“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!
21. Kevin Wilson, Indiana – After a nice 4 – 0 start to the season Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson is back on the Hot Seat after back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Penn State and the Hoosiers needs to get things rolling again this Saturday in a game at home against Rutgers.
Now in his FIFTH season as the head coach at Indiana Kevin Wilson has…
ZERO .500 or better seasons
ZERO postseason bowl games
….and in our opinion a .500 or better season is a MUST if Kevin Wilson wants to return to coach the Hoosiers in 2016.
Now at 4 – 2 on the season the Hoosiers have left to play…..
Rutgers At Michigan State Iowa Michigan At Maryland At Purdue
….and we see No Damn Reason at all why Kevin Wilson and Indiana don’t win at least 2 of their last 6 games!
Coach ‘Em Up Kevin!
22. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – West Virginia opened the season with THREE wins in out-of-conference play against teams that the Mountaineers should have beaten pretty easily BUT now that Big 12 Conference play has started WVU has lost two straight games to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and the Hot Seat is heating up under Dana Holgorsen who is now sitting on a Big 12 Conference record over the past FOUR seasons of….
16 – 20
….and that is something Crazy Boy Holgorsen MUST fix and quick starting with this Saturday’s game at Baylor…..Ooops….guess that will a Big 12 Conference record of…
16 – 21
….after this Saturday’s game at Baylor!
Oh….West Virginia plays at TCU in Week 8!
Damn…will West Virginia be….
3 – 4
…when Texas Tech comes to Morgantown on November 7.
Sure the Hell looks like it so Crazy Boy Holgorsen better start pulling off some Crazy Shit soon or couch burning will be the least of his worries in the hills of beautiful West Virginia!
23. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – After an opening season win over Abilene Christian Tim DeRuyter’s Fresno State Bulldogs have lost FIVE straight games including a 56 – 14 drubbing at the hands of Utah State last Saturday and now the season could really go off the rails for the Bulldogs unless Tim DeRuyter can get things turned-around in a Friday night game at home against UNLV! With a game at Air Force a week from Saturday very simply Fresno State CANNOT LOSE to UNLV and we will be fascinated to see how the Bulldogs come out and play against the Rebels focusing on if Tim DeRuyter can find a way to motivate his football team at this very challenging time!
Play like Hell Bulldogs….but then is there any other way to play football?
24. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Now sitting on a record of 2 – 3 after five games into the 2015 season the biggest thing working against Curtis Johnson are his win/loss records now in his FOURTH season on the job at Tulane which stand at…
Overall: 14 – 28
CUSA: 1 0 – 16
…especially since a lot of folks including us here at Coaches Hot Seat believed that 2015 would be the year that Johnson would get things rolling in New Orleans.
Here is what Tulane has left on their schedule this season:
Houston At Navy At Memphis UConn At Army At SMU Tulsa
Damn….if Curtis Johnson can get Tulane to SIX wins in 2015 that will be a Helluva coaching job so…
Coach ‘Em Up Curtis!
25. Todd Monken, Southern Miss – Todd Monken is now in his THIRD season as the head coach at Southern Miss and he has win/loss records on the board of…
Overall: 7 – 23
CUSA: 3 – 15
….and although the Golden Eagles are playing some noticeably better football in 2015 a Week 6 loss to Marshall has left USM at 3 – 3 on the season and in need of some more wins and….quick!
Here is what Southern Miss has left on their schedule…
Texas San Antonio At Charlotte UTEP At Rice Old Dominion At La. Tech
…and we see No Damn Reason at all why USM doesn’t win at least 3 of their last 6 games to get to .500 on the season and to a postseason bowl game starting with a win over Texas San Antonio on Saturday!
26. Ron Turner, Florida International – After a nice win over UTEP by the score of 52 – 12 FIU head coach Ron Turner has a chance to get off the Hot Seat with at Middle Tennessee on Saturday but that won’t be an easy thing to do because MTSU almost beat Vanderbilt in Murfreesboro a couple of weeks back.
With FIU now at 3 – 3 on the season can Ron Turner get the Golden Panthers get to 6 wins in 2015 getting Turner’s ass of the Hot Seat in the process? Let’s go the rest of FIU’s remaining schedule to see:
At Middle Tennessee Old Dominion At Florida Atlantic Charlotte At Marshall Western Kentucky
6 wins for FIU in 2015? Rather doubt that should be able to beat its’ 4 win total from last season or Ron Turner = Hot Seat!
27. Willie Taggart, South Florida – Willie Taggart and the South Florida Bulls got a GREAT win in Week 6 over Syracuse and now USF needs to keep things rolling in Week 7 with a game at UConn and Hell if you can beat Syracuse you can beat UConn….right? RIGHT!
Willie Taggart REALLY needs to get South Florida to 6-plus wins in 2015 and with the Bulls now at 2 – 3 and with these games left to play…
At UConn SMU At Navy At East Carolina Temple Cincinnati At UCF
….USF has no room to lose to UConn this Saturday so Coach Up Those Bulls Willie and keep the bus rolling!
28. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State got destroyed by Toledo on Saturday by a score of 38 – 7 which landed the Golden Flashes head coach Paul Haynes back on the Hot Seat and that seat will only get Hotter if Kent State loses a CANNOT LOSE game at UMass this coming Saturday.
In his third season as the head coach at Kent State Paul Haynes has posted win/loss records of…
Overall: 8 – 21
MAC: 5 – 12
….and sooner or later…make that SOONER….Paul Haynes will have to start winning some football games starting with a win against UMass on Saturday so how about it Paul? Can we get a win for your Kent State team on Saturday son? Let’s sure the Hell hope so for Paul Haynes’ rear-end’s sake!
29. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – Charlie Partridge is now in his second season as the head coach at FAU and his win/loss records now stand at…
Overall: 4 – 13
CUSA: 3 – 7
…and it’s time for Charlie to start WINNING some football games! After a close loss at home to Rice by one point Partridge and FAU has a tough challenge in their next game at home against…
Come on Charlie….the time for WINNING is NOW!
30. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Mike MacIntyre is in his THIRD season as the head coach at Colorado and is in the midst of trying to rebuild a CU football program that was at the lowest of the low when he took over BUT by the THIRD season on the job TIME is no longer an excuse that can be proffered for why a team is not winning football games and with the Buffs now at…
3 – 3
….on the 2015 season the season is at a crossroads with the Arizona Wildcats coming to Boulder for a CRITICAL game that Mike MacIntyre MUST win if he is going to get things turned around at Colorado.
With these games remaining in 2015 for Colorado….
Arizona At Oregon State At UCLA Stanford USC At Washington State At Utah
….there is NO margin for error if the Buffs are going to win 6 games and with that in mind we can only say…
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
“Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”
“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.”
“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”
“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”
“To be, or not to be: that is the question.”
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
“To be, or not to be, — that is the question: — Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? — To die, to sleep, — No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, — ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; — To sleep, perchance to dream: — ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, The pangs of despis’d love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would these fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, — The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, — puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know naught of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.” Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1
“She should have died hereafter; There would have been time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! 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.” Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5
“There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” Julius Caesar, Brutus, Act IV, Scene 3
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” Romeo and Juliet
“When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will 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.” Romeo and Juliet
“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” Romeo and Juliet
“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.” Romeo and Juliet
“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game. (Act 1, scene 4)” Romeo and Juliet
“True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy, Which is as thin of substance as the air, And more inconstant than the wind, who woos Even now the frozen bosom of the north, And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence, Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.” Romeo and Juliet
The Retirement of Steve Spurrier = Head Ball Coach
Several Coaches Hot Seat members happened to be in the San Francisco Bay area last night after a weekend of watching college football and taking their families to see the US Navy and Blue Angels at Fleet Week over and around San Francisco Bay and they were having dinner last night at a Cheesecake Factory in Marin County just north of San Francisco when the news broke that…
It wasn’t lost on those Coaches Hot Seat members that they were also together having dinner together in that same Cheesecake Factory in Marin County in November 2011 when it was announced that Joe Paterno had been fired by Penn State and both the Paterno firing and Spurrier retirement left all of us with that shocked feeling that imprints on one’s brain the time and place where one first learned about those two events. Both Joe Paterno and Steve Spurrier are LEGENDS in the history of college football in America and both are true American Originals which is saying something in a world where so many people are afraid to be who they really are…no worries on that front with JoePa and the Head Ball Coach who were true to themselves and WINNERS in every sense of the word to the end!
We could write a Helluva lot in this spot about Steve Spurrier right now and we have written a Helluva lot about the Head Ball Coach over the past NINE college football seasons that Coaches Hot Seat has been following this great game BUT by far TWO Coaches Hot Seat members first encounter with Coach Spurrier is the most memorable story of all:
In the spring of 1990 two Coaches Hot Seat members were serving in the US Navy in Jacksonville, Florida and were looking for a house to rent and answered an ad in the newspaper…..this was long before the Internet was invented by Al Gore young folks so yes a newspaper….so they called up the phone number and the guy renting the house said he would be there that afternoon and to just drive over and see the place.
The two Coaches Hot Seat members drove over to the rental house which was just a couple of blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and found no one out front and no one answered the door so they walked around back and there they saw an older man moving a garbage can that had what looked like an empty keg in it with several other empty kegs also sitting on the back deck. This older man turns towards the two Coaches Hot Seat members when he sees them and he has on a t-shirt that looked something like this:
The two Coaches Hot Seat members introduced themselves and then one said to the older man:
Coaches Hot Seat Member: “You a big Florida football fan?”
Older Man: “Hell yes….been one since I was a student there in the 1960s. You guys know who Steve Spurrier is?”
Coaches Hot Seat Member: “The new Florida head football coach.”
Older Man: “Very good son. That’s right and I was at Florida when Steve won the Heisman Trophy and we are going to win a Helluva lot of football games once Steve gets things rolling in Gainesville! So you boys looking for a house to rent?”
Coaches Hot Seat Member: “Yes, sir and we are huge college football fans.”
Older Man looks over the two young men who are clean-cut and obviously in the US Navy: “Great….go ahead and look around the house and bring me out a cold beer that is in the fridge when you come back out. We had a party here last night and there are a few cases of beer left in the fridge that you two can keep if you rent the house.”
The two Coaches Hot Seat members both said “Great” and then took a quick look around the house which at $1,000 a month was a bargain with it being only two blocks from the beach so they came back out and told the Older Man that they would take the house and they all sat on the back deck and talked about college football and drink cold beers for the next few hours.
To make a long story short the Older Man took the two Coaches Hot Seat members down to Gainesville in August when Florida football started their first Fall camp under Steve Spurrier and a “friend” of the Older Man who worked in Florida athletic department and who will remain nameless for obvious reasons to at least some folks took the two Coaches Hot Seat members out to the practice field where they got to meet Steve Spurrier and they watched the Gators practice for awhile.
Not long after watching Spurrier working with the Florida quarterbacks one Coaches Hot Seat member said out loud to no one in particular:
“Florida is going to be throwing the ball all over the field under Spurrier and that is going to create chaos in the SEC.”
As many in the media have pointed out over the last 25 years….Steve Spurrier’s Fun-N-Gun offense at Florida did just that….created chaos…and what GREAT fun it was to watch and follow the Head Ball Coach for the past 25-plus years and make that 40-plus years for the Coaches Hot Seat members that are just barely old enough to remember Spurrier playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for nine seasons between 1967 and 1975 after being selected in the First Round and Third overall in the 1967 NFL Draft.
There is so very Damn much that dozens of Coaches Hot Seat members would like to write in this spot about Coach Spurrier BUT what all of those sentiments boil down to is this….
Thanks Head Ball Coach….for Everything…and Best of Luck to you in Retirement.
OK…with the Head Ball Coach now in retirement and his ass off the Hot Seat let’s get to the….
Post Week 6 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 10 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches
The Hot Seat Is Not A Fun Place To Be For These Hot Seat Coaches But Turn Up The Heat Up On Them A Little More Johnny Cash!
10. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – With a very predictable loss to Ole Miss on Saturday New Mexico State and their head coach fell to…
0 – 5
….on the season and there is a very good chance the Aggies don’t win a game in 2015 with these games remaining to be played:
At Georgia Southern Troy Idaho At Texas State At La. Lafayette Arkansas State At La. Monroe
Hell, we will go ahead and predict New Mexico State will be 0 – 11 when the travel to play at La. Monroe on December 5 and that is a game that the Aggies might just be able to win!
As for the subject of a report on ESPN we caught over the weekend about the long-term losing that has dominated New Mexico State football in recent years it’s our opinion if NMSU hired the RIGHT coach that they could win again and when we say RIGHT coach we mean a young and up-and-coming coach that is hungry as Hell to make his mark in the world.
Is Doug Martin “hungry as Hell to make his mark in the world?”
In our opinion….NO.
11. Paul Petrino, Idaho – Idaho had a bye in Week 6 and the 1 – 4 Vandals get back at things this Saturday with a game at Troy which has a first-year head coach who is now sitting on a record of 1 – 4 also so this is a game that Paul Petrino’s football team COULD win if they play like Hell and leave the porridge at the door!
What does “play like Hell and leave the porridge at the door” mean exactly?
Nothing…we just made it up and we are thinking it means that if you leave the porridge at the door you will not be worried about eating but rather you will be playing like Hell while taking names and kicking ass!
Memo to Paul Petrino: Play like Hell and leave the porridge at the door against Troy!
12. Trent Miles, Georgia State – As expected Georgia State lost to Appalachian State…
37 – 3
….on Saturday which drops Trent Miles win/loss records at Georgia State to:
Overall: 2 – 27
Sun Belt: 1 – 16
With a road trip to play MAC Conference team Ball State up next we can only say…
13. Norm Chow, Hawaii – The losses just keep coming for Norm Chow at Hawaii with San Diego State being the latest team to beat the Warriors this past Saturday in The Islands which leaves Chow’s win/loss records at Hawaii now at:
Overall: 10 – 33
MWC: 4 – 22
Geez….this kind of losing CANNOT continue at Hawaii even if Norm Chow is a nice guy…right? RIGHT…we think!
Not that we have ever discussed with Norm Chow getting fired by Pete Carroll at USC after the 2004 season so Carroll could elevate Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin BUT it would be interesting now to ask Norm what he thinks of the two…
BOYS and most certainly not MEN
….flameouts at USC in Kiffin and now Sarkisian which has been nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster for the very proud folks around the USC football program.
Just our opinion…..Norm Chow’s firing by Pete Carroll after the 2004 season was one of the Top 5 Stupidest Decisions in college football in the last 50 years which was only made worse by the reality that people outside the USC football program came to believe that Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian were actually qualified to lead an NFL or college football program when in our opinion both are barely qualified to shovel shit in West Texas not that we would hire either to shovel shit since those two Dumbasses would probably mess that easy Damn job up as well!
Up next for Hawaii a game at New Mexico which is a game that the Warriors should have a chance to win but with TEN wins in FOUR seasons on the job who the Hell knows what Hawaii will do against the Lobos…we sure the Hell don’t know!
14. Charlie Strong, Texas – It was great fun watching Charlie Strong’s Texas football team put a whipping on Big Choke Bob Stoops Sooners on Saturday and that celebration at the end of game by the Texas players and Charlie was EPIC!
Congrats Charlie and the Texas Longhorns!
Now back to reality….the Texas Longhorns are now at 2 – 4 on the season and they host Kansas State a week from Saturday after a bye and beating the Wildcats is…
…because of what is left on the schedule after KSU…
At Iowa State Kansas At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
OK….Texas in our opinion can beat if they continue to play with a lot of passion and pride as they did against Big Choke Bob Stoops and the Sooners…
Kansas State Iowa State Kansas
…which would give the Longhorns FIVE wins on the season but can Texas beat…
West Virginia Texas Tech Baylor
In our opinion NO which means Charlie Strong and the Longhorns are staring right at a record of…
5 – 7
…on the season and Charlie Strong on the Hot Seat heading into the offseason unless of course Charlie Strong and his agent slide into another college head coaching job somewhere not that we would recommend that if Charlie can stand the heat in Austin!
Congrats again Charlie and keep it up!
15. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – With Auburn on a bye in Week 6 the troubles of Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers receded from the public eye BUT a MASSIVE game on Thursday night against an improving Kentucky Wildcats team is just beyond HUGE for Gus Malzahn’s future because a loss in this spot would drop the Tigers’ records in 2015 to…
3 – 3 Overall
0 – 3 in SEC Play
…with Auburn still having to play these games:
At Arkansas Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
In our opinion…if Auburn loses to Kentucky the Tigers will end the 2015 season at…
4 – 8
…..and even worse…
0 – 8
….in SEC Conference play and the last Auburn coach that produced an O-FER in SEC Conference play was shown the door in early December which would be one Gene Chizik after the 2012 season.
YES…Kentucky is the BIGGEST game of Gus Malzahn’s young coaching career.
16. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – With yet another loss…this time to Air Force…Wyoming and head coach Craig Bohl dropped to…
0 – 6
…on the season and things don’t get any easier with Nevada coming to Laramie this coming Saturday.
Could Wyoming really go 0 – 12 in Craig Bohl’s second season coaching the Cowboys?
Craig Bohl = Nice Guy…Very Good Football Coach…Took Wrong Job at the Wrong Time…PERIOD.
17. Mike Riley, Nebraska – Before people continue their crying around the idea that Nebraska has lost FOUR games on their opponents last play in 2015 we must say that this Nebraska football team is filled with talent and there is just No Damn Reason why the Huskers did not go ahead and put away…
BYU Miami Illinois Wisconsin
….long before they allowed the opposing team to win on the last play of those games although the last two losses were totally on the Nebraska coaching staff starting with head coach Mike Riley who just failed their players tremendously against Illinois and Wisconsin.
Nebraska is now 2 – 4 on the season and still has to play games against….
At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
Best Case Win/Loss Record for Nebraska in 2015 = 7 – 5 – While not great by Nebraska standards if the Huskers win five of their last six games that will be a nice recovery for Mike Riley after a disastrous start in Lincoln.
Worst Case Win/Loss Record for Nebraska in 2015 = 2 – 10 – Yes….Nebraska COULD lose their last six games and finish at 2 – 10 which if it did happen would lead to the firing of Mike Riley and Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst in early December.
Our Best Guess of the Win/Loss Record for Nebraska in 2015 = 5 – 7 – Yes, we see the Huskers winning three of their remaining six games and finishing with a losing record for only the THIRD time since 1962 which is 53 years for those slow on the uptake with those other TWO losing seasons coming under Bill Callahan who was one of the worst head coaching hires in college football history.
What would happen in Nebraska if the Huskers finished with a losing season in 2015 when they averaged winning NINE games a season under Bo Pelini?
Well…Nebraska fans are now to some extent used to average football and losing even dating back to when Frank Solich was sent packing after the 2003 season so what is another 5 – 7 season although IF we were in Nebraska and were Husker fans and our team went 5 – 7 we would be chewing some butt of someone for Damn sure!
18. Butch Jones, Tennessee – Butch Jones got a badly needed win over Georgia on Saturday and the Vols are now at 3 – 3 on the season with these games left to be played after a bye in Week 7:
At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
In our opinion if Tennessee can beat Georgia and should have beaten Oklahoma, Florida, and Arkansas we see no Damn reason at all why the Vols don’t win at least…
7 if not 8 games in 2015!
What will get Butch Jones OFF the Hot Seat?
7 Wins Minimum not that we would be impressed with 7 Wins but that would get Butch Jones OFF the Hot Seat.
19. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – With a 34 – 24 loss to Tulsa on Saturday Todd Berry’s La. Monroe team dropped to 1 – 4 on the season and the Warhawks still have to play in 2015:
Appalachian State At Idaho At La. Lafayette At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
Hell…La. Monroe SHOULD win at least 5 of its last 8 games and get to 6 – 7 on the season at the worst and there is Todd Berry’s task…
Get to 6 Wins in 2015!
And if La. Monroe doesn’t get to SIX wins and Todd Berry’s overall record at the school drops to something like….
31 – 43
….in SIX seasons coaching the Warhawks then Katy Bar the Door come December whether Katy leaves the porridge at the door or not!
20. Chuck Martin, Miami (OH) – What the Hell is up Chuck Martin because this Loss, after Loss, after Loss, after Loss is getting old son which included yet another LOSS by Miami (OH) to Ohio on Saturday which drops Chuck Martin’s win/loss records to…
Thanks for a Helluva Life Lived Very Well Head Ball Coach! Have Fun in Retirement! See you at Lake Tahoe next Summer!
“I know the critics are out there. That’s why they’re called critics. They criticize every chance they get.”
“People ask, ‘Why are you still coaching?’ I forgot to get fired and I’m not going to cheat.”
“So, I didn’t say we are going to win a lot, but we are going to play like winners, and we’ve got a plan in place to teach our guys how to play like winners and play like a champion.”
“I don’t want to coach too far into my 60s. By then, I’ll be playing golf four or five times a week.”
“But as coaches, we need to get a little more fire and passion and be more demanding that our guys get the job done. I think players will respond to that, and we’ll see.”
On the Death Valley nickname: “Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley. (LSU’s stadium) is the Death Valley, isn’t it? Or is there another one? There’s two of them. That’s right. There’s two Death Valleys.”
On the state of the South Carolina program (widely attributed, but probably not an original): “We aren’t LSU and we aren’t Alabama. But we sure ain’t Clemson.”
On Dabo Swinney’s anger over the above quote: “I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do? I didn’t say it.’ Smart people don’t believe everything they read, and they don’t believe hearsay. … I guess Dabo believed it.”
On a fire at the football dorm that destroyed 20 books: “But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”
On scandal in Tallahassee: “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.”
On illegal hits against Danny Wuerffel: “He’s like a New Testament person. He gets slapped up side the face, and turns the other cheek and says, ‘Lord, forgive them for they know not what they’re doing.’ I’m probably more of an Old Testament guy. You spear our guy in the earhole, we think we’re supposed to spear you in the earhole. That’s kind of where we’re a little different.”
On recruiting: “In 12 years at Florida, I don’t think we ever signed a kid from the state of Alabama … Of course, we found out later that the scholarships they were giving out at Alabama were worth a whole lot more than ours.”
On the Vols missing out on the Sugar Bowl during his Florida years: “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”
On Peyton Manning: “I know why Peyton came back for his senior year. He wanted to be a three-time star of the Citrus Bowl.”
On playing the Dawgs early: “I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
On Georgia recruiting: “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
On South Carolina’s 52-7 win over the Razorbacks: “I do feel badly for Arkansas. That’s no fun getting your butt beat at home, homecoming and all that.”
On the Gamecocks’ matchup at Tennessee “Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. … I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”
On his age: “The Pope is 77 years old and he’s in charge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.”