The Week 3 College Football Games are done and watching college football in person at UC Davis – Stanford game and then watching a Helluva lot of college football on television on Saturday it’s hard to imagine how the game could be better and let’s hope that it keeps going like this for a long time into the future.
The game of football in America is facing a lot of issues that will have to be dealt with for the game to navigate its way forward, and one of the things that needs to be done is move the current FBS 4-Team College Football Playoff to 8-Teams with 5 Power Five Conference Champs (If 3 losses or less) + 3 Wildcard teams but more on that as the season moves along because worrying about the Postseason Playoff takes away from the games being played right now!
Let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!
Thank You Johnny!
1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State – We watched the interview that ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi did with Urban Meyer that aired on Sunday and it’s an interesting interview with a lot going on beyond what Meyer said…which wasn’t much….but to guess on what Meyer was thinking would be speculative and we are all about speculation and opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat!
In our humble opinion Urban Meyer sees both of the Smiths complicit in the failure of their marriage which flows from how Meyer was raised in that there are issues in all marriages but that two mature adults…especially ones with children…should be able to work things out and for lots of reasons the Smith marriage just imploded which probably seems unthinkable to Meyer.
There’s an old saying attributed to Lou Holtz that….
“If he’s got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don’t hire him.”
…with the implication being that a good assistant football coach isn’t planning on playing lots of golf when working for Holtz. What is also implicit in the above statement is that Lou Holtz was interested in the personal lives of his coaches as it pertains to their ability to do their job, and when something is going wrong with someone’s personal life that will of course impact that person’s work as well. In our opinion there’s not a chance in Hell that Urban Meyer wasn’t aware that Smith was having lots of problems with his marriage and that Smith was doing all kinds of Crazy Shit in his personal life, and anyone that has been around a football team knows…
Everyone knows…especially the coaches….what’s going on with everyone if it falls outside what would be considered “normal”
…and for whatever reason Meyer kept Smith around with Meyer now admitting he should have fired the troubled Smith long ago which is incredibly obvious to anyone that can read the recent reports on this issue.
If we were a head football coach in college we would realize that is a very public position and that the coaches on our staff were also in very public positions and with what’s happened at Ohio State in mind we would talk to each our coaches and support staff and tell them straight-up:
“If something is going on in your personal life that is a problem…I am talking about a serious problem and not just normal personal or marriage issues…I want to know about it because you are representing this university and you are working for me and I don’t want to be surprised by something down the road. I can help you a lot with issues, even personal issues, but I cannot help you if you don’t tell me about it so keep that in mind.”
Will see what if anything else comes out on this Smith issue at Ohio State, and if something else does come out we would not be surprised, but for now it seems it has quieted down which is of course the same thing that happened with the Tressel issue. We shall see.
Interestingly Ohio State has looked like a team that can beat anyone in the country including Alabama in its first three games of the season and it will be fascinating to see how the Buckeyes play under Meyer in the coming weeks with OSU having left:
At Penn State
At Michigan State
Our guess the Buckeyes lose 2 of their remaining 9 games which would be a Major Disappointment and lead to a lot of folks asking a lot of questions to why in the Hell a team with enough talent to beat anyone in the country ended up with 2 losses in the regular season!
2. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – It was probably a Godsend that North Carolina didn’t play UCF at home on Saturday because of Hurricane Florence since UCF would have probably blasted the falling to pieces Tar Heels who are 0 – 2 and still have games left against…
Our guess UNC wins 3 of their last 9 games to finish at….
3 – 9
…in 2018 which will open up the North Carolina job which is a Good but not Great job in college football but certainly a job we would walk from San Francisco to Chapel Hill to take if they offered it to anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat!
3. Willie Taggart, Florida State – The first time any of us ran into Willie Taggart was in 2007 when he came to Stanford to coach running backs for Jim Harbaugh on The Farm and we can be honest here and say we are biased FOR Willie Taggart but for Damn sure we are not going to tolerate Willie or ANY other coach blowing up a college football program…especially one like Florida State….just because we like the guy!
We really don’t have a clue how good of a Head Football Coach that Willie Taggart is since he spent so little time at his previous HC stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida, and Oregon before taking over at FSU but we can tell you what we have been told by our friends in Florida who have been around Florida State football going back to the 1970s which is before Bobby Bowden arrived in Tallahassee in 1976 some very interesting and some very troubling things.
Back in August a Florida State-alum buddy of ours who has had season tickets to FSU games since the 1970s and who we have known since the late 1980s hinted in some conversations that he was hearing that….
“There is no football being practiced at Florida State. It’s just a lot of PR fluff.”
That is the phrase he used back in August for what Willie Taggart and his coaching staff were doing at FSU practices…
“It’s just a lot of PR fluff.”
After seeing FSU play against Virginia Tech, Samford, and Syracuse we don’t need someone watching FSU practice to know what is going on in Tallahassee because it’s as Plain As Damn Day and that is….
Willie Taggart and his Assistant Coaches are NOT coaching football at Florida State!
…but rather it’s just a lot “making sure the players are happy” and guess what Willie….
You have a football team that has already QUIT on you Son!
…and if you don’t start Coaching The Game of Football with your FSU football team TODAY….meaning Monday….then there’s a good chance you will not be the head coach at Florida State in 2019 and if you get run from this job after one year you will have a tough time getting a high school head coaching job in the future!
We have been told by that same FSU-alum buddy of ours that a significant portion of the $30M or so that it would take to buyout Willie Taggart and everyone that Willie has hired has already been raised and that if Florida State keeps playing the way they did against Syracuse…
Where the Florida State Football Team QUIT
….Willie Taggart will be fired shortly after the Florida game on November 24!
YES….it’s that bad Willie and your better Damn start coaching your football team especially with what you have left to play…
At NC State
At Notre Dame
If FSU plays the rest of the season the way they played against Syracuse…
They will not win another football game and finish the season at 1 – 11 and Willie Taggart and his entire coaching staff WILL BE FIRED in late November!
Northern Illinois comes to Tallahassee on Saturday with a pretty good football team that would love to beat FSU whether the Seminoles are any good or not and if FSU loses this game there will not be more than 20,000 people at any home FSU game the rest of the year so YES you could say there is a Helluva Lot riding on Saturday’s game and most of all what we would like to see is a…
FSU Football Team that actually shows up and plays like men instead of the Candy Ass Cowards and Quitters that Willie Taggart has been running out on the field in the first three games of the season!
Lastly we will leave Willie Taggart with a comment from an ACC assistant coach we talked to on Sunday and passing along this comment, even if we don’t identify the assistant, will probably end us talking to that coach but we think it’s important enough of a comment to relay in this spot, and the comment is the general feeling among the coaches on this particular ACC football team and that comment is in the form of a question:
ACC Assistant Coach: “Any way you can take Taggart off the Hot Seat?”
CHS: “Why is that?”
ACC Assistant Coach: “Because we need to keep Willie in Tallahassee for as long as possible since it’s a guaranteed win every year now!”
You gonna take that Willie?
If not then how about showing up at practice on Monday and quit giving a Damn about making your players happy and….
Coaching The Freaking Game of Football Son
…and you can start by running the Hell out of the 15+ players on your FSU football team that Flat-Out QUIT against Syracuse!
The Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli wrote in his book The Prince that….
“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
…and what Willie Taggart needs to understand is….
Your players will NEVER Love you if they do not Respect you and right now….
The FSU players have No Damn Respect for Willie Taggart or the FSU Assistant Coaches
…but be assured if dozen members of Coaches Hot Seat took over the Florida State football program on Monday by Tuesday evening after practice the players still left on the team….
Would Respect Us….You Can Damn Sure Count On That….Because We Would Tolerate Nothing But Respect From Our Players and the same should go for Willie Taggart!
4. Clay Helton, USC – It’s impossible to understand the situation that USC head coach Clay Helton is in today unless you grew up watching USC football in the 1970s when the Trojans were one of the Top 10 teams in the country every year. Yes, Pete Carroll had a great run at USC from 2001 – 2009 but the USC alumni in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who have a Helluva Lot of money and influence in the Los Angeles and all over the world even are just not going to tolerate Clay Helton turning USC into average football program even if Helton is sitting on records now of…
Overall: 28 – 12
Pac-12: 20 – 6
The above are pretty decent numbers, but our friends who are USC-alums don’t think those records are so great and when they see in person in Austin the Trojans get blown-out by 23 points to a Texas team that lost to Maryland which just lost to Freaking Temple then you have some…
Pissed-Off USC Folks
…and believe it….they are now passing the hat around to raise the money to fire Clay Helton later this year if it comes to it which caused a member of Coaches Hot Seat to ask one our USC-alum buddies who could buy and sell Nick Saban in about 15 minutes on Sunday….
“What would it take for Helton to keep his job at USC?”
USC-alum: “Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
OK…let’s look at the remaining 9 games that Clay better Damn win every Damn one of them!
At Oregon State
Don’t think there’s a chance in Hell that Clay Helton and the USC Trojans win their last 9 games and if we had to guess we would say they go….
6 – 3 or 7 – 2 at best!
You know what that means right?
USC will be looking for a new head football coach by December and we happen to know a college head football coach with a team in the Top 15 who would love a shot at the USC job!
We wouldn’t recommend that Clay Helton and the Trojans lose to Washington State on Friday night OR any game the rest of the season or it’s Dandy Don time in South LA!
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Maybe it’s just us but if we had…
$49 Million Dollars Guaranteed in our back pocket
…over the next 7 years whether we won another football game or not we would NOT….
Coach Like A Damn Coward
….but on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium on The Plains in Auburn you had Gus Malzahn again….
Coaching Like A Damn Coward Against LSU!
Can you please explain to us why you are still…
Coaching Like A Damn Coward Scared of Your Shadow Son?
Auburn has one of the best defenses in America and Gus is coaching the Tigers offense like the AU defense is not even going to show up for the game and just why in the Hell is that Gus?
Clearly that’s a question that Gus Malzahn is not going to answer but it’s a Helluva question because you give anyone at Coaches Hot Seat….
Guaranteed $49 Million Dollars over the next 7 Years
…we are going to attack your ass…
All Over The Field
Up and Down the Field
In the Damn Stands If Necessary
…to score as many Damn points as possible because….
We have no Damn Fear of anything because our ass is going to get paid $49 Million Dollars Whatever the Hell Happens!
Let’s look at Malzahn’s seasons at Auburn:
2013: 12 – 2
2014: 8 – 5
2015: 7 – 6
2016: 8 – 5
2017: 10 – 4
Geez…that’s 4+ losses in 4 of Gus’s 5 seasons at Auburn AND he is….
Guaranteed to make $7M a season for the next 7 years if he doesn’t win another football game!
Please now Gus….
Why in the Hell are you coaching the Auburn football team like a Damn Coward Son?
Let’s see what Auburn has left in 2018:
At Mississippi State
At Ole Miss
That looks like at least THREE more losses which again would be….
FOUR losses on the season
…and that means….
8 – 4
….or could even be a….
7 – 5
…record in 2018 and we have to wonder just what Big Chumps the folks at Auburn will feel like if Gus Malzahn lays down a 8 – 4 or 7 – 5 after you just guaranteed him $49 Million Dollars?
Got VERY BIG Chumps?
6. Major Applewhite, Houston – Big-Time Houston booster and billionaire Tillman Fertitta made it clear a couple of years ago that….
Anything less than 10 wins a year with Houston football is not acceptable
…and after Major Applewhite put up a record of 7 – 5 in year one at Houston it was made clear to us that Major needed to hit the 10 win mark in 2018 to keep his job going into 2019 and losing to a Texas Tech team that got blasted by Ole Miss which just got blasted by Alabama is no doubt something that Tillman Fertitta has noted and with that in mind let’s see what the 2 – 1 Cougars have left on their schedule in 2018:
At East Carolina
Let’s assume Fertitta is willing to give Major Applewhite a chance to get to 10 wins by winning a bowl game so that would mean Houston needs to win…
7 of their last 9 games
….and that’s going to be a challenge….a BIG Challenge!
7. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona – Kevin Sumlin’s Arizona team beat FCS Southern Utah on Saturday night to raise their record to 1 – 2 but it’s back to Real Football in Week 4 with a game at Oregon State and a game that Sumlin and the Wildcats….
Better Damn Not Lose
….because if Arizona cannot beat Oregon State then we rather doubt they will win another game in 2018 and just think we thought at the beginning of the season that…
Anything less than 7 wins in 2018 would be a Total Disaster for Arizona!
Let’s look at the rest of Arizona’s schedule:
At Oregon State
At Washington State
We don’t have a Damn Clue how Arizona gets to 6 wins in 2018 = Code Red Total Damn Disaster for Kevin Sumlin in Year 1 in Tucson!
8. Lovie Smith, Illinois – The Illini were up on South Florida for most of the game on Saturday before letting USF get them in the fourth quarter and that loss to the Bulls drops Illinois head coach Lovie Smith’s records to….
Overall: 7 – 20
Big Ten: 2 – 16
….and Big Ten Conference play starts this coming Saturday for the Illini with…
Penn State coming to Champaign!
Oh…here’s the rest of the Illini schedule who are now at 2 – 1:
Our guess the Illini win 2 of their remaining 9 games to finish at 4 – 8 which is DOUBLE the number of wins the last two seasons for Illinois!
Maybe give Lovie and extension and raise he gets to 4 wins in 2018?
It’s Illinois after all where Average is Great and Good is You Are A Freaking God on Earth!
9. David Beaty, Kansas – You gotta give whoever is making the schedules in Lawrence great credit because when you open the season with….
At Central Michigan
….you are hoping for a 2 – 1 start at least and that is what David Beaty and Kansas got and now it’s back to Big Boy Football in Week 4 with a trip to Baylor but come now….Baylor just got blasted by Duke in Waco and Hell…
Kansas could move to 3 – 1 with a win over Baylor on Saturday!
After Baylor its…
At West Virginia
At Texas Tech
At Kansas State
We would recommend that David Beaty and Kansas find a way to beat Baylor in Waco in Saturday because if you can’t beat Baylor….
You will not win another game this season!
10. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – After a slow start in the game against SMU the Wolverines turned it up a few notches and coasted to a 45 – 20 win over the Mustangs and looky-here we have a…
Damn Fascinating Game in Ann Arbor on Saturday
…with winless Nebraska and new head coach Scott Frost coming into town in a game that…
Neither Team or Coach can afford to lose
….and that’s true for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan because what comes after the Huskers visit to the Big House:
At Michigan State
At Ohio State
The way that Wisconsin looked against BYU and Michigan State against Arizona State we don’t see why Michigan doesn’t get to the Ohio State game with more than 2 losses or less because the above are all teams that Blue should beat save the game against Penn State on November 3 and even that game is winnable.
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan just CANNOT LOSE to Nebraska this coming Saturday and to lose this game would nothing short of a Code Red Total Disaster!
Great Luck Jimmy!