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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 13, 2016 – Billy Casper

 

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“Golf puts a man’s character on the anvil and his richest qualities -patience, poise, restraint – to the flame.”

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“Try to think where you want to put the ball not where you don’t want it to go.”

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“Play every shot so that the next one will be the easiest that you can give yourself.”

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“Think ahead. Golf is a next-shot game.”

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“He congratulated me, … and I put my arm around him and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ At a time like that, you really feel for a fellow competitor. People still focus on the total collapse of Arnie, but they don’t realize I shot 32 on the back nine to force that playoff. There were only 15 rounds under par at Olympic in ’66, and I had four of them.” Billy Casper to Arnold Palmer after Casper won the 1966 US Open at The Olympic Club

Wikipedia:  Billy Casper

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Sam Snead

 

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“Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.”

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“Forget your opponents; always play against par.

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“Golf is played with the arms.”

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“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”

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“Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players’ minds the next time out.”

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“Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot.”

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“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”

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“Practice puts brains in your muscles.”

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“The greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.”

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“The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.”

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“The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.”

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“To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment.”

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“Thinking instead of acting is the number-one golf disease.”

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“There is an old saying: If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot.”

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“The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.”

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“When I swing at a golf ball right, my mind is blank and my body is loose as a goose.”

Wikipedia Page:  Sam Snead

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The Main Topic of Discussion for Coaches Hot Seat Members in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for The Players Championship This Week = Big 12 Expansion – A Possible Solution = Big 24 Conference! – What the Hell Is the Big 24 Conference You Ask? Let Us Explain! – #7 Coach on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings = Colorado Head Coach Mike MacIntyre

 

Before we get to the issues that face Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre as he heads into his FOURTH season as the head coach of the Buffs who is now sitting on the…

#7 Hot Seat in the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

….there are a whole lot of Coaches Hot Seat members together in one place this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for our annual trip to The Players Championship and one of the biggest topics of discussion among us the past couple of days has been…

Big 12 Conference Expansion

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Columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has the best explanation for why Oklahoma president David Boren is interested in seeing the Big 12 Conference expand and since the folks in Austin, Texas care little about anything beyond their own Precious Asses forget about the other NINE schools in the Big 12 we think former Senator Boren is right again on this issue just as he has been right on my issues in the past:

Here’s why Oklahoma’s Boren favors expansion, Berry Tramel, The Oklahoma

“And a 12-team league makes a conference network much more viable, because of content. Two extra schools provide more games, more shows, more stories. That’s what we’ve seen from the Big Ten and the SEC, who each have expanded to 14 schools in recent years. Those expansion decisions were based on the network.

Two extra schools mean more distribution points for the network and more content to fill it with.

That’s not the least bit confusing. That’s completely the reason Boren wants expansion. And remember what Boren has said — expansion, conference network, title game, they’re all tied together. Without one, the others are irrelevant.”

The above is certainly correct on the issues around the Big 12 Conference adding 2, 4 or even 6 more teams which we here at Coaches Hot Seat came out for several months ago…

As the SEC Conference Races Ahead the Big 12 Conference “Leaders”…Save One in Oklahoma President David Boren…Say Only One Thing…”Show Me the Damn Money!” – Got There Is No Damn Vision and Helluva Lot of Selfishness In Big 12 Country? YEP!, Coaches Hot Seat Blog, February 18, 2016

…but then the Big 12 expanding doesn’t really solve the problem of the Longhorn Network and the Texas Folks who seem intent on sitting on their Precious Asses while everything burns down around them….in other words the folks in Austin are…

Just Typical Texans!

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All of the above got the members of Coaches Hot Seat thinking and at dinner on Tuesday night the issue was thrown on the table….

How would you fix the problems facing the Big 12?

….with one Coaches Hot Seat member who has run his own company for over a decade finally saying….

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“What was it Eisenhower used to say? “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” Thinking it’s time for the Big 12 and the Pac-12 which is also facing some huge problems right now with its TV network and revenue generation to work together to solve both of their problems by coming together. It’s time to revive the deal that Larry Scott tried to put together with four Big 12 teams a few years back…

Oklahoma, Texas talking Pac-16, ESPN.com, September 2011

….and bring the Pac-12 and Big 12 together to form one Super Conference.”

“How in the Hell would that work?”

Simple….merge the Pac-12 with the Big 12 and add Cincinnati and UCF to create the….

Big 24

….which would be a sports conference that would command the American West and be a powerful challenger to the surging Big Ten and SEC.

So…let’s see here…merge the Pac-12 with the Big 12 and add Cincinnati and UCF would have a Big 24 Conference that would look like this….

Big 24 Map

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So how would a Big 24 Conference work exactly you ask?

Well, the 24 teams would be divided into two 12 team divisions…East and West:

Big 24 Eastern Division
UCF
West Virginia
Cincinnati
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas
TCU
Texas Tech
Baylor

Big 24 Western Division
Arizona
Arizona State
Colorado
Utah
Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
California
UCLA
USC

Then the 2 Eastern and Western Divisions would then be divided down into 6 pods with 4 teams in each pod:

Pod #1
UCF
West Virginia
Cincinnati
Iowa State

Pod #2
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State

Pod #3
Texas
Baylor
Texas Tech
TCU

Pod #4
Washington
Washington State
Oregon State
Oregon

Pod #5
Stanford
California
USC
UCLA

Pod #6
Arizona
Arizona State
Colorado
Utah

Why in the Hell do you have the pods you ask?

For football scheduling reasons and this is how the 6 pods and 2 divisions would work together to create an incredibly intriguing Big 24 football schedule each season that would climax with at…

Big 24 Conference Title Game

…that would alternate being played each year in Dallas in the Jerry Dome and in Los Angeles in the new NFL stadium now being built for the LA Rams.

Each football team in the Big 24 would play the following schedule each year:

12 Regular Season Games
9 Big 24 Conference Games
1 Big 24 Rival Game
3 Games in its 4 Team Pod
5 other Big 24 Conference Games
3 Out-of-Conference Games

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For example using Oklahoma…each year the Sooners would play…

1 Out-of-Conference Game
1 Out-of-Conference Game
1 Out-of-Conference Game
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
1 Big 24 Rival Game = Texas
1 Big 24 Conference Game
1 Big 24 Conference Game
1 Big 24 Conference Game
1 Big 24 Conference Game
1 Big 24 Conference Game

Big 24 Conference Championship Game if the Eastern Division Champs

How would the Big 24 Eastern and Western Division Champions be determined you ask?

By the Big 24 Conference Record not just within the division but OVERALL so at the end of the season the 2 Big 24 teams with the best records in their Big 24 Conference Games as ranked in each division would meet in either Dallas or Los Angeles to play each other in what would be an even BIGGER Conference Title Game than the Big Ten or SEC.

Imagine basically the current Pac-12 Champion meeting the Big 12 Champion with Cincinnati and UCF added in what would surely produce some amazing Big 24 Conference Championship Games….but then give some thought to the games within the Big 24 that college football fans would see every few years…

Oklahoma vs. USC
Texas vs. Oregon
Stanford vs. Baylor
UCLA vs. UCF
TCU vs. Washington
Oklahoma State vs. Colorado

….which we could go on listing for awhile but we think you get the drift by now.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was right….

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”

….and with both the Big 12 and Pac-12 facing problems on many fronts in face of the surging Big Ten and SEC it’s time to create the first…

Super Conference = Big 24

…which would have a Big 24 Network which would have the biggest footprint in America.

Oh…what would we do with the Longhorn Network that folks in Austin prize so much?

We would let Texas keep the Longhorn Network deal with ESPN with the Horns being allowed to air one football game each year on their network and the rest of the Texas football games would be put into the package that would be sold into the marketplace with hopefully the new Big 24 Network partnering with a major media company like FoxSports, ESPN, or Comcast to get the Big 24 Network onto as many TV satellite and cable systems as possible before launch so that the new network was on firm ground and generating a Helluva lot of money from Day One.

How much money could a Big 24 Conference and Big 24 Network generate for the 24 schools that would now be sharing revenue with 23 other schools around the country?

A Helluva Lot of Money is the answer to that question but to be more specific we have to believe that with all the cable, network and media deals put together a Big 24 Conference could generate upwards to $1 Billion Dollars annually which would work out to…

$40 Million Dollars Per School

….which is right at the spot where the Big Ten and SEC Conferences are now heading money-wise and right where the schools in the new Big 24 Conference would want to be!

Is there a chance in Hell the Massive Egos in the Pac-12 and Big 12 could possible come together and form something like the…

Big 24 Conference?

Probably not…but certainly anyone in Pac-12 or Big 12 Country that has read Paul Kennedy’s book….

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

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….knows that there are certain fundamental laws of economics that determine whether associations like the Pac-12 and Big 12 will succeed over time and Wikipedia has done a nice job of summarizing the primary thesis of Kennedy’s book:

“Kennedy argues that the strength of a Great Power can be properly measured only relative to other powers, and he provides a straightforward and persuasively argued thesis: Great Power ascendancy (over the long term or in specific conflicts) correlates strongly to available resources and economic durability; military overstretch and a concomitant relative decline are the consistent threat facing powers whose ambitions and security requirements are greater than their resource base can provide for.”

The Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences are falling behind the Big Ten and SEC Conference who are creating a gap in money and exposure that will only widen in the future and facing that reality its time for the folks in the Pac-12 and Big 12 to come together….to put aside their egos and petty personal concerns…and create the first Super Conference in college sports…the

Big 24 Conference!

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Now let’s move onto the Hot Seat status of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre….

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado Head Football Coach

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4 th season at Colorado

Overall Head Coaching Record (San Jose St + Colorado):  26 – 48

Colorado Overall Record:  10 – 27

Pac-12 Conference Record:  2 – 25

We have it on GOOD authority from some friends in Boulder, Colorado who we would classify as….

“Knowing what the Hell is going on at the University of Colorado!”

…..where a handful of Coaches Hot Seat members live and work that…

Anything less than SIX wins by Mike MacIntyre in 2016 and he is DONE at Colorado

….and based upon the FACT that in 3 seasons at CU that Mike MacIntyre is…

2 – 25

….in Pac-12 Conference play we can understand why there are some folks in and around the University of Colorado that are willing to make such a declarative statement because the TRUTH is…

There’s just No Damn Good Reason why Colorado should not be winning 6+ games in a CU head coach’s FOURTH season on the job….PERIOD!

Let’s go to Colorado’s 2016 football schedule to see if Mike MacIntyre has a chance to rally the Buffs to 6+ wins in 2016 and take CU to a bowl game:

Colorado State
Idaho State
At Michigan
At Oregon
Oregon State
At USC
Arizona State
At Stanford
UCLA
At Arizona
Washington State
Utah

Geez…based upon what we think Mike MacIntyre has to work with on his Colorado football team in 2016 and looking at the above TOUGH schedule if the Buffs win 6+ games then…

Mike MacIntyre should get an extension and raise as the head football coach at Colorado

….because that is One Damn Tough Schedule!

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How many games do we think Colorado will win in 2016?

Guessing…4….maybe 5 games if the Buffs get a few breaks!

Not Guessing…if Colorado wins 4….maybe 5 games in 2016…

Colorado will be looking for a new head football coach come December!

Great Luck to Mike MacIntyre and his Colorado Buffs in 2016….Uhhhhh….they will sure the Hell need it!

For some reason Hank Williams song “I’m So Loneome I Could Cry” sung by the Great B.J. Thomas comes to mind!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 11 2016- Walter Hagen

 

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“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

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“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

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“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

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“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

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“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – Lee Trevino

 

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“A hungry dog hunts best.”

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“I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.”

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“I’m not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.”

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“I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years.”

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“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”

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“My wife doesn’t care what I do when I’m away, as long as I don’t have a good time.”

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“Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.”

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“Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money.”

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“There are two things that won’t last long in this world, and that’s dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars.”

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“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”

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“The older I get the better I used to be!”

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“You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen.”

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“Nobody buy you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.”

Wikipedia:  Lee Trevino

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The Total and Complete Disaster That Is the Pac-12 Conference Continues To Roll Down the Track with Larry Scott at the Wheel – How Long Will The Total and Complete Disaster Continue for the Pac-12? – Who the Hell Knows! – Steve Addazio of Boston College Squarely on the Hot Seat – Missing Our Friend Huell Howser

 

With the analysis of the first FIVE College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat in the books…

#1 – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

#2 – Will Muschamp, South Carolina

#3 – Gus Malzahn, Auburn

#4 – Art Briles, Baylor

#5 – Darrell Hazell, Purdue

….let us now turn our attention to one…

#6 – Steve Addazio, Boston College

But hold it a second….before we get to Steve Addazio’s Hot Seat status there were a couple of stories in recent weeks on the “situation” that Pac-12 Commish Larry Scott now faces which we call here at Coaches Hot Seat nothing short of a…

Complete Freaking Disaster for the Pac-12 Conference

….which starts with the Pac-12 Network CANNOT be seen across America and in today’s world…

If you CANNOT be seen….you do not Freaking Exist!

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Here are those two stories by two fine folks in Jon Wilner and Andy Staples who both know a Helluva lot about college football…

Pac-12: Commissioner Larry Scott’s future, the Guerrero incident and changing dynamics with the CEOs, Jon Wilner, College Hotline

AND

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Schools Make Amends; Now Can They Solve Their Network Problems and Increase Revenue?, Andy Staples, SI

….but FRANKLY, we could care the Hell less about the future of Larry Scott BUT we do care a Helluva lot about the lack of distribution across America of the Pac-12 Network which is something akin to someone tolling long hours to do a great thing BUT who then finds that since no one told the world about his or her great work one cannot help but wonder…

Did that great work even happen?

So is the question that must be asked about the Pac-12 Network…

Does the Pac-12 Network even exist if so few in America can even watch it?

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Not really which brings to mind a story about General George Patton getting to Heaven with the Lord Almighty taking Patton by the arm and ushering him into a room where the Greatest Military Minds in Human History are all gathered and Patton looks around the room and says to The Lord:

“This is great…there’s Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, Sun Tzu, Genghis Khan, Hannibal, William T. Sherman, Saladin, Robert E. Lee, Frederick the Great, Erwin Rommel, and even King David of Israel…but Lord…who the Hell is that fellow sitting over there in the corner?”

The Lord: “Oh, that’s Bob the Cobbler, he lived during a time when there were no wars, but he’s the best Damn military mind of them all!”

Patton: “Son of a Bitch!”

And so goes the Pac-12 Network which is a Decent..if not Great product right now…..which is seen by a Helluva lot less Americans than the SEC and Big Ten Networks which brings us to this paragraph in Andy Staples story from above on the Pac-12 Network:

“The bigger issue with the Pac-12 Network is the money it generates. Washington State athletic director Bill Moos revealed in a March letter to boosters that the school received only $1.4 million from the network. That puts the Pac-12 far behind the Big Ten and SEC, which have cable networks that should bring in between $8 million and $10 million per school this academic year. In that letter to boosters, Moos wrote his school had projected $5 million or $6 million a year from the network.”

Sorry…but many here at Coaches Hot Seat are old enough to remember the…

Pac-8 Conference and Pac-10 Conference from the 1970s and 1980s

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….and thus we know the immense Pac-10 assets that Larry Scott was handed in 2010 which became the Pac-12 in 2011 and the TRUTH is the Pac-12 Conference is now getting around…

$100 Million Dollars LESS in the Marketplace ANNUALLY than it’s worth

….precisely because of the ham-handed and foolish…and also in our opinion…Totally Damn Ivy League Arrogant….decisions that Larry Scott has made in the last five years and by our calculations Larry Scott has already cost the Pac-12 Conference and its 12 member schools….

$300 Million Plus Dollars in Revenue

….which will increase by $100 Million Dollars MORE in 2016!

The Pac-12 Conference’s assets which are mainly the 12 member schools in the Conference are…

Worth A Helluva Lot More Money in the Marketplace

…than Larry Scott and his team of Buffoons in Walnut Creek are now getting for those assets and the TRUTH is the longer that Larry Scott is allowed to hang around and run the Pac-12 Conference the further the conference falls behind the Big Ten and SEC Conferences….PERIOD!

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Now just how Damn long are the so-called “CEOs” or rather the Presidents and Chancellors of the Pac-12 Conference schools…..

Arizona State: Michael Crow
Oregon State: Ed Ray
UCLA: Gene Block
Colorado: Bruce Benson
USC: Max Nikias
Arizona: Ann Weaver Hart
Utah: David Pershing
Cal: Nickolas Dirks
Oregon: Michael Schill
Washington: Ana Mari Cauce
Washington State: Kirk Schulz
Stanford: Marc Tessier-Lavigne

….going to tolerate this Bullshit of the Pac-12 Conference falling further and further behind with Larry Scott running the show and in our minds bogging the Pac-12 Conference down in the mud while the Big Ten and SEC race ahead?

What’s the old saying that if you sit down at a table to play cards and you can’t pick out the MARK then guess what….you are the MARK!

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These are now the MARKS in Pac-12 Country….

Arizona State: Michael Crow
Oregon State: Ed Ray
UCLA: Gene Block
Colorado: Bruce Benson
USC: Max Nikias
Arizona: Ann Weaver Hart
Utah: David Pershing
Cal: Nickolas Dirks
Oregon: Michael Schill
Washington: Ana Mari Cauce
Washington State: Kirk Schulz
Stanford: Marc Tessier-Lavigne

…and they are being played for CHUMPS by Larry Scott and it is now our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…

Larry Scott Poses A Clear and Present Danger to the Future Success of the Pac-12 Conference

…precisely because the Pac-12 now has NO ONE that can command a room to leverage the immense assets of the Pac-12 Conference…PERIOD!

Oh…but then what the Hell do we here at Coaches Hot Seat know? Oh..we know what the executives at the Networks and Cable News Companies are saying behind closed doors from our work in the world of advertising about the Pac-12 and Larry Scott which in our opinion boils down to…

“The Pac-12 Conference leadership is WEAK!”

Fix that Damn problem “CEOs” of the Pac-12 and fix it Damn Soon or you folks will wake-up 5 years from now miles and miles and miles behind the Big Ten and SEC Conference with No Damn Chance to EVER catch-up!

Now let’s get to Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio….

Steve Addazio, Boston College Head Football Coach

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4 th season at Boston College

Overall Head Coaching Record (Temple + BC):  30 – 32

Boston College Overall Record:  17 – 21

ACC Conference Record:  8 – 16

Someone who we trust in the Boston area has told us Steve Addazio would like to break Coaches Hot Seat in half and we have No Damn Clue if that is true or not BUT if it is true we can only say to Steve Addazio…

When you were the head coach at Cheshire High School in Connecticut in the 1980s Son many at Coaches Hot Seat were serving in the US Navy at the height of the Cold War against the Soviets and were involved in Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991

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….so please save us the tough talk and coach your Damn football team Addazio which brings us to the TOUGH TALK about what Steve Addazio is now facing at BC which is nothing less than a…

Make or Break Year at Boston College in 2016

….after nothing less than a Complete Freaking Disaster at BC in 2015 of…

3 – 8 Overall

AND

0 – 8 in ACC play!

We don’t have real HUGE standards for Boston College football and if you can keep BC above .500 overall and roughly .500 in ACC play as the head football coach at Boston College each season your ass will more than likely stay off the Hot Seat BUT…

3 – 8 Overall and 0 -8 in ACC play

…your ass will be firmly on the Hot Seat and that is where Steve Addazio finds his ass in May 2016!

Let’s go to Boston College’s 2016 football schedule to see if Steve Addazio has a shot to right this ship at BC and save his Damn job in the process:

Georgia Tech
At UMass
At Virginia Tech
Wagner
Buffalo
Clemson
Syracuse
At NC State
Louisville
At Florida State
UConn
At Wake Forest

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OK….Bozo the Clown or ANY Damn Clown you can think of could win…

4 Football Games

….coaching Boston College in 2016 and we see No Damn Reason at all why Steve Addazio and his Boston College football team not win at least…

6 Games in 2016

…with a schedule that a coach in his FOURTH year at BC should win at least…

7 Games

….without much trouble at all.

What will happen if Steve Addazio and his Boston College football team don’t win at least 6 games in 2016?

Steve Addazio will be fired come December at Boston College…PERIOD!

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Many Coaches Hot Seat members are headed to Florida this week for The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida near Jacksonville and every time we travel to Florida to get together we remember a little over three years ago when we were in South Florida for the Total Destruction of Notre Dame football by Alabama in the Bogus BCS Title Game and we also remember at the same losing our friend Huell Howser who died in Palm Springs while we were in Florida.

Long ago someone wise once said…”As long as your name is whispered on the Earth you are immortal.”

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We miss you Huell Howser!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 9, 2016 – Babe Didriksen Zaharias

 

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“All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.”

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“Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf.”

And

“Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree.”

And

“The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery.”

And

“As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it.”

And

“Don’t worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God.”

And

“I expect to play golf until I am 90–even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair.”

And

“Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn’t essential in the enjoyment of the game.”

And

“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”

And

“I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent.”

And

“When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball.”

And

“I was determined to play the game well or not at all.”

And

“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.”

And

“You can’t win them all — but you can try.”

And

“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”

And

“Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf.”

And

“That little ball won’t move until you hit it, and there’s nothing you can do for it after it has gone.”

And

“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”

And

“The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play.”

And

“There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this.”

And

“The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better.”

And

“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”
(Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)

And

“Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”

And

“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.”

And

“I don’t seem able to do my best unless I’m behind or in trouble.”

And

“The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”

Wikipedia:  Babe Didriksen Zaharias

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”

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“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.”

And

“Freedom is from within.”

And

“Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.”

And

“Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.”

And

“I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.”

And

“I know the price of success:  dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to thing you want to see happen.”

And

“Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.”

And

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

And

“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.”

And

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

And

“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”

And

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

And

“The truth is more important than the facts.”

And

“”Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”

And

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

And

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”

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“A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call ‘democracy’ is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”

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“Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”

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“Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

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“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”

Wikipedia:  Frank Lloyd Wright

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Colin Powell

 

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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 6, 2016 – LeRoy Neiman

 

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“I had a go at changing history – maybe not all by myself – I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.”

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‘Every time I started painting it was like a new experience, but they all came out the same.”

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“I hold doors open for all the women. Men can open the doors for themselves.”

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“Imagination comes of not having things.”

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“Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet, theatre, movies, or other sporting events… and nothing is like the fights to me. I’m excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job.”

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“I’ve met and sketched most of the great athletes from the past five decades and their movement, grace and energy have kept me captivated over the years. That’s what the ancient Greeks first saw and that’s what caught my interest.”

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“I always stayed in tune with my own ambitions and attitudes and I’m still my intractable old self, for better or worse.”

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“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… eating with friends, the service, the ambience.”

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“But ‘Playboy’ was liberating. I was drawn to it and went for it full throttle.”

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“I guess I created LeRoy Neiman. Nobody else told me how to do it. Well, I’m a believer in the theory that the artist is as important as his work.”

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“It’s a nice feeling to go out in the world and look for excellence – the best in man. My subject is very valid. It’s about people, and about life.”

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“I’ve got the public. I don’t care about the critics. I did at one time. I don’t any more. I did when I needed compliments. But if you get a lot of compliments, you don’t need a critic to tell you, ‘This should be done another way.'”

And

“The businessman says ‘If I don’t do it first, somebody else will.’ The artist says ‘If I don’t do it first, nobody else will.'”

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“I can easily ignore my detractors and feel the people who respond favorably.”

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“It’s been fun. I’ve had a lucky life. Art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“I don’t know if I’m an impressionist or an expressionist. You can call me an American first… I’ve been labeled doing neimanism, so that’s what it is, I guess.”

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“I’ve zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence… Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves, and art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they’re spectators, they’re not viewers.”

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“I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don’t think a painter has to be able to draw, I just think that if you draw, you better draw well.”

And

“I love the passion you go through while you’re creating.”

And

“You can’t take yourself too seriously.”

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“No, I never had any dreams. The process of art is a dream in itself. The artist just doesn’t… you work out something. It’s yours. You don’t have to go to sleep to do that. You do that on the canvas.”

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“When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person – the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person’s public presence reflects his own efforts at image development.”

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“‘Playboy’ made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings – not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself.”

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“It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled ‘Big Band’ completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and includes Wynton Marsalis.”

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“The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I’ve done before. Sometimes the best happens – beyond possibility. Just do it. Can’t worry about it.”

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“You know what I like about San Francisco? The women are beautiful, fashionable and smart. San Francisco is one of the only cities I like to visit. I love New York and Chicago – I studied there, and L.A. has the same people as New York.”

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“There’s no greatest moment in the arts. It’s a life, it’s a continuity thing. You can’t have a great moment because it’s spiritual. It’s a belief, it’s a calling. If you’re an artist, doing your own thing on your own, it’s while you’re doing it that counts. It’s a process. If you get too elated, you can get too depressed.”

And

“The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism – Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on!”

Wikipedia: LeRoy Neiman

www.leroyneiman.com

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