Daily Archive: April 19, 2017

#11 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lovie Smith, Illinois – Illinois Football = “Whatever!”

 

#11 Hot Seat Head Coach – Lovie Smith, Illinois

When in March 2016 it was announced that Illini head football coach Bill Cubit had been fired to be replaced with Lovie Smith the reaction at Coaches Hot Seat was about as close as one can get to…

“Whatever!”

….without actually being “Whatever” and that is because if there is a school playing Power 5 Conference football that has won less with more resources that Illinois we certainly the Hell don’t know that school!

Consider this for a moment….

Since Ron Turner was hired as the Illinois head coach in 1997 the Illini have posted….

SIX .500 or better records in the last 19 seasons

….and we don’t have ANY reason at all to believe that Lovie Smith who before getting Illini job had posted a record of….

89 – 87

…in 11 seasons coaching the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFL will do any better!

Would we have fired Bill Cubit at Illinois to replace him with Lovie Smith who got a six year contract paying him $21 million dollars from the Illini?

Not a chance in Hell!

Not that we don’t think a lot of Lovie Smith who did a decent job with a not always great roster with the Bears, but why would anyone think that Smith is going to bring winning ways to a college football program that has done so little winning in the last two decades?

There is no good answer to that question and that brings us to that Lovie Smith in his first year on the job coaching the Illini posted records of…

Overall:  3 – 9

Big Ten:  2 – 7

Who did Illinois beat in 2016?

Murray State
Rutgers
Michigan State

What was the combined record of the TWO legitimate football teams, Rutgers and Michigan State, that Illinois beat in 2016?

5 – 19

What then does the future hold for Lovie Smith and Illinois with a 3 – 9 record on the board in 2016?

We haven’t a Damn clue and there’s the problem! If Illinois had hired an experienced college head coach that has actually been a head coach on the college level we could make an educated guess on where Illini football is going but as for now….

No one has a Damn clue where Illini football is going in the future and don’t let anyone tell you they have a Damn clue where Illini football is going because they are lying to you!

Let’s take a look at the Illinois 2017 football schedule:

Ball State
Western Kentucky
At USF
Nebraska
At Iowa
Rutgers
At Minnesota
Wisconsin
At Purdue
Indiana
At Ohio State
Northwestern

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with TWO out-of-conference games against Western Kentucky and at USF that should be pretty tough games for the Illini to win which leads us to GUESSING that Lovie Smith will finish with records of…

Overall:  3 – 9

Big Ten:  2 – 7

…which was the same record the Illini posted in 2016.

Can Lovie Smith post 3 – 9 records and hang onto his job with Illinois for the foreseeable future?

Probably so because let’s be honest here…does anyone really expect Illinois to do ANYTHING in football anymore?

Of course not!

And that’s the Damn problem!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

“A man should be upright, not be kept upright.”

And

“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”

And

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

And

“Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.”

And

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”

And

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”

And

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

And

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

And

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

And

“Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.”

And

“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”

And

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”

And

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

And

“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”

And

“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.”

And

“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”

And

“Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.”

And

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

And

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

And

“Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.”

And

“At dawn of day, when you dislike being called, have this thought ready: “I am called to man’s labour; why then do I make a difficulty if I am going out to do what I was born to do and what I was brought into the world for?”

And

“Everything–a horse, a vine–is created for some duty…For what task, then, were you yourself created? A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.”

Wikipedia: Marcus Aurelius

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