“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.”
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Post Week 10 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
We Are Ten Weeks Into the College Football Season Mr. Cash….Just Keep Giving It To These Hot Seat Coaches Straight With The Bark On Johnny…With The Damn Bark On!
….we at least have to wonder if Mark Helfrich missed a great opportunity when he took over the Oregon Ducks football team to make it more reflect…
….instead of continuance of what Chip Kelly built at Oregon which one must say was a potent force in the world of college football but was like the San Francisco 49ers are now…
A Lifeless Form With No Real Heart or Soul
We have a Coaches Hot Seat member that was at the University of Oregon earning a master’s degree in the last two years of Chip Kelly’s reign in Eugene and his great interest in the game of football led him to try and find out just what made Chip Kelly such a great coach but alas….the Oregon football program was sealed-up like a tomb as if it was afraid of the outside world when Chip Kelly was at the helm…and sadly even with a strikingly different new head coach in Mark Helfrich who should have taken a chance and put his own stamp on the Ducks….
Oregon Football is still a place With No Real Heart or Soul
Just guessing, but the core group of people that founded Coaches Hot Seat about ten years ago now when Walt Harris was still the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football program, have over the last two decades-plus run into Phil Knight a few hundred times not that any of us have ever gleaned anything from those meet-ups since Phil doesn’t share much but the Oregon Ducks football program reflects Knight totally in that same, “The Hell with them, we are going to do it our…the Oregon way,” fashion.
Everyone at Coaches Hot Seat agrees that the Oregon Ducks football team that Mark Helfrich took over in 2013 was a Top 5 football program and over the next two years posted a record of…
24 – 4
…including a National Title Game appearance against Ohio State at the end of the 2014 season.
What then has happened since that loss to Ohio State that has seen the Ducks post a record of…
12 – 10
…the last two seasons and a record against Power 5 Conference schools of…
9 – 10
….in 2015 + 2016?
Just our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat…but the Chip Kelly Oregon football team that Mark Helfrich took over in 2013 is slowly dying and indeed may already be dead and Helfrich has created nothing to put in its place…a Mark Helfrich football team for starters…that reflected Mark Helfrich…
Not the Aloof Chip Kelly
Not the Private Phil Knight
…but Mark Helfrich who is by all accounts is a smart and nice guy that has a football team that reflects something not of him really and that is now crumbling around Helfrich with the head coach seemingly not having a clue why!
Of course those in the know in and close to Oregon athletics would say in this spot that…
Oregon football reflects Phil Knight above all
….and to wander from that spot would be like committing suicide for any head coach but to that we will only say this…
Above all Phil Knight loves a WINNER
….and has had under contract at Nike athletes that won in all kinds of different ways and approaches and that brings us back to Mark Helfrich and his 3 – 6 football team which still has to play this season…
Stanford At Utah At Oregon State
Sorry…even if Oregon wins its next three games 6 – 6 is not good enough for Mark Helfrich to keep his job mainly because there isn’t anyone with a working brain that thinks Oregon would be any better in 2017 than they have been in 2016 which to be honest has been…
Oh…just for the record….below are Oregon’s Team Recruiting Rankings according to Rivals.com for the years 2009 through 2017 and does anyone else notice a trend….a downward trend that is?
Nick Saban, Alabama Urban Meyer, Ohio State Jim Harbaugh, Michigan John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens Dabo Swinney, Clemson Bobby Petrino, Louisville Jimbo Fisher, Florida State David Shaw, Stanford Chris Petersen, Washington
Oh…who is that coach at the end…Chris Petersen of Washington…who coached for FIVE years at Oregon under Mike Bellotti before heading off to be an assistant and then Uber-successful head coach at Boise State and now Washington.
Would Chris Petersen leave the big city of Seattle to take the Oregon job for $10 million a year for 10 years which would more than double his current salary at Washington?
We have a feeling he might…but then that’s just our opinion…and with Chris Petersen 52 years of age that might be a call that one of Phil Knight’s assistants should make in the next couple of weeks….just saying.
2. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – The difference between the Power 5 Conference Schools + Notre Dame has gotten to be so big in recent years we here at Coaches Hot Seat have begun to look at Head Coaches at Power 5 Schools Win/Loss Records against other Power 5 Schools and when we started to do that we found a STUNNING number with Irish head coach Brian Kelly.
Since Notre Dame lost to Alabama in the Bogus BCS National Title Game on January 7, 2013 Notre Dame under Brian Kelly has posted the following Win/Loss Record against teams that are members of a Power 5 Conference:
22 – 17 (.564)
Oh…but check-out Brian Kelly and Notre Dame Football’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500 or better records in the year they played them….
10 – 14 (.417)
Again….at NOTRE DAME!
Sorry…but we here at Coaches Hot Seat must have a little higher expectations for Notre Dame Football than Irish AD Jack Swarbrick who evidently believes that…
Brian Kelly can post ANY Damn record in 2016 and keep his job
…which Kelly is going to test with the Irish now at 3 – 6 on the season and with wins over…
Nevada Syracuse Miami
….which now have a combined win/loss record of…
12 – 15!
Oh….Notre Dame has lost to THREE teams in 2016…
Texas Michigan State Duke
…that either already have confirmed will not or might not have a .500+ record in 2016!
Oh the Joys of working at Notre Dame where as head coach you can now…
Average over FOUR-PLUS losses a season
…and keep your Damn job!
We have some news for Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and everyone else making excuses for Brian Kelly who is in his SEVENTH season in South Bend…
In your SEVENTH season at Notre Dame you should be competing for a National Title…PERIOD…but then why should…
We have HIGH expectations for Notre Dame Football when it’s clear the Athletic Director of the school for Damn Sure Doesn’t?
3. Steve Addazio, Boston College – After the 52 – 7 beatdown of Boston College by Louisville on Saturday in BC Head Coach Steve Addazio’s…
47 th Game at Boston College
…Addazio’s win/loss records now stand at…
Overall: 21 – 26
ACC: 9 – 21
Oh..the last two seasons in ACC Conference play Boston College’s win/loss record is…
1 – 13!
Forgive us if we are not clear on this whole hiring a Head Coach thing BUT shouldn’t a Head Coach’s football team be betting BETTER in Years 3 and 4 instead of worse?
Oh…BC is now 4 – 5 on the season with games left against…
At Florida State UConn At Wake Forest
What is the Over/Under on how many people will be at the UConn – Boston College game at BC on November 19?
No…we wouldn’t have just fired Steve Addazio’s ass if we were the AD at Boston College after his team got whipped 52 – 7 by Louisville in Addazio’s….
47 th Game at BC
….but rather we would have grabbed Addazio by the scruff of the neck and dragged his ass to Boston Harbor followed by quickly throwing his ass into Boston Harbor just as American tossed tea into the harbor almost 243 years ago!
By the Scruff of the Damn Neck!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – After the Kansas Jayhawks 48 – 21 loss to West Virginia on Saturday in Head Coach David Beaty’s…
21 st game at Kansas
….that leaves Beaty’s win/loss records at the school in TWO years on the job at…
Overall: 1 – 20
Big 12: 0 – 15
David Beaty is a nice enough of a guy so if we were hired as the AD at Kansas tomorrow we would call Beaty into our office and say….
“Son….you have won one football game in two seasons on the job here at Kansas. You have Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State left on the schedule. If you win two of the three remaining games you will be coaching the Jayhawks in 2017….if you win less than two games it’s over. Now best of luck to you Son in these last three games and if you need anything just let me know.”
Last week that we wrote in this blog that if we fired David Beaty at Kansas that we would call the below coaches in order to find a new coach, but alas we left a name off this list which we should add now which is Tulsa head coach Phillip Montgomery who has done a very nice job in two years at the school:
1. Mike Leach, Washington State 2. Craig Bohl, Wyoming 3. PJ Fleck, Western Michigan 4. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa 5. K. C. Keeler, Sam Houston State 6. John Grass, Jacksonville State 7. Bob Stitt, Montana
5. Butch Jones, Tennessee – What was being whispered a few weeks ago in Knoxville is now public fodder and has even made into onto the Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network and what we are referring to is…
Butch Jones believes that the news media in Knoxville….yes in Knoxville…are out to get him and Jones has turned into the Richard Nixon of college football obsessing over what every member of the local and regional media is saying about him and his football program.
Now for Butch Jones to think that the media in Knoxville or any coach about to think that the media in ANY SEC Conference town is out to get the head football coach is NUTS beyond belief since the football team pays a lot of the bills and keeps a lot of people employed covering said football team AND…listen closely here Butch…
There is nothing more the local media in ANY SEC Conference town wants than their local football team to win and win BIG!
Now that the Total Damn Idiocy that the media in Knoxville is out to get Butch Jones has been Totally Debunked let’s look at the FACTS starting with Jones win/loss records at Tennessee….
Overall: 27 – 20
SEC: 12 – 17
….which we would label as AVERAGE to BELOW AVERAGE for a place like Tennessee especially when one considers that the Vols could easily be…
4 – 5
…right now instead of 6 – 3 in 2016 which if reversed would have Butch Jones on the #1 Hot Seat in America even ahead of Mark Helfrich at Oregon which brings us to what’s left on Tennessee’s schedule in 2016….
Kentucky Missouri At Vanderbilt
….and what would have to happen for Butch Jones to lose his job in a few weeks:
Tennessee loses all THREE games = Butch Jones is DONE
Tennessee loses TWO of last THREE games = Butch Jones is DONE
Tennessee loses ONE of the last THREE games = Butch Jones comes back in 2017
Oh you think Tennessee can finish 7 – 5 in Butch Jones FOURTH year at Tennessee and Jones can keep his job?
Not a chance in Hell especially considering that entering the season the Vols were favorites in…
10 of the 12 games on their schedule
….and the best case scenario they will end up with 9 wins which is OK…if you are partial to AVERAGE!
6. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – On Saturday Arizona got beat by Washington State by the score of…
69 – 7
…and there is only ONE way a football team with as much talent as Arizona can lose a game to Washington State which has Equal or Less Talent than the Wildcats….
The Arizona Football Team just Flat-Out QUIT…PERIOD…in our humble opinion.
What happens now after Arizona QUIT….in our humble opinion….against Washington State which leaves Arizona’s record at 2 – 7 with games left with….
Colorado At Oregon State Arizona State
…and the very real chance that Arizona in Rich Rodriguez’s FIFTH season at the school could finish at…
2 – 10?
Well….at least those rumors that Rodriguez was interested in the South Carolina and Miami jobs last year….in our humble opinion mind you….are starting to make sense not that we don’t understand that since the reality is…
Rich Rodriguez grew-up and spent most of his life in GREEN West Virginia and he is now living in the BARREN desert of south Arizona which is beautiful but is a place that those of us here at Coaches Hot Seat can only take for a few weeks at the most before we are ready to get back to the GREEN of California, Colorado, and Georgia.
It’s just a hunch on our part but we wouldn’t be surprised if Rich Rodriguez’s agent was right now talking to other schools that might have a job opening coming up in the next few weeks about Rich Rod possibly moving on down the road from Arizona to somewhere where it is GREEN and somewhere where they speak more Southern….Hmmmmm…now where could that possibly be?
We can think of at least one…maybe two places…that are in GREEN places and in the South where a job may be coming open in the coming weeks and for Damn sure if Rich Rodriguez does make a move we are quite confident that Arizona AD Greg Byrne has a list of coaches at the ready and we have a pretty good idea who Byrne would attempt to hire first if he suddenly had a head football coach opening….THINK….
Row The Boat…just Row the Damn Boat!
Not that anyone at Coaches Hot Seat would like to see the Boat Rower in the Pac-12 Conference but it’s something that could very well happen!
7. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – On Saturday Charlie Partridge and his FAU football got a nice win over woeful Rice which also has a head coach in David Bailiff on the Hot Seat and now in THREE seasons at the school Charlie’s win/loss records stand at….
Overall: 8 – 25
CUSA: 6 – 15
….which in our opinion is BELOW AVERAGE for what we expected out of Partridge at FAU who we had High High Hopes for when Charlie came from Arkansas to take this job in Boca Raton.
Now at 2 – 7 on the season can FAU maybe get a few more wins with games left against…
UTEP Old Dominion At Middle Tennessee
…which probably means one more win and if that happens it would leave Charlie Partridge with THREE straight seasons at FAU with records of…
3 – 9 3 – 9 3 – 9
Sorry…if we are the AD at FAU tomorrow and had this stadium for our football team to play in….
….we would call Charlie into our office in late November and say:
“You have a good Thanksgiving Charlie?” Good….Good…now as for FAU we are no longer going to be needing your services Son and you and your coaches have until Saturday, December 3 to get all of your stuff out of the athletic building. Understood? Good…now good luck to you Son!”
8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Yes…Kliff Kingsbury’s overall record at Texas Tech is BELOW AVERAGE at…
23 – 24
….and Kingsbury’s Big 12 Conference record at Tech is AWFUL…
12 – 21
….but even worse is Kingsbury’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools in FOUR seasons in Lubbock:
14 – 25
Damn….is there a word in the English language to describe a 14 – 25 record against Power 5 Conference Schools when you are the head coach at Texas Tech?
Well…maybe not a word but a phrase perhaps…
The Red Raiders are now 4 – 5 after their loss to Texas on Saturday and still have games left against…
At Oklahoma State At Iowa State Baylor
….and our guess is that Tech finishes the season at 6 – 6 since it looks like that the Baylor football team and coaches it seems are about to Totally Quit on the 2016 season.
Will a 6 – 6 record save Kliff Kingsbury’s job at Texas Tech?
9. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – In Paul Johnson’s EIGHT and NINTH seasons at Georgia Tech he has posted combined win/loss records of…
Overall: 8 – 13
ACC: 3 – 11
…and if that can keep you employed at Georgia Tech then we don’t have a Damn Clue why Tech even bothers to field a football team any longer!
Now at 5 – 4 on the season after the loss to North Carolina the Yellow Jackets have games left against…
At Virginia Tech – Guess A Loss Virginia – Guess A Loss At Georgia – Guess A Loss
…which would leave Tech at 5 – 7 on the season and looking for a new head football coach come early December under new athletic director and former football player at Georgia Tech Todd Stansbury.
Who might Todd Stansbury hire at Georgia Tech if he should have an opening in the football head coaching job in a few weeks?
Our guess…someone that is under 50 years of age…someone who runs an up-tempo offense that is NOT the wishbone…and someone that can get the Atlanta area excited about Georgia Tech football again. We can think of a handful of coaches that fit that bill!
10. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati – Tommy….Tommy….Tommy….
“Hey…Go To Hell…Get A Job?”
Oh Tommy….Son….we learned something in business a Helluva long time ago…
When someone paying YOUR salary is criticizing and/or yelling at your ass about your job performance you don’t yell back at them…
“Hey…Go To Hell…Get A Job!”
Tommy Tuberville has had a decent run at Texas Tech and Cincinnati after getting fired or after mutually parting with Auburn after the 2008 season but in the last couple of years we have detected a bit of…
“If we win we win…if we lose we lose”
….attitude from Tuberville at Cincinnati….in our humble opinion….and after two 9 – 4 records to start at Cincinnati in the last two seasons Tuberville has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 11
AAC: 5 – 8
Here’s the problem….with Cincinnati now at 4 – 5 on the season after their loss to BYU at home on Saturday they have games left against…
At UCF Memphis At Tulsa
…and there is a very good chance that the Bearcats could lose all three of their remaining games and not go to a bowl game for the first time in Tuberville’s time at the school.
Come on Tommy….your Cincinnati team SHOULD beat UCF under a first-year head coach and SHOULD beat Memphis under a first year head coach and as for that game at Tulsa on November 25…
There’s not a chance in Hell you will beat Tulsa Tommy
…so you better Damn beat UCF and Memphis to get your ass off the Hot Seat!
“A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.”
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“Every idea is an incitement… Eloquence may set fire to reason.”
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“Have the courage to act instead of react.”
“I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”
“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”
“Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.”
“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
“The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn.”
“Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.”
“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”
“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”
“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”
“Get down, you fool!” Assertion famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
“Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.”
“Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.”
“State interference is an evil, where it cannot be shown to be a good.”
“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”
“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”
“I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater, but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does.”
“That, at any rate, is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.”
“Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there rises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds us that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the unimaginable whole. It suggests that even while living we are living to ends outside ourselves.”
“Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.”
“Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.”
“Lawyers spend their professional careers shoveling smoke.”
“A second class mind, but a first class temperament.” A summation of his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt
“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
“A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”
“A government of laws, and not of men.”
“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”
“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”
“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”
“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”
“Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”
“Tis impossible to judge with much Præcision of the true Motives and Qualities of human Actions, or of the Propriety of Rules contrived to govern them, without considering with like Attention, all the Passions, Appetites, Affections in Nature from which they flow. An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected.”
“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
“Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
“The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.”
“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
“As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760–1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.”
“Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de très bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.”
“Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”
“This is the most magnificent movement of all! There is a dignity, a majesty, a sublimity, in this last effort of the patriots that I greatly admire. The people should never rise without doing something to be remembered — something notable and striking. This destruction of the tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid and inflexible, and it must have so important consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an epocha in history!” On the Boston Tea Party (17 December 1773)
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”
Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.” John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
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“These are the times that try men’s souls.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
“We have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand, and a race of men, perhaps as numerous as all Europe contains, are to receive their portion of freedom from the event of a few months.” Common Sense, 1776
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” The American Crisis, 1776
“It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” The American Crisis, 1776
“The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it.” The Rights of Man, 1791
“It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle.” First Principles of Government, 1795
“I never tire of reading Tom Paine.” Abraham Lincoln, as quoted in A Literary History of the American People, 1931
“I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles.” Thomas Alva Edison
“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”
“Mental toughness is essential to success.”
“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”
“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”
“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”
“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”
“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”
“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”
“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”
” Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”
“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”
“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”
“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”
“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”
“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”
“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”
“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”
1. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – In Charlie Partridge’s thirty-second game as the head coach at Florida Atlantic the Owls lost to Western Kentucky by the score of…
52 – 3!
Oh…after thirty-two games as the head coach at FAU Charlie Partridge’s records now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 25
CUSA: 5 – 15
….and that means that Partridge’s CUSA Conference winning percentage of…
….is way below the very AVERAGE…
….CUSA Conference winning percentage posted by Howard Schnellenberger and Carl Pelini at FAU and that cannot be the kind of record the folks at FAU were looking for when they hired Partridge three years ago.
Now at 1 – 7 on the season FAU has left to play games against…
At Rice UTEP Old Dominion At Middle Tennessee
…which is two below average and two pretty tough games to finish the season the way the Owls are playing right now we don’t see things getting much better the rest of 2016.
We haven’t a Damn clue except to say that when you are playing in a beautiful football stadium like this…
…you Damn better be winning some football games…in our humble opinion!
2. David Beaty, Kansas – We really haven’t a Damn clue why Kansas hired David Beaty to replace a hire that was even more bizarre at Kansas…
The Fired Charlie Weis
…..whose eventual firing was as predictable as the hot Sun on the plains of West Kansas in the Summer and who hired both Charlie Weis and David Beaty at KU which are two hires that…
Make No Damn Sense At All?
Sheahon Zenger, the athletic director at the University of Kansas who has hired TWO head football coaches at Kansas that have combined records of…
Overall: 7 – 41
Big 12: 1 – 32
That is what one would call…
Totally Damn Freaking Unacceptable
…and yet Sheahon Zenger is still the AD at Kansas?
Go Damn Figure!
Since we rather doubt David Beaty will EVER get it done at Kansas if were hired to be the AD at KU tomorrow here is what we would do…
We would let David Beaty finish out the rest of the 2016 football season and then fire his ass on November 26 right after the Kansas State game and then we would try to hire one of the following coaches in order of which one we would ask first to be the next Kansas head football coach:
1. Mike Leach, Washington State 2. Craig Bohl, Wyoming 3. PJ Fleck, Western Michigan 4. K. C. Keeler, Sam Houston State 5. John Grass, Jacksonville State 6. Bob Stitt, Montana
Kansas needs someone to Light A Damn Prairie Fire that can be seen from miles….no make that HUNDREDS of miles away….and secondly Kansas needs to hire a coach that gets at least some kind of…
….response from the other head coaches in the Big 12 Conference and ALL of the above football coaches would do that!
Next up for Kansas….
At West Virginia!
Got 1 – 20 David Beaty?
You are about to have 1 – 20 Son!
On a related note to the Kansas head coaching job a little birdie tells us here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
Agents for more than one former very well known college head coaches have been trying to get their clients into some kind of shot at the Kansas head coach job IF it should come open in a month or so and if we had to guess what those former college head coaches names are we would guess..
Les Miles Houston Nutt Butch Davis Rick Neuheisel
Would we hire any of the above former college head coaches at KANSAS?
No…not at KANSAS which needs a BIG Prairie Fire Lit…a Very Damn BIG Prairie Fire Lit!
3. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Steve Addazio’s Boston College team won an ACC game on Saturday which is BIG news since the Eagles last won an ACC Conference Game in…
….but even with that win over NC State the FACT is that Addazio’s record in ACC Conference play in FOUR years at the school now stands at…
9 – 20 (.310)
….and that pales in comparison to the ACC Conference records of the last three BC head coaches:
Frank Spaziani: 13 – 19 (.406)
Jeff Jagodzinski: 11 – 5 (.688)
Tom O’Brien: 37 – 34 (.544)
Can Steve Addazio possible hang onto his head coach job at BC with a potential second-straight losing season on the books and a winning percentage in ACC Conference play of…
We haven’t a clue but we do know this…
Boston College Football is a Total Damn Joke…PERIOD!
4. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – Truly the Vince Lombardi quote….
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”
…may indeed be apt to the situation at Oregon in a few weeks which raises an interesting question about Mark Helfrich’s time as the head football coach at Oregon.
Mark Helfrich is an Oregon boy growing up in beautiful Coos Bay, Oregon where one of our favorite seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast is located…
…..and he played football at Southern Oregon and was a NAIA All-American and yet at times it seems like…
Mark Helfrich is watching himself coach the Oregon football team instead of COACHING the Oregon football team!
A new win/loss record that we have been toying around with at Coaches Hot Seat for FBS head coaches is…
Win/Loss Record Against Power 5 Conference Schools With .500 or Better Records
….and since Oregon lost to Ohio State in the 2015 National Title Game Mark Helfrich’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools With .500 or Better Records stands at…
7 – 9
….and that is a record that in our opinion will NOT be allowed to stand at a place like Oregon where a head coach has EVERYTHING he could possible want or need to win a Helluva lot of football games, and yet over the last TWO seasons in Pac-12 Conference play Helfrich’s record stands at…
8 – 6
What does the future hold for Mark Helfrich at Oregon with the Ducks now sitting on a record of…
3 – 5
….and still having to play games against..
At USC Stanford At Utah At Oregon State
….and with those games left it makes us think the Ducks are looking at a record of something like…
4 – 8 or 5 – 7
Our guess on November 2 is that if Oregon finishes at 5 – 7 Mark Helfrich hangs onto his job with the Ducks…BUT…if Oregon only wins one more game or God-forbid loses their last four games which would include a loss at Oregon State on November 26…
The Mark Helfrich –Era at Oregon is OVER!
5. Butch Jones, Tennessee – It’s impossible to know what is going on at Tennessee without being behind the scenes of the Vols football program, but a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members that made the trek from Atlanta to Knoxville for the recent Alabama – Tennessee game talked to a few folks, poked their noses around a bit, and picked-up enough rumor and innuendo to last a lifetime and reported back what they have thought for awhile about Butch Jones time at Tennessee:
“Butch Jones is a volatile, borderline insane, some would say crazy football coach whose inconsistent live wire act at Tennessee practices and games leaves many players wondering where they stand with their head coach which leads to a very unstable foundation for Vols football which will crack eventually as the going gets tough.”
What the Hell does that mean exactly you ask?
There are many at Coaches Hot Seat that have lived long enough to have been coached by dozens of different coaches in their lifetimes and now coached their own kids teams many times and from all that getting coached and coaching the one thing that has stood out as something that all great coaches have in order to get the most out of their teams is…
Consistency in Purpose Consistency in Actions Consistency in Behavior Consistency in Coaching
…and it’s our humble opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Butch Jones sometimes cross the…
Borderline Crazy and Insane Line
…that any successful coach must tread along but NEVER go over because when you go over it…
As Will Muschamp did dozens of times as the head football coach at Florida
…and as Butch Jones has dozens of times as the head football coach at Tennessee you create doubt within your own team not only about the sanity of the head coach that players terribly want to believe in and follow, but even worse crossing the line leads players to ask the most corrosive question a player on any team in any sport can ask themselves:
Does this coach know what the Hell he is doing?
The humble opinion of Coaches Hot Seat is that Butch Jones needs to look in the mirror and see the Real Butch Jones as he is seen by the media, the general public and Tennessee fans YES but even more importantly as Butch Jones is seen by his players at Tennessee and it’s just a guess that if Jones does look deeply and finds what we see he will understand that…
His Inconsistency of Purpose, Actions, Behavior and Coaching
….will be the root of the problems now unfolding at Tennessee which can be easily fixed by following the wise words of the Great Tom Landry:
“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”
As Coach Bill Walsh used to say behind the scenes and far from his players (paraphrased since so long ago now)…
“I am nervous as Hell and churning like crazy inside worrying about everything under the Sun but I will be Damned if I will let my players see all that!”
As for the Butch Jones tenure at Tennessee after the Total Damn Disastrous loss to South Carolina on Saturday his records now stand at…
Overall: 26 – 20
SEC: 12 – 17
…and even worse Butch Jones records against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500 or better records is…
8 – 18!
Sorry…NONE of the above records are good enough for Tennessee football and we would recommend Butch Jones find a way for his Vols to reach down and win their last FOUR games against…
Tennessee Tech Kentucky Missouri At Vanderbilt
…to finish the season at 9 – 3 which will get Butch Jones off the Hot Seat heading in 2017 and then between now and next fall Jones can find that…
Consistency in Purpose Consistency in Actions Consistency in Behavior Consistency in Coaching
…to maybe finally get the Tennessee Football program on the level is SHOULD be in the SEC and Nationally.
6. Charlie Strong, Texas – That was a nice win at home for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns against Baylor on Saturday which raises the Longhorns record to 4 – 4 on the season with these games still left to be played…
At Texas Tech West Virginia At Kansas TCU
Question: If Texas won its last four games of the 2016 season would Charlie Strong be the head coach at Texas in 2017?
Question: If Texas won three of its last four games of the 2016 season would Charlie Strong be the head coach at Texas in 2017?
Answer: Maybe but Probably Not
The reason the answer to the last question is “Maybe but Probably Not” is that in THREE years as the head coach at Texas Charlie Strong has posted a record of…
7 – 17
….in 24 games against Power 5 Conference Teams with .500 or Better Records and that is just not acceptable at TEXAS under any circumstance we can possibly imagine.
Go win those last 4 games Charlie Strong and then get your Longhorns team ready for 2017!
7. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – A Coaches Hot Seat member who was at the Stanford – Arizona game on Saturday night in Tucson reported back that…
“Rich Rodriguez looks about as unhappy as he looked at Michigan which was Damn Unhappy if anyone has forgotten!”
What exactly is going on at Arizona with Rich Rodriguez posting records over the last two seasons of…
Overall: 9 – 12
Pac-12: 3 – 11
….with reports that Rodriguez may have been interested in the South Carolina and maybe Miami jobs at the end of last season if the price had been right?
We haven’t a Damn clue what is going on at Arizona other than from what we have seen of the Wildcats on TV and in-person it looks like a team that is getting AVERAGE coaching at best and Un-Damn Motivated coaching at worst with a sideline that looks about as interested in the football game going on in front of them on the field as we would be interested in shopping with our wives on a college football Saturday!
It’s just a guess on our part but it looks to us like Rich Rodriguez is just playing-out the string at Arizona and taking what comes each day, but that he is not…
Fired With Enthusiasm
….about being the head coach at Arizona and for Damn sure Rodriguez is NOT…
Attacking Each Day With An Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind!
Now at 2 – 6 on the season Arizona has games left against…
At Washington State Colorado At Oregon State Arizona State
…which looks like THREE more losses to us at least which would leave the Wildcats with a record of…
3 – 9 or 4 – 8
…in 2016 and that would put Rich Rodriguez squarely on the Hot Seat entering the 2017 season….IF….Rodriguez is the head coach at Arizona in 2017!
8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Bret Bielema and Arkansas had a much needed bye-week in Week 9 after getting their asses handed to them by Auburn by the score of 56 – 3 in Week 8 and the now 5 – 3 Razorbacks get to finish the season against….
Florida LSU At Mississippi State At Missouri
We see No Damn Reason at all that Arkansas doesn’t finish AT LEAST…
7 – 5
….in 2016 but then was 7 – 5 what Arkansas fans were expecting from Bret Bielema in his FOURTH year at the school?
We will let a good buddy of ours and Arkansas-alum who lives in beautiful Ft. Smith, Arkansas answer that question for us:
“Why Hell No we were not expecting a 7 – 5 record in year 4 for Bielema! Hell, if Petrino was still at Arkansas we would have at least one SEC title if not more on the board and here we are getting our asses kicked by Auburn while the Damn head coach is filming a reality TV show! This will not stand I tell you..this Horseshit will not stand!”
Memo to Bret Bielema:Don’t lose to Florida Son….just don’t Damn lose to Florida!
9. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – Watching Miami play Notre Dame on Saturday we here at Coaches Hot Seat couldn’t help but wonder….
Is anyone coaching EITHER of these football teams?
….and why wouldn’t one be thinking that after watching the Hurricanes and Irish wallow around in South Bend for a few hours with Notre Dame coming out with a win to raise the Irish record to…
3 – 5
….with games still left against…
Navy Army Virginia Tech At USC
Now let’s see here…IF Notre Dame had hired this fellow to coach the Irish before the season with the current roster….
…how many games would Notre Dame had won in 2016?
8 Games AT LEAST!
The BEST Brian Kelly can do in 2016 is a 7 – 5 record!
That’s says it all….that Freaking Says It All!
Oh by the way the Irish have 3 wins in 2016 and the combined record of the 3 teams the Irish have beaten is….
11 – 13
Cue the Laughter and Snorting at Coaches Hot Seat!
10. Kirby Smart, Georgia – As Ted Knight playing Judge Smales in Caddyshack would have said after the Florida – Georgia game on Saturday….
“Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, Kirby…what in the Hell is going on Son?”
What the Hell is going on indeed with the Dawgs now at…
4 – 4
…on the season and Kirby Smart acting like he has all the Damn time in the world to “turn around” the Georgia football program which we remind Kirby Smart…
Won 49 Football Games the last FIVE seasons
….and in case Smart doesn’t know it we asked what we will call an “influential” Georgia-alum and friend of ours in Atlanta on Monday of this week how much “time Smart will get at Georgia” and his response was…
“I hope Kirby Smart knew before he accepted the Georgia job that he better Damn be winning from Day 1!”
Now at 4 – 4 on the season and with these games left to be played…
At Kentucky Auburn La Lafayette Georgia Tech
….IF Georgia loses to Kentucky on Saturday there is a very good chance the Dawgs don’t go to a bowl game in 2016 and if that should happen…or NOT happen depending upon where you learned your English growing up….Kirby Smart will find out in the coming months that his ass won’t make it past Year 2 if Georgia doesn’t…
Win A Helluva Lot of Football Games in 2017!
Memo to Kirby Smart: Don’t lose to Kentucky Son….just don’t Damn lose to Kentucky!
“I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have.”
“Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.”
“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”
“The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.”
“I’m not coming here looking for security. I came here for the opportunity.” Upon accepting Ohio State head coaching job
“Paralyze resistance with persistence.”
“I don’t live in the past. I’m a student of the past, and I try to learn from the past, although some people will say, ‘You haven’t done a very good job of it.’ But for me to live in the past? Hell, no.'”
“A man is always better than he thinks.”
“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”
“The time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”
“Success – it ‘s what you do with what you’ve got.”
“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players heads and motivate them.”
“I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.”
“I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him.”
“Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can’t do mine.” – to an OSU professor
“I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose.”
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
“My solar plexus was tight with fear as I ploughed on. Halfway up I stopped, exhausted. I could look down 10,000 feet between my legs, and I have never felt more insecure. Anxiously I waved Tenzing up to me.” High Adventure : The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest
“Well, we knocked the bastard off!” Hillary’s comment to George Lowe, after his successful ascent of Mt Everest
“I’ve always hated the danger part of climbing, and it’s great to come down again because it’s safe … But there is something about building up a comradeship — that I still believe is the greatest of all feats — and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation.”
“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got, is a very pleasant bonus.”
“On my expedition there was no way that you would have left a man under a rock to die. It simply would not have happened. It would have been a disaster from our point of view. There have been a number of occasions when people have been neglected and left to die and I don’t regard this as a correct philosophy. I am absolutely certain that if any member of our expedition all those years ago had been in that situation we would have made every effort.”
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”
“The explorers of the past were great men and we should honor them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.”
“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”
“I’ve always hated the danger part of climbing, and it’s great to come down again because it’s safe … But there is something about building up a comradeship — that I still believe is the greatest of all feats — and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation.”
“While standing on top of Everest, I looked across the valley, towards the other great peak, Makalu, and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed… it showed me that, even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything for me, by any means. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.”
“I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.”