“Nothing has changed about what makes a winner. A winner works his butt off and is dependable. He’s not always the most talented, but he gives everything on every play.”
“At Auburn, practice is Hell. But when you line up across the big, fast, smart, angry boys from Florida, and Georgia, and Alabama, where there is no quality of mercy on the ground and no place to hide, you’ll know why practice is Hell at Auburn.”
Don’t wait to be a great man. Be a great boy.”
“I don’t believe in miracles. I believe in character”
“Life is short, so don’t waste any of it carrying around a load of bitterness. It only sours your life, and the world won’t pay any attention anyway.”
“If you’re a football coach, criticism comes with the territory. If it tears you up, you better get into another profession.”
Before the 1981 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Pat Dye (Pat Dye coached for Paul Bryant for nine years on the Alabama staff):
Pat Dye: “Coach Bryant, before you start hugging me, you ought to know that my boys are fixing to get after y’all’s ass.”
Paul Bryant: “You ain’t trying to scare me now, are you, Pat?”
Pat Dye: “No sir, because I know you don’t get scared. I’m just telling you what we’re fixing to do.”
“A game like this, Alabama players will remember it for the rest of their lives. Auburn players…it’ll eat their guts out the rest of their lives.” Former Auburn coach Pat Dye to a reporter after Van Tiffen kicked his 52 yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985.
It’s Thanksgiving Week Johnny Cash….So Why Don’t You Take It Easy On These Hot Seat Coaches in the Spirit of the Holiday? On Second Thought…Give These Millionaire Hot Seat Coaches Hell Mr. Cash and Everyone Have A Great Thanksgiving!
1. Les Miles, LSU – Football is the ultimate game of “What Ifs” and the Biggest “What If” in the room regarding embattled LSU head coach Les Miles is this…
“What if the Miami Dolphins had made the Playoffs in 2006 and Nick Saban had stayed in south Florida and missed out on taking the Alabama job?”
“What If” indeed because the TRUTH is when Nick Saban returned to the SEC in 2007 after two years in Miami to coach a down-and-out Alabama football program LSU was riding high with Les Miles at the helm which saw Miles finish with the following after the 2007 season after THREE years in Baton Rouge:
Overall Record: 34 – 6
SEC Record: 19 – 5
1 SEC Title
1 Bogus BCS National Championship
Since Nick Saban returned to Alabama in 2007 Les Miles’ record against Saban now stands at…
3 – 7
…including the 2011 Bogus BCS National Championship Game loss and in the last THREE seasons Les Miles has posted the following very AVERAGE record in SEC play at LSU….
13 – 10
So why would a school be ready to jettison a coach that has a $15 Million Dollar buyout to hire a new coach that will no doubt command $6 to $7 Million Dollars a year for a 6 to 7 year contract?
Because LSU has lost FIVE straight games to Alabama under Les Miles
Les Miles has a 3 – 7 record against Alabama and Nick Saban in the last 10 Games
The LSU football program EASILY has more talent than EVER team it faces in the SEC each season except for Alabama and over the past THREE seasons Miles has posted a record in SEC play of…
13 – 10
It’s our firm opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that managers should move to fire underperforming people in whatever industry or line of work they are in BEFORE the crack-up happens because it causes less damage to the entire organization when a leadership problem is nipped in the bud which can lead to Long-Term damage to something like a college football program and we don’t need to tell anyone at LSU what being off in the wilderness feels like as in the years before Nick Saban arrived in Baton Rouge in 2000 which in 11 seasons between 1989 and 1999 saw the following happen:
8 Losing Seasons
No SEC Championships
….and a Total Freaking Disaster albeit a football program in LSU that has…
Everything and Anything ANY Head Coach would need to win SEC and National Championships on a Regular Basis
A great question for any manager to ask himself or herself when considering firing someone is the following:
“Would the competition be happy or sad if I fired this person?”
And if the above question was answered SAD meaning the competition loved that person staying in their position the next question a manager must ask himself or herself is:
“What person could I hire that the competition would say….”Son-of-a-Bitch…they hired that Bastard….Hell, we will really have to go to work now!”
In our opinion….
Nick Saban would LOVE to see Les Miles stay at LSU and Mark Richt stay at Georgia because that is TWO potentially POWERHOUSE SEC football programs he want have to worry about as long as those two head coaches are in place and we can think of….
A Handful of Head Coaches that Nick Saban would HATE to see at LSU and Georgia
….and if Les Miles is indeed on his way out it’s the job of the folks at LSU to hire someone that is going to make Nick Saban’s life difficult which right now…
ZERO Head Coaches in the SEC are doing!
Only a Very Average Texas A&M team remains on LSU’s schedule and what SHOULD be a great game to help decide the SEC West Champion is instead…
Who really gives a Damn Game
….and that in a nutshell is the problem at LSU….AND……Texas A&M right now.
2. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – The “word” is that Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell will get a FOURTH season as the head coach of the Boilermakers after posting the following records in THREE seasons on the job with only the Indiana game left to be played in 2015….
Overall: 6 – 29
Big Ten: 2 – 21
Those SIX wins by Darrell Hazell in THREE seasons at Purdue were against….
Indiana State – FCS Western Michigan – MAC Southern Illinois – FCS Illinois Indiana State – FCS Nebraska
….and let’s not forget that Darrell Hazell was hired after the last Purdue head coach Danny Hope was fired after two-straight .500 or better seasons and two bowl game trips so PLEASE save us the Bullshit that Darrell Hazell took over a Complete Disaster at Purdue because the TRUTH is Hazell took over a Purdue Football program that had gone to a bowl game in….
12 of the previous 16 seasons
….AND had posted a record in Big Ten play in those previous 16 seasons of…
66 – 62
Only Indiana remains on Purdue’s schedule which is sitting on a record of 2 – 9 right now which looks to be 2 – 10 once Saturday comes and goes and then it’s on to 2016 for Purdue Football and no doubt fans of the Boilermakers are chomping at the bits to get their hands on some season tickets for next year’s team!
3. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Much like Darrell Hazell at Purdue the Colorado Buffs head coach is also in his THIRD season on the job in Boulder and has posted a Pac-12 Conference record in those THREE seasons of…
2 – 24
….but in the SEVEN seasons before MacIntyre took over at CU the Buffs has been to…
1 Bowl Game
….and had won….
13 Big 12 and Pac-12 Conference Games
….so no doubt in our minds not only was Colorado in much worse shape than Purdue THREE years ago but Colorado also plays in a much tougher conference overall in the Pac-12….in our humble opinion of course!
Still…in our humble opinion…Colorado today almost THREE seasons after Mike MacIntyre took over the Buffs is only SLIGHTLY better than they were in 2012 at least on the field of play but we will say from what we have observed first hand on the University of Colorado campus the football program is in better shape overall BUT what feeds the bulldog is WINS and Mike MacIntyre is just flat-out not winning enough and that why he is on a Roaring Hot Seat right now.
The 4 – 8 overall and 1 – 7 in Pac-12 play Buffs have only left a road game at Utah which will be a next to impossible game for Colorado to win so with a loss that will leave Mike MacIntyre’s records in THREE seasons at Colorado at….
Overall: 10 – 27
Pac-12: 2 – 24
Uhhhh….Not So Damn Good Mike MacIntyre because we are still talking about Colorado Football where for Damn sure in our opinion a coach should be able to post a .500-plus record by his THIRD season on the job…in our humble opinion of course!
4. Scott Shafer, Syracuse – Scott Shafer was the defensive coordinator in Jim Harbaugh’s first year at Stanford before moving on to Michigan to join Rich Rodriguez’s staff and there are a number of people here at Coaches Hot Seat that have…
Very Damn Definitive Opinions on Scott Shafer
…..and his ability to coach defense and lead young men BUT after much discussion we are going to leave those…
Very Damn Definitive Opinions on Scott Shafer
….out of this blog and focus on what Scott Shafer has done at Syracuse in THREE years on the job after taking over a pretty good program from the last Orange head coach Doug Marrone:
Overall: 13 – 23
ACC: 6 – 17
By contrast in FOUR seasons at Syracuse Doug Marrone posted records of…
Overall: 25 – 25
ACC: 11 – 17
Our opinion on Syracuse football having watched them play under both Marrone and Shafer…the Orange football program is clearly going backwards and with only a game left against woeful Boston College who has a head coach also sitting on the Hot Seat in Steve Addazio it’s hard to know what to make of Syracuse football right now except that it’s NOT VERY DAMN GOOD!
5. Charlie Strong, Texas – One of the more interesting things we have going here at Coaches Hot Seat is that we have a few folks that were trained by YOUR Government to watch people in either in person or on video and by watching their face, arm and body movements AND also listening very closely to what they are saying come up with amazingly accurate analysis of what the person is thinking, or worrying about, or considering when they are being watched either in person or on video. While it’s not always easy to watch a foreign leader and ever fully determine what he or she is really thinking it has been very easy for one of those Coaches Hot Seat members to watch someone here at Coaches Hot Seat on video and then come up with an analysis and then check that against what the Coaches Hot Seat member was actually thinking and guess what….
Our talented and well-trained Coaches Hot Seat members have an almost 100% accuracy on their analysis
….which has given us lots of insight into what head coaches and athletic directors have REALLY been thinking over the last NINE football seasons which brings us to…
Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong
….who a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members have been watching very closely this season and their analysis of Charlie Strong is as of November 23, 2015….at least the part of the analysis we are willing to put into this blog is:
“Charlie Strong knows he has gotten himself into a Helluva spot where the expectations are HIGH and his ability to dramatically impact the Texas Football program in a meaningful way anytime soon are LOW especially in a Big 12 Conference that is unrelenting in the pressure applied by the offenses of other Big 12 schools which leaves Texas Football with the following conundrum…either the Texas offense starts scoring a Helluva lot of points and quick or Texas Football will a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 football program for years into the future and Charlie Strong knows it.”
The above should be scary enough to fans of Texas Football but there is something else going on as well and it’s something we have not considered very much until the last few weeks but it’s something that could dramatically impact Charlie Strong’s ability to build a championship football program again in Austin following on what Mack Brown was able to do for a decade-plus and that other thing going on is….
Will Charlie Strong and his Texas coaches be able to personally connect with the very cliquish Texas high school coaches who are very unique and very different in our opinion than the high school coaches that Charlie Strong worked with and recruited players from in Florida and elsewhere around the southeastern United States?
This is very simple to understand…..if Texas football high school coaches will not recommend and send their best players to Austin then Texas has Little Damn Chance to become a major college football power again or even to get back to the top of the Big 12 on a regular basis as we fully expect Texas Football to be at EVERY season which brings us to the…
…which shows that as us right now Texas’ 2016 Recruiting Class is ranked…..54 th in the country? What the Hell?
Sorry…but in our opinion a head coach in his THIRD year at Texas should have a recruiting class ranking in the Top 5 and by comparison Nick Saban had the No. 1 Recruiting Class according to Rivals.com in his second season starting in 2008…followed by the No. 1 class in 2009….in his THIRD season on the job and what has been Charlie Strong’s Recruiting Class Rankings at Texas?
2014: 20 2015: 12 2016: 54 currently
Let’s go to Charlie Strong’s records at Texas in his SECOND year on the job….
Overall: 10 – 13
Big 12: 8 – 8
…and the Horns still have to play this season…
Texas Tech At Baylor
Damn…..if Texas loses to Texas Tech at home to fall to 4 – 7 on the season and has to play at Baylor to end 2015 which looks a Helluva lot like a 4 – 8 season then more than just the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat will start wondering…
Just where in the Hell is this going for Charlie Strong at Texas?
6. Steve Addazio, Boston College – This coming Saturday Steve Addazio’s Boston College football team which is on a streak of SEVEN straight losses will play a Syracuse football team coached by Scott Shafer that is on a losing streak of EIGHT straight losses which is the ultimate…
Roaring Fire Hot Seat vs. Roaring Fire Hot Seat Coaches Match-Up
…and a loss in this spot by BC on the road at the Carrier Dome would leave the Eagles records in 2015 at…
Overall: 3 – 9
ACC: 0 – 8
…and Steve Addazio’s records in THREE seasons coaching at Boston College at…
Overall: 17 – 20
ACC: 8 – 16
Just for the Hell of it let’s look at the Winning Percentage of the last FOUR head football coaches at Boston College:
Tom O’Brien (1997 – 2006): .625
Jeff Jagodzinski (2006 – 2007): .714
Frank Spaziani (2009 – 2012): .431
Steve Addazio (2013 – 2015): .459
Got Going Straight Backwards Boston College?
Still one of the Stupidest Moves in recent college football history was former Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo firing BC head coach Jeff Jagodzinski after the 2007 season sitting on a winning percentage of .714 and TWO appearances in the ACC Championship Game but the issue at hand here is can Steve Addazio really survive going…
0 – 8
….in ACC play in his THIRD season on the job when is a time when head coaches should be showing improvement instead of stagnation with their football program?
Since Boston College football is an afterthought in every Damn sense of the word AFTERTHOUGHT Steve Addazio could probably go 0 – 12 and hang onto his job which is a Helluva gig if you can get it!
7. Kevin Wilson, Indiana – Kevin Wilson and his Hoosiers got their MUST WIN on Saturday against the crumbling Maryland Terrapins which gives Indiana….
5 Wins in 2015
…and with only a game left at Purdue on Saturday we are going to go out on a limb and predict…
An Indiana WIN on Saturday over Purdue
…which will get the Hoosiers to 6 wins and a postseason bowl game which will mean since we are talking about Indiana Football here that will get head coach Kevin Wilson off the Hot Seat….BUT…if Indiana should happen to lose to Purdue on Saturday …
It’s Over for Kevin Wilson at Indiana!
Coach ‘em up Kevin or….
8. Kyle Flood, Rutgers – Kyle Flood and his Rutgers football team beat Army on Saturday which has become akin to beating NO ONE in recent years and that raises Rutgers record in 2015 to 4 – 7 with only a home game left against woeful Maryland and with a win that would leave Kyle Flood’s records in FOUR seasons at the school at….
Overall: 26 – 22
Conference: 13 – 17
…which we would call that AVERAGE at best especially considering the pretty good football program that Flood took over at Rutgers from Greg Schiano in 2011.
Can Kyle Flood survive both a suspension for an academic related issue AND a losing season in his FOURTH year on the job at Rutgers?
Not if we were the athletic director at Rutgers for Damn sure!
9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Since Auburn lost to FSU in the 2013 – 2014 Bogus BCS National Title Game in January 2014 Gus Malzahn has posted records at Auburn of…
Overall: 14 – 10
SEC: 6 – 9
….and with the Mighty Alabama Crimson Tide headed to Auburn on Saturday for the annual Iron Bowl we here at Coaches Hot Seat tried to put ourselves in the position of Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs who has basically been around or working at Auburn University for his entire life who lists in his bio on the Auburn Athletics website the following five strategic goals…
“Winning, graduating student-athletes, managing the department’s fiscal affairs, complying with SEC and NCAA rules and providing a positive gameday experience.”
…..keeping in mind that over the last TWO seasons Auburn has spent…
Over $80 Million Dollars on the Auburn Football program
….and Auburn has….
14 wins to show for it and a losing record in SEC play
…and ONLY 8 of those wins came over FBS teams with .500 or better records!
$80 Million for EIGHT wins over FBS teams with .500 or better records!
To get down to brass tacks….
Auburn has 14 wins the last TWO seasons…
2 of those wins are over FCS teams
6 of those wins are over FBS teams with losing records
8 of those wins are over FBS teams with .500 or better records
Oh…Auburn’s record the last two seasons against FBS teams with .500 or better records?
9 – 9
Damn….a 9 – 9 record the last two seasons against FBS teams with .500 or better records after spending…
$80 Million Dollars!
That’s $8.89 Million Dollars Per Win over FBS teams with .500 or better records at Auburn the last TWO seasons!
Does Auburn have ANY chance to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Saturday?
No….NOT A Chance in Hell which brings us to this obvious question:
If Alabama beats Auburn by “X” amount of points or more in Saturday’s Iron Bowl it will lead to Gus Malzahn getting fired shortly thereafter?
If Alabama beats Auburn by 28 or more points Gus Malzahn will no doubt in our minds be fired and Auburn AD Jay Jacobs will shortly thereafter be on the phone to Jimbo Fisher to offer him…
$1 Dollar MORE than what LSU is offering Jimbo Fisher which by our guess will be around….
$7.25 Million Dollars A Year on a Six Year Contract!
In many ways Jay Jacobs is in an impossible situation because Jacobs must know that Nick Saban would be THRILLED to keep Gus Malzahn at Auburn for as long as Damn possible because without a SUPERIOR quarterback the Auburn offense is the easiest offense to defend in the SEC…..BUT……what can Jacobs do if Alabama only beats Auburn by 10 to 14 points but keep Gus Malzahn around for another year and just hope the Hell things go better in 2016?
Not much really…which brings us to Auburn’s offensive gameplan against Alabama to which we can only say to Gus Malzahn….
Do what Nick Saban HATES the most and you might have a shot at winning which is…
Go Fast, Play Fast, and Attack the Middle of the Field
…which is the ONLY Damn thing that will get some of the Alabama defenders away from the line of scrimmage which is the ONLY way a team beats Alabama.
You give us a week and we will have an offensive gameplan to BEAT Alabama…and yet it seems head coaches in the SEC making Millions of Dollars a year….
Have No Damn Clue How To Even Challenge the Alabama Defense Forget About Beating Alabama!
Idiots…Just Way Damn Overpaid Idiots!
10. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London’s Virginia team got a nice win Saturday over a floundering and collapsing Duke team to raise the Cavs records in 2015 to…
4 – 7 overall
3 – 4 in ACC play
…with only a home game against Virginia Tech left in Frank Beamer’s last game coaching the Hokies which with these following records on the board coaching for SIX seasons at Virginia….
Overall: 27 – 45
ACC: 14 – 33
…..will no doubt be Mike London’s last game coaching at Virginia as well!
Good Luck to both Mike London and Frank Beamer in this Battle of Virginia Game!
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
“Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”
“When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.”
“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it — don’t cheat with it.”
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” A Farewell to Arms
“If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” For Whom the Bell Tolls
“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It’s been that way all this year. It’s been that way so many times. All of war is that way.” For Whom the Bell Tolls
“Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” The Old Man and the Sea
“Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don’t you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something” Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, July 1, 1925
“I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.” About his book, The Sun Also Rises in a letter, August 21, 1926
“Grace under pressure.”
“I’ve been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.” Letter to Marlene Dietrich, July 1, 1930
“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn… American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”
“However you make your living is where your talent lies.”
“Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.” On Ezra Pound, as quoted in The New Republic, November 11, 1936
“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”
“Never confuse movement with action.”
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
“Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.”
“The individual, the great artist when he comes, uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own.” Death in the Afternoon
“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” Death in the Afternoon
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”
“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.” For Whom the Bell Tolls
“San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.” Rudyard Kipling
“I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does when he gets there. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'” Herb Caen
“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.” Anthony Bourdain
“A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 A.M. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.” Herb Caen
“San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.” Jack London
“San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.” George Halas
“I grew up in Marin County north of San Francisco, and in the 1950s and ’60s it was a natural paradise.” Huey Lewis
“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.” LeRoy Neiman
“You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.” John Steinbeck
“San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.” Robert Redford
“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.” William Saroyan
“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.” Paul Kantner
“The ultimate (travel destination) for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue. I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s no city like it anywhere. And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate.” Larry King
“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” Walter Kronkite
“What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakeable sense of escape from the United States.” H.L. Mencken
“Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.” Gene Fowler
“God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.” Fiorello La Guardia
“I don’t think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn’t love the place, Americans or others.” Doris Lessing
” I don’t like San Francisco. I love it!” Dorothy Lamour
“I like the fog that creeps over the whole city every night about five, and the warm protective feeling it gives…and lights of San Francisco at night, the fog horn, the bay at dusk and the little flower stands where spring flowers appear before anywhere else in the country…But, most of all, I like the view of the ocean from the Cliff House.” Irene Dunne
“We’re crazy about this city. First time we came here, we walked the streets all day – all over town – and nobody hassled us. People smiled, friendly-like, and we knew we could live here……Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for a trip to San Francisco……And the beautiful old houses and the strange light. We’ve never been in a city with light like this. We sit in our hotel room for hours, watching the fog come in, the light change.” John Lennon and Yoko Ono
“Cities are like gentlemen, they are born, not made. You are either a city, or you are not, size has nothing to do with it. I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers. New York is “Yokel”, but San Francisco is “City at Heart”.” Will Rogers
“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” Duke Ellington
“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” Mark Twain
“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” Oscar Wilde
“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips Cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” Joe Flower
“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.” Joe DiMaggio
“Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady” Norman Mailer,
“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills~. And all the people are open and friendly.” Dylan Thomas
“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Mark Twain
“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!
For the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat there is one clear leader for Head Coaches that CANNOT LOSE in Week 12 and that is of course….
1. David Shaw, Stanford
…who for Damn sure CANNOT LOSE to Cal on Saturday night on The Farm because losing the Big Game is just flat-out…
With a win in the Big Game Stanford will have qualified for its…
THIRD Pac-12 Title Game Appearance in FOUR Seasons
…and would play the Pac-12 South Champion for the Pac-12 Conference Championship which if won would be Stanford Football’s…
THIRD Pac-12 Title in FOUR Seasons
….which would be a Mighty Damn Impressive run indeed for Stanford Football but then none of that happens unless Stanford BEATS Cal to win the…
Stanford Football has won FIVE straight Big Games against Cal and 6 of the last 9 so why in the Hell not make it…
SIX Straight Big Games
7 of the last 10 Big Games
…..and we can keep this….
…where it belongs which is on The Farm in Stanford, California!
Go Stanford BEAT Cal!
2. Les Miles, LSU vs. Ole Miss – For all the people that scoff at the idea that Les Miles could be on the Hot Seat or only a loss from Ole Miss from being run out of Baton Rouge let us all remember that we are talking about…
….here where Bozo the Clown could win…
8 Games A Year EASY
….and where for Damn sure the head coach better…
Split the series with Alabama at least
…and what is Les Miles’ record against Alabama in the last 10 meetings against the Crimson Tide?
3 – 7
Sorry…3 – 7 against Alabama not only doesn’t feed the bulldog at LSU it will get your ass run out of town and very simply….
If LSU loses to Ole Miss on Saturday we would recommend that Les Miles agent start inquiring about other head coaching jobs…maybe in Big Ten Country…because it will be…..
….for Les Miles at LSU!
3. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss vs. LSU – On the flipside of the LSU – Ole Miss game on Saturday a loss by the Rebels would drop the Ole Miss record to 7 – 4 on the season with still a game at Mississippi State and a loss to LSU and Hugh Freeze will wake-up on Monday morning with his rear-end on the….
….and with a loss to Mississippi State also to finish at 7 – 5 or 3 – 5 in the Rebels last 8 games Hugh Freeze will in late November find his rear-end on a…
Roaring Hot Seat!
Our recommendation to Les Miles AND Hugh Freeze: Neither of you can afford to lose this game boys so coach HARD!
4. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt – When you are making $5 Million Dollars a year playing your home games in a PALACE which is the case for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin your ass better be…
Winning A Helluva Lot of Football Games
….and in his FOURTH season coaching the Aggies Kevin Sumlin is now sitting on a record in SEC play of….
16 – 14
….and if A&M loses to Vanderbilt on Saturday and LSU in the last game to finish at….
7 – 5 overall
3 – 5 in SEC play
….in 2015 we would recommend Kevin Sumlin have another job lined-up because he might not make it back to College Station from Baton Rough still the head coach of the….
Texas A&M Fighting Aggies!
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Idaho – Oh this one’s pretty simple to figure out….
If for some CRAZY reason that Auburn lost to Idaho on Saturday with the Tigers something like 34 point favorites over the Vandals
….Gus Malzahn will be fired before the clock strikes Midnight on The Plains and Will Muschamp would be coaching Auburn in the Iron Bowl BUT since there is little chance in Hell of Idaho beating Auburn….right?….this is all kind of silly….but then….Idaho might just give FCS Jacksonville State a good game AND Jacksonville State took Auburn into overtime earlier this season…..Hmmmmm…..Oh Hell let’s not even consider Auburn losing to Idaho BUT if it happens Gus Malzahn will need….
Boxes…Lots of Damn Moving Boxes….and in a Helluva hurry!
6. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern – Although many here at Coaches Hot Seat were raised in what would be called “secular” homes today meaning we were usually playing golf or some other sport on Sunday mornings instead of sitting in a church pew which our fathers to man detested because they did not enjoy being told how to live their lives by other people our parents made Damn sure we had a good grounding in religious history because it’s impossible for someone to understand world history without the religions that played a major role in helping to make-up what human beings are today.
With the above being said with Mark Richt being a “good Christian man” we are confident Mark understands as we do the basic tenets of the “trials and tribulations” that goes hand-in-hand of being a Christian which basically boils down to this:
Life isn’t fair and it’s often cruel and instead of crying about life not being fair or trying to make excuses for a tough predicament Christians understand that “trials and tribulations” that human beings go through make them tougher and help create important traits inside of human beings including perseverance and character and in the end…Hope….the hope that what one has learned when going through the “trials and tribulations” will provide hope for a better future while becoming a tougher person for when those “trials and tribulations” show up again…as they always do in this thing we call life.
It’s not just Christians that are very public about their faith that think in the above way because one of our favorite quotes by Coach Bill Walsh is….
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
….which no doubt flows straight from the Judeo-Christian ideas and beliefs that form a major bedrock of the American Republic and getting back to Mark Richt we have a sneaking suspicion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Mark rather enjoys having his ass roasted from time-to-time by us here at Coaches Hot Seat because it reminds him in his very blessed life that….
Life isn’t fair and there is a Helluva lot to be learned by going through tough times
…which brings us to the Georgia Southern – Georgia game on Saturday and the reality that IF Mark Richt loses this game….
His rear-end will be climbing the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings AGAIN!
….which we have a sneaking suspicion brings a smile to Mark Richt’s face…not going up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings mind you…but that he has yet another “trial and tribulation” to fight through!
Good Luck against Georgia Southern Mark!
7. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – To show how wide the swing could have been on the Arkansas season in 2015 the Razorbacks could be sitting on records of….
9 – 1
2 – 8
….right now and with a record of 6 – 4 on the board and with these two games left to play….
Mississippi State Missouri
….it’s Very Damn Important for Bret Bielema and Arkansas to win these last TWO games at home because improvement on their 6 – 6 record in 2014 is paramount and beating Mississippi State in this spot would give Arkansas a leg-up in the SEC West and a lot of momentum heading into their last game of the year against Missouri.
8. Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Notre Dame – Is there a chance in Hell the 16-point underdogs Boston College Eagles can beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Fenway Park on Saturday?
No…not a chance in Heaven or Hell in our opinion and with a loss Steve Addazio will be in his own little Hell with BC on a SEVEN game losing streak and with only wins on the board against…
Maine Howard Northern Illinois
Oh..with a loss on Saturday to Notre Dame Steve Addazio’s overall record in THREE seasons at Boston College would drop to…
17 – 20
….and that is the kind of record that can get your ass fired….in our humble opinion of course!
9. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Kansas – We don’t give the Kansas Jayhawks much chance to beat Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday BUT if KU did win this game to drop WVU’s record in 2015 to….
5 – 5
….with still games left for West Virginia against…
Iowa State At Kansas State
….things could get mighty Damn interesting in Morgantown BUT now…
No Damn way that West Virginia loses to Kansas….right?
Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen better hope the Hell not!
10. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Maryland – After opening with FOUR straight wins to start the season Kevin Wilson’s Hoosiers are now sitting on a record of…
4 – 6
…with only games left against…
At Maryland Purdue
….and if Kevin Wilson is EVER going to get Indiana to a .500 record and a bowl game then this is the year because Maryland with an already fired head coach and Purdue in Total and Complete Disarray there really is….
No Damn Excuse for Indiana to NOT win its last TWO Games
….so come on Kevin Wilson….
Bring these TWO wins home son!
11. Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Arizona – What is that famous Winston Churchill quote….
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
….which must be how Todd Graham felt after the Washington game last week after falling behind early to UW when it looked like it might be ANOTHER loss for the Sun Devils for awhile which would have dropped ASU’s record to…
4 – 6
…with still games left against Arizona and at California BUT Arizona State did beat Washington and now the Devils are…
5 – 5
…with games left against Arizona and at California BUT if Todd Graham’s football team happened to lose to Arizona and then at California…..Oh…..
Todd Graham’s ass would be on a ROARING HOT SEAT come late November!
Uhhh….don’t lose to Arizona Todd Graham!
12. Kyle Flood, Rutgers vs. Army – We don’t think there’s much chance Rutgers could lose to a below average Army team that just lost at home to Tulane BUT if Rutgers did lose in this spot….in our opinion…
The Kyle Flood-era at Rutgers would be over
…..thus why Army is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Kyle Flood as is the last game of the season against Maryland.
“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”
“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”
“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”
“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”
“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”
“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”
“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”
“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”
“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”
“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”
“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”
“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”
“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”
“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”
“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”
“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”
“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”
“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”
“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”
“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”
“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”
“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”
“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”
“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”
“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service
“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”
“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”
“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”
“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”
“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”
“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”
“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”
“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”
E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).
Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.
Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.
2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).
“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.
They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”
3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires
1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage 2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated. 3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees. 4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner. 5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.
4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership
“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).
Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.
Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.
And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.
“America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.”
“Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.”
“I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad?”
“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.”
“In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.”
“It’s not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.”
“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.”
“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.”
“No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there’s something bad about it.”
“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”
“People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?”
“Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn’t beat us.”
“Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”
“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
“The good old days are now.”
“The human condition today is better than it’s ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.”
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”
“There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.”
“There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it’s not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.”
“There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.”
“Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that.”
21. Paul Petrino, Idaho – On Saturday Appalachian State destroyed Idaho by the score of 47 – 20 which leaves the Vandals records in 2015 at…
3 – 7 overall
2 – 5 in Sun Belt play
…and now Idaho gets to travel to The Plains to play Auburn in a game that Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn CANNOT LOSE because a loss in this spot would lead to…
The Immediate Firing of Gus Malzahn at Auburn
….even before the Iron Bowl kicks-off against Alabama a week from Saturday on November 28!
Paul Petrino’s record in THREE seasons at Idaho now stands at…
5 – 28 (.152)
….which by comparison to the coach Petrino replaced….Robb Akey…who posted a win/loss record of…..
20 – 50 (.286)
….in SIX seasons on the job at Idaho is WORSE by almost HALF which by any measure we can think of Paul Petrino hasn’t done much at Idaho BUT that could all chance with an Idaho win over Auburn on Saturday….
You bet your ass so Good Luck to Paul Petrino and the Vandals against Auburn and if you should beat the Tigers….which isn’t very likely….we would recommend getting out of Auburn as fast as is physically possible…if not faster…because things will get UGLY…and we mean UGLY….if that win over the Tigers happens!
22. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – Whatever Miami (Ohio) head coach had in mind when taking the job to coach the Redhawks two years ago moving over from the offensive coordinator position at Notre Dame we imagine Martin didn’t imagine he would have these DREADFUL records on the board as his SECOND season came to a close…
Overall: 4 – 19
MAC: 3 – 12
….but those are the numbers and with only a game at UMass left to play in 2015 one has to wonder…
How bad can it get for Miami (Ohio) football because it can’t get worse than this….right?
Who the Hell knows but we do know that Miami (Ohio) is known as the…
“Cradle of Coaches”
…..for good reason with the following GREAT coaches having led the Redhawks in the past…
Sid Gillman Woody Hayes Ara Paraseghian Bo Schembechler Bill Mallory Dick Crum Randy Walker Terry Hoeppner
…and we CANNOT imagine the folks at Miami (Ohio) will allow this Crapola football to continue on for much longer….right?
That HAS to be right!
23. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – Charlie Partridge is in his SECOND season coaching the Florida Atlantic Owls and in those TWO years has posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 17
CUSA: 4 – 11
….and we know those records CANNOT be making Charlie Partridge happy because the TRUTH is they are terrible and with games left against….
At Florida At Old Dominion
….the 2015 season could get even worse and for Damn sure TWO more losses is no Damn way for any head coach to end his SECOND season on the job and with that in mind…..
Play Florida tough Charlie Partridge….the Gators have LOTS of weaknesses
How about beating Old Dominion in the last game of the season to end on a good note?
Is that really too much to ask?
Didn’t think so and so Get Off Your Ass Charlie Partridge!
24. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Something very strange happened the past couple of days that is worth noting in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog relative to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin….
A member of Coaches Hot Seat who talks regularly with several Texas A&M alums and one A&M alum in particular made several of his usual calls on Monday down to the Houston area and got NO response at all….it was as if ALL of them would not take the Coaches Hot Seat member’s calls which was very curious so he called the wife of one of his A&M alum friends that he has talked to for years about the Aggies and the wife said….
“I don’t think he wants to talk to you this week….for obvious reasons.”
What in the Hell does that mean?
“I don’t think he wants to talk to you this week….for obvious reasons.”
Does the above mean that IF Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies happened to lose to Vanderbilt on Saturday to drop to…
7 – 4 on the season
3 – 4 in SEC play
….that Kevin Sumlin could be fired at the Nashville airport “Lane Kiffin-style” OR could it mean that a decision has already been made that the Aggies program is now going NOWHERE under Kevin Sumlin and that the Money Boys in Texas are ready to write a BIG check if the A&M football program continues to wobble in their last two games….
At Vanderbilt At LSU
With the below story hitting the streets last night from the Baton Rouge Advocate by Scott Rabalais on the “thin ice” that LSU head coach Les Miles is now standing on….
…there is a Very Damn Good Chance that the Saturday, November 28 game in Baton Rouge between Texas A&M – LSU could be…
Winning Coach still in trouble and Losing Coach OUT OF A JOB!
Another interesting thing happened on Tuesday afternoon to the Coaches Hot Seat member who regularly talks to Texas A&M alums in the Houston area…
He got a text from one of those Houston area A&M alums that said:
“Please email me the folks at Coaches Hot Seat honest opinion of Larry Fedora. Thanks.”
That would be North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora who was born in….College Station, Texas
The email on Larry Fedora has been sent.
25. Jeff Monken, Army – We don’t enjoy putting military academy head coaches on the Hot Seat but Army head coach Jeff Monken is sitting on a record in 2015 of…
2 – 8
…and in his SECOND season at Army has an Overall Record of….
6 – 16
….and the Black Knights still have to play this season…
….which to us looks like TWO more losses which we can only respond to by saying….
Come on Jeff Monken….Get Army Football Off Its Ass Already!
Oh…that’s easier said than done you say?
Fine….but we still say…
Come on Jeff Monken….Get Army Football Off Its Ass Already!
26. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – New Mexico State had a bye in Week 11 BUT the 2 – 7 Aggies get back to playing football this week with three games remaining on their schedule against….
At La. Lafayette Arkansas State At La. Monroe
….and our guess is NMSU finishes with a…
3 – 9
….record in 2015 which would leave Doug Martin’s record at NMSU in THREE seasons on the job of…
7 – 29
…..and if SEVEN wins in THREE seasons is good enough for the folks at New Mexico State then that is good enough for us BUT for Damn sure that will not get Doug Martin’s rear-end off the Hot Seat!
27. Ron Turner, Florida International – FIU is such a sideshow in FBS football that it’s hard for us to know what is expected out of the FIU football program and head coach and thus it’s hard for us to know if Ron Turner can go THREE seasons on the job without posting at least a .500 plus record which it looks like will happen again in 2015 with 5 – 6 Florida International still having to play a game against Western Kentucky BUT the last FIU head coach Mario Cristobal was fired after a 3 – 9 record in 2012 after taking the school to TWO straight bowls games in 2010 and 2011 so frankly….
We Don’t Have A Freaking Clue
…what the folks at FIU are thinking BUT if the Panthers do lose to Western Kentucky on Saturday that will leave Ron Turner’s records in THREE years at the school at…
Overall: 10 – 25
CUSA: 7 – 16
….which looks BAD to us but then what the Hell do we know about FIU football? Evidently…not very much!
28. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen got his CANNOT LOSE Win on Saturday against what looked like a terribly coached Texas team and that leaves the Mountaineers records in 2015 at….
5 – 4 overall
2 – 4 in Big 12 play
….with games still left against…
At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
…which are THREE games that West Virginia could easily win and are THREE games that we recommend Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen and his football team do indeed WIN starting with the game at Kansas on Saturday!
29. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – Fresno State and its head coach Tim DeRuyter got a much needed win on Saturday at Hawaii which leaves the Bulldogs records in 2015 at….
3 – 7 overall
2 – 5 in MWC play
….with still games left to be played against…
At BYU Colorado State
…..which with TWO more losses would probably put Tim DeRuyter’s tenure at Fresno State in serious danger…..in our humble opinion…which makes this Saturday’s game at BYU very Damn important indeed!
30. Gary Andersen, Oregon State – Several Coaches Hot Seat members were in the Willamette Valley on the weekend of November 1 and 2 of last year for the Stanford at Oregon game in Eugene and the California at Oregon State game in Corvallis and we talked to over a dozen people around then Mike Riley’s OSU football program and we left Corvallis with the firm conviction that…
Oregon State football was DEAD under Mike Riley and in DEEP trouble
….and of course like most people after seeing the state of the Beavers program last year up-close and seeing its decline over the past few years we were STUNNED when Nebraska hired Mike Riley since it’s out opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
Mike Riley QUIT working hard at Oregon State several years ago
….which brings us to Gary Andersen now the head coach at Oregon State who inherited in our opinion a Helluva mess that is now being played out in the 2015 season with OSU sitting on records of…
2 – 8 overall
0 – 7 in Pac-12 play
…..with still games left to be played against…
Washington At Oregon
Since it looks like Oregon State will finish 2015 at 2 – 10 and with ZERO wins in Pac-12 play what can first year head coach Gary Andersen do to turn around a Beavers program that is now way behind its conference competitors and has even surpassed Colorado as the worst team in the Pac-12?
There are only TWO things that can turn around the fortunes of Oregon State football right now…
…..and it will be interesting to see if Gary Andersen has it within him to both attract some decent players to Corvallis and if he understands and can pull-off the Great Coaching job that will be needed to get things going in the right direction again at Oregon State.
One thing about Oregon State….Dennis Erickson took over an Oregon State football program in 1999 that was in pretty bad shape from the first-time that Mike Riley coached the Beavers and in very short order started winning some football games and even took OSU to the Fiesta Bowl in his SECOND season on the job so we have no doubt that things can be turned around at Oregon State….but can Gary Andersen turn things around is the question and even more importantly in our minds….does Andersen have the right “mindset” to take-on what will be one of the biggest challenges in FBS right now…
Reviving a football program that was left for DEAD by Mike Riley when he went to Nebraska
….which is our opinion of course but then what in the Hell do dozens of people at Coaches Hot Seat that have been playing and watching football for 40-plus years know?
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Norman Schwarzkopf
“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”
“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
“When placed in command – take charge.”
“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”
Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust God, and do”
“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”
“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man.”
“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.”
“I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.”‘
“Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States Central Command, this morning at 0300, we launched Operation DESERT STORM, an offensive campaign that will enforce the United Nation’s resolutions that Iraq must cease its rape and pillage of its weaker neighbor and withdraw its forces from Kuwait. My confidence in you is total. Our cause is just! Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. May God be with you, your loved ones at home, and our Country.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA Commander-in-Chief U.S. Central Command, in a message to the command, 16 January 1991