11. Ron Turner, Florida International – With FIU’s loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday the Golden Panthers record in 2015 dropped to 3 – 4 and Ron Turner’s records at FIU in his THIRD year on the job now stand at:
Overall: 8 – 23
CUSA: 5 – 14
Can Ron Turner survive to coach another year at FIU if his football team doesn’t win at least 3 more times out of the below remaining 5 football games to get to 6 wins overall?
Old Dominion At Florida Atlantic Charlotte At Marshall Western Kentucky
Our guess FIU finishes at 4 – 8 or 5 – 7 in 2015 and we don’t have a clue if that is good enough for Ron Turner to return to coach FIU in 2016 and frankly we don’t really care either!
12. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London’s Virginia football team got a much-needed win in overtime against Syracuse on Saturday which raises the Cavs record to 2 – 4 on the season and now the CRITICAL question is can Virginia find the FOUR more wins that we believe Mike London will need to return to coach UVA in 2016?
What’s left on Virginia’s schedule:
At North Carolina Georgia Tech At Miami At Louisville Duke Virginia Tech
Short answer = NO!
Long answer = Not A Chance In Hell!
Good Luck in Chapel Hill this Saturday Mike London because we are pulling for you son!
13. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – We believe a good measuring stick on a college football head coach is the following:
Is a team better today than it was when the head coach took over the team and if the answer to that question is YES how much better is the team?
Hell, if a football team is NO better after a couple of seasons under a new head coach more than likely that coach should be fired since a quality head coach will make dramatic and easily recognizable improvements within a few weeks or months of being on a college campus BUT over a couple of seasons a new head football coach better Damn be making his football team MUCH better or his ass will end up on the Hot Seat and eventually he will be fired….PERIOD!
As for Mike MacIntyre at Colorado our sense is that the CU Buffs football team is a little better than it was when MacIntyre took over before the 2013 season BUT we haven’t seen the improvement we were expecting from Mike and we will be interested to see if Colorado can do anything at all the rest of 2015 with the Buffs now sitting on a record of 3 – 4 and still having to play these games:
At Oregon State At UCLA Stanford USC At Washington State At Utah
Our guess Colorado wins 1 or 2 more times in 2015 to finish at 4 – 8 or 5 – 7 with probably either record getting Mike MacIntyre one more season in Boulder BUT we see no Damn reason why the Buffs can’t win at least 3 of their remaining 6 games and finish at 6 – 7 after that opening season and totally Damn unacceptable loss to Hawaii.
Our recommendation to Mike MacIntyre: Beat a Very Average Oregon State team on Saturday son!
14. Charlie Strong, Texas – No one ever has to worry where we stand here at Coaches Hot Seat because we give out our opinions with the “Bark On” and if we have a serious bias for or against a coach with two examples being…
Lane Kiffin = We Hate the Sorry Bastard
Charlie Strong = We Will Always Pull for Charlie Strong
….we tell everyone up-front and with that being said even with the win over Oklahoma the Texas Longhorns still have a lot of work to do because with a record of 2 – 4 and these games left to play…
Kansas State At Iowa State Kansas At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
…there is a least a 50 – 50 chance that the Longhorns will NOT get to SIX wins in 2015 and that would nothing short of a….
Complete Freaking Disaster
….in Strong’s second year in Austin.
Up next….a very Damn important game for Texas to win over Kansas State on Saturday!
15. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – With Virginia Tech’s loss to Miami on Saturday Frank Beamer’s record in ACC play over the last FOUR seasons has now dropped to….
13 – 14
….and if that will keep you employed in Blacksburg coaching-up the Hokies then where the Hell do we sign-up because our thinking is….
Bozo the Clown could coach Virginia Tech to a .500 record in ACC Conference play!
Up next for Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech…
A Better Damn NOT Lose Game at Home against David Cutcliffe and Duke!
16. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – With Tulane’s 42 – 7 loss to Houston on Friday night the Green Wave dropped to 2 – 4 on the season and head coach Curtis Johnson’s record in his FOURTH season at the school fell to….
Overall: 14 – 29
CUSA: 10 – 17
Damn…that’s NOT very good and one would have to think that Tulane will need to get 6 wins in Johnson’s FOURTH year at the school to get a FIFTH year coaching the Green Wave….right? Hell…we would think so but we sure the Hell don’t know for sure!
Let’s look at what Tulane has left on their schedule:
At Navy At Memphis UConn At Army At SMU Tulsa
Uhhhhh…there is NOT a chance in Hell that Tulane gets to 6 wins in 2015….in our humble opinion of course!
17. Al Golden, Miami – Miami and Al Golden won their CANNOT LOSE Game to Virginia Tech on Saturday which raised the Hurricanes record to 4 – 2 on the season in a year when Al Golden will need…
9 or 10 wins AND a trip to ACC Championship Game
….to return to coach Miami in 2016 and here is what the Canes have left to play still….
Clemson At Duke Virginia At North Carolina Georgia Tech At Pitt
Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule that Miami still has to play and Al Golden is for Damn sure going to EARN that return to coach the Hurricanes in 2016!
18. Butch Jones, Tennessee – Very few people give Tennessee a chance to beat Alabama on Saturday and no doubt it will take the Crimson Tide being very careless with the football for the Vols to win in Tuscaloosa and with a loss to Bama Butch Jones and UT’s record will drop to…
3 – 4
….on the season with the below games still remaining to be played after Bama:
At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
So if Tennessee loses to Alabama and then runs the table they will finish the season at….
8 – 4
…which is about what we had the Vols pegged at in 2015 BUT and it is a BIG BUT if Butch Jones had coached like a man possessed instead of a meekly Coward the Vols COULD be sitting on a record of…
6 – 0
…right now and headed to Tuscaloosa for a Top 10 match-up!
Let that be a lesson to all the young coaches out there….
Life is Short….Don’t Coach Like A Coward!
How many wins by the Vols in 2015 will it take to get Butch Jones off the Hot Seat?
7 Wins Minimum!
Memo to Butch Jones:You are 15 point underdogs to Alabama in Tuscaloosa so you have Very Damn Little chance to win this game so why not cut Joshua Dobbs loose and see what the kid can do? Oh, and remember Butch…the very best way to beat a bully…was yesterday, is today and will ALWAYS be…Punch the Bully Right in the Mouth!
19. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – In our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat by your THIRD season as the head coach at San Jose State you should be winning…
7 or 8 Games Minimum
….and in Ron Caragher’s THIRD season coaching the Spartans he is now sitting on a record of 3 – 4 with these games still be played:
New Mexico BYU At Nevada At Hawaii Boise State
Hell, we see No Damn Reason why San Jose State doesn’t win FOUR of its last FIVE games starting with a win over New Mexico on Saturday!
Come on Ron Caragher….Get Off Your Ass Son or Get Your Ass Fired Son!
20. Mark Richt, Georgia – We would like to write that the Georgia offense is sputtering because “Self-Appointed NFL Guru” Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is running some complicated BS offense that Brian ran in the NFL which led to the TWO teams where he was the OC (New York Jets and St. Louis Rams) posting records over NINE seasons of….
71 – 72
….but the Georgia offense has been as VANILLA as a Mark Richt led offense can be in 2015 and it’s obvious to us here at Coaches Hot Seat that the Georgia coaches know they have very little in the QB position to work with and they are now in a Helluva spot with running back Nick Chubb out of action indefinitely.
Call us CRAZY but in a head coach’s 15 th season at a school like Georgia we would expect the Bulldogs to be loaded at the Quarterback position and not having to take-on transfers from a place like Virginia and for Damn sure Georgia should be winning the SEC East in 2015 especially considering the current state of Tennessee and South Carolina and with Florida having a first-year head coach on the sidelines! Instead Georgia is now 5 – 2 on the season and 3 – 2 in SEC play with these games left on the schedule:
Florida on Halloween in Jacksonville Kentucky At Auburn Georgia Southern At Georgia Tech
Our guess….Georgia loses to Florida, beats Kentucky, loses to Auburn, beats Georgia Southern…MAYBE….and then beats Georgia Tech to finish at…
8 – 4
If the above did happen that would mean Mark Richt’s record in SEC Conference play over the last THREE seasons would stand at…
15 – 9
….which would be a winning percentage of .625 which is good enough for Mark Richt to keep his job but not good enough to get Mark Richt off the Hot Seat BUT then we here at Coaches Hot Seat….
Have A Helluva LOT Higher Standard for Georgia Football than the Fans of Georgia Football and the People Making the Decisions at the University of Georgia Have for Georgia Football…in our humble opinion of course
….but then someone has to be MEDIOCRE Georgia fans…right?
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Jim Harbaugh AGAIN Shows He Has No Damn Common Sense
Fans of Michigan football got a taste of something on Saturday night with their new head football coach Jim Harbaugh what fans of Stanford football and now former fans of the San Francisco 49ers learned several years ago:
Jim Harbaugh has NO DAMN COMMON SENSE!
Let’s amend the above statement for the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat that have either been at or around Stanford University for over 40 years now….
Jim and his Daddy Jack Harbaugh have NO DAMN COMMON SENSE!
We can’t speak for John Harbaugh mind you BUT in our opinion Jim Harbaugh and his Daddy Jack Harbaugh have NO DAMN COMMON SENSE and that reality was on display for everyone to see at the end of the Michigan State – Michigan game on Saturday.
Let’s leave the Complete Idiocy of the Harbaugh’s Black and White view of EVERYTHING in a world that is nothing but Grays for as far as the eye can see for another day and get right to the point here which was the final play of the Michigan State – Michigan game which we will set-up by reminding everyone it was…
…and now quickly look at the below punt formation on the video understanding that Michigan State had NO ONE back to receive the punt and Michigan had Two Gunners in the formation with Michigan State rushing 10 men.
OK…let’s assume for a moment that Jim Harbaugh had….
SOME DAMN COMMON SENSE
…the obvious punt formation that Michigan should have been in was…
….but then someone that actually had…
SOME DAMN COMMON SENSE
…and one Damn iota of FOOTBALL SENSE would have of course done the following and which over a dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were screaming for Jim Harbaugh to do watching this game while tailgating near Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday before the Oregon – Washington game:
Michigan should have lined-up in a normal offense formation with perhaps two receivers as if about to run a running play with the QB under center and forced Michigan State to defend an offensive play on 4 th and two instead of a punt and then quickly shifted into a….
….formation with the QB dropping back several yards and then QUICK KICKING the football and the game would have been over!
Instead what did Jim Harbaugh who has NO DAMN COMMON SENSE do?
He gave Michigan State a chance to set-up a MAX punt rush overloaded to the right-side of the formation rushing a rugby punter who punts the ball on the move and who was already in motion when he DID NOT catch the ball properly which led to of course Michigan State picking-up the muffed snap and scoring the winning touchdown.
One also has to wonder did Jim Harbaugh or the Michigan special teams coach John Baxter tell their punter to just fall to the ground with the ball if he mishandled the snap?
Our guess probably not but then again Jim Harbaugh has…
Jim Harbaugh is a very good football coach who is passionate about what he does for a living which we ALWAYS admire here at Coaches Hot Seat whether one is coaching football or doing anything else in their short life on this Earth BUT Jim Harbaugh’s view of the world in what are very stark Black and White terms blocks Harbaugh from seeing what is obvious to many others beyond just the dozen-plus Coaches Hot Seat members screaming at a television outside Husky Stadium on Saturday night a couple of thousand miles away from Ann Arbor, Michigan who were yelling….
“Quick Kick the Damn Ball Jimmy!”
Yes…it was just one loss that Jim Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh alone cost the Michigan football program and all its fans on Saturday night BUT it was a loss that will live on long after Jim Harbaugh and we here at Coaches Hot Seat are gone from this Earth and with that in mind we can only say one thing to Jim…
THINK Jim….actually THINK….before you do something STUPID again!
Steve Sarkisian and the Idiocy of the Modern Age
When in Seattle the last few days on business and to attend the Oregon – Washington game on Saturday night at Husky Stadium a few Coaches Hot Seat members stayed with one of our long-time Washington-alum friends at his stunning and MASSIVE house in Medina, Washington which is just down the street from Bill Gates and less a mile from where former Washington and USC head coach Steve Sarkisian used to live when he was head coach of the Huskies.
A couple of years back we were sitting in our Washington-alum’s backyard which fronts beautiful Lake Washington and discussing then Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian who was in the middle of rebuilding the Huskies and was on his run of winning 7 games a year, after year, after year. After much discussion about some of the games that Washington should have won under Sarkisian our UW-alum friend stopped the entire conversation cold by saying some odd things about Steve Sarkisian’s drinking of alcohol and behavior and even wondered aloud if Sark should remain on as head coach at UW. Our Washington-alum friend then went into detail about exactly what he had heard from friends about what Steve Sarkisian had been up to around town including frequenting bars filled with college age students near the campus at the University of Washington and we remind everyone in this spot that Sarkisian was married and had three young children when he was the head coach at Washington and was doing these things our UW-alum friend was telling us about. The Coaches Hot Seat members sitting in that backyard that day looked at each other as our Washington-alum basically described a man out-of-control and one of us finally said:
“I just cannot believe it. A head coach at the University of Washington that has a wife and kids at home and is making Millions of Dollars a year is hanging out and getting drunk at college-age bars around the University of Washington? What kind of Damn sense does that make? No Damn sense is the answer to that question.”
Our Washington-alum friend then said something like:
“Well, it’s true and sooner or later Sarkisian’s behavior will cost him his job.”
As everyone now knows the LATER has arrived and our Washington-alum friend was exactly Damn right in what Steve Sarkisian was up to at Washington which the Los Angeles Times ferreted-out after doing some old-fashioned news reporting in the Seattle area with this story on Steve Sarkisian from last week:
“Patrons and staff recognized Sarkisian at Seattle-area establishments such as The Ram near campus, Edgewater Hotel, 520 Bar and Grill, Roanoke Inn, Joey Bellevue as well as the Duchess. He was also said to be a frequent presence at two establishments that are now closed: Citrus and Joey Lake Union.
Two former Washington players said they encountered Sarkisian at the Edgewater on Seattle’s waterfront during a 2011 concert by local musician Tess Henley.
One of the players, who worked as a bartender at another establishment, said they bumped into Sarkisian and a team staffer in the packed bar. The player described the coach as “clearly … wasted.” The other player said Sarkisian hugged him, offered to buy him a drink and was “definitely drunk.”
The same player said Sarkisian drank “copious amounts of Patron” amounting to “between eight and 10 shots” over several hours during weekly visits to Citrus on Lake Union.”
Unbelievable….just Un-Damn Freaking Believable…which brings us to the Idiocy of the Modern Age with members of the media and lots of other people saying last week that people shouldn’t be hard on Steve Sarkisian because he had a “problem” that he was now dealing with which we can only respond to by saying:
When you have a wife and young children at home and you are the public face of the University of Washington football program and in many ways the public face of the University of Washington itself and you are frequenting and getting drunk in bars around UW and the Seattle area you don’t have a “problem” but rather you are…
A Sorry Damn Excuse for a Husband, Father and Football Coach
…who clearly on a regular if not daily basis CHOSE to go to college-age bars and drink like a Freaking Fish and in our opinion make a Damn fool of himself, his family and his employers at the University of Washington and Southern California who clearly placed way Damn too much trust and allowed to go on for too Damn long things that if they did know was going on…Shame on their asses….and if they did not know was going on…Double Damn Shame on their asses!
Yes…Steve Sarkisian has a PROBLEM and clearly LIED to himself and the world in his press conference after making a fool at himself at the Trojans event a few weeks back before the season when he said if he didn’t know if had drinking PROBLEM or not when in our opinion Sarkisian knew he had a PROBLEM and a Helluva lot of other people in and around USC knew Sarkisian had a PROBLEM.
Please….don’t tell us that Steve Sarkisian didn’t voluntarily drink like a Freaking Fish and frequent college age bars in Seattle while he was the head football coach at Washington and had a wife and three young children at home and for Damn sure don’t tell us that poor little Steve Sarkisian has a “problem” and thus everyone should just kiss Sarkisian’s ass because after all Sark has a “problem” and thus his Outrageous Actions as the Head Football Coach at Washington and USC can’t be judged which we are calling….
…and saying in this spot that we wish Steve Sarkisian well BUT it is Steve Sarkisian’s selfishness and total stupidity that has gotten his ass into a rehab center…PERIOD.
YOU are the PROBLEM Steve Sarkisian and it’s YOU that bears responsibility for the PROBLEM not alcohol because it’s YOU that went to those bars and made a Damn fool of yourself as a father and the head football coach of TWO major universities!
Geez…in America in the early part of the 21 st Century you can say you have a “problem” and you can get away with Damn anything!
The other night a few Coaches Hot Seat members tried to remember the first-time that anyone here had met USC AD Pat Haden and we believe the earliest was when one CHS Member met Haden in one of his last two years in the NFL in 1980 or 1981 when Haden was playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. In the intervening 25-plus years dozens of Coaches Hot Seat members have run into Pat Haden at hundreds of different events and football games over the years and beyond Pat being arrogant at times, an elitist at times, almost never wrong most of the time, and a bit of an ass at times, we really don’t have anything bad to say about Pat Haden…BUT…we are hoping Pat Haden is getting the necessary help right now in making what will be the BIGGEST decision in his time as AD at USC which is hiring the next head football coach at USC who better Damn be a GREAT one in every sense of the word GREAT!
OK…let’s get to the Post Week 7 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and that means let’s bring on the GREAT Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!
1. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – With Purdue’s loss to Wisconsin on Saturday the Boilermakers dropped to 1 – 6 on the season and 0 – 3 in Big Ten play and head coach Darrell Hazell is going to need to start winning some games soon starting with a home game against Nebraska on Halloween after a bye week off.
In his THIRD season as the head coach at Purdue Darrell Hazell has posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 26
Big Ten: 1 – 18
….and if that’s good enough for the folks at Purdue then Fine and Dandy that is good enough for us at Coaches Hot Seat although Darrell Hazell still sits on the Hottest Seat in Major College Football!
2. George O’Leary, UCF – The Total Disaster that has become UCF football continued its march forward on Saturday with UCF’s loss to a fast-improving Temple team and now the Knights are…
0 – 7
….on the season and still have to play:
Houston At Cincinnati Tulsa At East Carolina USF
Got 0 – 12 for George O’Leary and his UCF football team in 2015?
YES….more than likely the UCF Knights will go 0 – 12 in 2015 and what is the lesson here?
If you want to be an athletic director…..be a Freaking athletic director.
If you want to be a head football coach then for Damn sure you also CANNOT be an athletic director nor would anyone with a working brain won’t to be a head football coach AND an athletic director!
3. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – Iowa State hung on for awhile against TCU but in the end lost to the Horned Frogs by a score of 45 – 21 and that leaves the Cyclones record at…
2 – 4
…on the season and Paul Rhaods’ ass on one of the Hottest Seats in the American Republic!
Iowa State still has to play this season games against….
At Baylor Texas At Oklahoma Oklahoma State At Kansas State At West Virginia
….and we have been told by one of our good friend in the state of Iowa that anything short of 6 wins and Iowa State will be looking for a new head coach come December.
Good Luck against Baylor Paul Rhoads!
Oh by the way…Paul Rhoads took over the Iowa State football program starting in the 2009 season and in 2009 Baylor under second year coach Art Briles posted a record of 4 – 8 and in 2009 Iowa State beat Baylor by a score of..
24 – 10
…and if you are thinking like we are that since 2009 the Baylor football program went FORWARD and the Iowa State program has been STAGNANT or GONE BACKWARDS you and we here at Coaches Hot Seat think alike!
4. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – Last week we reached out to a friend of ours who knows a very Damn good football coach who coaches a team below the FBS level and asked him to ask the coach if he would be interested in the New Mexico State head coaching job if it came open in the next few weeks and that coach’s response was:
“Maybe….if they would let me coach the team in the way I wanted to coach the team and I would need someone raising money like Hell in the athletic department helping me out.”
The lesson of the above comment in the wake of New Mexico State’s loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday by a score of 56 – 26 which dropped Doug Martin’s record at NMSU at….
4 – 26
…is that New Mexico State could hire Very Damn Good head football coach if it knew which coach to target either on a level below FBS or a strong assistant coach BUT we here at Coaches Hot Seat have to wonder:
Do the folks at New Mexico State realize what a valuable commodity they have in being one of the less than 130 FBS schools in America that plays football and do they have a clue who to target if they are going to be looking for a new head coach in the next several weeks?
In our opinion the answers to the above questions would be a….
Up next for Doug Martin and New Mexico State….
….which is a Very Damn Winnable Football Game!
5. Norm Chow, Hawaii – With Hawaii’s loss to New Mexico on Saturday the Warriors dropped to 2 – 5 on the season and head coach Norm Chow’s records at Hawaii now in his FOURTH year on the job stand at….
Overall: 10 – 34
MWC: 4 – 23
….and if that is good enough for the folks in The Islands then that is good enough for us BUT there are Helluva lot of young and aggressive football coaches that would LOVE to live in Hawaii and coach the Warriors like men possessed and one of those young and aggressive football coaches may just get a chance to do that come December if the Warriors keep losing football games under Norm Chow!
Up next for Hawaii….
….which just lost to Wyoming so Hell maybe the Warriors can win this game!
6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – With Arkansas having a bye in Week 7 one of our Arkansas buddies joined us in Seattle for the Oregon – Washington game for a few days and learned how the sophisticated-elitist set go about living their precious lives in the Great American Northwest and while sipping strong coffee and having way Damn too much fun we asked our Razorback buddy about the current state of Arkansas football and his response was:
“Oh, Hell it’s a Damn mess. Hell, the best case scenario is we beat Auburn, UT Martin, Mississippi State and Missouri at home to finish at 6 – 6 in Bielema’s THIRD year at Arkansas and Hell Petrino went 10 – 2 and took us to the Sugar Bowl in his THIRD year on the job! I mean if you go 6 – 6 in your third year on the job and you have the Mississippi schools getting better, A&M looking tough, LSU revitalized now, and Alabama and Auburn and you are not getting a Helluva lot better you will be left looking like you are standing still and I am afraid that is where Arkansas football is right now…it’s getting a little better but because the other SEC West teams are getting better at a faster rate Arkansas looks like it is going backwards.”
Damn….but then what IF Arkansas doesn’t get to SIX wins in 2015 with the Hogs now at 2 – 4 and these games left on the schedule?
Auburn UT Martin At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Damn indeed…but then what IF Arkansas finishes SEVENTH again in 2015 in the SEC West division which would be the THIRD straight year that Arkansas has finished SEVENTH in the SEC West division under Bielema?
Oh…these are dark times for Arkansas football which believe it or not over the past FOUR football seasons under John L. “Smile” Smith and Bret “I never saw a brisket I could pass up” Bielema is sitting on an SEC Conference record of…
5 – 22!
Memo to Bret “Could you pass that spicy BBQ sauce please” Bielema: Don’t lose to Auburn son if you know what’s good for you!
Signed: Coaches Hot Seat and an Arkansas alum from west Arkansas
7. Kevin Wilson, Indiana – Consider this for a moment….
Indiana led Rutgers by the score of 52 – 27 with 5:25 left in the third quarter
….and the Hoosiers lost to Rutgers 55 – 52 on a last second field goal!
Memo to Kevin Wilson: If you can’t protect a 25-point lead with 20 or so minutes left in the game son you have some Damn serious problems on your hands and Indiana has some Damn serious problems on its hands now at 4 – 3 on the season and headed to play Michigan State in East Lansing this coming Saturday.
With the loss to Rutgers Kevin Wilson’s record in Big Ten Conference play in his FIFTH season at the school dropped to….
6 – 29
….and now one really has to wonder…
How long can this losing continue for Kevin Wilson at Indiana?
Our guess: Anything less than 6 wins in 2015 and Kevin Wilson is DONE at Indiana come December and only needing 2 more wins and with these games left to play….
At Michigan State Iowa Michigan At Maryland At Purdue
….if Kevin Wilson cannot win at least 2 of the remaining 5 games above then he should be fired come December.
8. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – The most troubling numbers for Dana Holgorsen’s tenure as the head coach of the West Virginia’s Mountaineers is….
11 – 19
…which is West Virginia’s record in Big 12 Conference play since WVU joined the Big 12 for the 2012 season. Maybe even worse considering all the Cupcakes that dominate the schedules of so many of the Power 5 teams in out-of-conference games is West Virginia’s overall record since joining the Big 12 in 2012:
21 – 23!
Let’s look at that again….Dana Holgorsen’s records since West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2012:
Overall: 21 – 23
Big 12: 11 – 19
Yep…that EQUALS Hot Seat for Dana Holgorsen in every Damn sense of the worse EQUALS!
Up next for West Virginia which is now 3 – 3 on the season….
At TCU on Thursday October 29!
Damn…we have a feeling that Halloween 2015 is NOT going to be a very pleasant one for Dana Holgorsen in those hills and hollows of West Virginia!
Trick or Freaking Treat Dana?
We are thinking Trick for Damn sure!
Memo to the kids of Morgantown, Virginia: If West Virginia loses to TCU on Thursday October 29 STAY FAR AWAY from Dana Holgorsen’s house on Halloween night!
9. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – After La. Monroe 59 – 14 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday that is the Warhawks FOURTH straight loss and FIFTH loss overall in 2015 with ULM’s only win coming over FCS Nicholls State.
Todd Berry is now in his SIXTH season as the head coach at La. Monroe and is staring straight at a SECOND straight losing season at 1 – 5 on the season and with these games left to play….
At Idaho At La. Lafayette At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
….and with only TWO home games left on the schedule finding five more wins in their last seven games isn’t going to be an easy thing to do.
Good Luck Todd!
10. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – Chuck Martin is in his second season at Miami (Ohio) where he has posted records of….
Overall: 3 – 16
MAC: 2 – 9
…which is about what the previous Miami (Ohio) head coach Don Treadwell posted at the school in 2.5 years on the job…..
Overall: 8 – 21
MAC: 6 – 11
…..and thus we here at Coaches Hot Seat have to wonder:
What does it take to get a football coach at Miami (Ohio) that can win some football games?
Oh the Late Great Terry Hoeppner in SIX seasons coaching the Redhawks posted records of…
Overall: 48 – 25
MAC: 37 – 11
…..so indeed a head coach can win some football games at Miami (Ohio) but NOT Chuck Martin….as of yet!
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“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”
“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.”
“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”
“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”
“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”
“The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”
“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”
“At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”
“I rebel; therefore I exist.”
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”
“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
“The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”
“A boy shows how much he wants to play in the spring, when it’s tough, and during two a days, when it’s hot and tough. I don’t count on the boy who waits till October, when it’s cool and fun, then decides he wants to play. Maybe he’s better than three guys ahead of him, but I know those three won’t change their minds in the fourth quarter.”
“Breaks balance out. The sun don’t shine on the same ol’ dog’s rear end every day.”
“Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.”
“I learned this about coaching: You don’t have to explain victory and you can’t explain defeat.”
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
“Once you cross the 50 you feel like an unsaddled horse.”
“Punt returns will kill you quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper.”
“You know, a football coach is nothing more than a teacher. You teach them the same subject, and you have a group of new guys every year.”
“You’ve got to think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket – you might have caught a fish.”
“You’ve got to be in a position for luck to happen. Luck doesn’t go around looking for a stumblebum.”
“On game day, I am more nervous than a pig in a packing plant.”
“There’s an old saying, ‘You dance with who brung ya.’”
“Really, it was said about two-thirds in jest. Since we won the Arkansas and Notre Dame games with fourth-down and short-yardage passes, another image has arisen. I’ve been pictured as a man who takes chances. Two stinkin’ plays, and I’m a helluva gambler.”
“Some of them are so green you could hide ‘em on top of a lettuce leaf.”
“He could run like small-town gossip.”
“Ol’ Ugly is better than Ol’ Nothing.”
“They’re gonna come after us with their eyes pulled up like BBs.”
“There was a hornet’s nest waiting for us in Houston, and we were walking into it like Little Red Riding Hood with jam on her face.”
“Winning coaches must treat mistakes like copperheads in the bedclothes – avoid them with all the energy you can muster.”
“The best thing a coach can hope for is to please the majority. And the only way to please the majority is to win.”
“I’m pretty thin-skinned. When they say, ‘Do you want some constructive criticism?’ I say, ‘No.’”
“It’s an in-the-trench battle. It’s meat on meat, flesh on flesh and stink on stink. And that’s the only way you can play it.”
“Trends are bunk. Only angry people win football games.”
“We don’t want candy stripes on our uniforms. These are work clothes.”
“He’s as quick as a hiccup.”
“He doesn’t have a lot of speed, but maybe Elizabeth Taylor can’t sing.”
“I didn’t want to stay until I had used up all the enjoyment because that’s too long to stay anywhere.”
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”
“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.”
“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”
“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.”
“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
“Life is not fair; get used to it.”
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”
“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”
“In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.”
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.”
“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”
“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”
“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.”
“Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.”
“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical.”
“In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.”
“Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.”
“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
1. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Missouri – OK..let’s get the obvious out of the way…
Mark Richt is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
…and now let’s get down to brass tacks with something that a BIG Georgia fan that lives in North Atlanta reminded us of the other day:
BIG Georgia Fan: “Not only has Georgia not won an SEC title under Mark Richt since the 2005 season but only 2 times out of the last 6 seasons has Georgia finished in the Top 10 in the final AP poll.”
We don’t really give Two Rips about polls but it is interesting that Georgia has only finished in the top ten of the final AP poll 2 times out of the past 6 seasons especially when one considers that Alabama has finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll….
7 out of the last 7 seasons!
Is there anyone that follows the game of college football that also has a working brain that believes Alabama football has ANY advantage at all over Georgia football especially when one considers how much high school football talent there is now in around the city of Atlanta, Georgia?
Didn’t think so which leads anyone that follows the game of college football that also has a working brain to realize that Georgia under Mark Richt…especially over the past FIVE to SIX seasons has….
….but then let’s not forget…
Mark Richt is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
Georgia is now 4 – 2 on the season and 0 – 2 in the SEC and loss at home to a very AVERAGE Missouri football team would be nothing short of a….
Complete Freaking Disaster
….and thus why Missouri is the CANNOT LOSE game of the Week here at Coaches Hot Seat!
Oh, whatever happens in the Missouri – Georgia game NEVER forget….
Mark Richt is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
2. Al Golden, Miami vs. Virginia Tech – Easily the most Damning record that Al Golden is sitting on as the head football coach at Miami is his ACC Conference record which now in his FIFTH season as the head coach as the Hurricanes sits at…
16 – 17
….BUT let’s be honest here….
NO Miami head football coach has done ANYTHING in the ACC since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004 which includes a grand total of…
ZERO ACC Conference Titles
….and there is the REAL problem in Miami =
Miami has been hiring AVERAGE head football coaches since Butch Davis left in 2000 and in case the folks in Miami don’t know it…
You are NOT going to win a Helluva lot of football games hiring AVERAGE coaches!
Now let’s not forget that….
Al Golden is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
…but Dammit this is about…
Winning Football Games
….when you are talking about Miami Hurricanes football and thus that brings us to the Week 7 game between Virginia Tech and Miami which is clearly a…
CANNOT LOSE Game for Al Golden
…because a loss in this spot would drop the Canes ACC record to 0 – 2 this season with a game against Clemson in Week 8!
Good Luck Al Golden and yes we know…
Al Golden is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
3. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Minnesota – Talk about a nice guy…
Mike Riley is REALLY a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
…but then Mike Riley is coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers which are now sitting on a record of….
2 – 4
….and even worse 0 – 2 in Big Ten play and the Huskers still have on their schedule this season…
At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
Damn…..do you think this week’s game at Minnesota is a…
CANNOT LOSE Game for Mike Riley and Nebraska?
Damn right it’s a CANNOT LOSE Game and remember….
Mike Riley is REALLY a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
4. Mark Helfrich, Oregon vs. Washington – Hell, here we go again with the….
Mark Helfrich is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
….thing again with Mark Helfrich and if anyone else is noticing a trend that…
Really Nice Guys are finding their asses on the Hot Seat
…..then you would not be alone but seriously now IF the Oregon Ducks lose to a Washington Huskies team that is still in a serious rebuild mode what kind of state must the Ducks football program actually be in right now?
A Total and Complete Disaster of a State is the answer to that question.
Mark Helfrich took over an Oregon Ducks football team from Chip Kelly that had…
Lost 7 Football Games in 4 Seasons
…..and in 2.5 seasons coaching the Ducks Mark Helfrich has already lost…
7 Football Games
…and the Ducks still have to play in 2015:
At Washington At Arizona State California At Stanford USC Oregon State
Damn….IF Oregon loses to Washington on Saturday the Ducks could EASILY lose….
5 MORE Games in 2015
….and if Oregon has a losing season in 2015…
Mark Helfrich is DONE in Eugene….PERIOD!
5. Mike London, Virginia vs. Syracuse –A very good Virginia-alum friend of ours pointed out something to us recently….
Virginia-Alum Friend: “Take a look at Mike London’s record in ACC play compared to Al Groh (the head coach at UVA before Mike London).”
Mike London ACC Conference Record:
11 – 30 (.268)
Al Groh ACC Conference Record:
36 – 36 (.500)
Oh…below are Mike London and Al Groh’s overall records at Virginia:
Mike London Overall Record:
24 – 42 (.364)
Al Groh Overall Record:
59 – 54 (.522)
Not that we believe any longer that the University of Virginia actually takes football seriously but for Damn sure at least to us here at Coaches Hot Seat…
Syracuse is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Mike London and Virginia!
Good Luck Mike….and Oh….
Mike London is a nice guy…Yada, Yada, Yada!
6. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma vs. Kansas State – A good MAXIM to follow in college football is…
When a successful college football program starts losing more conference games that is the first sign of decay in that program
…and there is no getting around the set of FACTS that….
In Bob Stoops first 10 seasons at Oklahoma the Sooners averaged losing
1.3 Conference Games A Season
….and over the past 6 seasons at Oklahoma the Sooners have averaged losing…
2.5 Conference Games A Season
….which as everyone can see is an almost DOUBLING of Conference losses and why OU football has taken a step-back and hasn’t played for a National Title since the 2008 season.
With the Sooners now at 4 – 1 overall and 1 – 1 in Big 12 Conference play after the Totally Damn Inexcusable loss to a very AVERAGE Texas team Oklahoma plays at Kansas State in Week 7 in what is clearly a…
CANNOT LOSE Game
….because a loss in this spot would mean that yet AGAIN Bob Stoops and Oklahoma would be out of the National Title hunt and yet AGAIN out of the National Title hunt very early on in the season.
Our guess….Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will lose to Kansas State and finish something like…
8 – 4 or 9 – 3
…in 2015 and Bob Stoops will collect his $5 Million Plus Dollars again and…
NO Oklahoma Sooners fan will say ANYTHING
….because it’s clear to us that Oklahoma Sooners fans….like their head coach Bob Stoops rather enjoy being…
Average as Hell!
In our opinion of course!
Memo to Oklahoma Football Fans: The Very Worst Thing you can have as a head football coach is a head coach that doesn’t give a Damn and it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Bob Stoops…
Just Doesn’t Give A Damn
…whether OU wins another Big 12 or National Title again because Big Choke Bob Stoops is going to get paid a Helluva lot of money whether the Sooners win anything of significance again or not….right?
7. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado vs. Arizona – Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre like a lot of us that are getting older is going through a Helluva lot of tough things right now…
…and we here at Coaches Hot Seat send our best to Mike and his family but then what Mike MacIntyre is going through right now is something that ALL Americans go through at one time or another in their lives and 70% plus of Americans are also struggling just to get the bills paid so college head coaches making Millions of Dollars should count themselves lucky especially when they realize how Billions of human beings around the world live in abject poverty that makes even the poorest Americans look like they hit the lottery!
Getting back to Mike MacIntyre and Colorado there is no getting around the FACT that in his third season at CU MacIntyre is sitting on a Pac-12 record of…
1 – 19
….and that is the MAIN reason why this Saturday’s home game against Arizona is a…
CANNOT LOSE Game
…because sooner or later the Buffs have to get over the hump under Mike MacIntyre and this game against Arizona in Boulder is a very winnable game!
8. Darrell Hazell, Purdue vs. Wisconsin – Darrell Hazell is now in his THIRD season coaching the Purdue Boilermakers and has posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 25
Big Ten: 1 – 17
…..and like Mike MacIntyre sooner or later Darrell Hazell has to start winning some Big Ten Conference games and this Saturday’s game is at Wisconsin and not that this will be an easy game for the Boilermakers to win but for Damn sure it is a…
CANNOT LOSE Game!
9. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Baylor – Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen must be thinking about right now something like…
He Cannot Get A Break
….but then Dana Holgorsen is making Millions of Dollars a year and he has a Big 12 Conference record of…
16 – 20
…..in FOUR seasons in Big 12 play which is a GREAT gig if you can get it and things don’t get any easier for Crazy Boy with the Mountaineers now at 0 – 2 in conference play and having to play at Baylor!
Got 0 – 3 in Big 12 play Crazy Boy?
You are about to Crazy Boy!
Oh…West Virginia plays at TCU on Thursday October 29!
10. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech vs. Miami – This past summer while making several media appearances for the upcoming college football season Frank Beamer said on several occasions things like…
….which is great but then why would Frank Beamer believe it will be his decision when he retires unless of course he is denying to himself the REALITY that over the last FOUR seasons his Virginia Tech football team has posted records of…
Overall: 24 – 19
ACC: 12 – 12
…and if that kind of football will keep you employed at Virginia Tech then Congratulations are in order to the folks in Blacksburg because you even make the fans of Oklahoma Football look tough because the above records are…
Mediocre at Best
….and compared to what the Hokies were doing under Beamer before the 2012 season…
A Complete Embarrassment at Worst!
YES….Saturday’s game at Miami is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Frank Beamer and the Hokies but then it’s a CANNOT LOSE Game for Al Golden and the Hurricanes so clearly…
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 16, 2015 – Louis L’Amour
“A good beginning makes a good end.”
“A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.”
“All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I.”
“Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him.”
“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”
“He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.”
“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”
“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.”
“No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.”
“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”
“To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.”
“To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”
“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
“One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter – who was a child at the time – asked me, “Daddy, why are you writing so fast?” And I replied, “Because I want to see how the story turns out!”
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Kentucky – It’s always fascinating to sit down and watch a game with a Football Coach and that is just what several Coaches Hot Seat members did earlier this week with a former high school football coach of ours that won a Helluva lot of football games and knows as much about defense and stopping high-scoring offenses as anyone in America and his take on the recent Auburn – LSU game that we watched together was fascinating indeed. We also watched with our former Football Coach some of the Mississippi State – Auburn game so he could see some of Sean White playing QB for Auburn and how the Tigers defense went about slowing down the Bulldogs offense and after a couple of hours here is what that Football Coach told us on what ails Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and his football team:
Former High School Football Coach: “Hell, a team with ineffective and inexperienced quarterbacks plus an inexperienced defense is going to have a Helluva tough time winning football games and it’s clear based upon the number of mistakes that the Auburn QBs and defensive players are making that it is primarily caused by inexperienced players and coaches that are not quite getting through to their players on what they are supposed to be doing. Malzahn’s offense is just not going to work unless his QBs start making faster decisions and neither QB right now has enough experience or confidence to make those faster and what must be correct decisions. The game is just too fast in the SEC these days and if I was defending the Auburn offense I would go all Bebes Stalllings and work hard to put tremendous pressure on the Auburn QBs and receivers.
Coaches Hot Seat: What about the Auburn defense?
Former High School Football Coach: They played better against Mississippi State but State QB Prescott made lots of mistakes that cost his team lots of potential points and if I am seeing the mistakes that the Auburn defenders are making…sometimes the same mistakes over and over again…then for sure other SEC defensive coaches are seeing them too. Hey, let me ask you guys…what is Auburn’s record from the loss to Mississippi State last season until right now?
Coaches Hot Seat (Looks it up on Internet): Auburn has played 13 games from the Mississippi State game in 2014 until right now and they are 6 – 7 overall and 2 – 6 in SEC play. Why do you ask?
Let’s not forget going into the Mississippi State game last season Gus Malzahn’s record at Auburn stood at….
17 – 2
….and his record in SEC stood at….
9 – 1
….and from the Mississippi State game forward Malzahn record overall is…
6 – 7
…and his record in SEC play is…
2 – 6!
What did our Former High School Football Coach see was breaking-down with the Auburn offense against Mississippi State last year that he says has continued to worsen into this season?
Let’s just say that what he saw is FUNDAMENTAL to running the football and FUNDAMENTAL to playing winning football and the Auburn offense has gone from being very good at this FUNDAMENTAL thing in 2013 and early in the 2014 season to being very average at best at doing this FUNDAMENTAL thing in 2015.
Whatever the problems with the Auburn offense there is one Damn thing we know for sure….
Kentucky is a CANNOT LOSE game for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers because with these games left after the Wildcats….
At Arkansas Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
….there is a Helluva good chance that Auburn finished at…
4 – 8
…if they lose to Kentucky and if that doesn’t put the pressure squarely on Gus Malzahn and his football team then NOTHING will and we are going to be fascinated to see how the Tigers respond to all that pressure.
David Shaw, Stanford vs. UCLA – Many moons ago a few Coaches Hot Seat members were sitting on the terrace of a restaurant on the French Rivera overlooking over the Mediterranean Sea while on liberty call from our US Navy Ship with a 1-Star Admiral who we had known for years in a couple of different duty and training stops. On that beautiful night sitting above the Mediterranean after a magnificent dinner, drinks, dessert and then coffee we were talking about what makes a great ship or organization for that matter really tick and as we junior officers threw-out our opinions on the subject one of us finally asked the 1-Star Admiral who had seen a Helluva lot and led thousands of men during his time in the US Navy what he thought on the subject:
1-Star Admiral: “Boys….great ships, companies, organizations, teams, small groups…whatever….can be run and managed in lots of different ways and be very successful BUT there is one thing they all have in common…they all have an edge to them…a whiff of not exactly knowing what is coming next…and an excitement by everyone within the organization to see just what in the Hell is coming next because….you’re not really sure what it will be but for Damn sure you and your shipmates will be able to handle it whatever IT is. Without that edge…without the uncertainty and the excitement that comes with not exactly knowing what is coming next and thus everyone’s requirement that they be on their toes and ready for anything an organization will slowly die as the people within that organization slowly stop caring and then go to sleep.”
Coaches Hot Seat Member: “How then does a leader go about creating that edge within the organization he is leading?”
1-Star Admiral: “It’s rather simple really Boys and it starts with…..
EVERY great LEADER we have ever known or worked for knows how that 1-Star Admiral sentence above finishes because a LEADER knows how to…
“Create and Sustain the Edge that makes organizations GREAT!”
We said a few weeks ago in this blog that the Stanford football team was going to sleep and that unless it woke the Hell up in a Helluva hurry not only would the 2015 season be lost but a pattern would be set with TWO straight AVERAGE seasons which would make clawing one’s way back to elite status in 2016 that much harder and since we wrote that the Stanford football program was going to sleep after the Northwestern game the Cardinal has won FOUR straight games outscoring their opponents by an average of…
….and as of right now the EDGE is back on The Farm for Stanford Football and the Coaches Hot Seat members gathered in Palo Alto for tonight’s UCLA – Stanford game will be fascinated to see if David Shaw and the Cardinal can keep things rolling.
If Stanford Football has designs on winning a THIRD Pac-12 Championship in FOUR seasons and getting into the College Football Playoff then very simply….
UCLA is a CANNOT LOSE Game
…and we fully expect to see the Cardinal come out and play like men possessed against the UCLA Bruins.
Curtis Johnson, Tulane vs. Houston – Coming off a 49 – 10 loss to a rapidly improving Temple football team Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and his football team needs a WIN in the worst way but beating a Houston team that is scoring points like the Baylor Bears is not going to be an easy thing to do but that doesn’t change the reality that….
Houston is a MUST WIN Game for Curtis Johnson and Tulane!
Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State vs. UNLV– People that have not been to Fresno, California like we here at Coaches Hot Seat have thousands of times while passing through the Central Valley of California during our lives on this Earth certainly don’t understand what a depressed and often depressing place that Fresno can be and why the Fresno State head coaching job is not an easy one because in a sport where the Head Coach can NEVER LET UP it’s not always easy to keep plowing ahead in a place like Fresno.
Still, it’s the job of Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter to win football games and now off to a 1 – 5 start to the 2015 season the Bulldogs need some wins and quick and a game against UNLV at home with a first year head coach is just the type of game where DeRuyter can begin to get the ship righted and get his team ready for the rest of the season which includes one Damn tough slate of games:
UNLV At Air Force Nevada At Hawaii At BYU Colorado State
Oh Man…YES….UNLV is a CANNOT LOSE game for Tim DeRuyter and Fresno State!