“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?
“I had no natural gift to be anything — not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches — not anything. So I’ve worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me.”
“Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.”
“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”
“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”
“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside down.”
“Newman’s second law: Just when things look darkest, they go black.”
“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”
“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.”
“The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.”
“You gotta have two things to win. You gotta have brains and you gotta have balls. Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other.” Paul Newman as Eddie Felson, The Color of Money, 1986
“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.”
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.”
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
“As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”
“Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?”
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”
“I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.”
“I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.”
“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.”
“I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.”
““How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
“You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.”
“I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” – Reported reply when a reporter objected that the salary Ruth was demanding ($80,000) was more than that of President Herbert Hoover’s ($75,000)
“I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park.” – April 18, 1923, about the newly built Yankee Stadium
“To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.”
“The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”
“A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
“War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”
“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” George Washington, Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August 1776
“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.”
“There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.”
“The only stipulations I shall contend for are, that in all things you shall do as you please. I will do the same; and that no ceremony may be used or any restraint be imposed on any one.”
“Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.”
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age, & in this land of equal liberty, it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.”
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.”
“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
“As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.”
“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”
“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”
“I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
“I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, “without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”
“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
“There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
“We never repent of having eaten too little.”
“When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.”
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
“The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen. These considerations, and others such as these, may enable us in some measure to surmount the difficulties thrown in our way; to bear up with a tolerable degree of patience under this burthen of life; and to proceed with a pious and unshaken resignation, till we arrive at our journey’s end, when we may deliver up our trust into the hands of him who gave it, and receive such reward as to him shall seem proportioned to our merit. Such, dear Page, will be the language of the man who considers his situation in this life, and such should be the language of every man who would wish to render that situation as easy as the nature of it will admit. Few things will disturb him at all: nothing will disturb him much.” Letter to John Page (15 July 1763)
“All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.”
“I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.”
“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution… They are not among the powers specially enumerated…” Opinion against the constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)
“The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens. Funding I consider as limited, rightfully, to a redemption of the debt within the lives of a majority of the generation contracting it; every generation coming equally, by the laws of the Creator of the world, to the free possession of the earth he made for their subsistence, unincumbered by their predecessors, who, like them, were but tenants for life.” Letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
“A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life” 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.”
….and if that in black & white doesn’t piss off fans of Georgia football then NOTHING WILL but then now we here at Coaches Hot Seat have to wonder…
Is Georgia football’s ultimate goal to win the National Title each season?
Maybe it’s a stated goal at Georgia but we have spent a decent amount of time around Athens, Georgia the last couple of years and we don’t think Mark Richt will lose one nanosecond of sleep if he retires without a National Championship on his resume which raises another question:
How driven is Mark Richt to win a National Championship at Georgia?
Our guess….whether Mark Richt wins a National Championship at Georgia or not is probably not real high on what Mark Richt thinks is important to be worried about in life which raises another question:
If you are NOT driven to win a National Championship at a place like Georgia and we mean REALLY driven to win a National Championship should you be the head coach at Georgia?
NO is the very easy answer to that question which brings us to the World’s Largest Cocktail Party against Florida on Saturday which is clearly a…
CANNOT LOSE Game for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs
…but is this a CANNOT LOSE Game in the deep recesses of Mark Richt’s mind?
That we have to even ask that question says a Helluva lot doesn’t it now?
Come on Mark Richt…you aren’t going to lose to a Florida team with a first year head coach that took over a Gators team that won 10 games in Will Muschamp’s last two seasons in Gainesville…are you?
2. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Purdue – Not that we think the 8-point favorite Nebraska Cornhuskers can possibly lose on the road to 1 – 6 Purdue Boilermakers BUT if Nebraska did fool around and lose to Purdue on Saturday Mike Riley would wake-up on Monday morning on one of the Hottest Seats in the American Republic!
We really don’t want to see Mike Riley lose this game so Good Luck Mike!
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Ole Miss –The reality of the very Damn tough situation that Gus Malzahn now faces is defined by two different things…
Gus Malzahn’s record at Auburn in his last 10 SEC Conference Games = 3 – 7
….and what the now 4 – 3 Auburn Tigers have left on their 2015 schedule:
Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
YES…with a loss to Ole Miss there is a very Damn good chance Auburn finishes with a losing record in 2015 and with $50 Million Dollars Plus being spent on the Auburn football program we cannot imagine in our wildest dreams how Gus Malzahn could survive posting a losing record especially after beginning the season with clearly enough talent on his roster to win the whole Damn shooting match!
YES….Ole Miss is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers!
4. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss vs. Auburn – Based upon the losing that has happened to Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss in his first THREE years at the school that is heavily tilted towards the back-end of the regular season….
2012 – Lost 5 of their last 8 games 2013 – Lost 5 of their last 9 games 2014 – Lost 3 of their last 5 games
….we have a working theory here at Coaches Hot Seat that coming from as we do the “Bill Walsh…let’s call and execute the right play boys” school of football that Hugh Freeze’s “Hocus-Pocus” wears-off the Ole Miss players somewhere around the middle of the football season and right on schedule in 2015 at the first of October Ole Miss has now…
Lost 2 of their last 4 games
…and here comes a critical game at Auburn and we cannot help but wonder:
Will the Rebels show up for this game or will they fade like they have in EVERY season under Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss?
Based upon what Ole Miss has left on their schedule….
At Auburn Arkansas LSU Mississippi State
…we are thinking…
FADE AWAY Ole Miss will AGAIN!
Hell, let’s just go ahead and say it…..IF Ole Miss loses to Auburn on Saturday that will leave Hugh Freeze’s record in SEC Conference play in his FOURTH year at Ole Miss at..
14 – 15
…and appropriately Hugh Freeze will then find his rear-end on the Hot Seat with a loss to the Tigers!
Good Luck Hugh!
5. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina –A Coaches Hot Seat member checked-in with his Houston area Texas A&M big money alum relative this past week and asked one simple question:
Coaches Hot Seat: “Is there anyway Kevin Sumlin could lose his job this season?”
Texas A&M Alum: “If he has a losing record in SEC play he is done before Christmas.”
Hmmmm….let’s see here….Texas A&M is right now….
2 – 2
….in SEC Conference play and they have these SEC games left on their schedule:
South Carolina Auburn Vanderbilt LSU
Now we know why that Texas A&M alum said that Kevin Sumlin is DONE if the Aggies have a losing record in SEC Conference play in 2015….
Bozo the Clown could with A&M’s roster win at least THREE of A&M last FOUR SEC games so if Sumlin finishes at…
3 – 5
…then of course his ass should and will be run out of College Station….right?
Good Luck Kevin!
6. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Kentucky – Talk about a pressure cooker game for a head coach the Kentucky game for Vols head coach Butch Jones is the…
CANNOT LOSE Game of the Year
….so far because there are TWO teams that a Tennessee coach can NEVER lose to….
Kentucky and Vanderbilt
…and right now Butch Jones holds a…
3 – 1
…record in the FOUR Kentucky and Vanderbilt games played so far and a loss in this spot to Kentucky would be nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…for Butch Jones and would send him rocketing up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and put the Vols in serious danger of not making it to a bowl game in 2015.
YES…YES…YES….Kentucky is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Butch Jones and Tennessee!
7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Tennessee – After starting the 2015 college football season on the Hot Seat Mark Stoops was able to slide down the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings with 4 wins in the Wildcats first 5 games BUT with a loss to Tennessee on Saturday Stoops football team will drop to…
4 – 4 overall
2 – 4 in SEC play
….with these games still to be played:
At Georgia At Vanderbilt Charlotte Louisville
It’s all very Damn simple for Mark Stoops….
BEAT Tennessee =Stay off Hot Seat Mark Stoops!
LOSE to Tennessee = Welcome back to the Hot Seat Mark Stoops!
8. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Houston – If there ever was a man that needed a win its Vandy head coach Derek Mason this Saturday against Houston in Houston because with a win in this spot Vandy would be…
4 – 4
…on the season and moving forward…BUT…with a loss the Commodores would be…
3 – 5
…and fighting for their lives the rest of the season and of course that means…
Houston is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt!
9. Charlie Strong, Texas vs. Iowa State – Texas has what…THREE…maybe FOUR times more talent on its roster than Iowa State and thus there is NO DAMN EXCUSE for Longhorns to lose to the Cyclones on Saturday and thus…
Iowa State is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Charlie Strong and Texas….PERIOD.
10. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech vs. Boston College – Frank Beamer’s record in his last 28 ACC Conference Games at Virginia Tech now stands at….
13 – 15
…and thus why Frank Beamer now finds his future College Football Hall of Fame Member ass on the Hot Seat and NO it would NOT be a good look for the Hokies to lose Saturday to a Boston College team that is sitting on a 3 – 5 record and is falling to pieces before everyone’s eyes!
One of our long-time Virginia buddies made a very good point to us this past week relative to Frank Beamer’s future at Virginia Tech:
“You have to think that Coach Beamer really wants to coach in that game next season against Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway.”
You need to win some Damn football games Coach Beamer starting with a WIN over Boston College!
11. Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Virginia Tech – With Steve Addazio now sitting on records in his THIRD season at Boston College of…
Overall: 17 – 17
ACC: 8 – 13
…..and records in 2015 of…
Overall: 3 – 5
ACC: 0 – 5
….which includes FOUR straight ACC Conference losses there is NO doubt that…
Virginia Tech is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Steve Addazio and Boston College!
12. Mike London, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech – With Virginia now sitting on a record of 2 – 5 and Mike London needing 6 wins and a bowl game trip to hang onto his job at UVA what is left on the Cavs schedule is particularly important right now and those games left are…
Georgia Tech – Winnable At Miami – Winnable At Louisville – Kind of Winnable Duke – Probably Not Winnable Virginia Tech – Winnable
Hell…Virginia has FOUR Winnable or Kind of Winnable Games left on its schedule starting with a home game against Georgia Tech on Saturday so…
Get Off Your Ass Mike London and WIN this football game over the Yellow Jackets!
13. Kyle Flood, Rutgers vs. Wisconsin – We will admit we haven’t had the best grasp of the situation at Rutgers and head coach Kyle Flood in the Complete Freaking Disaster that is Rutgers athletics these days BUT a Coaches Hot Seat member remembered this past week that he worked on Wall Street with a Rutgers alum in the early 1990s in Manhattan and tracked that person down and after some chit-chat about what each had been doing the past 20-plus years the CHS Member asked about Kyle Flood’s status and the response was:
Rutgers Alum: “It’s a Damn mess over there…always has been it seems. From what I have been hearing if Rutgers doesn’t go to a bowl game this season Flood is finished because the bottom would drop out of the support for the football program and also because it might be possible to rehire Greg Schiano at Rutgers if he doesn’t take another job first.”
Well…there you have it. Kyle Flood needs to take Rutgers to a bowl game in 2015 to save his job and sitting on a record of 3 – 4 with these games left…
At Wisconsin At Michigan Nebraska At Army Maryland
…if Flood can win 3 of the above last 6 pretty tough slate of game maybe he should hang onto his job….less than 6 wins though…it looks like That’s All Folks for Kyle Flood at Rutgers:
14. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado vs. UCLA – Not that we give Colorado any chance at all of beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday BUT it will be interesting to see the final score of this game to get a gauge on the difference that exists between the Bruins and the Buffs which the Vegas Boys peg at around 21 points or so which sounds about right to us.
YES..it would be GREAT for Mike MacIntyre and Colorado to beat UCLA on Saturday..but hey Mike…how about keeping the game with two touchdowns son….ok?
15. Charlie Partridge, FAU vs. FIU – In his SECOND season as the head coach at FAU Charlie Partridge is sitting on the very ugly records of…
Overall: 4 – 15
CUSA: 3 – 9
…and if there is a head coach that needs a win MORE than Charlie Partridge on Saturday in this annual Shula Bowl Game against FIU then we don’t know who that coach would be so here’s a thought….
Get Off Your Ass already Charlie Partridge and beat FIU!
16. Todd Berry, La. Monroe vs. La. Lafayette – Sooner and a Helluva lot more than Later Todd Better MUST stop the bleeding at La. Monroe and there would be no better spot for the now 1 – 6 Warhawks to turn things around than with a win over cross-state rival La. Lafayette on Saturday.
No, La. Monroe is not one of the more attractive coaching jobs on the FBS level BUT it is a FBS job and there would be coaches lined-up around the block to get the La. Monroe head coaching job if the losing continues for Todd Berry so how about this….
Get Off Your Ass Todd Berry and BEAT La. Lafayette!
17. Norm Chow, Hawaii vs. Air Force – In his FOURTH season as the head coach at Hawaii Norm Chow is sitting on a record in Mountain West Conference play of…
4 – 24
…and if that can keep you employed in The Islands then Damn we clearly went into the wrong line of work!
YES…Air Force at home is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Norm Chow and Hawaii!