21. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – No…it’s not a good look when you are the head coach of a football team in your 29 th season on the job….
Frank Beamer – Virginia Tech
…..and you lose to a head coach in his first year on the job…
Pat Narduzzi – Pitt
Hell, there’s no shame in losing to a Pat Narduzzi coached Pitt team since Narduzzi will probably win a lot of games in the coming years with the Panthers BUT there is trouble deep in the heart of Virginia and that trouble begins and ends with the…
…that Virginia Tech football has become with Frank Beamer now sitting on an Overall Record over the last FOUR football seasons of…
24 – 20
….and even worse an ACC record of…
12 – 13
Damn…that ain’t good as caller to the Paul Finebaum Show might say if Virginia Tech was an SEC Conference school which it might very well be the case in 2021 but that is another subject entirely so let’s get back to Frank Beamer who has a Hokies team now at….
2 – 3
…on the season and they still have to play these football games:
NC State At Miami Duke At Boston College At Georgia Tech North Carolina At Virginia
Damn….anyone else thinking Va. Tech will have to beat Virginia in the last game of the season just to get a bowl game?
22. Mike Riley, Nebraska – We could go into the Complete Freaking Disaster that was the end of the Nebraska – Illinois game that saw TWO head coaches do their Damndest to give the Damn football game away but this story will explain the Idiocy on the Nebraska side of the field….
…not that long-time….try 40 years plus….watchers of Pac-12 Football like the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat haven’t seen Mike Riley do some strange things over the years as the head coach at Oregon State which the folks in Lincoln, Nebraska better Damn get used to since Mike can pull some real Hum-Dingers from time-to-time such as the Cornhuskers now basically giving away…
Three Damn Football Games in 2015
….to drop to 2 – 3 on the season and make it next to Damn impossible to get to a bowl game without some kind of divine intervention between now and late November.
Let’s look at the rest of Nebraska’s schedule with the Huskers now at 2 – 3:
Wisconsin At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
We only see one FOR SURE WIN….at Purdue…but then should we give Nebraska a FOR SURE WIN based upon the losses the Cornhuskers have already pulled out of their asses in 2015?
NO is the clear answer to that question so your guess is as good as ours on how many wins Mike Riley posts in Lincoln this season BUT one thing for sure if Wisconsin loses to Nebraska on Saturday the Badgers will drop to 3 – 3 on the season and Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s ass will be on the Hot Seat so to Mike Riley and Paul Chryst we can only say…
Coach Hard Boys and to the Hot Seat the Losing Coach will go!
23. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Not that a lot of us were really expecting a severely undermanned San Jose State team to travel across America and beat what is a very average Auburn team last Saturday BUT there were moments when the Spartans had the Tigers on the ropes BUT alas with a 35 – 21 loss San Jose State dropped to…
2 – 3
…on the season and that puts Ron Caragher in the position of needing some wins….and quick!
Now in his third season at San Jose State Ron Caragher has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 18
MWC: 8 – 10
….and what we here at Coaches Hot Seat and reasonable fans of Spartans football are looking for isn’t all that much…..
Just a little above .500 football
….and taking the SJSU football team to a bowl EVERY season and with these games left to play…
At UNLV San Diego State New Mexico BYU At Nevada At Hawaii Boise State
….we see No Damn Reason At All why Ron Caragher shouldn’t be able to coach-up his football team to win FOUR of the Spartans SEVEN remaining football games.
Are we right….why Hell Yes We Are RIGHT!
24. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – With a 51 – 31 loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday La. Monroe head coach Todd Berry officially has a mess on his hands in Monroe, Louisiana because after posting a…
4 – 8 record in 2014
…the Warhawks are now at 1 – 3 on this season and still have to play these games:
At Tulsa Appalachian State At Idaho At La. Lafayette At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
OK…we see several Very Damn Winnable Games left on La. Monroe’s schedule so we see No Damn Reason why the Warhawks don’t get to 6 wins at least in 2015 especially since they are playing 13 football games this season!
Coach ‘Em Up Todd Berry to get your ass off the Hot Seat!
25. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – OK….what started out at Miami (Ohio) as a Mess for second-year head coach Chuck Martin has turned into nothing less than a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
….after the Redhawks loss to Kent State on Saturday which drops Martin’s records in two seasons to…
Overall: 3 – 14
MAC: 2 – 7
….which as we just said adds up to a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Geez…Chuck Martin won 74 games and TWO Division II National Championships in SIX seasons at Grand Valley State and at Miami (OH) he looks like Gerry Faust with sympathies to all the Notre Dame fans out there that cringe every time they hear the name Gerry Faust who in five seasons coaching the Irish posted a record of…
30 – 26 – 1
Come on Chuck Martin…do you want to go down in history as another Gerry Faust? If not, start…
Coaching Your Damn Team Up Son!
26. Dan McCarney, North Texas – Things are not looking pretty for Dan McCarney and his North Texas football team who have had the following points laid on them this season….
How about getting your team to play some Damn defense Coach McCarney? Is that really too much to ask?
Didn’t think so but then FCS team Portland State is traveling to North Texas this Saturday and Vikings scored 24 points in Washington State beating the Cougars earlier this season so Hell Portland State should easily be able to double that and score…
48 Points on North Texas!
Hell, Coach McCarney if your football team isn’t going to play any Damn defense what the Hell is the point of you coaching the North Texas football team?
Oh….if you like Coaches Hot Seat will fly down to Denton, Texas this week Coach McCarney and for Damn sure we will find someone on the North Texas football team that will not lay down and QUIT when the defense is on the field and the ones that don’t want to play defense they will find their asses in the stands or as one of our football coaches used to say to the lazy ones on our team:
“Why the Hell don’t you join the chess club son so that you can sit on your ass all the Damn time!”
27. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – West Virginia played well….at times…against Oklahoma BUT this is about the time last season when WVU was shown to be a Complete Fraud which led to the season going into the tank and the Mountaineers ending up with record of….
6 – 6 in the regular season
….and now at 3 – 1 on the season Crazy Boy Holgorsen and WVU still have to play…
Oklahoma State At Baylor At TCU Texas Tech Texas At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
OK…OK….we agree that Texas, Kansas and Iowa State are…
…for West Virginia this season but that only adds up to 5 Wins which means the Mountaineers will need to find 3 more wins out of their remaining 5 games just to get to 8 wins and anything less than 8 wins for West Virginia in 2015 will be a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…and put Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s head coaching job in serious jeopardy!
If West Virginia did go 5 – 4 in Big 12 Conference play in 2015 that would leave Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s Big 12 Conference record over FOUR seasons at….
21 – 23
…and in case Crazy Boy didn’t know it…
That Sucks The Big One at West Virginia!
28. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – Tim DeRuyter got off to a great start in his first two seasons at Fresno State posting records of…
9 – 4 11 – 2
…but something changed last season with the Bulldogs playing their first NINE games and posting a 3 – 6 record which they recovered slightly from before finishing the 2014 season at…
6 – 8
….after getting crushed in their bowl game against Rice.
Counting last season head coach Tim DeRuyter is now sitting on a record of…
7 – 12
…in his last 19 games and 7 – 13 in his last 20 games and if that won’t get your ass on the Hot Seat then nothing will!
What has gone wrong at Fresno State to derail the Hot Start that Tim DeRuyter had with the Bulldogs that now find his ass on the Hot Seat?
Well, not having a very good quarterback is a good place to start but then a college head football coach is responsible for making sure he has good quarterbacks in the plural on his roster ready to step-up when needed BUT there may be something else going on in Fresno.
In August several dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were at Lake Tahoe for the Annual Coaches Hot Seat Clambake by the Lake and one night we were at the Lone Eagle bar at the Hyatt Grand Lake Tahoe in Incline Village and we ran into a couple of guys from the Fresno area who we asked about the state of the Fresno State football program and one of the guys answered that question by saying:
Fresno Resident: “It’s turning into a Complete F-ing Disaster.”
Coaches Hot Seat: “What the Hell do you mean by that?”
Fresno Resident: “Just what I said…you just wait and see.”
OK…we have been waiting and watching and Fresno State opened the season with a record of…
1 – 4
…and against the FOUR FBS teams that the Bulldogs have played they have given up the following points…
Ole Miss – 73 points Utah – 45 points San Jose State – 49 points San Diego State – 21 points
….to which we can only say that is a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Up next for Fresno State…two winnable home games against Utah State and UNLV which would with wins get Tim DeRuyter’s ass off the Hot Seat!
29. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – OK…OK….Curtis Johnson and his Tulane football got their second win of the season Saturday BUT that win was over Hapless and Falling To Pieces UCF and now let’s see if Johnson can keep his Green Wave rolling with a game….
….on Saturday which is not exactly going to be an easy place for Curtis Johnson to keep the Green Wave rolling!
Oh…Hell….Houston is after Temple on the schedule and then a game at Navy…and then a game at Memphis….Hell….Tulane could lose their next FOUR games easy which is why Curtis Johnson needs to have his football players play like….
Men Possessed against the Temple Owls!
30. Todd Monken, Southern Miss – One has to be impressed with what Todd Monken has going at Southern Miss now after a dominating win over North Texas on Saturday which raised the Golden Eagles record to 3 – 2 and now USM turns its attention to a game…
…which with a win would not only get Todd Monken’s ass off the Hot Seat but is a game that we believe Southern Miss CAN and SHOULD WIN!
Keep giving them Hell Todd Monken but then why the Hell wouldn’t Todd Monken keep giving them Hell?
“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”
“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”
“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”
“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”
“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”
“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”
“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”
“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”
“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”
“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”
“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”
“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”
“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”
“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”
“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”
“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”
“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”
“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”
11. Willie Taggart, South Florida – South Florida played a decent Memphis team pretty tough last Friday night but as we watched the Bulls we couldn’t help but think….
“Hell, if this team could just run a few plays correctly it could beat Memphis in this game!”
Damn Willie Taggart….it’s time to get this USF team coached-up already and start winning some football games especially since you are now….
1 – 3
…on the season with still a lot of tough games to be played starting with Syracuse at home on Saturday.
Can USF somehow find 5 more wins in their last 8 games?
Syracuse At UConn SMU At Navy At East Carolina Temple Cincinnati At UCF
We don’t see why the Hell not!
Get off your ass Willie Taggart!
12. Paul Petrino, Idaho – Idaho lost to Georgia Southern by two touchdowns on Saturday which drops Paul Petrino’s record in three seasons with the Vandals to…
3 – 25
….and the 2015 season rolls on with Idaho playing at Troy this week which is a game the Vandals could win….NOT!
Paul Petrino = Hot Seat and soon out of a job!
13. Trent Miles, Georgia State – Trent Miles Georgia State team lost to Liberty…
…on Saturday which drops Miles’ overall record to…
2 – 26
….in his third season on the job which is NOT GOOD in case anyone was wondering!
Up next for Georgia State….
Good Luck with that Trent Miles because if you can’t beat Liberty you sure the Hell aren’t beating Appalachian State!
14. Norm Chow, Hawaii – People can make all the excuses in the world like…
No one can win at Hawaii
Poor Norm Chow has an impossible job
…but the FACT is that Hawaii is a place where a good head coach can win at and June Jones proved that FACT by compiling a record of…
76 – 41
…in NINE seasons as the head coach at Hawaii and now in his FOURTH season coaching the Warriors Norm Chow has posted records of…
Overall: 10 – 32
MWC: 4 – 21
…and anyone that tells you that Hawaii has posted those records because the “poor Hawaii kids” have to fly “X amount of miles” to play football games is nothing but a….
With Hawaii now 2 – 3 on the season they play San Diego State at home which includes ZERO miles flown so the Warriors should win this game….right?
15. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – It’s become our opinion that both Arkansas and Tennessee are very AVERAGE football teams in 2015 after watching the Razorbacks and Vols game again on Monday because there was a Helluva lot of AVERAGE football being played in Neyland Stadium with the Hogs just getting a little above AVERAGE play in the second half to get out of there with a win and turn up the heat on Butch Jones’ ass even more if that was even possible!
Now at 2 – 3 on the season Arkansas has left to play in 2015….
At Alabama Auburn UT Martin At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
…and we give the Razorbacks NO CHANCE to beat…
Alabama Ole Miss LSU
….and a 100% CHANCE to beat….
Auburn UT Martin
…which means Bret Bielema will have to beat both…
Mississippi State LSU
….to get to 6 – 6 and a bowl game!
Damn….can a head coach at Arkansas really survive not taking his football team to a bowl game in his THIRD season on the job in Fayetteville?
Just for comparison below are the THIRD season records of Arkansas head coaches going back to the Great Frank Broyles that actually made it to their THIRD season still on the job:
Bobby Petrino (2010): 10 – 3
Houston Nutt (2000): 6 – 6
Danny Ford (1995): 8 – 5
Ken Hatfield (1986): 9 – 3
Lou Holtz (1979): 10 – 2
Frank Broyles (1960): 8 – 3
So what if the nightmare scenario happens and Arkansas finishes at….
4 – 8
…in 2015 can Bret Bielema possibly hang onto his job considering we are talking about….
….here right? RIGHT!
Does anyone else not think if Jim Harbaugh was at Arkansas that the Razorbacks would be in the National Championship hunt in his THIRD season on the job?
Thought so and why accepting MEDIOCRITY is not only wrong it’s not…
…either and why Bret Bielema MUST BE FIRED if he only puts 4 wins on the board in his THIRD season on the job….unless of course you love…
…which may indeed be the case with a majority of fans of Arkansas football!
16. Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner is now in his THIRD season as the head coach at FIU and after the loss to UMass Turner’s overall record dropped to….
7 – 22
….and if that is good enough for the folks at FIU then that’s good enough for us!
Ron Turner = Hot Seat in the REAL World but maybe not at FIU!
17. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – A 35 – 21 win over San Jose State may have calmed some folks at Auburn but for those of us that follow San Jose State football closely we know that the Spartans have won…
5 Games the Last Two Seasons
….so Auburn beating San Jose State is the ultimate…
No Damn Big Whoop
….and now we head into a bye week for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers before a….
….against Kentucky on Thursday October 15 that Malzahn & Auburn just Flat-Out CANNOT LOSE!
Could Gus Malzahn actually be fired at the end of the 2015 season?
YES….if Auburn goes 0 – 8 in SEC Conference play….and Auburn is 0 – 2 right now…Gus Malzahn will be fired shortly after the 2015 regular season ends….PERIOD.
18. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – The Craig Bohl Mystery Tour at Wyoming continues with the Cowboys losing to Appalachian State on the road in Week 5 and thus setting up the very real possibility that Wyoming will not win even ONE game in 2015 with these games remaining:
At Air Force Nevada At Boise State At Utah State Colorado State At San Diego State UNLV
Geez….could Craig Bohl who is just two years removed from winning THREE straight FCS NCAA National Championships at North Dakota State coach Wyoming to ZERO wins this season?
Yes….there is a 50 – 50 chance that could happen in 2015 and that is just NUTS!
19. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – It was no fun watching the once Mighty Oregon Ducks struggle to put away a Colorado team that lost to a Pitiful Hawaii football team to open the 2015 season which means to us there are some REAL problems with the Oregon Ducks which might just get exposed this weekend with a home game in Eugene against a very AVERAGE Washington State team.
With the Washington Huskies in Seattle on deck which is game that Mark Helfrich CANNOT LOSE or risk losing his job the Ducks cannot look ahead and lose to Washington State this weekend in what is also a CANNOT LOSE game for Oregon against the Cougs.
20. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – With a very uninspiring loss to Missouri on the road on Saturday Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina football team dropped to…
2 – 3
….on the season and here comes LSU to rain-soaked Columbia, South Carolina that will no doubt only make things that much more miserable in the Palmetto State.
Let’s go to what’s left on South Carolina’s schedule this season:
LSU Vanderbilt At Texas A&M At Tennessee Florida The Citadel Clemson
Geez….we cannot imagine how South Carolina even gets to 6 wins this season which in case the Ole’ Ball Coach doesn’t know it is a….
1. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – After FIVE weeks of college football head coach Darrell Hazell and his Boilermakers have ONE win and FOUR losses on the board and that ONE win is over…
Now in his third season at Purdue Darrell Hazell’s overall win/loss record is nothing to write home about….
5 – 24
….and things don’t get any easier with Minnesota coming to town although if you can almost beat Michigan State on the road you should be able to give the Gophers a Helluva game at home…right?
Darrell Hazell needs some wins….and quick….or the Darrell Hazell era at Purdue will come to an end before the ball drops in Times Square!
2. George O’Leary, UCF – It has been our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat for quite awhile that the last Damn thing a school would want to do is….
Have A Head Football Coach Who Is Also the Athletic Director
….and the 2015 UCF football season which has the Knights now sitting on a record of….
0 – 5
….with a head coach in George O’Leary who is also the interim athletic director our opinion has been proven TRUE because a head football coach of a FBS school has no Damn time to be the athletic director and that REALITY is hitting home IN SPADES for the Complete Fools running the University of Central Florida!
Here is what’s left on UCF schedule:
UConn At Temple Houston At Cincinnati At Tulsa East Carolina USF
Hell, if you can’t beat Furman at home how in the Hell is UCF going to beat ANY of the teams left on its schedule?
Our recommendation: The Administration at UCF should fire their Interim AD before the Bastard destroys the Knights football program!
3. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London and the Cavs had a bye in Week 5 and get after it again in Week 6 with at game at Pitt which is a MUST Damn WIN Game with Virginia now sitting on a record of….
1 – 3
….and with ACC play just now getting underway.
In his SIXTH season at Virginia now is the time…Hell, it’s past the time…for Mike London to start winning football games and getting UVA to bowl game at least, but can the Cavs win FIVE of their last EIGHT games to get to 6 – 6 and that bowl game?
If not…then why in the Hell not….is our question!
4. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – Paul Rhoads and Iowa State got their MUST WIN over a Completely Hapless Kansas team on Saturday with the Jayhawks looking to be in a tailspin that is nowhere near the bottom BUT it’s back to REAL football in Week 6 with a game in Lubbock against Texas Tech that the Cyclones and Rhoads REALLY need to win….BUT….does Iowa State have any shot to win this game?
Not really in our opinion because the Cyclones have little chance to score the 35 or so points that it will take to beat Texas Tech in Lubbock so there’s your charge Paul Rhoads…
Get Your Football Team to Score 35 Points Plus This Coming Saturday!
5. Charlie Strong, Texas – Forget the saying….
…because the saying of the moment deep in heart of Texas is…
What A Damn Mess Texas Football Is Right Now!
When your football team gets its ass whipped by a score of….
50 – 7
….in your second season and 18 th game as a head coach by another football team that man-for-man has LESS talent than your football team you clearly have a….
Complete Freaking Mess
…on your hands and that reality puts Charlie Strong’s immediate head coaching future in peril.
What’s wrong with Texas football right now you ask?
Well, it’s a combination of things in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat:
A. The Country Club and Privileged Attitude that pervaded Texas football in Mack Brown’s last years in Austin
B. Charlie Strong’s decision to go with more committed younger players over less committed and privileged older players which may have created a schism within the Texas football team
C. The level of commitment that Charlie Strong is now getting from his football team as a whole which we would peg around the 80% mark when anything below 90% in major college football today can put a football team in mortal danger of having a Complete Freaking Disaster of a season
D. The lingering effects of now departed former Texas AD Steve Patterson who as a Sorry Excuse of a Human Being created a miserable working environment for the employees, coaches and athletes within and around the University of Texas athletic department
One of the reasons Paul “Bear” Bryant was one of the greatest leaders of men in American history forget about being one of the greatest football coaches ever was that he had the uncanny ability to get very close to 100% from every member of his football and in our opinion Coach Bryant got that “maximum effort” because he got himself into a very specific part of the human brain that also happens to be a part of a growing child’s brain where successful parents are able to place themselves as well.
Just what in the Hell are we writing about here with Paul “Bear” Bryant, successful parents, and a child’s brain and what does that have to do with Charlie Strong’s problems at Texas right now?
Ask yourself….for those that played sports or even with your experiences in the workplace….when did you perform your best and what kind of feeling did you have towards your coach or boss when you performed at that high level?
More than likely when you performed your best you both respected your coach or boss AND more importantly you did not want to let them down which led to you playing or working very hard and giving….close to 100% of your effort to the assigned job.
Bottom-Line: It’s not enough for a coach or boss to be respected by his players or workers which is fundamental to building a great team in any environment, but to truly be great the coach or boss must occupy in the minds of his/her players or workers the space in the brain where the players or workers do not want to let that coach or boss down because to do so would both negatively impact the self-image & well being of the player or worker and also disappoint the coach or boss.
All of the above may seem like psycho-babble but it’s not…and take that from people here at Coaches Hot Seat that studied, trained and were members of high-performing teams in the US Military while the Cold War which was really Hot War was still going on with the Soviet Union when it was paramount that the US build great teams that could go out on the battlefield of the world and take-on the USSR in the very direct way as tasked by Ronald Reagan with the ultimate goal being as President Reagan identified in 1981 to his then CIA Director as:
“We Win….They Lose.”
Getting back to the Charlie Strong and his problems at Texas…..Strong will have no chance to turn things around with the Longhorns in what is now an Uber-competitive Big 12 Conference unless he can get a LOT more from his players which ultimately comes down to increasing the maximum level of effort from the Horns players to above the 90% mark to at least have a chance to match the effort of the opposing Big 12 teams that are coming up on the Texas schedule.
How exactly can Charlie Strong get a higher level of effort from his Texas players? Well, since Strong has been at Texas for 2 seasons and 18 games now and it looks like the Horns are going in reverse instead of forward Charlie needs to look at what he and his coaches are doing and see if there is another way to approach his players to ultimately maneuver the members of the Texas football team to that spot that Coach Bryant used to occupy in his players’ minds…..which was the spot that Strong got to with his players at Louisville where he routinely got 97% to 100% effort from his Cardinals football team.
We are not at the Texas practices but it looks to us that Charlie Strong and his coaches have put so much pressure on the Texas football players that they are now more afraid of making a negative mistake than making a great positive play which is NO way to play winning football and almost always in situations like that the very worst Damn thing a coaching staff can do is to increase the pressure at the exact moment when the pressure should be decreased and an emphasis on having fun while playing the great game of football should be the focus. Hell, if you aren’t having fun playing football or anything else in life then you almost always will perform at a very mediocre level and guess what….
Texas football is now performing at a very mediocre level and the Texas players looking like they are scared to death to make a mistake
…and that is a Helluva bad place to have a football team Charlie Strong.
Next up for Texas…..Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout in Dallas on Saturday which doesn’t give Charlie Strong much time to change the mindset of his football team from playing like they are scared to make a mistake to having fun and playing like Hell all over the field against the Sooners.
Good Luck against the Sooners Charlie.
6. Mark Richt, Georgia – Two Coaches Hot Seat members went to the Alabama – Georgia game on Saturday and sat a dozen or so rows up behind the Georgia bench at Sanford Stadium and before the 1 st quarter was over one of those CHS members called out to Palo Alto where a dozen of us were watching college football and gathered for the Arizona – Stanford game later that night and said:
CHS Member in Athens:“This game is over.”
CHS in Palo Alto: “What?”
CHS Member in Athens:“The Georgia offensive and defensive lines are being dominated and there are Alabama receivers running wide-open on every pass play. It looks like Bama is playing Middle Tennessee only Georgia is giving about half the effort that Middle Tennessee did and the Dawgs are getting their asses whipped all over the field.”
CHS in Palo Alto: “Crazy. Check in on that Saban thing with our buddy and give us a call after the game.”
Serious Question: How is it that a head coach in Mark Richt who has known since Georgia won the Belk Bowl over Louisville on December 30, 2014 that his football team would be playing Alabama on October 3 NOT have his team ready to play AGAIN against the Crimson Tide when this was clearly the biggest game of the year and a game that the Georgia alums, boosters and fans have been pointing to for years now?
An Even More Serious Question: As Mark Richt stood on the sideline with NO HUMAN EMOTION AT ALL as his football team was being taken apart by Alabama what was going through Mark Richt’s mind and why didn’t he do ANYTHING to try and rally his team on the field against Bama?
As we sat there in Palo Alto watching Alabama take apart Georgia which only got worse in the second half one CHS member said almost under his breath the beginning of the below quote which should be familiar to any Christian because it so exemplified early Christian thought:
“I am dying willingly for God’s sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. Allow me to be eaten by the beasts, which are my way of reaching to God. I am God’s wheat, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread of Christ.”
The above is from one of six famous letters written by St. Ignatiusto Christians back in Syria as he was being transported to Rome to die at the Roman Coliseum by being fed to the beasts which happened in the year 107 or just over 1900 years ago.
What does a letter written by St. Ignatius over 1900 years ago have to do with Mark Richt not having his team ready to play Alabama and with Richt and his football team basically laying down on the field and quitting as Alabama mauled the Georgia football team on Saturday while Mark Richt did NOTHING besides make a change at quarterback?
We know the answer to that question but does Mark Richt?
No doubt….Mark Richt is a first-class guy and the Coaches Hot Seat members living in the Atlanta area know a lot about Richt now and admire him as a man and very good football coach BUT there is something beyond troubling when you are tasked as the head football coach at Georgia and are paid Millions of Dollars a year…with your coaching staff making Millions of Dollars a year also….to have your team ready to play BIG games like the one against Alabama and at the end of the Bama game after your team just got mauled you look like….
St. Ignatius on the way to his death with little concern or fight in him towards the Romans that are leading him to his demise and the reality….
That there is very little to NO fight in Mark Richt
…would scare the Hell out of us if we were fans of Georgia football.
Imagine for a moment if American Christians did not stand-up and fight the EVIL in the world over the past 200 years from the Nazis to the Japanese to the Soviets what an EVIL place the world would be today and what an EVIL place it will be in the future if the Fascists in China, Russia, Iran, among many other countries on the march forward get their way….but then American Christians did stand-up and did fight….and won…and Thank whatever God you worship for that because the Earth would be a very dark place today if Americans weren’t there to save it in the past century.
The Bottom-Line question for us here at Coaches Hot Seat is no matter what Mark Richt believes is waiting for him after death we have to ask the following question today:
Is Mark Richt willing to fight to win football games in THIS life in THIS Real World?
We may just find out on when Georgia travels to play Tennessee in Knoxville.
As for the Georgia football team itself a few observations:
If the best quarterback Georgia has is someone that couldn’t win the starting job at Virginia then Georgia football is in a Helluva tough spot and after watching Greyson Lambert against Alabama it is clear if you put pressure on the boy…he folds like the Tennessee football team in the second half!
The Georgia defense is a joke…..cotton candy as county fairs are tougher than the Georgia defense and if Alabama had wanted to they could have easily hung 60 points on the Dawgs D easy. Is Jeremy Pruitt coaching the Georgia defense or spending most of his time counting all that money he is being paid at Georgia because for Damn sure Jeremy Pruitt didn’t earn his BIG paycheck on Saturday against Alabama!
Was anyone else shocked how out-of-shape and slow Georgia looked compared to Alabama….even more shocking how totally unmotivated the Dawgs were after they got down a couple of touchdowns which translated into English means….
The Georgia Football Team Flat-Out QUIT against Alabama!
And this….Georgia beat South Carolina 52 – 20 so imagine how bad the Gamecocks are in 2015!
Last question: Will Mark Richt and Georgia show no emotion and QUIT against Tennessee also or will they remember that Tennessee folds like a cheap suit in the second half even when up by a couple of touchdowns?
Luckily we will all get to find the answers to those questions and speaking of folding like a cheap suit….
7. Butch Jones, Tennessee – In 2012 former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley had coached 30 games with the Vols posting a record of…
14 – 16
…. and now Butch Jones after 30 games coaching the Vols has posted a record of…
14 – 16
…after yet another unexplainable loss at home to Arkansas and here comes a Georgia team to Knoxville that just….
Flat-Out QUIT Against Alabama!
So this weekend in Knoxville we have facing off against each other…
The Quitters = Georgia
The Unexplainables = Tennessee
…and as they say in contests like this…
Something Has To Freaking Give Folks!
Our guess = Butch Jones is now wound tighter than any person on Planet Earth and he knows now that bringing in a head coach that he worked for at Central Michigan as his new offensive coordinator in….
….who posted a win/loss record at Central Michigan of….
12 – 34
…has been nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster and who has turned in a short time the once promising quarterback Joshua Dobbs into nothing short of….
A Scared To Make A Mistake Complete Freaking Disaster of a Quarterback!
Look at how far the Tennessee football team has regressed since January in their bowl game win over Iowa when the Vols played with aggressiveness and passion which has been replaced with fear and indecisiveness:
Now at 2 – 3 on the season below is the rest of Tennessee’s schedule:
Georgia At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
Can Butch Jones and Tennessee win at least 4 of their last 7 games and get back to a bowl game?
Not Very Likely if they lose to Georgia in Knoxville on Saturday.
Lastly, what a Helluva lesson that Butch Jones and the 2015 Tennessee Vols are to young football coaches on what NOT to do when you have the chance as Tennessee did against Oklahoma to put the Sooners away and launch yourself towards a great season which has now turned into a Complete Freaking Disaster and all because against Oklahoma Butch Jones in our opinion….
Coached Like A Coward….PERIOD.
8. Randy Edsall, Maryland – No, it’s not a good look when in your…
55 th Game
….coaching at a school that loses to a team that was in disarray last season and has a new head coach in the….
….comes into your home stadium and lays a…
28 – 0
….whipping on YOUR football team!
Oh….Ohio State is up next for Randy Edsall and Maryland but then that may not be bad news since Urban Meyer’s football team is just going through the motions right now as they work their ways towards the Michigan State and Michigan games in late November.
In our opinion Randy Edsall better take Maryland to a bowl game in his FIFTH season coaching the Terps or Maryland will be looking for a new head football coach come December because MEDIOCRITY will no longer be accepted in College Park with Under Armour in town with LOTS of its money!
9. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – In his third season at New Mexico State Doug Martin has posted a win/loss record of…
4 – 24
…and after the loss to cross-state rival New Mexico the Aggies have two trips to the South to play….
At Ole Miss At Georgia Southern
…to which we can only say….
Good Luck with that Doug Martin!
10. Al Golden, Miami – After the loss to Cincinnati Al Golden in his FIFTH season as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes is sitting on an overall win/loss record of….
31 – 23
….and an ACC Conference record of….
16 – 16
…and anyone that thinks that is good enough for Miami football is either an….
Ass Kisser of Head Coaches
….and there are a Helluva lot of those folks in the media that would take down the American Republic to not offend a head coach or someone that is….
Around the Bend and Mentally Not Stable Enough To Live in Normal Society!
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Long Walk to Freedom
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison
“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town, February 11, 1990
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
“Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, “Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence… I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor …”
“I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.”
“There comes a time when you have to stand up and be counted.”
“Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax, a sick hoax. The men and women who are fighting in Iraq, they are the true heroes.”
“We must stop the trend of closing schools and building prisons.”
“When you step onto that field, you cannot concede a thing.”
“Our young people look up to us. Let us not let them down. Our young people need us. Saving them will make heroes of us all.”
“I don’t care to be remembered as the man who scored six touchdowns in a game. I want to be remembered as a winner in life.”
“There’s no way I would have made the Hall of Fame or set any of the records I did by myself. No matter how many yards I gained, whether it was three or 300, someone had to be there to make the block. Well, I played football, but you guys are out here giving a lot to make lives and to save lives. You need each other as much as we need you. Please continue to do what you’re doing.”
“I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have.”
“Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.”
“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”
“The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.”
“I’m not coming here looking for security. I came here for the opportunity.” Upon accepting Ohio State head coaching job
“Paralyze resistance with persistence.”
“I don’t live in the past. I’m a student of the past, and I try to learn from the past, although some people will say, ‘You haven’t done a very good job of it.’ But for me to live in the past? Hell, no.'”
“A man is always better than he thinks.”
“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”
“The time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”
“Success – it ‘s what you do with what you’ve got.”
“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players heads and motivate them.”
“I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.”
“I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him.”
“Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can’t do mine.” – to an OSU professor
“I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose.”
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”
“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
“Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”
Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that “perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering.”
“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why’? I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not’?” Robert Kennedy made this quotation famous during his 1968 Presidential campaign. Although he apparently used it on several occasions as a kind of slogan, the only occasion for which we have been able to find documentation is his speech at the University of Kansas on March 18, 1968. In its original form, the quotation was said by the serpent in George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah , and was used by President Kennedy in his Speech to the Irish Parliament on June 28, 1963: “Speaking as an Irishman [Shaw] summed up an approach to life: ‘Other people,’ he said, ‘see things and say: why – but I dream things that never were and say: why not.'”
“On this generation of Americans falls the burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and are equal before the law. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” Speech, Law Day Exercises of the University of Georgia Law School, May 6, 1961.
“The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.” Address, Seattle World’s Fair, August 7, 1962.
“Since the days of Greece and Rome when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities. And today, as never before in the free world, responsibility is the greatest right of citizenship and service is the greatest of freedom’s privileges.” Speech, University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California, September 29, 1962.
“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.” Speech, Athens, Georgia, May 6, 1961.”All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people – speaking out – in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out – in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes – let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind.” Address, New York City, January 22, 1963.
“When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” Quoting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Democratic National Convention, 8/27/64.
“President Kennedy’s favorite quote was really from Dante : ‘The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.'” Columbia University/Barnard Democratic Club, 10/5/64.
“And as long as America must choose, that long will there be a need and a place for the Democratic Party. We Democrats can run on our record but we cannot rest on it. We will win if we continue to take the initiative and if we carry the message of hope and action throughout the country. Alexander Smith once said, ‘A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.’ Let us continue to plant, and our children shall reap the harvest. That is our destiny as Democrats.” Testimonial Dinner for Lieutenant Governor Patrick J. Lucey of Wisconsin, August 15, 1965.
“Democracy is no easy form of government. Few nations have been able to sustain it. For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear of events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth.” Statement on Vietnam, February 19, 1966.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“We must recognize the full human equality of all our people – before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this not because it is economically advantageous – although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it – although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.
“Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions of the United States can neither be dictated nor transplanted to others. What is important is that all nations must march toward a increasing freedom; toward justice for all; toward a society strong and flexible enough to meet the demands of all of its own people, and a world of immense and dizzying change.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.
“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation…It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.” Address, University of California at Berkeley, October 22, 1966.
“The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.” Address, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1967.
“If we fail to dare, if we do not try, the next generation will harvest the fruit of our indifference; a world we did not want – a world we did not choose – but a world we could have made better, by caring more for the results of our labors. And we shall be left only with the hollow apology of T.S. Eliot: ‘That is not what I meant at all. That is not it, at all’.” 8/23/67, Americana Hotel, New York, N.Y.
“Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?” From Albert Camus. Appears on the dedication page of Robert F. Kennedy’s last book, To Seek a Newer World (Doubleday, 1967).
“Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product…if we should judge American by that – counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.” Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968.
“I am glad to come to the University of Alabama. I’m delighted to see the inside of this building. I didn’t think it meant anything that they snuck me around the back way. They said someone was waiting out in front there.” March 21, 1968.
“Aeschylus wrote: In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 1968. Additional detail .
“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. “No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.
“Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.” On the Mindless Menace of Violence, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5, 1968.
“I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis. And that what has been going on with the United States over the period of that last three years, the divisions, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the divisions- whether it’s between blacks and whites, between the poor and the more affluent, or between age groups, or in the war in Vietnam – that we can work together. We are a great country, and unselfish country and a compassionate country. And I intend to make that my basis for running.” California Victory Speech, Los Angeles, California, June 4, 1968.