Monthly Archive: May 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Tommy Lasorda

 

“About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.”

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“Guys ask me, don’t I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?”

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“I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.”

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“Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.”

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“The only way I’d worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.”

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“There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”

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“The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination.”

Wikipedia:  Tommy Lasorda

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Nelson Mandela

 

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“It always seems impossible until its done.”

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“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”

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“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

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“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

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“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  Long Walk to Freedom

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town, February 11, 1990

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“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

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“Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, “Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence… I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor …”

Wikipedia:  Nelson Mandela

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#16 Hot Seat Head Coach – Doug Martin, New Mexico State – #17 Hot Seat Head Coach – Sean Kugler, UTEP – #18 Hot Seat Head Coach – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

 

#16 Hot Seat Head Coach – Doug Martin, New Mexico State

We are not quite sure what Doug Martin would have to do to get fired as the head coach at New Mexico State after four years on the job, but if the below records won’t get Martin fired…

2013:  2 – 10
2014:  2 – 10
2015:  3 – 9
2016:  3 – 9

Overall:  10 – 38

Sun Belt:  6 – 19

….we are thinking it would probably take Martin winning less than 2 games in 2017 AND burning down the Lobos football stadium to get his ass fired!

Doug Martin has coached 11 years as a FBS head coach at Kent State and New Mexico State now…not exactly two FBS power schools…and has an overall career record of…

39 – 91

…and if you do a little back of the envelope math that is losing and average of…

8.27

….football games a season and Hell…that is a Helluva lot of losing!

Since we haven’t a Damn clue what the expectations are for Doug Martin at New Mexico State let’s get to the Lobos 2017 schedule and see what is coming up on the horizon down Las Cruces way:

At Arizona State
At New Mexico
Troy
UTEP
At Arkansas
At Appalachian State
At Georgia Southern
Arkansas State
At Texas State
At La. Lafayette
Idaho
South Alabama

Geez….that’s a pretty tough schedule for Martin and the Lobos in 2017 and we had to guess it looks like another…

2 or 3 win

….outcome to 2017 is coming down the pike and barring Doug Martin burning down the Lobos football stadium even with only 2 or 3 wins this upcoming season Martin…amazingly….might just survive to coach the Lobos in 2018!

 

#17 Hot Seat Head Coach – Sean Kugler, UTEP

The expectations for UTEP football have never what someone would call “HIGH” but it seems to us that winning SIX games a season in Conference USA is a reasonable standard that the UTEP head football coach should meet every year, and that is a mark that Miners head coach Sean Kugler has missed the last two season and thus why Kugler finds his ass on the Hot Seat heading into 2017.

Let’s take a look at Sean Kugler’s FOUR seasons as the head coach at UTEP:

2013:  2 – 10
2014:  7 – 6
2015:  5 – 7
2016:  4 – 8

Overall:  18 – 31

CUSA:  11 – 21

Make that Sean Kugler has fallen below our standard of UTEP football winning SIX games a season in 3 of his 4 years on the job, and we have to think anything short of SIX wins in 2017 and Kugler will be heading his ass out of the West Texas Town of El Paso!

Let’s take a look at UTEP’s 2017 schedule:

At Oklahoma
Rice
Arizona
At New Mexico State
At Army
Western Kentucky
At Southern Miss
Texas San Antonio
At Middle Tennessee
At North Texas
La. Tech
At UAB

Now come on…we see No Damn Reason that a head football coach at UTEP in his FIFTH season on the job doesn’t win at least SIX games with the above schedule, and if Sean Kugler falls short of that SIX win mark then the UTEP job will probably be opening up coming early December.

How about a quick look back into time at the 1977 Sun Bowl in El Paso with the Stanford Cardinal whipping the LSU Bengal Tigers with Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier and Burt Reynolds on the call!

 

#18 Hot Seat Head Coach – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

In our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat the MOST disappointing coach on the FBS level of football in America that has been on the job for 4 years or more is no doubt….

Kliff Kingsbury

…at Texas Tech who opened in 2013 at Tech winning his first SEVEN games but since has posted a record over the past 3+ years of…

17 – 26

Let’s take a look at Kliff Kingsbury’s overall records at Texas Tech over the past 4 seasons:

2013:  8 – 5
2014:  4 – 8
2015:  7 – 6
2016:  5 – 7

Overall:  24 – 26

Big 12:  13 – 23

Man…that 13 – 23 record in Big 12 Conference play by Kingsbury which isn’t exactly a tough neighborhood to play football in anymore is ugly indeed, but even more shocking is Kingsbury’s record against FBS schools the last 4 years at Tech:

15 – 26

Geez….we just cannot imagine anyone at Texas Tech is going to tolerate Average to Pitiful Football to continue on in Lubbock for much longer which brings us to Texas Tech’s 2017 schedule, and one has to think that anything less than SIX wins and Kingsbury is done and Hell entering his FIFTH season in Lubbock anything less than EIGHT wins and his ass should probably be done!

Eastern Washington
Arizona State
At Houston
Oklahoma State
At Kansas
At West Virginia
Iowa State
At Oklahoma
Kansas State
Baylor
TCU
At Texas

With SIX home games and several very winnable games on the road along with one neutral site game against Baylor in our opinion anything less than SIX wins and Kliff Kingsbury should be fired shortly after Tech play Texas in Austin on November 24 and no doubt Kingsbury will be fired with anything less than SIX wins in 2017!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Joe Namath

 

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“First, I prepare. Then I have faith.”

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“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

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“Till I was 13, I thought my name was “Shut Up.””

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“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”

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“We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.”

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“When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York.”

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“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”

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“When you win, nothing hurts.”

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“You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.”

Wikipedia:  Joe Namath

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 1, 2017 – Ray Bradbury

 

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“Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.”

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“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

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“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”

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“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”

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“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”

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“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”

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“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

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“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”

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“If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.”

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“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”

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“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

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“The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.”

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“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

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“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

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“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.”

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“You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.”

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“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”

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“There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”

Wikipedia:  Ray Bradbury

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