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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – W. E. B. Du Bois

 

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“There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.”

And

“I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.”

And

“Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”

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“The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.”

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“The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.”

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“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”

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“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”

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“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”

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“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

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“It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.”

And

“Liberty trains for liberty. Responsibility is the first step in responsibility.”

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“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”

And

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”

And

“Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”

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“A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.”

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“When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.”

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“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

And

“The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.”

And

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”

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“The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin–the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world.”

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“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”

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“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

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“Herein lies the tragedy of the age:
Not that men are poor, – all men know something of poverty.
Not that men are wicked, – who is good?
Not that men are ignorant, – what is truth?
Nay, but that men know so little of men.”

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“I believe that all men, black, brown, and white, are brothers.”

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“Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched,- criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, – this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society” 

Wikipedia Page:  W. E. B. Du Bois

Remember Well Your Position Head Coaches for the World…and More Importantly….Your Team is Watching – Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches Analysis – No Head Coach Likes To Imagine His Precious Ass Getting Fired…But Give These Head Coaches on the Hot Seat Anyway Johnny Cash!

 

Before we get to the Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings Analysis after watching several college football teams go through….

Total and Complete Meltdowns on Saturday

….we thought this might be good spot for some…

College Head Football Coaching 101

…with the subject of this posting titled:

Remember Well Your Position Head Coaches for the World…and More Importantly….Your Team is Watching

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A few decades ago now which seems like a Helluva lot time ago….because it is….a few Coaches Hot Seat members were watching the tape of football game with a legendary football coach and in this game one of the head coaches was acting like what charitably would be called a Complete Freaking Idiot on the sidelines which the legendary football coach after watching for awhile reacted to by saying:

“Doesn’t that F-ing Jackass know his football team is watching him act like that?”

What the Hell does above have to do what we here at Coaches Hot Seat saw over the weekend in college football and what does it have to do with a few college football teams and often their coaches going into a…

Total and Complete Meltdown on Saturday?

First…let’s get Reality #1 on the table which it seems that some head coaches….even in 2015….still don’t understand even though these coaches must see themselves on TV all the time:

Reality #1 – Head Football Coaches are being watched by the television cameras and thus millions of viewers, by the fans in the stands, and by lots of other people in modern day football BUT nothing has changed in the last 100-plus years of football in America in that head coaches are also watched by two other groups ALL THE TIME during appearances, practices and especially during games and those two other groups are:

Their Assistant Coaches

Their Players

It should be self-evident why it is vital for head football coaches to know…especially on the college level…that their own personal behavior, demeanor, and attitude is vitally important in the overall success of their football team because it’s the head coach that the assistant coaches and players on the team look to and look at when things get tight in games and just as sure as day follows night….

A Loose Coach will have a Loose Football Team

A Tight Coach will have a Tight Football Team

A Confident Coach will have a Confident Football Team

A Nervous Coach will have a Nervous Football Team

An Anxious Coach will have an Anxious Football Team

….and we could go on but we believe you get the drift and hopefully already what we are driving at in this blog post.

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Case in Point and what a Damn Case in Point it is:  Butch Jones in two BIG games in 2015 coaching the Tennessee Vols against Oklahoma and Florida has appeared to be…

Very Nervous and Very Uptight on the sidelines

….to both Coaches Hot Seat members sitting in the stands and watching on TV and in both of those games as it got to crunch time guess what happened?

The Tennessee Players Played Very Nervous and Uptight

Does Butch Jones not understand in his NINTH season as a head coach that his…

Nervous and Uptight Behavior on the sidelines

….is directly impacting his Tennessee football team and has in our opinion led to the Vols playing uptight in 2015 as well in 2014 in some tight and critical football games?

Evidently not and we are guessing that Butch Jones needs a little lesson on life here that he somehow missed along the way and what better way to teach that lesson than do what that legendary coach did a few decades ago now by leaving the room where we were watching the tape of that football game and then coming back a few minutes later with a Xerox copy (Yes, from a Xerox copy machine!) of a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson with the below passage marked-up with his comments in the margin. Below is a portion of what Ralph Waldo Emerson said in the speech not the legendary coach’s comments written in the margin which were fascinating as well! (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lecture on Courage, November 1859, Boston, MA):

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“The general must stimulate the mind of his soldiers to the perception that they are men, and the enemy is no more. Knowledge, yes; for the danger of dangers is illusion. The eye is easily daunted; and the drums, flags, shining helmets, beard and moustache of the soldier have conquered you long before his sword or bayonet reaches you.”

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Tennessee fans surely understand how the above quote from a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered in 1859 applies to the Vols losses to both Oklahoma and Florida this season which were both games that Tennessee COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE WON and it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that it was Butch Jones’ negative behavior and to some extent Tennessee’s very conservative offensive play-calling that led to both of those losses which has put the Vols behind the 8-ball and Butch Jones’ ass on the Hot Seat!

We would laugh at anyone that watched Butch Jones especially in the second-halves of the Oklahoma and Tennessee games to challenge our assertion that Butch Jones’ behavior, demeanor and attitude didn’t have a dramatic negative effect on his football team and directly led to the Vols tossing away two football games in 2015.

For some reason a quote from the Late Great Coach Bill Walsh seems important in this spot:

“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”

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Is there anyone with a working brain on the Earth that was either at or watched the Tennessee vs. Florida and/or Oklahoma vs. Tennessee games that watched Butch Jones closely that believes that Jones came anywhere close to doing the below for his coaches and players when both of those games got tight in the second half?

“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”

The answer to the above question is not only…

NO…BUT HELL NO!

The Bottom-Line on Butch Jones and lots of other head coaches in college football that we will not call out in this spot but may very well in the future:

Butch Jones got nervous, got tight, acted out-of-control at times on the sideline during the Oklahoma and Florida games and there is not a doubt in our minds that Jones’ behavior, demeanor and attitude on the sideline had a negative effect on his football team which helped to lead to both of those losses.

We will also say in this spot that a head coach acting like a Total Ass on the sideline which is usually caused by an underlying nervousness and fear….

“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” Yoda – George Lucas, The Phantom Menace, Episode 1

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….of what could be a negative outcome of a football game is by far the worst emotion that a head coach can send to his football team in a tight football game and we will also say that coaching from “fear” in a head football coach is usually a “learned trait” picked-up by other coaches that the head coach worked for and/or with in the past. Just check Butch Jones’ Wikipedia page to see who he worked for in the past and it should be easy to put the “Learned Fear = Learned Fear = Lots of Fear” equation together which leads to acting like a Total Ass on the sidelines during football games especially in tight situations when the head coach should be….

“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”

We could go on for a quite awhile on this subject of the proper behavior of head football coaches on the sideline to get the most out of their assistant coaches, players and thus football team including a story about a change of command on an US Navy ship during Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991 that would be Helluva example of how one man can change things towards a positive direction overnight with different behavior and a more confident approach but alas we write way the Hell too much here at Coaches Hot Seat already!

Let’s hope the above insight was imparted to Butch Jones in the “Bark On” manner it was delivered and move onto the….

Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches Analysis

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No Head Coach Likes To Imagine His Precious Ass Getting Fired…But Give These Head Coaches on the Hot Seat Anyway Johnny Cash!

Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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1.  Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – In a season when Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads really needs to get the Cyclones to a .500-plus record and bowl game opening with a record of…

1 – 2

…which includes a loss to Toledo of the MAC Conference really puts Rhoads behind the 8-ball because if you can’t beat Toledo can anyone find 5 more wins out of the remaining 9 games on the ISU schedule?

Kansas
At Texas Tech
TCU
At Baylor
Texas
At Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
At Kansas State
At West Virginia

Geez…the Big 12 Conference has become a very tough place to hang out these days especially with TCU, Baylor and now Texas Tech scoring points like crazy and being very tough games to win which leaves Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma state as pretty much always tough games to win and the two Kansas schools with only Kansas being a true doormat team in the conference.

Our guess….Iowa State wins something like 3….maybe 4 games in 2015 and there is NO way in Hell Paul Rhoads returns to coach the Cyclones in 2016 without winning 6 games or coming very Damn close to winning 6 games.

It really is too bad that Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl is no longer at North Dakota State still winning FCS championships but instead coaching the Cowboys and on the Hot Seat because Iowa State is the EXACT kind of FBS program he could win big at…..but Craig Bohl was either getting some bad advice or acted without talking to someone who had a clue because Wyoming is a graveyard for very good coaches and if you don’t believe that just ask former Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn who also saw his head coaching career flame out in Laramie! Oh, Joe Glenn who won a FCS National Championship at Montana is now the head coach at South Dakota? Yes, that’s right and his record at South Dakota in four seasons at the school is 9 – 29! More on Craig Bohl’s Hot Seat status in a bit….

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2.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – With Purdue’s loss to Bowling Green on Saturday we don’t know where the Boilermakers’ season and football program is going now with Purdue’s record dropping to….

1 – 3

…on the season and head coach Darrell Hazell’s win/loss records at Purdue now standing at….

Overall:  5 – 23

Big Ten:  1 – 15

…but we do know that the right coach whoever that “right coach” actually is can win at Purdue and to prove that we only have to write the name….Joe Tiller….who in 12 seasons coaching the Boilermakers posted records of…

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Overall:  87 – 62

Big Ten:  53 – 43

Ten .500 or better seasons and thus Ten bowl game trips

…so please don’t cry us a river that Darrell Hazell hasn’t had a chance to win at Purdue because Joe Tiller took over a Boilermakers team coming off SIX straight losing seasons and won NINE games in season one and NINE games in season two! By the way Joe Tiller is one coach that did make it out of Wyoming alive taking the Purdue job after FOUR straight .500 or better records with the Cowboys!

Getting back to Darrell Hazell’s whose Purdue football team is 1 – 3 on the season the Boilermakers still have to play….

At Michigan State
Minnesota
At Wisconsin
Nebraska
Illinois
At Northwestern
At Iowa
Indiana

Frankly, we would be stunned if Purdue won 3 more games in 2015 and Hazell has to win more than 4 games in 2015 to return to coach the Boilermakers in 2016?

One would think so.

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3.  Mike London, Virginia – Mike London’s Virginia football team got destroyed on Friday night by Boise State by the score of 56 – 14 and that drops the Cavs record to 1 – 3 with still eight ACC Conference games to play which you can see is no bed or roses for UVA:

At Pitt
Syracuse
At North Carolina
Georgia Tech
At Miami
At Louisville
Duke
Virginia Tech

If Virginia plays like they did against Boise State they will not win another game this season….PERIOD.

If Virginia plays like they did against Notre Dame…they might win four or five more games this season and save Mike London’s job…but then that’s up to Mike London coaching HIS football team up…right?

RIGHT!

Coach Like Hell Mike!

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4.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – As one of our Arkansas buddies put it early on Sunday morning from his hotel room in Dallas after attending the Texas A&M – Arkansas game at the Jerry Dome in Arlington on Saturday:

“Arkansas had no Damn business losing to the Aggies that did almost everything possible to lose that football game except not making any stupid decisions on the field or sideline at the end of the game.”

Amen….and Case In Damn Point!

Below is the play-by-play of the Arkansas drive in overtime which started with a 5 year penalty and thus 1 st and fifteen at the A&M 30-yard line with Texas A&M already on the board in overtime with a touchdown:

1st and 15 at Texas A&M 30
Alex Collins run for 6 yds to the Texas A&M 24

2nd and 9 at Texas A&M 24
Brandon Allen pass complete to JoJo Robinson for 5 yds to the Texas A&M 19

3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19
Brandon Allen pass incomplete to Jeremy Sprinkle

4th and 4 at Texas A&M 19
Brandon Allen pass incomplete to Drew Morgan

So let’s get this straight:

Supposed Tough Guy Bret Bielema who got tough growing up on a Hog Farm needs his football team to score a touchdown to get into a second overtime and thus has four downs to use with his team averaging 5.5 yards per rush and has the following situation…

3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19

….has his quarterback throw two passes…both incomplete….to lose a game that Arkansas had no Damn business losing to the Aggies?

Sorry…but if you give us the ball in the situation of….

3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19

….we are going to give the football to running back Alex Collins….averaged 5.8 yards per rush against A&M…and we are going to stuff the Damn football down the throats of the Aggies!

No doubt Brandon Allen threw the ball well against Texas A&M completing 20 of 25 passes but there is NO DAMN REASON for Brandon Allen to be throwing the football 25 times and our Arkansas buddy summed up the current situation at Arkansas with another quote from his somber hotel room in Dallas on Sunday morning:

“Hell, if Arkansas hadn’t thrown one pass in 2015 we would be 4 – 0 right now.”

Amen to that Arkansas brother but instead the Razorbacks with their new “balanced” offensive approach which would probably work well at many schools but has been nothing short of a…

Complete Freaking Disaster in Hog-Land

….are now sitting at…

1 – 3

…with their only win over UTEP which struggled like Hell for awhile to put away Incarnate Word on Saturday!

Put yourself in Bret Bielema’s shoes right now….in your third season at Arkansas you are sitting on win/loss records of…

Overall:  11 – 18

SEC:  2 – 15

…and you are 1 – 3 this season with these games still left to be played:

At Tennessee
At Alabama
Auburn
UT Martin
At Ole Miss
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

How many more games will Arkansas wins in 2015?

3…maybe 4 more games tops?

Our Arkansas buddy also said something else from his hotel room early on Sunday morning which should scare the Hell out of Bret Bielema and the man that brought Bielema to Fayetteville Arkansas AD Jeff Long:

“Hell, in Bobby Petrino’s third season at Arkansas he won 10 games and took us to the Sugar Bowl and in his fourth season Petrino won 11 games and we went to the Cotton Bowl and Big Mouth (Bielema) is going to post a losing record in his third season and think he is going to keep his job? F _ _ _ that! What the Hell are they doing with all our Damn money up there in Fayetteville anyway? Paying coaches millions of dollars so they can live like Roman emperors who can’t even post .500 or better seasons? That Shit for Damn sure cannot be tolerated!”

Next up for Big Mouth Bielema is a Pissed-Off Tennessee team in Knoxville and then potentially a Very Damn Pissed-Off Alabama team the next week which could be coming off a loss to Georgia!

Good Luck to you Big Mouth who evidently is living like a Roman Emperor in Fayetteville (Guessing Bielema must have moved into a new and BIG house but we don’t know that for a fact) only with a .379 winning percentage! Hell, Roman Emperors with something akin to a .379 winning percentage often found themselves stabbed in the back so watch out for all those Brutuses up there in Fayetteville Big Mouth!

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5.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – At halftime of the Mississippi State – Auburn game a Coaches Hot Seat member on the way to the kitchen to get another Fat Tire beer said what many of us were thinking…

“What in the Hell has happened to Auburn? This looks nothing like the Auburn team that went to the National Title game two seasons ago and not even like the Auburn team that almost beat Alabama and Wisconsin at the end of last season!”

Geez…we don’t know what the Hell has happened to Auburn but for Damn sure something beyond not having a sterling QB and a shaky defense is the problem or set of problems here but then this Auburn football team looks so…

Off The Rails

So Different Than Malzahn’s Teams in the Past

….that we can only conclude that “something” has fundamentally changed at Auburn and we don’t have a Freaking Clue what that “something” is and believe us…we have tried to find out by talking to some folks we know around Auburn…who report nothing has changed…or they are flat-out lying to us which may be a possibility.

Hell, in 2012 when Gene Chizik was posting a record of 3 – 9 and 0 – 8 in SEC play only two seasons removed from going undefeated and winning the Bogus BCS National Championship Game the same folks in Auburn were telling us there were no problems on The Plains and we later learned there were lots of internal issues going on with Chizik’s Auburn football program…in our humble opinion…that led to Chizik’s ass getting run out of town…and those same folks may be lying to us again and this time we are calling them out on it in this blog and let’s see if they change their tune in the coming days because in our opinion…

Something is NOT right at Auburn

….because watching Auburn play this season it’s obvious to anyone with a working brain that…

Something is NOT right at Auburn

We have a guess on what is NOT right at Auburn right now but an attorney friend says we cannot write what we believe in this blog without proof so we will just leave our opinion out there that….

Something is NOT right at Auburn

Up next for Auburn a home game against San Jose State who also has a coach on the Hot Seat in Ron Caragher and whose football team just scored 49 points on Fresno State.

Hell, if San Jose State scores 28 points on Auburn it will beat the Tigers!

Oh, after San Jose State the Tigers still have to play….

At Kentucky
At Arkansas
Ole Miss
At Texas A&M
Georgia
Idaho
Alabama

Geez…there is a REAL chance that the two season records that Gene Chizik posted at Auburn after winning the national title…

8 – 5
3 – 9 – No SEC Wins

…will be the two identical records that Gus Malzahn posts at Auburn after taking his team to the national title game:

8 – 5
2 – 2 – 0 – 2 in SEC play

Will Gus Malzahn be fired if he goes 3 – 9 and 0 – 8 in SEC play in 2015?

YES Gus Malzahn will be fired…but give some thought to the above two similarities and why history may be repeating itself in Auburn….YES…give that some Damn thought.

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6.  Charlie Strong, Texas – Consider this for a moment to understand how far the Texas football program has fallen since Mack Brown took the Horns to the Bogus BCS National Championship Game in the 2009 – 2010 season:

Texas Big 12 Conference record 2011 to Current

23 – 22!

At Texas!

For all the talk about bad penalty calls, missed extra points, bobbled snaps on punts, etc. the TRUTH is that we are talking about the football program at the…

University of Texas

….and with the amount of football talent in state of Texas there is just No Damn Excuse for football games to come down to…

Bad Penalty Calls

Missed Extra Points

Bobbled Snaps on Punts

Etc.

…..but arguing over the above is where the Texas football program is right now which we shy away from calling…

Mediocre

…because to call Texas Football Mediocre right now would be an insult to all the Mediocre folks in the state of Texas and around the world!

Where does Texas football go from here after dropping to 1 – 3 after the loss to Oklahoma State which drops Charlie Strong’s records at Texas to this…

Overall:  7 – 10

Big 12:  5 – 5

…in Strong’s second season at the school?

We don’t have a clue but with these games still to be played….

At TCU
Oklahoma
Kansas State
At Iowa State
Kansas
At West Virginia
Texas Tech
At Baylor

….in our opinion there is a better than 50 – 50 chance that Texas DOES NOT WIN 6 games in 2015 and the last three Texas head coaches that posted a losing season without a National Title trophy in the UT athletic building…

Fred Akers, David McWilliams and John Mackovic

….were ALL three fired at the end of that losing season and no matter what “people in the know” in Austin say if Texas gets boat-raced by West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor to end the 2015 season which ends up being a losing season all bets are off on the future of Charlie Strong and Texas football come December.

We here at Coaches Hot Seat still believe in Charlie Strong and will believe in the man even if he gets fired at Texas but what we believe here at Coaches Hot Seat means about as much as a fly on the ass of a cow in a West Texas pasture!

How about a song about a town about 70 miles west of Austin, Texas sung by the Great Waylon Jennings to cheer up the good folks in the Lone Star State which is a song that a LOT of these Million Dollar College Football Head Coaches could learn a Helluva lot from! Listen closely to the lyrics of Luckenbach, Texas Hot Seat Head Coaches!

Luckenbach, Texas

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7.  George O’Leary, UCF – With the loss to a very average South Carolina team on Saturday which dropped UCF’s record in 2015 to…

0 – 4

…there is a Very Damn Good Chance that the Knights finish the 2015 season without a win because what George “When the Hell are they going to make that announcement about me being the permanent UCF AD?” O’Leary and his UCF football team still have on the schedule is NOT easy!

At Tulane
UConn
At Temple
Houston
At Cincinnati
At Tulsa
East Carolina
USF

YES….it REALLY was in 2013 that UCF went 12 – 1 and won the Fiesta Bowl and YES UCF has already this season lost to FIU and Furman!

Here’s a thought for George O’Leary: How about this week you show up at practice and…

Coach Up Your Damn Football Team

…because if UCF loses to a pitiful Tulane team in New Orleans….George O’Leary in our opinion should be fired before the plane returns to Orlando!

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8.  Butch Jones, Tennessee – See the above post…

Remember Well Your Position Head Coaches for the World…and More Importantly Your Team is Watching

….for a summary of what we believe has gone wrong for Tennessee in their two losses this season and with the loss to Florida the Vols are now sitting at..

2 – 2

…on the year and still have to play the below games and things don’t get any easier in Knoxville in the coming weeks:

Arkansas
Georgia
At Alabama
At Kentucky
South Carolina
North Texas
At Missouri
Vanderbilt

How many games can Tennessee win in 2015?

Well, Tennessee should be 4 – 0 right now BUT at 2 – 2 and with the above games still to be played the Vols have plenty of talent to win…

8 Games in 2015

….and anything less than 8 Wins in 2015 and Butch Jones’ ass will be on the Hot Seat for the duration!

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9.  Mark Helfrich, Oregon – A few Coaches Hot Seat members stayed at the house they rented north of Eugene for this past weekend so they could attend the Utah – Oregon game on Saturday evening and let’s just go ahead and say it after the Utes destroyed the Ducks by the score of…

62 – 20

…if the losing continues especially the way Oregon has played this season giving up a Helluva lot of points in EVERY game then head coach Mark Helfrich is going to be in a Helluva hot spot come December.

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In our opinion at Coaches Hot Seat Oregon football is an unique program in major college football today because unlike any other program in the country the Ducks are dominated by one person and one company that overshadow the entire football operation in Eugene and that one person and one company is…

Phil Knight and Nike

…and in case anyone hasn’t checked lately Phil Knight is 77 years old and has poured Millions and Millions of Dollars of money into the Oregon football program and how many National Championships have the Ducks won?

That would be….ZERO!

Are we saying that it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that because Phil Knight is not exactly a young man at 77 years old and that Oregon winning a National Championship SOON is thus important may have a factor in Mark Helfrich getting his ass run out of Eugene if the Ducks football program falls to pieces in 2015?

Yes…that is our opinion.

How much influence does Phil Knight and Nike have over the Oregon football program?

In our opinion it is ABSOLUTE influence now which for the most part is a GOOD thing when the Ducks are winning but if the Ducks start falling to pieces which we may have seen the first act of on Saturday against Utah then that ABSOLUTE influence will in our opinion be an ABSOLUTE nightmare for Mark Helfrich and others in Eugene.

Mark Helfrich and Oregon are now at 2 – 2 on the season and still have these games to play:

At Colorado
Washington State
At Washington
At Arizona State
California
At Stanford
USC
Oregon State

Could the mighty Oregon Ducks possibly lose 6 or more games in 2015?

YES…if they played like they did against Utah and if Oregon loses more than 6 games…and maybe even 6 games…then there is NO doubt in our minds that Mark Helfrich will be fired in December and that firing will be loud and clear kind of like a…

SHOUT!

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10.  Randy Edsall, Maryland – Randy Edsall got his ass off the Hot Seat in 2014 by posting a second straight 7 – 5 regular season record BUT we would like to welcome Maryland head coach Randy Edsall’s ass back to the Hot Seat after a…

2 – 2

…start to the 2015 season and a season that doesn’t get any easier for Edsall and his Terps with these games still on the slate:

Michigan
At Ohio State
Penn State
At Iowa
Wisconsin
At Michigan State
Indiana
At Rutgers

Geez….could Maryland finish with a sub-.500 record in 2015?

YES…and that would put Randy Edsall’s coaching future in jeopardy in College Park in case anyone was wondering!

Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 30 Head Coaches Analysis Coming Soon!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 28, 2015 – Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.”

And

“A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.”

And

“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”

And

“Ability is nothing without opportunity.”

And

“Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.”

And

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

And

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”

And

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

And

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

And

“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”

And

“I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”

And

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself”.

And

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”

And

“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”

And

“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.”

And

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

And

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”

And

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”

And

“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.”

And

“The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.”

And

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”

And

“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”

And

“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”

And

“To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.”

And

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

And

“When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.”

And

“With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.”

And

“If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds…. I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.”

And

“Success is the most convincing talker in the world.”

And

“Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.”

And

“The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.”

And

“How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.”

And

“At the beginning of a campaign it is important to consider whether or not to move forward; but when one has taken the offensive it is necessary to maintain it to the last extremity.”

And

“In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point. The line of battle once established, the one who has the ability to concentrate an unlooked for mass of artillery suddenly and unexpectedly on one of these points is sure to carry the day.”

And

“The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.”

And

“A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.”

Wikipedia:  Napoleon Bonaparte

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, September 27, 2015 – Steve Sabol

 

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“Life is great. Football is better.”

And

“The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.”

And

“I think in the NFL knowledge is power, and you try to get the knowledge by whatever means.”

And

“A perfect record does not mean that someone is the greatest. Rocky Marciano never lost a fight, but I never hear anyone say he’s the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.”

And

“I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film.”

And

“Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.”

And

“Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.”

And

“I’ve always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman’s face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn’t we do the same thing with a football play?”

And

“When my father bid $5,000 for the 1962 Championship Game, that was a huge amount. It was double the bid the year before. Pete Rozelle was flabbergasted. Who was this guy who was willing to spend so much money on what seemed like relatively worthless rights to the NFL Championship Game?”

And

“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s not being noticed.”

And

“I remember when we were making ‘They Call It Pro Football,’ which was our ‘Citizen Kane.’ The first line is ‘It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.'”

And

“If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football.”

And

“Football is a sport of emotions, and we have to capture that in our films.”

And

“I’ve been very lucky in the freedom that I’ve been given. Every artist needs two types of freedom: You need the freedom to – the freedom to come up with an idea or treatment – and then you need the other half of the freedom, and that’s freedom from – somebody saying, ‘This is great. This is how I want you to do it.'”

And

“NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.”

And

“You know how I came up with the name ‘Road to the Super Bowl?’ It’s an homage to the old Bob Hope – Bing Crosby buddy movies – you know, like ‘Road to Zanzibar’ or ‘Road to Morocco.’ Can you tell? All I’ve done my whole life is go to movies.”

And

“So they talk about heaven, and I don’t know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I’ve lived down here, the football life. It’s been perfect.”

And

“To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn’t the score that interested me, it was the struggle.”

And

“I’ve always believed in that famous quote from Karl Marx, something like; ‘Men make history, but not under conditions of their own choosing.”

And

“The pressure is suffocating down there; there’s no air to breathe. You make a mistake or come up just short in the Super Bowl, and it feels like the end of the world.”

Wikipedia:  Steve Sabol

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Omar Bradley

 

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“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”

And

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”

And

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

And

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”

And

“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader.”

And

“We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

And

“Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.”

And

“The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.”

And

“With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.”

And

Military hero, courageous in battle, and gentle in spirit, friend of the common soldier, General of the Army, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he embodies the best of the American military tradition with dignity, humanity, and honor. Gerald Ford, remarks upon presenting Bradley with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (10 January 1977)

And

An Armistice Day Address

By General Omar N. Bradley
Boston, Massachusetts
November 10, 1948

“TOMORROW is our day of conscience. For although it is a monument to victory, it is also a symbol of failure. Just as it honors the dead, so must it humble the living.

Armistice Day is a constant reminder that we won a war and lost a peace.

It is both a tribute and an indictment: A tribute to the men who died that their neighbors might live without fear of aggression. An indictment of those who lived and forfeited their chance for peace.

Therefore, while Armistice Day is a day for pride, it is for pride in the achievements of others—humility in our own.

Neither remorse nor logic can hide the fact that our armistice ended in failure. Not until the armistice myth exploded in the blast of a Stuka bomb did we learn that the winning of wars does not in itself make peace. And not until Pearl Harbor did we learn that non-involvement in peace means certain involvement in war.
We paid grievously for those faults of the past in deaths, disaster, and dollars.

It was a penalty we knowingly chose to risk. We made the choice when we defaulted on our task in creating and safeguarding a peace.

It is no longer possible to shield ourselves with arms alone against the ordeal of attack. For modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike. Our only complete assurance of surviving World War III is to halt it before it starts.

For that reason we clearly have no choice but to face the challenge of these strained times. To ignore the danger of aggression is simply to invite it. It must never again be said of the American people: Once more we won a war; once more we lost a peace. If we do we shall doom our children to a struggle that may take their lives.

ARMED forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace. For there is a wide chasm between war and peace—a chasm that can only be bridged by good will, discussion, compromise, and agreement. In 1945 while still bleeding from the wounds of aggression, the nations of this world met in San Francisco to build that span from war to peace. For three years—first hopefully, then guardedly, now fearfully—free nations have labored to complete that bridge. Yet again and again they have been obstructed by a nation whose ambitions thrive best on tension, whose leaders are scornful of peace except on their own impossible terms.

The unity with which we started that structure has been riddled by fear and suspicion. In place of agreement we are wrangling dangerously over the body of that very nation whose aggression had caused us to seek each other as allies and friends.

Only three years after our soldiers first clasped hands over the Elbe, this great wartime ally has spurned friendship with recrimination, it has clenched its fists and skulked in conspiracy behind it secretive borders.

As a result today we are neither at peace nor war. Instead we are engaged in this contest of tension, seeking agreement with those who disdain it, rearming, and struggling for peace.

Time can be for or against us.

It can be for us if diligence in our search for agreement equals the vigilance with which we prepare for a storm.

It can be against us if disillusionment weakens our faith in discussion—or if our vigilance corrodes while we wait.

Disillusionment is always the enemy of peace. And today—as after World War I —disillusionment can come from expecting too much, too easily, too soon. In our impatience we must never forget that fundamental differences have divided this world; they allow no swift, no cheap, no easy solutions.

While as a prudent people we must prepare ourselves to encounter what we may be unable to prevent, we nevertheless must never surrender ourselves to the certainty of that encounter.

For if we say there is no good in arguing with what must inevitably come, then we shall be left with no choice but to create a garrison state and empty our wealth into arms. The burden of long-term total preparedness for some indefinite but inevitable war could not help but crush the freedom we prize. It would leave the American people soft victims for bloodless aggression.

BOTH the East and the West today deprecate war. Yet because of its threatening gestures, its espousal of chaos, its secretive tactics, and its habits of force—one nation has caused the rest of the world to fear that it might recklessly resort to force rather that be blocked in its greater ambitions.

The American people have said both in their aid to Greece and in the reconstruction of Europe that any threat to freedom is a threat to our own lives. For we know that unless free peoples stand boldly and united against the forces of aggression, they may fall wretchedly, one by one, into the web of oppression.

It is fear of the brutal unprincipled use of force by reckless nations that might ignore the vast reserves of our defensive strength that has caused the American people to enlarge their air, naval, and ground arms.

Reluctant as we are to muster this costly strength, we must leave no chance for miscalculation in the mind of any aggressor.

Because in the United States it is the people who are sovereign, the Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will, truthfully and without distortion.

We, the American people, can stand cleanly before the entire world and say plainly to any state:

“This Government will not assail you.

“You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressor.”

Since the origin of the American people, their chief trait has been the hatred of war. And yet these American people are ready to take up their arms against aggression and destroy if need be by their might any nation which would violate the peace of the world.

There can be no compromise with aggression anywhere in the world. For aggression multiplies—in rapid succession—disregard for the rights of man. Freedom when threatened anywhere is at once threatened everywhere.

NO MORE convincing an avowal of their peaceful intentions could have been made by the American people than by their offer to submit to United Nations the secret of the atom bomb. Our willingness to surrender this trump advantage that atomic energy might be used for the peaceful welfare of mankind splintered the contentions of those word-warmakers that our atom had been teamed with the dollar for imperialistic gain.

Yet because we asked adequate guarantees and freedom of world-wide inspection by the community of nations itself, our offer was declined and the atom has been recruited into this present contest of nerves. To those people who contend that secrecy and medieval sovereignty are more precious than a system of atomic control, I can only reply that it is a cheap price to pay for peace.

The atom bomb is far more than a military weapon. It may—as Bernard Baruch once said—contain the choice between the quick and the dead. We dare not forget that the advantage in atomic warfare lies with aggression and surprise. If we become engaged in an atom bomb race, we may simply lull ourselves to sleep behind an atomic stockpile. The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

WITH the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and to progress.

IN OUR concentration on the tactics of strength and resourcefulness which have been used in the contest for blockaded Berlin, we must not forget that we are also engaged in a long-range conflict of ideas. Democracy can withstand ideological attacks if democracy will provide earnestly and liberally for the welfare of its people. To defend democracy against attack, men must value freedom. And to value freedom they must benefit by it in happier and more secure lives for their wives and their children.

Throughout this period of tension in which we live, the American people must demonstrate conclusively to all other peoples of the world that democracy not only guarantees man’s human freedom but that it guarantees his economic dignity and progress as well. To practice freedom and make it work, we must cherish the individual; we must provide him the opportunities for reward and impress upon him the responsibilities a free man bears to the society in which he lives.”

Wikipedia Page: Omar Bradley

24 College Football Head Coaches That CANNOT LOSE In Week FOUR – Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan Performing Deacon Blues!

 

“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!

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1.  Mike London, Virginia vs. Boise State – The Virginia football non-conference schedule from Hell ends on Friday night with a game against Boise State after games against UCLA and Notre Dame (and CUPCAKE William & Mary which wasn’t that Damn easy of a game for the Cavs) and barring another great performance more than likely Virginia will enter ACC play at Pitt on October 10 at 1 – 3 and fighting for their lives and head coach Mike London on one of the Hottest Seats in America.

Can Mike London’s Cavs find a way to beat a very good Boise State on Friday night?

Make that Mike London’s Cavs CANNOT LOSE to Boise State at home on Friday night!

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2.  David Shaw, Stanford vs. Oregon State – Even with the win over an USC football team that looked very wobbly against Stanford the Cardinal football team is still for the most part an unknown that has seen David Shaw post a record of….

10 – 7 in his last 17 games at Stanford

6 – 4 in his last 10 Pac-12 games at Stanford

…which makes Friday night’s game against Oregon State in Corvallis a mystery for sure especially when you calculate in new Beavers head coach Gary Andersen who should make OSU a more competitive team than they were under Mike Riley especially during Riley’s last few years on the job where Mediocrity with a Capital M was the dominant theme of the program.

The word that we here at Coaches Hot Seat are getting is that Stanford is a very motivated football team right now and the players are determined to build on the momentum that they got in the win over the Trojans BUT if for some reason the Cardinal should stumble and fall to 2 – 2 on the season after a loss to Oregon State which does have a first-year head coach then Stanford David Shaw will be right back on the Hot Seat so for Damn sure….

Play like men possessed Stanford boys!

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3.  Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Southern Miss – We were talking on the phone this past week to one of our long-time Nebraska friends who we first met over 20 years ago at a Berkshire-Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in Omaha and as a HUGE Nebraska alum and booster he had naturally looked into Mike Riley’s tenure at Oregon State and relative to Riley he asked the following of us:

“Did you guys know that in Mike Riley’s last 50 games at Oregon State his win/loss record was 24 – 26?”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes, of course we knew that and during most of that time Mike Riley was on the Hot Seat.”

Nebraska Friend: “I have asked a lot of people here in Nebraska a question I cannot get a good answer to and that question is: “How in the Heck can you get the Nebraska job when at your last school in your last 50 games you posted a record of 24 – 26?”

Coaches Hot Seat: “We have some news for you….no one will be able to answer that question with an answer that makes any Damn sense!”

Nebraska: “Let’s hope Mike Riley understands that if he posts a losing record in 2015 with the amount of talent that Bo Pelini left on the Huskers roster Riley will be back on Oregon permanently before Christmas along with anyone else that was responsible for hiring him!”

Damn!

Nebraska is now at 1 – 2 and still has these games to play:

Southern Miss
At Illinois
Wisconsin
At Minnesota
Northwestern
At Purdue
Michigan State
At Rutgers
Iowa

Can Mike Riley and his Nebraska team win at least 5 of their remaining 9 games to avoid Riley spending Christmas back in Oregon permanently?

Golly Gee Whiz….we don’t know about that so here’s to hoping Mike Riley hasn’t sold his house in Corvallis yet!

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4.  George O’Leary, UCF vs. South Carolina – Why is it that words of Jed Clampett come to mind when considering the current state of UCF football under George “I want to be the permanent AD at UCF “ O’Leary with those words being….

“Pitiful….Just Pitiful!”

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Because those words fit the current state of UCF football under George “Anyone heard yet if I have been named the permanent AD at UCF yet” O’Leary!

Luckily for UCF and George “I just love the idea of being the permanent AD at UCF because I won’t have to work all these long hours that the football coach has to” O’Leary they play a team this week in South Carolina that is almost as Damn pitiful as the Knights!

Still…no way that the Ole’ Ball Coach and the Gamecocks lose to this Pitiful UCF team….right?

Speaking of the Ole’ Ball Coach!

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5.  Steve Spurrier, South Carolina vs. UCF – For a lucky group of Coaches Hot Seat members our fathers started taking us to The Masters golf tournament in the 1970s before we were even in junior high school and it was there that we fell in love with the Augusta National Golf Club and everything else that makes up the greatest golf tournament in the world and in our opinion the very best thing about The Masters is its co-founder…

The Great Bobby Jones

….who is still in our minds one of the greatest golfers who ever lived and who did something that would be Completely Damn Unheard today.

Bobby Jones retired from the game of golf ON TOP of the game!

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In 1930 playing as an amateur golfer Bobby Jones won the so-called “Grand Slam” of that age in the game of golf which included wins in the following major golf tournaments…

British Amateur
Open Championship (British Open to Americans)
US Open
US Amateur

…and after that amazing accomplishment which included a career of winning 13 major championships overall and 7 wins in the US and British Opens Bobby Jones retired from golf at the ripe old age of 28 and of course went on to great success including the founding of the Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters golf tournament.

What does Bobby Jones have to do with Steve Spurrier exactly?

The TRUTH is it’s just no Damn fun watching one of your heroes failing at the very thing that made him a hero which in this case is…

Stephen Orr Spurrier coaching the game of football

…but that is exactly what is happening right now at South Carolina and barring a major miracle turnaround the 2015 season is going to be a Complete and Total Disaster for the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier knows it.

Here’s Steve Spurrier’s BIGGEST problem:  When you are a part-time coach which in our opinion Steve Spurrier is in spades at South Carolina and you are winning games then everything is fine….BUT…if you start posting losing records as a part-time coach and there are dozens of up-and-coming football coaches around the country that will work like a Demon at 80-plus hours a week if they had your job then your job status is in great danger and that is the case of Steve Spurrier at South Carolina no matter what the “Powers That Be” at the University of South Carolina tell you.

The South Carolina football head coaching job is not a gift to be given from God to someone that can keep as long as they like and if the Gamecocks crash and burn in 2015 as it looks like they are bound and determined to do then Steve Spurrier will have no choice but to retire to the beach and play a lot of golf.

Can South Carolina beat UCF?

South Carolina BETTER DAMN beat this Pitiful UCF team!

An old Greek idea…”As long as your name is whispered on the Earth you are immortal” = “Bobby Jones!”

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6.  Les Miles, LSU vs. Syracuse – Les Miles has LSU off to a nice start in 2015 with wins over Mississippi State and Auburn but we are talking about the Mad Hatter here and this is the kind of game where if LSU is not focused on the road against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome the Tigers could end up on the losing side of this game which would of course…

Send Les Miles right back to the Hot Seat!

Yes…Syracuse if a CANNOT LOSE game for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers!

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7.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue vs. Bowling Green – Purdue is off to a slow start in 2015 with their pretty tough non-conference schedule of Marshall, Indiana State, Virginia Tech and Bowling Green and Bowling Green in Week 4 is not going to be a Box of Cupcakes and a loss in this spot and Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers will be sitting at…

1 – 3

….with Big Ten play beginning on October 3 at Michigan State!

Can Darrell Hazell and Purdue find 5 more wins playing the remaining games?

Bowling Green
At Michigan State
Minnesota
At Wisconsin
Nebraska
Illinois
At Northwestern
At Iowa
Indiana

If they can then that will be a Helluva coaching job by Darrell Hazell which really makes Bowling Green a CANNOT LOSE Game!

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8.  Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Wake Forest – Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson is very close to getting his ass off the Hot Seat which would happen with a win over a slightly improving Wake Forest team and the Hoosiers especially need this win because that would put them at 4 – 0 heading into Big Ten play where they should be able to find 2 wins out of 8 conference games and thus get IU back to a bowl game which is ALWAYS a significant accomplishment at Indiana.

YES….Wake Forest is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Kevin Wilson and Indiana!

9.  Ron Turner, Florida International vs. La. Tech – This is Ron Turner’s third season as the head coach at FIU and he has posted an overall record of…

7 – 20

…and thus EVERY game from here on out will be CANNOT LOSE game which of course makes this Saturday’s game at La Tech a CANNOT LOSE game especially with a game at UMass on deck.

10.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming vs. New Mexico – If Craig Bohl is EVER going to get the Wyoming football program pointed in the right direction after a 4 – 11 start in Laramie then beating a struggling New Mexico team may just be the spot to do that BUT this is also a game that Bohl CANNOT LOSE because a loss to the Lobos will really show just how far Wyoming football has fallen and how far it will have to come back just to get within sniffing distance of 6 wins-plus and a bowl game!

New Mexico is a CANNOT LOSE game for Craig Bowl and Wyoming!

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11.  Bob Davie, New Mexico vs. Wyoming – Bob Davie needs some wins at New Mexico and fast and a game against a struggling Wyoming team may be just the place for the Lobos to get their second win of the 2015 season BUT a loss in this spot to the Cowboys will make it very tough for New Mexico to get 6 wins in 2015 and in our opinion Bob Davie REALLY needs 6 wins in 2015 to return to coach the Lobos next season.

YES….Wyoming is a CANNOT LOSE game for Bob Davie and the Lobos!

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12.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Maryland – With a 2 – 0 start to the 2015 season Dana Holgorsen is now only a win over Maryland from getting his ass off the Hot Seat….at least for now….and we would recommend that the Mountaineers beat Maryland because it will be no Damn fun going into Big 12 play with a game at Oklahoma with your ass on the Hot Seat so Holgorsen get your ass off the Hot Seat with a win on Saturday!

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13.  Randy Edsall, Maryland vs. West Virginia – Randy Edsall got off the long smoldering Hot Seat in 2014 with a 7 – 5 regular season record before getting crushed by Stanford in their bowl game and now the Terps have started slow in 2015 and with a loss to West Virginia in Morgantown Randy Edsall will find his ass right back on the Hot Seat which for Damn sure makes this WVU game at….

CANNOT LOSE or it is Hot Seat for sure for Edsall!

14.  Kirk Ferentz, Iowa vs. North Texas – Kirk Ferentz and Iowa are off to a 3 – 0 start in 2015 but we have seen this movie before and the question is now can the Hawkeyes keep things rolling against North Texas before they open up Big Ten play at Wisconsin on October 3?

We don’t know but we do know that…

North Texas is a CANNOT LOSE game for Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes!

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15.  Charlie Strong, Texas vs. Oklahoma State – If you want to understand what is going on behind the scenes of the Texas athletic department and Texas football program right now deep in the heart of Texas just watch the below clip from the movie Nixon when Richard Nixon met with some “boys” in Texas shortly before November 1963 when the “Texas boys” tried without success to get Nixon to commit to run against John F. Kennedy in the 1964 Presidential Election:

Charlie Strong and his Texas coaches should just keep their heads down and keep trying to win football games BUT everyone should understand the firing of now former Texas AD Steve Patterson was done for a reason while the college football season was still going on and that is because in our opinion if the Texas football team falls flat on its face this season with a less than .500 record then there will be a MASSIVE push by the “Texas boys” to payoff Charlie Strong and go hire a new head football coach for the Texas Longhorns which we would handicap in the following way as the most likely next head football coach at Texas…in order with most likely first:

Nick Saban
Jimbo Fisher
Mark Dantonio
Jim Mora
Rich Rodriguez
Gary Patterson
Chip Kelly

YES…you could say that Oklahoma State is a CANNOT LOSE game for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns!

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16.   Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Florida – You can do all the Damn great recruiting you want and all the Damn great talking you want but if you don’t win football games when you are at a place like Tennessee you will find your ass on the Hot Seat and eventually out of a job and when we say “win football games” it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Butch Jones’ Tennessee football team should win…

8 Games in 2015

….and that is why that Cowardly Oklahoma loss was such a Complete Freaking Disaster for Jones and a loss that Jones MUST atone for with a win over Florida on Saturday in the….

CANNOT DAMN LOSE Game of the Day!

The Tennessee Vols now at 2 – 1 on the season have these games remaining to be played….

At Florida
Arkansas
Georgia
At Alabama
At Kentucky
South Carolina
North Texas
At Missouri
Vanderbilt

…and in our opinion if you could have beaten Oklahoma if not for some COWARDLY coaching then for Damn sure you can beat….Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Texas and Vanderbilt which adds up to…

8 Wins Total and an 8 – 4 overall record

…and thus Butch Jones now has his charge…beat ALL of the above listed teams and get 8 wins on the board or Hot Seat it will be!

17.  Jeff Monken, Army vs. Eastern Michigan – Even sitting on an 0 – 3 record and his ass on the Hot Seat Jeff Monken’s Army team hasn’t played too badly in 2015 and that is why we here at Coaches Hot Seat fully expect Army to beat Eastern Michigan on Saturday in a CANNOT LOSE game for the West Point Boys….Go Army!

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18.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M –From where we sit we see only three possible scenarios for the rest of the 2015 Arkansas football season and Bret Bielema’s future in Northwest Arkansas:

A.  Somehow Arkansas beats Texas A&M on Saturday and the Razorbacks come roaring back under BIG Talking Bret Bielema to win 8 games overall and a winning record in SEC play and Bielema is the talk of Razorback Country come December!

B.  Arkansas loses to Texas A&M on Saturday but somehow regroups to win 6 or 7 games with a .500 record in SEC play and although Bret Bielema’s ass is still on the Hot Seat come December he lives to fight another day and comes back for the 2016 season to coach the Razorbacks.

C.  Arkansas gets destroyed by Texas A&M and then loses to Tennessee and Alabama on the road and amazingly somehow loses to Auburn at home also which has Bret Bielema’s ass HOTTER than a newly arrived showgirl in Vegas and then the rest of the season falls apart with the Hogs finishing with records of….

2 – 10 overall

0 – 8 in SEC play

…which is followed by Bret Bielema and Arkansas AD Jeff Long being driven out of Fayetteville in the dark of the night for their own personal safety never to be seen again in Northwest Arkansas!

We asked one of our Arkansas fishing buddies what would happen if Arkansas only won 2, 3 or 4 games in 2015 and his response was:

“That Fat Ass Bielema would have his ass run right out of town is what would happen!”

With the possibility of “that Fat Ass Bielema getting his ass run right out of town” come December we now have a pool going on at Coaches Hot Seat on who will be the next head football coach at Arkansas and the leader of that Coaches Hot Seat Next Arkansas Head Coach Pool as of September 25 is…

Justin Fuentes, Memphis head football coach!

Coach ‘Em Up Bret Bielema or fully expect to get your “Fast Ass run right out of town” come December!

Good Luck against the Aggies Bret and if you lose….well….you know…your ass will only get Hotter!

19.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss – Assuming for a moment that Derek Mason can retain his job at Vandy if somehow the Commodores can get 4 wins at least in 2015 this Saturday’s game against Ole Miss is not really a…

CANNOT LOSE Game

…but rather how about let’s see if Vandy can make this game competitive for awhile and stay healthy in the process and get ready for a BIG game at Middle Tennessee on October 3 which is for Damn sure a CANNOT LOSE Game!

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20.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Mississippi State – Almost two decades ago now when a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were working on the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta they were invited over to Talladega, Alabama for one of the 500 mile NASCAR races at the Talladega Motor Speedway and during that trip they learned a very valuable lesson about human nature. Before the race the two Coaches Hot Seat members were talking to the owner of one of the cars in the race that day and they were telling the owner how exciting it was to watch races on TV from Talladega and that they were looking forward to a great day of racing to which the car owner replied to by saying:

“Well Hell Boys….glad to hear you love the racing but as for everyone else at home watching on TV and the people at the track they love to see the crashes!”

The above insight into human nature is why to all of us in the general public that watching what is unfolding at Auburn is so Damn interesting because the Auburn Tigers football program is right now in the middle of a slow-motion crash that could turn into one of those 20-plus car pileups they have ALWAYS have at Daytona and Talladega with just one more loss on the board and that is why this game against Mississippi State on Saturday is not only a HUGE game for the Auburn Tigers…

It is the BIGGEST game of Gus Malzahn’s young college coaching career!

The line between Failure and Success is now razor thin in Major College Football and there is no Damn guarantee that what worked today will work tomorrow mainly because what you are doing today is being taken apart by dozens of graduate assistants in college athletic departments that are working overtime to find ways to BLOW-UP what you are succeeding with today and there in a nutshell is what has happened at Auburn for Gus Malzahn who runs an offense that even a mediocre defense can BLOW-UP if Malzahn does not have a game-changing quarterback receiving the snaps.

We don’t have a Freaking Clue if the new starting Auburn QB Sean White is the solution to what ails the Tigers’ offense BUT for Damn sure Gus Malzahn had no choice but to try another quarterback because Jeremy Johnson was moving in slow motion while making very Damn slow decisions and when you combine Slow + Gus Malzahn’s offense you have nothing short of a…

Complete Freaking Disaster!

Let’s look at Auburn’s remaining schedule with the Tigers now at 2 – 1:

Mississippi State
San Jose State
At Kentucky
At Arkansas
Ole Miss
At Texas A&M
Georgia
Idaho
Alabama

If Auburn plays like they did against Louisville, Jacksonville State and LSU the Tigers will be lucky to win…

5 Games in 2015

…and if Auburn only wins 5 games in 2015 the Hot Seat under Gus Malzahn’s ass especially if the Tigers don’t beat Alabama will make Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell look like a rollercoaster ride at Six Flags!

21.  Norm Chow, Hawaii vs. Wisconsin – Is there anyone with a working brain that believes Hawaii can beat Wisconsin in Madison?

Didn’t think so which makes this Saturday’s Hawaii at Wisconsin game not so much a…

CANNOT LOSE

…..game for Warriors head coach Norm Chow but rather a….

CANNOT LOSE TOO DAMN BAD Game!

Good Luck in Madison Norm!

22.  Paul Petrino, Idaho vs. Georgia Southern – Eventually when you post a win/loss record like this…

3 – 23

…as a head football coach you will be called into someone’s office and told to get your stuff together because you are done and sooner rather than later unless Paul Petrino starts winning some football games at Idaho that is a conversation that Petrino will be having which makes the Vandals’ Saturday game against Georgia Southern a…

CANNOT DAMN LOSE Game!

23.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State vs. Fresno State – Most of all right now San Jose State HC Ron Caragher needs some wins because his win/loss records with the Spartans of….

Overall:  10 – 17

MWC:  7 – 10

….in now his third season on the job equals Hot Seat in a BIG way and the only way to get off the Hot Seat is to start winning some football games starting with the game against Fresno State on Saturday.

Fresno State is a clear CANNOT LOSE game for Ron Caragher and San Jose State!

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24.  Steve Sarkisian, USC vs. Arizona State – To say our USC alum friends are unhappy right now with the state of USC football would be a massive understatement because they fully believed that the Trojans would roll Stanford last Saturday setting up a BIG game this week against Arizona State in Tempe BUT now this Arizona State game is very simply….

A game that Steve Sarkisian CANNOT LOSE

…especially with what remains on USC’s schedule after this Saturday:

Washington
At Notre Dame
Utah
At California
Arizona
At Colorado
At Oregon
UCLA

Damn…if USC drops to 2 – 2 with a loss to Arizona State on Saturday the Trojans will be fighting to just get to 6 wins in 2015 and if the Trojans win less than 8 games this season….

Damn…just Damn…our USC alum friends will be all over AD Pat Haden to find a new football coach for the Trojans and when these boys start calling for your ass to be fired…your ass is almost always fired!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 25, 2015 – Ernest Shackleton

 

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“By endurance we conquer.”

And

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

And

“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

And

“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

And

“Optimism is true moral courage.”

And

“Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.”

And

“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

And

“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”

And

“You often have to hide from them not only the truth, but your feelings about the truth. You may know that the facts are dead against you, but you mustn’t say so.”

And

“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”

And

Shackleton’s Leadership of the Endurance Expedition, Charles Chappell, Wharton Exeutive MBS Program (pdf)

Lessons in Leadership

1. Put your people first
2. Be flexible in tactics
3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence
4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity
5. Lead by example
6. Strive for equal treatment
7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal
8. Balance optimism with realism

And

Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehin, New York Times

Wikipedia: Ernest Shackleton

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 24, 2015 – Ray Bradbury

 

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

Wikipedia:  Ray Bradbury

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – Arthur Schopenhauer

 

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“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.”

And

“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”

And

“A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.”

And

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

And

“Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”

And

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”

And

“Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.”

And

“If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.”

And

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.

And

“Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.”

And

“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.”

And

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

And

“The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.”

And

“The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.”

And

“The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.”

And

“We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.”

And

“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”

And

“It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles’ Oedipus, who, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer. But most of us carry with us the Jocasta in our hearts, who begs Oedipus, for God’s sake, not to inquire further.”

And

“The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.”

And

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”

And

“Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.”

And

“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.”

And

“In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.”

And

“Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”

And

“To free a man from error does not mean to take something from him, but to give him something.”

Wikipedia:  Arthur Schopenhauer

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 21, 2015 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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“Character is higher than intellect.”

And

“I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.”

And

“A little integrity is better than any career. “

And

“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.”

And

“What you do thunders so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”

And

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

And

“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”

And

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”

And

“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius. “

And

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

And

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

And

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”

And

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

And

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

And

“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”

And

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

And

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”

And

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.”

And

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

And

“It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.”

And

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

And

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”

And

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

And

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”

And

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”

And

“If the colleges were better, if they … had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude.”

And

“Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as ‘glittering generalities,’ have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.”

And

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

And

“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.”

And

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”

And

“The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men’s farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title. To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.”

And

“But genius looks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates.”

And

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but though his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”

And

“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”

And

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so.”

And

“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.”

And

“Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. The force of character is cumulative.”

And

“Hence, the less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.”

And

“Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”

And

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

Wikipedia:  Ralph Waldo Emerson