“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision.”
“People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for, sacrifice for, that they trust.”
“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.
This is the kind of passionate conviction that sparks romances, wins battles, and drives people to pursue dreams others wouldn’t dare. Belief in ourselves and in what is right catapults us over hurdles, and our lives unfold.
“Life is a sum of all your choices,” wrote Albert Camus. Large or small, our actions forge our futures and hopefully inspire others along the way.”
“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”
“Remember: You’ll be left with an empty feeling if you hit the finish line alone. When you run a race as a team, though, you’ll discover that much of the reward comes from hitting the tape together. You want to be surrounded not just by cheering onlookers but by a crowd of winners, celebrating as one.”
“To stay vigorous, a company needs to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for all these types: the dreamer, the entrepreneur, the professional manager, and the leader. If it doesn’t, it risks becoming yet another mediocre corporation.”
“People want guidance, not rhetoric. They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it.”
“There is a word that comes to my mind when I think about our company and our people. That word is ‘love.’ I love Starbucks because everything we’ve tried to do is steeped in humanity.
Respect and dignity. Passion and laughter. Compassion, community, and responsibility. Authenticity.
These are Starbucks’ touchstones, the source of our pride.”
“There’s a metaphor Vincent Eades likes to use: “If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.”
“One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure”
“It’s one thing to dream, but when the moment is right, you’ve got to be willing to leave what’s familiar and go out to find your own sound.”
“Every step of the way, I made a point to underpromise and overdeliver. In the long run, that’s the only way to ensure security in any job.”
“Treat people like family, and they will be loyal and give their all. Stand by people, and they will stand by you. It’s the oldest formula in business, one that is second nature to many family-run firms. Yet in the late 1980s, it seemed to be forgotten.”
“While Wall Street has taught me a lot, its most enduring lesson is an understanding of just how artificial a stock price is. It’s all too easy to regard it as the true value of your company, and even the value of yourself.”
“At a certain stage in a company’s development, an entrepreneur has to develop into a professional manager. That often goes against the grain.”
“Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Don’t do things the way they’ve always been done. Don’t try to fit the system. If you do what’s expected of you, you’ll never accomplish more than others expect.”
“It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see, and pursuing that vision no matter who tells you not to.”
“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.”
“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”
“A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.”
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
“Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”
“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”
“Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.”
“If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.”
It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.
“Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.”
“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.”
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
“The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.”
“The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.”
“The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.”
“We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.”
“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”
“It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles’ Oedipus, who, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer. But most of us carry with us the Jocasta in our hearts, who begs Oedipus, for God’s sake, not to inquire further.”
“The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.”
“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”
“Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.”
“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.”
“In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.”
“Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”
“To free a man from error does not mean to take something from him, but to give him something.”
“The hostile atmospheres when you play on the road in this league are incomparable. If you can go through that [undefeated] and win this game, you deserve to be in the national championship game.”
“We really don’t have any concern about that. One thing this tragedy taught us is that we all need to be flexible.”
“The conference didn’t have to take any action of any kind,”
“Coaches develop relationships with these students, and if they come to believe in them as people, not just athletes, they want to give them the benefit of the doubt if they can. Not all of them make it. We know that. But we have given them the opportunity.”
“After reviewing all of the information, I felt this was the best decision for the game, … The safety of our student-athletes, coaches and fans is our priority.”
“One of the great things about the Southeastern Conference is our fans and our support — the importance of college football. On occasion that exuberance goes over the top. What we’d ultimately like to do is channel it on the field.”
“Hurricane Katrina has devastated the lives of victims in four of the SEC’s states, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, and may continue to do so for months and years to come,”
“The MVP program will raise awareness about issues that can adversely affect our student athletes. It is important for the SEC to be aware of the challenges facing our student-athletes so that we can assist them whenever possible.”
“Coach Vaught certainly was one of the great icons in SEC football. If you look at the list of names (of) great all-Americans from here that played for him … you just get a sense of what he’s meant to this conference.”
“We’ll evaluate everybody. But in terms of the work ethic and the commitment of our officials, I think it’s very strong.”
“I used to go to more games than I do now. Every game you see in person you probably miss somewhere between five and 10 games.”
“Right now, there is peace in the valley. We hope to keep it that way for a little while.”
“No one person, no matter how popular, can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
“The first time I talked to Mike Slive was in a ballroom of the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The year was 2002 and the event was a reception to honor Roy Kramer, who in March had announced that he was stepping down as commissioner of the SEC after an ultra-successful 12-year reign.
Among the invited guests was the diminutive, silver-haired former circuit court judge who was then serving as commissioner of Conference USA. I saw Slive and his wife, Liz, from across the room and made a mental note to say hello before the night was over.
“You probably need to do that,” said a friend of mine who worked at an SEC school. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to be your new commissioner.”
My first reaction to this news? I knew Slive was from the North (Utica, N.Y.) with an Ivy League background (Darmouth College). I knew he had hung out a shingle after U.Va. Law School and had worked in administration with the Pac-10 before becoming a commissioner. But that’s all I knew. And as someone who grew up in the SEC and had been covering the conference as a reporter for almost two decades, I didn’t see any way this guy could replace Roy Kramer.
Kramer was a former coach (he won a Division II national championship at Central Michigan), a former director of athletics (Vanderbilt), and one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever met. And he was tough. The football coaches listened to Kramer even when they didn’t agree with him because he had been one of them. The presidents and the athletics directors listened to Kramer because from Day 1 he was looking 10 years down the road and could see it very clearly.
I just didn’t know if someone with Slive’s background would have the gravitas to wrangle the collection of powerful people with egos to match that was the SEC at the beginning of the 21st century.
We had a short, cordial visit. I didn’t bring up what I had heard. It wasn’t the time because we were there to honor Commissioner Kramer. But his smile and his handshake let me know that we’d be seeing each other soon enough.
On July 2, 2002 Mike Slive was introduced as the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. After the formal press conference at the SEC offices in Birmingham he met with a smaller group of reporters in a conference room. From the minute he sat down Mike Slive was comfortably in charge of the room. His words were thoughtful and measured. Like a good lawyer he had anticipated the questions and had his answers ready.
He knew that there would be a learning curve to the job but was confident he could handle it. He knew that he had just been handed the keys to one of most powerful vehicles in the world of college athletics.
But he also knew that his job not to be a caretaker. Mike Slive realized that his challenge was to take the world-class franchise that Roy Kramer had helped to build and to make it into something even better. I left Birmingham that day with no doubt that he would be a great commissioner.
That was the first memory that raced back to me on Tuesday when Commissioner Slive announced that he would retire on July 31, 2015. He will remain on as a consultant for four years. In a brilliant 13-year run he has:
**–Turned the SEC from a strong regional brand into powerful national brand with long-term television contracts and the creation of the SEC Network, which launched on Aug. 14.
**–Presided over what was nothing less than the Golden Age of SEC football, with seven consecutive BCS championships from 2006-2012. Auburn was 13 seconds short of making it eight straight back in January.
**–Added two strong institutions-Texas A&M and Missouri-to an already strong conference.
**–Maintained an across-the-board commitment to all 21 sponsored sports, which have recorded a staggering 75 national championships during his tenure.
**–Introduced the proposal that would eventually become the four-team College Football Playoff, which begins his season.
**–Spearheaded the movement to give the Power Five conferences greater autonomy in the NCAA governance structure.
**–Through the force of his leadership, increased the SEC’s commitment to diversity. He created the SEC Minority Coaches Database. He made sure everybody in the conference understood that the SEC was not going to pay lip service to diversity. The SEC was going to live it. In 2011 Kentucky played Vanderbilt in the league’s first-ever meeting of African-American head football coaches. It wasn’t a big story. To Slive, that was a good thing.
**–Launched the SEC Academic Initiative, which used the power of the athletics brand to highlight and advance the great accomplishments of the members on the academic front.
The list of Slive’s accomplishments as commissioner goes on and on. But what I really want to share with you today is not what Mike Slive did but the way in which he did it.
He has been the ultimate consensus builder. Like the good lawyer who never asks a question to which he doesn’t already know the answer, Commissioner Slive would make sure he had the votes lined up before the meeting ever took place. And no matter what the vote actually was, it would be unanimous when Slive walked out of the room.
He has always understood the importance of strong coaches, but those coaches always understood who was in charge. In 2009 a number of the SEC football coaches had been sniping at each other in public. At the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin Slive walked into the room and read his coaches the riot act. Problem solved.
“I’d say the commissioner made his point,” Steve Spurrier told me after the meeting.
When Slive took over as commissioner he made it clear that he would have zero tolerance for schools that knowingly broke NCAA rules. The rules were also changed so that if one member had a problem with another member in the area of rules compliance, that complaint would first go through the SEC office.
When Auburn was left out of the BCS championship game with a 13-0 record in 2004, the commissioner started putting together the idea for the four-team college football playoff. Slive’s original version was called a “Plus-One” and he presented the idea to his fellow BCS commissioners during a meeting in South Florida in April of 2008. Only one other commissioner, the ACC’s John Swofford, supported it.
Slive’s idea was shot down and he was clearly disappointed when we talked in a hallway outside the meeting room. I asked the commissioner if he actually floated the idea just to set the table for 2012, when the current BCS deal was scheduled to end.
He just smiled.
In 2008 Slive knew his fellow commissioners weren’t ready to make the change. He was betting that four years later they would be ready. And he was right. When two SEC teams-LSU and Alabama-played for the 2011 BCS championship the commissioners came around to Slive’s way of thinking.
His work ethic is legendary. If you’re on Mike Slive’s staff, be prepared for 6:30 a.m. meetings at Starbucks. George Schroeder of USA Today wrote a wonderful piece on the commissioner last summer.
In that piece Schroeder quotes Slive’s daughter, Anna, on his ability, at age 74, to still outwork men half his age.
“He only has two speeds,” she told Schroeder. “High and off.”
In the interest of full disclosure, I need to point out here that I’ve been fortunate to have a close personal and professional relationship with Commissioner Slive. I have used him as a sounding board when I have had to make some tough career decisions.
Each year, on the day before the Spring Meetings begin in Destin, we sit down for about an hour and reflect on where the conference has been and where it is going. Those conversations invariably turn personal and every year I ask how much longer he wants to go at this pace. Last May he just said: “You’ll see me until you don’t see me.”
In June of 2012 he became a grandfather for the first time. In August of 2012 I became a grandfather. And every meeting we’ve had since begins with the sharing of photos-his of Abigail and mine of Sloane.
That’s what I was thinking about when Commissioner Slive announced that he would retire next July. Because at the end of the day it’s really not about the money you make or the power you accumulate or the championships you win. It’s about the lives you have touched.
Mike and Liz Slive have touched a lot of lives in their time at the SEC. Lucky for us, they will do so for many years to come.”
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
“Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?”
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
“When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.”
“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.”
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
“It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.”
“The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it’s really a manifestation of his character.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.”
“One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”
“The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call “following your bliss.”
“The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. …Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms… the two are the terms of a single mythological theme… the down-going and the up-coming (kathados and anodos), which together constitute the totality of the revelation that is life, and which the individual must know and love if he is to be purged (katharsis=purgatorio) of the contagion of sin (disobedience to the divine will) and death (identification with the mortal form). “All things are changing; nothing dies…”
“Eternity isn’t some later time. Eternity isn’t a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. There’s a wonderful formula that the Buddhists have for the Bodhisattva, the one whose being (sattva) is illumination (bodhi), who realizes his identity with eternity and at the same time his participation in time. And the attitude is not to withdraw from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but to realize that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder and to come back and participate in it. “All life is sorrowful” is the first Buddhist saying, and it is. It wouldn’t be life if there were not temporality involved which is sorrow. Loss, loss, loss.”
“Follow your bliss.”
“Bill Moyers: Unlike heroes such as Prometheus or Jesus, we’re not going on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. Joseph Campbell: But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”
“Marx teaches us to blame society for our frailties, Freud teaches us to blame our parents, and astrology teaches us to blame the universe. The only place to look for blame is within: you didn’t have the guts to bring up your full moon and live the life that was your potential.”
College Football’s Week 4 is now in the books and we have noticed a trend both in this season and the last few seasons in that every weekend there are Heluva Lot of…
Un-Coached College Football Teams
….being fielded by coaches that should have their teams ready to play and yet….these teams are basically Un-Freaking-Coached!
What is an Un-Coached College Football Team exactly?
It’s a team that looks like the head coach and coaching staff just rolled the footballs out onto the practice field and went to the local bar and got sauced on the university Dime no less and no surprise the teams showed up at the games on Saturday….
Not Ready To Play Football!
The Week 4 Un-Coached College Football Teams Were…..
Virginia Tech Oklahoma State Tennessee Rutgers Nebraska Louisville Kansas State Oklahoma Mississippi State Arkansas
…that basically looked like the players coached themselves and we note that a Helluva Lot of the above teams have Head Coaches making….
$3M+ A Year
…and one cannot help but wonder what in the Hell they are doing at practice because they sure the Hell are NOT coaching their football teams!
Let’s get to the Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means bringing out the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!
1. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty is now in his 4 th season coaching the Kanas Jayhawks and after the loss to Baylor Beaty’s records at KU now stand at:
Overall: 5 – 35
Big 12: 1 – 27
No…that’s not good but it’s going to get worse with what Kansas has left to play this season:
Oklahoma State (That is if the Mullet actually coaches his team this week!) At West Virginia At Texas Tech TCU Iowa State At Kansas State At Oklahoma Texas
Kansas State is very beatable but we cannot see Kansas winning more than 1 game left on their schedule or 3 games overall in 2018 and that means there will be a head coaching job opening up come late November at Kansas and if KU AD Jeff Long is smart he will go find someone who tosses the ball all over the lot and scores a Helluva lot of points…it’s the ONLY chance Kansas has at winning games in the Big 12!
Hey….Gundy may not coach his team again this week and maybe KU will beat the Cowboys in Lawrence!
Great Luck David Beaty!
2. Lovie Smith, Illinois – It took awhile but Penn State pulled away for a 63 – 24 win over the Illini on Friday night and now Lovie Smith’s records in his 3 rd year on the job at Illinois stand at:
Overall: 7 – 21
Big Ten: 2 – 17
Hey…that’s playing some GOOD football compared to what David Beaty is doing at Kansas but come on now…Lovie Smith at Illinois has been a Total Disaster in taking over a pretty decent Illini program and turning into a….Total Disaster!
Let’s see what the Illini have left in 2018:
At Rutgers Purdue At Wisconsin At Maryland Minnesota At Nebraska Iowa At Northwestern
Save Rutgers which the junior varsity team of the Little Sisters of the Poor could be we don’t see Illinois winning another game and finishing at 3 – 9 and leaving Lovie with….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 seasons coaching at Illinois which is the same number of wins…THREE…that Lovie got in his first season with the Illini!
No coach can survive that kind of record…even Lovie Smith!
3. Chris Ash, Rutgers – We are not quite sure what Chris Ash is doing at Rutgers because for Damn sure he is…
NOT Coaching the Rutgers Football Team
…and to prove that in his 3 rd season on the job Ash is sitting on records of:
Overall: 7 – 20
Big Ten: 3 – 16
Geez….that’s BAD and looking at the rest of the Illinois schedule for 2018…
Indiana Illinois At Maryland Northwestern At Wisconsin Michigan Penn State At Michigan State
…save Illinois which the junior varsity team from Slippery Rock University could beat we don’t see the Knights winning another game in 2018 which would mean…MAYBE…Chris Ash has….
8 Freaking Wins
…in 3 years at Rutgers!
Yes…the Rutgers job as well will be opening up come late November!
Think they would probably take Greg Schiano back in Piscataway and if Schiano promises to not be a Total Ass this time around we won’t bring up the whole Bucs fiasco when he is up for the Rutgers job like we did when he already had the Tennessee job last season!
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut – We haven’t a Damn Clue why Randy Edsall left Connecticut for the Maryland job after the 2010 season when he took the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl and we don’t have a Damn Clue why Connecticut hired Edsall back after he posted a record of…
22 – 34
….coaching the Maryland Terrapins over 5 seasons!
Whatever is going at Connecticut Randy Edsall’s records after returning to UConn in 2017 now stand at….
Overall: 4 – 12
AAC: 2 – 7
….and we are starting to think that UConn might be looking for a new head coach come late November because when you look at the rest of the Huskies schedule….
Cincinnati At Memphis At USF UMass At Tulsa SMU At East Carolina Temple
….do you see the Huskies winning more than 3 more games and 4 games total in 2018?
Didn’t think so and why Randy Edsall is now firmly on the Hot Seat and we don’t see that changing anytime soon!
5. Clay Helton, USC – Watching the Washington State – USC game from Eugene, Oregon on Friday night we could not help but think of the words of USC-alum buddy of ours on what Helton had to do to hang onto his job which were….
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
…and it took a minor miracle for the Trojans to beat the Cougars and things don’t get any easier for Helton and USC with their upcoming schedule:
At Arizona Colorado At Utah Arizona State At Oregon State Cal At UCLA Notre Dame
We talked to that same USC-alum buddy of ours on Sunday who was still pissed out how the Trojans let Washington State run up and down the field on his team at the LA Coliseum on Friday night and he says to us again…
“Clay better Damn win out the rest of the games.”
Memo to Clay Helton: We would recommend you win out the rest of the games Son!
6. Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Larry Fedora and North Carolina got a nice win over Pitt at home on Saturday but even with that win the Tar Heels are…
5 – 15
…in their last 20 games under Fedora and thus why Fedora is firmly on the Hot Seat with these games left to play in 2018:
At Miami Virginia Tech At Syracuse At Virginia Georgia Tech At Duke Western Carolina NC State
Does anyone think Fedora and the Tar Heels can find 5 wins in their last 7 games to get to even 6 wins and get bowl eligible?
Didn’t think so and that is what Fedora needs to keep his job a birdie from the Great State of North Carolina told us last week…
Great Luck Larry!
7. Major Applewhite, Houston – Major Applewhite got a win over Texas Southern on Saturday to move to 3 – 1 which means Major will need…
6 More Wins
…to meet what we are now calling the…
Tillman Fertitta Standard of 10 Wins Per Season
…for the Houston football program and with 3 wins on the board let’s see what Houston has left in 2018 thinking a bowl game could get Houston that much needed 10 th win:
Tulsa At East Carolina At Navy USF At SMU Temple Tulane At Memphis
Our opinion….Houston has as MUCH or MORE talent than EVERY team left on its schedule except….
…where the talent is EQUAL and there’s no reason that Houston doesn’t win at least 6 of its last 8 games!
Yes…we would recommend that Major Applewhite win 9 games in the regular season just to be sure of your job security Son!
8. Willie Taggart, Florida State – Willie Taggart and Florida State finally beat an FBS team in the 4 th week of the season and now the 2 – 2 Seminoles have an opportunity to get a win in Week 5 against the imploding Louisville Cardinals which should be an interesting measuring stick for both teams since neither has looked worth a Crap in 2018!
Let’s look at the rest of FSU’s 2018 schedule:
At Louisville At Miami Wake Forest Clemson At NC State At Notre Dame Boston College Florida
Our opinion if FSU cannot beat Louisville on Saturday….they do NOT win another game this season to finish at 2 – 10 which would be nothing short of….
All-Out Code Red Total Disaster for Willie Taggart!
If FSU did only win 2 games in 2018 the $30M buyout of Willie Taggart and all his coaches + support staff might save Willie….but we doubt it!
Great Luck Willie!
9. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – We have been told all kinds of thing about the Disastrous Offseason that Virginia Tech just went through after Justin Fuente led the Hokies to…
…in his first 2 seasons at the school and for the most part we just laughed off the comments from our friends in and around the Va. Tech football program but one of those comments did stick with us and that comment was from a Va. Tech alum buddy ours who told us….
“There’s lots of Crazy Shit going on in Blacksburg…don’t know if it will do damage to the 2018 season though.”
We followed up to the above comment asking just what in the Hell our friend was talking about relative to the Virginia Tech program and his further comments will be kept to us and maybe provided to someone in the media to look into if the Hokies continue to implode like they did against Old Dominion on Saturday because there may be a BIG story here that a proper media organization can dig out and report on without getting their asses sued.
As for what’s going on with Virginia Tech football in 2018 the Hokies did indeed get DESTROYED by an Old Dominion team on Saturday that coming into this game has lost to…
At Liberty: 52 – 10
FIU: 28 – 20
At Charlotte: 28 – 25
…and yet ODU beat the Hokies by the score of….
49 – 35
Anyone else thinking there’s something “Rotten in Blacksburg” and that there’s something ODD going on there when you consider the Disastrous Offseason the Hokies are coming off of?
Thought so…Oh So Very Damn Odd it is!
Just our humble opinion but one of the BIG mistakes that Justin Fuente made when taking the Virginia Tech job was keeping DC Bud Foster around even if Bud Foster is a Helluva DC precisely because Foster being there so long with Frank Beamer probably thought he should have been the one who got the Hokies head coaching job…maybe for good reason…and there’s an Ole Rule in the US Navy…when a new Captain takes over the ship he is in COMMAND and there is no one left around that might question his COMMAND of the ship even if that means changing personnel.
Let’s see what the 2 – 1 Hokies who seem on the precipice of a Total Damn Disaster have left in 2018:
At Duke Notre Dame At North Carolina Georgia Tech Boston College At Pitt Miami Virginia
If the Hokies play like they did against ODU they will not win another game save Georgia Tech which is also now falling to pieces, and maybe Justin Fuente can survive a less than .500 record in Year 3 at Virginia Tech…and maybe he can’t if there is something else going on in Blacksburg that may or may not come to light in the coming weeks.
We shall see.
10. Brent Brennan, San Jose State – We really don’t know why San Jose State hired Brent Brennan in 2017 beyond that he had coached with the Spartans years ago and we say that because we know of one High-Profile Coach who would have loved the San Jose State job but didn’t even get a call and for Damn sure that High-Profile Coach would have won more than what Brent Brennan has won with San Jose State:
Overall: 2 – 14
MWC: 1 – 8
Can Brent Brennan survive another 2 win or worse season in 2018 with NO wins on the board now and still having to play the below games?
Hawaii Colorado State Army At San Diego State UNLV At Wyoming At Utah State Nevada At Fresno State
NOPE…not in our opinion and we don’t expect San Jose State to win a game in 2018 looking at the above schedule so maybe that High-Profile Coach will get a shot at the Spartans job again later this year!
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