“A man should look for what he is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.”
“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.”
“Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.”
“I do not carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. …The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
“I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of sudden a thought occurred to me: If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight. I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation.”
“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.”
“If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.”
“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”
“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.”
“The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.”
Frank Thomas played quarterback for Knute Rocke at Notre Dame from 1920 to 1922. According to Rockne, Thomas was the smartest player he ever coached. Thomas’s best friend and roommate at Notre Dame was George “The Gipper” Gip.
Frank Thomas was the head football coach at Alabama from 1931 to 1946 putting up records of…
Overall: 115 – 24 – 7
SEC: 68 – 18 – 3
2 National Championships
Frank Thomas coached Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama who played for the Tide between 1933 – 1935 which included the 1934 Rose Bowl win over Stanford and the National Championship in the same year (which Coaches Hot Seat wrote about HERE in late November of last year)
Frank Thomas Quotes
“Keep the players high. Make practice a pleasure, not a lark. Be a disciplinarian, but not a slave driver. It’s better to have a short, full practice than a long lazy one.”
“No matter what the other fellow does on the field, don’t let him lure you into a fight. Uphold your dignity.”
“Proper conditioning is that fleeting moment between getting ready and going stale.”
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
1. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Kentucky – With a maelstrom now enveloping the Georgia football program Dan Wolken of USA Today dropped a major stink-bomb into the entire Damn mess in Athens on Thursday with this story….
“Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity favored a coaching change after last season but was overruled by president Jere Morehead. Richt was then given a contract extension.”
…which we here at Coaches Hot Seat don’t believe for a nanosecond because at the end of last year even after a mediocre season by Georgia standards Mark Richt was nowhere near the Hot Seat and we are quite confident if given the choice current Georgia AD Greg McGarity would rather see Richt stay at Georgia for a long time and winning big while he was still there which McGarity later confirmed….
…and if you think Greg McGarity is going to lie about something that important or lie about anything for that matter then you have lost all touch with reality.
Getting back to Mark Richt’s job status which as the 2015 college football season heads toward the finish is most certainly in question we cannot express the anger of the Georgia alums that live around a few dozen Coaches Hot Seat members in North Atlanta over the way their Bulldogs have played in recent years and more importantly have performed in the most important games each season.
We are talking about Georgia Football here which in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat is the FOURTH best college football program in the country and thus the fans of Georgia Football expect a Helluva lot out of their program that is ranked that high as detailed below which is not only in order the Best College Football Programs in America BUT also the order of Best College Football Head Coaching Jobs in America….in our humble opinion:
Coaches Hot Seat 25 Best College Football Programs/Best College Football Head Coaching Jobs in America
1. Alabama 2. Texas 3. Ohio State 4. Georgia 5. USC 6. Florida State 7. LSU 8. Notre Dame 9. Oklahoma 10. Florida 11. Auburn 12. Michigan 13. Oregon 14. Michigan State 15. Clemson 16. Stanford 17. Texas A&M 18. Tennessee 19. Virginia Tech 20. Penn State 21. Baylor 22. Wisconsin 23. UCLA 24. TCU 25. Oklahoma State
When you are holding the head coaching job of the FOURTH Best College Football Program in America expectations are and should be HIGH and over the past TEN college football seasons since Georgia last won an SEC Championship in the games that really matter to fans of Georgia Football and the games that Mark Richt should be winning at a pretty good clip are SEC games against these teams….
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and LSU
….and below are Richt’s records against those teams over the last TEN seasons:
Georgia’s Overall Record Against the Above SIX SEC Teams Over Last 10 Seasons:
23 – 22 (.511)
Is there anyone on Earth that believe a .511 winning percentage is acceptable against the BEST teams in the SEC when you are the head coach of the FOURTH Best College Football Program in America?
Didn’t think so and thus why Mark Richt is on the Hot Seat and facing a CRITICAL game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at High Noon which with a loss would effectively end Mark Richt’s coaching career at Georgia because a loss in this spot with the current state of Bulldog Nation would send the natives over the edge and Mark Rich to lots of time off from the game of football.
2. Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Georgia – The calculus for Mark Stoops and Kentucky is very simple to understand:
Mark Stoops is in his THIRD season at Kentucky with NO .500 or better seasons and thus NO bowl game trips and with the Wildcats now at 4 – 4 on the season and with these games left to play….
At Georgia At Vanderbilt Charlotte Louisville
…..a loss to Georgia and more than likely it will be NO .500 or better season and NO bowl game for Mark Stoops and Kentucky in 2015 which would equal…
A Helluva Hot Seat for Mark Stoops for the foreseeable future!
Private Memo to Mark Stoops from Coaches Hot Seat: Hey Mark….if you Pop Georgia in the Mouth they will lay down and QUIT so strike hard and strike fast on Saturday in Sanford Stadium and not only will Georgia lay down and QUIT the stadium will empty out so fast everyone will think that Chick-fil-A is giving away free food at all locations in northeast Georgia!
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Texas A&M – Talk about the potential for disaster if Auburn loses to Texas A&M on Saturday to drop to 4 – 5 on the season with these games still left to play…
Georgia Idaho Alabama
….there’s a Helluva chance that the Auburn Tigers miss making a bowl game in 2015 in an age when….
Any Random Stumble Bum off the Street could Coach Auburn to a Bowl Game!
Hold it a second….Auburn plays Georgia at home on November 14 and by that time the Bulldogs may have Completely QUIT on the season and Malzahn can get his FIFTH win and we believe the Tigers can handle Idaho to get a SIXTH win so all is not lost on The Plains….YET!
4. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Auburn – Talk about another potential for another disaster IF somehow the Aggies lost to Auburn on Saturday that would drop A&M’s record in SEC play in 2015 to…
3 – 3
…and the word on the street is if Kevin Sumlin has a sub. 500 SEC record in his FOURTH season coaching the Aggies Sumlin will be run out of College Station on a rail come late November and after Auburn the Aggies have left games against…
Western Carolina At Vanderbilt At LSU
Hell….Vanderbilt is playing some pretty good football in Nashville this season and LSU will be a tough win in Baton Rouge….so lose to Auburn…lose to Vanderbilt…lose to LSU and that would equal an SEC record in 2015 of…
3 – 5
….and an overall record of 7 – 5 and rightfully so Kevin Sumlin would be run out of College Station on a rail in late November or probably preferably fired at the College Station airport upon arrival back from Baton Rouge on the night of November 28!
5. Charlie Strong, Kansas vs. Texas – Oh…this one is very Damn simple to understand….
IF Texas should somehow slop around and lose to this PITIFUL Kansas team in Austin on Saturday
…Charlie Strong can go straight to his office and start boxing up his things because his coaching tenure at Texas will be OVER!
6. Mark Helfrich, Oregon vs. California – Oregon pulled a win out of its ass against Arizona State primarily due to the Complete Damn Stupidity of ASU head coach Todd Graham and now the Ducks are 5 – 3 on the season with these games left to be played:
California At Stanford USC Oregon State
There are a few dozen high school teams in the state of Oregon that could beat Oregon State so the Ducks will be going bowling in 2015 but is 6 wins really good enough for the folks that pour Tens of Millions of Dollars into the Oregon football program?
NO is the answer to that question and why beating California on Saturday is so Damn important to Mark Helfrich and the Ducks.
7. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona vs. USC – Arizona has played FOUR decent football teams in 2015 and look at the scores in those FOUR losses:
UCLA: 56 – 30
Stanford: 55 – 17
Washington State: 45 – 42
Washington: 49 – 3
Damn…and Arizona is playing USC on Saturday in the Coliseum!
Our guess the Trojans run Rich Rodriguez and his Wildcats out of the LA Coliseum to the tune of something like…
55 – 20
…and send Rich Rodriguez to the Hot Seat for the first time since he got to Arizona which should bring back some not so Damn pleasant memories for RichRod when he was Michigan!
Come on Rich….how about your team showing up to play against the Trojans…is that really too much to ask?
Didn’t think so!
8. Darrell Hazell, Purdue vs. Illinois – Whatever the rationale for giving Darrell Hazell a FOURTH season at Purdue the FACTS are that when the last Purdue head coach Danny Hope was fired after posting a 6 – 6 record in 2012 which was the SECOND straight season that Hope had gotten the Boilermakers eligible for a bowl game Purdue AD Morgan Burke released the following statement on Hope’s firing:
“There is no question that our football program has seen considerable growth under Danny’s leadership, particularly in the areas of academics, player development and recruiting,” athletic director Morgan Burke said. “I applaud him for his passion about Purdue University and the young men he coaches. He and his staff have devoted their lives to improving the program, but as I told him earlier this afternoon, those efforts did not equate to the consistent on-field success that both of us expected.”
OK….FOUR seasons on the job at Purdue for Danny Hope and in his last TWO seasons he got the Boilermakers eligible for bowl games and posted records in those FOUR seasons of…
Overall: 22 – 27
Big Ten: 13 – 19
….which is MEDIOCRE football we would agree BUT then just what in the Hell is Morgan Burke going to say when he eventually fires Darrell Hazell who in THREE seasons on the job has posted records of….
Overall: 6 – 26
Big Ten: 2 – 18
It will have to be something like….
“Darrell Hazell’s tenure at Purdue has been nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster!”
Oh….Purdue plays Illinois at home on Saturday in a CANNOT LOSE Game for Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers!
There is some good news from Big Ten Country though relative to Darrell Hazell coming back for the 2016 season….it has now been proven that Mike Riley was good for something and speaking of Mike Riley!
9. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Michigan State – Everyone knows the FACTS as Joe Friday used to say…
3 – 6 overall
1 – 4 in Big Ten play
…and is hosting Top 10 Michigan State on Saturday in Lincoln which is followed by….
At Rutgers Iowa
Damn….this is the 18 th season since Tom Osborne retired in 1997 and in those 18 seasons Nebraska has only lost SIX or more games FOUR times…
Frank Solich – 1 time Bill Callahan – 2 times Mike Riley – 1 time
…and that really says it all since 2 of the 3 above coaches were fired at Nebraska and if Riley keeps losing he will be fired as well and if the Huskers should stumble down the stretch of the season and somehow lose their last THREE games to finish at…
3 – 9
….in 2015 then we have it on good authority from our Nebraska-alum buddies in Omaha that there will be…
MASSIVE House Cleaning at the University of Nebraska
….that will make Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night look like child’s play!
Let’s hope Mike Riley didn’t sell his house in Corvallis, Oregon because if he didn’t that would be a nice place to go over the Holidays after getting run out of Lincoln, Nebraska along with about a three dozen other people that…
Don’t Have A Freaking Clue How To Build and Sustain A Winning College Football Program!
10. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Ole Miss – Again we have another situation for Joe Friday….”Just the Facts Ma’am”…and the FACTS are that Bret Bielema and his Arkansas Razorbacks are sitting on records of…
4 – 4 overall
2 – 2 in SEC play
…and still have to play games against…
At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Damn….it is just us or does it look like Chubby Boy Bielema is going to be playing Missouri on Friday November 27 with a 4 – 7 record and with a loss to the Tigers getting himself and Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired before the Sun comes on up on Saturday November 28?
Yep….that’s about it!
Coach Hard Chubby Boy!
11. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. South Carolina – Butch Jones finally got his rear-end off the Hot Seat with a resounding win over Kentucky BUT a loss to South Carolina on Saturday which would drop the Vols record to…
4 – 5
….on the season and guess what Butch?
Your ass would go right back on the Hot Seat!
Coach Hard Butch Jones!
12. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Texas Tech – With West Virginia sitting on records of…
3 – 4 overall
0 – 4 in Big 12 play
…and still having to play these games this season…
Texas Tech Texas At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
….a “Little Birdie” told a Coaches Hot Seat member this past week that…
“If Holgorsen doesn’t get to six wins this season he’s done at West Virginia.”
West Virginia CAN beat Texas Tech at home
West Virginia CAN beat Texas at home
West Virginia SHOULD best Kansas on the road
West Virginia SHOULD beat Iowa State on the road
West Virginia – Kansas State is a toss-up game
Hell….now we know why…
“If Holgorsen doesn’t get to six wins this season he’s done at West Virginia.”
13. Kliff Kingsburgy, Texas Tech vs. West Virginia – Bottom-line….Kliff Kingsbury REALLY needs to take Texas Tech to a bowl game in 2015 and with the Red Raiders now at…
5 – 4 overall
2 – 4 in Big 12 play
…and still having to play these games…
At West Virginia Kansas State At Texas
….we see No Damn Reason at all that Texas Tech doesn’t win SIX games in 2015 and if they don’t it will be a…
Very Damn Hot Seat for Kliff Kingsbury!
14. Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. NC State – The Complete Disaster that has come to be known as the….
“Wild Man Steve Addazio meltdown at BC”
….continues on this week with Boston College hosting NC State and if the Eagles lose this game they will drop to….
3 – 7 overall
0 – 7 in ACC play
…and no doubt Steve Addazio will go into another rage in the second-half that will be rather entertaining to watch we must say and Oh by the way….
Boston College plays Notre Dame in Fenway Park next Saturday!
Oh…with Brian Kelly on one sideline and Steve Addazio on the other that game at Fenway Park could be called the…
The Catholic Rumble at Fenway!
….with a kicker promotional line of….
“Come to Fenway Park this Saturday to watch Notre Dame take on Boston College and at halftime Brian Kelly will fight Steve Addazio in a Winner-Take-All Cage Match at Midfield!
Our guess after seeing Brian Kelly go after one of his assistant coaches in the Temple game….
Our money is on Addazio!
15. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State vs. Oklahoma – We give Paul Rhoads and his Iowa State team little chance to beat Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday BUT….
Bob Stoops has a habit of his recent teams at Oklahoma NOT showing up for three or more games a year and the Sooners are due to NOT show-up like they didn’t against Texas so give the Sooners Hell Paul Rhoads!
16. Mike London, Virginia vs. Miami – With the win over Georgia Tech Mike London’s Virginia football team is now at 3 – 5 on the season and still has an outside shot of getting to .500 and making a bowl game this season which would probably save London’s job which is why this Saturday’s game against…
Miami is so Damn CRITICAL
…..because a win in this spot with these games left to play…
At Miami At Louisville Duke Virginia Tech
…the Cavs might just get to SIX wins….well….anything is possible….right?
17. Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Washington State – After giving away a game to the Oregon Ducks at home and dropping to 4 – 4 on the season Todd Graham and is Arizona State football team is now just trying to avoid a….
Complete Freaking Disaster
….which would keep unfolding if the Sun Devils lose to Washington State on Saturday with still games left to play against…
Washington Arizona California
Hell….Arizona State could very well LOSE OUT and if that happens Todd Graham would be sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in the country when the 2016 college football season kicks-off so…
Coach Like Hell Todd Graham which does NOT mean Coach Like A Complete Freaking Idiot son!
18. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Iowa – Stuck on 4 wins Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson REALLY need to find 2 more wins out of the Hoosiers last 4 games against…
Iowa Michigan At Maryland At Purdue
….and although beating an undefeated Iowa team is NOT going to be easy in some ways Iowa is the one under the most pressure on Saturday having to go on the road and win to keep their chance of making the Big Ten Title Game and College Football Playoff alive so use that to your advantage Kevin Wilson and use it or as Ernest Hemingway once said….
“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.”
Use the HURT Kevin Wilson and BEAT the Hawkeyes on Saturday!
19. Kyle Flood, Rutgers vs. Michigan – The word on the street in the Garden State is that Kyle Flood needs SIX wins on the board before the season ends and with the Scarlet Knights now sitting on a record of 3 – 5 and still have to play these games…
At Michigan Nebraska At Army Maryland
….we don’t for Damn sure seeing Rutgers getting its FOURTH win on Saturday in Ann Arbor!
“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”
“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”
“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”
“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”
“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”
“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”
“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”
“Get the winners into the game.”
“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”
“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”
“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”
“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”
“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”
“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”
“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”
“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”
“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose with humility. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”
“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”
“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”
“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”
“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”
“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”
“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”
“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”
“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”
“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”
“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”
“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”
“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”
“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”
“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”
“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”
“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”
“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”
“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”
“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”
“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”
“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”
“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”
“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”
“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”
“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”
“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”
“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”
“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”
“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”
“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”
“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”
11. Trent Miles, Georgia State – Georgia State played Arkansas State tough for about three quarters before losing 48 – 34 on Saturday and with that loss head coach Trent Miles records in THREE seasons coaching the Panthers dropped to…
Overall: 3 – 28
Sun Belt: 1 – 17
…..and in words of the Great Jed Clampett that is…
Now at 2 – 5 on the season here is what Georgia State has left on their schedule:
La. Lafayette At Texas State South Alabama Troy At Georgia Southern
Our guess: Georgia State finishes at 2 – 10 in 2015 and the Panthers are looking for a new head football coach come December and Hell we would be interested in a job coaching an FBS program in Atlanta, Georgia and we know a few very good head coaches a level or two below the FBS level that would be interested in that job as well!
Keep coaching them up Trent….just keep coaching them up son!
12. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – You have to give Paul Rhoads and his Iowa State football team credit for continuing to play hard and beating a decent and much more talented if not admittedly arrogant Texas football team that is full of more Prima Donnas than we could possibly count BUT the win over the Longhorns doesn’t change Rhoads’ records by much in SEVEN seasons coaching the Cyclones:
Overall: 32 – 51
Big 12: 16 – 41
Even worse is Paul Rhoads records at Iowa State over the past THREE seasons….
Overall: 8 – 24
Big 12: 4 – 19
…which points to a declining football program especially when benchmarked against the rest of the Big 12 which is how Paul Rhoads is ultimately measured which is how we are all measured in this world today:
How did you do against your closest peers?
Answer for Paul Rhoads at Iowa State:
Not very Damn good over the past THREE seasons which brings us to another point if one goes back to the 2011 and 2012 seasons one will remember that was about the time that the Big 12 teams started to really rev-up their offenses and that was the exact spot where a head coach like Paul Rhoads needs to recognize what is happening…
Namely that it’s going to take a Helluva LOT more points to win games in the Big 12 meaning probably north of 30 points per game
….and adapt accordingly by finding a way to score more points whether that be running the ball, throwing the ball, or doing a combination of running and throwing BUT whatever the method if you are going to compete in the Big 12 Conference today in the game of football there is one very simple rule:
You MUST score points….meaning a Helluva LOT of points!
Now at 3 – 5 on the season after the win over the Pitiful Texas Longhorns….who the more we think about put up one of the most DISGRACEFUL performances in 2015 in the game against Cyclones….Iowa State has wins over…
Northern Iowa Kansas Texas
….(that’s some great company to hang with their Charlie Strong!) and the Cyclones have left on their schedule:
At Oklahoma Oklahoma State At Kansas State At West Virginia
With Paul Rhoads saying after the win over Texas that he deserves to remain the head coach at Iowa State…
“Rhoads then immediately transitioned into his pitch why, at 32-51 overall and 16-41 in the Big 12, he’s the right guy to lead the Iowa State football program. “Because the program’s moving in the right direction. I’ve got great coaches and I’ve got unbelievable players that care and play (with) passion in the cardinal and gold jerseys that they wear.
“We’ve always believed, and I still believe, we have a good football team. We have played five opponents that we’ve lost to that had a combined record of 33-3 going into today,” Rhoads explained. The Cyclones lost to undefeated Iowa 31-17, undefeated Toledo 30-23, undefeated TCU 45-21 and undefeated Baylor 45-27, with games against one-loss Oklahoma and undefeated Oklahoma State in the next two weeks. Only their 66-31 loss at 5-4 Texas Tech (with losses to TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) stands outside the top 25. “We’ve been playing really good football teams. We’ve improved in the process. We had one loss that was embarrassing to us, humiliating to us. Other than that, our football team has fought, prepared and done the things we’ve asked of them.”
….if we were the AD at Iowa State after reading the above comments we would call Paul Rhoads into the office realizing we would have already told him that it was either a .500 record or better and a bowl game in 2015 or he was out of a job come December and say to Paul on this Tuesday morning:
“OK Paul. Nice win over Texas. Your team is 3 – 5 and has 4 games left on the schedule. You win 2 of those games and you can return to coach this team in 2016 BUT 4 wins will not do it because that would be 4 wins in your SEVENTH year on the job. Also it’s clear to me that the rest of the Big 12 is leaving us in the dust and that if I don’t make this move now we will just fall further behind the coming years and I need a full stadium for every Iowa State home game to make my athletic budget work. Now good luck to you Paul and I am hoping you can find 2 more wins which I remind you is 1 win less than I said you would need before the season to keep your job. Now give them Hell Paul!”
OK…Paul Rhoads has been warned that he needs to win 2 of his last 4 games to return to coach at Iowa State in 2016 BUT that leaves on the table the most important question that any AD must ask and answer before he fires a head coach and that question is this:
“If I fire my head football coach will I be able to hire a BETTER head coach to replace him?”
Now this is obviously a very subjective question since a head coach that is not posting winning seasons is ALWAYS at risk of being fired BUT each school is different and Iowa State is a very tough place to coach at because it sits in a touch place to recruit to and it plays in a very tough conference in the Big 12 which is full of teams and head coaches that are bound and determined to win games and championships and that is just a Helluva tough neighborhood for a head coach of the Cyclones to operate in.
The obvious answer to the above question is that…
OF COURSE Iowa State can hire a better head coach than Paul Rhoads but WOULD Iowa State hire a better head coach than Paul Rhoads if Rhoads was fired?
Certainly Tennessee COULD HAVE hired a better head coach than Phillip Fulmer after Fulmer was fired after the 2008 season but the Tennessee AD then Mike Hamilton hired Lane Kiffin and then Derek Dooley who by any measure we can think of…
Were NOT even close to being BETTER head coaches than Phillip Fulmer
….and that takes us back to Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard who at this moment should have a list of 5 to 7 current head coaches or assistant coaches on the FBS and FCS levels that he believes would consider the Iowa State job if offered that would be BETTER at winning games and championships than Paul Rhoads at ISU.
Frankly…we have a list here at Coaches Hot Seat of the Top 25 College Head Coaches and Top 25 College Assistant Coaches that are Ready for Bigger and/or Head Coaching Jobs which includes a number of coaches that would LOVE a shot at coaching Iowa State and one FBS AD friend of ours has asked us to post those two lists in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog which we may indeed do next week if we can agree on the last few coaches on both lists actually are in our minds.
Getting back to Paul Rhoads and Iowa State….
Go find TWO wins in your last FOUR games Paul Rhoads because you never know son!
13. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – It really is too bad that Craig Bohl is still not the head coach at North Dakota State because he would probably be sitting on right now…
FIVE straight FCS National Championships in a row!
….and would be the PRIME candidate to replace the faltering Mike Riley at Nebraska if the Huskers make a…
Chancellor, AD and Head Coaching Change at Nebraska
….later this year which could very well happen if the Huskers get blown out of a couple of games down the stretch of the 2015 season…
….BUT Craig Bohl is instead at Wyoming and finds his ass on the Hot Seat sitting on records in TWO seasons on the job of….
Overall: 5 – 16
MWC: 3 – 10
Memo to College Head Coaches: If you are considering a lateral move such as the one that Craig Bohl made going from North Dakota State to Wyoming email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if it’s a good move or not because more than likely we will know more than you do about what is going on in the coaching profession and what jobs might be open to you 1, 2 or 3 years down the road!
Now at 1 – 8 on the season Craig Bohl and Wyoming have left on the schedule:
Colorado State At San Diego State UNLV
Win 2 of your last 3 games Craig Bohl….alright son…and if you are thinking about making another move to another head coaching job contact us first because whoever the Hell is giving you advice doesn’t have a Freaking Clue what they are talking about….alright son?
14. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – Congratulations are in order to Doug Martin and his New Mexico State football team which got an overtime win over Idaho….
Hold it a second….they beat IDAHO
….but then what the Hell a Win is a Win even it is over IDAHO and with that Win the Aggies are now…
1 – 7
…on the season and still have to play games against…
At Texas State At La. Lafayette Arkansas State At La. Monroe
Damn….well Hell that Win is still a Win and now it’s on to Texas State!
15. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – Plenty of Coaches Hot Seat members are old enough to have played football in the 1970s and 1980s for coaches like Paul Johnson who spends most of his time…
Chewing out and running down his players
….and we are also smart enough to know that in today’s world just as it was when we were growing up if you do as the Late Great Paul “Bear” Bryant said was the wrong thing to do…
“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”
…then you will end up with a very inconsistent football program and that is what Paul Johnson has in his EIGHT seasons at Georgia Tech as shown by the yearly records below:
We are going to let everyone in on a secret of coaching that we got from a member of Coaches Hot Seat who played for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama in the 1970s who has given us a tremendous amount of valuable information based upon what he learned from Paul Bryant on how to lead people, motivate people, and generally create winning organizations that we use all the time in our REAL day jobs and one of those things that this former player for Bryant told us was an incredible insight that coaches like Paul Johnson that spend a Helluva lot of time yelling at their players should take to heart. The below conversation happened in 2013 in Atlanta at the home of a Coaches Hot Seat member as we were sitting around talking about what this former Alabama player had learned from Paul Bryant:
Coaches Hot Seat: “Tell us about Bryant’s demeanor on the sidelines during games and how it was different from other coaches you played for or saw first-hand in your life.”
Former Bryant Player: “Something that I hardly noticed when I was at Alabama but which really stood out to me as I thought about my days of playing for Coach Bryant and seeing how other coaches interacted with their players is that Coach Bryant on the sidelines during games rarely yelled at players unless they did something really stupid but he sure the Hell would light up his assistant coaches all the time who would then get onto the players about specific things. That small thing which I didn’t give two seconds thought to when I was at Alabama really hit home when I got out into the business world and realized that chewing out front-line employees that were almost always doing their best not only made me look bad and even small, but also undermined the managers in the company who were charged with managing the front-line employees and who resented it when I went straight to their employees to chew someone out or to get an answer to something. Coach Bryant most of all coached his assistant coaches and held them accountable for the play of their individual units and players and that kept Coach above the fray so to speak and because he wasn’t involved in chewing out players directly gave him more power over the entire team in a strange sort of way that I cannot really explain but most importantly the approach that Coach Bryant took made all of us want to play that much harder for him.”
Now as you take in all of the above one must believe that Paul Bryant told his assistant coaches when he hired them that he was going to hold them responsible for the area of the team they coached at that there may indeed be times when he would get on his coaches in a very direct way during practices and in games when he probably should be getting after the player who did something wrong so the assistant coaches shouldn’t take what he says to them personally but instead should take it as a message for the assistant coach to get after his players.
On a related note we once heard former Auburn head coach Pat Dye say in a radio interview that he fired his offensive coordinator Pat Sullivan several times each game only to hire him back quickly and no doubt Dye learned a Helluva lot in how to be a head coach in the NINE seasons that he spent on Paul Bryant’s staff at Alabama.
Memo to Paul Johnson: Not only is it bad form to be yelling at your players all the time it’s hindering your football team’s chances to win more games and that’s what football is all about…
Winning Football Games
….and when you go to Charlottesville and lose to a Virginia football team that has won FIVE ACC Conference football games in the last THREE seasons then you have a Helluva mess on your hands and that is what Paul Johnson and the…
3 – 6
….Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have on their hands right now….A Helluva Mess!
To get bowl eligible which is a borderline DISGRACE at Georgia Tech they will have to win their last THREE games against…
Virginia Tech At Miami Georgia
Damn….looks like Paul Johnson’s ass will be on the Hot Seat for a Helluva long time going forward!
16. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – We are reticent to criticize Mike MacIntyre with the Stanford football team headed to Boulder along with several dozen Coaches Hot Seat members this coming Saturday for a game between the Cardinal and the Buffs BUT there is no getting around the FACTS that now in his THIRD season at CU Mike MacIntyre is sitting on records of…
Overall: 10 – 23
Pac-12: 2 – 21
….and has a 4 – 5 record on the board in 2015 and we are still wondering how in the Hell that Colorado lost to Hawaii in the opening game of the season when having ONE more win on the board this season would have been HUGE for the CU Buffs!
Now with the 4 – 5 record in come Stanford to play Colorado as 16 points favorites which looks like a HUGE line to us with the Buffs playing a lot better football in 2015 BUT if Colorado does lose to Stanford they will face these remaining games needing TWO more wins to get to a badly needed bowl game:
USC At Washington State At Utah
Damn….coach hard Mike MacIntyre…coach hard Son!
17. Steve Addazio, Boston College – With the Boston College loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday the Eagles continue their falling to pieces routine in the 2015 season because that is FIVE straight losses and an 0 – 6 record in ACC play this year and which leaves Addazio’s records in his THIRD season at BCS at:
Overall: 17 – 18
ACC: 8 – 14
Damn….that is BAD and getting WORSE and the Eagles still having to play these games this season:
NC State Notre Dame at Fenway Park At Syracuse
Hell….Boston College could be 3 – 8 when they head to play at Syracuse on November 28 with Steve Addazio coaching that game for his job….well…probably not…but certainly sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in the country in 2016 if the current trend continues!
18. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – We asked our Arkansas-alum buddy who lives in the Ft. Smith, Arkansas area recently what the mood around Arkansas will be this coming offseason if the Razorbacks have a losing season in 2015 and his response was….
“Pissed-Off with a Capital PO!”
Are you thinking what we are thinking that if Arkansas does end up with a losing season in 2015 that when Bret Bielema goes out in the next 10 months or so anywhere in public in the state of Arkansas that he is going to get his ass lit up?
Yep…that’s what we were thinking and with the Razorbacks now sitting on a record of 4 – 4 and with these games left to play…
At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
….if Arkansas loses its next THREE games you will be able to yell SooooooooooooPig as loud as you Damn want in that game against Missouri in Fayetteville and NO ONE will hear you because there will be NO ONE in the stadium!
Damn…could Bret Bielema who was feted by everyone in Arkansas country over the last 10 months actually post record in his THIRD year on the job of…
5 – 7 overall
3 – 5 in SEC play
Yep….and if that happens Arkansas fans will be….
“Pissed-Off with a Capital PO!”
Oh by the way Arkansas fans…you are paying Bret Bielema…
$4 Million Dollars A Year
….and if he wins FIVE games in 2015 with two of those wins coming over teams that Bill Clinton could have coached Arkansas to wins over that will work out to…
Freaking $800,000 Per Win!
Got “Pissed-Off with a Capital PO?”
19. Mike London, Virginia – Congratulations to Mike London and Virginia for not quitting and continuing to play and getting that nice win over Georgia Tech on Saturday which raises UVA’s records in 2015 to…
3 – 5 overall
2 – 2 in ACC play
….with these games still on the board to play:
At Miami At Louisville Duke Virginia Tech
Can Mike London win THREE of their last FOUR games to get to SIX wins a bowl game?
We don’t see why the Hell not!
20. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Uhhhh…Paul Haynes….head coach at Kent State….your team just got its ass whipped son by the score of…
48 – 0
…by Bowling Green that drops your records in 2015 to…
3 – 5 overall
2 – 2 MAC play
….and Paul Haynes records at KSU in his THIRD year on the job to…
Overall: 9 – 22
MAC: 6 – 13
Memo to Paul Haynes: How about beating Buffalo Thursday son or at the Very Damn Least don’t get your team’s ass blown out by the Bulls….is that really too much to ask Paul?
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