Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Norman Schwarzkopf
“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”
“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.”
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
“When placed in command – take charge.”
“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.”
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”
“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
“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.”
“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.”
“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.”
“I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.”‘
“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
11. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Craig Bohl’s Wyoming team got whipped 38 – 3 by San Diego State on Saturday to continue what we are calling here at Coaches Hot Seat….
The Misery on the Wyoming Plains
….which has come to define Bohl’s tenure with the Cowboys which is only in its SECOND season with Bohl posting records of….
Overall: 5 – 18
MWC: 3 – 12
…..with only UNLV left to play at home which Hell…Wyoming should be able to win since the Rebels have a first-year head coach who only has THREE wins on the board himself!
One Coaches Hot Seat member summed-up the situation at Wyoming when we saw the Wyoming – San Diego State score on Saturday night?
“Please….is there anyone on Earth that can explain why Craig Bohl left North Dakota State for Wyoming? Hell, North Dakota State would run the Cowboys right out of any stadium in the country right now!”
There is NO logical answer to the above question and let that be a lesson to young coaches out there everywhere…
If you have a Helluva job…don’t take a Piss-Poor job to replace it!
12. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Can’t you just see Steve Addazio looking at the Boston College schedule before the season which in our minds went something like this…
Steve Addazio looking at Boston College’s 2015 schedule saying the following things to himself out loud…which is our opinion of course!
“OK…we beat Maine…1 – 0
We will whip Howard….2 – 0
Hell…Florida State at home…WIN…3 – 0
No way we lose to team from the MAC…Northern Illinois….4 – 0
At Duke….bunch of Pretty Boys….5 – 0
Wake Forest…PLEASE…6 – 0
At Clemson…Hell…that will be tough…OK we lose this one…6 – 1
At Louisville…I can whip Bobby Petrino’s ass….7 – 1
Virginia Tech….Beamer is old as the Virginia hills….8 – 1
NC State….CAKEWALK….9 – 1
And the Notre Dame Fighting Irish come to Boston to play the Mighty Boston College Eagles at Fenway Park with both teams in the Top 10 and…Boston College whips some Irish Ass….10 – 1!
At Syracuse….A Joke….11 – 1….OK..we probably are behind Clemson in ACC Atlantic but we finish at 11 – 1 and might just get in the College Football Playoff and I will be Coach of the Year!”
Earth to Stave Addazio…..Earth to Steve Addazio…..Wake Up Son….
It’s November 17 Son and your Boston College football team has…
Lost SIX straight ACC Games
…and is now on the season…
3 – 7 overall
0 – 7 in ACC play
…and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming to town in the College Football Playoff right now!
Can Boston College possibly upset Notre Dame on Saturday in Fenway Park and save Steve Addazio’s job who will NO doubt be run out of Boston if he loses these last two games to Notre Dame and Syracuse to finish at…
3 – 9 on the season
0 – 8 in ACC play
Please….Notre Dame can score points and Boston College can’t so….
Turn On the Lights and Wake-Up Steve Addazio….Your Team is About To Lose Again….Turn On the Lights and Wake-Up Son….Because the Party is Over and Your Ass Will Be Run Out of Boston if You Lose to Notre Dame and Syracuse!
13. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Last week someone wrote the following question on a whiteboard at Coaches Hot Seat Central:
“What would you need to get in exchange for you playing football for four seasons for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech?”
Some of the responses by Coaches Hot Seat members:
“Ferrari California WITH a beautiful blonde in the passenger seat
2,000 pounds of gold bullion
Lifetime free eating pass to Five Guys AND Chipolte
$21 Million Dollars
$22 Million Dollars
$23 Million Dollars
$24 Million Dollars and a lifetime supply of Moon Pies and RC Cola
Nick Saban’s salary for five seasons in one payment
Nick Saban’s Mercedes car dealership in Alabama and a beautiful blonde
Gulfstream IV jet…no make that a Gulfstream V jet
Not A Damn Thing on Earth I would take to play for Paul Johnson!”
There are some pretty tough guys here at Coaches Hot Seat that played football through college and then went into US Military that have No Damn Interest in playing for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech because from the outside looking in the TRUTH is….
It just doesn’t look like much fun to play for Paul Johnson
…and if you aren’t have fun playing the Great Game of Football then why in the Hell do you play it?
Getting to what Paul Johnson’s football team has done on the field in 2015….the Yellow Jackets are now….
3 – 7 overall
1 – 7 in ACC play
…and still have to play games against….
At Miami Georgia
Our guess….the Georgia Tech players will QUIT against Miami and lose to the Hurricanes and then GIVE-UP early against Georgia and lose to the Bulldogs to finish at….
3 – 9 overall in 2015
….which is Pretty Damn Bad from where we come from but does anyone at Georgia Tech care?
Who the Hell knows since it’s hard to find a Georgia Tech football fans in Atlanta these days!
14. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State lost to Ohio on Saturday by the score of 27 – 0 which dropped the Flash’s records in 2015 to….
3 – 7 overall
2 – 4 in MAC play
….and head coach Paul Haynes’ records in THREE seasons at the school to….
Overall: 9 – 24
MAC: 6 – 15
…..which may or may not be good or may or may not be acceptable to the folks at Kent State because the TRUTH is we just don’t have a clue if Kent State is willing to put-up with losing football seasons BUT for Damn sure the above records are BAD…or rather B – A – D!
15. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – With the overtime loss to Nevada on Saturday that is TWO straight losses for the now 4 – 6 San Jose State Spartans who have left to play in 2015….
At Hawaii Boise State
…..and the way that Boise State looked against New Mexico on Saturday night Ron Caragher’s football team may have a chance to knock-off the Broncos at home in the last game of the season but FIRST is a game in The Islands against the woeful Warriors which is a MUST WIN Game for Ron Caragher because a loss in this spot to HAWAII…
Would be a Complete Freaking Disaster!
Just for the record in his THIRD season at San Jose State Ron Caragher has now posted records of…
Overall: 1 3 – 21
MWC: 10 – 12
….which we would classify as….
….and why Ron Caragher better Damn start winning some football games and QUICK!
“We can understand not winning the National Title…but what will not be tolerated is LSU losing to Alabama consistently and not winning the SEC Title on a regular basis.”
Since Nick Saban returned to the SEC to coach Alabama in 2007 Les Miles is now…
3 – 7
….against Saban in 10 games and Les Miles has now lost…
FIVE straight games to Alabama
….and the last time that LSU won the SEC Title?
In 2011 or FOUR seasons ago!
So let’s see here….
LSU is now regularly being DOMINATED by Alabama losing FIVE straight games AND LSU has NOT won the SEC Title since 2011
What did one of those Louisiana boys tell us in that restaurant in New Orleans a few years ago?
“We can understand not winning the National Title…but what will not be tolerated is LSU losing to Alabama consistently and not winning the SEC Title on a regular basis.”
Memo to Les Miles: Don’t lose the last TWO games to Ole Miss and Texas A&M son to finish at 7 – 4 on the season or you might just wake-up in the month of December and find your ass out of a job.
But then again..maybe the fans of LSU football don’t mind being…
AVERAGE AS HELL!
17. Mike Riley, Nebraska – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat was surprised that Nebraska beat Rutgers on the road on Saturday because we have seen the…
Mike Riley Yo-Yo Performance Train
…..for over a decade in action in the Pac-12 Conference and with the win the Huskers moved to 5 – 6 on the season and 3 – 4 in Big Ten Conference play and if Nebraska beats Iowa in Lincoln on Friday, November 27 the Huskers will finish at what we call…
“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley strikes again”
….which we would recommend Nebraska fans get used to because that’s…
“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley striking again”
…and looking at Nebraska’s 2016 schedule…
Fresno State Wyoming Oregon At Northwestern Illinois At Indiana Purdue At Wisconsin At Ohio State Minnesota Maryland Iowa
….Bozo the Clown could post EIGHT wins and let’s hope NOT that….
“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley strikes again”
…putting another 6 – 6 record on the board again which no doubt would lead to Mike Riley and anyone that hired him being run out of Lincoln, Nebraska on a rail or anything else the Good Nebraska folks could find especially after the Debacle that has been the 2015 season!
17. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Curtis Johnson and his Tulane football team got a nice win at Army on Saturday which raises the Green Wave’s records in 2015 to…
3 – 7 overall
2 – 5 in AAC play
….and Tulane still has to play this season games against…
At SMU Tulsa
….which are TWO games we recommend Curtis Johnson win if he wants to have ANY kind of argument in late November that he should be retained as the head football coach at Tulane….in our humble opinion of course!
18. Mark Richt, Georgia – Every Summer when a group of Coaches Hot Seat members are in Montana fly fishing in some of the most beautiful rivers in America we sit around in the evenings and come up with what we call the….
How Many Games Would “X” Win Coaching “Y” Each Team in College Football
….and for the 2015 Georgia Bulldogs the results of the above test after looking at UGA’s schedule for this season were….
Bozo the Clown would win 7 games coaching Georgia in 2015
Bill Curry would win 8 games coaching Georgia in 2015
Rick Neuheisel would win 9 games coaching Georgia in 2015
Don James would win 10 games coaching Georgia in 2015
Tom Osborne would win 11 games coaching Georgia in 2015
Paul “Bear” Bryant would win 12 games coaching Georgia in 2015
AND…Mark Richt has posted records in 2015 at Georgia of…
7 – 3 overall
5 – 3 in SEC play
….which means Mark Richt has hit the “Bozo the Clown” mark BUT will Mark Richt be able to meet what Rick Neuheisel could have done who is of course now working for CBS Sports covering the SEC as an in-studio analysis by winning the last two games to get to 9 wins overall?
Oh…some Georgia fans are thinking in this spot that it’s not a Very Damn Good Look for the Bulldogs to have win their last TWO games just to meet the…
“Rick Neuheisel Standard”
…at Georgia in 2015?
Yep….now you know why Mark Richt is on the Hot Seat because Rick Neuheisel over 12 seasons at Colorado, Washington and UCLA….Yes…THREE pretty good college football programs….won 87 games or an average of…
7.25 Wins Per Season
….BUT if you give Rick Neuheisel the talent that is on Georgia’s 2015 roster Rick wins…
9 Games Easy
….and if Mark Richt loses even one of his last two games….
He falls to the “Bill Curry Standard”
…and if Georgia happened to lose both of their last two games here’s the standard that Mark Richt will have matched…..
Be Proud Georgia Fans…just don’t think you are winning ANYTHING EVER AGAIN as long as Mark Richt is the head football coach at Georgia!
20. Trent Miles, Georgia State – The Chronicle of Higher Education in partnership with The Huffington Post put out an interesting story this week on how much college sports are subsidized in America….
…..with much of the story focusing on the Georgia State football program and the President of Georgia State University Mark Becker who is all Gung-Ho about GSU football which must be a Helluva spot to be in considering that the Panthers have won…
FOUR Football Games the last THREE Football Seasons!
…under head coach Trent Miles who did lead his football team this past Saturday to win over Texas State by the score of 41 – 19! Woo-Freaking-Hoo!
What’s left in 2015 for the now 3 – 6 Georgia State Panthers who gets lots of subsides from the students at Georgia State University?
South Alabama Troy At Georgia Southern
Call us CRAZY but we would be STUNNED if Georgia State wins another football game in 2015 but for Damn sure we have been wrong plenty in the past so…
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Colin Powell
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”
“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”
“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”
“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”
“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”
“Get mad, then get over it.”
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”
“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”
“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.”
“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”
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.”
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”
“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
“Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.”
“All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.”
“Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.”
“In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.”
“To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is … the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.”
“This is the last of Earth! I am content.” Last words, February 21, 1848
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”
“One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”
“That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.”
“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.”
“These are the times that try men’s souls.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
“We have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand, and a race of men, perhaps as numerous as all Europe contains, are to receive their portion of freedom from the event of a few months.” Common Sense, 1776
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” The American Crisis, 1776
“It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” The American Crisis, 1776
“The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it.” The Rights of Man, 1791
“It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle.” First Principles of Government, 1795
“I never tire of reading Tom Paine.” Abraham Lincoln, as quoted in A Literary History of the American People, 1931
“I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles.” Thomas Alva Edison
“In the United States the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own”
“In politics… shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.”
“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.”
“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”
“Born often under another sky, placed in the middle of an always moving scene, himself driven by the irresistible torrent which draws all about him, the American has no time to tie himself to anything, he grows accustomed only to change, and ends by regarding it as the natural state of man. He feels the need of it, more he loves it; for the instability; instead of meaning disaster to him, seems to give birth only to miracles all about him.”
“As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”
“As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can’t have it both ways.”
“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
“Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I.””
“History, it is easily perceived, is a picture-gallery containing a host of copies and very few originals.”
“He who seeks freedom for anything but freedom’s self is made to be a slave.”
“God does not need to speak for himself in order for us to discover definitive signs of his will; it is enough to examine the normal course of nature and the consistent tendency of events. I know without needing to hear the voice of the Creator that the stars trace out in space the orbits which his hand has drawn.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken stronger hold on the affections of men, and where the profounder contempt is expressed for the theory of the permanent equality of property.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“There is in fact a manly and legitimate passion for equality that spurs all men to wish to be strong and esteemed. This passion tends to elevate the lesser to the rank of the greater. But one also finds in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to want to bring the strong down to their level, and which reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“The will of the nation” is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say “Gentlemen” to the person with whom he is conversing.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“What is not yet done is only what we have not yet attempted to do.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it and he sells it before the roof is on. He plants a garden and lets it just as the trees are coming into bearing. He brings a field into tillage and leaves other men to gather the crops. He embraces a profession and gives it up. He settles in a place which he soon afterward leaves to carry his changeable longings elsewhere. If his private affairs leave him any leisure he instantly plunges into the vortex of politics and if at the end of a year of unremitting labour he finds he has a few days’ vacation, his eager curiosity whirls him over the vast extent of the United States, and he will travel fifteen hundred miles in a few days to shake off his happiness.” Democracy in America, Volume 1, 1835
“In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations… In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“What most astonishes me in the United States, is not so much the marvelous grandeur of some undertakings, as the innumerable multitude of small ones.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult—to begin a war and to end it.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.” Democracy in America, Volume 2, 1840
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
1. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Auburn – To understand the very MEDIOCRE state of Georgia football in Mark Richt’s 15 th season in Athens consider that the Bulldogs were out of the SEC East race before the month of October was over and Richt now needs to win his last three games just to get to…
…in 2015 in a season when Anyone and Everyone was predicting that Georgia would be the SEC East Champs and playing someone from the SEC West in Atlanta in early December for the SEC Title!
Since Georgia last won the SEC Title under Mark Richt in 2005 the Bulldogs have averaged…
Almost 4 LOSSES a season…3.89 LOSSES per season to be exact
…..and over the last 7 seasons Nick Saban has lost an average of….
1.43 LOSSES per season
….and in college football the difference between…
3.89 LOSSES per season
1.43 LOSSES per season
…..is the difference between SEC Championships and National Titles and over the past 10 college football seasons Mark Richt will have…
NEITHER of the above!
Our opinion….Mark Richt would love to remain the head football coach at Georgia making $4 Million Dollars a year being Very Damn Mediocre…
Hell..who wouldn’t want that job?
….and more than likely if Richt wins out and posts a 9 – 3 record he will be back for 2016…BUT….if Georgia loses one more game to any of the teams below…
At Auburn Georgia Southern Georgia Tech
…the Mark Richt era at Georgia comes to an end in December and it will be up to the folks at Georgia to hire a coach that can take the Bulldogs to another level and take on the powers in the SEC and college football in a very direct way.
2. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Georgia –Even with the win over the Falling to Pieces Texas A&M Aggies which have serious “Prima Donna QB” problems in College Station Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers are still sitting on records of…
5 – 4 overall
2 – 4 in SEC play
….with these games still left on the schedule:
Georgia Idaho Alabama
Hell…Auburn has to beat Georgia and Alabama just to get to…
.500 in SEC Play in 2015
….and Auburn was picked by many to be playing in the College Football Playoff this season!
Maybe Gus Malzahn won’t be fired if his football team loses to Georgia and Alabama to end the season with records of…
6 – 6 overall
2 – 6 in SEC play
….BUT Gus Malzahn will be sitting on the No. 1 Hot Seat in America until the 2016 college football season kicks-off if that does happen….COUNT ON IT!
3. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Rutgers – For all the people crying in the media and elsewhere things like…
“Poor Mike Riley nor any coach can win BIG at Nebraska anymore”
….we here at Coaches Hot Seat took a hard look at the talent on Nebraska’s 2015 roster and it’s our opinion that….
Only Ohio State has MORE talent than Nebraska on its roster in the Big Ten in 2015
….and looking at the Huskers 2015 schedule….
Nebraska has MORE talent than EVERY team on its schedule
….and if you don’t believe that the Huskers are only….
…from being 10 – 0 right now which is the amount of points they lost by in their 6 losses in 2015 or…
3.83 points per loss!
The 2015 Nebraska football team IF Bo Pelini was still the head coach would in our opinion right now be…
9 – 1 at worst and 10 – 0 at best
….because the TRUTH is there is…
Plenty of Damn Talent on this Nebraska roster
…and there will ALWAYS be plenty of talent on the Nebraska roster….unless Mike Riley does what he did at Oregon State where in our opinion…
Mike Riley did less and less work over the years
…and left behind a Complete Freaking Disaster in Corvallis where the Oregon State Beavers are now…
2 – 7 overall
0 – 6 in Pac-12 play
…and headed for a 2 – 10 season!
Getting back to Nebraska the Huskers travel to New Jersey this week to play a Rutgers team that Nebraska has FOUR to FIVE more talent than as evidenced by a barely motivated Ohio State team blasting Rutgers 49 – 7 earlier this year.
Nebraska should DESTROY Rutgers by 3 or more touchdowns….so we cannot but wonder what will happen because there’s a coach on the opposite sideline that needs this win BADLY as well!
4. Kyle Flood, Rutgers – In our opinion ANYTHING less than 6 wins and Kyle Flood is done at Rutgers and the Scarlett Knights are now 3 – 6 on the season and still have to play….
Nebraska At Army Maryland
Our recommendation to Rutgers HC Kyle Flood: BEAT Nebraska on Saturday son!
5. Charlie Strong, Texas vs. West Virginia – Whatever is going on with Charlie Strong at Texas and if Charlie is interested in some other head coaching jobs that are now open or might open up in the next month or so we are still talking about TEXAS here and in his SECOND season coaching the Longhorns Charlie Strong is sitting on records of…
4 – 5 overall
3 – 3 in the Big 12 play
…..and the Horns still have to play games against…
At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
Damn…that’s a pretty tough finishing stretch for the Longhorns and if things don’t go just right TEXAS could be looking at a record of…
4 – 8
….in 2015 and TEXAS has not lost 8 games in the regular season since…
1956 or almost 60 years ago!
YES…if TEXAS loses 8 games in 2015 there is a Very Damn Good chance Charlie Strong is fired in early December by the folks in Austin so keep that in the back of your head Charlie….and remember you were warned by the good folks at Coaches Hot Seat!
6. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Texas – Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen REALLY needs to take his Mountaineers to a bowl game this season and with WVU sitting on records of…
4 – 4 overall
1 – 4 in Big 12 play
….with these games still on the schedule…
Texas At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
…IF Dana Holgorsen can’t get TWO more wins out of the above FOUR games Crazy Boy should be fired shortly after the Kansas State game on December 5 preferably at the airport in Manhattan, Kansas!
Memo to Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen: Beat TEXAS son….Beat TEXAS!
7. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Kansas State – When looking at Kliff Kingsbury’s win/loss records at Texas Tech…
Overall: 17 – 18
Big 12: 8 – 17
…the most STUNNING number is the second one because an 8 – 17 record in Big 12 Conference play is NOT a good look and thus why the….
5 – 5 overall
….Red Raiders REALLY need to get to 6 wins in 2015 and with these games left to play….
Kansas State At Texas
…..things could get really UGLY in Lubbock for Kingsbury if Texas Tech loses its last two games….Very Damn Ugly because that would leave Kingsbury’s records in THREE years on the job at….
Overall: 17 – 20
Big 12: 8 – 19
….and those are FIRING numbers son….those are FIRING numbers!
8. Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Washington – We have a working theory here at Coaches Hot Seat after four decades of playing and watching the Great Game of Football that….
A Head Football Coach that spends LOTS of time yelling at his players instead of Coaching-Them-Up, Motivating, and Leading his football team eventually loses his football team
….and that might be happening at Arizona State right now with Todd Graham who is a loss to Washington on Saturday to falling into the Burning Ring of Fire Hot Seat and putting his future as the head coach at ASU in REAL jeopardy!
Sitting with records of…
4 – 5 overall
2 – 4 in Pac-12 play
…makes the below last THREE game CRITICAL to Todd Graham’s future and Hot Seat status:
Washington Arizona At California
We would recommend that Todd Graham NOT lose these last three games to finish at…
4 – 8
…on the season….REALLY recommend to Todd Graham that he not do that!
Since Iowa State beat Oklahoma State on Friday, November 18, 2011 the Cyclones under head coach Paul Rhoads have posted records of…
Overall: 14 – 34
Big 12: 7 – 27
….and thus you now know why Paul Rhoads is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in college football.
3 – 6 overall
2 – 4 in Big 12 play
…Cyclones get even ONE win against the teams left on their schedule?
Oklahoma State At Kansas State At West Virginia
Who the Hell knows because to us TEXAS looks like a Below Average football team so beating TEXAS is No Big Whoop….so maybe Iowa State can beat Kansas State and West Virginia…BUT…we give the Cyclones NO chance to beat Oklahoma State in this spot!
10. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Michigan – Now in his FIFTH season as the head coach at Indiana Kevin Wilson has…
No .500 or better records or bowl game trips
….and thus why it’s so important for the…
4 – 5 overall
0 – 5 in Big Ten play
….Hoosiers to get to 6 wins in 2015 and with these games remaining….
Michigan At Maryland At Purdue
….beating Michigan this Saturday would be HUGE and you know what….Indiana CAN beat Michigan on Saturday in our opinion!
11. Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt – There are LOTS of Fundamental Rules to life but ONE of the Fundamental Rules of life is…
If you are going to talk BIG you better Damn deliver BIG
….and Mark Stoops has done a Helluva lot of talking since he got to Lexington THREE seasons ago and as of right now with these records on the board…
Overall: 11 – 22
SEC: 4 – 19
….that ain’t BIG Mark Stoops….not even Freaking Close to being BIG!
Here’s the problem for Mark Stoops…his Kentucky team has 4 wins on the board this season and still has to play….
At Vanderbilt Charlotte Louisville
….and Mark Stoops really needs 6 wins on the board when UK’s season ends on November 28 which leads to the undeniable FACT that….
Mark Stoops football team better Damn beat Vanderbilt on Saturday
….just saying….in our humble opinion of course!
12. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. LSU – Almost 30 years ago academic Allan Bloom wrote the book…
….that postulated that American college students both arriving on campus and even after leaving with their degree were…
Complete Freaking Idiots
….as it pertained to World History, US History, Religious History, and pretty much about EVERYTHING else and almost 30 years later we have LOTS of crybabies on college campuses …
Crying Like Babies
….every time someone offends their Precious Asses which brings us to Arkansas football where it’s clear to us that…
The Closing of the Arkansas Football Fan’s Mind
….is on full display now in Razorback-land with Hog fans GOING WILD because…..
Arkansas in 2015 has records on the board of….
5 – 4 overall
3 – 2 in SEC play
….and still has to play games against…
At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Hell….will Arkansas fans storm the field on Friday November 27 after they beat Missouri and get bowl eligible?
More than likely…YES…and thus …
The Closing of the Arkansas Football Fan’s Mind
….is terrible for the future of Arkansas Football but is a GREAT thing for Bret Bielema because where the Hell else can a Fat Pig Farmer make $4 Million Dollars a year being…
Totally Damn Average?
No Damn where is in the answer to that question!
13. Les Miles, LSU vs. Arkansas – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat was surprised that Alabama DESTROYED LSU last Saturday night since the Tigers are led by….
Les “All Hat and No Damn Cattle” Miles
….which is Les Miles very apt nickname here at Coaches Hot Seat because after all…
Has ANY college football coach EVER done so Damn little with so Damn much as Les Miles in the history of college football in America as Les “All Hat and No Damn Cattle” Miles?
NO is the obvious answer to that question and after getting DESTROYED by Alabama while running an offensive gameplan that went out of Pee-Wee football a decade-plus ago….
Memo to Les Miles: The Alabama defensive coaches were LAUGHING at your Idiotic offense son in the run-up to the LSU – Alabama game…at least that is what a buddy of ours in Tuscaloosa told us which is his and now our opinion of course!
…..the Tigers get to host Arkansas and the Fat Pig Farmer who has a fan base that are THRILLED the Hogs have 5 wins on the board so will LSU show-up for this game or will Les Miles nickname at Coaches Hot Seat…
Les “All Hat and No Damn Cattle” Miles
….be confirmed yet AGAIN?
The latter and for those slow on the uptake “the latter” means…
Les “All Hat and No Damn Cattle” Miles
….will do lots of Damn talking AGAIN and his football team will do LOTS of No Damn Playing AGAIN!
14. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma vs. Baylor – Let the following sink in for minute or two….
The Baylor Bears…the Freaking Baylor Bears are going for their FOURTH win over the Mighty Oklahoma Sooners and Bob Stops in FIVE seasons on Saturday
…..and you were wondering why Bob Stoops was on the Hot Seat earlier this season and was a late game collapse by Butch Jones and the Tennessee Vols from having his ass launched towards the Sun you now know why and thus it’s time for Bob Stoops and his Sooners to face FACTS:
There’s a new Sheriff in town and his names are…
Art Briles and the Baylor Bears
….and we fully expect Baylor to DESTROY Oklahoma on Saturday and for the room where the defensive coordinator of the Sooners sits during this game to not look so Damn hot when the game is over!
Yes…Oklahoma is 8 – 1 right now…BUT…OU still has to play games against…
At Baylor TCU At Oklahoma State
….and if the Past is the Prologue then we fully expect for..
OU to get whipped by Baylor
TCU to beat OU
Oklahoma State to whip the OU
…and for Bob Stoops’ Precious Ass to be on the Hot Seat in late November after posting a record of…
8 – 4 in 2015!
Hey…Bob Stoops Precious Ass back on the Hot Seat…the Past is the Prologue…and the Future also it seems in Oklahoma!
15. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona vs. Utah – If Rich Rodriguez’s agent is talking to teams with head coaching opens right now the last Damn thing RichRod wants to do is to ride out of Tucson with a losing record in his last season with the Wildcats which is why it’s so Damn important for 5 – 5 Arizona to win at least ONE of this last TWO games against…
Utah At Arizona State
…..and we have a feeling that Arizona will rise up and beat Utah on Saturday and set-up a great game against ASU in Tempe on November 21 with possibly Rich Rodriguez flying from the Phoenix airport right after the game to somewhere in the Eastern United States to be introduced as the next head coach at….
16. Mike London, Virginia vs. Louisville – Bottom-Line: Mike London needs his Virginia football team to win…
6 Games in 2015
…and right now the Cavs are 3 – 6 and need to win their last THREE games to get to 6 wins in 2015 and those games are against:
At Louisville Duke At Virginia Tech
One game at time Mike London…one game at a time son!
“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.”
“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.”
“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”
“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”
“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”
“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
“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.”
“…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.”
“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.”
“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“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”
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.”
“The will of the people is the best law.”
“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.”
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
“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.”
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
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
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
“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
There is always LOTS of debate here at Coaches Hot Seat on the best up-and-coming head coaches in college football that are ready for a step-up or return to a Power 5 Conference level team and after much discussion, plenty of wings, lots of chips & salsa, and a good bit of cold beer below is the 2015….
22 Best Non-Power 5 Conference Head Coaches Ready to Move Up
….which is the list we would be working off if we were sitting in an athletic director position at a Power 5 level school and looking for a current head coach at a lower-level school to hire to take over our school’s football program.
Now, each school is different and each of the below current head coaches would fit well at some schools and not fit so well at others and that is something that and athletic director needs to take into account which really goes to an AD understanding his own school first before he decides what kind and which coach and/or coaches he would target to be his next head football coach. We also have a list of College Assistant Coaches that are Ready to Move Up to Head Coaching positions, but we are still hotly debating that list right now!
We could include a few comments on each of the head coaches below BUT Hell why not just get to the list and be done with it already so….
22 Best Non-Power 5 Conference Head Coaches Ready to Move Up
1. Justin Fuente, Memphis 2. Dino Babers, Bowling Green 3. Tom Herman, Houston 4. Matt Campbell, Toledo 5. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois 6. Matt Rhule, Temple 7. Doc Holliday, Marshall 8. Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern 9. Bryan Harsin, Boise State 10. Troy Calhoun, Air Force 11. P. J. Fleck, Western Michigan 12. Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky 13. Tim Murphy, Harvard 14. Matt Wells, Utah State 15. Mark Hudspeth, La. Lafayette 16. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee 17. Skip Holtz, La. Tech 18. Bob Stitt, Montana 19. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State 20. Joey Jones, South Alabama 21. Everett Withers, James Madison 22. Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington
We don’t know if Bronco Mendenhall or Ken Niumatalolo would be interested in moving from BYU and Navy respectfully BUT both are Very Good Football Coaches
Bronco Mendenhall, BYU Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
Other Non-Power 5 Head Coaches To Keep An Eye on in the Coming Years in Alphabetical Order
John Grass, Jacksonville State Chris Klieman, North Dakota State Lance Leipold, Buffalo Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa Brock Spack, Illinois State John Stiegelmeier, South Dakota State Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.”
“An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.”
“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”
“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”
“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”
“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”
“I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.”
“In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”
“It’s a disagreeable thing to be whipped.”
“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”
“I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”
“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”
“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”
“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”
“I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”
“There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.”
“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”
“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”
“If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.”