Daily Archive: October 7, 2015

Post Week 5 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches – How Does The Lyric From Your Great Song Ring of Fire Go Johnny Cash? Oh Yea… “I fell into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down and the flames went higher And it burns, burns, burns, The ring of fire, the ring of fire.” – Yep…That’s About How These Hot Seat Coaches Are Feeling Right Now So Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

 

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How Does The Lyric From Your Great Song Ring of Fire Go Johnny Cash? Oh Yea…

“I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.”

Yep…That’s About How These Hot Seat Coaches Are Feeling Right Now So Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

Post Week 5 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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21.  Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – No…it’s not a good look when you are the head coach of a football team in your 29 th season on the job….

Frank Beamer – Virginia Tech

…..and you lose to a head coach in his first year on the job…

Pat Narduzzi – Pitt

Hell, there’s no shame in losing to a Pat Narduzzi coached Pitt team since Narduzzi will probably win a lot of games in the coming years with the Panthers BUT there is trouble deep in the heart of Virginia and that trouble begins and ends with the…

MEDIOCRITY

…that Virginia Tech football has become with Frank Beamer now sitting on an Overall Record over the last FOUR football seasons of…

24 – 20

….and even worse an ACC record of…

12 – 13

Damn…that ain’t good as caller to the Paul Finebaum Show might say if Virginia Tech was an SEC Conference school which it might very well be the case in 2021 but that is another subject entirely so let’s get back to Frank Beamer who has a Hokies team now at….

2 – 3

…on the season and they still have to play these football games:

NC State
At Miami
Duke
At Boston College
At Georgia Tech
North Carolina
At Virginia

Damn….anyone else thinking Va. Tech will have to beat Virginia in the last game of the season just to get a bowl game?

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22.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – We could go into the Complete Freaking Disaster that was the end of the Nebraska – Illinois game that saw TWO head coaches do their Damndest to give the Damn football game away but this story will explain the Idiocy on the Nebraska side of the field….

Nebraska’s botched ending at end of Illinois game a real head-scratcher, Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

…not that long-time….try 40 years plus….watchers of Pac-12 Football like the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat haven’t seen Mike Riley do some strange things over the years as the head coach at Oregon State which the folks in Lincoln, Nebraska better Damn get used to since Mike can pull some real Hum-Dingers from time-to-time such as the Cornhuskers now basically giving away…

Three Damn Football Games in 2015

….to drop to 2 – 3 on the season and make it next to Damn impossible to get to a bowl game without some kind of divine intervention between now and late November.

Let’s look at the rest of Nebraska’s schedule with the Huskers now at 2 – 3:

Wisconsin
At Minnesota
Northwestern
At Purdue
Michigan State
At Rutgers
Iowa

We only see one FOR SURE WIN….at Purdue…but then should we give Nebraska a FOR SURE WIN based upon the losses the Cornhuskers have already pulled out of their asses in 2015?

NO is the clear answer to that question so your guess is as good as ours on how many wins Mike Riley posts in Lincoln this season BUT one thing for sure if Wisconsin loses to Nebraska on Saturday the Badgers will drop to 3 – 3 on the season and Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s ass will be on the Hot Seat so to Mike Riley and Paul Chryst we can only say…

Coach Hard Boys and to the Hot Seat the Losing Coach will go!

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23.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Not that a lot of us were really expecting a severely undermanned San Jose State team to travel across America and beat what is a very average Auburn team last Saturday BUT there were moments when the Spartans had the Tigers on the ropes BUT alas with a 35 – 21 loss San Jose State dropped to…

2 – 3

…on the season and that puts Ron Caragher in the position of needing some wins….and quick!

Now in his third season at San Jose State Ron Caragher has posted records of…

Overall:  11 – 18

MWC:  8 – 10

….and what we here at Coaches Hot Seat and reasonable fans of Spartans football are looking for isn’t all that much…..

Just a little above .500 football

….and taking the SJSU football team to a bowl EVERY season and with these games left to play…

At UNLV
San Diego State
New Mexico
BYU
At Nevada
At Hawaii
Boise State

….we see No Damn Reason At All why Ron Caragher shouldn’t be able to coach-up his football team to win FOUR of the Spartans SEVEN remaining football games.

Are we right….why Hell Yes We Are RIGHT!

24.  Todd Berry, La. Monroe – With a 51 – 31 loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday La. Monroe head coach Todd Berry officially has a mess on his hands in Monroe, Louisiana because after posting a…

4 – 8 record in 2014

…the Warhawks are now at 1 – 3 on this season and still have to play these games:

At Tulsa
Appalachian State
At Idaho
At La. Lafayette
At Troy
Arkansas State
At Texas State
At Hawaii
New Mexico State

OK…we see several Very Damn Winnable Games left on La. Monroe’s schedule so we see No Damn Reason why the Warhawks don’t get to 6 wins at least in 2015 especially since they are playing 13 football games this season!

Coach ‘Em Up Todd Berry to get your ass off the Hot Seat!

25.  Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – OK….what started out at Miami (Ohio) as a Mess for second-year head coach Chuck Martin has turned into nothing less than a…

Complete Freaking Disaster

….after the Redhawks loss to Kent State on Saturday which drops Martin’s records in two seasons to…

Overall:  3 – 14

MAC:  2 – 7

….which as we just said adds up to a…

Complete Freaking Disaster!

Geez…Chuck Martin won 74 games and TWO Division II National Championships in SIX seasons at Grand Valley State and at Miami (OH) he looks like Gerry Faust with sympathies to all the Notre Dame fans out there that cringe every time they hear the name Gerry Faust who in five seasons coaching the Irish posted a record of…

30 – 26 – 1

Come on Chuck Martin…do you want to go down in history as another Gerry Faust? If not, start…

Coaching Your Damn Team Up Son!

26.  Dan McCarney, North Texas – Things are not looking pretty for Dan McCarney and his North Texas football team who have had the following points laid on them this season….

SMU – 31 points
Rice – 38 points
Iowa – 62 points
Southern Miss – 49 points

…to which we can only respond to by saying…

How about getting your team to play some Damn defense Coach McCarney? Is that really too much to ask?

Didn’t think so but then FCS team Portland State is traveling to North Texas this Saturday and Vikings scored 24 points in Washington State beating the Cougars earlier this season so Hell Portland State should easily be able to double that and score…

48 Points on North Texas!

Hell, Coach McCarney if your football team isn’t going to play any Damn defense what the Hell is the point of you coaching the North Texas football team?

Oh….if you like Coaches Hot Seat will fly down to Denton, Texas this week Coach McCarney and for Damn sure we will find someone on the North Texas football team that will not lay down and QUIT when the defense is on the field and the ones that don’t want to play defense they will find their asses in the stands or as one of our football coaches used to say to the lazy ones on our team:

“Why the Hell don’t you join the chess club son so that you can sit on your ass all the Damn time!”

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27.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – West Virginia played well….at times…against Oklahoma BUT this is about the time last season when WVU was shown to be a Complete Fraud which led to the season going into the tank and the Mountaineers ending up with record of….

6 – 6 in the regular season

….and now at 3 – 1 on the season Crazy Boy Holgorsen and WVU still have to play…

Oklahoma State
At Baylor
At TCU
Texas Tech
Texas
At Kansas
Iowa State
At Kansas State

OK…OK….we agree that Texas, Kansas and Iowa State are…

SURE WINS

…for West Virginia this season but that only adds up to 5 Wins which means the Mountaineers will need to find 3 more wins out of their remaining 5 games just to get to 8 wins and anything less than 8 wins for West Virginia in 2015 will be a…

Complete Freaking Disaster

…and put Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s head coaching job in serious jeopardy!

If West Virginia did go 5 – 4 in Big 12 Conference play in 2015 that would leave Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s Big 12 Conference record over FOUR seasons at….

21 – 23

…and in case Crazy Boy didn’t know it…

That Sucks The Big One at West Virginia!

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28.  Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – Tim DeRuyter got off to a great start in his first two seasons at Fresno State posting records of…

9 – 4
11 – 2

…but something changed last season with the Bulldogs playing their first NINE games and posting a 3 – 6 record which they recovered slightly from before finishing the 2014 season at…

6 – 8

….after getting crushed in their bowl game against Rice.

Counting last season head coach Tim DeRuyter is now sitting on a record of…

7 – 12

…in his last 19 games and 7 – 13 in his last 20 games and if that won’t get your ass on the Hot Seat then nothing will!

What has gone wrong at Fresno State to derail the Hot Start that Tim DeRuyter had with the Bulldogs that now find his ass on the Hot Seat?

Well, not having a very good quarterback is a good place to start but then a college head football coach is responsible for making sure he has good quarterbacks in the plural on his roster ready to step-up when needed BUT there may be something else going on in Fresno.

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In August several dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were at Lake Tahoe for the Annual Coaches Hot Seat Clambake by the Lake and one night we were at the Lone Eagle bar at the Hyatt Grand Lake Tahoe in Incline Village and we ran into a couple of guys from the Fresno area who we asked about the state of the Fresno State football program and one of the guys answered that question by saying:

Fresno Resident: “It’s turning into a Complete F-ing Disaster.”

Coaches Hot Seat: “What the Hell do you mean by that?”

Fresno Resident: “Just what I said…you just wait and see.”

OK…we have been waiting and watching and Fresno State opened the season with a record of…

1 – 4

…and against the FOUR FBS teams that the Bulldogs have played they have given up the following points…

Ole Miss – 73 points
Utah – 45 points
San Jose State – 49 points
San Diego State – 21 points

….to which we can only say that is a…

Complete Freaking Disaster!

Up next for Fresno State…two winnable home games against Utah State and UNLV which would with wins get Tim DeRuyter’s ass off the Hot Seat!

29.  Curtis Johnson, Tulane – OK…OK….Curtis Johnson and his Tulane football got their second win of the season Saturday BUT that win was over Hapless and Falling To Pieces UCF and now let’s see if Johnson can keep his Green Wave rolling with a game….

At Temple

….on Saturday which is not exactly going to be an easy place for Curtis Johnson to keep the Green Wave rolling!

Oh…Hell….Houston is after Temple on the schedule and then a game at Navy…and then a game at Memphis….Hell….Tulane could lose their next FOUR games easy which is why Curtis Johnson needs to have his football players play like….

Men Possessed against the Temple Owls!

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30.  Todd Monken, Southern Miss – One has to be impressed with what Todd Monken has going at Southern Miss now after a dominating win over North Texas on Saturday which raised the Golden Eagles record to 3 – 2 and now USM turns its attention to a game…

At Marshall

…which with a win would not only get Todd Monken’s ass off the Hot Seat but is a game that we believe Southern Miss CAN and SHOULD WIN!

Keep giving them Hell Todd Monken but then why the Hell wouldn’t Todd Monken keep giving them Hell?

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Carl Sagan

 

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“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”

And

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

And

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

And

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

And

“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”

And

“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”

And

“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”

And

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

And

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

And

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

And

“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”

And

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

And

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

And

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

And

“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”

And

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

And

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

And

“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

and

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

And

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

And

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”

And

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

And

“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”

And

“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”

And

“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”

And

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

And

“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”

And

“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”

And

“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”

And

“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”

And

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

And

“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”

And

“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”

And

“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”

Wikipedia:  Carl Sagan