Monthly Archive: February 2019

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 18, 2019 – Abraham Lincoln

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”

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“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

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“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

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“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

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“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

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“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”

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“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

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“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

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“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”

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“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

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“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

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“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”

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“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

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“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”

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“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

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“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

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“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

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“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”

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“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

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“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

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“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”

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“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”

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“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

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“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” Second State of the Union Address, December 1, 1862

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“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Lycecum Address, 1838

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“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”

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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

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Lincoln’s War, The Untold Story of American’s Greatest President as Commander in Chief by Geoffrey Perret

Here is a great excerpt from that book that happened just after the First Battle of Bull Run, August 1861:

“Dozens of regiments had set up impromptu around Fort Corcoran, on Arlington Heights. Every day these canvas congeries trembled like leaves in the wind as fresh rumors of an impending Confederate attack. And every day Lincoln heard fresh stories of demoralized troops, mutinous regiments, poor discipline. Some regiments were entitled to – and clamoring for – an immediate discharge, their ninety-day service complete. The War Department’s officers seemed to busy for the burdensome task of mustering them out. Unchecked, however, mutinous sentiments could spread through camps like a virulent disease.

Lincoln decided to see for himself, and Seward went with him. A few days after Bull Run, they rode across the Potomac in an open carriage on an impromptu visit to the troops. What greeted them was redoubts spreading across the landscape, tents sprouting like mushrooms in nearly every direction, dusty roads, a cross-hatching of cart tracks, men milling or lolling about, few signs of order or purpose. Yet the District, on edge for its safety, has more than enough men to defend it – if the men chose.

As the carriage rattled along towards Fort Corcoran, a red-bearded colonel strode up: William Tecumseh Sherman. He had commanded a brigade at Bull Run, superbly. Sherman asked if the President had come to see the troops. “Yes,” said Lincoln. “We heard that you had got over the big scare and we thought we would come over and see the boys.”

Sherman got into the carriage, giving the driver directions to a camp at the top of a small hill. Sitting next to Lincoln, he asked if the President intended to speak to the men. “I would like to,” said Lincoln.

Sherman said he no objection to that, but he did not want cheering, “No hurrahing, no humbug. We had enough of it before Bull Run to spoil any set of them.” None worse than the 69 th New York, filled with Irishmen angry at not being discharged. Sherman had rebuked one of the officers of lax discipline.

Standing in the carriage, Lincoln gave an impromptu talk to Sherman’s troops: bravery, sacrifice, gratitude, a glorious future. The men began to cheer, but he held up his hand. “Don’t cheer boys, I confess I rather like it myself, but Colonel Sherman says it is not military, and I guess we had better defer to his opinion.”

Closing his impromptu peroration, Lincoln said that as Commander in Chief, he was determined that every man should be treated exactly as the law required: his indirect promise that those entitled to a discharge would soon have one. As the carriage moved on, a young officer ran after it, calling out piteously, “Mr. Lincoln! Mr. Lincoln!”

Lincoln ordered the driver to stop. Here was the officer of the 69 th New York whom Sherman had criticized, panting hard. “Mr. President, I have a cause of grievance. This morning I went to speak to Colonel Sherman, and he threatened to shoot me.”

“I told him Mr. President, that if he refused to obey my order, I would shoot him on the spot,” said Sherman. “And I here repeat it, sir, that if I remain in command here, and he or any other man refuses to obey my orders, I’ll shoot him on the spot.”

Lincoln bent forward. “My lad, if I were you, and he threatened to shoot, I would not trust him, for I believe he would do it!” The troops, until then sympathetic to the officer, howled with laughter.

Both Seward and Lincoln were impressed by the comparative tidiness of the camps of Sherman’s regiments. “This is the first bright moment I’ve experienced since the battle,” Lincoln told Sherman before riding off. From his own military experience, he knew that neatness and cleanliness is an army spelled discipline; neglect was a signal of trouble to come.”

End of excerpt from Lincoln’s War

Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 17, 2019 – Ernest Hemingway

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

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“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” The Old Man and the Sea

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“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

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“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

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“Grace under pressure.”

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“I’ve been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.” Letter to Marlene Dietrich, July 1, 1930

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“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.”

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“However you make your living is where your talent lies.”

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“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

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“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”

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“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”

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“Never confuse movement with action.”

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“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.”

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“Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.”

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“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

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“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

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

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“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”

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“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

Wikipedia: Ernest Hemingway

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Eddie Robinson

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“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.”

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“My players can wear their hair as long as they want and dress any way they want. That is, if they can afford to pay their own tuition, meals and board.”

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“People talk about the record I’ve compiled at Grambling, but the real record is the fact that for over 50 years I’ve had one job and one wife. I don’t believe anybody can out-American me.”

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“I’ve learned more about what the players meant to me and what they meant to the game. I never won a game – they did. You learn from every player because they’re not the same.”

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“Everything I’ve done, I think I dreamed of it first.”

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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

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“Coach each boy as if he were your own son”

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“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you”

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“They call me the greatest. I know that the greatest football coach who ever stepped on the field is Coach Eddie Robinson. I have admired what he has done in turning boys into men. He is a credit to his sport as well as a credit to humanity.” Muhammad Ali

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“First time I met Eddie was around 1968 up at Uniontown, Pa. I was an assistant coach at West Virginia, and he was the head coach at Grambling and very successful. He came up there and spoke at a banquet. I heard him speak, and he’s the kind of guy that you get close to immediately. … He was a people’s person. You can’t help but like him … I doubt if there is a coach in the United States that people have more respect for — and loved — than for Eddie Robinson.” Bobby Bowden

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Wikipedia: Eddie Robinson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, February 15, 2019 – Ulysses S. Grant

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“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

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“I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.”

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

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“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

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“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

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“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

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“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

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“The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.”

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“…but for a soldier his duty is plain. He is to obey the orders of all those placed over him and whip the enemy wherever he meets him.”

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“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

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“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”

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“I never held a council of war in my life. I heard what men had to say – the stream of talk at headquarters – but I made up my own mind, and from my written orders my staff got their first knowledge of what was to be done. No living man knew of plans”

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“I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

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“The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade. When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make”

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“No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
To General S.B. Buckner, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862

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“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
A toast made by Grant before his operations in the Vicksburg Campaign, February 22, 1863

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“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”
Dispatch to Washington, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. May 11, 1864

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“I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.”
Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, April 9, 1865

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“Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.”

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“The will of the people is the best law.”

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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

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I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.

When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier’s blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.

What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885

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“The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that “A state half slave and half free cannot exist.” All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.”

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We must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brillant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss.
Francis Vinton Greene in The Mississippi (1882) on Grant’s role in the Vicksburg campaign

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If Grant only does this thing right down there — I don’t care how, so long as he does it right — why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war!
Abraham Lincoln on Grant’s Vicksburg campaign, July 5, 1863

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I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Statement attributed to Abraham Lincoln in response to complaints about Grant’s drinking habits, November 1863

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“He (Grant) habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
Col. Theodore Lyman. in Meade’s headquarters, 1863-1865

Wikipedia Page:  Ulysses S. Grant

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Colin Powell

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Norman Schwarzkopf

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“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”

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“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.”

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“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

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“When placed in command – take charge.”

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“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.”

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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”

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“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

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“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.”

And

“I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.”‘

And

“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

Wikipedia: Norman Schwarzkopf

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Post 2018-19 CFB Season Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – #1 – 10 Head Coaches – Let’s Bring Out the Great Johnny Cash To Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

With the 2018-19 college football season done and Coaches Hot Seat now entering its 13 th season of covering the great game of college football it’s time to look backward at how the Hot Seat coaches got on the Hot Seat and what is facing those Hot Seat coaches as we head towards the 2019-20 season.

We will have something to say soon about the new head coaching hires in college football which is the most fascinating and risky group of coaching hires any of us can recall from watching college football closely since the mid-1970s which if that turns out to be TRUE it means there will be a lot more turnover in coaching jobs coming in the near future….a Helluva Lot more….so buckle yourself in!

Let’s bring out the Late Great Johnny Cash now to give these Hot Seat coaches Hell!

Thank You Mr. Cash!

Post 2018-19 CFB Season Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – #1 – 10 Head Coaches

1.  Clay Helton, USC – There’s a school of thought among our USC-alum friends that Clay Helton skated along in his first three seasons at USC putting up records of….

2015:  5 – 4 (replacing Sark midseason)
2016:  10 – 3
2017:  5 – 7

…with what was plenty of talent and a decent coaching staff but that things began to unravel the moment things got a little tough and in 2018 the USC Trojans posted a records of…

Overall:  5 – 7

Pac 12:  4 – 5

…and certainly Helton is coaching for his job in 2019 and Helton knows it!

The thing is Clay Helton’s fate will determined early in 2019 because USC is facing one of the toughest schedules in college football this coming season that looks like this:

Fresno State
Stanford
At BYU
Utah
At Washington
At Notre Dame
Arizona
At Colorado
Oregon
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA

Geez….looking at the above schedule a few weeks back we asked an USC-alum buddy of ours who was part of a group of people that tried to get Helton fired after last season what Helton will have to do in 2019 to keep his job and he says to us:

“Anything less than 10 wins Clay Helton is done and I know no one that thinks Lynn Swann has a clue how to do a coaching search or hire the very best coach that USC football can get if Helton is fired.”

Therein lies the real disaster at USC….if Clay Helton doesn’t hit that 10 win mark in 2019 then there’s a decent chance the Trojans will end up with another coach that wasn’t the…

Very Best Coach USC Could Hire

…as was the case in Every Single Coach hired after Pete Carroll left to take the Seahawks job after the 2009 season…

Lane Kiffin
Steve Sarkisian
Clay Helton

It’s 10 Wins or bust for Clay Helton in 2019 and maybe Bust for the next hire at USC as well!

2.  Chris Ash, Rutgers – We are not quite sure why Chris Ash is still the head coach at Rutgers after three years on the job with a worse Rutgers football team today than one he took over before the 2016 season and posting these records in those three seasons…

Overall:  7 – 29

Big Ten:  3 – 24

…but come now these aren’t exactly the Sharpest Sticks in the Bin running the Rutgers Athletic Department and let’s play a little game here on how many games that YOU think Rutgers will win in 2019 under Chris Ash!

UMass
At Iowa
Boston College
At Michigan
Maryland
At Indiana
Minnesota
Liberty
At Illinois
Ohio State
Michigan State
At Penn State

With Hugh Freeze at Liberty do you think Rutgers is going to beat Liberty in 2019?

Didn’t think so and we will go with a record of…

1 – 11

…for Rutgers in 2019 with a lone win over UMass!

You gotta fire a head coach that goes back-to-back 1 – 11 seasons in his third and fourth years on the job….right?

Not necessarily…..this is Rutgers we are talking about here!

3.  Randy Edsall, UConn – We are not quite sure what UConn Athletics is hoping to achieve by allowing Randy Edsall to continue to coach the UConn football team…

The Total Destruction of UConn Athletics maybe?

Whatever the reason in his last two seasons on the job at UConn after he ran off to Maryland and then came running back Edsall has posted records of…

Overall:  4 – 20

AAC:  2 – 14

….and does anyone really think the trend of UConn Football in 2019 of Down, Down, Down The Huskies Boat Goes is going to change this coming season?

Didn’t think so and let’s look at UConn’s 2019 schedule….just for laughs…as Edsall enters his third season back coaching the Huskies:

Wagner
Illinois
At Indiana
At UCF
USF
At Tulane
Houston
At UMass
Navy
At Cincinnati
East Carolina
At Temple

We are guessing UConn beats Wagner….we would hope so…..but will UConn win another game in 2019 to beat the 1 – 11 record this past season?

Maybe….but that looks like 2 – 10 or 3 – 9 to us for UConn in 2019 and unless the folks at UConn are totally nuts we expect the UConn job to come open sometime around December 1, 2019.

4.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – The reality is Lovie Smith took over a .500 football program at Illinois three seasons ago and he posted records of…

Overall:  9 – 27

Big Ten:  4 – 23

…and those records at a place like Illinois doesn’t get you fired…wait for it….it gets you a contract extension!

Even worse….

Illinois has played 22 FBS teams under Lovie Smith with .500+ records and the Illini’s records in those games is…

1 – 21!

Oh…and only 1 of Lovie Smith’s 9 wins at Illinois is against a FBS team with a .500 or better record and even more AMAZING the Illini have lost…

6 games to teams with sub-.500 records!

Let’s look at the Illini’s 2019 schedule to see where this rolling disaster is going….

Akron
At UConn
Eastern Michigan
Nebraska
At Minnesota
Michigan
Wisconsin
At Purdue
Rutgers
At Michigan State
At Iowa
Northwestern

Illinois couldn’t have an easier out-of-conference slate so no way they should lose any of those games…if they do lose to any of Akron, UConn, or Eastern Michigan this rolling disaster will be off the bridge and into the river but how many of the 9 Big Ten games can the Illini win?

Maybe the Rutgers game on November 2?

4 – 8 best and 2 – 10 at worst is what we see for the Illini in 2019 with either surely getting Lovie another contract extension!

It’s Illinois and thus We Love, Love, Love Below Damn Average!

5.  Willie Taggart, Florida State – We are all about to find out if Willie Taggart can coach the game of football or not because Willie has got himself in a Helluva Mess that is partly due to the mess that Jimbo Fisher left behind in Tallahassee AND how Willie has made that mess worse by making some poor assistant coaching hires and practice approaches that left the Seminoles leaderless and adrift in 2018…something that will be corrected in 2019 or Willie Taggart’s coaching career will be over before Christmas!

One thing pointed out to us by someone that has worked long in college athletics is that in Willie Taggart’s head coaching seasons at Western Kentucky, South Florida, Oregon and now Florida State where you will see today from Wikipedia has included only

Two seasons when Taggart’s teams won 8+ games out of 9 seasons

….and certainly Taggart knows anything less than 9 wins at Florida State will land your ass right on the Hot Seat!

It’s our opinion that Taggart is going to need 8 wins at least in 2019 to be back to coach Florida State in 2020 and with that in mind let’s go to the FSU 2019 schedule:

Boise State – Jacksonville
La. Monroe
At Virginia
Louisville
NC State
At Clemson
At Wake Forest
Syracuse
Miami
At Boston College
Alabama State
At Florida

What are those 8 wins exactly….

Boise State – Maybe
La. Monroe – Sure the Hell hope so!
At Virginia – Not Likely
Louisville – Probably
NC State – Maybe
At Clemson – Nope
At Wake Forest – Maybe
Syracuse – Maybe
Miami – Maybe
At Boston College – Maybe
Alabama State – Yes
At Florida – Nope

That adds up to….

6 Maybes
2 Nopes
1 Probably
1 Yes
1 Not Likely
1 Sure the Hell hope so

We see no reason with all the talent at Florida State right now that the Seminoles don’t win at least 8 games in 2019 and if not…the word we are getting is that Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell will be the #1 choice to replace Taggart if he is replaced.

6.  Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – The Steamrolling Disaster that is now Virginia Tech Football Program under Justin Fuente kept on a rolling in January with several key players transferring out and then the Hokies finishing with the…wait for it…

#26 Recruiting Class in America

….in 2019…at Virginia Tech…really?

A few of us spent a few hours in Blacksburg, Virginia last Summer on our See America RV Trip driving from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Appomattox, Virginia for a visit to the Appomattox Courthouse where Lee surrendered to Grant and then on to Charlottesville to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and those few hours in Blacksburg with a good friend of ours and Virginia Tech alum were interesting indeed and felt a lot like…

A lunch we had with an Ole Miss alum a couple of years ago in the offseason in Oxford before Hugh Freeze resigned at Mississippi

…and the reason we say that is because in Oxford, Mississippi our friend told us in Spring 2017…

“You need to put Freeze in the #1 Hot Seat because he is done at Ole Miss.”

….and our buddy in Blacksburg told us flat-out after talking about all the problems going on inside the Virginia Tech football program:

“Fuente is not going to make it here. He just doesn’t have it in him to deal with the problems that are now overtaking the entire program.”

Boy was he right as 2018 was nothing short of a Complete Disaster for the Hokies who finished at 6 – 7 and who could have easily lost two more games and not even gone to a bowl game!

Let’s look at the Hokies 2018 schedule to see where this is going:

At Boston College
Old Dominion
Furman
Duke
At Miami
Rhode Island
North Carolina
At Notre Dame
Wake Forest
At Georgia Tech
Pitt
At Virginia

Even though Old Dominion beat the Hokies in 2018 the out-of-conference slate for Va. Tech in 2019 is a Damn joke so that’s three wins but can Fuente and the Hokies get to at least 6 wins in 2019 because anything less than 6 wins and Fuente is done in Blacksburg and if you cannot win at least 6 games at Blacksburg who in the Hell else is going to hire your ass to be a head coach?

Almost no one!

Our guess Virginia Tech goes 7 – 5 in 2019 and maybe 6 – 6 or maybe 8 – 4 and any of those records are not acceptable to us so they will not be acceptable to fans of Virginia Tech football….right?

We shall see!

7.  Chad Morris, Arkansas – One of the most interesting numbers about Arkansas head coach Chad Morris who has been on the job one season in Fayetteville is Chad’s overall head coaching record at SMU and Arkansas of…

16 – 32

….and after a 2 – 10 record in that first season coaching the Razorbacks we don’t see Morris getting above the .500 mark in that record anytime soon!

The really tough thing about the Arkansas job now is that the SEC West is not exactly a place where you can get ahead of yourself if you are at the bottom and after a series of Nonsensical and Totally Foolish Moves by former Arkansas AD Jeff Long to hire….

Bobby Petrino
John L. Smith
Bret Bielema

….to coach the Hogs when Long was fired the Arkansas football program was nothing short of a….

Complete Freaking Disaster

…when Morris showed up a year ago.!

Let’s go to the 2019 Arkansas schedule to see if there is any chance at all of this things going in the right direction in Year 2 for Chad Morris:

Portland State
At Ole Miss
Colorado State
San Jose State
Texas A&M
At Kentucky
Auburn
At Alabama
Mississippi State
Western Kentucky
At LSU
Missouri

Well…with a typical SEC Conference Cupcakes From Heaven out-of-conference schedule Bozo the Clown could win…

4 Games in 2019

…coaching the Razorbacks so how many games will Chad Morris win?

Anything less than 5 wins and Chad Morris should be fired because that would mean you could only beat Bozo the Clown by one win and if that’s the case…

There’s really no reason to keep your ass on at any SEC school!

8.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – As someone at Coaches Hot Seat put it at dinner in January of this year…

“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and producing Terry Bowden like results!”

…which could not be Truer when the folks on The Plains are a paying a guy $7M a year…all guaranteed for 6 more years = $42 Million Dollars who is performing at a level that….

Any Random High School Football Coach in America could do at Auburn!

Consider this for a moment…

Gus Malzahn has now been the head coach at Auburn for 6 seasons and he has lost…

5 or more games in 4 of those 6 seasons
4 or more games in in 5 of those 6 seasons

Oh….Gus Malzahn’s record in SEC Conference play at Auburn now stands at…

28 – 20

…and Nick Saban over the past 6 seasons has posted an SEC Conference record of…

44 – 4

Meanwhile at LSU the combined SEC records of Les Miles + Ed Orgeron since 2013 stand at…

30 – 18

….and at Georgia under Kirby Smart + Mark Richt the Bulldogs in SEC play since 2013 stand at…

34 – 14

The reality is…

“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and producing Terry Bowden like results!”

Oh…but if we go to the record books on Gus Malzahn and Terry Bowden’s 6 seasons Auburn we find something very Damn troubling >

Terry Bowden 6 seasons at Auburn:

30 – 14 – 1 = .677 winning percentage!

Gus Malzahn 6 seasons at Auburn:

28 – 20 = .583 winning percentage!

Make that….

“Gus Malzahn is making Saban-like money at Auburn and NOT EVEN producing Terry Bowden like results!”

Let’s go to Auburn’s 2019 schedule to see if the Big Money folks on The Plains will be writing a BIG check come December to buy Gus Malzahn out keeping in mind anything less than 9 wins and you can kiss Gus Malzhan’s ass goodbye on The Plains!

Oregon (Dallas)
Tulane
Kent State
At Texas A&M
Mississippi State
At Florida
At Arkansas
At LSU
Ole Miss
Georgia
Samford
Alabama

Yep…this is the Cupcake Country SEC with THREE guaranteed Cupcake Wins on the schedule for the Candy Asses in Auburn that like most everyone else in the SEC schedule like Damn Cowards running to the coast from Sherman’s Army marching thru Atlanta and with that Cupcake Country Schedule…

Bozo the Clown could win 7 games coaching Auburn in 2019

…so Gus Malzahn with THREE guaranteed wins better Damn win 10 games in 2019 or it’s…

Turn Out The Lights and Write the Big Check on The Plains!

9.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – In three seasons at BYU head coach Kalani Sitake is sitting on an overall record of…

20 – 19

….and BYU is going to really need a BIG season by the Cougars in 2019 or we gotta think they are going to be looking for a new head football coach and just when you say that take a look at one of the toughest schedules in FBS this coming season:

Utah
At Tennessee
USC
Washington
At Toledo
At USF
Boise State
At Utah State
Liberty
Idaho State
At UMass
At San Diego State

We only see ONE sure win on the above schedule and at least 6 losses or so in our minds 2019 is gonna to be a struggle to just get to 6 wins for BYU and the folks in Provo are not going to tolerate 6 wins a season if this is still BYU football that is!

On the subject of BYU football if the folks in Provo were smart they would go ahead and rejoin the Mountain West Conference so they don’t have to go out and create schedules like the one above which is just Totally Absurd!

We are talking to YOU Tom Holmoe!

10.  Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – The most important record to keep your eye on for Mike Gundy is Oklahoma State’s record in Big 12 Conference play the last two seasons which sits at…

9 – 9

….now and either Gundy will get this listing ship together or Mediocrity will set in and Stillwater while Gundy is out lassoing rattlesnakes and getting paid a Helluva Lot of $$$ to do…not very much really!

Let’s take a look at Oklahoma State’s 2019 schedule….

At Oregon State
McNeese
At Tulsa
At Texas
Kansas State
At Texas Tech
Baylor
At Iowa State
TCU
Kansas
At West Virginia
Oklahoma

With what looks like 3 easy wins to open the season…if Gundy loses to Oregon State, McNeese or Tulsa he should be fired on the spot right after that loss….the Big 12 slate has the potential to give the Cowboys some trouble with some tough road and home games and if we had to guess OSU will finish at…

7 – 5

…in 2019 and Mike Gundy might just get his ass fired because 7 wins when you are getting paid a Helluva Lot of $$$ just doesn’t compute…that is if the folks in Stillwater interested in winning Championships! Now if they like Average As Hell then if it is 7 – 5 just keep Gundy around and you can celebrate that Average As Hell right through Christmas and New Year’s!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Stillwater = Where Average As Hell Is Celebrated!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – William Faulkner

“A gentleman can live through anything.”

And

“A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

And

“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

And

“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”

And

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

And

“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”

And

“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

And

“Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

And

“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”

And

“Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”

And

“I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”

And

“I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.”

And

“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”

And

“I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

And

“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”

And

“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”

And

“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”

And

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”

And

“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”

And

“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.”

And

“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”

And

‘We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”

And

“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”

And

“Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.”

And

“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.”

And

“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” Nobel Prize Speech, December 1950

And

“Mr. Khrushchev says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man’s dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” Speech in New York, October 1959

And

“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. Its various allegories are the charts against which he measures himself and learns to know what he is. It cannot teach a man to be good as the textbook teaches him mathematics. It shows him how to discover himself, evolve for himself a moral codes and standard within his capacities and aspirations, by giving him a matchless example of suffering and sacrifice and the promise of hope.” Paris Review Interview, 1958

And

The two great men in my time were Mann and Joyce. You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with “faith.”

And

“Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

Wikipedia: William Faulkner

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 11, 2019 – Albert Camus

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

And

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”

And

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

And

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

And

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”

And

“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.”

And

“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.”

And

“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

And

“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

And

“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”

And

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

And

“No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.”

And

“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”

And

“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”

And

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

And

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

And

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

And

“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”

And

“The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”

And

“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”

And

“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”

And

“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”

And

“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”

And

“At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”

And

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

And

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

And

“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”

And

“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”

And

“I rebel; therefore I exist.”

And

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

And

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

And

“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”

And

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”

And

“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”

And

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

And

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”

And

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”

And

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”

And

“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

And

“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

And

“The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”

And

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

And

“My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”

And

“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”

Wikipedia:  Albert Camus

Is it worth the trouble, Ralph Ammer, Medium.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 10, 2019 – Robert Louis Stevenson

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”

And

“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.”

And

“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”

And

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

And

“Everyone lives by selling something.”

And

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

And

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”

And

“It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”

And

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

And

“Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.”

And

“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation and is thought necessary.”

And

“Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.”

And

“The world has no room for cowards.”

And

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

And

“To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.”

And

“We must accept life for what it actually is – a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.”

And

“You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?”

And

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”

And

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”

And

“The Monterey Peninsula is the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.”

Wikipedia:  Robert Louis Stevenson

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