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Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches – The Regular Season Is Now Over Johnny Cash and the Millionaire Coaches Are on the Firing Line….This Is No Time To Let Up….Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

 

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The Regular Season Is Now Over Johnny Cash and the Millionaire Coaches Are on the Firing Line….This Is No Time To Let Up….Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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11.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State completed their 2015 season on Saturday with a 20 – 0 loss to Akron which is the Flashes FIFTH straight loss to end the season which saw head coach Paul Haynes football team post records of…

3 – 9 overall

2 – 6 in MAC play

….and after THREE seasons at Kent State Paul Haynes has records on the board of…

Overall:  9 – 26

MAC:  6 – 17

The above records by Haynes are especially shocking to us because Haynes took over a Kent State football team that won…

11 Games in 2012

…and they have won a total of only 9 football games the last THREE seasons!

Now that is a Helluva drop-off and why Paul Haynes is on the Hot Seat BUT we haven’t a clue if LOSING like this is tolerated at Kent State or not in this…

Age of the Candy Asses

…..where the sports media exists mainly to…

Kiss the Asses of Players and Coaches

….and 5 – 7 football teams can go to bowl games!

Got the Decline and Fall of the American Republic?

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12.  Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner took over the FIU football program before the 2013 college football season after the mystifying firing of the last FIU head coach Mario Cristobal who in his last THREE seasons coaching the Golden Panthers won…

18 Football Games

….and in the last THREE seasons Ron Turner as the head coach at FIU has won…

10 Football Games

….so naturally Ron Turner is still the head coach at FIU because…

We live in the Age of the Candy Asses

…where Up is Down…Average is Great….and Les Miles can have a record of…

10 – 10 in his last 20 SEC games against teams with .500 or better records

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….and hang onto his job which may be the most ABSURD thing we have heard of in recent times beyond that the trace gas CO2 which is…

400 Parts Per Million in the Earth’s Atmosphere

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….actually controls temperatures on the Earth and causes “Climate Change” which is Complete Horseshit to anyone that has taken and passed Physics 101 in college which we would say 99% of the Idiots that believe in Bogus “Climate Change” HAVE NOT DONE and COULD NOT DO on the very best Damn day of their lives!  

Memo to the Bogus Climate Change Whack Jobs:  The Earth’s Climate has ALWAYS Been-A-Changing and will still Be-A-Changing Long After Pitiful Human Beings Are Gone From The Earth Entirely and No Longer Remembered in the Universe

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Getting back to Ron Turner we haven’t a Damn clue why he was hired at FIU nor a Damn clue why he is still the head coach at FIU but we do know we are living in the…

Age of the Candy Asses!

Yes…we know that for Damn sure!

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13.  Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat has a Damn clue why after posting a record of…

20 – 6

….in his first TWO years at Fresno State that now Tim DeRuyter has posted a record of…

9 – 17

….in his last TWO years at Fresno State BUT something is going on in River City…make that Fresno, California and what that “something” is it ain’t good as they would say in the South!

Consider this for a moment….in Tim DeRuyter’s FOURTH season at Fresno State his football team posted a 3 – 9 record and got wins over…

Abilene Christian
UNLV
Hawaii

….with the UNLV game barely won over a team with a first-year head coach and Hawaii having already fired its head coach and as for Abilene Christian….No Damn Big Whoop winning that game!

Please…someone tell us what has happened at Fresno State since 2013 when Tim DeRuyter had a football team that won 11 football games only two years ago and WON the Mountain West Conference Title and in 2015 the Bulldogs were barely able to win…

3 Football Games!

Sorry…there is a PROBLEM at Fresno State of some kind and if we had the time we would drive up to Fresno and go all Jim Rockford on the program and figure out what that PROBLEM is but alas we don’t have the time for that even though it would be great fun BUT for Damn sure Tim DeRuyter better fix that PROBLEM whatever the Hell it is or he is going to be out of a head coaching job and will be Damn lucky to get another head coaching job on the FBS level anytime in the future if he is fired at Fresno State.

Just us…if we are Tim DeRuyter we are moving a bed into the office and not going home until the 2016 season is over…but that’s just us!

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14.  Gary Andersen, Oregon State – A Coaches Hot Seat member took some time at lunch on Monday and watched the entire Oregon State – Oregon game again and noticed the following things compared to the way the Beavers were playing in recent weeks….

“Maybe it was the Civil War Game but Oregon State looked a lot more focused and motivated than they have in recent weeks in playing against the Ducks and maybe there has been a slight change in Gary Andersen’s approach but whatever is going on in Corvallis it was a positive game for Andersen and his football team.”

Whatever the Hell is going on inside the Oregon State football team right now we know that it’s going to be very hard for Gary Andersen to get to even SIX wins in the next TWO football seasons because of the toughness of the Pac-12 Conference overall and thus that is why we are going to set a benchmark for Gary Andersen to try and hit…

It will be an AMAZING coaching job by Gary Andersen and his assistant coaches if…

Oregon State wins 5 or more games in 2016

Oregon State wins 6 or more games in 2017

AND

In our opinion…Gary Andersen really needs to find a way to get Oregon State to FOUR wins minimum in 2016 after winning TWO games in 2015.

Good Luck Gary Andersen!

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15.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Talk about a Helluva tough situation….

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has now completed TWO seasons on the job and has posted records of…

Overall:  6 – 18

MWC:  4 – 12

….and we try to imagine ourselves sitting in the Cowboys head coach’s office in Laramie, Wyoming and thinking…

How in the Hell I am going to turn this thing around NEXT YEAR meaning in 2016?

In our opinion a turnaround will all come down to….MOTIVATION…meaning how MOTIVATED are the Wyoming players to do the hard workouts in the offseason, do the necessary practicing on their own, do all the things between now and when camp opens up in August 2016 to be the best players they can possibly be and then work like Hell in Fall camp and be ready to play when they host…

Northern Illinois in September 3, 2016 in Laramie

….and then more importantly travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to play the…

Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 10, 2016

…which in our opinion is a game where the Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl should be on the other sideline as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

It will be fascinating to see how hungry the Wyoming players and coaches are to get ready for the 2016 season and how they come out against Northern Illinois next September which will show a lot since NIU should be bringing back a very good football team and Wyoming would thus have a chance to knock of a very good football team at home in an effort to get things turned around in Laramie!

Good Luck Craig Bohl!

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16.  Jeff Monken, Army – With Army now sitting on a record in 2015 of…

2 – 9

…and only Navy left to play which is probably the BEST football team Army will play this season it’s beginning to look like Jeff Monken is also going to FAIL in getting things straightened out with the Army Football program and that’s a Damn shame because that would be TWO straight very good football coaches…

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…..who have FAILED at Army…..that is if Jeff Monken cannot get things turned around at West Point in the next year or so at most.

We wish there is something we could write in this spot on what Jeff Monken or the folks at West Point should or could do in this spot to get Army Football turned around but the Honest Damn Truth is…

We Don’t Have A Damn Clue

And that’s just a Damn Shame!

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17.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Here’s our basic theory on football coaches that take over DECENT football programs and for Damn sure Ron Caragher took over a DECENT football program at San Jose State from Mike MacIntyre before the 2013 season:

The first year is a wash but if you are taking over a DECENT football program then the team shouldn’t collapse and in Ron Caragher’s first year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 6 – 6 which is Pretty Good.

In the second year the team should improve at least SLIGHTLY and should play better overall after a coach has had two full Spring Practices and Fall Camps to get his system in and in Ron Caragher’s second year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 3 – 9 which frankly…Sucks!

In the third year the football team should show more improvement and should start looking like a team that is getting better each time it practices and plays a game since a head coach will have had THREE Spring Practices and Fall Camps and thus there are NO EXCUSES and in Ron Caragher’s third year at SJSU his football team posted a record of 5 – 7 which is in our opinion is…Below Average….of what…

San Jose State Football SHOULD be in Ron Caragher’s THIRD year at the school after taking over a DECENT football team if not a Helluva lot better than DECENT!

Is it really too much to ask for a football team to look like it’s a better playing and coached team in Year Three over a head coach’s First Year on the job?

Hell No and as we watched San Jose State play in 2015 it looked like to us the Spartans have regressed from Ron Caragher’s first year on the job in 2013 and that kind of thing makes us go…

Just What in the Hell is going on here…meaning at San Jose State?

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Well…we did a little digging….in San Jose over the last few days when there were several Coaches Hot Seat members in the Bay area for the Notre Dame – Stanford game and from that digging along with reading stories like this one for Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News…

San Jose State football: Coach Ron Caragher’s return, Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News

….we have come to the conclusion that the THINGS that coaches do to build and sustain winning college football programs are just NOT happening under Ron Caragher and that unless something changes 2016 will be a Helluva lot like 2015 when the Spartans basically beat….

No Team of Substance…PERIOD.

That’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat and seeing and hearing what we saw and heard in the last few days if we were the AD at San Jose State we would be…

Lighting A Fire Under Ron Caragher’s Ass

…and putting him on notice that his job is now day-to-day and if he is not working his ass off every day between now and Signing Day in February we might just fire his ass then because Mediocrity is just flat-out…

NOT Going To Be Tolerated With the San Jose State Football Team…PERIOD.

Unfortunately in our opinion….most of the folks in San Jose State Athletics are Dead Asleep and/or Asleep at the Switch whichever phrase floats your boat and that being Asleep has led Ron Caragher to conclude that he can just float along and keep his job even if not posting .500 or better records coaching the Spartans.

Sorry that party is about to end above Ron Caragher’s ass and work its way down to Ron unless the folks in San Jose State Athletics start working like the House is on Fire and burning down around them instead of the Continuous Siestas they are on now….in our humble opinion of course!

Oh…the handful of folks here at Coaches Hot Seat with degrees from San Jose State University after hearing the report on what a few Coaches Hot Seat members had found in around the SJSU Athletics Department and Football Team are…

Getting on the Phone and starting to call people and chewing some ass in the process so take that for what it’s worth.

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18.  Doug Martin, New Mexico State – New Mexico State lost to Arkansas State on Saturday which dropped the Aggies records in 2015 down to….

3 – 8 overall

3 – 4 in Sun Belt play

…and NMSU head coach Doug Martin’s records in THREE years at the school now stand at…

Overall: 7 – 28

Sun Belt: 4 – 11

…..and we would classify that as BAD but we don’t have a Freaking Clue what the folks at New Mexico State think about it but for Damn sure those are Hot Seat-like numbers and that is where Doug Martin now sits….

On the Hot Seat!

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19.  David Beaty, Kansas – With the loss to Kansas State on Saturday the Mighty Kansas Jayhawks finished under first-year head coach David Beaty with a record of….

0 – 12

…..and against the 11 FBS teams Kansas played and lost to they lost by an average of…..

33.4 Points Per Game!

Sorry…even if we are talking about Kansas Football and even if we are talking about David Beaty taking over a Complete Freaking Disaster from that Sorry Excuse for a Human Being Charlie Weis at Kansas we have to wonder….

Can David Beaty turn this thing around?

….or should the AD at Kansas realize he has a Big 12 job that is a very Damn valuable commodity in the coaching world today that will require and demand in our opinion an…

Experienced Head Football Coach

….to turn things around and thus fire Beaty TODAY :and go hire an…

Experienced Head Football Coach

…before ANOTHER college football season is lost at Kansas?

Frankly if we were made AD at Kansas tomorrow from what we saw of Kansas in 2015 we would tell David Beaty….

“Thanks son, but we are going in a different direction and your services are no longer required at the University of Kansas.”

….and we would go out and hire an….

Experienced Head Football Coach!

For some reason Macbeth comes to mind when thinking of some of the IDIOT decisions make by Athletic Directors across America including the AD at Kansas Sheahon Zenger who has now hired TWO football coaches in Charlie Weis and David Beaty who have posted a Combined Record over the past FOUR football seasons of…

6 – 34!

Please…how is Sheahon Zenger still employed as the AD at the University of Kansas…anyone?

Macbeth: Scene V

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Yep..Signifying Nothing and Just Damn Idiocy at the University of Kansas!

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20.  Dave Clawson, Wake Forest – When Dave Clawson was hired to succeed Jim Grobe at Wake Forest after the 2013 season we had our doubts BUT Clawson had decent records as the head coach at Fordham and Richmond followed by a Complete Freaking Disaster in his one season as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee when a sputtering Vols offense basically cost Phil Fulmer his job in Knoxville BUT AGAIN from what we have seen of Wake Forest the last TWO seasons under Dave Clawson who has posted records of…

Overall:  6 – 18

ACC:  2 – 14

…we have some serious Damn doubts if Clawson can even turn Wake Forest into a 6 – 6 football program forget about actually doing something in the ACC.

If it had been us as the AD at Wake Forest we would have hired an experienced head coach….probably from the MAC or FCS Division….that threw the football around and scored a lot of points and ran a very Damn easy to understand and run offense which is NOT Dave Clawson’s offense in our opinion and yet…

Dave Clawson is the Head Football Coach at Wake Forest

….and has TWO wins in the ACC in TWO seasons on the job!

Oh the Damn Idiocy!

We are thinking that a MANDATORY course for ALL FBS Athletic Directors that they should be required to take and pass before becoming an AD on the FBS level should be….

Freaking Damn Common Sense 101!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Herman Melville

 

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“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

And

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

And

“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.”

And

“I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.”

And

“There are some persons in this world, who, unable to give better proof of being wise, take a strange delight in showing what they think they have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.”

And

“There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.”

And

“There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.”

And

“Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?”

And

“Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.”

And

“It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open.”

And

“To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.”

And

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”

And

“A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”

And

“A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.”

And

“Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.”

And

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

And

“Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.”

And

“He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.”

And

“There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.”

And

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.”

And

“Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.”

And

“They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.”

And

“Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.”

And

“At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.”

And

“In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.”

And

“Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.”

And

“To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.”

And

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.”

And

“Yet habit – strange thing! What cannot habit accomplish?”

And

“A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

And

“There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.”

And

“Whatever fortune brings, don’t be afraid of doing things.”

And

“He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”

And

“Truth is in things, and not in words.”

And

“Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.”

And

“There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.”

And

“There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.”

And

“There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.”

And

“Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, – for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it – not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.”

And

“Toil is man’s allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that’s more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.”

And

“Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver, but less daring. Thus with seamen: he who goes the oftenest round Cape Horn goes the most circumspectly.”

And

“We Americans are the peculiar, chosen people — the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world.”

And

“It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.”

And

“It is hard to be finite upon an infinite subject, and all subjects are infinite.”

And

“I have no objection to any person’s religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don’t believe it also. But when a man’s religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.”

And

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.”

And

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”

And

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

And

“I try all things, I achieve what I can.”

And

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”

And

“Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.”

And

“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. And if you be a philosopher, though seated in the whale-boat, you would not at heart feel one whit more of terror, than though seated before your evening fire with a poker, and not a harpoon, by your side.”

Wikipedia: Herman Melville

Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches – The Regular Season Is Now Over Johnny Cash and the Millionaire Coaches Are on the Firing Line….This Is No Time To Let Up….Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

 

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The Regular Season Is Now Over Johnny Cash and the Millionaire Coaches Are on the Firing Line….This Is No Time To Let Up….Keep Giving Them Hell Mr. Cash!

Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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1.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – There is a lot we could write in this spot about the Auburn loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl but why waste time listing the dozen-plus reasons that the Tigers had No Damn Chance to win that game with the gameplan the Tigers used which in our opinion….

Was designed by the Auburn coaches to stop Alabama from blowing Auburn out-of-stadium instead of winning the football game

….but instead let us turn to Gus Malzahn’s recent record in SEC Conference play at Auburn which has these lowlights:

6 – 10 in SEC Conference play last 2 seasons

4 – 9 in SEC Conference play in last 13 games

2 – 8 in SEC Conference play in last 10 games

Oh…in case you were wondering….

Auburn has paid Gus Malzahn $8 Million Dollars the last two football seasons in which he has won…

6 SEC Conference Games!

Several people here at Coaches Hot Seat have been to between 2 and 15 football games in Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium and we believe we have a pretty good handle on the “Auburn family” and the HUGE $40-plus Dollar commitment made to Auburn football each year and as we look at the historical record of AU football we find a very troubling trend…

Once a head coach starts trending down from a HIGH of wins and losses meaning….

Ralph “Shug” Jordan
Doug Barfield
Pat Dye
Terry Bowden
Tommy Tuberville
Gene Chizik

….the last SIX Auburn football coaches before Gus Malzahn the trend continues DOWNWARD until the coach either retires, is pushed-out, or is fired and in our opinion Auburn AD Jay Jacobs better Damn have a plan in place for what could be…

Complete and Total Disaster of a Season in 2016

….because if the TRUTH be known opposing teams have figured out how to stop the Chip Kelly – Gus Malzahn spread/hurry-up offense and unless you have an athletic future NFL quarterback under center that can make very quick and right decisions….see the Philadelphia Eagles Unfolding Disaster Right Now….the Chip Kelly – Gus Malzahn spread/hurry-up offense now has…

No Damn Chance of Working

….and thus why Jay Jacobs better have a handful of potential head coaches he is interested in hiring….

Assuming of course Jay Jacobs will hire the next head football coach at Auburn

….which we have heard is 50/50 right now.

No…putting up large video boards with someone else’s money…meaning the alums, boosters and fans of Auburn Football…does not guarantee your job security at Auburn or anywhere else and thus between now and a year from now there are TWO people on a Roaring Hot Seat at Auburn:

Gus Malzahn, Head Football Coach

Jay Jacobs, Auburn Athletic Director

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2.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – We are not quite sure what leverage that Purdue head coach has over Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke that he is using to get another year as the head coach at Purdue with these records on the board…

Overall:  6 – 30

Big Ten:  2 – 22

…but it must be something BIG because from any direction we look at the Purdue Football program in late November 2015 it’s in WORSE shape now than it was when the last head coach at Purdue Danny Hope was fired by Morgan Burke in late November 2012.

Darrell Hazell….nice guy….but if we take over the AD position at Purdue today we tell Hazell….

“Thanks son for your hard work but we are moving on and you are no longer employed by Purdue University.”

…and then we would immediately get on a plane and fly to Missoula, Montana and hire University of Montana head football coach…

Bob Stitt

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…(who in his FIRST year has his Montana team in the Second Round of the FCS Playoffs against North Dakota State this week) which would bring some OFFENSE and FUN back to West Lafayette, Indiana and the Purdue Football program but then that would….

Make Too Much Damn Common Sense

….so don’t count on that happening anytime soon at Purdue University!

How Montana Head Coach Bob Stitt’s Lethal and Fun Offense Actually Works, Ian Boyd, SB Nation

Instead with Purdue AD Morgan Burke’s MASSIVE EGO he is more interested in NOT admitting he was wrong in firing Danny Hope and hiring Darrell Hazell and like a lot of Whack Jobs ADs with MASSIVE EGOS it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…

Morgan Burke would rather the Purdue Football program go in the toilet than Burke admit he made a dreadful mistake!

That’s a Damn fine example of a “Leader” you have running the athletic department at Purdue University there President of Purdue Mitch Daniels who a few years ago was too much of a COWARD to run for President of the United States in the Republican primaries against…Mitt Romney and a bunch of LOSERS!

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3.  Charlie Strong, Texas – Just when you thought that Charlie Strong’s situation at Texas couldn’t get any worse with Strong sitting on records after TWO years on the job of…

Overall:  10 – 14

Big 12:  8 – 9

…with still a game left against at Baylor things got worse over the weekend with Iowa State hiring Matt Campbell from Toledo who just made the Big 12 that much TOUGHER because now the Cyclones will be…

Scoring A Helluva Lot of Points

….as well and Texas has a defensive coach that spent most of his coaching career in the South where putting up LOTS of points wasn’t that important and the question now is…

Can Charlie Strong pivot fast enough to find a way to score MORE points before he loses his job at Texas?

The easy answer to the above question is that either Charlie Strong will figure out that he’s going to need score 40-plus points a game in Big 12 play….Texas only scored over 40 points TWICE in 2015 in Big 12 games…or Charlie Strong will be out of a job at Texas a year from now!

Consider this for a moment….TEXAS FOOTBALL…over the past THREE football seasons under Mack Brown and Charlie Strong has posted a win/loss record of…

18 – 19

….and frankly we don’t see any way in Hell that Texas wins more than 7 games in 2016 which should just thrill fans of Texas Football who it will be noted if TRUTH be told have been on a downward spiral since the below story was published in June 2010:

Pac-10 set to invite 6 from Big 12, Chip Brown, OrangeBloods.com

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….with the Texas Football win/loss record standing at since the above story was published at…

40 – 35

Arrogance and Hubris comes with a price and with a smile on our faces we can write….

The Pompous Arrogant Asses at Texas starting with former Texas AD DeLoss Dodds and the last Texas AD Steve Patterson have gotten just what their Idiocy deserved and have put Texas Football in a Helluva hole that may take a decade to dig out of….maybe even longer!

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4.  Steve Addazio, Boston College – At the end of the 2012 college football season then Steve Addazio the head football coach at Temple had just posted a record of….

4 – 7

…and was hired by Boston College to be their head coach in the wake of the Frank Spaziani firing which was greeted with a collective…

What the Hell?

….here at Coaches Hot Seat and in THREE seasons at BC Addazio has records on the board of…..

Overall:  17 – 21

ACC:  8 – 17

….and posted records in 2015 of…

3 – 9 overall

0 – 9 in ACC play

Call us CRAZY…but in your THIRD year coaching a college football team shouldn’t your team be getting BETTER…..not a Helluva lot WORSE?

Whatever the Hell is going on at Boston College right now from our vantage point in the peanut gallery after watching BC play a few times this year we can only say….

What or Who in the Hell is coaching this team?

….and when you are asking questions like that about a college football team you can pretty much Damn guarantee the head coach of that team is on the Hot Seat and this case with Steve Addazio with Steve now sitting on a….

Roaring Hot Seat!

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5.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the Colorado loss to Utah on Saturday Mike MacIntyre had now completed THREE years as the head football coach at CU and has records on the board of…

Overall:  10 – 27

Pac-12:  2 – 25

….which we would classify as….

Not Very Damn Good

….and in Mike MacIntyre’s FOURTH season at Colorado in 2016 we think it will be almost impossible for CU to win 6 games with out-of-conference games against Colorado State and at Michigan (along with Idaho State) and another 9 games in Pac-12 play.

Bottom-Line:  If Colorado doesn’t get to at least 6 wins in Mike MacIntyre’s FOURTH season at CU then he is DONE which as you can see is in CAPITAL letters for good reason!

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6.  Les Miles, LSU – If you like EVERY sane American thought that former Louisiana Governor and US Senator Huey P. Long…a.k.a. “The Kingfish” was a Total Freak Show….

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….then you MIGHT and we repeat MIGHT be able to understand the Total Freak Show that was Les Miles’ Firing and then Non-Firing at LSU in the last week that had a Helluva lot more to do with Louisiana politics than whether Les Miles has a Damn clue to what he is doing as a football coach which you can actually…

READ ALL ABOUT the Total Freak Show

…in the blog of one Scott McKay appropriately titled The Hayride which has the LOW and even LOWERDOWN on Les Miles and the Total Clown Show that is the State of Louisiana:

Notes on A. F. King Debacle, Scott McKay, The Hayride

Getting back to Les Miles and as Frank Sinatra used to say in Las Vegas….

“There ain’t no other place to go!”

…..beating a mediocre Texas A&M team that has a head coach in Kevin Sumlin that is a piece of balsa wood breaking from getting his own as fired in College Station means NOTHING unless of course you love being AVERAGE which as we have found out in the last weeks Hundreds of Thousands of LSU fans love….

Being Average!

As our fathers used to tell us all the time…

“The world needs ditch diggers son and if you want to be average Hell you can be a ditch digger.”

….and from what we can tell there are Helluva lot of ditch diggers in the state of Louisiana who rather like that Les Miles is…

10 – 10 in his last 20 SEC Conference Games against SEC teams with .500 or better records

….and if a .500 record doesn’t spell A-V-E-R-A-G-E at L-S-U then NOTHING will and thus why Les Miles will enter the 2016 college football season on one of the Hottest Seats in the country which is appropriate for ANY head coach at LSU that is sitting on a record of….

14 – 10

…in SEC Conference play in his last 3 seasons on the job….right?

Oh…that’s RIGHT this is Louisiana home of Huey P. Long, Bobby Jindal and Les Miles which is rightly called….

A Complete Freaking Clown Show!

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7.  Mark Stoops, Kentucky – We are BIG believers in comparing current head coaches at schools with what previous head coaches at those same school were able to accomplish especially when comparing a current head coach to what a previous fired head coach was able to do.

Case In Point:  Mark Stoops replaced Joker Phillips at Kentucky and both now have THREE years on the board to compare to each other and let’s get right to that then:

Mark Stoops – Current Kentucky Head Coach

Overall: 12 – 24

SEC: 4 – 20

Joker Phillips – Fired Kentucky Head Coach

Overall: 13 – 24

SEC: 4 – 20

Yes…that is mighty Damn consistent in being consistently Damn bad for Kentucky Football over the past SIX seasons which includes….

8 SEC Conference Wins

….in an SEC Eastern Division that has NEVER been weaker with Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia all struggling compared to their past histories and thus just when Kentucky should have been SURGING to the top of the SEC East….they are still mired in the bottom!

Coaches Hot Seat to Lexington:  We think you have a problem…NO….make that we KNOW you have a Helluva problem and seriously now…does ANYONE think that Kentucky will win SIX games under Mark Stoops in 2016 in his FOURTH year on the job having to play 8 SEC Conference Games, Louisville, and Southern Miss which might just lay an EPIC beatdown on Kentucky on September 3, 2016 in Lexington?

Here’s a Recommendation to Mark Stoops:  If you spend ONE MINUTE not working on making YOUR Kentucky Football team better over the next 9 months then what the Hell are you doing son because your coaching future is on the line….PERIOD!

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8.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – After a long night celebrating the Stanford win over Notre Dame late into the night on Saturday the phone rang mighty Damn early in San Francisco on Sunday morning and when we saw the Houston area code on the Caller ID we knew who was calling and what he was calling about:

Houston A&M Alum: “Did you see that shit last night?”

Coaches Hot Seat: “You mean Notre Dame getting their Sorry Asses beat?”

Houston A&M Alum: “Funny….No Dammit that SHIT that Kevin Sumlin put on the field against an LSU team that barely showed-up to play against Arkansas and Ole Miss and is suddenly the Doomsday Freaking Defense!”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes….we saw the game and someone here said at the end…in Kevin Sumlin’s 51 st game as the head coach at Texas A&M at the end of his FOURTH season on the job his football team scored 7 points.”

Houston A&M Alum: “7 Freaking Points! What in God’s name are these A&M coaches doing all week? They have two of the most highly-recruited quarterbacks in the country on their roster and the Aggies scored 7 Freaking Points in the last game of the year!”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes…7 Points…what was it Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick about this very subject?”

Houston A&M Alum: “Hell…I don’t know what Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick but I bet your pretentious arrogant ass is going tell me now aren’t you?”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes….Melville wrote in Moby Dick…“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”

Houston A&M Alum: “And what in the Hell does that supposed to mean?”

Coaches Hot Seat: “You gift a coach a player like Johnny Manziel and …“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”

Houston A&M Alum: “Amen to that…and if you take Johnny Manziel away from Sumlin at A&M he is already out of a job.”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Exactly right..but then Alabama scored 30 points against LSU, Arkansas scored 31 and Ole Miss scored 38…and the Aggies scored 7….not even Herman Melville could explain that.”

Houston A&M Alum: “Damn right and from what I am hearing there are Helluva lot of problems within this Texas A&M football team that are tearing it apart and we have a head coach making $5 Million Dollars Plus a year posting .500 records in SEC play!:

Coaches Hot Seat: “We hear you….now go get a cocktail at the club after church and we will talk on Tuesday afternoon.”

Houston A&M Alum: “Oh yea….Tuesday afternoon….talk to you then.”

Kevin Sumlin has now coached Texas A&M for FOUR seasons and has records on the board of…

Overall:  36 – 15

SEC:  17 – 15

….and in case Kevin Sumlin doesn’t know it when you are making $5 Million Dollars Plus a year there are rightfully going to be a Helluva lot of Aggies pissed-off when you have a record of…

11 – 13

….in SEC Conference play in your last THREE years on the job and a record of…

5 – 9

….in SEC play at home in Kyle Field!

Herman Melville was right….

“It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.”

…and unless Kevin Sumlin turns things around in a Helluva hurry at A&M the WHALE that is Texas A&M Football will be the end of his big-time coaching career meaning a year from now could very well be the last time the public hears Kevin Sumlin’s name until of course he is introduced at Texas State to replace Dennis Franchione!

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9.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – It’s impossible for us to pull against Mike Riley here at Coaches Hot Seat and since it’s our opinion…

Iowa is a Total Fraud and has played and beaten NO ONE in 2015

….we were pulling for the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday but alas…the Huskers lost…and with that loss Nebraska posted a record of…

5 – 7

….on the 2015 season and in Mike Riley’s 15 seasons as a Head Coach at Oregon State and Nebraska that was the…

7 th time Riley has posted a LOSING record

…..and to understand how low of depths Nebraska Football have sunk there are people in Lincoln, Nebraska PRAYING that enough teams don’t get to 6 wins so the 5 – 7 Huskers can go to a bowl game!

Leaving aside the Complete Idiocy that even 6 – 6 teams are going to bowl games how Damn PITIFUL is it that folks around the Nebraska Football program are hoping and rooting against teams to win another game to get to 6 wins so the Huskers can go to a bowl game?

Memo to Nebraska Fans:  As the Great William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest….

“What’s Past is the Prologue”

….and for those Huskers fans not slow on the up-take they already understand completely what they have now and what is coming and if not a quick visit to Mike Riley’s Wikipedia page will be education enough:

Mike Riley, Wikipedia

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10.  Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – With the loss to Georgia on Saturday consider that since Georgia Tech won the ACC in 2009 the Yellow Jackets under Paul Johnson have posted 5 or MORE LOSSES in…

5 of the last 6 Seasons

…..and have posted 6 or MORE LOSSES in…

4 of the last 6 Seasons

…which to us points to an Unhealthy Football Program under Paul Johnson….in our humble opinion of course…which is caused by…

Paul Johnson’s Personal Arrogance

….towards ANYTHING that does not serve to promote Paul Johnson which is our humble opinion of course.

We asked one of the wives of a Coaches Hot Seat member who used to work in the field of psychology before leaving work to raise her children over a decade ago to watch some clips we had put together of Paul Johnson coaching over the past few years at Georgia Tech and at Navy and give us her raw opinion on what she saw in Paul Johnson and below is her assessment which is of course her opinion:

“Interestingly the Paul Johnson I saw at Georgia Tech is a lot different than when he was at Navy. At Navy Johnson looked confident borderline cocky on the sideline but pretty healthy overall mental-wise….at Georgia Tech he looks arrogant, pissed-off a lot of the time, much more unsure of himself and his team, less trusting of his players…even confused at what he is watching at times but overarching all of that is what looks like a deep-seated narcissism that is creating lots of tension among his players, coaches and football team. That’s what I see in this Paul Johnson character.”

What is Narcissism you ask?

“A pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, dominance and ambition.”

Yep…that’s what we see in Paul Johnson as well and in case Paul Johnson doesn’t know it you CANNOT be a successful head football coach and be a Raging Narcissist….just ask Lane Kiffin who is of the BIGGEST Pompous Arrogant Asses to ever coach a down of football in America and who we wouldn’t hire to coach a Pee Wee football team because who in the Hell wants a Pompous Arrogant Ass around kids of any age?

There really is only ONE way out for Paul Johnson if he has any hope to turn around the Georgia Tech Football program now because the stuff that he and we were raised on in the 1970s just…

Flat-Out Does Not Work Anymore

….with today’s kids and either Paul Johnson will change with the times which we have seen EVERY successful head coach in college football do in recent years to at least some extent OR Paul Johnson will be out of his job at Georgia Tech a year from now….if not sooner.

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 30, 2015 – Jack Welch

 

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“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

And

“Be candid with everyone.”

And

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”

And

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”

And

“Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”

And

“Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.”

And

“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

And

“Don’t manage – lead change before you have to.”

And

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

And

“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them.”

And

“The team with the best players wins.”

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“Change before you have to.”

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“You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.”

And

“Management is all about managing in the short term, while developing the plans for the long term.”

And

“The productivity now at universities is terrible. Tenure is a terrible idea. It keeps them around forever and they don’t have to work hard.”

And

“Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.”

And

“Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.”

And

“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

And

“You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.”

And

“Culture drives great results.”

Wikipedia: Jack Welch

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Jimmy Johnson

 

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“An objective truth and individual reason are feared above all.”

And

“Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”

And

“The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn’t care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time.”

And

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be.”

And

“Military leaders aren’t made. They are born, … To be a good leader, you have to have something in your character to cause people to follow you.”

And

“Give your people the feeling that if THEY don’t do the job, it won’t get done. Also let them know that when they accomplish something, they will share in the accolades.”

Wikipedia:  Jimmy Johnson

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

And

“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”

And

“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.”

And

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

And

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

And

“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”

And

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

And

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

And

“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.”

And

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”

And

“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”

And

“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”

And

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

And

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

And

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

And

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”

And

“How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”

And

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

And

“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”

And

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”

And

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”

And

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”

And

“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

And

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

And

“Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.”

And

“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”

And

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

And

“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”

And

“The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.”

And

“There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”

And

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”

And

“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.”

And

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle.

We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

Order of the Day (2 June 1944) Message to troops before the Normandy landings

And

“We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible–from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.”

First Inaugural address (20 January 1953)

And

“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

And

“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”

And

“Character in many ways is everything in leadership. It is made up of many things, but I would say character is really integrity. When you delegate something to a subordinate, for example, it is absolutely your responsibility, and he must understand this. You as a leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does. I once said, as a sort of wisecrack, that leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”

And

“I’m going to command the whole shebang.” Comment to his wife Mamie, after being informed by George Marshall that he would be in command of Operation Overlord

And

“We look upon this shaken Earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose — the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails. The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard. And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning — and ready to pay its full price. We know clearly what we seek, and why. We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself. Yet this peace we seek cannot be born of fear alone: it must be rooted in the lives of nations. There must be justice, sensed and shared by all peoples, for, without justice the world can know only a tense and unstable truce. There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak. But the law of which we speak, comprehending the values of freedom, affirms the equality of all nations, great and small. Splendid as can be the blessings of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne.” Second Inaugural address (21 January 1957)

And

“I do have one instruction for you, General. Do something about that damned football team.” Said to William Westmoreland in 1960 when Westmoreland assumed the post of Superintendent of West Point.

And

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?”

And

Farewell Address, January 17, 1961

“We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”

And

“One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family’s essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work.”

Wikipedia:  Dwight Eisenhower

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 27, 2015 – Vince Lombardi

 

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“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”

And

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

And

“Mental toughness is essential to success.”

And

“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”

And

“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

And

“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”

And

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

And

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

And

“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

And

“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

And

“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”

And

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

And

“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

And

“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.

And

“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”

And

“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

And

“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”

And

” Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”

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“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”

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“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”

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“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”

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“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”

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“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

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“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”

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“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

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“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

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“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”

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“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

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“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”

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“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

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“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

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“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”

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“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”

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“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

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“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

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“Success demands singleness of purpose.”

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“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”

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“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

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“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”

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“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

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“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”

Wikipedia: Vince Lombardi

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving Day

 

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“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”  H.U. Westermayer

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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

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“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”  E.P. Powell

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“So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.”
Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”  Henry Ward Beecher

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“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  Edward Sandford Martin

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“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.”
Alexander Pope

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“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”
J.A. Shedd

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“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  Robert Caspar Lintner

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“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”   Erma Bombeck

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“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”  William Jennings Bryan

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“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”   Seneca

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward

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“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”  William Shakespeare

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“It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.”  James Smith

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“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”  Johnny Carson

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“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.”  P. J. O’Rourke

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“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”  Mark Twain

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“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.”  Albert Barnes

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“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” Robert Casper Lintner

The Desolate Wilderness, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

he next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.

Being now passed the vast ocean….”

And the Fair Land, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Anyone whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.

So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.

For the traveler, as travelers have been always…..”

Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving Day

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.”

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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