bobby Petrino John L. Smith Bret Bielema
….to coach the Hogs when Long was fired the Arkansas football program was nothing short of a….
Complete Freaking Disaster
…when Morris showed up a year ago.!
Let’s go to the 2019 Arkansas schedule to see if there is any chance at all of this things going in the right direction in Year 2 for Chad Morris:
Portland State At Ole Miss Colorado State San Jose State Texas A&M At Kentucky Auburn At Alabama Mississippi State Western Kentucky At LSU Missouri
Well…with a typical SEC Conference Cupcakes From Heaven out-of-conference schedule Bozo the Clown could win…
4 Games in 2019
…coaching the Razorbacks so how many games will Chad Morris win?
Anything less than 5 wins and Chad Morris should be fired because that would mean you could only beat Bozo the Clown by one win and if that’s the case…
There’s really no reason to keep your ass on at any SEC school!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – As someone at Coaches Hot Seat put it at dinner in January of this year…
“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and producing Terry Bowden like results!”
…which could not be Truer when the folks on The Plains are a paying a guy $7M a year…all guaranteed for 6 more years = $42 Million Dollars who is performing at a level that….
Any Random High School Football Coach in America could do at Auburn!
Consider this for a moment…
Gus Malzahn has now been the head coach at Auburn for 6 seasons and he has lost…
5 or more games in 4 of those 6 seasons 4 or more games in in 5 of those 6 seasons
Oh….Gus Malzahn’s record in SEC Conference play at Auburn now stands at…
28 – 20
…and Nick Saban over the past 6 seasons has posted an SEC Conference record of…
44 – 4
Meanwhile at LSU the combined SEC records of Les Miles + Ed Orgeron since 2013 stand at…
30 – 18
….and at Georgia under Kirby Smart + Mark Richt the Bulldogs in SEC play since 2013 stand at…
34 – 14
The reality is…
“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and producing Terry Bowden like results!”
Oh…but if we go to the record books on Gus Malzahn and Terry Bowden’s 6 seasons Auburn we find something very Damn troubling >
Terry Bowden 6 seasons at Auburn:
30 – 14 – 1 = .677 winning percentage!
Gus Malzahn 6 seasons at Auburn:
28 – 20 = .583 winning percentage!
“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and NOT EVEN producing Terry Bowden like results!”
Let’s go to Auburn’s 2019 schedule to see if the Big Money folks on The Plains will be writing a BIG check come December to buy Gus Malzahn out keeping in mind anything less than 9 wins and you can kiss Gus Malzhan’s ass goodbye on The Plains!
Oregon (Dallas) Tulane Kent State At Texas A&M Mississippi State At Florida At Arkansas At LSU Ole Miss Georgia Samford Alabama
Yep…this is the Cupcake Country SEC with THREE guaranteed Cupcake Wins on the schedule for the Candy Asses in Auburn that like most everyone else in the SEC schedule like Damn Cowards running to the coast from Sherman’s Army marching thru Atlanta and with that Cupcake Country Schedule…
Bozo the Clown could win 7 games coaching Auburn in 2019
…so Gus Malzahn with THREE guaranteed wins better Damn win 10 games in 2019 or it’s…
Turn Out The Lights and Write the Big Check on The Plains!
9. Kalani Sitake, BYU – In three seasons at BYU head coach Kalani Sitake is sitting on an overall record of…
20 – 19
….and BYU is going to really need a BIG season by the Cougars in 2019 or we gotta think they are going to be looking for a new head football coach and just when you say that take a look at one of the toughest schedules in FBS this coming season:
Utah At Tennessee USC Washington At Toledo At USF Boise State At Utah State Liberty Idaho State At UMass At San Diego State
We only see ONE sure win on the above schedule and at least 6 losses or so in our minds 2019 is gonna to be a struggle to just get to 6 wins for BYU and the folks in Provo are not going to tolerate 6 wins a season if this is still BYU football that is!
On the subject of BYU football if the folks in Provo were smart they would go ahead and rejoin the Mountain West Conference so they don’t have to go out and create schedules like the one above which is just Totally Absurd!
We are talking to YOU Tom Holmoe!
10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – The most important record to keep your eye on for Mike Gundy is Oklahoma State’s record in Big 12 Conference play the last two seasons which sits at…
9 – 9
….now and either Gundy will get this listing ship together or Mediocrity will set in and Stillwater while Gundy is out lassoing rattlesnakes and getting paid a Helluva Lot of $$$ to do…not very much really!
Let’s take a look at Oklahoma State’s 2019 schedule….
At Oregon State McNeese At Tulsa At Texas Kansas State At Texas Tech Baylor At Iowa State TCU Kansas At West Virginia Oklahoma
With what looks like 3 easy wins to open the season…if Gundy loses to Oregon State, McNeese or Tulsa he should be fired on the spot right after that loss….the Big 12 slate has the potential to give the Cowboys some trouble with some tough road and home games and if we had to guess OSU will finish at…
7 – 5
…in 2019 and Mike Gundy might just get his ass fired because 7 wins when you are getting paid a Helluva Lot of $$$ just doesn’t compute…that is if the folks in Stillwater interested in winning Championships! Now if they like Average As Hell then if it is 7 – 5 just keep Gundy around and you can celebrate that Average As Hell right through Christmas and New Year’s!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Stillwater = Where Average As Hell Is Celebrated!
With the bowl season now underway and the 21 FBS Head Coaching Jobs that opened all filled we can take a look at the Post 2018 College Football Regular Season Top 10 Coaches on the Hot Seat.
We have a lot of opinions on the 21 FBS Head Coaches hired in this cycle which we believe to be….
The Worst Group of Head Coaching Hires
….in our lifetime of watching college football which goes back 40+ years to the 1970s and here at Coaches Hot Seat now encompasses the last 12 seasons since we cranked this website up in January 2007.
Before we get to those Top 10 Hot Seat Coaches we first must say that it really is too bad the Damn Fools running college football which is primarily….
The Power 5 Conference Commissioners + the Notre Dame AD
…are willing to shutdown the top teams in college football each year for 30+ days when this past Saturday – December 15 sports fans in America…think the 75%+ of the Americans that do not now watch the sport….could have watched what would be the…
Biggest Day in Sports in America Each and Every Year
….if college football had an 8-Team College Football Playoff which in 2018 would have produced the below 4 On-Campus College Football Games if the sport had the following qualifying for the CFB Postseason:
Keep the College Football Season just as it is right now including keeping all the Conference Championship Games just adding 1 Quarterfinal Round of 4 On-Campus Games on a Saturday in the middle of December
5 Power Five Conference Champs IF LESS than 3 losses (if Power Five Conference Champ has 3+ losses they will have to be selected as a Wild Card for the 8-Team Playoff)
2 Wild Card Teams (More if there is a Power Five Conference Champ with 3+ losses which may or may not be selected as a Wild Card)
1 Group of Five Conference Team IF in the Top 12 of Final Rankings
Losers of Quarterfinal Games then slotted into NYE 6 Bowl Games or other bowls if appropriate around the first of January
Here are those 4 College Football On-Campus Games for 2018 which would create the Biggest Day in Sports in America Each and Every Year
which this year would have been played on Saturday - December 15:
UCF at Alabama
Washington at Clemson
Ohio State at Notre Dame
Georgia at Oklahoma
For now at least the Damn Fools still have the wheel of FBS College Football but not forever because the Meaningless Bowl Exhibition Games will not forever define and even control FBS College Football….No….that will not exist forever and the National Champion of FBS will be settled on the field of play without ceding all of December to the NFL and that will be a glorious day and it will be a True Blue American Day because in America…Real Americans settle Championships on the field!
In the last year of his life on Earth President John F. Kennedy in 1963 traveled to Europe and delivered one of the great speeches of his Presidency at the Assembly Hall in Frankfurt, Germanywhich is often overlooked because there are so many other speeches Kennedy made that evoked themes that have come to define what America has become in the Post World War II period. We often quote a line from this Kennedy speech in Germany to our friends, co-workers and anyone else that will listen to us on “Change” that is in our opinion the very definition of what has made America so great today:
“But Goethe tell us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Mike Slive was born in 1940 around the same time as many of our Dads and lived through World War II and saw America become the world’s lone superpower not by looking to the past or trying to hold onto the present, but by doing what Americans have always done, by looking forward into the future. If college football is going to achieve its full potential in the life of America it needs to bring everyone in the country along so that like every other NCAA sport the Champions and Top Teams around the country that have earned the right to earn a National Championship on the field of play have that opportunity in the Postseason and that’s just what an 8-Team Playoff would do for college football.
The opportunity to make college football everything it can be in is in the hands of people that often live in the past, that look to a time that is gone and never coming back, instead of looking to the future and embracing change because after all Kennedy was right and every Real American knows it:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Let’s get to Top 10 Hot Seat Coaches as of middle of December 2018 with no doubt some changes coming as the bowl season unfolds and with that let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. Clay Helton, USC – The most disturbing thing about the USC football team this past year is how little the Trojans looked like the Trojans under Pete Carroll who were surging in all areas heading into Year 3 when this Trojans team under Helton looked towards the end of the 2018 season….
Undisciplined Not In Great Shape Confused Out-of-Control Almost Un-Coached at Times
….and we cannot help but wonder how USC could be getting worse under Helton the longer his tenure at the school?
Clay Helton took over the USC football program during the 2015 season from Steve Sarkisian and if one looks at the Trojans recruiting the last few seasons under both Sarkisian and Helton according to 24/7 Sports USC by all rights should have had a team playing for a National Title this season:
And yet in 2018 USC played 7 FBS teams with .500+ records and their record in those 7 games was:
1 – 6
Oh….USC also lost to a 3 – 9 UCLA team!
Consider this for a moment…USC over the past 5 seasons averaged recruiting the….
#6 Recruiting Class in America
….and the Trojans went 1 – 7 against .500+ FBS teams + the loss to UCLA in 2018!
That is nothing short of STUNNING!
This is USC Football Dammit which we have been watching both in person and on TV since the mid-1970s and we are not going to tolerate this Embarrassing Horseshit nor should USC fans and alumni!
Looking ahead to the 2019 season we haven’t a Damn Clue why Clay Helton hired Kliff Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator when Kingsbury proved he is a…
College Football Program Killer
…at Texas Tech where Kingsbury Totally Damn Failed winning an average of….
5.83 wins a season
…where Bozo the Clown could win 6 games a season!
In our opinion USC does not have the defensive depth to handle the pressure that will put on it by the offense that Kingsbury runs which wears out and eventually destroys the defenses on the teams he coaches and with that in mind let’s look at USC’s 2019 schedule:
Fresno State Stanford At BYU Utah At Washington At Notre Dame Arizona At Colorado Oregon At Arizona State At California UCLA
Whatever the Hell Clay Helton has planned for 2019 it better Damn be good because there’s a decent chance the Trojans start 0 – 6 or 1 – 5 and if that happens USC will have an interim coach when Arizona comes to the LA Coliseum on October 19.
Oh…USC’s 24/7 Team Recruiting Ranking as of right now….and remember we are talking about USC Football now….is…
Personally….we are pulling for Clay Helton to turn this thing around at USC but honestly we don’t think he has it in him to be the head coach at a place like USC. Some people can handle jobs like Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Florida State…and USC…and some can’t. Let’s see if Clay can and….
Great Luck Clay!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – To understand the Total Disaster that has been Chris Ash’s time as head coach at Rutgers where he has posted records of…
Overall: 7 – 29 Big Ten: 3 – 24
….you have to understand that in the two seasons that the previous Rutgers head coach, Kyle Flood, led the team the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten Conference the Knights won…
….that’s in 2 seasons….and in 3 seasons Chris Ash has won…
Oh….in Chris Ash’s THIRD season on the job his Rutgers football team put up a record of…
1 – 11!
For some reason the words of former Athletic Director at Florida Jeremy Foley are ringing in our ears right now…
“Anything that will have to be done eventually….should be done immediately!”
Eventually Chris Ash will be fired at Rutgers and he should have been fired after this season….in our humble opinion.
Let’s look at Rutgers 2019 schedule:
UMass At Iowa Boston College At Michigan Maryland At Indiana Minnesota Liberty At Illinois Ohio State Michigan State At Penn State
That looks like between 1 and 3 wins to us for Rutgers in 2019 and the reality is we here at Coaches Hot Seat may care more about Rutgers football than the people running Rutgers Athletics because for Damn sure we would not tolerate this kind of losing….not for a Damn second!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – After the Total Disaster that was Bob Diaco as the head coach at UConn for 3 seasons when Diaco posted records of….
Overall: 11 – 26 AAC: 6 – 18
….we haven’t a Damn Clue why UConn brought back Randy Edsall after he left out the back door not even saying goodbye to his players at UConn to take the Maryland job but Edsall was brought back and the last 2 seasons he has posted records of….
Overall: 4 – 20 AAC: 2 – 14
….and still we cannot understand…
Why was Randy Edsall hired at UConn?
There’s no good answer to that question and when you look at UConn’s 2019 schedule one can see only more Total Disaster ahead!
Wagner Illinois At Indiana At UMass At Cincinnati At Temple At Tulane At UCF East Carolina Houston Navy USF
That looks like THREE wins max to us and if UConn only wins 3 games in 2019 one has to assume the Huskies will have a new head football coach a year from today….right?
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Much like Randy Edsall as UConn we haven’t a Damn Clue why Lovie Smith is the head football coach at Illinois who in 3 seasons on the job has posted records of…
Overall: 9 – 27 Big Ten: 4 – 23
….and remember now…Lovie Smith took over a .500 football program at Illinois and has turned it into…
A Complete Freaking Disaster!
Consider this STUNNING Number for a moment…
Illinois has played 22 FBS teams under Lovie Smith with .500+ records and the Illini’s records in those games is…
1 – 21!
1 of Lovie Smith’s 9 wins at Illinois is against a FBS team with a .500 or better record and even more AMAZING the Illini have lost…
6 games to teams with sub-.500 records!
Oh….the Freaking Damn Moron who is the AD at Illinois…
…just gave Lovie Smith a 2-year contract extension at $5M a season!
Geez…there are so many Stupid People working in college athletics today that cannot see what is right in front of them or as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote and was said by Sherlock Holmes which sums up a lot of college football administration today:
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – There are so many people with their hands in the pot at Auburn it’s always hard to know what’s going on across The Plains but over a decade ago we were in Auburn for a football game and a well-known Auburn alum told us over lunch at a diner in Opelika, Alabama (next door to Auburn) that (paraphrased since so long ago but this Auburn alum is still around and he would say the same thing today!)….
“What mainly drives Auburn is what’s happening at Alabama and if Alabama is doing well then that just puts that much more pressure on the head coach at Auburn. Also there are a lot of politics at Auburn that a head coach, athletic director and president at Auburn University need to understand is something that can be managed…for awhile at least…but that eventually the politics will get them unless they have the power to ignore what the folks with the money want which is not really possible.”
Translation for what’s going on at Auburn in 2018: Alabama is rolling under Nick Saban and has been for a decade now and unless the Auburn head coach is able to keep up with Bama he is going to be under pressure and make no mistake about it…
Gus Malzahn needs to win 10+ games in 2019 to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers one year from today!
In our opinion it was a BIG mistake for Gus Malzahn to not take the Arkansas job which is not only home for Gus but it would have gotten Gus away from the pressure of coaching at Auburn when Nick Saban is across the state coaching Alabama and it would have gotten Gus to a place where 7 to 8 wins a season would have kept him off the Hot Seat.
This is Auburn Football which we have been watching play on TV and in person for 40+ years now and with the resources at Auburn there’s no reason for the school to be so far behind Alabama even if Nick Saban is in T-Town.
Consider Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban’s overall records in the last 6 seasons which is how long Gus has been at Auburn:
Last 6 Seasons
Gus Malzahn: 52 – 27
Nick Saban: 77 – 7
Also consider this….Gus Malzahn has been the head coach at Auburn for 6 seasons and he has lost…
4+ games in 5 of those 6 seasons 5+ games in 4 of those 6 seasons
Oh…Gus Malzahn is making $7 Million Dollars A Year…..losing 5 games in 2018 and in 2018 the Tigers played 8 FBS teams with .500+ records and Auburn’s record in those games was:
4 – 4
For someone being paid $7 Million Dollars A Year!
Auburn plays Purdue on Friday December 28 in the Music City Bowl and that is a Purdue team that finished the season at 6 – 6 even if they did beat Ohio State and we have some news for Gus Malzahn….
Lose to Purdue and you will replace Clay Helton on the Hottest Seat in America going into the 2019 season in the #1 Hot Seat Slot!
The good news for Gus Malzahn is that word from our Arkansas-alum buddy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas who we have known for decades and who has known Gus for decades and likes the guy told us recently….
“If Gus can win at least 7 games at Auburn next year and our coach (Chad Morris) has another disaster of a season Gus must might be able to come home to Arkansas after all.”
Let’s look at Auburn’s 2019 schedule:
Oregon (Dallas) Tulane Kent State At Texas A&M Mississippi State At Florida At Arkansas At LSU Ole Miss Georgia Samford Alabama
That looks like another 7 – 5 to us for Auburn in 2019 and if that happens Gus Malzahn will not be the head coach at Auburn a year from today….Hell…anything less than 10 wins and Gus will be gone…but maybe Gus will be the head coach at Arkansas a year from today….which is very doable in our opinion.
More on Chad Morris in a moment.
6. Willie Taggart, Florida State – The Late Great Johnny Carson who took over the Tonight Show from Jack Paar in 1962 when he was only 37 years old had a saying about being ready in life when your chance on the big stage came along….
“Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”
…and let’s just face FACTS here….
Willie Taggart was NOT ready to take over or handle the Florida State job and it showed on the field in 2018 with the Seminoles finishing with a record of 5 – 7 but even worse in the 10 games it played against FBS teams with .500+ records FSU’s record was…
3 – 7
This is Florida State Football and when we say that it means…
This is the Florida State Football program that Bobby Bowden built and Jimbo Fisher revived and that Willie Taggart will either get back on track in 2019 or FSU will have a new head football coach a year from today…PERIOD!
An FSU-alum who a couple of us first met when we were serving in the US Navy in Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1980s and who took us to several FSU football games in Tallahassee called us in August after a business trip to Tallahassee where he checked in on what was going on in Fall Camp for FSU football and he says:
“It’s just all fluff. There is no football being coached or practiced at FSU and I would be stunned if they win 6 games this season.”
Our buddy in Jacksonville was right and it’s going to be very interesting to see how Willie Taggart responds which is a guy we first ran across when he was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford and frankly we like Willie but come now…
We are not going to tolerate Mediocre or Worse Football at Florida State and that’s why Willie is going to need 8+ wins in 2019 or he will be gone and it doesn’t get any clearer than that!
Let’s look at Florida State’s 2019 schedule:
Boise State (Jacksonville) La. Monroe At Boston College At Clemson Louisville Miami NC State Syracuse At Virginia At Wake Forest Alabama State At Florida
We would be stunned if FSU won more than 7 games in 2019 and if that’s the case….one of the best jobs in college football will come open in late November 2019!
7. Kalani Sitake, BYU – No one needs to tell us what BYU Football was in the past and still can be today and certainly the 3 year run of Kalani Sitake as the head coach of BYU producing this record…
19 – 19
…is not the BYU Football we grew up nor the BYU Football we are going to accept!
No one at Coaches Hot Seat is a Mormon, but we do have plenty of Mormon friends in Utah and around America and if you have Mormons as friends you know they don’t tend to complain much but we can tell you they are not happy with the current state of their football program at BYU and either Kalaini Sitake is going to get things fixed in Provo or BYU will be forced to find another head coach that can get it done.
Let’s look at BYU’s 2019 schedule:
Utah At Tennessee USC Washington At Toledo At South Florida Boise State At Utah State Liberty Idaho State At UMass At San Diego State
Geez….that’s a pretty tough schedule and we gotta think Sitake is going to need 8+ wins in 2019 to keep his job and 8+ wins with that schedule would be pretty impressive!
8. Chad Morris, Arkansas – It’s hard to know just how bad the Arkansas Football program was when Bret Bielema left but a friend of ours that works on the academic side of the University of Arkansas sent us a note after Bielema was fired and before Morris was hired that said…
“Maybe the next coach won’t allow the football team to be such sloppy pigs. I know we are the Razorbacks but it was just f-ing ridiculous how undisciplined Arkansas was under Bielema!”
Certainly Bret Bielema’s records at Arkansas over 5 seasons of…
Overall: 29 – 34
SEC: 11 – 29
…were bad enough to get both Bielema and former AD Jeff Long fired but could it have been so bad in Fayetteville that it was the poor Leadership and Coaching of Bielema that led to new head coach Chad Morris posting a record of….
2 – 10
….in his first season on the job at Arkansas?
Maybe…or maybe Chad Morris is just an Average Coach who is now sitting on an overall record of…
16 – 32
….in 4 seasons at SMU and Arkansas and from what we saw of the Razorbacks in 2018 which was a good bit….
We didn’t see a Helluva lot!
As mentioned above Gus Malzahn might just become available at the end of the next football season to return to Arkansas if Chad Morris cannot get things rolling and with that in mind let’s look at the 2019 schedule for the Razorbacks:
Portland State At Ole Miss Colorado State San Jose State Texas A&M At Kentucky Auburn At Alabama Mississippi State Western Kentucky At LSU Missouri
With 4 Cupcakes on the Arkansas 2019 schedule which is just how folks in SEC Country love their competition = Easy As Hell and Cupcakes Galore…we don’t see why Arkansas doesn’t win at least 6 games in 2019 and if the Hogs don’t win at least 6 games in 2019 Ole Chad Morris is going to find his rear-end on fire because after all….
This Is Arkansas Football!
9. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech was able to get Marshall on their schedule for a make-up game because of the washout of a game earlier this year because of a hurricane to get to 6 – 6 on the season but come now…
The Hokies played 8 FBS Teams in 2018 with .500+ records and their record in those games was….
3 – 5
…and in case some of the folks haven’t been paying attention out there and didn’t get to see Virginia Tech play this season…
Something stinks in Blacksburg and it stinks bad!
We know what Justin Fuente is capable of doing which is a lot but in our opinion he is no more leading the Virginia Tech football program or is capable of leading the Virginia Tech football program right now than the Pillsbury Dough Boy which may mean he is being distracted by something….maybe something personal….or he just forgot how to Lead and to Coach but something’s wrong with the Hokies football program and in our opinion the problem goes deep….very deep!
With Justin Fuente now having lost…
4+ games in ALL 3 of his seasons at Virginia Tech
….and sitting on records of…
Overall: 25 – 14
ACC: 15 – 9
…2019 will be a critical year for Fuente where either the Hokies will continue their downward trend after winning 10 games in 2016 or they will recover and become a power again in the ACC and with that in mind let’s look at Va. Tech’s 2019 schedule:
Furman Old Dominion At East Carolina At Notre Dame At Boston College At Georgia Tech At Miami At Virginia Duke North Carolina Pitt Wake Forest
That looks like 7 – 5 to us unless the Hokies get some problems fixed in the offseason and at a place like Virginia Tech going 7 – 5 in your FOURTH year on the job….
Will get your ass fired!
10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – All of Mike Gundy’s having his name out there for every decent job opening in FBS football the last few seasons came home to roost in 2018 with Oklahoma State being very lucky to finish at 6 – 6 and a Damn Pitiful 3 – 6 in Big 12 Conference play and against FBS teams with .500+ records the Cowboys were….
3 – 5
Yes…Oklahoma State was Damn Lucky to win 6 games in 2018 and one has to wonder if Gundy has lost it with all the rattlesnake rodeo and other Meaingless Horseshit that has nothing to do with winning football games at OSU or maybe there’s something else going on but just our opinion having watched a lot of the Cowboys games in 2018…
Gundy doesn’t look very interested in our humble opinion
…on the sidelines and when the Head Coach is tuned out guess what…
The Coaching Staff and Whole Damn Team tunes out!
Luckily there is something that can focus the mind for Mike Gundy and that is getting his ass fired at his alma mater next season which another 6 or even 7 win season would do and with that in mind let’s look at Oklahoma State’s 2019 schedule:
At Oregon State McNeese At Tulsa At Texas Kansas State At Texas Tech Baylor At Iowa State TCU Kansas At West Virginia Oklahoma
Anyone else get the feeling that Mike Gundy will be coaching for his job and career as a head coach when the Cowboys travel to Norman to play Oklahoma on November 30, 2019?
That Tulsa job probably open up next season so you could just slide over to Tulsa from Stillwater so all might not be lost Son!
There’s a Helluva Lot we could write about Kansas hiring Les Miles as their next head coach but a Coaches Hot Seat member said it all yesterday at lunch when talking about this just makes no Damn sense at all hire by KU and it is…
“Because Jeff Long totally Damn failed at Arkansas and was unable to admit that hiring Bret Bielema was a Total Disaster he was run out of Fayetteville and hired to be AD at Kansas which then leads Long to hiring Les Miles that no other team in college football would hire.”
A Total Failure as the AD at Arkansas just hired a new head coach at Kansas that No One Else Wanted To Hire!
The really cruel irony for fans of Kansas football is if Jeff Long had actually done his Damn job at Arkansas and hired someone to coach the Razorbacks that had a chance to win in the SEC Conference Long would never gotten run out of Fayetteville and had an opportunity to hire someone like Les Miles at Kansas who in our opinion….
Is very close to the Total Damn Disastrous hire of Charlie Weis at Kansas
…which in our opinion is the worst hire in the history of College Football go back to the 1890s!
Here’s the real kicker…in three years when both Jeff Long and Les Miles are fired by the University of Kansas they are both So Damn Arrogant that they will both claim they are not to blame because they did their “best!”
Memo to University of Kansas: Make Damn Sure the next AD you hire actually knows what the Hell he is doing and didn’t just get his ass run out of his last job for Totally Damn Failing at that job!
Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
We need you again Johnny Cash go please now…give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. Clay Helton, USC – Taking over for Steve Sarkisian in the middle of the 2015 season Clay Helton’s records at USC are not terribly bad…
Overall: 32 – 16
Pac-12: 24 – 10
….but USC fans are like Alabama fans in that they have seen a lot of winning football over the years and they know from that experience that the Trojans only win a Games + Conference Titles + Championship when they have a coach that can fill up not just a room but the entire city of Los Angeles and Helton….he’s nice guy but he’s just not the guy that’s going to fill up the entire city of Los Angeles which is a city with some pretty amazing football being played at the LA Rams and do you see how many folks are coming to Rams games compared to the USC games now?
A Helluva Lot of Folks!
With the Trojans now sitting on a record of 5 – 6 after a loss to one of the worst UCLA football teams we’ve seen in our lifetimes on Earth only the Irish are left and we cannot see this Trojans team beating Notre Dame so that’s going to be…
5 – 7
…for Clay Helton in Year 4 and how in the world can Helton survive a losing record in his 4 th year on the job at….wait for it….USC?
He Cannot…if USC is still in the Winning Football Business that is!
…..and a record of 1 – 10 in 2018 with only a game against Very Damn Mediocre Michigan State left to play in East Lansing it’s important to know just who Chris Ash has beaten at Rutgers the last three seasons:
2018 Texas State – Losing Team and Head Coach Just Fired
2017 Morgan State – FCS Team Illinois – Losing Team Purdue – 6 – 6 Team Maryland – Losing Team
2016 Howard – FCS Team New Mexico – Losing Team
That’s right…in three seasons on the job at Rutgers Chris Ash has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and in his THIRD year on the job he is now looking right at a record of….
1 – 11
….and with that in mind if Chris Ash is “safe” then Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs is the one should be fired and he…
Should be fired this afternoon if Rutgers is actually interested in winning football games
…but come now….they are not!
Be Proud fans of Rutgers Football….you have a head coach who has beaten ONE FBS team in last 3 seasons with a .500 or better record and an AD that is detached from all reality on Earth!
Memo to the Average As Hell in America: Go into college athletics because your ass can be both Average As Hell and Detached From All Reality….and would we hire Chris Ash or Pat Hobbs to Shovel Shit in West Texas?
No…but then we are not Damn Morons!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – Rutgers may be a football program that is being Totally Destroyed right now by Total Incompetence but UConn is a football program that is being Totally Obliterated on purpose in our opinion as the Huskies are sitting on a record of…
1 – 10
…in 2018 with only a game against Temple left which will make this season a 1 – 11 record in Randy Edsall’s second year back at UConn after he ran from the program to Maryland without even bothering to talk to the UConn players and if you are wondering why it looks as if the Huskies players don’t really give a Damn….in our opinion….it is any surprise they don’t really give a Damn about playing for Randy Edsall at UConn! These kids at UConn are not Damn Morons folks!
Why exactly Randy Edsall was hired back at UConn after he left the program for the Maryland job without talking to the UConn players which in our opinion he would do again if he got a better job offer we don’t really know but we do know if we became the AD at UConn tomorrow the first thing we would do is fire Randy Edsall but then we are…
Not A Damn Moron like Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs who may be one of the Stupidest and Most In Denial Human Beings now alive in America!
4. Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday in Lovie Smith’s 35 th game as the head coach of at Illinois his football team lost to Iowa…
63 – 0
…and that moves Lovie’s records with the Illini in 3 seasons on the job to…
Overall: 9 – 26
Big Ten: 4 – 22
…and please now is there Someone…Anyone…that can explain to us why Lovie Smith was hired at Illinois who took over a .500 college football program and turned it into a…
Complete Total Disaster
…while being paid $5M dollars a year?
No one can explain that to us because there is…
No Damn Logical Reason why Lovie Smith was hired or should remain employed by the University of Illinois!
4 – 7 Illinois which has wins over…
Kent State – Losing Team Western Illinois – FCS Team Rutgers – Losing Team Minnesota – Losing Team
…has a game left at Northwestern on Saturday which might just be a win since we expect Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern team to just Relax and Coast and Quit now they have won the Big Ten West so don’t be surprised if Northwestern lies down and QUITS against Illinois as it gets ready for Big Ten Championship Game!
5. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Imagine for a moment you were hired as the Athletic Director tomorrow at Texas Tech and you set about evaluating the Tech football program and you looked at Kliff Kingsbury’s records…
Overall: 35 – 39
Big 12: 19 – 34
…when you as Thinking Human Being would know that Mike Leach was the head coach at Tech just a few years ago before being run off by the PC-Police and you would go check Leach’s records at Tech…
Overall: 84 – 43
Big 12: 47 – 33
….and you would think to yourself….Mike Leach could win at Texas Tech so I cannot understand why Kliff Kingsbury isn’t winning at Tech and you would then thank Kliff for his efforts and start looking for a coach that could bring Winning Football back to Lubbock….IF you were a…
Thinking Human Being!
Texas Tech is now 5 – 6 on the season just like they were at this time last year when they beat Texas to get bowl eligible and since this is Texas Tech where…
Average As Hell is Accepted and Celebrated
…there’s a chance again for Kingsbury to beat Baylor at home on Saturday and get “bowl eligible” and since this is Texas Tech after all…
It will be Accepted and Celebrated
…and if you are thinking the folks in Lubbock are…
Total Damn Losers and Sorry Damn Excuses for Americans….You Would Be Right!
6. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – We said in this blog several weeks ago were BIG problems at Texas Tech that in our opinion are being covered-up by the media in Blacksburg which is little different than the media in Russia which gets on its knees and kissing the Precious Ass of Vladimir Putin and that’s still our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
There Are Big Problems at Virginia Tech which just lost 38 – 14 at home to a Miami team that is one of the worst Miami teams we have seen in recent years and that’s the FOURTH straight loss for now 4 – 6 Tech with games left against…
What exactly are the BIG problems at Virginia Tech?
Well…we would rather not say but they all go back to…in our humble opinion…of head coach Justin Fuente being a Sorry Ass Leader that does not have the GUTS nor the COURAGE to actually lead the Virginia Tech football program and if you are an AD that had Fuente’s name on a list you might consider to hire at your school…
Take his name off your list unless you want to hire someone with No GUTS or COURAGE
….in our humble opinion that is!
It will be interesting to see if the Virginia Tech football team just Totally Quits in these last two games against Virginia and Marshall….very Damn interesting to see!
7. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – North Carolina finally got a 2 nd win on Saturday beating FCS Western Carolina at home and now the 2 – 8 Tar Heels end the season with a home game against NC State on Saturday with head coach Larry Fedora now sitting on a record the last two years of…
Overall: 5 – 17
ACC: 2 – 13
….and since we don’t see any way in the world that North Carolina beats a pretty decent NC State team one has to think someone in Chapel Hill will say to themselves something like…
5 wins the last two seasons isn’t so good…it isn’t good at all
…..and if they say that to themselves then they more than likely will be looking for a new head coach at UNC!
8. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa – We don’t have a clue what has happened to Tulsa the last two seasons after the Golden Hurricane put up 10 wins in 2016 and the last two years head coach Philip Montgomery is now sitting on record of….
Overall: 4 – 19
AAC: 2 – 13
…with 2 – 9 Tulsa only having a game left against SMU.
Whatever is going on at Tulsa….it’s Not Good…it’s Not Good At All!
9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – It must be nice to be making $7 Million Dollars a year and post a record of 7 – 4 with only Alabama left on the schedule and…
No One At Auburn Gives A Damn
…and that is the situation Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn has going on The Plains now but come now…we first got to an Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 1980s and we know that…
Auburn Loves and Celebrates Average just like Rutgers
…and Gus could take the Tigers up to Tuscaloosa and get whipped 100 – 0 by Alabama and…
No One At Auburn Would Give A Damn!
Auburn may be a “Family” but it’s a family that…
Does Not Care About Winning Does Not Give A Damn About Losing Does Not Mind Being Totally Dominated By Alabama
…and if you are thinking about sending your kids to Auburn…DON’T…unless you want them to be…
Total Damn Losers who are willing to Accept Average and Laugh, and Laugh, and Laugh
Auburn = It’s All About Being Average As Hell and Loving Every Minute Of It!
Be Proud Fans of Auburn Football…Just Be Proud!
10. Willie Taggart, Florida State – On Saturday Willie Taggart and FSU got their 5 th win of the season at home against Boston College with only a game in Tallahassee against Florida which is a MUST WIN for Willie Taggart and Florida head coach Dan Mullen because the..
Losing Coach Will Be on the Hot Seat the entire 2019 offseason and begin next year on the Hot Seat
….so this is…
Lose and your ass is on the Hot Seat entering the 2019 season Game
…and it will be interesting to see if the Seminoles come out attacking the Gators all over the field or they just lie down and quit against Florida!
There is so much that we could write about Bobby Petrino being fired at Louisville which in our opinion was nothing short of…
Bobby’s Second Reign of Terror at Louisville
…which should have never happened since a coach like Petrino that had his agent shopping his wares to every school with a job opening while he was at Louisville the first time, plus his walking out on the Atlanta Falcons during the season, and Petrino having an affair with someone that worked directly for him at Arkansas and riding around on a motorcycle with the girl that was not his wife showed Petrino has…
No Damn Judgment or Even Any Damn Decency At All
….and thus why there really was No Damn Reason for former Louisville AD Tom Jurich to hire Petrino beyond Bobby could win some football games.
Sorry….that’s just not enough and Good Won and Evil Lost on this Sunday with Bobby Petrino now gone from Louisville and let’s hope Louisville finds as solid coach to lead their football team as they have coaching their basketball team in Chris Mack.
We do hope that for Louisville and any ADs out there thinking about hiring marginal people with shady characters like Bobby Petrino….Just Don’t Do It!
1. Clay Helton, USC – Unlike Bobby Petrino the Head Football Coach at USC Clay Helton is truly a Terrific Human Being and we never take joy in being tough on folks like Clay but from the start we have been doubtful that Helton was ready for a job like USC….which was the same in our opinion with…
Lane Kiffin AND Steve Sarkisian
….and now in the aftermath of Pete Carroll leaving USC for the Seahawks after the 2009 season that makes for 3 straight head coaches that USC has hired that was in our opinion….
Hiring Below The Level of the USC Job
…which USC has done a lot of since John Robinson’s first-stint at USC and even a school like Alabama has done a lot of that in hiring…
Ray Perkins Bill Curry Mike DuBose Dennis Franchione Mike Price Mike Shula
…in the Post-Bear Bryant era with only Gene Stallings truly up for all that entails being the head coach at Alabama which certainly Nick Saban has proved he can handily easily. We have a former Alabama player that played for Bryant at Alabama who is a member of Coaches Hot Seat and his opinion there about 5 coaches in college football at any given point in time that can handle the Alabama job and the same is true for USC….Hell there might not even be 5 coaches in FBS football today who can handle the USC job!
So in 3 1/2 years on the job at USC Clay Helton has put up records of…
Overall: 32 – 15
Pac-12: 24 – 9
…with one Pac-12 Title which is decent football if you are most anywhere but USC which is not one of those places where 32 – 15 is decent football…it’s Average Football…and the question for the folks at USC thinking about this situation is very simple:
What direction is the USC Football program going and will it better in Year 4 under Clay Helton than it has been in Year 3?
If you cannot answer that question with a strong YES then the folks at USC need to make a coaching change and if they do make a coaching change they need to hire someone…
That is BIG enough for the job in Coaching Ability, Personality, Presence, Recruiting Strength….Freaking Everything!
There are less than 5 coaches in College and Pro Football that can handle the USC job and win in the USC job and when we say WIN that means be in the race for the Pac-12 Title every Damn season!
When you consider someone for a job like USC when you think of the person on the sidelines coaching the Trojans you should say “YES!” as you imagine that in your mind’s eye.
If you make a change….Go Hire That Coach USC!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – With the Rutgers loss to Michigan on Saturday head coach Chris Ash’s records at the school now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 27
Big Ten: 3 – 22
…..and Rutgers still has to play…
Penn State At Michigan State
Got 1 – 11 in Chris Ash’s third year at the school and in our opinion when we watch Rutgers play a…
Not Very Well Coached Football Team?
Yep…in our opinion and there’s little doubt the Rutgers football program is WORSE today than it was when Chris Ash took it over 3 years ago. 3 years is a Helluva Long Time and a football team or ANY sports team should look better after 3 years if the coach knows what the Hell he is doing and either the folks at Rutgers will admit that Truth or they can keep lying to themselves.
It really is that simple!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday UConn hosted SMU which like the Huskies plays very little to no defense and the score of that game was:
SMU – 62 UConn – 50
That sound you hear is us laughing at loud as Randy Edsall in his second stint at the school has his team at 1 – 9 with games still left against…
At East Carolina Temple
Is this UConn football program going anywhere under Randy Edsall?
Just down…that’s it’s…just down!
4. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Anyone at Coaches Hot Seat ever gets a FBS head coaching job one of the most important hires will be a solid defensive coordinator because we will be bringing the Bill Walsh playbook and West Coast Offense with us with a target of 35 points a game so if we can get ANY defensive play at all we are going to win a Helluva Lot of Football Games and it’s not surprising THE Problem at North Carolina is that the Tar Heels just play no defense under head coach Larry Fedora and they haven’t played defense since Gene Chizik left the DC position at UNC a couple of years ago.
The last 2 seasons with Gene Chizik gone from Chapel Hill the Tar Heels are sitting on records of…
Overall: 4 – 17
ACC: 2 – 13
…and that is primarily because Larry Fedora doesn’t seem to give a Damn about stopping the opposing teams which is also a problem at a lot of schools in the Big 12 Conference including Oklahoma which has enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to give up 40+ points a game….North Carolina does not and thus why Fedora is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in America!
With games left against…
Western Carolina NC State
…it looks like UNC will finish at 2 – 9 in Larry Fedora’s 7 th year at the school and that is Damning….Just So Damning….because in Year 7 you should have things rolling and there are NO excuses to fall back on especially if you don’t coach half the game = Defense!
We haven’t a clue if Larry Fedora will be fired or not after this season but save Gene Chizik coming back or some other defensive coordinator coming to Chapel Hill that knows what the Hell he is doing….Nothing Will Change in 2019….Just Nothing!
5. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the loss at home to Washington State on Saturday Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre’s record against FBS teams with .500 or better records now stands at…
10 – 41
…and MacIntyre’s overall record at CU is…
30 – 43
You do the math but it isn’t pretty math and now the 5 – 5 Buffs have games left against…
Utah At California
…which looks like 2 losses to us and just make that record against FBS teams with .500 or better records even uglier!
We have no idea what the folks at Colorado are thinking about their head football coach but we do know for the sake of athletic department revenues meaning donations, tickets, merchandise, etc. cannot survive much more Average Football and thus why MacIntyre really needs to win at least 1 of these last 2 games to have a chance to hang on…make that maybe to hang on in Boulder!
6. Lovie Smith, Illinois – With the loss to Nebraska on Saturday Lovie Smith’s record at Illinois in 3 years on the job now stands at…
Overall: 9 – 25
Big Ten: 4 – 21
..and the 4 – 6 Illini still have to play in 2018 games against…
Iowa At Northwestern
Is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in 2017….maybe slightly…but a better question is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in Bill Cubit’s last season as head coach of the Illini in 2015?
No…in FACT Illinois is a Much Worse Football Team today than it was 3 years ago and anyone knows one Damn thing about football knows it!
7. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We really like Willie Taggart here at Coaches Hot Seat but we don’t have a Damn Clue what Willie is trying to do at FSU and from afar combined with a few FSU-alums in the state of Florida we have known for decades now it’s our opinion…
FSU is one of the Worst Practicing Teams in FBS Football
…and either that will be corrected and quick or Willie Taggart’s coaching career at a BIG school like FSU will forever be over!
The 4 – 6 Seminoles have games left in 2018 against…
Boston College Florida
…which are both homes games and against team that FSU has MORE talent than and should win but do we think FSU will win either of those games?
No…we do not!
Save Florida beating Florida State like 70 – 0 in the last game of the year Willie Taggart is not going to be fired after this season but if the Seminoles do lose their last two games Taggart will start the 2019 season on one of the Hottest Seats in American Football and he will be coaching for his job next season and when we say coaching for his job we mean…
FSU better Damn win 9+ games in 2019 or the Taggart era at FSU will be OVER before next Christmas!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – When you are paying someone $7 Million Dollars A Year when the average family income in the state of Alabama is around $50,000 a year…
You Better Damn Be Performing ALL The Time
…and yet Gus Malzahn performs at less than 50% of the time and in our opinion he has no Damn business being the head football coach at a place like Auburn that should have no peer in the SEC….including Alabama!
Consider this So Damn Average Football…in Gus Malzahn’s 2 best years at Auburn in 2013 and 2017 his combined record in those 2 years was…
Overall: 22 – 6
SEC: 14 – 2
…but in the other 4 years at Auburn Gus Malzahn’s combined records for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 now stands at…
Overall: 29 – 20
SEC: 14 – 17
For $7 Million Dollars A Year?
Please….Auburn could have hired the person that makes the milkshakes at the diner at Toomer’s Corner and he or she could have posted at least the above records with all the Talent + Resources + Great Fans of Auburn Football which raises the obvious question:
With Auburn at 6 – 4 and games left against…
Liberty At Alabama
…which looks like a 7 – 5 finish which will be the…
4 th Freaking Time
…that Gus Malzahn has lost 5 or more games in 6 seasons on the job we cannot help but wonder…
How much Average Football are fans of Auburn Football willing to tolerate?
It seems like a LOT….a Helluva LOT!
9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – It seems Mike Gundy and his coaching staff and now along with the OSU football team have woken up from their slumber to actually Give A Damn about the 2018 football season but with yet another loss…this time to Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game….the 5 – 5 Cowboys with games left against…
West Virginia At TCU
….may have woken up way Damn too late and might miss a bowl game which should be a Helluva Lesson for young coaches out there and that lesson is…
Don’t Be A Lazy Ass like Mike Gundy
….because if you do your ass might just miss a bowl game where the guy that shines T. Boone Pickens shoes could take Oklahoma State to a bowl game every year just practicing the team once a week!
The Great News for Mike Gundy is that the offseason is almost here and Gundy’s name will probably be up for every job opening around America and maybe this time Gundy will take one of those jobs thinking along the lines of…
If I am a Lazy Ass again next year we might not make a bowl game again and I might get my ass fired!
In our humble opinion as Combat Vets on this Veterans Day that is!
10. Kalani Sitake, BYU – On Saturday BYU traveled across the country to beat a very mediocre UMass team by the score of…
BYU – 35 UMass – 16
….which improves the Cougars record to 5 – 5 with games left against…
New Mexico State At Utah
Since there’s no chance at all that BYU will beat Utah in the last game of the season intense rivalry game or not the Cougars really need to beat New Mexico State on Saturday and maybe a 6 – 6 record in his 3 rd year on the job in Provo will be enough to get Kalani another year at BYU….or maybe not.
Consider this…BYU has played 7 FBS teams that have a decent shot of finishing with a .500 or better record in 2018 and the Cougars record in those games is…
That David Beaty was fired at Kansas on Sunday was as predictable as the Sun coming up in the East when Beaty was hired after the 2014 season by KU and no surprise Beaty barely moved the needle in Lawrence which has been a non-existent needle for Kansas football since the firing of Mark Mangino in 2009.
Kansas has now hired three straight football coaches that did not have a ice cube’s chance in Hell of succeeding at KU with the following records put up by those three coaches, Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, and David Beaty over the past 9 seasons:
Overall: 17 – 80
Big 12: 4 – 65
The above is bad…really bad…and could have easily been avoided if Kansas had employed an athletic director that knew how to hire a coach for the KU job which is a very unique one where…
6 Wins A Year
…is Pretty, Pretty Good Work by a head coach and 8 wins a year is borderline a Lombardi-level of coaching. In Mark Mangino’s last five years at Kansas he averaged…
“Long is the new guy, hired just five months ago, with a reputation for football competence that far exceeds anything his current school has seen in nearly a decade.
There’s that phrase again. Long is better qualified than the men he follows. He is widely respected for his connections and ability to identify and hire football coaches.”
Now that is a bit of Fake News if we have ever seen it because based upon what Jeff Long has actually done in his life when it comes to hiring football coaches and what the media THINKS he has done are two totally different things and it actually takes 5 minutes of checking the Internet to realize this which is something they must not have in the Kansas City area!
Jeff Long’s “football competence” folks as an AD hiring football coaches:
2005 – Dave Wannstedt, Pitt – FIRED 2008 – Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – FIRED 2009 – John L. Smith, Interim Arkansas – CRAZY AS HELL! 2013 – Bret Bielema – FIRED
Would anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat hired ANY of the above coaches in ANY of the situations that Jeff Long was in?
No….but then we actually know something about the game of football and in both Sam Mellinger’s column and mentioned by others across the Internet on Sunday there’s some thought that Les Miles will be hired by Kansas to which we can only say….
So Kansas is going to hire a coach that got fired at LSU where Bozo the Clown, Mister Rogers, or Captain Kangaroo could win 8 games a year if they just rolled the footballs out on the practice field?
Yes….that makes sense if you are Complete Freaking Idiot and have never played a down of football and as far we can tell the people advocating for Les Miles to be hired at Kansas…
Have Never Played A Down Of Football!
Kansas should hire the kind of coach that should be hired for ANY job in this world and that should be someone that is…
Actually Freaking Qualified For The Job
….and it will be interesting to see who Jeff Long hires at KU….very Damn interesting since Long has hired Shady Characters and the Wrong Coaches for the Wrong Situations in the past which just what happens to be what Kansas has done in its last three head coaching hires!
Our guess…there is Complete Freaking Stupidity coming down the pike in Lawrence which will be Hilarious as Hell but sad for anyone that gives a Damn about Kansas football but come on now…these folks have no one to blame but themselves because you GUTTED yourself by literally taking a large sword and driving it into your GUT with the last three head coaching hires and from where we sit you are about to take the sword down from above the fireplace again and…
Drive it into your GUT…..AGAIN!
Let’s get to the Post Week 10 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and to do that we would like to bring out the Late Great Johnny Cash who we miss a lot and love very much!
1. Chris Ash, Rutgers – On Saturday with the Rutgers loss to a very Average if now downright Weak Wisconsin team by the score of 31 – 17 Chris Ash’s record at Rutgers in three years on the job now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 26
Big Ten: 3 – 21
….and if that looks a Helluva Lot like David Beaty’s record at Kansas only Beaty now in five seasons at KU only has 6 wins on the board!
If you actually know anything about the game of football OR even can read the written word here is what your know about Rutgers football and that is Chris Ash took over Rutgers in 2016 from the fired Kyle Flood who coached Rutgers from 2012 to 2015 putting up records of…
Overall: 27 – 24
Conference: 12 – 19
…and his last two seasons at Rutgers the Scarlet Knights were playing in the Big Ten Conference and put up records of…
8 – 5 4 – 8
…which totals up to….
Overall: 12 – 13
Big Ten: 4 – 12
Now let’s do some simple math here since there seems to be some folks that don’t know simple football analyzing the situation at Rutgers:
Is Rutgers a better football program today under Chris Ash than it was when Ash took over the program before the 2016 season?
No…of course not…but then your ass actually has to be able to READ to know that and there are plenty of folks in America…especially ones making Hundreds of Thousands or even Millions of Dollars a year in Athletic Director positions who cannot……READ!
The 1 – 8 Scarlet Knights whose only win is over Texas State and wait for it….lost to Kansas 55 – 14 earlier this year…have left on their schedule games against….
Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
Got 1 – 11 in Chris Ash’s THIRD year as the head coach at Rutgers?
2. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday the UConn football team coached by Randy Edsall traveled to play 2 – 7 Tulsa on the road and lost by the score of 49 – 19 and we cannot find a person that is surprised by that result which drops the Huskies record to…
1 – 8
…on the season with only 56 – 49 win over FCS Rhode Island between UConn and no wins at all in 2018!
UConn has the following games left to play this season…
SMU At East Carolina Temple
…and we fully expect UConn to lose all three of those games to finish at 1 – 11 after going 3 – 9 last season and again we ask…
Why is Randy Edsall the head coach at UConn?
The reason we ask that is Randy Edsall left UConn in the dead of the night not even saying goodbye to his UConn players after the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to take the Maryland job and Edsall at Maryland put up records of….
Overall: 22 – 34
Big Ten: 10 – 24
….so again we ask….
Why is Randy Edsall the Head Football coach at UConn?
There is NO logical answer to that question….NONE!
3. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – With the loss at home to Georgia Tech on Saturday the Total Collapse of North Carolina football under Larry Fedora the last two seasons continues with Fedora now posting since the beginning of 2017 records of…
Overall: 4 – 16
ACC: 2 – 12
…and those 4 wins have been over:
Old Dominion Pitt Western Carolina Pitt
…and luckily for Larry Fedora UNC has…
Western Carolina on the schedule in 2 weeks!
…so maybe the Tar Heels can get 2 wins in 2018!
What’s the problem exactly with North Carolina Football the last two seasons?
It’s simple really…North Carolina no longer plays any Defense and their defensive rankings for the 2018 season now stand at…
97 th in Total Defense in FBS giving up 432 yards per game
107 th in Scoring Defense in FBS giving up 34.8 points per game
There’s a Simple Rule in Football:
If you are not going to play Defense you are not going to win many football games and North Carolina has won…
4 Football Games the last two seasons
…and we see UNC winning only one of their remaining three games against…
At Duke Western Carolina NC State
…and if the Tar Heels are not planning on playing any defense in 2019 if Larry Fedora is brought back they will win 2 or 3 games next year as well which includes an opening game against South Carolina in Charlotte and Appalachian State in Chapel Hill which be just a GREAT spot for UNC to get its ass beat by its little-little brother!
If we were the AD at North Carolina we would call Larry Fedora into the office and ask him…
“Larry….this is your 7 th season at North Carolina and I would love to know why your team is not playing any defense Son?”
Don’t expect any kind of legitimate answer to that question because the right answer is…
Defense is no longer coached at North Carolina…PERIOD!
4. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat can understand why then Arkansas AD Jeff Long hired Bobby Petrino in 2007 or why Western Kentucky hired Petrino in 2012 and we certainly cannot understand why Louisville brought Bobby Petrino back in 2013….unless of course those Athletic Directors…
Only cared about winning football games
…which let’s face it…that is all many athletic directors care about and if the person they are hiring is someone that Coaches Hot Seat would NOT hire to…
Shovel Shit in West Texas
….like Bobby Petrino there will always be an AD that will hire that coach because…he might just win some football games and at Louisville Petrino has won some games winning an average of…
8.5 games a season
…in his latest stint at UofL…but at what cost to the school we ask?
An Enormous Cost in our opinion because Bobby Petrino is someone that treats other human beings like Total Shit and if you are say….Jeff Long who is now the Athletic Director at Kansas where another AD hired Charlie Weis a few years ago who also treats other human beings like Total Shit in our opinion then anyone with an IQ over room temperature would have a concern about these folks ethics…but come now…
Bobby Petrino can win you some football games!
We have some news for the folks out there in the world making a Helluva Lot of $$$ in Athletic Director positions…
There are plenty of coaches that can win football games that are actually…Decent Human Beings as well!
2 – 7 Louisville has games left this season against…
At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
….and we fully expect the Cardinals to get SMASHED in all those games…not just beat but SMASHED and then we will find out if the folks at the University of Louisville have…
Questionable Ethics and Integrity
…and will keep Bobby Petrino employed or if they will actually act like Real Americans with Common Decency and fire Petrino before he totally GUTS Louisville Football on the cross of treating other human beings like Total Shit!
5. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Watching BYU play and lose to Boise State on Saturday night by the score of 21 – 16 with the Cougars having a great chance to score at touchdown at the end of the game we could not help but wonder….
How did BYU only score 6 points against Northern Illinois at home the previous week?
There is NO logical answer to that question which raises the question:
Just what in the Hell is going on at BYU?
2018 BYU Offense Scoring:
28 Points on Arizona 18 Points on California 24 Points on Wisconsin 30 Points on McNeese 7 Points on Washington 20 Points on Utah State 49 Points on Hawaii 7 Points on Northern Illinois 16 Points on Boise State
We went back and looked at all of BYU’s games this season and frankly…
We don’t have a Damn Clue what BYU is trying to accomplish on offense nor do we think the BYU coaches have a Damn Clue what BYU is trying to accomplish on offense which is a Helluva situation for a place like BYU that made its name on…
Scoring A Lot of Points on Offense!
Kalani Sitake is now in this third year at BYU and has posted a record of…
17 – 18
…overall and at 4 – 5 in 2018 with these games left to be played…
At UMass New Mexico State At Utah
….and if BYU loses at UMass on Saturday there’s a decent chance the Cougars will not go to a bowl game for a second straight season and we cannot imagine how Sitake can survive that if they are actually still serious about playing football in Provo that is!
While we have you here on the issue of the head football coach at BYU some may be wondering why Bronco Mendenhall is now the head coach at Virginia instead of still at BYU and in our opinion the main reason is that…
Bronco Mendenhall was paid very little money at BYU
…and Mendenhall is making $3.5M+ a year at UVA and has a contract that guarantees to pay him $18M+ no matter what he does in the future which is the kind of money that Bronco would NEVER make at BYU and that is because…
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
A few years ago the Athletic Director at BYU Tom Holmoe made a comment that was something along the lines of…
“Some of the websites out there that say Bronco Mendenhall makes “X” amount of money are just way off base because he doesn’t make anywhere close to the kind of money they are reporting.”
Since BYU is a private school and does not report what it pays its head football coach it’s not easy to know or even guess what Kalani Sitake makes as the head football coach at BYU but we do know what the head football coach at BYU should be making…
$3M+ a year easy!
….that is BYU actually paid a Market Wage but come now…maybe you forgot…
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
Oh…BYU’s current endowment is something around $1.5 Billion Dollars and the Mormon Church is easily in our opinion worth north of $30 Billion Dollars and yet when it comes to paying the head football coach at BYU….
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
We have lots of Mormon friends in the state of Utah and elsewhere around America and to a person they are two things….they are NOT…
Arrogant or Cheap
…and we cannot help but wonder why AD Tom Holmoe and we are guessing the folks that run BYU are not willing to pay their head football coach a Market Wage?
Brigham Young University is CHEAP….REALLY CHEAP!
Until BYU quits being so Damn CHEAP don’t tell us that Tom Holmoe or anyone else at BYU gives two rips about winning football games because they don’t…they just don’t!
6. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are not quiet sure what Willie Taggart is doing at Florida State but we do know this…
Jimbo Fisher won an average of 10.375 games a season at FSU over the past 8 seasons
…and the now 4 – 5 Seminole after they got destroyed by NC State on Saturday have beat in 2018:
Samford Northern Illinois Louisville Wake Forest
…and FSU still has to play this season:
At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Now…we haven’t a Damn Clue what is going on at Florida (see more below on the Gators) but does anyone else think that FSU is headed for a record of…
4 – 8
…in 2018 and Willie Taggart possibly sitting on the #1 Hot Seat in America entering the 2019 season?
FSU’s Goal for Notre Dame game this coming Saturday:
Don’t get their asses blown out by the Irish!
7. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Some of the more interesting numbers about Mike MacIntyre are his records at both Colorado and Overall which look like this…
Overall Winning Percentage at San Jose State and Colorado = .422%
Winning Percentage at Colorado = .417%
….which says a Helluva Lot and when one looks at MacIntyre’s record at Colorado one finds that against FBS schools with .500 or better records he is at…
10 – 40
…in those games and MacIntyre’s Overall Record at CU now stands at:
30 – 42
If you are thinking that Mike MacIntyre has fattened up his record at Colorado with lots of wins over very average or worse teams then you would be right and it’s not like MacIntyre’s record in Pac-12 play is that great at…
14 – 37
The CU Buffs are now 4 – 5 on the 2018 season and have games left against…
Washington State Utah At California
…and if Colorado plays like they played last couple of weeks in losses to Oregon State and Arizona they will finish the season at 5 – 7 which would be for MacIntyre…
5 Losing Records in 6 Seasons at Colorado!
Even if Colorado won one of their remaining games and got to 6 – 6 on the season is that good enough at Colorado in his sixth season on the job?
Not in our opinion but then we are old enough to remember when Colorado actually played the game of football!
8. Lovie Smith, Illinois – We have been alarmed about the amount of points that Minnesota has been giving up this season but the Gophers giving up 55 points to Illinois was quite the eye-opener and has moved P. J. Fleck towards the Hot Seat as he fires his defensive coordinator but with that win the Illini moved to 4 – 5 on the season with games left against….
At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
…and it will be interesting to see if Illinois can win any of their remaining three games or if they will collapse down the stretch as they have done in the first two seasons under Lovie Smith.
Scott Frost and Nebraska really need to beat Illinois on Saturday to get to 3 wins on the season with Michigan State and at Iowa left so this will be a very interesting game….a very interesting game indeed!
9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – We are not quite sure what $5 Million Dollars A Year is supposed to get you but we are guessing it’s not a record of…
5 – 4
…that Oklahoma State is now sitting on with games left against…
At Oklahoma West Virginia At TCU
…with Mike Gundy banking that $5M a year and a real chance now that the Cowboys will miss a bowl game in 2018 which would take a…
Charlie Weis Level of Incompetence
….for Mike Gundy because Gundy could have gone hunting and fishing away from Stillwater and let an Oklahoma State sorority coach the Cowboys in 2018 and they would have gotten at least…
6 Wins In 2018!
Will Mike Gundy hit at least the mark that an OSU sorority coaching the Cowboys football team in 2018 or will he fall short?
10. Dan Mullen, Florida – We gotta call on Sunday from a Florida alum buddy of ours from Jacksonville we first rented a house from out near the beaches in Jacksonville about 30 years go and this UF alum was a student at Florida when Steve Spurrier was playing quarterback for the Gators so he goes way back and here is what he said about the current state of Florida football based upon what he saw at The Swamp on Saturday in the Mizzou – Florida game:
“I am not quite sure what Dan Mullen is doing but for Damn sure he is not coaching the Florida football team right now. I went over behind the Florida bench in both the first and second half and the Gators players just could have cared less that they were playing and losing to Missouri and the fans at the game perfectly reflected the amount of energy the players and coaches brought to the game which was almost no energy at all.”
It was interesting after the Mizzou game when Dan Mullen’s football team…
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
“That’s how it works,” a frustrated Mullen said. “I’m gonna be honest with you, this is how it works too, when we sell out the stadium, we win a championship. It doesn’t go the other way. It’s not we win, you sell out. You sell out, you win. Go watch teams that have built programs. That’s how it works.”
This is FLORIDA Son where…
Any Random Stumblebum off the beaches of Jacksonville Beach can win 8 games a season
…and the Gators now after losing to Mizzou at home on Saturday in a game where the Gators….
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
….are now 6 – 3 and have games left against…
South Carolina Idaho At Florida State
Now Dan Mullen could turn over the Gators to Mike Gundy and they could beat Idaho but will the Gators actually show-up to play against South Carolina like….
They give two rips about winning the game or not?
…or will they show up how they looked against Mizzou?
Did Not Show Up To Play and Looked Totally Un-Coached
Our long-time Florida alum buddy also said to us on Sunday:
“If Dan Mullen thinks we are going to tolerate a lot of average football at Florida then will just see about that and if the Gators look like they did against Mizzou in 2019 then Mullen will not make it past year 2 in Gainesville and AD Scott Stricklin will be gone as well because those two are attached at the hip. Maybe Mullen and Stricklin think this is just a fun game and they can just coast along being average, but one thing McElwain showed is that even a Damn Idiot can take the Gators to the SEC Championship and if the Gators aren’t competitive against Georgia next season and winning 9+ games then Dan Mullen and his buddy Scott will be unemployed next Christmas so I hope they enjoy this Christmas with their families!”
This is not a game Dan Mullen and you better Damn not lose to South Carolina on Saturday and if you somehow fooled around and lost to South Carolina and the Total Train Wreck that is Florida State football in the last game of the season…
Your trips to the Gators clubs in the coming offseason will be the most miserable experience of your life on Earth!
Don’t lose to South Carolina and Will Muschamp on Saturday Dan because it might just be a Zook-like beginning of the end of your coaching career with the Gators!
We are deep into the 2018 college football season now and have a Helluva football game coming right at us this coming Saturday in Baton Rouge with the Alabama Crimson Tide playing the LSU Tigers and if you are thinking living in America is Great Fun you would be right!
Let’s get to the Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means bringing out the Late Great Johnny Cash!
Thank You Johnny!
Oh…you ever want to watch a great documentary on Johnny Cash you can’t go wrong with this one >
1. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers had a bye in Week 8 and it’s a good thing because the Scarlet Knights are coming off 7 straight losses after opening up the season with a win over lowly Texas State and with these four games still on the schedule for a 1 – 7 team:
At Wisconsin Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
Wisconsin looks Hardly Coached At All right now so maybe Rutgers can beat the Badgers in Madison, but we don’t think there’s a chance in Hell they can win any of those last three games so there’s at least a 50 – 50 chance that Rutgers head coach Chris Ash will finish his THIRD season with a record of…
1 – 11
….and in the four seasons before Ash took over at Rutgers in 2016 this football program under head coach Kyle Flood posted an overall record of…
27 – 24
Is there anyone on Earth that believes Rutgers is getting better or even holding level under Chris Ash?
No one we can see that Knows His or Her Ass From the Side of a Barn!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday in head coach Lovie Smith’s 32 nd game as the head coach of the Illini his team lost to a Maryland team dealing with Total Chaos that has an Interim Head Coach and lost to the Terps by the score of…
63 – 33!
That loss now leaves Lovie’s Big Ten Conference record in 3 years on the job at…
3 – 20
…and the Illini still have to play in 2018 games against…
Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
Maybe Illinois can beat Minnesota at home…..but then the Vegas Folks have the line at…
…so maybe not but for Damn sure there’s not a chance in Hell that Illinois beats Nebraska, Iowa, or Northwestern!
What if Illinois finishes at 3 – 9 in Lovie Smith’s THIRD year on the job making $5M a year with a $12.6M on December 1, 2018 when he took over a football program that went to a bowl game in 2014 under Tim Beckman and almost went to a bowl game in 2015 under Bill Cubit…is there a chance in Hell that Lovie Smith will return to coach the Illini in 2019?
Not if we were making the hiring and firing decisions at Illinois but then we here at Coaches Hot Seat actually interested in…
Winning Games and Championships
…not Horseshit PR which this move to hire Lovie Smith at Illinois was…
Just Horseshit PR!
3. Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday UConn lost to lowly UMass to drop to 1 – 7 on the season and Randy Edsall’s records at UConn since he returned to coach the Huskies last season now stand at…
Overall: 4 – 16
AAC: 2 – 10
….and we were wondering if there is ANYONE in America that can claim this isn’t just going to worse from here with Edsall at UConn, because if there is someone that can claim that we would love to meet that person and make sure they are escorted to the closest mental hospital because that person is a danger to themselves and any nearby community!
4. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – An interesting record for Larry Fedora is that in North Carolina’s last 23 games under Fedora the Tar Heels are…
5 – 18
….and UNC the last two seasons are sitting on an ACC Conference record of…
2 – 11
What in the Hell went wrong at North Carolina would be an interesting thesis for someone to write but what it really boils down to is….North Carolina’s rankings on Defense:
104 in Scoring Defense giving up an average of 34.3 points per game
100 in Rushing Defense giving up an average of 191.3 yards per game
83 in Total Defense giving up an average of 413 yards per game
60 in Passing Yards Allowed giving up an average of 221.7 yard per game
North Carolina no longer plays any Damn defense under Larry Fedora and if you are not going to play Defense then your ass is going to lose a lot of football games like…
18 of the last 23!
With 1 – 6 North Carolina still having to play in 2018 games against…
Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
…we would recommend maybe Larry Fedora spend Oh let’s say…
30 minutes a week maybe coaching Defense at North Carolina!
Is that really too much to ask…a college football team playing a little defense which begins and end with…
Actually Tackling the Opposing Players which takes EFFORT!
Why has North Carolina lost 18 of its last 23 games you ask?
There’s Precious Little EFFORT among these North Carolina players and when there’s Precious Little EFFORT that is always a Helluva Lot of QUIT!
5. Clay Helton, USC – After the home loss to Arizona State to drop the USC record to 4 – 4 in 2018 with games still left against…
At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
….it’s not surprising that head coach Clay Helton shook-up his offense staff and took over offensive play-calling duties because Helton more than likely has to…
Run The Table and win the last 4 games of the 2018 season
…to return to coach the Trojans in 2019 and that begins with beating Oregon State on the road on Saturday which just beat Colorado in Boulder, and if Helton isn’t worried about his future now his ass better start worrying because he is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in America at USC where 4 – 4 starts will get your ass fired even if you did win the Pac-12 Title last season!
We don’t know all the Big Money Players at USC but we know a number of them and doing a quick survey on Sunday with em we didn’t find one that was in support of bringing Clay Helton back for the 2019 season even if it would cost “X” Millions of Dollars to buy out Clay and his staff + hire a new head coach and instead every single one of them asked something to the effect of….
“Who do you think we should get to replace Helton?”
You look back at the coaches that won BIG at USC…
John McKay John Robinson Pete Carroll
…they all had the ability to motivate and move players and they had BIG personalities and Clay Helton at this moment doesn’t seem to be able to motivate and move his players and Helton blends so much into the background in Los Angeles you hardly know he is there!
One thing for sure….USC loses to Oregon State this coming Saturday you can…
Turn Out The Lights on Clay Helton at USC!
6. David Beaty, Kansas – Head Coach David Beaty and Kansas got a nice win over TCU on Saturday but come now….this TCU football team is falling to pieces as it collapses in on itself with Gary Patterson losing control of anything and everything in Ft. Worth (a situation that is about get a Helluva Lot worse in our opinion) and with that win Beaty’s records in 4 seasons on the job now stand at:
Overall: 6 – 38
Big 12: 2 – 30
The 3 – 5 Jayhawks have games left in 2018 against…
Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
…and if David Beaty can win 3 of those remaining 4 games then he will probably hold onto his job at KU but anything short of 6 wins total in 2018 and Kansas will be looking for a new head football coach in late November.
7. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – The Total Meltdown in River City Louisville continued this past Saturday with the Cardinals losing to Wake Forest at home by the score of…
56 – 35
…and now 2 – 6 Louisville has games left to play against…
At Clemson At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
Got 2 – 10?
Good because so will Louisville in a few weeks and $14M buyout or not we haven’t a Damn Clue how Louisville can keep Petrino around for another season unless the folks at Louisville…
Just don’t give a Damn about the Louisville Football Program!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – After a week off in Week 8 the 5 – 3 Auburn Tigers get back at it in Week 9 with a home game against Texas A&M in a game that Auburn should win but could easily lose because the reality is…
No one has a Damn Clue what Auburn team will show-up against Texas A&M on Saturday!
It’s our humble opinion that there is some infighting going on within the Auburn football program that has divided the team along offensive and defensive sides which culminated in the home loss to Tennessee and luckily the Tigers had a game against Ole Miss the next week which looked like a team that was hardly coached at all by Matt Luke and the Rebels coaches will led to an Auburn win in what was probably a job saving win for Gus Malzahn even with a $30M+ buyout on the books!
5 – 3 Auburn has left in 2018…
Texas A&M At Georgia Liberty At Alabama
…so that looks like best case scenario a 7 – 5 record for Gus Malzahn in his…
6 th Season at Auburn
…and if there is a fan of Auburn football that thinks a head coach in his 6 th season on the job should be posting records like 7 – 5 then that is an Auburn fan that is a…
Total Damn Loser!
Of course lose to the Aggies on Saturday and Auburn + Malzahn looking right at 6 – 6 in 2018 which would lead to the firing of Gus Malzahn $30M+ buyout or not in our humble opinion!
Who have we heard might be interested in the Auburn job if it should open?
We are not going to say the coach’s name but he’s having a GREAT 2018 season!
9. Kalani Sitake, BYU – Just when you thought BYU might be able to put together a decent 2018 season sitting on a record of 4 – 3 after a win over Hawaii the Cougars host Northern Illinois at home and scored only…
…in losing to what is an average MAC Conference team in Northern Illinois and when you are BYU and you can only score 6 points against a MAC team you have a head coach that is in a Helluva Lot of trouble and that’s where Kalani Sitake finds himself now with games left against…
At Boise State At UMass New Mexico State At Utah
Utah will DESTROY BYU in that final game and you can forget about BYU beating Boise State in Boise so if the Cougars lose at UMass or at home to New Mexico State it’s our opinion BYU will be looking for a new head football coach in late November and this time around maybe BYU should considering hiring a Non-Mormon but still a committed Christian to be their head football coach because there’s one just up the road in Logan, Utah in Matt Wells who is doing a Helluva job at Utah State.
10. Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are not quite sure what Willie Taggart was hoping for from his Florida State football team against Clemson but we were expecting a decent game that saw the Tigers pull away in the second half but instead we got…
A Sloppy, Undisciplined, Often Playing Out of Freaking Control, Sometimes Quitting, Sometimes Loafing, Almost Always Looking Un-Coached FSU Team on Saturday
…and that reality has lit-up Willie’s backside as his now 4 – 4 Seminoles have games left against in 2018…
At NC State At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Hell…Florida State is not going to win another game and finish at 4 – 8 on the season and make 2019 a…
Make Or Break Season for Willie Taggart’s Coaching Career
…with Willie entering 2019 on one of the Hottest Seats in College Football after lots of coaches ahead of him in the rankings get run from their jobs!
The Late Great Woody Hayes once said…
“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the Hell kicked out of you.”
…and if that’s True then Willie Taggart and the Florida State Seminoles football team should have…
Very Damn Clean Souls right now
….because they got their ass whipped by Clemson!
Now the question is will Florida State just Give Up and QUIT or will they FIGHT?
Our guess and opinion is that FSU will Give Up and QUIT because there’s just no heart or soul or anything in these Florida State players and when you combine that with almost nonexistent coaching you have a Helluva mess on your hands and…
FSU Football is now a Helluva Mess!
…very similar to what Tennessee was under Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, and Butch Jones so SMILE fans of Seminoles football…
You only have a about decade of Horseshit football ahead of you and LOTS of coaching changes….YES….lots of coaching changes coming unless Willie Taggart gets ahold of and change things and quick!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas lost 48 – 16 at Texas Tech on Saturday and 43 games into his tenure in Lawrence David Beaty’s records now stand at…
Overall: 5 – 38
Big 12: 1 – 30
With these games left to play….
TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
…we give Kansas a ZERO-POINT.ZERO chance of winning another game this season and one can only wonder who is on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s short list to be next head football coach of the Jayhawks because when you look at the head football coaches that Jeff Long has hired as an AD it’s got to be worrisome if you are fan of Kansas football!
2005 – Dave Wannstedt, Pitt – FIRED 2008 – Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – FIRED 2009 – John L. Smith, Interim Arkansas – CRAZY AS HELL! 2013 – Bret Bielema – FIRED
We can think of 10 coaches that could turn Kansas football into a .500 football program in 3 years or less…are any of those 10 coaches on Kansas AD Jeff Long’s list to replace David Beaty?
NOPE…and we have that on good authority!
Just an opinion…the Total Disaster that is Kansas Football will keep rolling into the future with no end in sight!
2. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers gave a Northwestern team that has looked at times in 2018 like head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff spend every afternoon at the local bar drinking bear, playing video games, and hitting on waitresses rather a team that is Coached by Real Coaches in practice on a regular basis a decent game on Saturday but come now..
3 – 3 Akron beat Northwestern in Evanston this year!
What kind of football program is Rutgers in head coach Chris Ash third season on the job…well the records are…
Overall: 7 – 25
Big Ten: 3 – 21
…and those 7 wins were over….
2016 Howard New Mexico
2017 Morgan State Illinois Purdue Maryland
2018 Texas State
So in three seasons Chris Ash has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was Purdue last year which went 7 – 6 in Jeff Brohm’s first year on the job and what has Brohm done in less than two seasons on the job with the same amount of talent at Purdue that Ash inherited at Rutgers….
Well…he just beat Ohio State which Rutgers lost to earlier this by a score of…wait for it…
52 – 3!
A very simple question the folks at Rutgers need to ask themselves:
Is Rutgers a better football team today than it was when Chris Ash took over 3 seasons ago and remember he took over a team that had gone…
27 – 24
…the previous four seasons under Kyle Flood.
If you answer anything but NO to the above question not only do you Not Have A Damn Clue about the game of football you are a Damn Fool!
Yes…there are Lots of Damn Fools in AD positions hiring football coaches in today’s world!
3. Lovie Smith, Illinois – In Lovie Smith’s 31 st game as the head coach at Illinois his football team got whipped by an Average Wisconsin team in Madison by the score of…
49 – 20
…to drop the Illini’s record to 3 – 4 on the year and Lovie’s record at the school to…
Overall: 8 – 23
Big Ten: 3 – 19
Oh…those 8 wins were over….
2016 Murray State Rutgers Michigan State
2017 Ball State Western Kentucky
2018 Kent State Western Illinois Rutgers
Like Rutgers HC Chris Ash Ole Lovie Smith has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record…no not Michigan State in 2016 which went 3 – 9 that year but….wait for it…
“Naming Lovie Smith as the Illinois head football coach is the first step in taking this program to a place of national prominence,” Whitman said. “We will build a program that contends annually for Big Ten and national championships. The timing for this move was extremely tight, and we needed to move quickly. A coach of Lovie’s caliber would not have been available to us if we had waited until after the 2016 season. Lovie’s reputation as a coach, and even more so as a person, made it clear it was an awesome opportunity for the University of Illinois.”
Got LOL – Freaking – LOL?
Also got Lovie Smith’s agent ROLLED Illinois AD Josh Whitman thinking that because Lovie got a loaded NFL roster with Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl that wasn’t something hundreds if not thousands of football coaches in America couldn’t have also done?
Oh…lest us not forget that Lovie Smith took over an Illinois football team that went 5 – 7 in 2015 under Bill Cubit and the year before had finished at 6 – 7 under Tim Beck.
Here’s what Lovie Smith has done at Illinois:
He has taken an Average Football Program and turned into a Complete Freaking Laughingstock…that’s what Lovie Smith has done and Oh his buyout on December 1, 2018….
…on top of Lovie getting paid $5 Million Dollars A Year!
What in the Hell has Lovie Smith done to earn that $5 Million Dollars A Year?
Not One Damn Thing and in FACT his presence in Champaign has made the Illinois football program WORSE not BETTER!
Oh…the 3 – 4 Illini have left on their schedule…
At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
We would be shocked if Illinois wins more than 1 of their remaining 5 games….but then we were shocked when Lovie Smith was hired to coach a college football team when the last time he coached in the college game before taking this job in 2016 was in 1995 at Ohio State!
20+ Freaking Years!
Got there are Helluva Lot of Stupid Damn People hiring football coaches on the FBS level right now?
4. Randy Edsall, UConn – South Florida may just be the softest undefeated football in recent college football history and UConn gave those soft Bulls a decent game before losing by the score of 38 – 30 which with the loss dropped the Huskies record in 2018 to…
1 – 6
….and Randy Edsall’s record at UConn the last two seasons to….
4 – 15
Oh…those 4 wins were over…
2017 Holy Cross Temple Tulsa
2018 Rhode Island
Randy Edsall has beaten ONE FBS team with a .500 or better record and that was…
Temple last year that went 7 – 6.
Is Randy Edsall long for the UConn right now meaning will Edsall coach the Huskies in 2019?
We haven’t a Damn clue but let us know how many more games you think 1 – 6 UConn will win in 2018 from their remaining games…
UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
Maybe they beat UMass….Maybe!
5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – It didn’t surprise anyone at Coaches Hot Seat that Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels gave Syracuse all it could want on Saturday since Dino Baber’s football teams melt like a cube of butter on a hot sidewalk in Phoenix in the middle of Summer but North Carolina did take Syracuse to two overtimes before losing after they should have beaten Virginia Tech the week before but come now….UNC is still 1 – 5 on the season and they still have left to play games against…
At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
Georgia Tech can be beat….that’s obvious…and Western Carolina is a win but can UNC end up with a record better than…
3 – 8
….in 2018 with the game against UCF cancelled due to a hurricane…which woulda been a loss?
Not in our humble opinion.
6. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Again the San Jose Spartans gave a decent team….San Diego State…..a decent game before losing 16 – 13 to the Aztecs but come now….San Jose State is now 0 – 7 on the season and head coach Brent Brennan’s record in two years at the school are now at…
Overall: 2 – 18
MWC: 1 – 11
Who exactly did San Jose State beat in those two games last year?
Cal Poly and then Wyoming in the last game of the season.
Is Brent Brennan long for the San Jose State job?
We haven’t a Damn Clue but with these games left…
UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
…if SJSU doesn’t beat UNLV on Saturday it looks like ZERO wins in 2018 for the Spartans!
7. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – It’s clear now the money has been put together to buyout Gus Malzahn if that is what needs to be done at the end of this season which is something along the lines of…
$32 Million Dollars Total $15 Million Dollars Paid Within 90 Days $17 Million Dollars Remaining Paid Over Next 6 Years
…and we can understand why with the way Auburn has looked in 2018 which we would characterize as…
A Head Coach with a $32 Million Dollar Buyout who could really care less how many games Auburn wins in 2018 or ever again!
In our humble opinion!
We have lots of ways to measure coaches at Coaches Hot Seat and one of those measure is a scale of 1 – 100 which we do before each season on how bad does a loss impact “X” coach with the scale being…
100 = The Freaking World Is Over! 1 = No Big Whoop!
…and Gus Malzahn before the 2018 season fell at….
25 = Whatever
…on that measure and the general consensus if we had to redo that measure again it would today be….
12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!
Oh…Nick Saban on this measure of coaches on how hard a loss hits them is at…
100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
Be Proud Auburn fans because here is what you now have on your hands when a team in the state of Alabama loses a game…
Nick Saban = 100 = The Freaking World Is Over! Gus Malzahn = 12 = We Lost? Really? It’s A Beautiful Day Though!
With the win over Totally Damn Listless Ole Miss which looked Totally Un-Coached on Saturday and in the second half had players….Loafing All Over the Field…the Auburn Tigers are now 5 – 3 on the season with games left against…
Texas A&M At Georgia Liberty At Alabama
If Auburn beats Liberty and loses to the A&M, Georgia and Alabama to finish at 6 – 6 with a totally loaded roster will Gus Malzahn get the Heave-Hoe out the back door with Millions of Dollars in early December of this year?
Who might be the front-runner to replace Gus Malzahn at Auburn?
Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm….in our humble opinion.
Where does Jeff Brohm fall on how does a loss impact “X” coach with Brohm being the coach in this case…the same as Saban:
100 = The Freaking World Is Over!
Jeff Brohm just might be the Pat Dye to Paul “Bear” Bryant who at the end of Bryant’s career turned the tables just enough to send the Bear packing beating him in their last Auburn – Alabama game against each other at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama:
8. Clay Helton, USC – If there ever was a FBS head coach that really could not afford to lose a game on Saturday it was USC head coach Clay Helton whose Trojans lost to Utah by the score of…
41 – 28
….to drop the Trojans record to 4 – 3 on the season with games still left against…
Arizona State At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
We have it on good authority that Clay Helton really needs to win 4 of the next 5 games or things will be mighty ugly around USC in late November especially if the Trojans lose the last two games to the Bruins and Irish!
9. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist wrote a hilarious story last week about Paul Johnson’s situation at Georgia Tech…
“The belief is that Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech’s athletic director, doesn’t want to fire his football coach. Events, however, aren’t cooperating. The Yellow Jackets are 3-4. The only Power 5 team they’ve beaten is Louisville, which might be the worst Power 5 team.”
An AD that doesn’t want to fire a coach?
No AD wants to fire a coach but what AD that is competent in his job would do anything but fire ANY coach that wasn’t performing and in the last two seasons Johnson has posted a records of…
Overall: 8 – 10
ACC: 5 – 7
…and 3 – 4 Tech still has to play in 2018 games against…
At Virginia Tech At North Carolina Miami Virginia At Georgia
So the AD at Georgia Tech is hoping with his fingers crossed that Georgia Tech wins 3 of their remaining 5 games to get bowl eligible in Paul Johnson’s….
11 th season at Georgia Tech?
Shouldn’t the AD at Tech be thinking that the Georgia Tech football team should be winning 10+ games in Johnson’s 11 th year at the school?
Yes…but that would be a Competent AD that Knew His Ass From the Side of a Barn and if you are thinking America was not built by LOSERS like Todd Stansbury then you would be right!
Here’s a thought for you Todd Stansbury >
Walk into Paul Johnson’s office and tell him if his team doesn’t win at least 4 of its remaining 5 games his ass is going to be fired instead of sitting in your office and hoping like a Damn Loser that Georgia Tech gets to 6 wins in 2018!
10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Oklahoma State had a bye in Week 8 and the only real question that needs to be answered is…
Did Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and his coaches do any Real Work in the bye week in getting ready for a primetime match up against Texas next week of will the Total Slop that is Oklahoma State football continue rolling on in the 2018 season with the coaching staff asleep at the wheel?
We are all going to find out the answer to that question because there really is…
No Damn Good Excuse
…for Tom Herman in his second year at Texas to come rolling into Stillwater…after taking over a totally tanking Longhorns football program…and beat Mike Gundy’s Cowboys when Gundy is in his….
14 th year at OSU!
If Texas does come in and beat Oklahoma State to drop the Cowboys record to 4 – 4 on the year with games still left against…
At Baylor At Oklahoma West Virginia At TCU
….Ole Mike Gundy might have to get his agent to shop his wares around to program’s with open jobs this coming offseason because Ole Gundy may just find his ass out of his job in Stillwater in early December!
Texas beats OSU Baylor beats OSU Oklahoma beats OSU West Virginia beats OSU TCU beats OSU
….and the Cowboys finish at 4 – 8 on the year and Mike Gundy is sitting around the Christmas Tree without a job but with $16 million dollars in the bank from his buyout!
Karma can be a bitch and in his case the Karma is bad but Gundy will get $16 Million Dollars to do NOTHING which may be what he wants….if Oklahoma State QUITS down the stretch then that will be what Gundy wants….
coach David Beaty did fire his OC Doug Meacham last week which is like tossing
your Executive Officer overboard on US Navy ship as you head towards a reef so
you can make sure you hit the reef in the just the right way but come now….in 4
seasons at Kansas Beaty is sitting on records of…
Overall: 5 – 37
12: 1 – 29
Jayhawks still have to play in 2018 games against…
Texas Tech TCU Iowa
State At Kansas
….and we don’t
see KU winning any of those games so everyone knows where this is going and as
John Wayne said playing character Davey Crockett in the movie The Alamo…
always counted on dying, it’s just the where and the when I’m not sure of right
down the Where and the When…just like with Davey Crockett at The Alamo!
Chris Ash, Rutgers – Ole Steve Politi wrote after the Rutgers
loss to Maryland on Saturday…
ass MUST BE BOUGHT OUT….unless of course the people running Rutgers Athletics
needs to have their asses fired and run out of town!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn – What we saw on Saturday in the Tennessee –
Auburn game wasn’t just an…
Inferior Football Team in Tennessee by 2 or 3 times that beat Auburn on its
a replay of the game we saw….
Football Players QUITTING
sense because we wrote in this blog last week that…
Malzahn has QUIT coaching the Auburn football team!
say that Gus Malzahn has QUIT coaching the Auburn football team we are saying
that because we believe there is a reason why Malzahn has QUIT and that
reason…in our humble opinion is…
Gus Malzahn in
a Petty, Selfish, and in a Big Ego kind of way has created a toxic place for his
assistant coaches to work and that has now seeped down to the Auburn players and
unless someone owns up….make that Gus Malzahn accepts direct responsibility for
his Pitiful Pettiness, Selfishness, and Massive Ego…and apologizes for acting
like a Spoiled Pompous Arrogant Ass to his coaches and players…NOTHING is going
to change at Auburn and the now…
4 – 3
…will be lucky
to win another game….YES lucky to even beat Liberty at home in November since
Liberty just beat Troy….this season with these games left:
Miss Texas A&M At
Georgia Liberty At
Malzahn is hoping that Auburn doesn’t win another game and that he will get his
ass run off The Plains with $32 million dollars in early December but….we have
it on good authority that if Auburn collapses down the stretch and it’s obvious
as Hell that Gus Malzahn has Totally Damn QUIT on his football team that Malzahn
will have go into court to get that $32M or take a lot less if Auburn runs his
ass out of town because when you Flat-Out QUIT your ass is not fulfilling the
obligations inherent in being the…
Football Coach of the Auburn Tigers!
is probably coming for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn football team?
see lots of trouble ahead with potentially the President at Auburn getting fired
followed by Gus Malzahn getting fired and anyone else that signed-off on the
Idiocy of giving someone a 7 year $49 million fully guaranteed contract getting
their asses out of Auburn….that’s the trouble that is coming plus a few other
items as well if this does indeed implode that will make the insanity around
Terry Bowden getting run from Auburn almost 3 decades ago look sane by
Randy Edsall, Connecticut – During this past Summer when about a
dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were on our 2018 See America RV Tour which
included visits to 30 US states we drove from Gettysburg Battlefield in
Pennsylvania to the Hartford area to spend the night before heading into Boston
the next day. We went to Hartford because we wanted to meet with a UConn alum +
booster of ours to talk to him about Randy Edsall and he met us at a great
barbecue restaurant near the Hartford airport called the
a Damn Mess and has been for awhile. (meaning UConn football.) In my opinion
anything less than 6 wins this season and Randy is gone, but who would we hire?”
Our UConn alum
+ booster passed along a few other tidbits about UConn football we will not post
in this spot for various reasons, but if Randy Edsall does need to win 6 games
in 2018 then the 1 – 5 Huskies with only a win over FCS Rhode Island and still
to play these games…
South Florida UMass At Tulsa SMU At East
get busy but come now…is there anyone on Earth thinks UConn will win more than
one more game the rest of this season?
We happen to
know 3 or 4 coaches we think could turn around and win at UConn in a short
amount of time which we passed along to our UConn alum + booster and let’s hope
he has passed those names along to the folks at UConn because it looks like 2018
is going to be nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for the Huskies!
Larry Fedora, North Carolina – By all rights North Carolina
should have beaten Virginia Tech on Saturday before losing 22 – 19 to the Hokies
at home and with that loss Larry Fedora is…
5 – 16
….in his last
21 games at UNC and things don’t get any easier with these games left in 2018…
Tech At Duke Western
Carolina NC State
We would guess
that UNC maybe wins 2 more games to finish at…
3 – 9
second straight season and Larry Fedora’s buyout on December 1, 2018….
Now that is
Freaking Hilarious because we would not give a contract like that to Nick Saban
but then we don’t work in the Total Damn Freaking Fantasyland that is a college
campus where ADs make contracts with coaches with…
…so what the
Hell do they care if they create Totally Damn Stupid contracts?
They don’t care at all!
Thus why there
are so many asinine contracts in college football and also because Athletic
Directors and Presidents are…
Damn Easy To Roll!
Brent Brennan, San Jose State – In Brent Brennan’s 19 th game as
the head football coach at San Jose State his team got beat by Army….at home
mind you…by the score of…
52 – 3
Brennan’s records at…
Overall: 2 – 17
State now at 0 – 6 on the season still has to play in 2018 games against…
Diego State UNLV At
Wyoming At Utah
State Nevada At Fresno
like at best…a record of….
1 – 11
…for San Jose
State in Brennan’s second year on the job and that is not something we would
tolerate if we were the AD at SJSU but then come now…if we were the AD at SJSU
we would be interested in actually…
Finding a Head Football Coach that could Win Some Football Games
for a coach that checks off a few boxes and gets recommendations from a few
people….many of them out of the game of football because they also got their
asses run out of jobs!
That’s just us
now and then you have ADs that Don’t Know Their Asses From the Side of a Barn
when it comes to hiring football coaches…hiring fraud football coaches that have
No Damn Idea how to lead a football program and to win football games on a
regular basis across America!
Bobby Petrino, Louisville – Louisville lost to Boston College on
Saturday by the score of…
the Cardinals record down to 2 – 5 on the year with games still to play against…
Syracuse NC State Kentucky
We don’t think
Louisville will win another game this season and that Mark Stoops and the
Kentucky Wildcats will DESTROY Louisville in the last game of the season which
will be followed by Bobby Petrino being fired by the AD at Louisville.
Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday Lovie Smith coached his 30
th football game at Illinois against Purdue and his team lost at home to a team
with roughly the same amount of talent in Purdue by the score of…
46 – 7
…and what you
saw on Saturday was…
Brohm – A College Head Coach That Has A Damn Clue
Smith – A College Head Coach That Has No Damn Clue
….and if you
cannot figure out a way to not Get Your Damn Ass Whipped All Over The Damn Field
in your 30 th game as a head coach going against a team with the same talent as
Ass Is NEVER Going To Figure It Out!
Lovie Smith is
his third year coaching the Illini and his records now stand at…
Overall: 8 – 22
Ten: 3 – 18
still have games left against…
At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
We don’t see
Illinois winning another game in 2018 but Lovie is being paid…
is the AD at Illinois and not only was the hiring of Lovie Smith to coach a
college football team…
..but to give
a guy who had never been a college head football coach the above contract in our
opinion means that…
Whitman’s ass should be fired today
now…we are talking about an AD here where being…
As Hell is actually a Freaking Job Requirement!
tells you someone is smart because they are an attorney we note that Josh
Whitman’s Wikipedia entry says he was graduated…
Cum Laude from the Illinois School of Law!
Freaking Hilarious because when Lovie Smith was hired by Illinois three years
ago a friend of ours that has worked in the NFL for 30+ years said to us….
will turn out to be the Stupidest Hire in recent college football history!”
there’s a few even worse with Charlie Weis being hired by Kansas easily in our
Hire since the end of World War II in major college football
Smith being hired by Illinois might just be #2!
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – So let’s get this straight….
had a long-term grudge against Louisville defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder
so Johnson’s Georgia Tech team whips the Cardinals by a score of…
that same team led by the same coach loses to Duke at home a week later by the
what Damn sense does that make and why in the Hell was Paul Johnson not fired on
the field after the Duke game?
several Georgia Tech alum friends been fed-up with Paul Johnson’s Horseshit for
years now and being good engineers who work their asses off in their day jobs
they don’t let that the Yellow Jackets look like Total Shit on the field really
bother their daily lives but come now…
Over the past
two seasons Georgia Tech’s combined record now stands at…
8 – 10
still has to play in 2018 games against…
Virginia Tech At North
Carolina Miami Virginia At
might win 2 more games in 2018 and finish with a second straight 5 win season in
Paul Johnson’s 11 th year at the school where Johnson seems more interested in
settling scores with other coaches than winning Games and Championships?
Exactly why we would have fired Paul Johnson on the field right after the Duke
game on Saturday!
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – It’s not easy to find out what’s
going on at schools around the country with their football programs on a
day-to-day basis with the way coaches hide their football programs from most
everyone, but we hear enough things from our contacts and by reading things in
the media to form opinions and something we have been kicking around at Coaches
Hot Seat for about a year is new Coaches Ranking called the…
Laziest Ass College Head Football Coaches
…and in our
opinion if we had to list the 10 Laziest Ass College Head Football Coaches who
in our opinion do a Helluva Lot less work than other coaches around the country
the that list would start with…
1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn 2.
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Why is it our
opinion that Gus Malzahn and Mike Gundy are the 2 Laziest Ass College Football
Head Coaches in America?
We don’t have
to answer that question because…it’s our opinion as Americans and US Military
Combat Vets and Mike “I Am A Man but a Lazy Ass Man In Our Opinion” Gundy can
stuff that opinion…
The Sun Doesn’t Shine!
Even if Mike
Gundy is Lazy As Hell….and in our opinion Ole Gundy is Lazy As Hell and has been
for a couple of years now as he has shopped his ass around to any school with a
job opening that might consider his ass…be lucky you didn’t hire him because
Gundy is Lazy As Hell in our opinion….what has landed Gundy on the Hot Seat is
the performance of his football team which after losing to a…
Pitiful Kansas State team on Saturday
…is now 4 – 3
on the season and things aren’t going to get any better because…
Your Head Coach is Lazy As Hell
…and you still
have to play games against…
Texas At Baylor At
Virginia At TCU
decent chance the Cowboys don’t win another game this season and checking the
USA Today Coaches Salaries list we see that Gundy’s buyout on December 1, 2018
might be a number that T. Boone Pickens would be wise to write a check for since
Ole Boone is 90 years old and if he wants to see Okie State win a national title
that’s not something he will see with a..
Ass Head Coach in Stillwater!
to T. Boone Pickens: Boone, we know a Helluva Head Football Coach that
would love to have the Oklahoma State job and in addition to not being Lazy As
Hell like Mike Gundy he could win in 2019 so you might want to get that
checkbook out and make it out to…
Million Dollars and on the comments line just write in:
fire the 2 nd Damn Laziest Coach in College Football!
humble opinion of course!
want the name of that coach Boone just give us a call…you should have our
With Week 5 of the 2018 College Football Season in the books we can say 2018 has been an interesting year so far and that we are seeing some major trends that could impact college football for the long-term with the main trend being the increase in scoring which is being driven by head football coaches who no longer see as scoring a Helluva lot of points as a negative which it should have never been in the first place!
We have told the story many times about seeing Florida practice in the first-year under Steve Spurrier in 1990 during Fall camp before the season and recognizing immediately that the SEC Conference and as we came to see all of college football in general would be changed forever with Spurrier’s desire to score as many points as possible. Spurrier’s approach to the game with the Head Ball Coach winning….
1 National Title
8 SEC Conference Titles
….in 12 seasons at Florida was fully understood in the 1990s but as we approach 2020 the idea that a team should hang 30, 40 or even 50+ points on their opponents is not a bad thing because if you score 30, 40 or even 50+ points you are going to be a very hard football team to beat…as Barry Switzer knew in the 1970s in his “hang half-hundred” days in Norman coaching the Sooners!
We will be interested to see in the coming years how many coaches embrace the idea of “cutting loose” their offense to score as many points as possible to make winning football games all that much easier and how many coaches continue to try and play a possession game which will be doomed to fail as more points are piled up and the teams without the ability to score a lot finding themselves losing more games they win and those head coaches then finding their asses on the Hot Seat!
More Points on the Scoreboard = Insurance Against A Loss = Your Ass Not on the Hot Seat so…Score A Helluva Lot of Points Coaches!
With that in mind let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas is not an easy place to win football games which is certainly the case in today’s Big 12 Conference where you better be scoring 30+ points a game to have any chance to win a lot of games, but there comes a point when a head coach at Kansas either has to fish or cut bait and in Beaty’s fourth year at KU he is off to a 2 – 3 record which puts his overall records at KU at…
Overall: 5 – 36
Big 12: 1 – 28
You look with us at the rest of the Kansas schedule and tell us how many more games do you think the Jayhawks will win 2018?
At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
Kansas could beat Kansas State…YES…that could happen but will Kansas beat anyone else besides KSU?
Not in our opinion and that is why we think the Kansas job will open up in November and just a note to college coaches out there that has an agent that is always calling around to ADs whispering in those ADs ears that “X” coach would be a great fit IF you have an opening down the road….
Don’t be talking to your agents about potential job openings during the season or your ass will take the focus off games you are coaching this year with your current team and you will get your ass upset as happened this past weekend which will cost you a shot at a better job!
Memo To College Head and Assistant Coaches that might be up for Head Coaching Jobs:
Quit talking to your agent during the Freaking Season you Damn Morons and tell your agent you will talk to him in late November at the earliest about potential job openings!
Some of these coaches…just not the brightest bulbs!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – Lovie Smith’s Illini had a bye week in Week 5 and return to play in Week 6 with a game at Rutgers which might be the only chance for Illinois to get another win in 2018….except for Nebraska which might not win a game itself in 2018!
Right now Lovie Smith’s records at Illinois in his third year on the job stand at…
Overall: 7 – 21
Big Ten: 2 – 17
…and if you were thinking that is BAD…you are RIGHT!
Illinois has left in 2018….
At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
…and if we were an Illinois fan we would assume that….
…and Hell….maybe even
…are beatable this season but if we had to guess if Illinois does beat Totally Hapless Rutgers on Saturday they will finish the 2018 season at…
3 – 9 or 4 – 8
Can Lovie Smith survive posting even a 4 – 8 record in his third season at Illinois?
Not a snowball’s chance in Key West in August!
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers – Rutgers did play a decent game against a pretty good Indiana team on Saturday before losing 24 – 7 and in Week 6 the 1 – 4 Scarlet Knights host Illinois in a classic…
Hot Seat Coach vs. Hot Seat Coach
…game with the losing moving up in the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings unless Kansas doesn’t win again since it would impossible to get by David Beaty in the #1 Hot Seat unless the Jayhawks find a way to win another game this season.
Our guess…Rutgers finds a way to beat Illinois on Saturday in a close game!
Oh…Chris Ash’s record at Rutgers now stand at:
Overall: 7 – 22
Big Ten: 3 – 18
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – After Connecticut got blasted by Cincinnati on Saturday by the score of 49 – 7 after getting blasted by Syracuse 51 – 21 the week before we are not quite sure what is going on at UConn under Randy Edsall but we are sure of one Damn thing…
Whatever the Hell is going on it isn’t good!
UConn is now 1 – 4 on the season with these games left to play…
At Memphis At South Florida UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
…and we had to guess the Huskies will finish 2018 with a….
2 – 10 or 3 – 9
….record after Edsall went 3 – 9 last year at UConn.
Will Randy Edsall be allowed to continue to field football teams that win 3 games a season?
Not in our humble opinion.
5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – In Larry Fedora’s last 20 games at North Carolina, after the loss to Miami this past week, he is sitting on a record of…
5 – 15
…and that is run of football that no coach can survive at a place like UNC where the expectations by us here at Coaches Hot Seat is…
7 to 8 wins a year
…and with the Tar Heels now at 1 – 3 on the season they still have to face in 2018:
Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
With a bye in Week 6 how many games might UNC win in 2018?
Our guess the Tar Heels will finish at…
2 – 9 or 3 – 8
…with the UCF game cancelled and only 11 games on the schedule and can Fedora survive two straight 3 win seasons in Chapel Hill?
We don’t think so.
6. Major Applewhite, Houston – Houston got their cupcake win on Saturday against Texas Southern to raise their record to 3 – 1 on the season and now Major Applewhite and his Cougars need to take care of business in the next two games that Houston should easily win against…
Tulsa At East Carolina
…so they are 5 – 1 headed into the last 6 games of…
At Navy South Florida At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
In our opinion if Major Applewhite does not win 9 games in the 2018 regular season his job will be in serious jeopardy so taking care of business the next 2 weeks and winning at least 4 of the last 6 games Houston has on the docket is CRITICAL!
Keep your focus on THIS WEEK Major!
7. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Brent Brennan and San Jose State almost got their first win of the year on Saturday with a 5-overtime loss to Hawaii at home but alas it was another loss which drops Brennan’s records in his 2 nd season at the school to…
Overall: 2 – 15
MWC: 1 – 9
…and the Spartans still have left to play in 2018…
Colorado State Army At San Diego State UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
Colorado State at home is a very winnable game for the Spartans but do we see San Jose State winning more than 2 games in 2018?
Nope…don’t think so….but we do have it on pretty decent authority that if Brennan can somehow find a way to win 4 of his team’s last 8 games he will return to coach San Jose State in 2019 but alas…another 2 win or worse season….it will be Dandy Don Time!
8. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – To truly understand why Bobby Petrino gave a away a sure-fire win over Florida State on Saturday….
Bobby Petrino is one of the Most Arrogant Asses on the Earth
….which is why Petrino called a pass play on 1 st down with the ball on the Florida State 20 yard line and 2 minutes left in the game and just for that decision alone…
Bobby Petrino should be fired
…and in our opinion Bobby Petrino will be fired later this year because the folks at Louisville are sick and tired of Bobby Petrino and want to fire Bobby Petrino and that incredibly stupid decision on Saturday against FSU just made the decision to fire Bobby Petrino all that more easy when it does come…and in our opinion it will come before December 1, 2018.
Bobby Petrino could have had all kinds of great jobs in his life…
Auburn, LSU, Hell…even Alabama was looking at Petrino at one time
….but he ended up at Arkansas and made it into the 2 nd best team in the SEC West behind Alabama but then we all know what happened with the blonde and the motorcycle and that happened for the same Damn reason that Bobby Petrino threw the ball on 1 st down late in the game against Florida State….
Bobby Petrino is one of the Most Arrogant Asses on the Earth
Louisville is now 2 – 3 on the season with games left against…
Georgia Tech At Boston College Wake Forest At Clemson At Syracuse NC State Kentucky
…and our guess is the Cardinals will finish with a record of…
4 – 8 or 5 – 7 or 6 – 6
…and the folks at Louisville will be looking for a new head football coach come December whatever the team’s final record is in 2018 and we will say this…
Louisville is a Helluva Coaching Job for the right coach!
9. Clay Helton, USC – USC looked Very Average to borderline in Total Chaos in beating a Very Average Arizona team on Saturday night and with that win the Trojans are now 3 – 2 on the season and Clay Helton with what we will call a…
Disgraceful Performance Against Arizona
….now have a week off to get things straightened out with Colorado coming to the LA Coliseum on Friday, October 12 in a game that USC just…
Flat-Out Cannot Lose
….because of what they have left on the schedule after the Buffaloes:
At Utah Arizona State At Oregon State California At UCLA Notre Dame
If USC loses to Colorado we see the Trojans finishing at…
7 – 5
…on the 2018 season and if Clay Helton wins less than 9 games this season he is going to be in Helluva tough spot come late November especially if the Irish lay a whipping on USC in the Coliseum on Friday, November 23 which would be a Total Explosion sending USC fans, alumni and boosters into a Total Meltdown that might see the Head Coach and AD shown the door in South LA!
10. Chip Kelly, UCLA – Check-out the numbers for Chip Kelly’s offense at UCLA this season…they are UGLY!
Scoring Offense = #120 – 17.3 points per game
Total Offense = #118 – 319.7 yards per game
Rushing Offense = #103 – 131.5 yards per game
Passing Offense = #108 – 176.5 yards per game
Completion Percentage = #108 – .541%
Third Down Conversion = #121 – .304%
First Down Offense = #128 – 64
The above is nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for Chip Kelly’s offense at UCLA and watching the UCLA – Colorado game on Friday night we did see some improvements but those 4 – 0 Buffs everyone is talking about….they have beaten 4 teams who have a combined record of…
1 – 16
…so playing well against Colorado….not a Big Whoop!
UCLA is now 0 – 4 on the season and after a bye week the Bruins have games left against…
Washington At California Arizona Utah At Oregon At Arizona State USC Stanford
Will UCLA win even ONE game in 2018?
In our opinion….NO!
The reality is the whiz-bang offense that Chip Kelly had at Oregon from 2009 – 2012 is now run widely across college football and teams know how to defend it and unless Kelly can come up with something new and quick…
The Jig Is Up on Chip Kelly’s Offense and he WILL NOT make it past Year 2 at UCLA!
For over a decade we have had a contact within the UCLA Athletic Department who has passed along info on the football programs coached by Karl Dorrell, Rick Neuheisel, Jim Mora, and now Chip Kelly and that person has not only been very reliable but we also have very diligent in using any of that information directly since it was info that was very closely held by a very few people in Westwood. We talked to our contact on Sunday about the current state of UCLA football program and our contact’s main takeaway was:
College Football’s Week 4 is now in the books and we have noticed a trend both in this season and the last few seasons in that every weekend there are Heluva Lot of…
Un-Coached College Football Teams
….being fielded by coaches that should have their teams ready to play and yet….these teams are basically Un-Freaking-Coached!
What is an Un-Coached College Football Team exactly?
It’s a team that looks like the head coach and coaching staff just rolled the footballs out onto the practice field and went to the local bar and got sauced on the university Dime no less and no surprise the teams showed up at the games on Saturday….
Not Ready To Play Football!
The Week 4 Un-Coached College Football Teams Were…..
Virginia Tech Oklahoma State Tennessee Rutgers Nebraska Louisville Kansas State Oklahoma Mississippi State Arkansas
…that basically looked like the players coached themselves and we note that a Helluva Lot of the above teams have Head Coaches making….
$3M+ A Year
…and one cannot help but wonder what in the Hell they are doing at practice because they sure the Hell are NOT coaching their football teams!
Let’s get to the Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means bringing out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty is now in his 4 th season coaching the Kanas Jayhawks and after the loss to Baylor Beaty’s records at KU now stand at:
Overall: 5 – 35
Big 12: 1 – 27
No…that’s not good but it’s going to get worse with what Kansas has left to play this season:
Oklahoma State (That is if the Mullet actually coaches his team this week!) At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
Kansas State is very beatable but we cannot see Kansas winning more than 1 game left on their schedule or 3 games overall in 2018 and that means there will be a head coaching job opening up come late November at Kansas and if KU AD Jeff Long is smart he will go find someone who tosses the ball all over the lot and scores a Helluva lot of points…it’s the ONLY chance Kansas has at winning games in the Big 12!
Hey….Gundy may not coach his team again this week and maybe KU will beat the Cowboys in Lawrence!
Great Luck David Beaty!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – It took awhile but Penn State pulled away for a 63 – 24 win over the Illini on Friday night and now Lovie Smith’s records in his 3 rd year on the job at Illinois stand at:
Overall: 7 – 21
Big Ten: 2 – 17
Hey…that’s playing some GOOD football compared to what David Beaty is doing at Kansas but come on now…Lovie Smith at Illinois has been a Total Disaster in taking over a pretty decent Illini program and turning into a….Total Disaster!
Let’s see what the Illini have left in 2018:
At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
Save Rutgers which the junior varsity team of the Little Sisters of the Poor could be we don’t see Illinois winning another game and finishing at 3 – 9 and leaving Lovie with….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 seasons coaching at Illinois which is the same number of wins…THREE…that Lovie got in his first season with the Illini!
No coach can survive that kind of record…even Lovie Smith!
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers – We are not quite sure what Chris Ash is doing at Rutgers because for Damn sure he is…
NOT Coaching the Rutgers Football Team
…and to prove that in his 3 rd season on the job Ash is sitting on records of:
Overall: 7 – 20
Big Ten: 3 – 16
Geez….that’s BAD and looking at the rest of the Illinois schedule for 2018…
Indiana Illinois At Maryland Northwestern At Wisconsin Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
…save Illinois which the junior varsity team from Slippery Rock University could beat we don’t see the Knights winning another game in 2018 which would mean…MAYBE…Chris Ash has….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 years at Rutgers!
Yes…the Rutgers job as well will be opening up come late November!
Think they would probably take Greg Schiano back in Piscataway and if Schiano promises to not be a Total Ass this time around we won’t bring up the whole Bucs fiasco when he is up for the Rutgers job like we did when he already had the Tennessee job last season!
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – We haven’t a Damn Clue why Randy Edsall left Connecticut for the Maryland job after the 2010 season when he took the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl and we don’t have a Damn Clue why Connecticut hired Edsall back after he posted a record of…
22 – 34
….coaching the Maryland Terrapins over 5 seasons!
Whatever is going at Connecticut Randy Edsall’s records after returning to UConn in 2017 now stand at….
Overall: 4 – 12
AAC: 2 – 7
….and we are starting to think that UConn might be looking for a new head coach come late November because when you look at the rest of the Huskies schedule….
Cincinnati At Memphis At USF UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
….do you see the Huskies winning more than 3 more games and 4 games total in 2018?
Didn’t think so and why Randy Edsall is now firmly on the Hot Seat and we don’t see that changing anytime soon!
5. Clay Helton, USC – Watching the Washington State – USC game from Eugene, Oregon on Friday night we could not help but think of the words of USC-alum buddy of ours on what Helton had to do to hang onto his job which were….
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
…and it took a minor miracle for the Trojans to beat the Cougars and things don’t get any easier for Helton and USC with their upcoming schedule:
At Arizona Colorado At Utah Arizona State At Oregon State Cal At UCLA Notre Dame
We talked to that same USC-alum buddy of ours on Sunday who was still pissed out how the Trojans let Washington State run up and down the field on his team at the LA Coliseum on Friday night and he says to us again…
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
Memo to Clay Helton: We would recommend you win out the rest of the games Son!
6. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Larry Fedora and North Carolina got a nice win over Pitt at home on Saturday but even with that win the Tar Heels are…
5 – 15
…in their last 20 games under Fedora and thus why Fedora is firmly on the Hot Seat with these games left to play in 2018:
At Miami Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
Does anyone think Fedora and the Tar Heels can find 5 wins in their last 7 games to get to even 6 wins and get bowl eligible?
Didn’t think so and that is what Fedora needs to keep his job a birdie from the Great State of North Carolina told us last week…
Great Luck Larry!
7. Major Applewhite, Houston – Major Applewhite got a win over Texas Southern on Saturday to move to 3 – 1 which means Major will need…
6 More Wins
…to meet what we are now calling the…
Tillman Fertitta Standard of 10 Wins Per Season
…for the Houston football program and with 3 wins on the board let’s see what Houston has left in 2018 thinking a bowl game could get Houston that much needed 10 th win:
Tulsa At East Carolina At Navy USF At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
Our opinion….Houston has as MUCH or MORE talent than EVERY team left on its schedule except….
…where the talent is EQUAL and there’s no reason that Houston doesn’t win at least 6 of its last 8 games!
Yes…we would recommend that Major Applewhite win 9 games in the regular season just to be sure of your job security Son!
8. Willie Taggart, Florida State – Willie Taggart and Florida State finally beat an FBS team in the 4 th week of the season and now the 2 – 2 Seminoles have an opportunity to get a win in Week 5 against the imploding Louisville Cardinals which should be an interesting measuring stick for both teams since neither has looked worth a Crap in 2018!
Let’s look at the rest of FSU’s 2018 schedule:
At Louisville At Miami Wake Forest Clemson At NC State At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Our opinion if FSU cannot beat Louisville on Saturday….they do NOT win another game this season to finish at 2 – 10 which would be nothing short of….
All-Out Code Red Total Disaster for Willie Taggart!
If FSU did only win 2 games in 2018 the $30M buyout of Willie Taggart and all his coaches + support staff might save Willie….but we doubt it!
Great Luck Willie!
9. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – We have been told all kinds of thing about the Disastrous Offseason that Virginia Tech just went through after Justin Fuente led the Hokies to…
…in his first 2 seasons at the school and for the most part we just laughed off the comments from our friends in and around the Va. Tech football program but one of those comments did stick with us and that comment was from a Va. Tech alum buddy ours who told us….
“There’s lots of Crazy Shit going on in Blacksburg…don’t know if it will do damage to the 2018 season though.”
We followed up to the above comment asking just what in the Hell our friend was talking about relative to the Virginia Tech program and his further comments will be kept to us and maybe provided to someone in the media to look into if the Hokies continue to implode like they did against Old Dominion on Saturday because there may be a BIG story here that a proper media organization can dig out and report on without getting their asses sued.
As for what’s going on with Virginia Tech football in 2018 the Hokies did indeed get DESTROYED by an Old Dominion team on Saturday that coming into this game has lost to…
At Liberty: 52 – 10
FIU: 28 – 20
At Charlotte: 28 – 25
…and yet ODU beat the Hokies by the score of….
49 – 35
Anyone else thinking there’s something “Rotten in Blacksburg” and that there’s something ODD going on there when you consider the Disastrous Offseason the Hokies are coming off of?
Thought so…Oh So Very Damn Odd it is!
Just our humble opinion but one of the BIG mistakes that Justin Fuente made when taking the Virginia Tech job was keeping DC Bud Foster around even if Bud Foster is a Helluva DC precisely because Foster being there so long with Frank Beamer probably thought he should have been the one who got the Hokies head coaching job…maybe for good reason…and there’s an Ole Rule in the US Navy…when a new Captain takes over the ship he is in COMMAND and there is no one left around that might question his COMMAND of the ship even if that means changing personnel.
Let’s see what the 2 – 1 Hokies who seem on the precipice of a Total Damn Disaster have left in 2018:
At Duke Notre Dame At North Carolina Georgia Tech Boston College At Pitt Miami Virginia
If the Hokies play like they did against ODU they will not win another game save Georgia Tech which is also now falling to pieces, and maybe Justin Fuente can survive a less than .500 record in Year 3 at Virginia Tech…and maybe he can’t if there is something else going on in Blacksburg that may or may not come to light in the coming weeks.
We shall see.
10. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – We really don’t know why San Jose State hired Brent Brennan in 2017 beyond that he had coached with the Spartans years ago and we say that because we know of one High-Profile Coach who would have loved the San Jose State job but didn’t even get a call and for Damn sure that High-Profile Coach would have won more than what Brent Brennan has won with San Jose State:
Overall: 2 – 14
MWC: 1 – 8
Can Brent Brennan survive another 2 win or worse season in 2018 with NO wins on the board now and still having to play the below games?
Hawaii Colorado State Army At San Diego State UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
NOPE…not in our opinion and we don’t expect San Jose State to win a game in 2018 looking at the above schedule so maybe that High-Profile Coach will get a shot at the Spartans job again later this year!