“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
“I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”
“I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
“If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.”
“One chance is all you need.”
“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
“I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I’d learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”
“To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first ‘second’ is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final ‘second’ – the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete – is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you’re made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what’s happening.”
“I fought, I fought harder . . . but one cell at a time, panic crept into my body, taking me over.” –on almost not qualifying for the Olympic finals in long jump
“I decided I wasn’t going to come down. I was going to fly. I was going to stay up in the air forever.” –on his final leap in long-jump competition, a record-breaking 26 feet, 5 and 5/16 inches
“It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere – one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.” –on his Olympic achievements
“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!
There are a number of College Football Head Coaches facing CANNOT LOSE Games during Championship Week that would be DEVASTATED by a loss this weekend including…
Charlie Strongat Texas who REALLY needs what is an Incredibly Unlikely win over Baylor
Trent Miles at Georgia State who DESPERATELY needs to get Georgia State to 6 wins and a bowl game
Dennis Franchione at Texas State who is heading for the Hot Seat with another loss and 3 – 9 season
Doug Martin at New Mexico State who will try to avoid a 3 – 9 season himself
Nick Saban at Alabama who with a loss to Florida would have created one of the BIGGEST upsets in modern college football history
Bill Snyder at Kansas State who REALLY needs 6 wins to get his team to a bowl game even though in the Age of the Candy Ass the Wildcats might get to a bowl game with a 5 – 7 record
Mark Hudspeth at La. Lafayette whose football team has strangely cratered in 2015 and with a loss on Saturday would fall to 4 – 8 and find himself on the Hot Seat in the process
Joey Jones at South Alabama who NEEDS a win to get to 6 wins on the season and a bowl game for his football team
Dabo Swinney of Clemson who with a loss in this spot as the No. 1 team in the country would give up an EPIC chance to get the Tigers a shot for the National Title
…..but there is really only ONE game we here at Coaches Hot Seat care about and that is the…
Pac-12 Championship Game
David Shaw, Stanford Head Coach, is the ONE Coach Facing a CANNOT LOSE Game on this Championship Weekend
If one takes a look at the performance of Stanford Football since the end of World War II in the 1940s which is the ONLY time worth looking at when comparing today’s teams and head coaches to the past since before World War II is an all-together other historical time from today one finds:
Since 1946 or over 65 College Football Seasons between 1946 – 2011 Stanford Football WON….
FIVE Pac-12 Championships
….in the years 1951, 1970, 1971, 1992, 1999…and on Saturday against the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 Championship Game the Stanford Cardinal will play for its…
THIRD Pac-12 Championship
…in the last FOUR seasons!
Maybe Stanford Football could get into the College Football Playoff with a WIN over USC if Clemson or Alabama lost on Saturday BUT we here at Coaches Hot Seat care little about that now because the First Goal of EVERY Stanford Athletics team is to win the…
…..and then focus on a potential National Championship and thus we hope that David Shaw and his football team are focused like Hell on a very talented USC team that is playing very well right now and will present a GREAT challenge to the Cardinal but then…
Taking on GREAT Challenges is what makes Life Worth Living
….and thus in this CANNOT LOSE Pac-12 Championship we can only say to the Cardinal:
If we are going to lower ourselves to attend a football game at the 49ers Stadium built in the WRONG DAMN PLACE in Santa Clara instead of San Francisco by that Trust Fund Boy and First-Class Moron Jed York (“Owner” of the 49ers) then for Damn sure…
Play Like Hell. Play Like Champions. Go Win the Pac-12 Championship!
Let’s bring this trophy back to The Farm…The Home of Champions….AGAIN!
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”
“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
“Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”
Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that “perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering.”
“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why’? I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not’?” Robert Kennedy made this quotation famous during his 1968 Presidential campaign. Although he apparently used it on several occasions as a kind of slogan, the only occasion for which we have been able to find documentation is his speech at the University of Kansas on March 18, 1968. In its original form, the quotation was said by the serpent in George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah , and was used by President Kennedy in his Speech to the Irish Parliament on June 28, 1963: “Speaking as an Irishman [Shaw] summed up an approach to life: ‘Other people,’ he said, ‘see things and say: why – but I dream things that never were and say: why not.'”
“On this generation of Americans falls the burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and are equal before the law. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” Speech, Law Day Exercises of the University of Georgia Law School, May 6, 1961.
“The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.” Address, Seattle World’s Fair, August 7, 1962.
“Since the days of Greece and Rome when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities. And today, as never before in the free world, responsibility is the greatest right of citizenship and service is the greatest of freedom’s privileges.” Speech, University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California, September 29, 1962.
“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.” Speech, Athens, Georgia, May 6, 1961.”All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people – speaking out – in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out – in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes – let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind.” Address, New York City, January 22, 1963.
“When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” Quoting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Democratic National Convention, 8/27/64.
“President Kennedy’s favorite quote was really from Dante : ‘The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.'” Columbia University/Barnard Democratic Club, 10/5/64.
“And as long as America must choose, that long will there be a need and a place for the Democratic Party. We Democrats can run on our record but we cannot rest on it. We will win if we continue to take the initiative and if we carry the message of hope and action throughout the country. Alexander Smith once said, ‘A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.’ Let us continue to plant, and our children shall reap the harvest. That is our destiny as Democrats.” Testimonial Dinner for Lieutenant Governor Patrick J. Lucey of Wisconsin, August 15, 1965.
“Democracy is no easy form of government. Few nations have been able to sustain it. For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear of events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth.” Statement on Vietnam, February 19, 1966.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“We must recognize the full human equality of all our people – before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this not because it is economically advantageous – although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it – although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.
“Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions of the United States can neither be dictated nor transplanted to others. What is important is that all nations must march toward a increasing freedom; toward justice for all; toward a society strong and flexible enough to meet the demands of all of its own people, and a world of immense and dizzying change.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.
“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation…It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.” Address, University of California at Berkeley, October 22, 1966.
“The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.” Address, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1967.
“If we fail to dare, if we do not try, the next generation will harvest the fruit of our indifference; a world we did not want – a world we did not choose – but a world we could have made better, by caring more for the results of our labors. And we shall be left only with the hollow apology of T.S. Eliot: ‘That is not what I meant at all. That is not it, at all’.” 8/23/67, Americana Hotel, New York, N.Y.
“Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?” From Albert Camus. Appears on the dedication page of Robert F. Kennedy’s last book, To Seek a Newer World (Doubleday, 1967).
“Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product…if we should judge American by that – counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.” Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968.
“I am glad to come to the University of Alabama. I’m delighted to see the inside of this building. I didn’t think it meant anything that they snuck me around the back way. They said someone was waiting out in front there.” March 21, 1968.
“Aeschylus wrote: In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 1968. Additional detail .
“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. “No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.
“Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.” On the Mindless Menace of Violence, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5, 1968.
“I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis. And that what has been going on with the United States over the period of that last three years, the divisions, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the divisions- whether it’s between blacks and whites, between the poor and the more affluent, or between age groups, or in the war in Vietnam – that we can work together. We are a great country, and unselfish country and a compassionate country. And I intend to make that my basis for running.” California Victory Speech, Los Angeles, California, June 4, 1968.
21. Brad Lambert, Charlotte – It’s not easy evaluating the head coach of a college football program playing its first year on the FBS leave as Brad Lambert and the Charlotte 49ers are doing in 2015 and we especially don’t like putting first-year CFB head coaches on the Hot Seat which technically Lambert is NOT since this is his first-year on the FBS level….third year overall as the head coach at Charlotte….BUT when you lose…
10 Straight Football Games
….you are going to get the attention of Coaches Hot Seat and that is what Brad Lambert have now gone and done….
Charlotte lost their LAST 10 football games in 2015
…to end the season at 2 – 10 which leads us to ask:
How is that move to the FBS working out for your Charlotte 49ers?
What exactly the standard should be for a head football coach leading a CFB program into the FBS division relative to finding his ass on the Hot Seat is still not very clear to us here at Coaches Hot Seat BUT until we do figure out the proper protocol on that issue we can only say…
Welcome to the Hot Seat Brad Lambert
….and the ONLY way off the Hot Seat is…
Start Winning Some Football Games in 2016 Son!
22. Paul Petrino, Idaho – Idaho has announced that Paul Petrino will be returning for a THIRD season as the head coach of the Idaho Vandals after posting a record of…
6 – 29
….in his first TWO years on the job which we guess can be characterized as an “improving” football program with the Vandals moving from…
ONE Win in 2014
FOUR Wins in 2015
…and who the Hell knows….maybe Paul Petrino can lead Idaho to SIX-plus wins in 2016….or maybe not BUT when you are sitting on a record of…
6 – 29
….in TWO years on the job you are on the Hot Seat….PERIOD.
23. Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio – The interesting case of Larry Coker continues to unfold in San Antonio with some very interesting yearly win numbers being posted by Coach Coker and his football team starting with Coker’s first year on the FBS level at UTSA when the Roadrunners in 2012 posted a record of….
8 – 4
….which was followed by a record of….
7 – 5
…..in 2013 and at the beginning of the 2014 college football season on Thursday night game on September 4 Larry Coker’s UTSA football team lost to Arizona by the very close score of…
25 – 23
….in a home game in San Antonio and since that close loss to the Wildcats Coker’s UTSA team has produced a combined record over the last TWO seasons of…
6 – 16!
What could cause a football program that looked like one Helluva football program in the early part of the 2014 season fall completely apart over the last year-plus that was capped-off by losing the last game of the 2015 season to Middle Tennessee by the score of 42 – 7?
We haven’t a Damn clue to the answer to that question But for Damn sure Larry Coker better get things turned around in a Helluva hurry at UTSA or we have no doubt the Roadrunners will be out looking for a new head football coach that can get back the momentum that Coach Coker had going at UTSA just a year or so ago.
Yes…it was 15 seasons ago that Larry Coker led the Miami Hurricanes to a National Championship with a win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl in the Bogus BSC Championship AND no doubt if Coaches Hot Seat had started one year earlier Coker would have been on the Hot Seat in his last year at Miami in 2006 when the Hurricanes went 6 – 6 which led to Coker’s firing which was just the beginning of a long spiral down of the Miami Hurricanes football program…until the hiring of Mark Richt in 2015?
Only time will tell….only time will tell.
24. Todd Graham, Arizona State – We give very little leeway here at Coaches Hot Seat for…
Coaches that have EVERYTHING at college football programs especially when they are past their SECOND year on the job and don’t meet EXPECTATIONS
….and in 2015 in Todd Graham’s FOURTH year at Arizona State the Sun Devils who were picked by a few to play in the College Football Playoff before the season posted records of…
6 – 6 overall
4 – 5 in Pac-12 play
….and that has landed Todd Graham on the Hot Seat that ONLY a dominating performance in the upcoming bowl game for the Sun Devils will Graham be able to do anything about.
Interestingly in the TWO jobs where Todd Graham has coached for FOUR seasons….
Tulsa and Arizona State
….Graham has posted remarkably similar records of…
Tulsa: 36 – 17
Arizona State: 34 – 18
….at the end of his FOURTH year on the job which is something we have debated in recent weeks to why that is so especially as Arizona State has collapsed down the stretch in 2015 and the consensus here is…
We don’t have a Freaking Clue why Graham’s records at Tulsa and Arizona State are so similar
…..but then we had the opportunity to see Tulsa play in person a few years ago now sitting right behind the Tulsa sideline AND we have seen Arizona State play several times in recent years and watched the Arizona State sideline from on the field and our general impression….
Todd Graham’s football teams don’t have much fun playing the great game of football!
In 2015….that is a BIG problem and something Todd Graham needs to fix in our opinion in the upcoming offseason because Graham cannot afford another…
6 Loss Season
….because it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that if Arizona State loses SIX games again 2016 Todd Graham will be out of a job a year from today.
25. Pete Lembo, Ball State – Moving over from Elon for the 2011 college football season to Ball State head coach Pete Lembo came out of the chute on fire posting records of…
2011: 6 – 6 2012: 9 – 4 2013: 10 – 3
….coaching the Cardinals which included trips to two bowls games but in the last TWO seasons Lembo has posted a combined record of…
8 – 16
….and no doubt will be coaching for his job in 2016 because a THIRD straight losing season at a MAC school like Ball State that SHOULD be posting 6 – 6 records at a minimum ever season would NOT be a Good Thing and with that in mind we can only say to Pete Lembo in this spot….
Work Hard Son in the Offseason Son….Work Very Damn Hard!
26. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – The case for Miami (Ohio) head coach Chuck Martin to be on the Hot Seat is a very simple one because in TWO seasons coaching Redhawks Martin has posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 19
MAC: 4 – 12
….and it would be just be Damn Wrong of us to NOT put Chuck Martin on the Hot Seat with those kind of records whether Martin agrees with us or not and thus 2016 will no doubt be THE YEAR for Martin which means more than likely….
Either 6 wins or better Son….OR….it’s over for you….at Miami (Ohio) at least!
27. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan – Frankly we know very little about Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton other than he was the head football coach at Drake after Rob Ash who had moved on to Montana State (and who was just fired opening up one of the best jobs on the FCS level in our opinion that FBS assistants wanting to get some experience as a head coach should be going after hard in our opinion since Bozeman, Montana is an awesome place to live and work!) and now Eastern Michigan where Creighton has just completed his second season and has records on the board of…
Overall: 3 – 21
MAC: 1 – 15
…which we would classify as Pretty Damn Bad even considering that Creighton took over a Pretty Damn Bad football program at EMU.
Much like Chuck Martin at Miami (Ohio) Chris Creighton will need to get some more wins in 2016 and get the Eastern Michigan program moving in the right direction or it will be the Hot Seat and IF there are not enough wins….
Maybe the Chopping Block
….because in this age you either perform as a CFB head coach or…
You are on the Chopping Block!
28. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – When one looks at what Vanderbilt Football was able to do in 2015 one finds…
FCS Austin Peay
Middle Tennessee by 4 points
Missouri by 7 points
Kentucky by 4 points
….which no doubt is an improvement over the 3 – 9 record that Derek Mason posted in 2014 BUT only a SLIGHT improvement and in 2016 Derek Mason will have to continue that improvement at Vandy and really push for 6 wins and a bowl game next year or the Hot Seat will begin to become very HOT in Nashville!
Keep Working Hard Derek Mason…not that you wouldn’t son!
29. Chad Morris, SMU – For all the talk about SMU head coach Chad Morris being an offensive genius in Morris’ first year coaching the Mustangs he posted a record of…
2 – 10
…and his last game of the 2015 his SMU football team lost to Middle Tennessee by the score of…
63 – 0
….which makes us wonder here at Coaches Hot Seat:
Just what in the Hell is going on with Chad Morris at SMU?
Well for Damn sure when you are giving up an average of…
48 Points Per Game
….as SMU did this season you are NOT going to win very many football games and we have some new for Chad Morris…
It doesn’t matter what kind of Offensive Genius you are Son….if your football team is going to continue to give-up 45-plus points a game your head coaching run is going to be a short one indeed!
30. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – After starting the 2015 season at 1 – 6 we will say that we did see some improvement by FAU in their last SIX games of the season which included….
A Win over Florida International
A Decent Game against a very good Western Kentucky team
A Close Loss to Middle Tennessee
An Overtime Loss to the SEC Eastern Division Champs Florida
A Win over Old Dominion
Now the task for FAU head coach Charlie Partridge who in TWO seasons coaching the Owls has posted records of…
Overall: 6 – 18
CUSA: 5 – 11
….is to win some MORE games and in 2016 we are expecting Charlie…
6 Wins Minimum!
Get Your Ass To Work..Meaning Work Even Harder Charlie Partridge!
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”
“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”
“I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.”
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”
“Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.”
“Go ahead, make my day”
“I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.”
“I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.”
“The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”
“I’m not really conservative. I’m conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don’t any more.”
“You have to feel confident. If you don’t, then you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.”
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”
“I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.”
“I’ve taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.”
“My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.”
“I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that’s OK, too. It’s whatever suits you.”
11. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State completed their 2015 season on Saturday with a 20 – 0 loss to Akron which is the Flashes FIFTH straight loss to end the season which saw head coach Paul Haynes football team post records of…
3 – 9 overall
2 – 6 in MAC play
….and after THREE seasons at Kent State Paul Haynes has records on the board of…
Overall: 9 – 26
MAC: 6 – 17
The above records by Haynes are especially shocking to us because Haynes took over a Kent State football team that won…
11 Games in 2012
…and they have won a total of only 9 football games the last THREE seasons!
Now that is a Helluva drop-off and why Paul Haynes is on the Hot Seat BUT we haven’t a clue if LOSING like this is tolerated at Kent State or not in this…
Age of the Candy Asses
…..where the sports media exists mainly to…
Kiss the Asses of Players and Coaches
….and 5 – 7 football teams can go to bowl games!
Got the Decline and Fall of the American Republic?
12. Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner took over the FIU football program before the 2013 college football season after the mystifying firing of the last FIU head coach Mario Cristobal who in his last THREE seasons coaching the Golden Panthers won…
18 Football Games
….and in the last THREE seasons Ron Turner as the head coach at FIU has won…
10 Football Games
….so naturally Ron Turner is still the head coach at FIU because…
We live in the Age of the Candy Asses
…where Up is Down…Average is Great….and Les Miles can have a record of…
10 – 10 in his last 20 SEC games against teams with .500 or better records
….and hang onto his job which may be the most ABSURD thing we have heard of in recent times beyond that the trace gas CO2 which is…
400 Parts Per Million in the Earth’s Atmosphere
….actually controls temperatures on the Earth and causes “Climate Change” which is Complete Horseshit to anyone that has taken and passed Physics 101 in college which we would say 99% of the Idiots that believe in Bogus “Climate Change” HAVE NOT DONE and COULD NOT DO on the very best Damn day of their lives!
Getting back to Ron Turner we haven’t a Damn clue why he was hired at FIU nor a Damn clue why he is still the head coach at FIU but we do know we are living in the…
Age of the Candy Asses!
Yes…we know that for Damn sure!
13. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat has a Damn clue why after posting a record of…
20 – 6
….in his first TWO years at Fresno State that now Tim DeRuyter has posted a record of…
9 – 17
….in his last TWO years at Fresno State BUT something is going on in River City…make that Fresno, California and what that “something” is it ain’t good as they would say in the South!
Consider this for a moment….in Tim DeRuyter’s FOURTH season at Fresno State his football team posted a 3 – 9 record and got wins over…
Abilene Christian UNLV Hawaii
….with the UNLV game barely won over a team with a first-year head coach and Hawaii having already fired its head coach and as for Abilene Christian….No Damn Big Whoop winning that game!
Please…someone tell us what has happened at Fresno State since 2013 when Tim DeRuyter had a football team that won 11 football games only two years ago and WON the Mountain West Conference Title and in 2015 the Bulldogs were barely able to win…
3 Football Games!
Sorry…there is a PROBLEM at Fresno State of some kind and if we had the time we would drive up to Fresno and go all Jim Rockford on the program and figure out what that PROBLEM is but alas we don’t have the time for that even though it would be great fun BUT for Damn sure Tim DeRuyter better fix that PROBLEM whatever the Hell it is or he is going to be out of a head coaching job and will be Damn lucky to get another head coaching job on the FBS level anytime in the future if he is fired at Fresno State.
Just us…if we are Tim DeRuyter we are moving a bed into the office and not going home until the 2016 season is over…but that’s just us!
14. Gary Andersen, Oregon State – A Coaches Hot Seat member took some time at lunch on Monday and watched the entire Oregon State – Oregon game again and noticed the following things compared to the way the Beavers were playing in recent weeks….
“Maybe it was the Civil War Game but Oregon State looked a lot more focused and motivated than they have in recent weeks in playing against the Ducks and maybe there has been a slight change in Gary Andersen’s approach but whatever is going on in Corvallis it was a positive game for Andersen and his football team.”
Whatever the Hell is going on inside the Oregon State football team right now we know that it’s going to be very hard for Gary Andersen to get to even SIX wins in the next TWO football seasons because of the toughness of the Pac-12 Conference overall and thus that is why we are going to set a benchmark for Gary Andersen to try and hit…
It will be an AMAZING coaching job by Gary Andersen and his assistant coaches if…
Oregon State wins 5 or more games in 2016
Oregon State wins 6 or more games in 2017
In our opinion…Gary Andersen really needs to find a way to get Oregon State to FOUR wins minimum in 2016 after winning TWO games in 2015.
Good Luck Gary Andersen!
15. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Talk about a Helluva tough situation….
Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has now completed TWO seasons on the job and has posted records of…
Overall: 6 – 18
MWC: 4 – 12
….and we try to imagine ourselves sitting in the Cowboys head coach’s office in Laramie, Wyoming and thinking…
How in the Hell I am going to turn this thing around NEXT YEAR meaning in 2016?
In our opinion a turnaround will all come down to….MOTIVATION…meaning how MOTIVATED are the Wyoming players to do the hard workouts in the offseason, do the necessary practicing on their own, do all the things between now and when camp opens up in August 2016 to be the best players they can possibly be and then work like Hell in Fall camp and be ready to play when they host…
Northern Illinois in September 3, 2016 in Laramie
….and then more importantly travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to play the…
Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 10, 2016
…which in our opinion is a game where the Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl should be on the other sideline as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
It will be fascinating to see how hungry the Wyoming players and coaches are to get ready for the 2016 season and how they come out against Northern Illinois next September which will show a lot since NIU should be bringing back a very good football team and Wyoming would thus have a chance to knock of a very good football team at home in an effort to get things turned around in Laramie!
Good Luck Craig Bohl!
16. Jeff Monken, Army – With Army now sitting on a record in 2015 of…
2 – 9
…and only Navy left to play which is probably the BEST football team Army will play this season it’s beginning to look like Jeff Monken is also going to FAIL in getting things straightened out with the Army Football program and that’s a Damn shame because that would be TWO straight very good football coaches…
Rich Ellerson Jeff Monken
…..who have FAILED at Army…..that is if Jeff Monken cannot get things turned around at West Point in the next year or so at most.
We wish there is something we could write in this spot on what Jeff Monken or the folks at West Point should or could do in this spot to get Army Football turned around but the Honest Damn Truth is…
We Don’t Have A Damn Clue
And that’s just a Damn Shame!
17. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Here’s our basic theory on football coaches that take over DECENT football programs and for Damn sure Ron Caragher took over a DECENT football program at San Jose State from Mike MacIntyre before the 2013 season:
The first year is a wash but if you are taking over a DECENT football program then the team shouldn’t collapse and in Ron Caragher’s first year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 6 – 6 which is Pretty Good.
In the second year the team should improve at least SLIGHTLY and should play better overall after a coach has had two full Spring Practices and Fall Camps to get his system in and in Ron Caragher’s second year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 3 – 9 which frankly…Sucks!
In the third year the football team should show more improvement and should start looking like a team that is getting better each time it practices and plays a game since a head coach will have had THREE Spring Practices and Fall Camps and thus there are NO EXCUSES and in Ron Caragher’s third year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 5 – 7 which is in our opinion is…Below Average….of what…
San Jose State Football SHOULD be in Ron Caragher’s THIRD year at the school after taking over a DECENT football team if not a Helluva lot better than DECENT!
Is it really too much to ask for a football team to look like it’s a better playing and coached team in Year Three over a head coach’s First Year on the job?
Hell No and as we watched San Jose State play in 2015 it looked like to us the Spartans have regressed from Ron Caragher’s first year on the job in 2013 and that kind of thing makes us go…
Just What in the Hell is going on here…meaning at San Jose State?
Well…we did a little digging….in San Jose over the last few days when there were several Coaches Hot Seat members in the Bay area for the Notre Dame – Stanford game and from that digging along with reading stories like this one for Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News…
….we have come to the conclusion that the THINGS that coaches do to build and sustain winning college football programs are just NOT happening under Ron Caragher and that unless something changes 2016 will be a Helluva lot like 2015 when the Spartans basically beat….
No Team of Substance…PERIOD.
That’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat and seeing and hearing what we saw and heard in the last few days if we were the AD at San Jose State we would be…
Lighting A Fire Under Ron Caragher’s Ass
…and putting him on notice that his job is now day-to-day and if he is not working his ass off every day between now and Signing Day in February we might just fire his ass then because Mediocrity is just flat-out…
NOT Going To Be Tolerated With the San Jose State Football Team…PERIOD.
Unfortunately in our opinion….most of the folks in San Jose State Athletics are Dead Asleep and/or Asleep at the Switch whichever phrase floats your boat and that being Asleep has led Ron Caragher to conclude that he can just float along and keep his job even if not posting .500 or better records coaching the Spartans.
Sorry that party is about to end above Ron Caragher’s ass and work its way down to Ron unless the folks in San Jose State Athletics start working like the House is on Fire and burning down around them instead of the Continuous Siestas they are on now….in our humble opinion of course!
Oh…the handful of folks here at Coaches Hot Seat with degrees from San Jose State University after hearing the report on what a few Coaches Hot Seat members had found in around the SJSU Athletics Department and Football Team are…
Getting on the Phone and starting to call people and chewing some ass in the process so take that for what it’s worth.
18. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – New Mexico State lost to Arkansas State on Saturday which dropped the Aggies records in 2015 down to….
3 – 8 overall
3 – 4 in Sun Belt play
…and NMSU head coach Doug Martin’s records in THREE years at the school now stand at…
Overall: 7 – 28
Sun Belt: 4 – 11
…..and we would classify that as BAD but we don’t have a Freaking Clue what the folks at New Mexico State think about it but for Damn sure those are Hot Seat-like numbers and that is where Doug Martin now sits….
On the Hot Seat!
19. David Beaty, Kansas – With the loss to Kansas State on Saturday the Mighty Kansas Jayhawks finished under first-year head coach David Beaty with a record of….
0 – 12
…..and against the 11 FBS teams Kansas played and lost to they lost by an average of…..
33.4 Points Per Game!
Sorry…even if we are talking about Kansas Football and even if we are talking about David Beaty taking over a Complete Freaking Disaster from that Sorry Excuse for a Human Being Charlie Weis at Kansas we have to wonder….
Can David Beaty turn this thing around?
….or should the AD at Kansas realize he has a Big 12 job that is a very Damn valuable commodity in the coaching world today that will require and demand in our opinion an…
Experienced Head Football Coach
….to turn things around and thus fire Beaty TODAY :and go hire an…
Experienced Head Football Coach
…before ANOTHER college football season is lost at Kansas?
Frankly if we were made AD at Kansas tomorrow from what we saw of Kansas in 2015 we would tell David Beaty….
“Thanks son, but we are going in a different direction and your services are no longer required at the University of Kansas.”
….and we would go out and hire an….
Experienced Head Football Coach!
For some reason Macbeth comes to mind when thinking of some of the IDIOT decisions make by Athletic Directors across America including the AD at Kansas Sheahon Zenger who has now hired TWO football coaches in Charlie Weis and David Beaty who have posted a Combined Record over the past FOUR football seasons of…
6 – 34!
Please…how is Sheahon Zenger still employed as the AD at the University of Kansas…anyone?
Macbeth: Scene V
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”
Yep..Signifying Nothing and Just Damn Idiocy at the University of Kansas!
20. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest – When Dave Clawson was hired to succeed Jim Grobe at Wake Forest after the 2013 season we had our doubts BUT Clawson had decent records as the head coach at Fordham and Richmond followed by a Complete Freaking Disaster in his one season as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee when a sputtering Vols offense basically cost Phil Fulmer his job in Knoxville BUT AGAIN from what we have seen of Wake Forest the last TWO seasons under Dave Clawson who has posted records of…
Overall: 6 – 18
ACC: 2 – 14
…we have some serious Damn doubts if Clawson can even turn Wake Forest into a 6 – 6 football program forget about actually doing something in the ACC.
If it had been us as the AD at Wake Forest we would have hired an experienced head coach….probably from the MAC or FCS Division….that threw the football around and scored a lot of points and ran a very Damn easy to understand and run offense which is NOT Dave Clawson’s offense in our opinion and yet…
Dave Clawson is the Head Football Coach at Wake Forest
….and has TWO wins in the ACC in TWO seasons on the job!
Oh the Damn Idiocy!
We are thinking that a MANDATORY course for ALL FBS Athletic Directors that they should be required to take and pass before becoming an AD on the FBS level should be….
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1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – There is a lot we could write in this spot about the Auburn loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl but why waste time listing the dozen-plus reasons that the Tigers had No Damn Chance to win that game with the gameplan the Tigers used which in our opinion….
Was designed by the Auburn coaches to stop Alabama from blowing Auburn out-of-stadium instead of winning the football game
….but instead let us turn to Gus Malzahn’s recent record in SEC Conference play at Auburn which has these lowlights:
6 – 10 in SEC Conference play last 2 seasons
4 – 9 in SEC Conference play in last 13 games
2 – 8 in SEC Conference play in last 10 games
Oh…in case you were wondering….
Auburn has paid Gus Malzahn $8 Million Dollars the last two football seasons in which he has won…
6 SEC Conference Games!
Several people here at Coaches Hot Seat have been to between 2 and 15 football games in Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium and we believe we have a pretty good handle on the “Auburn family” and the HUGE $40-plus Dollar commitment made to Auburn football each year and as we look at the historical record of AU football we find a very troubling trend…
Once a head coach starts trending down from a HIGH of wins and losses meaning….
Ralph “Shug” Jordan Doug Barfield Pat Dye Terry Bowden Tommy Tuberville Gene Chizik
….the last SIX Auburn football coaches before Gus Malzahn the trend continues DOWNWARD until the coach either retires, is pushed-out, or is fired and in our opinion Auburn AD Jay Jacobs better Damn have a plan in place for what could be…
Complete and Total Disaster of a Season in 2016
….because if the TRUTH be known opposing teams have figured out how to stop the Chip Kelly – Gus Malzahn spread/hurry-up offense and unless you have an athletic future NFL quarterback under center that can make very quick and right decisions….see the Philadelphia Eagles Unfolding Disaster Right Now….the Chip Kelly – Gus Malzahn spread/hurry-up offense now has…
No Damn Chance of Working
….and thus why Jay Jacobs better have a handful of potential head coaches he is interested in hiring….
Assuming of course Jay Jacobs will hire the next head football coach at Auburn
….which we have heard is 50/50 right now.
No…putting up large video boards with someone else’s money…meaning the alums, boosters and fans of Auburn Football…does not guarantee your job security at Auburn or anywhere else and thus between now and a year from now there are TWO people on a Roaring Hot Seat at Auburn:
Gus Malzahn, Head Football Coach
Jay Jacobs, Auburn Athletic Director
2. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – We are not quite sure what leverage that Purdue head coach has over Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke that he is using to get another year as the head coach at Purdue with these records on the board…
Overall: 6 – 30
Big Ten: 2 – 22
…but it must be something BIG because from any direction we look at the Purdue Football program in late November 2015 it’s in WORSE shape now than it was when the last head coach at Purdue Danny Hope was fired by Morgan Burke in late November 2012.
Darrell Hazell….nice guy….but if we take over the AD position at Purdue today we tell Hazell….
“Thanks son for your hard work but we are moving on and you are no longer employed by Purdue University.”
…and then we would immediately get on a plane and fly to Missoula, Montana and hire University of Montana head football coach…
…(who in his FIRST year has his Montana team in the Second Round of the FCS Playoffs against North Dakota State this week) which would bring some OFFENSE and FUN back to West Lafayette, Indiana and the Purdue Football program but then that would….
Make Too Much Damn Common Sense
….so don’t count on that happening anytime soon at Purdue University!
Instead with Purdue AD Morgan Burke’s MASSIVE EGO he is more interested in NOT admitting he was wrong in firing Danny Hope and hiring Darrell Hazell and like a lot of Whack Jobs ADs with MASSIVE EGOS it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
Morgan Burke would rather the Purdue Football program go in the toilet than Burke admit he made a dreadful mistake!
That’s a Damn fine example of a “Leader” you have running the athletic department at Purdue University there President of Purdue Mitch Daniels who a few years ago was too much of a COWARD to run for President of the United States in the Republican primaries against…Mitt Romney and a bunch of LOSERS!
3. Charlie Strong, Texas – Just when you thought that Charlie Strong’s situation at Texas couldn’t get any worse with Strong sitting on records after TWO years on the job of…
Overall: 10 – 14
Big 12: 8 – 9
…with still a game left against at Baylor things got worse over the weekend with Iowa State hiring Matt Campbell from Toledo who just made the Big 12 that much TOUGHER because now the Cyclones will be…
Scoring A Helluva Lot of Points
….as well and Texas has a defensive coach that spent most of his coaching career in the South where putting up LOTS of points wasn’t that important and the question now is…
Can Charlie Strong pivot fast enough to find a way to score MORE points before he loses his job at Texas?
The easy answer to the above question is that either Charlie Strong will figure out that he’s going to need score 40-plus points a game in Big 12 play….Texas only scored over 40 points TWICE in 2015 in Big 12 games…or Charlie Strong will be out of a job at Texas a year from now!
Consider this for a moment….TEXAS FOOTBALL…over the past THREE football seasons under Mack Brown and Charlie Strong has posted a win/loss record of…
18 – 19
….and frankly we don’t see any way in Hell that Texas wins more than 7 games in 2016 which should just thrill fans of Texas Football who it will be noted if TRUTH be told have been on a downward spiral since the below story was published in June 2010:
….with the Texas Football win/loss record standing at since the above story was published at…
40 – 35
Arrogance and Hubris comes with a price and with a smile on our faces we can write….
The Pompous Arrogant Asses at Texas starting with former Texas AD DeLoss Dodds and the last Texas AD Steve Patterson have gotten just what their Idiocy deserved and have put Texas Football in a Helluva hole that may take a decade to dig out of….maybe even longer!
4. Steve Addazio, Boston College – At the end of the 2012 college football season then Steve Addazio the head football coach at Temple had just posted a record of….
4 – 7
…and was hired by Boston College to be their head coach in the wake of the Frank Spaziani firing which was greeted with a collective…
What the Hell?
….here at Coaches Hot Seat and in THREE seasons at BC Addazio has records on the board of…..
Overall: 17 – 21
ACC: 8 – 17
….and posted records in 2015 of…
3 – 9 overall
0 – 9 in ACC play
Call us CRAZY…but in your THIRD year coaching a college football team shouldn’t your team be getting BETTER…..not a Helluva lot WORSE?
Whatever the Hell is going on at Boston College right now from our vantage point in the peanut gallery after watching BC play a few times this year we can only say….
What or Who in the Hell is coaching this team?
….and when you are asking questions like that about a college football team you can pretty much Damn guarantee the head coach of that team is on the Hot Seat and this case with Steve Addazio with Steve now sitting on a….
Roaring Hot Seat!
5. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the Colorado loss to Utah on Saturday Mike MacIntyre had now completed THREE years as the head football coach at CU and has records on the board of…
Overall: 10 – 27
Pac-12: 2 – 25
….which we would classify as….
Not Very Damn Good
….and in Mike MacIntyre’s FOURTH season at Colorado in 2016 we think it will be almost impossible for CU to win 6 games with out-of-conference games against Colorado State and at Michigan (along with Idaho State) and another 9 games in Pac-12 play.
Bottom-Line: If Colorado doesn’t get to at least 6 wins in Mike MacIntyre’s FOURTH season at CU then he is DONE which as you can see is in CAPITAL letters for good reason!
….then you MIGHT and we repeat MIGHT be able to understand the Total Freak Show that was Les Miles’ Firing and then Non-Firing at LSU in the last week that had a Helluva lot more to do with Louisiana politics than whether Les Miles has a Damn clue to what he is doing as a football coach which you can actually…
READ ALL ABOUT the Total Freak Show
…in the blog of one Scott McKay appropriately titled The Hayride which has the LOW and even LOWERDOWN on Les Miles and the Total Clown Show that is the State of Louisiana:
Getting back to Les Miles and as Frank Sinatra used to say in Las Vegas….
“There ain’t no other place to go!”
…..beating a mediocre Texas A&M team that has a head coach in Kevin Sumlin that is a piece of balsa wood breaking from getting his own as fired in College Station means NOTHING unless of course you love being AVERAGE which as we have found out in the last weeks Hundreds of Thousands of LSU fans love….
As our fathers used to tell us all the time…
“The world needs ditch diggers son and if you want to be average Hell you can be a ditch digger.”
….and from what we can tell there are Helluva lot of ditch diggers in the state of Louisiana who rather like that Les Miles is…
10 – 10 in his last 20 SEC Conference Games against SEC teams with .500 or better records
….and if a .500 record doesn’t spell A-V-E-R-A-G-E at L-S-U then NOTHING will and thus why Les Miles will enter the 2016 college football season on one of the Hottest Seats in the country which is appropriate for ANY head coach at LSU that is sitting on a record of….
14 – 10
…in SEC Conference play in his last 3 seasons on the job….right?
Oh…that’s RIGHT this is Louisiana home of Huey P. Long, Bobby Jindal and Les Miles which is rightly called….
A Complete Freaking Clown Show!
7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky – We are BIG believers in comparing current head coaches at schools with what previous head coaches at those same school were able to accomplish especially when comparing a current head coach to what a previous fired head coach was able to do.
Case In Point: Mark Stoops replaced Joker Phillips at Kentucky and both now have THREE years on the board to compare to each other and let’s get right to that then:
Mark Stoops – Current Kentucky Head Coach
Overall: 12 – 24
SEC: 4 – 20
Joker Phillips – Fired Kentucky Head Coach
Overall: 13 – 24
SEC: 4 – 20
Yes…that is mighty Damn consistent in being consistently Damn bad for Kentucky Football over the past SIX seasons which includes….
8 SEC Conference Wins
….in an SEC Eastern Division that has NEVER been weaker with Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia all struggling compared to their past histories and thus just when Kentucky should have been SURGING to the top of the SEC East….they are still mired in the bottom!
Coaches Hot Seat to Lexington: We think you have a problem…NO….make that we KNOW you have a Helluva problem and seriously now…does ANYONE think that Kentucky will win SIX games under Mark Stoops in 2016 in his FOURTH year on the job having to play 8 SEC Conference Games, Louisville, and Southern Miss which might just lay an EPIC beatdown on Kentucky on September 3, 2016 in Lexington?
Here’s a Recommendation to Mark Stoops: If you spend ONE MINUTE not working on making YOUR Kentucky Football team better over the next 9 months then what the Hell are you doing son because your coaching future is on the line….PERIOD!
8. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – After a long night celebrating the Stanford win over Notre Dame late into the night on Saturday the phone rang mighty Damn early in San Francisco on Sunday morning and when we saw the Houston area code on the Caller ID we knew who was calling and what he was calling about:
Houston A&M Alum: “Did you see that shit last night?”
Coaches Hot Seat: “You mean Notre Dame getting their Sorry Asses beat?”
Houston A&M Alum: “Funny….No Dammit that SHIT that Kevin Sumlin put on the field against an LSU team that barely showed-up to play against Arkansas and Ole Miss and is suddenly the Doomsday Freaking Defense!”
Coaches Hot Seat:“Yes….we saw the game and someone here said at the end…in Kevin Sumlin’s 51 st game as the head coach at Texas A&M at the end of his FOURTH season on the job his football team scored 7 points.”
Houston A&M Alum: “7 Freaking Points! What in God’s name are these A&M coaches doing all week? They have two of the most highly-recruited quarterbacks in the country on their roster and the Aggies scored 7 Freaking Points in the last game of the year!”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes…7 Points…what was it Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick about this very subject?”
Houston A&M Alum: “Hell…I don’t know what Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick but I bet your pretentious arrogant ass is going tell me now aren’t you?”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes….Melville wrote in Moby Dick…“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”
Houston A&M Alum: “And what in the Hell does that supposed to mean?”
Coaches Hot Seat: “You gift a coach a player like Johnny Manziel and …“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”
Houston A&M Alum: “Amen to that…and if you take Johnny Manziel away from Sumlin at A&M he is already out of a job.”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Exactly right..but then Alabama scored 30 points against LSU, Arkansas scored 31 and Ole Miss scored 38…and the Aggies scored 7….not even Herman Melville could explain that.”
Houston A&M Alum: “Damn right and from what I am hearing there are Helluva lot of problems within this Texas A&M football team that are tearing it apart and we have a head coach making $5 Million Dollars Plus a year posting .500 records in SEC play!:
Coaches Hot Seat: “We hear you….now go get a cocktail at the club after church and we will talk on Tuesday afternoon.”
Houston A&M Alum: “Oh yea….Tuesday afternoon….talk to you then.”
Kevin Sumlin has now coached Texas A&M for FOUR seasons and has records on the board of…
Overall: 36 – 15
SEC: 17 – 15
….and in case Kevin Sumlin doesn’t know it when you are making $5 Million Dollars Plus a year there are rightfully going to be a Helluva lot of Aggies pissed-off when you have a record of…
11 – 13
….in SEC Conference play in your last THREE years on the job and a record of…
5 – 9
….in SEC play at home in Kyle Field!
Herman Melville was right….
“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”
…and unless Kevin Sumlin turns things around in a Helluva hurry at A&M the WHALE that is Texas A&M Football will be the end of his big-time coaching career meaning a year from now could very well be the last time the public hears Kevin Sumlin’s name until of course he is introduced at Texas State to replace Dennis Franchione!
9. Mike Riley, Nebraska – It’s impossible for us to pull against Mike Riley here at Coaches Hot Seat and since it’s our opinion…
Iowa is a Total Fraud and has played and beaten NO ONE in 2015
….we were pulling for the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday but alas…the Huskers lost…and with that loss Nebraska posted a record of…
5 – 7
….on the 2015 season and in Mike Riley’s 15 seasons as a Head Coach at Oregon State and Nebraska that was the…
7 th time Riley has posted a LOSING record
…..and to understand how low of depths Nebraska Football have sunk there are people in Lincoln, Nebraska PRAYING that enough teams don’t get to 6 wins so the 5 – 7 Huskers can go to a bowl game!
Leaving aside the Complete Idiocy that even 6 – 6 teams are going to bowl games how Damn PITIFUL is it that folks around the Nebraska Football program are hoping and rooting against teams to win another game to get to 6 wins so the Huskers can go to a bowl game?
Memo to Nebraska Fans: As the Great William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest….
“What’s Past is the Prologue”
….and for those Huskers fans not slow on the up-take they already understand completely what they have now and what is coming and if not a quick visit to Mike Riley’s Wikipedia page will be education enough:
10. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – With the loss to Georgia on Saturday consider that since Georgia Tech won the ACC in 2009 the Yellow Jackets under Paul Johnson have posted 5 or MORE LOSSES in…
5 of the last 6 Seasons
…..and have posted 6 or MORE LOSSES in…
4 of the last 6 Seasons
…which to us points to an Unhealthy Football Program under Paul Johnson….in our humble opinion of course…which is caused by…
Paul Johnson’s Personal Arrogance
….towards ANYTHING that does not serve to promote Paul Johnson which is our humble opinion of course.
We asked one of the wives of a Coaches Hot Seat member who used to work in the field of psychology before leaving work to raise her children over a decade ago to watch some clips we had put together of Paul Johnson coaching over the past few years at Georgia Tech and at Navy and give us her raw opinion on what she saw in Paul Johnson and below is her assessment which is of course her opinion:
“Interestingly the Paul Johnson I saw at Georgia Tech is a lot different than when he was at Navy. At Navy Johnson looked confident borderline cocky on the sideline but pretty healthy overall mental-wise….at Georgia Tech he looks arrogant, pissed-off a lot of the time, much more unsure of himself and his team, less trusting of his players…even confused at what he is watching at times but overarching all of that is what looks like a deep-seated narcissism that is creating lots of tension among his players, coaches and football team. That’s what I see in this Paul Johnson character.”
“A pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, dominance and ambition.”
Yep…that’s what we see in Paul Johnson as well and in case Paul Johnson doesn’t know it you CANNOT be a successful head football coach and be a Raging Narcissist….just ask Lane Kiffin who is of the BIGGEST Pompous Arrogant Asses to ever coach a down of football in America and who we wouldn’t hire to coach a Pee Wee football team because who in the Hell wants a Pompous Arrogant Ass around kids of any age?
There really is only ONE way out for Paul Johnson if he has any hope to turn around the Georgia Tech Football program now because the stuff that he and we were raised on in the 1970s just…
Flat-Out Does Not Work Anymore
….with today’s kids and either Paul Johnson will change with the times which we have seen EVERY successful head coach in college football do in recent years to at least some extent OR Paul Johnson will be out of his job at Georgia Tech a year from now….if not sooner.
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