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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Pat Dye

 

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“Believe in honest, positive dissent.”

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Football is not an “I” game. It’s a “we” game.”

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“Nothing has changed about what makes a winner. A winner works his butt off and is dependable. He’s not always the most talented, but he gives everything on every play.”

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“At Auburn, practice is Hell. But when you line up across the big, fast, smart, angry boys from Florida, and Georgia, and Alabama, where there is no quality of mercy on the ground and no place to hide, you’ll know why practice is Hell at Auburn.”

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Don’t wait to be a great man. Be a great boy.”

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“I don’t believe in miracles. I believe in character”

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“Life is short, so don’t waste any of it carrying around a load of bitterness. It only sours your life, and the world won’t pay any attention anyway.”

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“If you’re a football coach, criticism comes with the territory. If it tears you up, you better get into another profession.”

Before the 1981 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Pat Dye (Pat Dye coached for Paul Bryant for nine years on the Alabama staff):

Pat Dye:  “Coach Bryant, before you start hugging me, you ought to know that my boys are fixing to get after y’all’s ass.” 

Paul Bryant:  “You ain’t trying to scare me now, are you, Pat?”

Pat Dye:  “No sir, because I know you don’t get scared. I’m just telling you what we’re fixing to do.”

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“A game like this, Alabama players will remember it for the rest of their lives. Auburn players…it’ll eat their guts out the rest of their lives.” Former Auburn coach Pat Dye to a reporter after Van Tiffen kicked his 52 yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985.

Wikipedia:  Pat Dye

www.coachpatdye.com

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 23, 2015 – Ernest Hemingway

 

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

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

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“Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”

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“When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.”

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“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it — don’t cheat with it.”

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” A Farewell to Arms

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“If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

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“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It’s been that way all this year. It’s been that way so many times. All of war is that way.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

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

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“Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don’t you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something” Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, July 1, 1925

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“I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.” About his book, The Sun Also Rises in a letter, August 21, 1926

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“Grace under pressure.”

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

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“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn… American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

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

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“Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.” On Ezra Pound, as quoted in The New Republic, November 11, 1936

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

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

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“Never confuse movement with action.”

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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

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

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“The individual, the great artist when he comes, uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own.” Death in the Afternoon

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“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” Death in the Afternoon

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

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

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“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

Wikipedia: Ernest Hemingway

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 22, 2015 – Bart Starr

 

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“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”

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“Desire and dedication are everything!”

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“My dad never pushed me but the big thing is that he helped me by going out in the backyard and playing with me.”

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“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.”

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“Coach Lombardi showed me that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”

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“It takes me about a week and a half to really analyze a game – play by play.”

Wikipedia:  Bart Starr

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 21, 2015 – San Francisco

 

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“San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.” Rudyard Kipling

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“I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does when he gets there. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'” Herb Caen

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“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.” Anthony Bourdain

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“A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 A.M. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.” Herb Caen

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“San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.” Jack London

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“San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.” George Halas

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“I grew up in Marin County north of San Francisco, and in the 1950s and ’60s it was a natural paradise.” Huey Lewis

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“You know what I like about San Francisco? The women are beautiful, fashionable and smart. San Francisco is one of the only cities I like to visit. I love New York and Chicago – I studied there, and L.A. has the same people as New York.” LeRoy Neiman

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“You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.” John Steinbeck

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“San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.” Robert Redford

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“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.” William Saroyan

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“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.” Paul Kantner

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“The ultimate (travel destination) for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue. I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s no city like it anywhere. And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate.” Larry King

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“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” Walter Kronkite

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“What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakeable sense of escape from the United States.” H.L. Mencken

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“Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.” Gene Fowler

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“God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.” Fiorello La Guardia

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“I don’t think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn’t love the place, Americans or others.” Doris Lessing

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” I don’t like San Francisco. I love it!” Dorothy Lamour

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“I like the fog that creeps over the whole city every night about five, and the warm protective feeling it gives…and lights of San Francisco at night, the fog horn, the bay at dusk and the little flower stands where spring flowers appear before anywhere else in the country…But, most of all, I like the view of the ocean from the Cliff House.” Irene Dunne

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“We’re crazy about this city. First time we came here, we walked the streets all day – all over town – and nobody hassled us. People smiled, friendly-like, and we knew we could live here……Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for a trip to San Francisco……And the beautiful old houses and the strange light. We’ve never been in a city with light like this. We sit in our hotel room for hours, watching the fog come in, the light change.” John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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“Cities are like gentlemen, they are born, not made. You are either a city, or you are not, size has nothing to do with it. I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers. New York is “Yokel”, but San Francisco is “City at Heart”.” Will Rogers

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“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” Duke Ellington

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“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” Mark Twain

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“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” Oscar Wilde

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“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips Cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” Joe Flower

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“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.” Joe DiMaggio

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“Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady” Norman Mailer,

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“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills~. And all the people are open and friendly.” Dylan Thomas

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“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Mark Twain

Wikipedia:  San Francisco

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 20, 2015 – Bill Walsh

We miss you Coach Walsh.  Go Stanford BEAT Cal!

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Bill Walsh’s Five Don’ts

“1. Don’t ask, “Why me?”

2. Don’t expect sympathy.

3. Don’t bellyache.

4. Don’t keep accepting condolences.

5. Don’t blame others.”

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“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”

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“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”

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“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”

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“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”

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“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”

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“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”

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“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”

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“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”

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“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”

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“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”

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“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”

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“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”

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“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”

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“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”

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“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”

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“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”

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“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”

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“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”

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“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”

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“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”

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“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”

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“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”

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“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”

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“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”

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“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”

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“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”

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“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” 

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“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service

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“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”

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“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”

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“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”

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“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”

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“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”

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“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”

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“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”

Four Leadership Tips From Bill Walsh from…

The Score Takes Care of Itself:  My Philosophy of Leadership, Amazon.com

1. Making The Best Of What You Have

“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”

E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).

Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.

Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.

2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).

“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.

They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”

3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires

1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage
2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated.
3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees.
4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner.
5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.

4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership

“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).

Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.

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

And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.

Wikipedia:   Bill Walsh

The book of coach, Seth Wickersham, ESPN.com

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 19, 2015  – Tom Clancy

 

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“America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.”

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“Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.”

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“I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad?”

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“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.”

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“In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.”

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“It’s not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.”

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“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.”

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“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.”

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“No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there’s something bad about it.”

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“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”

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“People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?”

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“Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn’t beat us.”

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“Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”

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“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”

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“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

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“The good old days are now.”

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“The human condition today is better than it’s ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.”

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“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”

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“There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.”

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“There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it’s not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.”

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“There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.”

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“Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that.”

Wikipedia:  Tom Clancy

www.tomclancy.com

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Norman Schwarzkopf

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Norman Schwarzkopf

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

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“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

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

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“When placed in command – take charge.”

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“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”

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Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust God, and do”

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

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“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”

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“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man.”

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

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

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“Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States Central Command, this morning at 0300, we launched Operation DESERT STORM, an offensive campaign that will enforce the United Nation’s resolutions that Iraq must cease its rape and pillage of its weaker neighbor and withdraw its forces from Kuwait. My confidence in you is total. Our cause is just! Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. May God be with you, your loved ones at home, and our Country.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA Commander-in-Chief U.S. Central Command, in a message to the command, 16 January 1991

Wikipedia: Norman Schwarzkopf

Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches – There Are TWO Things A College Head Coach HATES To Hear…”The Athletic Director Is On Line 2” AND The Great Johnny Cash Singing Ring of Fire! Sing Mr. Cash!

 

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There Are TWO Things A College Head Coach HATES To Hear…”The Athletic Director Is On Line 2” AND The Great Johnny Cash Singing Ring of Fire! Sing Mr. Cash!

Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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11.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Craig Bohl’s Wyoming team got whipped 38 – 3 by San Diego State on Saturday to continue what we are calling here at Coaches Hot Seat….

The Misery on the Wyoming Plains

….which has come to define Bohl’s tenure with the Cowboys which is only in its SECOND season with Bohl posting records of….

Overall:  5 – 18

MWC:  3 – 12

…..with only UNLV left to play at home which Hell…Wyoming should be able to win since the Rebels have a first-year head coach who only has THREE wins on the board himself!

One Coaches Hot Seat member summed-up the situation at Wyoming when we saw the Wyoming – San Diego State score on Saturday night?

“Please….is there anyone on Earth that can explain why Craig Bohl left North Dakota State for Wyoming? Hell, North Dakota State would run the Cowboys right out of any stadium in the country right now!”

There is NO logical answer to the above question and let that be a lesson to young coaches out there everywhere…

If you have a Helluva job…don’t take a Piss-Poor job to replace it!

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12.  Steve Addazio, Boston College – Can’t you just see Steve Addazio looking at the Boston College schedule before the season which in our minds went something like this…

Steve Addazio looking at Boston College’s 2015 schedule saying the following things to himself out loud…which is our opinion of course!

“OK…we beat Maine…1 – 0

We will whip Howard….2 – 0

Hell…Florida State at home…WIN…3 – 0

No way we lose to team from the MAC…Northern Illinois….4 – 0

At Duke….bunch of Pretty Boys….5 – 0

Wake Forest…PLEASE…6 – 0

At Clemson…Hell…that will be tough…OK we lose this one…6 – 1

At Louisville…I can whip Bobby Petrino’s ass….7 – 1

Virginia Tech….Beamer is old as the Virginia hills….8 – 1

NC State….CAKEWALK….9 – 1

And the Notre Dame Fighting Irish come to Boston to play the Mighty Boston College Eagles at Fenway Park with both teams in the Top 10 and…Boston College whips some Irish Ass….10 – 1!

At Syracuse….A Joke….11 – 1….OK..we probably are behind Clemson in ACC Atlantic but we finish at 11 – 1 and might just get in the College Football Playoff and I will be Coach of the Year!”

Earth to Stave Addazio…..Earth to Steve Addazio…..Wake Up Son….

It’s November 17 Son and your Boston College football team has…

Lost SIX straight ACC Games

…and is now on the season…

3 – 7 overall

0 – 7 in ACC play

…and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming to town in the College Football Playoff right now!

Can Boston College possibly upset Notre Dame on Saturday in Fenway Park and save Steve Addazio’s job who will NO doubt be run out of Boston if he loses these last two games to Notre Dame and Syracuse to finish at…

3 – 9 on the season

AND

0 – 8 in ACC play

…..in 2015?

Please….Notre Dame can score points and Boston College can’t so….

Turn On the Lights and Wake-Up Steve Addazio….Your Team is About To Lose Again….Turn On the Lights and Wake-Up Son….Because the Party is Over and Your Ass Will Be Run Out of Boston if You Lose to Notre Dame and Syracuse!

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13.  Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Last week someone wrote the following question on a whiteboard at Coaches Hot Seat Central:

“What would you need to get in exchange for you playing football for four seasons for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech?”

Some of the responses by Coaches Hot Seat members:

“Ferrari California WITH a beautiful blonde in the passenger seat

2,000 pounds of gold bullion

Lifetime free eating pass to Five Guys AND Chipolte

$21 Million Dollars

$22 Million Dollars

$23 Million Dollars

$24 Million Dollars and a lifetime supply of Moon Pies and RC Cola

Nick Saban’s salary for five seasons in one payment

Nick Saban’s Mercedes car dealership in Alabama and a beautiful blonde

Gulfstream IV jet…no make that a Gulfstream V jet

Not A Damn Thing on Earth I would take to play for Paul Johnson!”

There are some pretty tough guys here at Coaches Hot Seat that played football through college and then went into US Military that have No Damn Interest in playing for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech because from the outside looking in the TRUTH is….

It just doesn’t look like much fun to play for Paul Johnson

…and if you aren’t have fun playing the Great Game of Football then why in the Hell do you play it?

Getting to what Paul Johnson’s football team has done on the field in 2015….the Yellow Jackets are now….

3 – 7 overall

1 – 7 in ACC play

…and still have to play games against….

At Miami
Georgia

Our guess….the Georgia Tech players will QUIT against Miami and lose to the Hurricanes and then GIVE-UP early against Georgia and lose to the Bulldogs to finish at….

3 – 9 overall in 2015

….which is Pretty Damn Bad from where we come from but does anyone at Georgia Tech care?

Who the Hell knows since it’s hard to find a Georgia Tech football fans in Atlanta these days!

14.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State lost to Ohio on Saturday by the score of 27 – 0 which dropped the Flash’s records in 2015 to….

3 – 7 overall

2 – 4 in MAC play

….and head coach Paul Haynes’ records in THREE seasons at the school to….

Overall:  9 – 24

MAC:  6 – 15

…..which may or may not be good or may or may not be acceptable to the folks at Kent State because the TRUTH is we just don’t have a clue if Kent State is willing to put-up with losing football seasons BUT for Damn sure the above records are BAD…or rather B – A – D!

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15.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – With the overtime loss to Nevada on Saturday that is TWO straight losses for the now 4 – 6 San Jose State Spartans who have left to play in 2015….

At Hawaii
Boise State

…..and the way that Boise State looked against New Mexico on Saturday night Ron Caragher’s football team may have a chance to knock-off the Broncos at home in the last game of the season but FIRST is a game in The Islands against the woeful Warriors which is a MUST WIN Game for Ron Caragher because a loss in this spot to HAWAII…

Would be a Complete Freaking Disaster!

Just for the record in his THIRD season at San Jose State Ron Caragher has now posted records of…

Overall: 1 3 – 21

MWC:  10 – 12

….which we would classify as….

Below Average

….and why Ron Caragher better Damn start winning some football games and QUICK!

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16.  Les Miles, LSUA few years ago a handful of Coaches Hot Seat members were having dinner in one of those great New Orleans restaurants where you can hardly pronounce the name of the place and two guys at a neighboring table overheard us talking about college football and we all fell into an interesting conversation about LSU football and Les Miles most of which we will take to our graves BUT one interesting thing one of those Louisiana boys told us was this which none of us has ever forgotten:

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“We can understand not winning the National Title…but what will not be tolerated is LSU losing to Alabama consistently and not winning the SEC Title on a regular basis.”

Hmmmm…..

Since Nick Saban returned to the SEC to coach Alabama in 2007 Les Miles is now…

3 – 7

….against Saban in 10 games and Les Miles has now lost…

FIVE straight games to Alabama

….and the last time that LSU won the SEC Title?

In 2011 or FOUR seasons ago!

So let’s see here….

LSU is now regularly being DOMINATED by Alabama losing FIVE straight games AND LSU has NOT won the SEC Title since 2011

What did one of those Louisiana boys tell us in that restaurant in New Orleans a few years ago?

“We can understand not winning the National Title…but what will not be tolerated is LSU losing to Alabama consistently and not winning the SEC Title on a regular basis.”

Memo to Les Miles:  Don’t lose the last TWO games to Ole Miss and Texas A&M son to finish at 7 – 4 on the season or you might just wake-up in the month of December and find your ass out of a job.

But then again..maybe the fans of LSU football don’t mind being…

AVERAGE AS HELL!

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17.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat was surprised that Nebraska beat Rutgers on the road on Saturday because we have seen the…

Mike Riley Yo-Yo Performance Train

…..for over a decade in action in the Pac-12 Conference and with the win the Huskers moved to 5 – 6 on the season and 3 – 4 in Big Ten Conference play and if Nebraska beats Iowa in Lincoln on Friday, November 27 the Huskers will finish at what we call…

“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley strikes again”

….which we would recommend Nebraska fans get used to because that’s…

“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley striking again”

…and looking at Nebraska’s 2016 schedule…

Fresno State
Wyoming
Oregon
At Northwestern
Illinois
At Indiana
Purdue
At Wisconsin
At Ohio State
Minnesota
Maryland
Iowa

….Bozo the Clown could post EIGHT wins and let’s hope NOT that….

“Just Good Ole 6 – 6 Mike Riley strikes again”

…putting another 6 – 6 record on the board again which no doubt would lead to Mike Riley and anyone that hired him being run out of Lincoln, Nebraska on a rail or anything else the Good Nebraska folks could find especially after the Debacle that has been the 2015 season!

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17.  Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Curtis Johnson and his Tulane football team got a nice win at Army on Saturday which raises the Green Wave’s records in 2015 to…

3 – 7 overall

2 – 5 in AAC play

….and Tulane still has to play this season games against…

At SMU
Tulsa

….which are TWO games we recommend Curtis Johnson win if he wants to have ANY kind of argument in late November that he should be retained as the head football coach at Tulane….in our humble opinion of course!

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18.  Mark Richt, Georgia – Every Summer when a group of Coaches Hot Seat members are in Montana fly fishing in some of the most beautiful rivers in America we sit around in the evenings and come up with what we call the….

How Many Games Would “X” Win Coaching “Y” Each Team in College Football

….and for the 2015 Georgia Bulldogs the results of the above test after looking at UGA’s schedule for this season were….

Bozo the Clown would win 7 games coaching Georgia in 2015

Bill Curry would win 8 games coaching Georgia in 2015

Rick Neuheisel would win 9 games coaching Georgia in 2015

Don James would win 10 games coaching Georgia in 2015

Tom Osborne would win 11 games coaching Georgia in 2015

Paul “Bear” Bryant would win 12 games coaching Georgia in 2015

AND…Mark Richt has posted records in 2015 at Georgia of…

7 – 3 overall

5 – 3 in SEC play

….which means Mark Richt has hit the “Bozo the Clown” mark BUT will Mark Richt be able to meet what Rick Neuheisel could have done who is of course now working for CBS Sports covering the SEC as an in-studio analysis by winning the last two games to get to 9 wins overall?

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Oh…some Georgia fans are thinking in this spot that it’s not a Very Damn Good Look for the Bulldogs to have win their last TWO games just to meet the…

“Rick Neuheisel Standard”

…at Georgia in 2015?

Yep….now you know why Mark Richt is on the Hot Seat because Rick Neuheisel over 12 seasons at Colorado, Washington and UCLA….Yes…THREE pretty good college football programs….won 87 games or an average of…

7.25 Wins Per Season

….BUT if you give Rick Neuheisel the talent that is on Georgia’s 2015 roster Rick wins…

9 Games Easy

….and if Mark Richt loses even one of his last two games….

He falls to the “Bill Curry Standard”

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…and if Georgia happened to lose both of their last two games here’s the standard that Mark Richt will have matched…..

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Be Proud Georgia Fans…just don’t think you are winning ANYTHING EVER AGAIN as long as Mark Richt is the head football coach at Georgia!

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20.  Trent Miles, Georgia State – The Chronicle of Higher Education in partnership with The Huffington Post put out an interesting story this week on how much college sports are subsidized in America….

The $10 Billion Sports Tab: How College Students Are Funding the Athletics Arms Race

…..with much of the story focusing on the Georgia State football program and the President of Georgia State University Mark Becker who is all Gung-Ho about GSU football which must be a Helluva spot to be in considering that the Panthers have won…

FOUR Football Games the last THREE Football Seasons!

…under head coach Trent Miles who did lead his football team this past Saturday to win over Texas State by the score of 41 – 19! Woo-Freaking-Hoo!

What’s left in 2015 for the now 3 – 6 Georgia State Panthers who gets lots of subsides from the students at Georgia State University?

South Alabama
Troy
At Georgia Southern

Call us CRAZY but we would be STUNNED if Georgia State wins another football game in 2015 but for Damn sure we have been wrong plenty in the past so…

Good Luck against South Alabama Trent Miles!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Colin Powell

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Colin Powell

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

And

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

And

“Get mad, then get over it.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

And

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

And

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

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

And

10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 16, 2015 – John Quincy Adams


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“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

And

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

And

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

And

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

And

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

And

“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”

And

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

And

“Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.”

And

“All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.”

And

“Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.”

And

“In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.”

And

“To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is … the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.”

And

“This is the last of Earth! I am content.” Last words, February 21, 1848

Wikipedia:  John Quincy Adams