Daily Archive: May 12, 2017

#22 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chad Morris, SMU – #23 Hot Seat Head Coach – Tony Sanchez, UNLV – #24 Hot Seat Head Coach – Matt Wells, Utah State


#22 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chad Morris, SMU

The expectations for Chad Morris at SMU are HIGH and they should be HIGH after the career that Morris had coaching in high school and as an assistant in college at Tulsa and Clemson. In two years at SMU Morris has posted records of…

2015:  2 – 10
2016:  5 – 7

Overall:  7 – 17

AAC:  4 – 12

…..and 2017 better be another jump for the Mustangs or Morris is not only going to find himself on the outside looking in at some big job openings that might pop-up come December he might just find himself out of a job at SMU altogether!

Let’s take a look at SMU’s 2017 schedule to see where this Mustangs train may be going…

SF Austin
North Texas
Arkansas State
At Houston
At Cincinnati
At Navy
At Memphis

Considering SMU lost 3 of their last 4 games in 2016 to finish at 5 – 7 including a 75 – 31 whipping by Navy in the last game of the year, it’s going to be critical for Morris to get his SMU team off to a fast start in 2017 because if the Mustangs are any worse 3 – 2 when they play at Houston on October 7 then 2017 could be a long season indeed!

With a big season in 2017 Chad Morris could set himself up for any number of attractive head coaching jobs that might come open later this year like…

Ole Miss, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Missouri

….but to get one of those jobs he will probably need 8 or 9 wins on the board in 2017 and that’s not going to an easy task…but it’s doable…and we see no reason at all that SMU doesn’t win at least 6…make that 7…games in this season.


#23 Hot Seat Head Coach – Tony Sanchez, UNLV

Tony Sanchez was the head coach of California High School in San Ramon, California from 2004 to 2008 so we were aware of Tony before he became famous as the head coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he posted an 85 – 5 record and 6 state championships in 6 years at the school. Like a lot of people we had no idea if Tony Sanchez would be able to make the leap to the college game from high school as the head coach at UNLV, and in two seasons on the job coaching the Rebels he has posted records of….

2015:  3 – 9
2016:  4 – 8

Overall:  7 – 17

MWC:  5 – 11

Who are those 7 wins against that Tony Sanchez has on the board at UNLV?

Idaho State
Jackson State
Fresno State

Now beating Wyoming late last year was no joke at all, but that season ending 45 – 10 loss to a Nevada team that fired its head coach is a serious head-scratcher and makes us wonder just what Sanchez will be able to do with this 2017 schedule at UNLV:

At Idaho
At Ohio State
San Jose State
San Diego State
At Air Force
Utah State
At Fresno State
At New Mexico
At Nevada

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with several tough road games, but in Tony Sanchez’s THIRD year on the job at UNLV if things are progressing the way they should be progressing in a THIRD year then we see no reason why the Rebels don’t win at least SIX games in 2017 and there’s your Goal Tony…

6 Wins+ in 2017 Son!


#24 Hot Seat Head Coach – Matt Wells, Utah State

Kid you not a couple of year ago a few of us at Coaches Hot Seat were down in Phoenix and we ran into a friend of ours that works in the NFL and he asks us:

“What can you tell me about the Utah State head coach Matt Wells?”

Yes, at one time there were people in the NFL thinking that Matt Wells might be the kind of guy that could jump from being the head coach at Utah State to being a head coach in the NFL, and why not since Wells in his first two years at Utah State posted records of…

2013:  9 – 4
2014:  10 – 4

The problem is the last two years at Utah State Wells has posted records of…

2015:  6 – 7
2016:  3 – 9

…which leaves his win/loss records after FOUR years on the job at:

Overall:  28 – 25

MWC:  19 – 12

Clearly, something has gone wrong at Utah State with 16 losses the last TWO seasons but what exactly?

Well, for one Utah State was 1 – 7 in Mountain West Conference play in 2016 which included losing their last FIVE games of the season after starting 3 – 4 which included losses to USC, Air Force, Boise State and Colorado State which were all pretty good teams last season. In those last FIVE straight losses to end the season Utah State gave up an average of…

36.4 points per game

…and no one is going to win many games giving up that number of points to the opposition.

Let’s look at Utah State’s 2017 schedule and see what lies ahead for the Aggies:

At Wisconsin
Idaho State
At Wake Forest
At San Jose State
Colorado State
Boise State
At New Mexico
At Air Force

Well…that’s a pretty tough but manageable schedule for Utah State in 2017 and we would expect that unless Matt Wells has lost his ability to coach that the Aggies will win…

6 games at least

…in 2017 and anything less than 6 games in Wells’ FIFTH season on the job one has to wonder…

Just what in the Hell is going on at Utah State with Matt Wells?

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 12, 2017 – Harry Truman



“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”


“A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.”


“All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.”


“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”


“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.”


“I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”


“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”


“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.”


“I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.”


“If I hadn’t been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.”


“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”


“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”


“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”


“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”


“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.”


“The buck stops here!”


“The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.”


“The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything.”


“The reward of suffering is experience.”


“When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.”


“When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.”


“You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.”


“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”

Wikipedia: Harry Truman