“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”
“Action is character.”
“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”
“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”
“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”
“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”
“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”
“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”
“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”
“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.
Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925
“I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.”
“A little integrity is better than any career. “
“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.”
“What you do thunders so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”
“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius. “
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”
“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.”
“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”
“It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.”
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”
“If the colleges were better, if they … had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude.”
“Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as ‘glittering generalities,’ have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.”
“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”
“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.”
“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”
“The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men’s farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title. To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.”
“But genius looks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates.”
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but though his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”
“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so.”
“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.”
“Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. The force of character is cumulative.”
“Hence, the less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.”
“Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”
“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.”
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”
“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” Our National Parks, 1901
“Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow-beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” The National Parks, 1896
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”
“Going to the mountains is going home.”
“The view we enjoyed from the summit [of Mount Rainier] could hardly be surpassed in sublimity and grandeur; but one feels far from home so high in the sky, so much so that one is inclined to guess that, apart from the acquisition of knowledge and the exhilaration of climbing, more pleasure is to be found at the foot of the mountains than on their tops. Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.”
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”
“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”
“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”
“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”
“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”
“What is once well done is done forever.”
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”
“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”
“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”
“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”
“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
“Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”
“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.”
“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”
“If you done it, it ain’t bragging.”
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”
“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.”
“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?”
“Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”
“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.”
“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”
“Be curious, not judgmental.”
“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.”
“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.”
“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”
‘Nothing endures but personal qualities.”
“The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”
“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.”
“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”
“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”
“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”
“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.”
“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”
“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”
“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”
“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.”
“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”
“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”
“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
“Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.”
“War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.”
“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”
“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”
“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”
“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
“The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”
“The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability.”
“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.”
Remarks of Benjamin Franklin after the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787 in the words of James Madison:
“Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
“Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
“Where liberty is, there is my country.”
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
“I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being. … I believe He is pleased and delights in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous.”
“I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects, and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous; which I hope is the case with me.”
“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“Let me add, that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
“These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were 1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty. 9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve. 10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation. 11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable. 12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation. 13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
“Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.”
“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.”
“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”
“I want to do it because I want to do it.”
“In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.”
“Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”
“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.”
“Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.”
“Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”
“There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.”
“There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.”
“Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”
“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
“In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful “break” was apt to lurk just around the corner.”
“The soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay with courage to behold restless day and count it fair.”
“Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization.”
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
“Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.”
“…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying….”
“Not much more than a month ago I was on the other shore of the Pacific, looking westward. This evening, I looked eastward over the Pacific. In those fast-moving days which have intervened, the whole width of the world has passed behind us -except this broad ocean. I shall be glad when we have the hazards of its navigation behind us.” — Amelia Earhart, several days before she left for Howland Island and disappeared
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”
“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”
“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”
“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”
“Life must be lived as play.”
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
“There is truth in wine and children”
“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”
“Those who tell the stories rule society.”
“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”
“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
“A coach’s greatest asset is his sense of responsibility – the reliance placed on him by his players.”
“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”
“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.”
“Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.”
“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.”
“The essence of football is blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.”
“The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”
“We count on winning. And if we lose, don’t beef. And the best way to prevent beefing is – don’t lose.”
“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”
“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.”
“The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for. A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.”
“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”
“Win or lose, do it fairly.”
“Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up”
“No star playing, just football.”
“Tell the public about the boys. They’re the ones that do the work and they should get the credit. The people are interested in them, not me.”
“Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
“The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”
“A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
“War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”
“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” George Washington, Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August 1776
“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.”
“There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.”
“The only stipulations I shall contend for are, that in all things you shall do as you please. I will do the same; and that no ceremony may be used or any restraint be imposed on any one.”
“Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.”
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age, & in this land of equal liberty, it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.”
The expectations for Chad Morris at SMU are HIGH and they should be HIGH after the career that Morris had coaching in high school and as an assistant in college at Tulsa and Clemson. In two years at SMU Morris has posted records of…
2015: 2 – 10 2016: 5 – 7
Overall: 7 – 17
AAC: 4 – 12
…..and 2017 better be another jump for the Mustangs or Morris is not only going to find himself on the outside looking in at some big job openings that might pop-up come December he might just find himself out of a job at SMU altogether!
SF Austin North Texas At TCU Arkansas State UConn At Houston At Cincinnati Tulsa UCF At Navy At Memphis Tulane
Considering SMU lost 3 of their last 4 games in 2016 to finish at 5 – 7 including a 75 – 31 whipping by Navy in the last game of the year, it’s going to be critical for Morris to get his SMU team off to a fast start in 2017 because if the Mustangs are any worse 3 – 2 when they play at Houston on October 7 then 2017 could be a long season indeed!
With a big season in 2017 Chad Morris could set himself up for any number of attractive head coaching jobs that might come open later this year like…
….but to get one of those jobs he will probably need 8 or 9 wins on the board in 2017 and that’s not going to an easy task…but it’s doable…and we see no reason at all that SMU doesn’t win at least 6…make that 7…games in this season.
#23 Hot Seat Head Coach – Tony Sanchez, UNLV
Tony Sanchez was the head coach of California High School in San Ramon, California from 2004 to 2008 so we were aware of Tony before he became famous as the head coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he posted an 85 – 5 record and 6 state championships in 6 years at the school. Like a lot of people we had no idea if Tony Sanchez would be able to make the leap to the college game from high school as the head coach at UNLV, and in two seasons on the job coaching the Rebels he has posted records of….
2015: 3 – 9 2016: 4 – 8
Overall: 7 – 17
MWC: 5 – 11
Who are those 7 wins against that Tony Sanchez has on the board at UNLV?
Idaho State Nevada Hawaii Jackson State Fresno State Hawaii Wyoming
Now beating Wyoming late last year was no joke at all, but that season ending 45 – 10 loss to a Nevada team that fired its head coach is a serious head-scratcher and makes us wonder just what Sanchez will be able to do with this 2017 schedule at UNLV:
Howard At Idaho At Ohio State San Jose State San Diego State At Air Force Utah State At Fresno State Hawaii BYU At New Mexico At Nevada
Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with several tough road games, but in Tony Sanchez’s THIRD year on the job at UNLV if things are progressing the way they should be progressing in a THIRD year then we see no reason why the Rebels don’t win at least SIX games in 2017 and there’s your Goal Tony…
6 Wins+ in 2017 Son!
#24 Hot Seat Head Coach – Matt Wells, Utah State
Kid you not a couple of year ago a few of us at Coaches Hot Seat were down in Phoenix and we ran into a friend of ours that works in the NFL and he asks us:
“What can you tell me about the Utah State head coach Matt Wells?”
Yes, at one time there were people in the NFL thinking that Matt Wells might be the kind of guy that could jump from being the head coach at Utah State to being a head coach in the NFL, and why not since Wells in his first two years at Utah State posted records of…
2013: 9 – 4 2014: 10 – 4
The problem is the last two years at Utah State Wells has posted records of…
2015: 6 – 7 2016: 3 – 9
…which leaves his win/loss records after FOUR years on the job at:
Overall: 28 – 25
MWC: 19 – 12
Clearly, something has gone wrong at Utah State with 16 losses the last TWO seasons but what exactly?
Well, for one Utah State was 1 – 7 in Mountain West Conference play in 2016 which included losing their last FIVE games of the season after starting 3 – 4 which included losses to USC, Air Force, Boise State and Colorado State which were all pretty good teams last season. In those last FIVE straight losses to end the season Utah State gave up an average of…
36.4 points per game
…and no one is going to win many games giving up that number of points to the opposition.
Let’s look at Utah State’s 2017 schedule and see what lies ahead for the Aggies:
At Wisconsin Idaho State At Wake Forest At San Jose State BYU Colorado State Wyoming At UNLV Boise State At New Mexico Hawaii At Air Force
Well…that’s a pretty tough but manageable schedule for Utah State in 2017 and we would expect that unless Matt Wells has lost his ability to coach that the Aggies will win…
6 games at least
…in 2017 and anything less than 6 games in Wells’ FIFTH season on the job one has to wonder…
Just what in the Hell is going on at Utah State with Matt Wells?
It’s hard to believe that David Bailiff has coached TEN years at Rice taking over the Owls about the time that Coaches Hot Seat was launched in January 2007, but here it is 2017 and Bailiff is entering his ELEVENTH year on the job so let’s take a look back at those last TEN years:
Rice is not the easiest place in the world to building a winning football program, but the Owls do play in Conference USA where Rice should have roughly equal talent to most of the other teams in the conference and yet David Bailiff has 6 losing seasons in 10 years on the job thus taking the Owls to bowl games in 4 of the other seasons.
If we were the Athletic Director at Rice our expectations for Owls football would be very simple:
.500 or better record EVERY YEAR
Players Graduate with Degrees from Rice
Players Act Right On and Off the Field
Win or Be In Contention to Win C-USA Conference Title at least ONCE Every Five Years
Now in our opinion, the above expectations for Rice Football are not out of line and with the following achieved by Bailiff…
1 C-USA Title in 10 years
6 Losing Seasons in 10 years
…if the other expectations about players graduating and their behavior are being met then still in our opinion….
Stanford (Australia) At UTEP At Houston FIU At Pitt Army At Texas San Antonio La Tech At UAB Southern Miss At Old Dominion North Texas
Opening in Australia against Stanford is no easy task and playing Pitt on the road out-of-conference will not be easy either BUT we see No Damn Reason At All why Rice doesn’t win at least…
6 Games in 2017
…with the above schedule, and if the Owls fall short of that 6 win mark we are confident Rice will be looking for a new head football coach come early December because that would be THREE straight losing seasons and if that is tolerated at Rice it will tolerated in America and why in the Hell would we want to start tolerating losing in America?
#20 Hot Seat Head Coach – Steve Addazio, Boston College
With an out-of-conference schedule as SOFT as a dewy meadow on a Spring morning after an entire night of rain showers Boston College and Steve Addazio bounced-back a bit in 2016 with a 7 – 6 record that included wins over…
UMass Wagner Buffalo UConn
…and when you include the bowl game win over Maryland the BC Eagles posted a…
3 – 5
…record against teams with .500 or better records in 2017 and that leads us Steve Addazio’s win/loss records now in FOUR seasons at Boston College:
Overall: 24 – 27
ACC: 10 – 22
Now call us stupid if you like but shouldn’t a coach in FOUR years on the job that doesn’t have winning records Overall or in the ACC have .500 or better records have his ass sitting on the Hot Seat?
YES…and that is why Steve Addazio is on the Hot Seat which got a little hotter in recent days with Boston College naming a new athletic director, Martin Jarmond, who came over from Ohio State and who we have No Damn Doubt will NOT tolerate a head football coach posting a sub .500 record in his FIFTH year on the job….and 2017 will be Steve Addazio’s FIFTH year at BC!
At Northern Illinois Wake Forest Notre Dame At Clemson Central Michigan Virginia Tech At Louisville At Virginia Florida State NC State UConn At Syracuse
Geez…that’s a pretty tough out-of-conference schedule for BC in 2017 assuming that UConn will be improved under Randy Edsall, and there’s a chance that if the Eagles lost their opening game at Northern Illinois they might be 0 – 4 when Central Michigan arrives in Boston for a game on September 30.
Whatever games that Boston College wins or loses in 2017 we have a recommendation for head coach Steve Addazio:
Get SIX wins minimum Son or your head coaching days at BC will be over before the 76 th Anniversary of those Bastard Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941!
#21 Hot Seat Head Coach – Barry Odom, Missouri
After an Average to Mediocre first SIX years at Missouri now former Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel did what many would call remarkable by posting…
FIVE 10-plus wins
….in his last NINE years at Mizzou with THREE seasons of 11 wins or more.
In his last season at Missouri Gary Pinkel posted a 5 – 7 record in the middle of some personal health problems and race issues at the University of Missouri that no doubt in our minds has impacted Mizzou football recruiting in the last couple of years which leaves current Mizzou head football coach Barry Odom in a Helluva hole that he will either find his way out of or get fired while still in it.
In Barry Odom’s first year as the head coach at Missouri he posted a record of 4 – 8 which included wins over…
Eastern Michigan Delaware State Vanderbilt Arkansas
….that saw the Tigers lose a close game to Georgia at home and lose a Totally Inexcusable game to Middle Tennessee at home which in our opinion added up to about…
1 worse loss than we had Mizzou pegged for in 2016 which was a 5 – 7 team.
Now as we look towards 2017 Barry Odom is tasked with finding a way to SIX wins in his second year on the job and with SIX wins in mind let’s go to Missouri’s 2017 schedule:
Missouri State South Carolina Purdue Auburn At Kentucky At Georgia Idaho At UConn Florida Tennessee At Vanderbilt At Arkansas
That’s a pretty tough schedule for Barry Odom and Mizzou in 2017 with a very tough ending at UConn, Florida, Tennessee, at Vandy and at Arkansas which means that the Tigers better Damn be at least…
4 – 3
…when they travel to play at UConn on October 28 because getting TWO wins in those last FIVE games is not going to be easy especially since both Vandy and Arkansas will probably be fighting to get to SIX wins themselves down the stretch of the 2017 football season!
It probably does help that Barry Odom played football at Mizzou and is thus an alum because it’s not going to be an easy ride in the next few years if as we expect in the SEC East…
Georgia Gets Better Florida Keeps Getting Better Tennessee At Least Holds Its Ground South Carolina Gets Better Kentucky Keeps Getting Better Vanderbilt Keeps Getting Better
…which if the above happens to become a .500 plus team every year Missouri will have to raise its game even more because all of the competition in the SEC East seems to be getting Better or is Holding Its Ground.
Good Luck to you Coach Odom and you will need it Son!
At Arizona State At New Mexico Troy UTEP At Arkansas At Appalachian State At Georgia Southern Arkansas State At Texas State At La. Lafayette Idaho South Alabama
Geez….that’s a pretty tough schedule for Martin and the Lobos in 2017 and we had to guess it looks like another…
2 or 3 win
….outcome to 2017 is coming down the pike and barring Doug Martin burning down the Lobos football stadium even with only 2 or 3 wins this upcoming season Martin…amazingly….might just survive to coach the Lobos in 2018!
#17 Hot Seat Head Coach – Sean Kugler, UTEP
The expectations for UTEP football have never what someone would call “HIGH” but it seems to us that winning SIX games a season in Conference USA is a reasonable standard that the UTEP head football coach should meet every year, and that is a mark that Miners head coach Sean Kugler has missed the last two season and thus why Kugler finds his ass on the Hot Seat heading into 2017.
Let’s take a look at Sean Kugler’s FOUR seasons as the head coach at UTEP:
2013: 2 – 10 2014: 7 – 6 2015: 5 – 7 2016: 4 – 8
Overall: 18 – 31
CUSA: 11 – 21
Make that Sean Kugler has fallen below our standard of UTEP football winning SIX games a season in 3 of his 4 years on the job, and we have to think anything short of SIX wins in 2017 and Kugler will be heading his ass out of the West Texas Town of El Paso!
At Oklahoma Rice Arizona At New Mexico State At Army Western Kentucky At Southern Miss Texas San Antonio At Middle Tennessee At North Texas La. Tech At UAB
Now come on…we see No Damn Reason that a head football coach at UTEP in his FIFTH season on the job doesn’t win at least SIX games with the above schedule, and if Sean Kugler falls short of that SIX win mark then the UTEP job will probably be opening up coming early December.
How about a quick look back into time at the 1977 Sun Bowl in El Paso with the Stanford Cardinal whipping the LSU Bengal Tigers with Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier and Burt Reynolds on the call!
#18 Hot Seat Head Coach – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
In our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat the MOST disappointing coach on the FBS level of football in America that has been on the job for 4 years or more is no doubt….
…at Texas Tech who opened in 2013 at Tech winning his first SEVEN games but since has posted a record over the past 3+ years of…
17 – 26
Let’s take a look at Kliff Kingsbury’s overall records at Texas Tech over the past 4 seasons:
2013: 8 – 5 2014: 4 – 8 2015: 7 – 6 2016: 5 – 7
Overall: 24 – 26
Big 12: 13 – 23
Man…that 13 – 23 record in Big 12 Conference play by Kingsbury which isn’t exactly a tough neighborhood to play football in anymore is ugly indeed, but even more shocking is Kingsbury’s record against FBS schools the last 4 years at Tech:
15 – 26
Geez….we just cannot imagine anyone at Texas Tech is going to tolerate Average to Pitiful Football to continue on in Lubbock for much longer which brings us to Texas Tech’s 2017 schedule, and one has to think that anything less than SIX wins and Kingsbury is done and Hell entering his FIFTH season in Lubbock anything less than EIGHT wins and his ass should probably be done!
Eastern Washington Arizona State At Houston Oklahoma State At Kansas At West Virginia Iowa State At Oklahoma Kansas State Baylor TCU At Texas
With SIX home games and several very winnable games on the road along with one neutral site game against Baylor in our opinion anything less than SIX wins and Kliff Kingsbury should be fired shortly after Tech play Texas in Austin on November 24 and no doubt Kingsbury will be fired with anything less than SIX wins in 2017!
For college football fans interested in very important trivia Rich Rodriguez will go down in college football history as the man that…
Could have stopped Nick Saban from taking the Alabama job
….IF Rodriguez had accepted the offer that was tendered to him by then Alabama AD Mal Moore on December 7, 2006 when Nick Saban was still the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
How different would college football be today if Rich Rodriguez had taken the Alabama job and Nick Saban had decided to stick-it-out in the NFL without a really good college job opening besides Alabama after the 2006 season?
Massively Different is the answer to that question and although we don’t doubt that Rich Rodriguez could have won a lot of games at Alabama, there’s not a chance in Hell he would have matched Saban’s accomplishments of…
4 National Championships 5 National Championship Game Appearances 3 College Football Playoff Appearances 6 SEC Conference Championships
….in 10 seasons at Alabama. It’s just a guess, but our guess is if Rodriguez had been the head football coach at Alabama the last 10 seasons would have posted something like…
1 National Championship 3 SEC Conference Championships
…which is very good but it’s not even close to what Nick Saban has accomplished at Alabama which brings us to the interesting question of why didn’t Rodriguez accept the Alabama job in 2006 but did accept the Michigan job after the 2007 season?
There is NO logical answer to that question which brings us to another question:
Just what in the Hell is going on at Arizona the last two seasons under Rich Rodriguez after the Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division in 2014, but in the last two years have posted records of…
2015: 7 – 6 2016: 3 – 9
Overall: 10 – 15
Pac-12: 4 – 14
Oh…and counting from that 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona teams have posted a combined record of…
10 – 17
A few here at Coaches Hot Seat got to see Arizona close-up in person in 2016 at the Stanford – Arizona game in Tucson and taking an extended look at the Arizona sideline, the team before, during and after the game, and generally getting a broad range of opinions of what was wrong with the Arizona football program after a 34 – 10 whipping the Cardinal put on the Wildcats we came away from Tucson with the opinion…and it is only our opinion:
After Arizona’s 2014 appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game Rich Rodriguez let things slide…he let-up on the accelerator…he let small things go unattended…he let recruiting slip…and finally team discipline slid some…which led to the 7 – 6 record in 2015 and what looked to us to be nothing short of a…
Total Disaster of a College Football Team
…late in the 2016 season in the Arizona Wildcats.
Watching Rich Rodriguez on the sideline coach against Stanford was nothing short of bizarre with Rodriguez going through every possible tormented emotion that a man could possibly go through in a few hours while always being a nanosecond away from and actually exploding on coaches, players and anyone else within earshot of Rodriguez on HIS team’s sideline!
What caused all of the above you ask…again it’s our opinion mind you:
Well…if one looks at Arizona’s 2016 schedule one sees…
A 2 point loss to BYU to open the season
An overtime loss to Pac-12 Champion Washington in Week 4
A Total Collapse of Arizona Football after the overtime loss to Washington in Week 4 losing the next 8 Pac-12 Conference Games by an average score of….
…before beating a Totally Hapless and even MORE Total Disaster of a Football Team in Arizona State to end the season.
Our recommendation to Rich Rodriguez: Go back to having fun coaching college football again Son because what you have been doing in the last year or so is not only hurting the Arizona football team it is making your life miserable as well. If someone is going to pay you millions of dollars a year to coach a football team and will pay you millions of dollars if they fire your ass you have No Damn Reason to be acting like a Damn Fool and thus why not again focus on the Fun and of course in Football…
The Fun Is In the Winning!
Let’s look at Arizona’s 2017 schedule:
Northern Arizona Houston At UTEP Utah At Colorado UCLA At Cal Washington State At USC Oregon State At Oregon At Arizona State
It’s not an easy thing to play 9 Pac-12 Conference Games in today’s Pac-12, but we see no reason at all why Arizona is NOT…
3 – 0
…when they play Utah at home on Friday, September 22 which is also a very winnable game and with a win there the Wildcats could…probably should….be 4 – 0 when the head to play Colorado in Boulder on October 7 after bye week.
As for the rest of Arizona’s schedule, it’s just a guess but we think Arizona will finish with records of…
Overall: 7 – 5 or 8 – 4
Pac-12: 5 – 4 or 6 – 3
YES…we see a bounce-back year for Rich Rodriguez and Arizona in 2017 IF the Wildcats can get off to a 3 – 0 or 4 – 0 start out of the gate which means Rich Rodriguez better Damn have his team ready to play football when September dawns in about 120 days, and if Rich Rodriguez doesn’t have his team ready to play in his SIXTH year on the job in Tucson then…
His Ass Should Be Run Out of Town
….and with that in mind…
Put A Damn Smile On Your Face Rodriguez and Have Some Fun Coaching Football Again Son!
We have enough contacts around the Southeastern United States now, including a few that live around Knoxville, Tennessee, to know that Tennessee Vols head coach Butch Jones is none too thrilled that his ass is now on the Hot Seat at Coaches Hot Seat and other media outlets that cover college football, but come now Butch…..we are talking about…
…here Son and we will be Damned before anyone at Coaches Hot Seat is going to tolerate mediocrity at Tennessee or any other football school that should be an perennial power in college football.
When we say that we are not going to tolerate “mediocrity” at Tennessee what we mean is this…Butch Jones’ win/loss records in FOUR years at UT:
2013: 5 – 7 2014: 7 – 6 2015: 9 – 4 2016: 9 – 4
Overall: 30 – 21
SEC: 14 – 18
Yes…the above numbers...especially the last two years of 9 – 4 records are slightly above “mediocre” but let’s go inside those win/loss numbers to look at a few other key metrics:
Record Against Power 5 Conference Opponents: 18 – 21
Record Against Non-Power 5 Conference Opponents: 12 – 0
Record Against SEC East Opponents: 14 – 10
Record Against SEC West Opponents: 0 – 8
Now you understand why we have Butch Jones on the Hot Seat and if you still don’t understand let’s start with these Simple Facts
A. In a time when the SEC East has been the WEAKEST it has been since the SEC Conference split into two divisions Tennessee under Butch Jones had a great opportunity to establish a presence in the SEC East over the last few years, but instead what Butch Jones has been doing is…
B. Has Losing Record Against Power 5 Conference Opponents
C. Is Cleaning Up….40% of his Wins…are against Non-Power 5 Opponents
D. Barely has a Winning Record Against SEC East Teams
E. Has Not Beaten Even ONE SEC West Team in Four Years
F. Zero SEC Eastern Division Titles and ZERO Trips to SEC Championship Game
Oh…and here’s the REAL kicker….in 2015 + 2016 Tennessee easily had the most talented team in the SEC East and both times Butch Jones let Florida win the SEC East when anyone with a working brain knows the Gators had no Damn business playing in the SEC Championship Game the last two years!
Now here’s the REAL problem facing Butch Jones today…while Jones and the Vols have let two trips to the SEC Championship Game slip away the last two years when UT clearly had the most talented team in the SEC East, the rest of the Eastern Division has now caught up and entering the 2017 season the Vols no longer have the best roster in the East Division which are ranked below based upon talent:
Yep…Butch Jones has gotten himself into a Helluva situation where he has two straight 9 win seasons on the board with Tennessee fans in both years expecting more like….
A Trip to the SEC Championship Game
…which UT fans should have been expecting since they had the best roster in the SEC East the last two seasons AND now Jones is facing a quickly improving SEC Eastern Division that will FORCE Butch Jones and his coaching staff to take it up a notch in 2017 or face a reckoning come late November of this year that could see another head coaching change in Knoxville…but more on that in a moment.
Georgia Tech Indiana State At Florida UMass Georgia South Carolina At Alabama At Kentucky Southern Miss At Missouri LSU Vanderbilt
Oh Butch Jones does have a Helluva situation on his hands with that schedule which has at least TEN teams on the Vols schedule that have a 50-50 or better chance of beating Tennessee AND in a season when UT fans will be looking for the Vols to win the SEC East for the first time since…..wait for it…..since…
What kind of records do we think Tennessee will finish with in 2017? Well if we had to guess and it’s only a guess which is our opinion of course we would say….
Overall: 7 – 5
SEC: 5 – 3
Is it even remotely possible that Butch Jones would be brought back to coach the Tennessee Vols in 2018 if he finishes 2017 with the above records?
Not A Chance In Hell!
Why do we say that you ask?
Because if Butch Jones goes 7 – 5 in 2017 that would open the door for the Tennessee Vols to hire the ONLY coach now on the market that could Totally Transform Tennessee Football overnight and turn the SEC Conference on its head by getting off a plane in Knoxville to take the Vols job.
Who exactly is that coach you ask?
Well…below is that coach’s records in the FOUR years he was a head coach in college football:
2009: 10 – 3 – Conference Champion – Rose Bowl 2010: 12 – 1 – Conference Champion – BCS National Title Game 2011: 12 – 2 – Conference Champion – Rose Bowl 2012: 12 – 1 – Tied for First in Division – Fiesta Bowl
Overall: 46 – 7
Conference: 33 – 3
3 Conference Championships in 4 Seasons
Who is the above coach you ask?
Why it’s former Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly who after a few years in the NFL may have figured out that it is NFL officials that determine the speed at which NFL games will be played and that if Chip Kelly is going to be a successful head coach again it will have to be on the college level.
Oh…here’s another little tidbit delivered by a friend of ours over lunch in San Francisco earlier this year:
“I think if Chip Kelly goes back into the college game he wants a shot at coaching in the SEC.”
Hmmmmm…..Chip Kelly’s attacking spread offense in the SEC and in the incredibly loud Neyland Stadium which only gets louder and Louder and LOUDER as the Vols pour on the points would be a Helluva frightening thought….to other SEC Conference Head Coaches…and it should be a Helluva frightening thought to Butch Jones as well because in our opinion….
If Chip Kelly was offered the Tennessee head coaching job he would accept it AND Chip Kelly would IMMEDIATELY start winning on a BIG scale in the SEC Conference and who does Tennessee open the 2018 college football season against you ask?
West Virginia in Charlotte
Oh that would be a Helluva Game to kick-off the Chip Kelly-era at Tennessee facing off against Crazy Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers in Charlotte!
Memo to Butch Jones: Not that we have a clue Butch what the administration at the University of Tennessee is thinking, but we do know what a BIG alum + booster of Tennessee Football is thinking when he told us in March of this year the following:
“I think Jones is going to need 9 wins plus in ’17 to keep his job boys.”
There you have your Win Target Butch Jones = 9 Wins
Good Luck To You Son!
Oh for those Tennessee Football fans that aren’t like the Stanford folks at Coaches Hot Seat that got to see Chip Kelly’s teams at Oregon up close and personal for FOUR years here’s a little reminder of what Tennessee might just have in its future…maybe some of your remember this 35 point whipping that the Ducks put on the Vols in Neyland Stadium in 2010?
That sound you just heard were head coaches around the SEC Conference saying:
“Let sure the Hell hope they don’t hire Chip Kelly at Tennessee!”
Oh..here’s the 2011 Oregon at Stanford game we are still trying to forget!
It is going to be very interesting to see if native of Ottumwa, Iowa Chris Ash can be a success as a head coach at Rutgers which is defacto foreign country to folks that didn’t grow up in the New York – New Jersey region of America, and if Ash is a success in turning Rutgers into again a semi-respectable football team then he will have achieved something mighty impressive indeed.
In the previous 20 years before Chris Ash took over the Rutgers head coaching job in 2016 the Scarlet Knights….playing in sub-par conferences to the Big Ten for 18 of those 20 years….Rutgers posted .500 or better regular season records in….
8 of 20 seasons
….with 6 of those .500 or better regular seasons coming under now Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
The problem that Chris Ash has to deal with as opposed to most Rutgers head football coaches in the past is that the Scarlett Knights are now playing in the very tough….
Big Ten East Division
…which includes the likes of…
Penn State Ohio State Michigan Indiana Maryland Michigan State
….in addition to Rutgers and in our opinion with the Big Ten now playing 9 conference games…
As EVERY Conference in America should be playing today and if you are playing 8 Conference Games like the SEC and ACC you are nothing but Total Damn Cowards and you sure the Hell were not raised by Real American since Real Americans are not Damn Cowards = SEC and ACC Conferences
….if Chris Ash or ANY Rutgers head football coach in the foreseeable future is able to post 6 plus wins a year that will be a MAJOR accomplishment.
In his first year on the job at Rutgers Chris Ash posted records of…
Washington Eastern Michigan Morgan State At Nebraska Ohio State At Illinois Purdue At Michigan Maryland At Penn State At Indiana Michigan State
With ONE sure win on the schedule in Morgan State it looks like 2017 is going to be another slog for Chris Ash and his Rutgers football team which we see posting a record of…
3 – 9 or 4 – 8 at best
….and no doubt if that happens this time next Chris Ash’s rear-end will still be on the Hot Seat heading into the 2018 college football season!
#13 Hot Seat Head Coach – Brad Lambert, Charlotte
2017 will be Brad Lambert’s FIFTH season as the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers who will be entering their THIRD season playing on the FBS level in Conference USA. In the first two seasons in FBS Brad Lambert and his Charlotte football team posted records of…
2015: 2 – 10 2016: 4 – 8
…and Lambert’s records are….
Overall: 16 – 30
CUSA: 3 – 13
Considering the above records so far what are the chances that Brad Lambert can turn Charlotte into a .500-plus team playing in Conference USA on a regular basis?
The chances are Warm-To-Midland at best and primarily because Conference USA has some pretty good football programs in it right now, and secondly because there are very few football programs that have made the jump to FBS and won on a consistent basis until they were an established program for many years.
At Eastern Michigan At Kansas State NC A&T Georgia State At FIU Marshall At Western Kentucky UAB At Old Dominion Middle Tennessee At Southern Miss FAU
Looking over the above schedule we give Charlotte a 50-50 or better chance of winning about…
7 of their 12 games in 2017
…and with that in mind we are expecting Brad Lambert to have his Charlotte team fighting for a bowl berth towards the end of the 2017 season and if not we all know what that means….Yep….Hot Seat for Brad Lambert!
When in March 2016 it was announced that Illini head football coach Bill Cubit had been fired to be replaced with Lovie Smith the reaction at Coaches Hot Seat was about as close as one can get to…
….without actually being “Whatever” and that is because if there is a school playing Power 5 Conference football that has won less with more resources that Illinois we certainly the Hell don’t know that school!
Consider this for a moment….
Since Ron Turner was hired as the Illinois head coach in 1997 the Illini have posted….
SIX .500 or better records in the last 19 seasons
….and we don’t have ANY reason at all to believe that Lovie Smith who before getting Illini job had posted a record of….
89 – 87
…in 11 seasons coaching the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFL will do any better!
Not that we don’t think a lot of Lovie Smith who did a decent job with a not always great roster with the Bears, but why would anyone think that Smith is going to bring winning ways to a college football program that has done so little winning in the last two decades?
There is no good answer to that question and that brings us to that Lovie Smith in his first year on the job coaching the Illini posted records of…
Overall: 3 – 9
Big Ten: 2 – 7
Who did Illinois beat in 2016?
Murray State Rutgers Michigan State
What was the combined record of the TWO legitimate football teams, Rutgers and Michigan State, that Illinois beat in 2016?
5 – 19
What then does the future hold for Lovie Smith and Illinois with a 3 – 9 record on the board in 2016?
We haven’t a Damn clue and there’s the problem! If Illinois had hired an experienced college head coach that has actually been a head coach on the college level we could make an educated guess on where Illini football is going but as for now….
No one has a Damn clue where Illini football is going in the future and don’t let anyone tell you they have a Damn clue where Illini football is going because they are lying to you!
Ball State Western Kentucky At USF Nebraska At Iowa Rutgers At Minnesota Wisconsin At Purdue Indiana At Ohio State Northwestern
Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with TWO out-of-conference games against Western Kentucky and at USF that should be pretty tough games for the Illini to win which leads us to GUESSING that Lovie Smith will finish with records of…
Overall: 3 – 9
Big Ten: 2 – 7
…which was the same record the Illini posted in 2016.
Can Lovie Smith post 3 – 9 records and hang onto his job with Illinois for the foreseeable future?
Probably so because let’s be honest here…does anyone really expect Illinois to do ANYTHING in football anymore?
Hawaii At Coastal Carolina Old Dominion At Temple At Tennessee Ohio At USF Georgia Southern Appalachian State At Mississippi State Maine At BYU
Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule for the Minutemen who are no longer in the MAC Conference and if we had to guess we would say they will finish with a record of something like….
1 – 11 or 2 – 10
Can Mark Whipple survive a ONE or TWO win season in his FOURTH year on the job coaching UMass the second time around?
Probably not but an even better question is:
How long can UMass football be awful and survive on the FBS level?
Not for much longer we would think unless they are willing to take a LOT of lumps in the future!
#9 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lance Leipold, Buffalo
So far the move of Lance Leipold from Division III football powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater to Buffalo hasn’t gone so well with Leipold in TWO seasons on the job posting records of….
2015: 5 – 7 2016: 2 – 10
Overall: 7 – 17
MAC: 4 – 12
Clearly Lance Leipold knows how to coach football on the Division III level which is certainly something much different than coaching in FBS…even in the MAC Conference…where it’s great talent + coaching that leads to a lot of wins and if you don’t have great talent…or at least close to an equal amount of talent to the team lining-up against your team…you are going to have a hard time winning football games even if you are the next coming of Knute Rockne!
At Minnesota At Army Colgate FAU At Kent State Western Michigan Northern Illinois At Miami (Ohio) At Akron Bowling Green At Ball State Ohio
That’s a pretty tough schedule that the Bulls have to face in 2017 even before they get into MAC Conference play and if Leipold knows what is good for him he will have Buffalo at least…
3 – 1
…when they begin MAC play on September 30 at Kent State or this could be a very LONG season for the Bulls!
Lance Leipold might be able to survive another sub-.500 season at Buffalo but that doesn’t mean we won’t have his ass on the Hot Seat if the Bulls don’t start playing better football in 2017!
#10 Hot Seat Head Coach – David Beaty, Kansas
We don’t have a clue why Kansas hired David Beaty to be their head coach in 2015 but then we don’t have a Damn clue why Kansas hired Charlie Weis to coach the Jayhawks in 2012 so we are talking about an AD at Kansas that in our opinion…
Has No Damn Clue What He Is Doing
…relative to the Kansas football program, and if we had been the Kansas AD after firing Turner Gill we would have hired an up-and-coming coach on the FCS level that had an offense that would scare the Hell out of the rest of the Big 12 Conference but then that would take…
Real Common Sense
….and NO ONE with Real Common Sense would have hired Charlie Weis to coach the Kansas football team…PERIOD!
In TWO seasons on the job at Kansas Davie Beaty has posted records of…
Overall: 2 – 22
Big 12: 1 – 17
…and those TWO wins were against:
Rhode Island Texas
LOL! Oh Charlie Strong how in the Hell did your Texas team lose to a Kansas team that has won….
7 Football Games
…in the last FIVE football seasons and if you are now thinking the folks making the Football Decisions in Kansas….
SE Missouri State Central Michigan At Ohio West Virginia Texas Tech At Iowa State At TCU Kansas State Baylor At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State
With a pretty weak non-conference slate to start the season Kansas should have a decent shot of having at least TWO wins when Big 12 Conference play begins on September 23 against West Virginia at home in Lawrence, but then who the Hell knows with these Jayhawks who could easily post another…
2 – 10
…season in 2017 and if we had to guess we will go with Jayhawks going….
2 – 10
Here’s the REAL kicker about the Kansas head coaching job….after winning TWO football games in TWO seasons on the job Kansas gave head coach David Beaty a contract extension through the 2021 season!
If we were fans of Kansas football we would have on the speed dial on our phones the number to a Lawrence area mental hospital after reading some of the quotes by Kansas AD Zenger in the above article….but then that’s just our opinion from the “far outside!”
Could David Beaty possibly keep his job if Kansas went 2 – 10 in 2017 and survive to coach the Jayhawks in 2018?
This is Kansas Football we are talking about here so that would be a BIG YEP!
Considering that Paul Haynes took over the Kent State football team in the 2013 season that in the year before in 2012 had posted a record of 11 – 3 it’s hard for us to understand how Haynes is still the head coach at KSU considering his records…
Overall: 12 – 35
MAC: 8 – 23
….in FOUR years on the job but then as one of our old bosses used to tell us…
“The world needs average folks boys because not everyone can be great!”
Let’s check out Paul Haynes yearly records at Kent State:
2013: 4 – 8 2014: 2 – 9 2015: 3 – 9 2016: 3 – 9
OK….can someone explain to us how Paul Haynes is still the head football coach at Kent State?
We have heard more sound in the middle of Death Valley on a cloudless night that what we just heard in folks answering the above question!
A good Arkansas-alum friend of ours who lives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and was with his wife in San Francisco recently on a business trip told us at dinner one night the following about Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema:
“Whatever the Hell voodoo hex that Bielema has over Arkansas fans is something I would love to bottle and sell to football coaches everywhere, because there’s no explanation for someone having a 10 – 22 record in SEC play in four seasons on the job having his ass kissed pretty much around the clock by Hog fans!”
Let’s take a look at Bret Bielema’s records at Arkansas with FOUR years on the books:
Overall: 25 – 26
SEC: 10 – 22
Woooooo Pig that’s BAD but then when have some kind of voodoo hex going for you just might be able to have TEN conference wins on the books after FOUR years on the job, but now let’s look at the FOUR most successful Arkansas coaches’ conference records in the post Frank Broyles era to compare to Bielema and those four coaches would be:
Ken Hatfield (Southwest Conference): 36 – 10 (.783)
Houston Nutt (SEC Conference): 42 – 38 (.525)
Bobby Petrino (SEC Conference): 17 – 15 (.531)
Bret Bielema (SEC Conference): 10 – 22 (.313)
What the Hell?
Besides talking to our good buddy from Ft. Smith, Arkansas who is pissed as Hell that Below Average As Hell is now acceptable to fans of Arkansas football…
“Because the boy likes to eat, can tell a joke and has a great looking wife!”
….we have reached out to some other folks we have known over the years in the Great State of Arkansas including one who knew Bill Clinton really well when Brother Bill was Governor of Arkansas (Oh, this guy has some great stories about Brother Bill that we wish we could put in this blog!), and when we asked him about the current state of Arkansas football and Bret Bielema his response was:
Long Silence….A Loud Sigh……and then….
“Hell…I don’t know but I do know this….my Son who went to Arkansas was over at my place for dinner couple of weeks back with his wife and kids and he told me he had heard someone say that Bielema’s record against SEC West teams was 7 – 17, and I decided to look it up myself and Damn isn’t Bielema’s record against SEC West teams is 7 – 17! That’s not good boys…that’s just no Damn good at all!”
Yep…Bret Bielema’s record against SEC West teams is 7 – 17 in FOUR years on the job and below are his records against those SEC West teams:
As many people in the South often say when they see their educational systems ranked towards the bottom nationally…
“Thank God For Mississippi!”
….and in this case Bret Bielema can “Thank God For Mississippi” because without those three wins over the Rebels his SEC record at Arkansas would move from…
Devastatingly Bad to Biblically Bad!
So the real question here is how long can Arkansas Football be Below Average As Hell under Bret Bielema who we remind everyone is making $4 Million Dollars Plus a year to win football games for the Razorbacks?
Consider this little factoid which is another example about how…
Athletic Directors are the easiest Damn folks in America to roll
…if fired before 2018 Bret Bielema’s buyout of his Arkansas contract is…
There might be ONE…maybe TWO Morons in America that would give a contract like that to a coach that was not a sitting Athletic Director and no doubt Bret Bielema’s agent is right now having a good laugh at the contract he got from Arkansas AD Jeff Long for Bielema which in our opinion is borderline a criminal act against Arkansas football fans which pay ALL the bills in Fayetteville!
Let’s go to the Arkansas 2017 schedule to see where this situation at Arkansas may be when December rolls around:
Florida A&M TCU Bye Week Texas A&M – Dallas New Mexico State At South Carolina At Alabama Auburn At Ole Miss Coastal Carolina At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
The above schedule has TWO cupcakes in Florida A&M and New Mexico State and TWO pretty tough games against TCU and Coastal Carolina (which is no joke team moving up from FCS) out-of-conference so if we had to guess right now Bret Bielema and Arkansas will finish with the below records in 2017:
Overall: 6 – 6
SEC: 3 – 5
Could Bret Bielema survive putting up the above records in his FIFTH season on the job at Arkansas considering he would have a buyout north of $15 Million Dollars if fired?
Not a chance in Hell nor would Arkansas AD Jeff Long with both of them being run out of Fayetteville on a rail by the middle of December!
…a fairly well-known former head coach in college football rang-up the CHS red phone this week and said about the above post:
“Something you learn as a coach is that when you have everything organized and ready to go for the team the players sense that the head coach and his assistant coaches have their Shit together and that gives the players confidence that the coaches know what the Hell are doing which is a big part of building that positive feedback loop. The assistant coaches see that the head coach has his Shit together which gives them confidence, the players see the head coach and assistant coaches have their Shit together which gives them confidence, and all that confidence pays huge dividends when things start getting tough in close games.”
Amen to that and the above observation goes right to something that a few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat witnessed personally in the US Navy one more than one occasion when our commanding officer was replaced by another commanding officer, and each time that happened the new CO brought with him his own management style to the ship and crew and in short order the entire crew made a determination if the new CO knew what the Hell he was doing or not and either added or lost confidence in the CO and the other officers on the ship. Now in most situations in peacetime a crew losing confidence in the commanding officer of an US Navy ship is no big deal, but in something like Desert Storm which a few of us went through the change of command in a CO was a HUGE deal and luckily for us was a very positive change for the ship and crew!
Any fans of great movies certainly know the movie The Caine Mutiny when the officers of an US Navy ship confront the captain of the ship played by Humphrey Bogart who is clearly losing his mind and thus putting the ship and its crew at risk:
Lesson from the Caine Mutiny for head football coaches:
Get and Keep Your Shit Together!
#5 Hot Seat Head Coach, Jim Mora, UCLA
Many years ago a Coaches Hot Seat member got a great lesson in working with someone that remains with him to this day that is an important thing in writing about the situation that Jim Mora now finds himself in at UCLA.
That Coaches Hot Seat member has told a simple story many times that when he was working in Manhattan for a large bank that he over time got into a bad working relationship with a younger person that worked for him and their relationship got so bad that the younger person (and valuable employee) left the company to work for another bank. Shortly after the younger person had left the bank after six-plus months of turmoil in the workplace an older executive at the bank called the CHS member into his office and told him this:
“Just a piece of advice as you learn how to manage people in the real world. There are always going to be lots of disagreements on all kinds of different things in any office, but what you should keep in your mind when reacting to those disagreements is this…think about how you would be viewed if you happened to see one of the people now working for you 20 years from now on the street. Would that person be happy to see you, would they want to have a drink with you to catch up with old times, would they want to have dinner to talk about what has been going on with their life? If not, then you have turned a common workplace disagreement into something much worse that will have forever broken the relationship between two people and that is something you must avoid at all costs. There is nothing wrong with setting clear goals and holding people accountable in the office, but disagreements in the workplace must be dealt with in clear ways by a manager…by a leader….because if they are not it causes all kinds of discord that makes the office an unenjoyable and unproductive place to work.”
The Coaches Hot Seat member then says that when he held in his mind when considering the people he was managing that he might see one of these people on the street 20 years from now and that he would want that person to have a positive memory of the CHS member his entire management approach changed which he says almost overnight immediately improved the atmosphere and more importantly the productivity of the office.
What does the above story have to do with UCLA head coach Jim Mora you ask?
Jim Mora needs to take the advice of the older gentleman above and manage his coaches, support staff and players at UCLA as people in such a way that 20 years from now on the street they will want to stop, chat, have a drink or maybe have dinner to catch up on old times as opposed to way that Jim Mora is now managing the UCLA coaches, support staff and players which in our opinion has set the Bruins football team up for disaster and failure.
Let’s look at Jim Mora’s win/loss records at UCLA:
Now since we are talking about UCLA football which has only a marginal history in college football compared to a powerhouse program like UCLA, the above Jim Mora records are not bad per se, but they are trending in the wrong direction and another losing record for the Bruins in 2017 will put the folks in Westwood in a Helluva interesting spot since Mora would have a…
Texas A&M Hawaii At Memphis At Stanford Colorado Bye Week At Arizona Oregon At Washington At Utah Arizona State At USC California
Damn! There is a chance that if UCLA starts slow in 2017 that they could easily be…
0 – 5 or 1 – 4
…heading to Arizona on October 14 which would put a tremendous amount of heat on Jim Mora and UCLA AD Dan Guerrero, but let’s give the Bruins some benefit of the doubt that they will play decent football this coming season and come up with some predicted records for 2017:
Overall: 6 – 6
Pac 12: 3 – 6
Now if we had to predict a worse case total Armageddon scenario for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins in 2017 their record COULD easily be overall….
4 – 8
Would Jim Mora lose his job as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins if he posted a second consecutive record of 4 – 8 in 2017?
No UCLA head football coach in the post World War II era has survived to coach a third season after posting two straight losing seasons and more often than not UCLA head coaches posting .500 records for two consecutive seasons…
Before we get to the #4 Coach on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings heading into the 2017 college football season…
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
…we first must relate the findings of some research we have been doing into great coaches in all sports which has produced a data point on something we have thought to be true for years, but was confirmed with hard data in the last month or so.
Coaches Hot Seat is now heading towards its 11 th year of covering the Great Game of College Football, and during the last ten seasons and for years beforehand a few of us at CHS have been collecting quotes, antidotes, stories and other information about great coaches in sport over the past 100 years plus in America. We have all of this data within Microsoft Word in 1,000-plus files and last December we started going through all that data and organizing it so we could begin to run keyword searches to see if we could pull-out commonalities among great coaches in the past and present.
Well, we have our first fascinating data point to pass along about what makes great coaches so GREAT and this particular thing is something we have seen over and over again and for some of us, we know of it totally, since it was drilled into our heads from our very first day in the US Navy 25+ years ago.
The first fascinating data point that is common across all GREAT coaches in sport both past and present is:
Attention To Detail!
Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant term for Attention To Detail was attention to “the Little Things” and is summed-up in the below great quote and video from the Bear:
“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”
John Wooden, who in our minds is with Paul Bryant one of the five greatest coaches in American collegiate sports history had this quote about “Attention to Detail!”
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
In the advertising world that several of the founders of Coaches Hot Seat now working the original Mad Man advertising icon David Ogilvy had the below quote about “Attention To Detail!”:
“Leaders grasp nettles.”
What does “nettles” mean exactly from the British born David Ogilvy?
“Leaders grasp DETAILS!”
We could go on for quite awhile passing along quotes about the importance of “Attention To Detail” or as Paul Bryant said, “Talking to you about Little Things as long as you are here,” but the important point is that it’s VITAL for head coaches to focus like a laser beam on all the details that surround the coach in their job if they hope to be a consistent Winner and Great Coach….PERIOD!
The obvious question when understanding the importance of “Attention To Detail” and “the Little Things” is why do coaches who are sometimes paid a Helluva lot of money to create winning teams not putting enough emphasis on organizing as much of the details as possible within their team and the obvious answer to that question is:
They Are Lazy As Hell!
It takes HARD WORK to put a broad focus across a sports team or organization on the thousands of small things that once organized and managed on an ongoing basis create the foundation for building a winning team and the honest and pitiful TRUTH is that many coaches just flat-out…
Do Not Want To Do the Hard Work!
Those coaches would rather be fishing, or playing golf, or watching TV or all-manner of other things with the sometimes enormous amounts of money they are paid instead of doing the HARD WORK that flows from making sure every issue, person and possible eventuality is accounted for within your organization which is best exemplified by the Late Great Bill Walsh:
“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”
Why are most of the Top 30 coaches on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings on the Hot Seat today?
In our opinion because they have not been willing to put in the HARD WORK that is necessary to build a winning football program which does not equal the amount of time you spend in the office, but rather means the amount of time a head coach focuses on…
Attention To Detail
…and focusing on…
The Little Things!
The most ironic thing is after a lifetime of attending college football games going back to the mid-1970s, playing college football, and being around many of the top college football programs of today over the past decade-plus we can tell within just a few minutes of stepping inside a college athletic complex and watching a team practice if a Head Coach is spending enough time on organizing and managing “the Little Things” because it’s quickly obvious whether some things are being missed or if EVERYTHING is being accounted for from the largest to the smallest issue.
In 2008 a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for about a week on business and to see Alabama practice in the run-up to Bama’s second Spring Game under Nick Saban. We were with a good friend of ours that played for Paul Bryant in the 1970s, and thus we had as much run of the Alabama athletic complex as anyone could get under what is the Uber-organized Nick Saban and what we saw in those few days was fascinating in that EVERYTHING was accounted for within Saban’s program at Alabama which was best summed up by our friend that played for the Bear:
“Saban may be more organized than Coach Bryant and Coach Bryant was the most organized man I have ever known.”
Attention To Detail and a focus on The Little Things…do that and you as a coach and team will WIN…if you know how to coach the X’s and O’s of the game of football mind you!
Now with the above in mind which was written on this day for a very specific reason Aggie fans let’s move to…
Kevin Sumlin has a decent overall record at Texas A&M posting in FIVE seasons on the job in College Station a record of…
44 – 21
….but the REAL problem for Sumlin is his record in SEC Conference play….
21 – 19
….and even more startling at a place like Texas A&M which has EVERYTHING a coach needs to win a Helluva lot of football games is Sumlin’s record against Power Five Conference Schools the last FIVE seasons is…
26 – 21
Oh here’s another important data point in today’s world since teams like Texas A&M have so many cupcakes on their schedule each year….Kevin Sumlin has lost…
…in FIVE seasons at A&M which works out to an average of…
4.2 losses per season
….but over the past FOUR seasons the Aggies have averaged losing…
4.75 losses per season!
Can you really almost lose 5 games per season and keep your job at Texas A&M?
It seems so and thus why when we think of Texas A&M Athletics the first word that comes to mind is…
Oh here’s something else…Texas A&M hasn’t finished the season ranked in the Top 20 the last THREE seasons which leads us to perhaps the most important point of all considering the Aggies went 1 – 4 against the last 5 legitimate football teams it played to end the 2016 season….
Texas A&M Football under Kevin Sumlin has collapsed down the stretch of in each of the past FOUR seasons going….
2013: 3 – 3 2014: 2 – 4 2015: 2 – 4 2016: 1 – 4
Total: 8 – 15
….against the legitimate football in the second-half of the last FOUR years.
What causes the above exactly Aggie Football fans should be asking themselves?
See the introduction to this blog post for an explanation…in our humble opinion!
OK…let’s go to Texas A&M’s 2017 Football Schedule to see if Kevin Sumlin can turn things around in College Station in his SIXTH year on the job which one would think is important since Sumlin is making more than $5 Million Dollars to produce a winning football program and team…
At UCLA Nicholls La. Lafayette Arkansas South Carolina Alabama At Florida Mississippi State Auburn New Mexico At Ole Miss At LSU
Our guess is that Texas A&M will finish with a overall record of…
7 – 5
…and a record in SEC play of…
4 – 4
…which if it happened would leave Kevin Sumlin’s record in SEC Conference play after SIX seasons on the job at…
25 – 23
…and if that is acceptable to fans of Aggie Football then as they say in the South…
“God Bless Their Hearts!”
We will leave you with the following….personally we like Kevin Sumlin having talked to the guy a few times over the years and from that it’s our opinion Sumlin is a good guy who works hard at his job, but if we had to put a number on what the level of organization and how close that Sumlin and his coaches pay “Attention To Detail” within the Aggies Football program using the benchmark of Nick Saban and Alabama which is…
….we would put Sumlin’s organization of Texas A&M Football at around….
….and last time we checked at Texas A&M a grade of 70 in the classroom in College Station is barely passing and frankly that’s not acceptable to us…but it might just be acceptable to…
No…you are not going to win a Helluva lot of games giving up over 30 points a game and in the last two seasons Todd Graham has posted a record at Arizona State against Power Five Conference Schools of….
7 – 14
Why you must be asking yourself by now has the Arizona State defense collapsed so the last two seasons which had landed head coach Todd Graham squarely on the Hot Seat? Well, we went back and looked at the Sun Devils defense the last two seasons such as the below 61 – 55 loss in three overtimes to Oregon in 2015…
…and came to the very simple conclusion that the Arizona State defense is…
The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech
That’s not good when one considers that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense in America could easily hang 50+ points on the Red Raiders defense which means that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense could easily hang 48+ points on the Sun Devils!
There’s this odd thing about winning football games that Todd Graham doesn’t seem to understand:
If your team isn’t going to bother to tackle anyone on the other team your team is not going to win many games against legitimate football teams Son!
The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech
….win in the upcoming season?:
New Mexico State San Diego State At Texas Tech aka the No Damn Tackling Game of the Century Oregon At Stanford Bye Week Washington At Utah USC Colorado At UCLA At Oregon State Arizona
Our guess for Arizona State’s records in 2017….
Overall: 5 – 7
Pac-12: 3 – 6
Sorry…there’s not a chance in Hell that Todd Graham will be the head coach at Arizona State by December 15 if the Sun Devils finish 5 – 7 in 2017, which probably means that Graham better Damn find a way to have 6 wins on the board when Arizona comes to Tempe on November 25 which might just be a game where…
It’s clear from Sports Illustrated columnist Pete Thamel’s latest on the meltdown of the Notre Dame football program under Brian Kelly the last few years….well, actually since Alabama destroyed the Irish in the BCS Title Game on January 7, 2013….that Brian Kelly understood he would either change course or his college head coaching career…at least in South Bend…would be over!
“To rejuvenate the Irish on the field, Kelly orchestrated a complete overhaul of his staff, program and, most significantly, himself. There’s a new offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coach and strength coach. In total, he hired 17 new staff members in the football staff. “We failed and I failed,” Kelly told Sports Illustrated in his office last week. “I think like any successful person.… They don’t say I’m a failure. I looked at what adjustments needed to be made.”
In an unusually candid interview, Kelly didn’t just fall on the sword for the Irish’s flop last season. He belly flopped on it, using some form of the word fail nine times and consistently pointing the finger back at himself. Antithetical to his red-faced and fiery sideline demeanor, Kelly underwent a thorough and deliberate overhaul of the program.”
Yes…in FIVE of his SEVEN seasons at Notre Dame Brian Kelly and his Irish have lost…
4 or more games
…with an average of…
4.42 losses per season
…and in case you just dropped onto Earth from an alien spaceship if Notre Dame hired the next guy that wandered into South Bend looking for a hot meal he would average no worse than…
4.42 losses per season!
It will be fascinating to see how Brian Kelly’s overhaul of Notre Dame after his SEVENTH season on the job will play out, but the word from our Notre Dame alum friends who we see every year at the Stanford – Irish football game tell us that…
“Kelly better turn things around in 2017 or this will be his last year in South Bend and we have…”
The most interesting thing about the end of the above sentence is that, “…and we have….” ends with the name of a current CFB head coach that would be a Helluva interesting fit at Notre Dame that would SHOCK college football if he was hired to coach the Irish.
We have been
talking to our good friends in the Great State of Mississippi over the past few
weeks, and the word on the dirt roads of Rebel Country in and around the Square
in Oxford is that Hugh Freeze’s future employment at Ole Miss hinges on the
final..or maybe “signaled” punishment handed down by the NCAA. None of our
friends could get a straight answer to a straight question, but they did get the
feeling that the following will happen relative to Hugh Freeze’s future:
Hugh Freeze is suspended for 6 or more football games
Miss gets a 2-plus year bowl ban
Miss loses 12+ scholarships or 2+ more than they have self-imposed
Then the Hugh Freeze Era at Ole Miss will be over.
We haven’t a
clue when the NCAA would rule on the Ole Miss situation, but it’s already late
March and we guess the final ruling could come down before the end of the year
which might indeed be Hugh Freeze’s last in Oxford, and with that in mind let’s
get to the
Rebels 2017 Football Schedule:
Alabama UT Martin At
California Bye Week At
Alabama At Auburn
Vanderbilt LSU Arkansas At
Lafayette Texas A&M At
Freeze’s sixth season at Ole Miss with no NCAA issues the Rebels would probably
be favored to win 8+ games, but the NCAA has already caused some damage to Ole
Miss football with more damage coming even if the NCAA agrees with the folks in
Oxford’s self-imposed punishment.
many wins do we think Ole Miss will have in 2017?
Overall Record: 5 – 7
Record: 2 – 6
guess…maybe the NCAA will “signal” to the administration at Ole Miss that if “X”
happens meaning that if Hugh Freeze and maybe others are relieved of their
duties at the school the NCAA will accept the Ole Miss self-imposed penalties,
but even if the NCAA doesn’t punish the Rebels further it’s looking like 2017
will be a losing season and we find it hard to believe Hugh Freeze could survive
that unless the NCAA doesn’t impose any other penalties and then maybe just
maybe…BARELY…Hugh Freeze will survive in Oxford past this coming December.
how Hugh Freeze gets out of his current bind still holding the head coaching job
at Ole Miss:
NCAA accepts the Ole Miss self-imposed penalties or barely adds to them
Nothing else comes out implicating the Ole Miss football program
Miss wins at least 5 games overall and 2 games in SEC play in 2017
Freeze can pull a Houdini-trick and get out of this mess, but the margin for
error is smaller than paper thin….it’s Atom Thin!
It was ten years ago this week that Coaches Hot Seat first went live on the Internet in January 2007, and it has been a Helluva lot of fun following the great game of college football and Coaches on the Hot Seat over the last decade. After much discussion over the past month or so on the future of CHS and considering a few offers from folks to buy the Coaches Hot Seat website we the members of CHS have decided like Americans have always done and…
Press On Forward Into the Future Out That Way —–>
…and who knows maybe do another ten years of having way Damn too much fun lighting up the asses of college football head coaches from coast to coast across the Great American Republic!
With the above in mind we have a few members of Coaches Hot Seat that are putting together a new sports-related Internet venture that they will tell the world about soon enough, but with that move it means the CHS bench needs to be re-filled and just like Don Shula calling on Johnny Unitas to spark the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III we have asked the person that…
Thought Up, Conceived Totally, Bought the Domain Name, and Pushed Many Folks to do Coaches Hot Seat in the Fall of 2006
….and then did 99% of the writing for CHS from 2007 to 2012 or so to return to the playing field, and after much prodding and the promise of unlimited cold New Belgium beer he has decided to accept our challenge beginning with the…
Post 2016 – 2017 CFB Season Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
….and everything written after this….
Hot Damn It Feels Good To Have the Veteran Back in the Saddle!
…is his with total control AGAIN of Coaches Hot Seat
The Disaster That Is The College Football Playoff
It would not be easy to find anyone that could mess up matching the best teams in FBS College Football to play in a postseason college football playoff, but that’s just what the Pooh-Bah Commissioners and their Chief Lackey Bill Hancock of paper-shuffling fame who “runs” the College Football Playoff have done by making a series of Totally Damn Absurd moves that unbelievably have undermined the college football postseason mainly because most everyone in the “leadership” of CFB has their lips firmly planted on the asses of the bowl game executives!
It took Bill Hancock and his handlers otherwise known as the conference commissioners to realize that playing the National Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve which is a work day for the vast majority of Americans that have Real Jobs….meaning not Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t known an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….but then Hancock and his Handlers don’t seem to be able to get it through their thick and bowl executive ass kissing heads that…
College Football Is Played on Saturdays!
Let’s repeat that for those slow on the uptake > Bill Hancock and his Handlers who spend most of each calendar year kissing the Precious Asses of Bowl Game Executives!
College Football Is Played on Saturdays!
OK…anyone with a working brain knows that it’s beyond absurd for FBS College Football to not like EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America to have a Real Postseason Playoff which would certainly involve the Conference Champions of the Five Power Conferences and the Next Three Best Teams in as Wild Cards…notice no automatic spot for the best Group of Five Team since we are talking about the Next Three Best Teams in FBS…..that would then play a…
Three Round College Football 8-Team Postseason Playoff
…that would have ALL the games being played on….wait for it for those slow on the uptake = Bill Hancock and the Morons running the Conferences = the Conference Commissioners…
ALL the Playoff Games being played on….Saturdays!
How exactly would have worked in 2016 – 2017 you ask?
Simple….Oh So Damn Simple!
The 8-Team College Football Playoff after the 2016 FBS Regular Season would have been made up the following teams…
Alabama Clemson Ohio State Washington USC Penn State Michigan Oklahoma
…and the 8 above teams would have played the below First Round Games On Campus on SATURDAY December 17:
Oklahoma at Alabama Michigan at Clemson USC at Ohio State Penn State at Washington
Yes…FOUR First Round Games in the College Football Playoff would have been played on a SATURDAY on College Campuses at the home field of the higher seed and would have looked like….
Oklahoma at Alabama
Michigan at Clemson
USC at Ohio State
Penn State at Washington
Of course, if you don’t have the Damn Common Sense to play ALL the College Football Playoff Games on Saturdays you for Damn sure don’t have the Damn Common Sense to implement the above, but then these Morons = Bill Hancock and the Conference Commissioners that wouldn’t know an honest day’s work if it hit them in their asses….could easily make sure that the THREE games that are now part or the 4-Team College Football Playoff are played on SATURDAYS and certainly not have the crowing game of the FBS College Football Season on a Monday Night…A School Night…being played late into the night and ending after Midnight = Just Damn Idiocy!
OK…the 8-Team College Football Playoff would be the same way that EVERY OTHER LEVEL of football in America from Pee Wee to the NFL decides their champion…
On the Field of Play
…but let’s just stick to the current hokum system with a 4-Team Playoff and see how ALL of those games could have been played on a SATURDAY this year and in future years as well.
In an 8-Team College Football Playoff in 2016 – 2017 the First Round Games would have been played on-campus on SATURDAY December 17 and the Semi-Final Games would have been played just as they were this year on…
SATURDAY December 31
….and the National Championship Game would and should have been played one…
SATURDAY January 7
Oh…you say that the NFL played two Wild Card games on Saturday January 7? Yes, you would be right about that, but this is where…
Vision and Old-Fashioned Simple Common Sense
….comes into play because College Football and the NFL have an amazing opportunity to work together….we here at Coaches Hot Seat would say have an OBLIGATION to work together since FBS football is a FREE minor league system for the NFL that would cost Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a year to replace if it went away…and with that in mind the Clueless Damn Grand-Pooh-Bahs of college football should sit down with NFL executives and figure out a way that the following games could be played each year on the NFL’s current Wild Card Saturday:
Wild Card Game #1 – 10:00 AM EST
CFB National Title Game – 2:30 PM EST or just after Wild Card Game #1 ends
Wild Card Game #2 – 7:15 PM EST or just after CFB National Title Game ends
Call it….Football Day in America…with the networks working together to send the audience from Wild Card Game #1 when it was over to the CFB National Title Game and then that network then sending folks to the Wild Card Game #2!
Talk about one of the great sporting events on the calendar each year in America…
Wild Card Saturday and CFB National Championship Game
….would be an amazing SATURDAY of football that would put the game of football front-and-center for all to see but then the above would take something that college football is totally lacking right now since ALL of that leadership in CFB spends all their Damn time kissing the asses of the bowl game executives!
The above…the Football Day in America…of two NFL Wild Card Games with the CFB National Title Game sandwiched in between could easily happen…if someone would actually get off their lazy Damn asses and do some Damn work!
After all….College Football is played on SATURDAYS!
2016 – 2017 Final Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
It’s Good To See You Again Old Friend…Mr. Johnny Cash…It’s Been Too Long But Then Can You Do That Song I Loved So…You Know The One We Included in the First Coaches Hot Seat Rankings in August 2007….Yep…That’s the One Mr. Cash…Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!
1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – There are two rankings that interest us here at Coaches Hot Seat about Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame. One of those rankings is historical in that in Brian Kelly’s seven seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished unranked at the end of the season….
Four of Kelly’s Seven Seasons!
Let’s write that here again….in Four of Brian Kelly’s Seven Seasons at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish have finished….wait for it…UNRANKED!
When you are talking about Notre Dame where almost any bum could fall off the Chicago Limited train from New York City to Chicago as it was passing north of South Bend, Indiana and then coach Notre Dame to a ranked season EVERY season as a the head coach of the Non-Fighting Irish but Brian Kelly has NOT done that….
57% of the time!
The second ranking that interests us here at Coaches Hot Seat is that heading into Brian Kelly’s eighth season at Notre Dame the Non-Fighting Irish now have the….
What the Hell? Brian Kelly’s EIGHTH recruiting class at Notre Dame is ranked…
16 th in the country?
Hell….the same bum that fell off the Chicago Limited train just north of South Bend could EVERY YEAR have the Notre Dame recruiting class ranked in the Top 10 and yet….16 th Brian Kelly…really Son?
Just what in the Hell is going on at Notre Dame was the question we asked to a prominent Irish alum friend of ours recently and his response was classic:
“Have you seen…and I mean really watched Notre Dame play in recent years? Even when they are winning some games the effort is inconsistent, the play is sometimes great and sometimes mediocre…and sometimes awful…but in 2016 it was just generally mediocre and/or awful.”
Absolutely True and if not for Notre Dame having a ton of money in the bank and plenty of money coming in Brian Kelly who has over the last four seasons lost…
….would have already been fired after posting a 4 – 8 record in 2016 but then when you have a Notre Dame alum + fan base that are willing to tolerate “mediocrity and awful” why spend $20 Million Dollars to buyout an average football coach when you can get away with letting him hang around for another year?
There it is….the problem with Notre Dame Football….Notre Dame is OK with being “mediocre and awful” or rather straight to the point…the folks at Notre Dame are just happy as Hell with being….
Anything less than 9 wins in 2017 and Brian Kelly is DONE at Notre Dame….in our always humble opinion.
2. Todd Graham, Arizona State – Maybe it’s just us…but if you have the signs of all the opposing teams shouldn’t your defense be giving up less than…
39.8 points per game?
Yep….Arizona State led by Good Ole Todd “I have your offensive signs” Graham has a defense that was ranked…
124 out of 128 teams in 2016
…and gave up that just amazing…
39.8 points per game!
Memo to Todd Graham: Son…maybe in 2017 don’t worry so much about stealing the opposing teams signs and maybe….
Coach Your Damn Football Team Up Son!
Over the last two seasons at Arizona State Todd Graham has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 14
Pac-12: 6 – 12
….and look at the below headline from the 2015 season…
“Do we steal signals? Yeah, we do,” Graham said on the Pac-12 coaches’ conference call. “Do people steal our signals? Yeah they do. Do you see our signs and all the things we do? It’s our responsibility to make sure our signals are safe. There’s nothing illegal about (stealing signs).”
Hmmm….coach is focused on stealing signs instead of coaching his own Damn football team and has posted records since admitting to being focused on stealing signs of…
Overall: 11 – 14
Pac-12: 6 – 12
…and one would have to think that in 2017 Todd Graham won’t be worried about the other teams’ signs but instead will be….
Coaching His Damn Football Team Up…and Oh Yea…maybe tackling someone on the opposing team also wouldn’t hurt either Todd…Son!
3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin has coached the Texas A&M Aggies for FIVE seasons now and has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…
21 – 19
…and over the last FOUR seasons has posted a record in SEC Conference play of…
15 – 17
…and yet Sumlin is getting paid $5 million-plus dollars a year and has a buyout today in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars!
15 – 17 record in SEC Conference play last FOUR seasons….$5 million dollars a year…$15 million dollar buyout…anyone got:
Texas A&M Aggies Are Dumb As Hell?
4. Jim Mora, UCLA – Many moons ago meaning like 20+ years ago a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were having dinner with a well-known corporate executive who today is worth in excess of $1 billion dollars and he said something very interesting to us about compensating employees:
“I never want someone to be making so much money that they can just say the Hell with it because I still owe them a ton of money on their contract.”
Of course, there are dozens of FBS college head football coaches that if fired today wouldn’t have to work another day of their lives forget about putting in 80-plus hours a week which brings us to Jim Mora who is making a TON of money at UCLA and in his FIFTH season on the job posted records in 2016 of…
Overall: 4 – 8
Pac-12: 2 – 7
What was it that Bill Dooley who was the head football coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and brother of the Great Vince Dooley said about being a college head coach? Oh…here it is…
“You have to resist the temptation to let up…you just can never let up.”
In our opinion….Jim Mora let-up…just a little…and also made a number of mistakes in how he handled his players and coaches at UCLA and who went from winning 29 games in his first three seasons at UCLA to winning 12 games the last two seasons and now finds himself on the one of the Hottest Seats in FBS football.
What does 2017 hold for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins?
Well…UCLA opens with…
Texas A&M Hawaii At Memphis
…in 2017 and if the Bruins play like they did at the tail-end of this past season to open up next season they might very well be 0 – 3 on the evening of Saturday September 16!
5. Paul Haynes, Kent State – In FOUR seasons as the head coach at Kent State Paul Haynes has posted records of…
4 – 8 2 – 9 3 – 9 3 – 9
….and amazingly as we sit here in early January 2017 he is still the head football coach at Kent State!
Isn’t America a wonderful country? You can be Below Average As Hell and keep your job….if you work in FBS College Football!
6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – We are not saying that Bret Bielema in the middle of a Total Disaster of season that was the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2016 that finished at…
Overall: 7 – 6
SEC: 3 – 5
…that also finished with a Total Meltdown against Virginia Tech in the bowl game that Bielema sometime during last season said something to the effect of…
“I better Damn get these Arkansas fans minds off what a pitiful Damn job I am doing and onto something else.”
…and then suddenly Bielema’s wife is pregnant and is due around the beginning of next season which would gain Bielema lots of good karma from pissed-off Arkansas football fans….but now….that is exactly what happened now isn’t it?
OK…forget about the baby which we wish the Bielemas great luck with…the bottom-line or rather the facts are that in FOUR seasons at Arkansas Bret Bielema has posted records of…
Overall: 25 – 26
SEC: 10 – 22
…and if that is OK with the fans of Arkansas Football then we have to ask…
What in the Hell is wrong with the fans of Arkansas Football?
We again called our old Arkansas alum buddy who lives in beautiful Ft. Smith, Arkansas last week to get his opinion on Bret Bielema and his response was….
“Baby or no baby if Chubby Boy doesn’t have a winning record in SEC Conference play in 2017 his ass will be gone from Fayetteville faster than you can spell Pampers!”
OK….let’s look at the Arkansas 2017 SEC Conference Schedule:
Texas A&M At South Carolina At Alabama Auburn At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Oh….that would be P – A – M – P – E – R – S!
7. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – As many folks in Mississippi tend to be literary in nature a good Mississippi buddy of ours that we first met fishing in Alabama over a decade ago now said to us recently about the current state of Ole Miss football….
“Hugh Freeze lost the plot….he just lost the plot.”
Yep…that’s right…Hugh Freeze just Lost the Freaking Plot at Ole Miss mainly because he let the worry about an NCAA investigation corrode his football program from the inside-out and now either Freeze will find the plot or his FBS head coaching career could come to crashing end in Oxford before next Christmas!
Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 schedule:
South Alabama UT Martin At California At Alabama At Auburn Vanderbilt LSU Arkansas At Kentucky La. Lafayette Texas A&M At Mississippi State
Hmmmmm…that looks like a 6 or 7 win season for Ole Miss in 2017…at best…and if the Rebels only win 6 games in 2017 that includes another loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl the plot loser Hugh Freeze will be looking for a job come early December 2017!
8. Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple returned to UMass to coach the football team in 2014 after coaching the team from 1998 to 2003 when they were playing on the FCS level and a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and in three seasons back Whipple has posted an overall record of…
8 – 28
Sorry….but even at UMass 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and if UMass gave a Damn about their football program they would have fired Whipple and hired someone…anyone…to get the Minutemen moving in the right direction again….and yet Whipple is still there.
Yes…UMass is a tough job…but 8 – 28 is Just Damn Pitiful and in our opinion UMass can play better football than that….Period!
9. Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Clearly Lance Leipold can coach the game of football on the…
Division III level
….winning SIX National Championships in EIGHT seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater but can Lance Leipold coach on the FBS level in the MAC Conference?
Not yet at least in TWO years at Buffalo posting records of…
Overall: 7 – 17
MAC: 4 – 12
….and needing a .500 plus season in 2017 to probably hang onto his job come December.
10. David Beaty, Kansas – We haven’t a clue what Kansas football is doing right now with David Beaty as its head coach who in TWO seasons on the job has posted records of…
Overall: 2 – 22
Big 12: 1 – 17
….which is a program in Kansas Football that played in the Orange Bowl in the 2007 – 2008 season!
Call us crazy but if we had been the AD at Kansas in December of last year we would have fired David Beaty and hired current Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery who has the kind of offense that Kansas MUST have….an up-tempo attacking offense…if the Jayhawks are going to become a winning football program again but then….Kansas has an AD that hired…
…who together have posted an overall record…with interim head coach Clint Bowen included…over the last FIVE years of…
9 – 51
Geez….don’t tell us there aren’t Total Damn Morons in the very upper reaches of FBS football because the TRUTH is….THERE ARE MANY!
We bookmark a lot of news stories on college football here at Coaches Hot Seat that we put into a lot of different folders in our browser so we can refer back to them in the future and the folder marked Lane Kiffin is a doozy!
An AD friend of ours when asked a couple of years why athletic directors might be reluctant to hire Lane Kiffin as a head coach turned to his computer and quickly found a story he had bookmarked in his browser:
That AD then pointed towards the computer screen and says…
“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”
Also in the above ball deflation story there is a reference to Lane Kiffin switching jerseys of USC players in a game against Colorado which is another one of those…
“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”
….things that will haunt Lane Kiffin forever as will things like this Bullshit about Urban Meyer….
Maybe Lane Kiffin is a great offensive playcaller and maybe Alabama just has a Helluva lot of talent on campus in Tuscaloosa, but neither of those things would matter to us if we were presented with the opportunity to hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach if we were the AD at a college today. Instead we would say to ourselves something like…
“Is Lane Kiffin going to do something as the head coach at this school to embarrass the football team, the school, our fans, our alumni, our booster, and himself, and me who vouched for and hired the guy?”
Who the Hell knows and there is the problem with hiring Lane Kiffin as your head football coach.
No…we would NEVER hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach because there are plenty of great football coaches out there that we know are not going to…
Make A Total Ass of Themselves and Embarrass Our School
….which is just our humble opinion, but then there is no doubt an AD out there…maybe even two or three…that could care less if their head football coach might embarrass their school and that is the AD that Lane and Little Debbie Boy in Memphis should be looking for…
An AD that doesn’t give a Damn if Lane Kiffin embarrasses the school he is working for!
Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking
Thank You Mr. Johnny Cash for Ten Years of Telling These Head Coaches About the “Burning Ring of Fire” and an Amazing Singing Career and Life to Boot! We Love You Johnny Cash…Always Have…and Always Will!
…who after all as the above ad points out has posted a record and winning percentage of…
31 – 20 (.608)
….since Notre Dame got blasted in the 2013 Bogus BCS National Title Game BUT what should be even more alarming for Irish fans is ND’s record against teams with .500 or better records over the past FOUR seasons:
18 – 19 (.486)
At NOTRE DAME!
Now…let’s look at Notre Dame’s 2016 football schedule which the Irish just played that included…
5 teams that didn’t get to a .500 record who the Irish were….
2 – 3 against
7 teams with .500 or better records who the Irish were….
2 – 5 against
Oh…the above is bad enough because one would think that NOTRE DAME could win more than FOUR games playing 5 teams that didn’t hit the .500 mark in 2016 but even worse NOTRE DAME…
Played 8 Teams with 8 wins or less who the Irish were…
4 – 4 against!
Hell….ANY Random Stumble Bum in Chicago could have taken a train over to South Bend before the season with the amount of talent on the Notre Dame campus and won…
8 Games in 2016
….and Mr. Multi-Million Dollar Man Brian Kelly who believes he created the Earth, the Moon and everything else in the Universe only got FOUR wins?
What is it about NOTRE DAME that attracts coaches that are such Pompous Arrogant Asses?
Who knows but a Coaches Hot Seat member did talk to what we will call a “prominent Notre Dame alum” when he was in New York City last week who said the following about the Irish football team:
“It’s a Damn Disgrace and it seems Jack (Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick) is satisfied with the football team being a Damn Disgrace!”
Maybe so because our lone contact at Notre Dame who we have known for years told us right after Notre Dame – USC debacle for the Irish….
“Notre Dame could win only FOUR games against next year and the AD is not going to fire Brian Kelly because the school would have to eat $15 million plus dollars NEXT December!”
Be Proud fans of Notre Dame Football!
FOUR Wins is the New Standard for Irish Football!
And to that we can only say……Go Stanford!
2. Todd Graham, Arizona State – From the desk of…
Athletic Directors Have Lost Their Freaking Minds
….which is a very busy desk these days we learn the following from this story…
….that Todd Graham’s buyout as of late in the 2016 college football season…
“Todd Graham would be owed $14,208,333, the 15th-highest mark in the nation.”
Maybe what university presidents should do when presented with a head coach’s contract that includes ANYTHING above a one year buyout clause amount for a coach that is fired is the university president should say to the athletic director….
“OK…but if we have to fire this head coach for non-performance before this contract is completed I am going to take this buyout number out of your ass and if you are still OK with this contract then let’s get it signed!”
Here’s the problem with Athletic Directors….
Not A Damn One of them is risking One Damn Penny of their own money and that is why agents are able to ROLL athletic directors with coaches’ contracts and then laugh like Hell as soon as they get in the car to go home…and we mean laugh like Hell!
Todd Graham’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $3 million dollars
Brian Kelly’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $4 million dollars
NO ONE should have multi-million dollar buyouts such as Todd Graham being owed $14 million dollars as Graham is owed at Arizona State and the reason for that is when a Human Being has that much money owed to them they sometimes in our opinion….
Get Lazy As Hell
….or maybe they have just quit teaching tackling in Tempe could also be the problem!
Of course most college football coaches think when their ass is sitting in the office or they are at practice or they our recruiting they are working BUT Hello From the Real World…
If you don’t produce all of that time in the office, on the practice field, and out recruiting is Totally Damn Useless!
Now let’s see here….the last 2 seasons Mr. 14+ Million Dollar Owed Man Todd Graham has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 14
Pac-12: 6 – 12
….and in Dennis Erickson’s last two years at ASU he posted records of…
Overall: 12 – 13
Pac-12: 8 – 10
Geez…seems Dennis Erickson’s ass got run out of Tempe and now…
Todd Graham’s ass is getting kissed!
Be Proud fans of Arizona State Football!
YOU owe YOUR head coach $14+ million dollars and maybe he has just gotten Lazy As Hell…or maybe they just quit teaching tackling in Tempe…in our humble opinion!
3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Let’s take a look at the $5 Million Dollar Man…Kevin Sumlin….records in SEC Conference play from the 2013 season forward:
2013: 4 – 4 2014: 3 – 5 2015: 4 – 4 2016: 4 – 4
Total: 15 – 17
Yep…Aggies are paying a head coach in Kevin Sumlin $5 million dollars plus a season to post a winning percentage in SEC Conference play over the last FOUR seasons of…
…but it gets worse because below is Sumlin’s SEC Conference record in home games at Mighty Kyle Field in College Station over the last FOUR seasons…
6 – 9 (.400)
Seems to us that if you are going to pay someone $5 Million Dollars Plus a season he should be able to post at least a…
…record in SEC Conference play at home….right?
Not if you are an Aggie it seems who are Mighty Damn Proud to be…
Below Average As Hell
…..and will celebrate the Holiday Season being Below Average As Hell…AGAIN!
Even more troubling for a coach being paid $5 Million Dollars Plus a year to coach the Texas A&M Aggies….Kevin Sumlin….even counting the first year with Johnny “Hide Your Bourbon” Manziel in 2012 when A&M posted a record of 11 – 2 Sumlin’s record….
Against Power 5 Conference Schools With .500 or better records is…
20 – 20
….over his entire FIVE seasons at Texas A&M!
Yep…when you see an Aggie just do what we do now…
Hey Mr. .500 or worse….how’s it to feel to be an Aggie?
4. Jim Mora, UCLA – Several years ago over drinks in New Orleans an athletic director at a FBS school told us that a key metric in evaluating college head football coaches was….
Record against .500 or better teams
….which was a better measure than overall records since any average coach can rack up wins against inferior talent. We here at Coaches Hot Seat have been looking closely at a similar metric the last couple of years for head coaches at Power 5 schools…
Record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records
….and over the last two seasons UCLA head coach Jim Mora’s record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records is…
3 – 11!
Oh…in 2016 UCLA amongst their EIGHT losses the Bruins lost to TWO Power 5 Conference schools that posted losing records this past season which really puts Mora’s…
3 – 11
….record against Power 5 Conference schools with .500 or better records in perspective and in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat after studying our new metric the last few years…
If you don’t have at least a .500 record against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500 or better records you have very Damn little chance of holding onto your head coaching job and that is why Jim Mora is in such a precarious spot now because another bad season and the Jim Mora era at UCLA will end after the 2017 season for sure!
Just checking….UCLA’s 2017 Pac-12 schedule is not out yet but out-of-conference the Bruins play….
Texas A&M Hawaii At Memphis
….and 9 Pac-12 Conference games and in our opinion there is a very Damn good chance the Bruins are 1 – 2 or 0 – 3 when they enter Pac-12 Conference play next season!
What can Jim Mora do to turn things around at UCLA which are right now going straight in the crapper?
This past Summer a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to have a 25 th year reunion of the shipmates they served on a US Navy ship in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Now being in tight quarters on a US Navy ship for six-plus months can be stressful as Hell and throw in many months in the Hot as Hell Persian Gulf before, during and after Desert Storm and you have a recipe for disaster BUT 25 years later we were thrilled to see our shipmates and that is how Jim Mora should approach being the head football coach at UCLA.
Will the football players and coaches at UCLA today want to get together with Jim Mora 25 years from now to rekindle great memories?
If Jim Mora treats them right they will and in football or in the US Navy “treats them right” means being demanding at times, always respectful, but most of all caring about where the team, its players and coaches are going with their lives because without a LEADER doing that you don’t have a TEAM…and without a TEAM no organization whether in sports or anywhere else is going to accomplish a Damn thing.
5. Paul Haynes, Kent State – We don’t keep up with the goings-on with the MAC Conference as much as the Power 5 Conferences but in FOUR seasons at Kent State head coach Paul Haynes has posted records of…
2013: 4 – 8 2014: 2 – 9 2015: 3 – 9 2016: 3 – 9
Overall: 12 – 35
MAC: 8 – 23
….and if a head coach can keep his job with that kind of record then….
God Bless America because even the Total Damn Failures can keep their jobs!
6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Forgetting the one year disaster that was John L. Smith hired in the wake of the Bobby Petrino debacle one has to go pretty far back in Arkansas football history to find a head coach that has a winning percentage in conference play of…
….that Bret Bielema has posted in FOUR seasons as the head coach of Arkansas, and since we love college football history let’s take a stroll down Hog Football Lane and see what kinds of conference records Arkansas past head coaches did post.
Arkansas Head Coaches and Conference Winning Percentages
Bobby Petrino: .531
Houston Nutt: .525
Danny Ford: .402
Joe Kines: .438
Jack Crowe: .375
Ken Hatfield: .783
Lou Holtz: .670
Frank Broyles: .714
Jack Mitchell: .472
Bowden Wyatt: .583
Otis Douglas: .222
Yep…one has to go back to Otis Douglass who coached the Arkansas Razorbacks between 1950 – 1952 to find a head coach who has a WORSE winning percentage than Bret Bielema of…
….in conference play but then our good Arkansas fishing buddy who has lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas his entire life told us recently…
“Bielema has everyone so fooled he could go .500 another 10 years at Arkansas and they would build his ass a statue in Fayetteville!”
Oh…but what is Bret Bielema’s record at Arkansas in FOUR seasons against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records you ask?
11 – 22
….which is a winning percentage of…
Hell…if Bret Bielema EVER does get back to the .500 mark against legitimate football teams they probably will build a statue of his ass in Fayetteville!
Oh how Arkansas Football has Total Downgraded its expectations since Bobby Petrino crashed that motorcycle when there was talk of…GASP…
Arkansas taking on Nick Saban and Mighty Alabama!
Uhhh…not anymore with more than likely a statue of Bret Bielema’s ass probably already in the planning stages in Fayetteville!
7. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – One of our favorite places to visit in the South in or out of football season is Oxford, Mississippi and one of our favorite haunts is Square Books on the square in downtown Oxford…
Southern writers have always been fascinating reads, especially the Southern writers that were able to capture the interesting place that the South has been and continues to be today like William Faulkner and writers such as Shelby Foote and Walker Percy which a great book was written about in 1997 by Mr. Foote and the below video has some great stories about Foote and Walker’s long friendship:
Getting back to football we have a terrific contact in Mississippi who loves to tell us all kinds of stories about the Mississippi and Mississippi State football programs and we always request to meet our contact at Square Books in Oxford which begins with a conversation in the book store and moves on to us…
Walking and Talking around Oxford about all kinds of things but which usually swings back around to college football.
A Coaches Hot Seat member that was down South for Thanksgiving drove over to Oxford, Mississippi after the Holiday weekend and spent an hour or so with our contact in Mississippi and they met at Square Books and did some Walking and Talking around Oxford and our friend’s opinion on the state of Mississippi football is the following….condensed down into the Cliff Notes version…
“Hugh Freeze is in a Helluva situation. The NCAA mess is hanging over Hugh and the football program with no end in sight and I don’t know if Hugh has a clue where he is going to take Ole Miss into the future. He will have a tough time getting new coaches to Oxford…and recruits as well…and there is a real chance the current malaise could turn 2017 into a…disaster.”
CHS Member:“So what would you tell Freeze to do?”
Mississippi Contact: “Well…no one is going to believe anything you say unless you believe it yourself and right now when you look at Hugh I don’t think he has a clue where he is going nor has he dealt with where the Ole Miss football program is right now. In the end Hugh is going to have to put on a mask of sorts to hide his indecision and make sure he keeps that positive mask on until he gets out of the hole he is now in.”
CHS Member: “Fake it till you make it?”
Mississippi Contact: “That’s what Faulkner would recommend if alive!”
Lots of Laughter!
Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 football schedule:
South Alabama UT Martin At California At Alabama At Auburn Vanderbilt LSU Arkansas At Kentucky La. Lafayette Texas A&M At Mississippi State
Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule and that opening game against South Alabama may be one the biggest MUST WIN games in recent college football history with games at Cal, at Alabama and at Auburn on deck!
Could Hugh Freeze possibly survive a second-straight losing season at Ole Miss?
Not A Chance In Hell!
How about some more Shelby Foote this time talking about his book Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign:
8. Butch Jones, Tennessee – Reading this recent story by Travis Haney at 24/7 Sports on Butch Jones at Tennessee….
….the following paragraphs from the story really jumped out at us:
“Those close to Jones paint the picture of a good man with good intentions — but one who struggles with insecurity.
“Butch is not very comfortable in his own skin,” one source told us. “Until he has that, he’ll just never be a great coach. He’s not comfortable in his own skin in recruiting, play-calling, organization …
“He’s great in a small setting, but he’s just not a comfortable guy.”
Jones won at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, but Tennessee is his first Power 5-level job.
“It’s like he doesn’t think he should be there,” the source said. “It’s like he doesn’t think he belongs. And that permeates through the program. Everyone feels that.”
Another source inside the building wondered if this point — 29-21 in four seasons — constituted a career crossroads for Jones.
“I think Butch is still growing as a coach, but he needs to make a decision that this is the level he wants to be at,” the source said. “I’m not sure that it is.”
The source added that Jones tendency to bicker with reporters is indicative of a coach unsure of himself and his position.
“Why would you lecture the media?” the source said. “You can’t have a slogan that says ‘Own It’ and then not own it when it comes time. People will follow true leaders through brick walls, but if you talk and don’t back it up, you turn over your shoulder and no one is there.””
Here’s the thing about criticism whether it is being delivered by the fans, the media or a website like Coaches Hot Seat on the current status of a head coach which Coach Bill Walsh understood totally and is the way that all coaches should approach criticism:
“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”
“Learn from the deserved”…those are words that all leaders of organizations whether a football team or of an office should understand completely because it’s often only in from criticism where…
Truth is actually able to get through to the leader….because most of the compliments, patting on the back, and otherwise kissing one’s ass is nothing but Bullshit being blown-up someone’s ass to gain favor which makes almost all but criticism totally Damn worthless.
We have a good friend who owns a top restaurant in San Francisco and over cold beers one night after his restaurant had closed we asked if he ever got complaints about his restaurant’s service or food and here was his response:
“Yes, we get complaints and I treat them for what they are…a gift!”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Really….a gift?”
Restaurant Friend: “Yes…a gift…because a customer has taken the time to point out something that clearly me sitting here running this restaurant to the best of my ability wasn’t able to see and 9 times out of 10 the customer was right and we corrected the issue and made sure it didn’t happen again.”
Instead of worrying and becoming paranoid about what the media or fans or Coaches Hot Seat or anyone else is saying Butch Jones should instead do the following:
Look at the criticism quickly….determine if any of the criticism is warranted…fix things that need to be fixed…and then move the Hell on!
From our perspective on the outside looking in easily the biggest problem for Butch Jones in his FOUR seasons at Tennessee is that far too often Jones has not had his teams ready to play INFERIOR teams which is outrageous and unacceptable and points to a preparation issue which probably starts in the coaches’ offices, goes onto the practice fields, and continues right up until the kick-off of games like South Carolina and Vanderbilt this year which Tennessee had No Damn Business losing…PERIOD!
Coach Walsh again on this very point…
“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”
Mainly Butch Jones needs to find LEADERS among his coaching staff and players that are willing to build the “virtually self-sustaining and self-directed – almost autonomous” football program that right now falls to pieces in stressful situations which goes right back to Butch Jones own failing as a LEADER.
Look inside yourself and figure it out Butch Jones because if you don’t your head coaching career might very well be over a year from now at the ripe old age of 49!
9. Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple had a decent run as the head coach at UMass between 1998 – 2003 when the Minutemen were playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference BUT in the last THREE season with the UMass playing the MAC and as an Independent in 2016 records of…
2014: 3 – 9 2015: 3 – 9 2016: 2 – 10
Overall: 8 – 28
MAC: 5 – 11
…cannot be what the folks at UMass expected when they brought Whipple back to the school but then wouldn’t anyone expect a Head Coach at ANY school to post a better record than…
2 – 10
…in his THIRD year on the job?
One would think so.
Below is the UMass Football Schedule for 2017:
At Coastal Carolina Old Dominion At Temple At Tennessee Ohio Hawaii At USF Georgia Southern Appalachian State A Mississippi State Main At BYU
Damn….UMass will be LUCKY to win 2 games in 2017 with that schedule!
10. Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Lance Leipold arrived at Buffalo in 2015 after posing the following amazing records as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater:
Overall: 109 – 6
Conference: 53 – 3
6 NCAA Division III National Championships in 8 seasons
At Buffalo Leipold has posted records of…
Overall: 7 – 17
MAC: 4 – 12
….and at times in 2016 Buffalo has looked like a team without a head coach like…
Losing to Albany 24 point loss to Kent State 37 point loss to Northern Illinois 21 point loss to Akron
….which ended with a 2 – 10 record and Leipold squarely on the Hot Seat entering 2017.
Can Lance Leipold turnaround Buffalo football which only a few years ago under Turner Gill went to a bowl game?
We haven’t a Damn Clue to the answer to that question but in year THREE one would think the Bulls should be fighting for and be Damn close to a .500 record…right?
head coaching changes over the last NINE years with probably a few more changes
coming this year which works out to an average of about…
FBS head coaching jobs changing each season.
Is a roughly 20% turnover in FBS head coaches a season an appropriate number or
is there even an appropriate number when considering FBS head coaching turnover?
answer to that question is that FBS head coaches just like EVERYONE else in
America is evaluated and kept in their jobs based upon performance and most
Americans if they didn’t perform at an acceptable level for…
Just One Week
more than likely be shown the door so please save us the crying about coaches
getting fired after two or three years on the job!
Great Vince Lombardi said long before Coaches Hot Seat showed-up on the scene in
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm!”
the head coaching jobs that have turned over in 2016-17 here are few comments on
those firings and new hires if there has been one…
Baylor – What a Damn mess Baylor football and athletics is for
that matter. We are not sure what they are teaching in the churches, classrooms
and halls at Baylor University, but for Damn sure it isn’t Christianity as
defined by Jesus Christ and as spread by Paul. Baylor should be a great coaching
job, but every time we think of Baylor football now we think of…
Sorry Ass People claiming to be Christians putting the safety and lives of
innocent women at risk in the name of winning football games which.
Disgusting is the word that comes to mind when we see or hear Baylor University
and the next head coach in Waco is going to have a Helluva rebuilding job on his
Who should Baylor hire as their next head coach: We haven’t a Damn clue!
Cincinnati– Watching Tommy Tuberville the last few years at
Cincinnati none of us thought his entire heart and soul was into coaching the
Bearcats and we would recommend to Tubs before he goes looking for another head
coaching job that he might want to do some TV work for a year or so and see if
maybe that is where he might find some enjoyable and decent paying work that
want take 24/7 of his time!
Is Tommy Tuberville a College Football Hall of Fame coach?
considering that Tubs and Auburn got jobbed out of playing for the 2004 National
Title which we think Auburn would have won that year, and that Tommy has 159 –
99 overall record we would have to say that…
YES…Tubs is a future College Football Hall of Fame coach!
should Cincinnati hire as their next head coach? Maybe Philip Montgomery at
Tulsa or Scott Satterfield at Appalachian State or Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion
or Charlie Strong maybe….hire someone with some energy whatever you do
Florida Atlantic– No doubt Charlie Partridge worked hard at
FAU, but three straight seasons of…
3 – 9
….records with no noticeable improvement in the program doomed Charlie and now
FAU has to start anew again. We know the Boca Raton, Florida area pretty well
having visited and played golf around Boca many times, and we would love to have
the FAU head coaching job and so should LOTS of good coaches!
We would probably look at a very good FCS head coach to move up to the FBS level
if we were AD at FAU.
should FAU hire as their next head coach? We would hire a top and hungry FCS
head coach who had done some recruiting in Florida for the FAU job.
Florida International – Ron Turner should have NEVER been hired
as the head coach at FIU, and it going to be interesting to see what the 65 year
old Butch Davis will do with the Panthers where a .500+ record in any season is
a pretty Damn good coaching job.
Fresno State – Whatever caused Tim DeRuyter’s fall at Fresno
State after winning back-to-back Mountain West Conference Championships in his
first two years on the job (2012 – 2013) we haven’t been able to figure it out,
but for Damn sure something changed in Fresno besides losing a few good players
to the NFL. The last few years DeRuyter hasn’t looked happy coaching Fresno
State and there is nothing worse than not being totally committed to the job you
are doing which can be severely impacted by many things on and off the field
that most people know nothing about.
State has hired former Cal head Jeff Tedford to be the head coach at Fresno
State, and we would say the 55 year old Tedford is an interesting hire that we
have no Damn clue how it’s going to work out. When Jeff Tedford is in a good
spot and very motivated he is a very good football coach and exceptional
play-caller, and with that in mind if we are the AD at Fresno State we make sure
Jeff Tedford is in a good spot and very motivated!
Georgia State– The Georgia State job should be a decent place
for up-and-coming coaches to take and run with since there is a TON of high
school football talent with a 3 hour drive of downtown Atlanta, but for some
reason like UAB which is only a couple of hours away the Georgia State program
has never really become a thing to do in Atlanta.
all Georgia State football needs an identity and a quality head coach and if we
are the AD at Georgia State right now we are probably looking for an innovative,
ambitious, highly-competent FCS-level head coach to take this job.
Houston – Certainly no one with a working brain thought Tom
Herman was going to hang around Houston after UH lost out on getting into the
Big 12 Conference and if Texas hadn’t hired Herman we have no doubt he would the
head coach of LSU today.
has a TON of money to spend on a football coach and high school football players
galore all around the Houston + South Texas area and with that in mind Houston
should be able to hire a Helluva football coach.
should Houston hire as their next head coach? We would hire P.J. Fleck at a
place like Houston which really needs someone to keep the pot stirred, but then
we would hire P.J. Fleck at most places if sitting in an AD chair with an open
head coaching job.
Indiana – Whatever was going on at Indiana must have raised some
eyebrows behind the scenes because that was simplest mutual parting of the ways
we have seen between a head coach and AD/School with Kevin Wilson leaving
Indiana since Tommy Tuberville was giving a TON of money to “resign” at Auburn a
few years back.
We know very little about the new Indiana head coach Tom Allen, but we have read
about Coach Allen is impressive…mighty Damn impressive.
Luck to you Tom Allen and remember…do it YOUR way because YOU are the head coach
at Indiana now Tom!
LSU – Reality is Les Miles should have been fired at the end of
the 2015 season and there is not a Chance In Hell that Ed Orgeron would have be
the head coach at LSU today if Les Miles had been fired last year or if the
Texas job had not opened up for Tom Herman this year.
most interesting thing about the LSU head coaching search both last year and in
2016 was that it seems LSU AD Joe Alleva was targeting ONE guy…
Jimbo Fisher in 2015
Tom Herman in 2016
when that ONE guy didn’t come through he fell back to…
Les Miles in 2015 Ed
Orgeron in 2016
let’s assume for a moment that a new AD had been hired at LSU before the end of
this year’s college football season and that AD was charged by the President and
Board at LSU…
“Hire the best coach possible!”
Ed Orgeron have been the “best coach possible” or rather way down the list of
potential new head coach at LSU?
down the list of potential new head coaches at LSU is the answer to that
question and we have it on good authority there are several very good FBS
coaches who would have loved a shot at the LSU job, but who never got a call.
only wish the best of luck to Coach Ed Orgeron who we will really be pulling for
the in coming years to do great things at LSU and of course Ed…if you win less
than 10+ games a year Son….yours ass will go right on the…
Nevada – We had been hearing rumblings from University of Nevada
folks we know that they weren’t very happy with Brian Polian and the state of
the Nevada football program for about a year now, and it looks like those folks
got their way after a very AVERAGE 5 – 7 record in Brian’s fourth year at
is not an easy coaching job sitting in Reno, Nevada which is a nice town, but
not exactly an easy place to recruit kids to and certainly recruiting will need
to big positive piece of the next head coach at the school.
word on the street is that Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt OC
Andy Ludwig are up for the Nevada job and if we asked to choose between one of
those two coaches we are hiring…
Oregon – People that didn’t get to see the Oregon football
program in person in the last year have no Damn idea how bad things were with
Ducks football which in our opinion looked….
Totally Leaderless in 2016
left the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers behind the scenes with no choice
left but to fire Mark Helfrich who let’s be honest here…
Is NOT head coaching material on the FBS level forget at a high-profile place
would we hire to be the next head coach at Oregon? Well…a few years ago we
thought Chris Petersen would be an amazing hire for Washington even though we
knew that Petersen would build a powerhouse in Seattle that would directly
threaten Stanford football and for Oregon we know that the ONE coach we hope the
Ducks don’t hire is…
P. J. Fleck
…because the last Damn thing that Stanford football needs is a dynamic coach
like Fleck in the Pac-12 North raising Hell and taking names!
the folks at Oregon and the powerbrokers pulling the levers behind the scenes
will go with a “name” coach who will be a terrible fit for Eugene and who will
no doubt burn the Oregon football program to the ground which Hey…won’t be a bad
thing for Stanford football going forward!
Purdue – We are old enough to remember Joe Tiller throwing the
ball all around the place at Purdue posting an overall record of…
87 – 62
seasons at the school and what has been the overall record of the Boilermakers
since Tiller was pushed out the door at Purdue?
31 – 67
Damn….the above is what happens when you have Total Damn Idiots hiring football
coaches and let’s hope that Purdue finds a great coach this time around to get
things going again in West Lafayette!
would we hire as the head coach at Purdue? Couldn’t go wrong with Jeff Brohm,
P.J. Fleck, Matt Rhule, Troy Calhoun, Philip Montgomery, Bobby Wilder, Scott
Satterfield…to name a few head coaches we would be going after as AD at Purdue.
San Jose State– In four seasons at San Jose State Ron Caragher
posted an overall record of…
19 – 30
of course rightly led to his firing and now the question is who is San Jose
State going to get to right the Good Spartan Ship?
were the AD at San Jose State we would be thinking of someone who can bring an
innovative offense to San Jose….and we can think of 10 coaches like that from
young ones, to old ones, to ones middle-aged….and certainly Jon Wilner who
follows San Jose State closely has his list…
of which we would hire at San Jose State by the way.
If we are the AD at San Jose State we would probably try to hire…
Maybe we will whisper it to San Jose State AD Gene Bleymaier instead of writing
it in this spot!
Texas – In THREE seasons at Texas Charlie Strong posted an
overall record of…
16 – 21
whether you are white, black, red or green that kind of record in THREE seasons
would have gotten your ass fired and no surprise…
Charlie Strong got his ass fired at Texas!
Tom Herman taking things over at Texas and most of the folks in front and behind
the scenes in the Lone Star State with a rooting interest in the Longhorns are
now in the stable and ready to see what Herman can do and we predict great
things for Texas in the coming years, but when we write…
means Tom Herman you better Damn win 10+ games a year or your ass…
Will Go Right on the Hot Seat!
Brown in his first 12 seasons as the head coach at Texas averaged winning…
a season BUT in his last 4 seasons he averaged winning…
a season and thus the reason why Mack Brown’s ass was fired after the 2013