“People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don’t get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don’t start a family before you’re ready to settle down.”
“I find it a lot healthier for me to be someplace where I can go outside in my bare feet.”
“I don’t read music. I don’t write it. So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.”
“A concert is always like a feast day to me.”
“Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.”
“You have to choose whether to love yourself or not.”
“It is a process of discovery. It’s being quiet enough and undisturbed enough for a period of time so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out, and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way.”
“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”
“We all have to face pain, and pain makes us grow.”
“Certain things in life are more important than the usual crap that everyone strives for.”
“Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage. That’s what it couldn’t stand.”
“It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn’t there before.”
“Music is my living. I enjoy selling my music.”
“I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.”
“It’s probably foolish to expect relationships to go on forever and to say that because something only lasts 10 years, it’s a failure.”
“If I were to try to identify a turning point I’d say that was it – getting clean.”
“Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing, but I just am not ready.”
“There’ll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done.”
“Performing is a profound experience, at least for me. It’s not as if I sit down and play ‘Fire and Rain’ by myself, just to hear it again. But to offer it up… the energy that it somehow summons live takes me right back, and I do get a reconnection to the emotions.”
“Things started to get out of control when I began reading that I was a superstar.”
“If you’re an addict, it controls your life and your life becomes uncontrollable. It’s boring and painful, filling your system with something that makes you stare at your shoes for six hours.”
“Time will take your money, but money won’t buy time.”
“Football in its purest form remains a physical fight. As in any fight, if you don’t want to fight, it’s impossible to win.”
“Morale and attitude are the fundamental ingredients to success.”
“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must willingly subordinate his own personal goals to the good of the team.”
“We compete, not so much against an opponent, but against ourselves. The real test is this: Did I make my best effort on every play?”
“I feel more strongly about this than anything else in coaching: Anybody who lacks discipline, who doesn’t want to be part of the team, who doesn’t want to meet the requirements – has to go. It’s that simple.”
“The man who tried his best and failed is superior to the man who never tried.”
“Losing is easy. It’s not enjoyable, but it’s easy.”
“If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.”
1. Randy Edsall, Maryland vs. Ohio State – In the NINE seasons that Coaches Hot Seat has covered college football and coaches on the Hot Seat we have seen a lot of crazy takedowns of sitting head coaches by people around or on the inside of athletic departments but the story yesterday on 24/7 Sports on Randy Edsall’s imminent firing takes the Freaking Cake in the audacity department!
“Randy Edsall is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach past this weekend’s game against Ohio State, multiple sources close to the situation told InsideMDSports. Barring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Hey, we can completely understand why the folks at Maryland would want to fire Randy Edsall with him sitting on records of…
Overall: 22 – 33
Conference: 10 – 23
…now in his FIFTH season on the job BUT…
Putting out a Randy Edsall will be fired story right before Maryland plays at Ohio State which is only the SIXTH game of the season and when there are at least 50 teams in FBS that could beat the stumbling around Buckeyes on any given Saturday?
What the Hell happens if Maryland beats Ohio State on Saturday and then turns around and beats a very average Penn State team at home to improve their record to 4 – 3 and 2 – 1 in Big Ten play?
Here’s our thought on the role of an athletic director or anyone in an administrative role at an university that might be asked about the status of a head football coach…
The Coach Is the Coach Until He’s Not the Coach….PERIOD!
….but clearly to us here at Coaches Hot Seat someone at the University of Maryland wanted to send a very clear message that Randy Edsall was DONE in College Park no matter what the Hell happens against Ohio State and the rest of the 2015 college football season and to us that is…
Either call Randy Edsall in and fire him OR continue to support him and for Damn sure don’t be leaking to…
….that Edsall will be fire AFTER the Ohio State game!
What the Hell good does that do for Maryland football and the current Maryland players?
Strange times indeed at Maryland with Randy Edsall clearly on the Hot Seat and needing a win now…In the Worst Damn Way Possible!
Oh, if we were the head coach at Maryland right now we would use this leaked news that we were being fired to piss-off our football team and have the Terps playing like men possessed against the Buckeyes and in reality playing against the administration at Maryland!
2. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Tennessee – A few decades ago when Coaches Hot Seat members were in college and long before political-correctness came to dominate American college campuses with Candy Ass Pussies running around saying all kinds of Crapola and laying all kinds of Candy Ass Pussy rules on anyone that moves a college professor could directly challenge his students in order to get them to THINK about the world and use their BRAINS which is the ultimate goal of a college education….well….it used to be which is to learn how to THINK!
One of our college professors did gets us to THINKING one day in class when in a philosophy course he asked for every student of any religion that believed in a Heaven or afterlife once you were dead to raise their hands. In that class that day about 80% of the students raised their hands with the other 20% falling into a category that could broadly be described as something like…
“Hell, I don’t have a clue what happens after we die!”
The philosophy professor then wrote down the number of students that believed in a Heaven or afterlife on the board which we will call 35 for this discussion and proposed the following which he did in order to get his students to THINK:
Philosophy Professor: “Consider for a moment that a large alien spaceship arrives on the Earth filled with people that look remarkably like humans but not totally like humans and they request to hold a press conference at the United Nations in New York City where leaders of countries from around the world and the media can ask questions of the aliens that remember….look remarkably like humans but not totally like humans. The aliens are of course allowed to have their meeting with nations from around the world and the media at the United Nations and they open this event by saying the following:
“We are your forefathers. We populated this planet tens of thousands of years ago with human beings and have watched from afar as you have developed over these many thousand years and we have returned now because you have reached the point that many advancing civilizations do when they either kill everyone on the planet with the very powerful weapons they have developed or they move forward as intelligent beings. We wanted to step-in at this point and say there is a way forward without all this killing which we have noted over the last few thousand years has often been indiscriminate killing over the different religions that have spread around the Earth. We must tell you now that there is no God as the religions of the Earth have conceived of him and the various prophets that different religions follow and worship are nothing but false Gods and are not the truth and we should know because we delivered humans to this planet. Our civilization is about 1 million years ahead of yours here on Earth and we long ago learned that our Universe is but one of several universes and that the ultimate Creator of what we all live in is not now or never has in the past communicated with anyone on Earth or any of the other alien civilizations we have run into during our vast travels in space. Very simply….your religions are all Bogus, there are no Heavens to go to after death, and all you have is your life on Earth and we are here to try and make that life….the lives of the Billions that now live on Earth….as best as it can be and hopefully as you move towards become a much more advanced intelligent species that forever ends the madness of violence on your planet and quits the silly worship of religions that have no basis in fact nor reality.”
The Philosophy Professor continued…
Now let me ask specifically the 35 people that raised their hands that believe in life after death or some kind of Heaven that you have been taught in your particular religion what would be your individual reaction to what these alien beings said especially if they were able to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that what they were saying was true? Would you still worship the God you were raised to worship and still follow your religion and also more importantly for our discussion in this classroom would you live your life any other way now that you knew that there was no Heaven or Hell that would judge your life and actions upon your death, but instead your life on this Earth was the only thing you were going to get?
Amazingly that day in that classroom some students were not able to even with just a potential scenario to detach their minds from what they had been taught….some would say brainwashed….during their entire lives as it pertains to their particular religion to answer the Philosophy Professor’s questions honestly because they could not cross the threshold of even the idea that what they believed had been proved could be complete bunk relative to their religion….at least in the proposed scenario.
Of course the most important question posed by the Philosophy Professor which is a question as old as Socrates is a fundamental question of our lives on this Earth which is:
“What is the good life and why is living a good life so Damn important?”
Which brings us to Georgia head coach Mark Richt who as everyone knows and has been said by thousands is a…
“Good Christian Man”
….and thus let’s place Mark Richt in the above scenario and assume what would Mark Richt’s answers be to the Philosophy Professor’s questions:
In our opinion like most devoted Christians Mark Richt would be shaken to the core to learn there was no God…that Jesus Christ was not a prophet…that the religion he had built his life around was Bogus and that there was no Heaven that he and others would eventually go to but then that’s not the most important issue here…is it?
No it isn’t, because the most important question our Philosophy Professor posed that day was….
Would you now live your life any other way if you learned the religion you believed in was bogus?
In our opinion…for the most part Mark Richt would continue to live what Socrates called the good life doing good deeds, helping the poor, being a good neighbor, a good father and husband, and generally being a “good Christian” and right there is where the rubber meets the road on where Mark Richt has struggled in recent years at Georgia most importantly not winning an SEC Conference Title since the 2005 season.
Mark Richt….in our opinion of course….even when confronted with evidence that the religion he believed in was Bogus would not change the way he lived his life in any way because Mark Richt like a lot of us believes that the way he lives his life is not just a “Christian” thing to but more importantly the “Right” thing to do in our short life on this Earth and that living Socrates’ proposed “good life” is an essential mission of our lives on this Earth whether we believe in Jesus Christ or another deity or not.
What then does ALL of the above have to do with Mark Richt’s Georgia football team getting its’ ass whipped by Alabama last Saturday and facing a CANNOT LOSE game against Tennessee in Knoxville this coming Saturday?
As we just proved above….in our opinion mind you….Mark Richt would not change his life one iota if he learned that his Christian religion was Bogus BUT Mark Richt would in our opinion suddenly have a different perspective on the importance that fans of Georgia football place upon the Bulldogs winning football games and how Very Damn Important it was for Mark Richt as the head coach at Georgia to win….
Games, Conference Championships, and National Championships
….in his short life on this Earth because it would bring so much happiness to the fans of Georgia football. Suddenly the fog that seems to have overtaken Mark Richt in recent years which has seen in our opinion the burning desire to win that used to exist within Richt having almost been extinguished completely which also in our opinion flows directly from how he views football through the prism of his Christian faith which no doubt places football way down the totem pole in importance.
Sorry Mark Richt….you can’t be the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs if winning….
Games, Conference Championships, and National Championships
…is way down the totem pole and if that is the case then you need to find something else to do with the very good life you live on this Earth and let someone coach the Bulldogs that places winning….
Games, Conference Championships, and National Championships
….right there with family, religion, friends, etc…and will fight like Hell to produce a BIG winner while coaching the Georgia football team.
After all of the above of course Tennessee is of course a CANNOT LOSE game for Mark Richt….and something we are very interested to see here at Coaches Hot Seat in this game against the Vols:
Is there any fight…and we mean REAL fight….left in Mark Richt?
We shall all be watching very closely Mark…and who knows…maybe some other folks “up there” will be watching as well!
3. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Georgia – For all the Internet rumor about Tennessee head coach Butch Jones striking a Vols player the members of Coaches Hot Seat that played football in the 1970s and 1980s can only laugh because we were hit, popped, facemask grabbed, and challenged mentally and sometimes physically by our football coaches in high school and college that these Candy Asses playing college football today couldn’t handle on the best day of their lives on Earth!
Getting back to Butch Jones current predicament with his football team sitting at 2 – 3 on the season with these games still left on the schedule….
Georgia At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
….we can only say to Butch Jones that by far the best kind of football coach in the early part of the 21 st century is what we would label as….
A Hard Driving Challenging Optimist
….which in English means a coach that asks and expects a lot out of his players BUT also has his players backs just as a good father would with his sons.
Tennessee has enough talent on its roster to win….
6 of its last 7 games
…with only Alabama holding a very large talent edge and Georgia holding a slight talent edge but with the UGA game being played at Knoxville we see no reason at all that the Vols don’t win at least…
7 or 8 Games in 2015
….starting with a win over Georgia which is very simply a CANNOT LOSE game for Butch Jones.
4. Charlie Strong, Texas vs. Oklahoma – For all the people claiming Charlie Strong inherited a bunch of spoiled brats and not that much talent at Texas from Mack Brown we can only say that Strong inherited as much talent as…
Nick Saban did at Alabama
Urban Meyer did at Ohio State
Jim Harbaugh did at Michigan
…and those coaches either did or are winning very early in their tenures and Strong is now in his second season at Texas and sitting on records of….
Overall: 7 – 1
Big 12: 5 – 6
….which are very BAD in every sense of the word BAD and are about to become a Helluva lot WORSE!
In our opinion Charlie Strong has plenty of talent at Texas right now to not be blown out of games against teams like TCU and for Damn sure he has enough players on the Texas roster to find at least a few of them that are willing to fight for their team, school and teammates.
We here at Coaches Hot Seat could not help but laugh when we saw the below headline on a story written by Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News this week…
Hell, Bozo the Clown could win at Texas “if he gets enough time” Kevin!
Hell…this is Texas Longhorns football we are still talking about here…right?
Up next for Texas and Charlie Strong a CANNOT LOSE game against Bob Stoops and his Sooners that has the tinge of what might just be another…
Complete Freaking Blowout
….if things get out of hand early in the Red River Rivalry and if another blowout happens to Texas this Saturday…..
Well…let’s hope Charlie Strong’s agent is working the phones right now to find Charlie another college head coaching job because if the current trend continues the Longhorns will have a new head football coach before Christmas!
5. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech vs. NC State – After the ACC Conference loss to Pitt last Saturday Hokies head coach Frank Beamer has posted an ACC Conference record over the past FOUR seasons of….
12 – 13
….and if that can keep you employed as the head football coach at Virginia Tech then where the Hell do we sign up to make Millions while doing MEDIOCRE work?
Yes…this Saturday’s game against NC State is a CANNOT LOSE game for Frank Beamer and the Hokies!
6. Mike London, Virginia vs. Pitt – Another head coach in the ACC that has an AWFUL record in ACC Conference play is Virginia head coach Mike London who in SIX seasons at UVA has posted a conference record of….
11 – 29
….which is nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster for Virginia football with the Cavs opening up ACC play this Saturday against Pitt….which just beat Virginia Tech!
Hell…the Pitt game and EVERY game left on Virginia’s schedule in 2015 is a CANNOT LOSE game for Mike London!
7. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina vs. LSU – Probably Steve Spurrier’s greatest accomplishment in his now ELEVEN seasons as the head coach at South Carolina is his SEC Conference record of…
44 – 39
….which is remarkable considering the heavyweights in the SEC that the Gamecocks have had to play over those past ELEVEN seasons BUT as remarkable as that accomplishment is over the past TWO seasons Spurrier has posted a record of…
3 – 8
….in SEC Conference play and in our eyes using the basic eye test the South Carolina football team is going backwards on the field with noticeably much worse play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball which of course is the responsibility of the…
Ole’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier!
Let’s just be honest here in our opinion of course….Steve Spurrier is a part-time coach relative to the other coaches in the SEC Conference and when you are winning there is no problem in being a part-time coach BUT if you are losing as the Gamecocks are now doing on a regular basis and ONLY working your ass off around the clock will get things turned around then the part-time coach moniker becomes a Helluva problem and that is what Steve Spurrier has on his hands right now as his football team heads to Baton Rouge to play LSU:
A Helluva Problem!
Our opinion…South Carolina will be lucky to win FOUR games in 2015 and if the Gamecocks win FOUR or less games in 2015 there is not a chance in Hell Steve Spurrier will be coaching South Carolina in 2016 unless of course the University of South Carolina is being run by Communists!
8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Alabama – It just cannot be a fun feeling to have a CANNOT LOSE game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa but that is exactly what Bret Bielema is facing as he takes his 2 – 3 Razorbacks team to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday which we are already going to say it…
Will Be A Loss For Arkansas
Arkansas, Bret Bielema, and the Razorback Players are NOT MAN ENOUGH to beat Alabama
…which is as self-evident as Jefferson’s “All Men Are Created Equal”…..right?
With a loss to Alabama and dropping to 2 – 4 on the season and with these games left to play….
Auburn UT Martin At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
…we see Arkansas winning NO MORE THAN…
…in 2015 and can an Arkansas head coach in his third season on the job possibly survive posting a sub-.500 record?
Well this is Arkansas after all which is of course and that means…
Arkansas, Bret Bielema, and the Razorback Players are NOT MAN ENOUGH to beat Alabama
….so maybe it is possible for Bret Bielema to win…
5 SEC Conference Games in 3 Seasons
…and keep his job because after all we are talking about…
Arkansas, Bret Bielema, and the Razorback Players which are NOT MAN ENOUGH to beat Alabama!
Arkansas will be 2 – 4 after Saturday’s game against Alabama…
Chisel it in Granite Folks!
9. Al Golden, Miami vs. Florida State – Al Golden’s Miami team begins ACC play on Saturday with a game at Florida State and now in his FIFTH season coaching the Hurricanes Golden has posted a record of…
16 – 16
….in ACC Conference play which we can only say since we are talking Miami football here is….
Here’s the latest Bottom-Line on Al Golden from our friends in South Florida:
Al Golden needs to win 10 Games and be ACC Coastal Division Champs to return to coach the Hurricanes in 2016
With that in mind Good Luck to you against FSU Al!
10. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Wisconsin – With the Idiotic loss to Illinois leaving our Nebraska-alum buddies in the Omaha era dumbfounded that such Total Idiocy could be coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers Mike Riley and his football team have to move forward with a home game against Wisconsin which very simply is not only a game that Mike Riley CANNOT LOSE it is a game that IF the Cornhuskers do lose at home in Lincoln Mike Riley is going to be in a Helluva tough spot that will make those practices he participated in under Bear Bryant at Alabama look like a child’s tea party!
With a loss to Wisconsin the Cornhuskers would drop to 2 – 4 on the season and would have a Helluva tough time even winning SIX games and the wrath that would fall down on Mike Riley and the AD at Nebraska Shawn Eichorst if Nebraska doesn’t even get to the .500 mark in 2015 will be nothing short of EPIC and will shake the Nebraska athletic department to the core and Katie Bar the Door in that situation because ANYTHING could happen including Mike Riley and Shawn Eichorst being show the door in December and being told very clearly to….
Get Your Asses Out!
Oh YES….Wisconsin is a CANNOT LOSE game for Mike Riley in every Damn sense of the words CANNOT LOSE!
Good Luck Mike and we MEAN THAT in every sense of the words MEAN THAT!
21. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – No…it’s not a good look when you are the head coach of a football team in your 29 th season on the job….
Frank Beamer – Virginia Tech
…..and you lose to a head coach in his first year on the job…
Pat Narduzzi – Pitt
Hell, there’s no shame in losing to a Pat Narduzzi coached Pitt team since Narduzzi will probably win a lot of games in the coming years with the Panthers BUT there is trouble deep in the heart of Virginia and that trouble begins and ends with the…
…that Virginia Tech football has become with Frank Beamer now sitting on an Overall Record over the last FOUR football seasons of…
24 – 20
….and even worse an ACC record of…
12 – 13
Damn…that ain’t good as caller to the Paul Finebaum Show might say if Virginia Tech was an SEC Conference school which it might very well be the case in 2021 but that is another subject entirely so let’s get back to Frank Beamer who has a Hokies team now at….
2 – 3
…on the season and they still have to play these football games:
NC State At Miami Duke At Boston College At Georgia Tech North Carolina At Virginia
Damn….anyone else thinking Va. Tech will have to beat Virginia in the last game of the season just to get a bowl game?
22. Mike Riley, Nebraska – We could go into the Complete Freaking Disaster that was the end of the Nebraska – Illinois game that saw TWO head coaches do their Damndest to give the Damn football game away but this story will explain the Idiocy on the Nebraska side of the field….
…not that long-time….try 40 years plus….watchers of Pac-12 Football like the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat haven’t seen Mike Riley do some strange things over the years as the head coach at Oregon State which the folks in Lincoln, Nebraska better Damn get used to since Mike can pull some real Hum-Dingers from time-to-time such as the Cornhuskers now basically giving away…
Three Damn Football Games in 2015
….to drop to 2 – 3 on the season and make it next to Damn impossible to get to a bowl game without some kind of divine intervention between now and late November.
Let’s look at the rest of Nebraska’s schedule with the Huskers now at 2 – 3:
Wisconsin At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
We only see one FOR SURE WIN….at Purdue…but then should we give Nebraska a FOR SURE WIN based upon the losses the Cornhuskers have already pulled out of their asses in 2015?
NO is the clear answer to that question so your guess is as good as ours on how many wins Mike Riley posts in Lincoln this season BUT one thing for sure if Wisconsin loses to Nebraska on Saturday the Badgers will drop to 3 – 3 on the season and Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s ass will be on the Hot Seat so to Mike Riley and Paul Chryst we can only say…
Coach Hard Boys and to the Hot Seat the Losing Coach will go!
23. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Not that a lot of us were really expecting a severely undermanned San Jose State team to travel across America and beat what is a very average Auburn team last Saturday BUT there were moments when the Spartans had the Tigers on the ropes BUT alas with a 35 – 21 loss San Jose State dropped to…
2 – 3
…on the season and that puts Ron Caragher in the position of needing some wins….and quick!
Now in his third season at San Jose State Ron Caragher has posted records of…
Overall: 11 – 18
MWC: 8 – 10
….and what we here at Coaches Hot Seat and reasonable fans of Spartans football are looking for isn’t all that much…..
Just a little above .500 football
….and taking the SJSU football team to a bowl EVERY season and with these games left to play…
At UNLV San Diego State New Mexico BYU At Nevada At Hawaii Boise State
….we see No Damn Reason At All why Ron Caragher shouldn’t be able to coach-up his football team to win FOUR of the Spartans SEVEN remaining football games.
Are we right….why Hell Yes We Are RIGHT!
24. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – With a 51 – 31 loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday La. Monroe head coach Todd Berry officially has a mess on his hands in Monroe, Louisiana because after posting a…
4 – 8 record in 2014
…the Warhawks are now at 1 – 3 on this season and still have to play these games:
At Tulsa Appalachian State At Idaho At La. Lafayette At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
OK…we see several Very Damn Winnable Games left on La. Monroe’s schedule so we see No Damn Reason why the Warhawks don’t get to 6 wins at least in 2015 especially since they are playing 13 football games this season!
Coach ‘Em Up Todd Berry to get your ass off the Hot Seat!
25. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – OK….what started out at Miami (Ohio) as a Mess for second-year head coach Chuck Martin has turned into nothing less than a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
….after the Redhawks loss to Kent State on Saturday which drops Martin’s records in two seasons to…
Overall: 3 – 14
MAC: 2 – 7
….which as we just said adds up to a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Geez…Chuck Martin won 74 games and TWO Division II National Championships in SIX seasons at Grand Valley State and at Miami (OH) he looks like Gerry Faust with sympathies to all the Notre Dame fans out there that cringe every time they hear the name Gerry Faust who in five seasons coaching the Irish posted a record of…
30 – 26 – 1
Come on Chuck Martin…do you want to go down in history as another Gerry Faust? If not, start…
Coaching Your Damn Team Up Son!
26. Dan McCarney, North Texas – Things are not looking pretty for Dan McCarney and his North Texas football team who have had the following points laid on them this season….
How about getting your team to play some Damn defense Coach McCarney? Is that really too much to ask?
Didn’t think so but then FCS team Portland State is traveling to North Texas this Saturday and Vikings scored 24 points in Washington State beating the Cougars earlier this season so Hell Portland State should easily be able to double that and score…
48 Points on North Texas!
Hell, Coach McCarney if your football team isn’t going to play any Damn defense what the Hell is the point of you coaching the North Texas football team?
Oh….if you like Coaches Hot Seat will fly down to Denton, Texas this week Coach McCarney and for Damn sure we will find someone on the North Texas football team that will not lay down and QUIT when the defense is on the field and the ones that don’t want to play defense they will find their asses in the stands or as one of our football coaches used to say to the lazy ones on our team:
“Why the Hell don’t you join the chess club son so that you can sit on your ass all the Damn time!”
27. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – West Virginia played well….at times…against Oklahoma BUT this is about the time last season when WVU was shown to be a Complete Fraud which led to the season going into the tank and the Mountaineers ending up with record of….
6 – 6 in the regular season
….and now at 3 – 1 on the season Crazy Boy Holgorsen and WVU still have to play…
Oklahoma State At Baylor At TCU Texas Tech Texas At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
OK…OK….we agree that Texas, Kansas and Iowa State are…
…for West Virginia this season but that only adds up to 5 Wins which means the Mountaineers will need to find 3 more wins out of their remaining 5 games just to get to 8 wins and anything less than 8 wins for West Virginia in 2015 will be a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…and put Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s head coaching job in serious jeopardy!
If West Virginia did go 5 – 4 in Big 12 Conference play in 2015 that would leave Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s Big 12 Conference record over FOUR seasons at….
21 – 23
…and in case Crazy Boy didn’t know it…
That Sucks The Big One at West Virginia!
28. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – Tim DeRuyter got off to a great start in his first two seasons at Fresno State posting records of…
9 – 4 11 – 2
…but something changed last season with the Bulldogs playing their first NINE games and posting a 3 – 6 record which they recovered slightly from before finishing the 2014 season at…
6 – 8
….after getting crushed in their bowl game against Rice.
Counting last season head coach Tim DeRuyter is now sitting on a record of…
7 – 12
…in his last 19 games and 7 – 13 in his last 20 games and if that won’t get your ass on the Hot Seat then nothing will!
What has gone wrong at Fresno State to derail the Hot Start that Tim DeRuyter had with the Bulldogs that now find his ass on the Hot Seat?
Well, not having a very good quarterback is a good place to start but then a college head football coach is responsible for making sure he has good quarterbacks in the plural on his roster ready to step-up when needed BUT there may be something else going on in Fresno.
In August several dozen Coaches Hot Seat members were at Lake Tahoe for the Annual Coaches Hot Seat Clambake by the Lake and one night we were at the Lone Eagle bar at the Hyatt Grand Lake Tahoe in Incline Village and we ran into a couple of guys from the Fresno area who we asked about the state of the Fresno State football program and one of the guys answered that question by saying:
Fresno Resident: “It’s turning into a Complete F-ing Disaster.”
Coaches Hot Seat: “What the Hell do you mean by that?”
Fresno Resident: “Just what I said…you just wait and see.”
OK…we have been waiting and watching and Fresno State opened the season with a record of…
1 – 4
…and against the FOUR FBS teams that the Bulldogs have played they have given up the following points…
Ole Miss – 73 points Utah – 45 points San Jose State – 49 points San Diego State – 21 points
….to which we can only say that is a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Up next for Fresno State…two winnable home games against Utah State and UNLV which would with wins get Tim DeRuyter’s ass off the Hot Seat!
29. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – OK…OK….Curtis Johnson and his Tulane football got their second win of the season Saturday BUT that win was over Hapless and Falling To Pieces UCF and now let’s see if Johnson can keep his Green Wave rolling with a game….
….on Saturday which is not exactly going to be an easy place for Curtis Johnson to keep the Green Wave rolling!
Oh…Hell….Houston is after Temple on the schedule and then a game at Navy…and then a game at Memphis….Hell….Tulane could lose their next FOUR games easy which is why Curtis Johnson needs to have his football players play like….
Men Possessed against the Temple Owls!
30. Todd Monken, Southern Miss – One has to be impressed with what Todd Monken has going at Southern Miss now after a dominating win over North Texas on Saturday which raised the Golden Eagles record to 3 – 2 and now USM turns its attention to a game…
…which with a win would not only get Todd Monken’s ass off the Hot Seat but is a game that we believe Southern Miss CAN and SHOULD WIN!
Keep giving them Hell Todd Monken but then why the Hell wouldn’t Todd Monken keep giving them Hell?
“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”
“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”
“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”
“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”
“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”
“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”
“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”
“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”
“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”
“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”
“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”
“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”
“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”
“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”
“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”
“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”
“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”
“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”
11. Willie Taggart, South Florida – South Florida played a decent Memphis team pretty tough last Friday night but as we watched the Bulls we couldn’t help but think….
“Hell, if this team could just run a few plays correctly it could beat Memphis in this game!”
Damn Willie Taggart….it’s time to get this USF team coached-up already and start winning some football games especially since you are now….
1 – 3
…on the season with still a lot of tough games to be played starting with Syracuse at home on Saturday.
Can USF somehow find 5 more wins in their last 8 games?
Syracuse At UConn SMU At Navy At East Carolina Temple Cincinnati At UCF
We don’t see why the Hell not!
Get off your ass Willie Taggart!
12. Paul Petrino, Idaho – Idaho lost to Georgia Southern by two touchdowns on Saturday which drops Paul Petrino’s record in three seasons with the Vandals to…
3 – 25
….and the 2015 season rolls on with Idaho playing at Troy this week which is a game the Vandals could win….NOT!
Paul Petrino = Hot Seat and soon out of a job!
13. Trent Miles, Georgia State – Trent Miles Georgia State team lost to Liberty…
…on Saturday which drops Miles’ overall record to…
2 – 26
….in his third season on the job which is NOT GOOD in case anyone was wondering!
Up next for Georgia State….
Good Luck with that Trent Miles because if you can’t beat Liberty you sure the Hell aren’t beating Appalachian State!
14. Norm Chow, Hawaii – People can make all the excuses in the world like…
No one can win at Hawaii
Poor Norm Chow has an impossible job
…but the FACT is that Hawaii is a place where a good head coach can win at and June Jones proved that FACT by compiling a record of…
76 – 41
…in NINE seasons as the head coach at Hawaii and now in his FOURTH season coaching the Warriors Norm Chow has posted records of…
Overall: 10 – 32
MWC: 4 – 21
…and anyone that tells you that Hawaii has posted those records because the “poor Hawaii kids” have to fly “X amount of miles” to play football games is nothing but a….
With Hawaii now 2 – 3 on the season they play San Diego State at home which includes ZERO miles flown so the Warriors should win this game….right?
15. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – It’s become our opinion that both Arkansas and Tennessee are very AVERAGE football teams in 2015 after watching the Razorbacks and Vols game again on Monday because there was a Helluva lot of AVERAGE football being played in Neyland Stadium with the Hogs just getting a little above AVERAGE play in the second half to get out of there with a win and turn up the heat on Butch Jones’ ass even more if that was even possible!
Now at 2 – 3 on the season Arkansas has left to play in 2015….
At Alabama Auburn UT Martin At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
…and we give the Razorbacks NO CHANCE to beat…
Alabama Ole Miss LSU
….and a 100% CHANCE to beat….
Auburn UT Martin
…which means Bret Bielema will have to beat both…
Mississippi State LSU
….to get to 6 – 6 and a bowl game!
Damn….can a head coach at Arkansas really survive not taking his football team to a bowl game in his THIRD season on the job in Fayetteville?
Just for comparison below are the THIRD season records of Arkansas head coaches going back to the Great Frank Broyles that actually made it to their THIRD season still on the job:
Bobby Petrino (2010): 10 – 3
Houston Nutt (2000): 6 – 6
Danny Ford (1995): 8 – 5
Ken Hatfield (1986): 9 – 3
Lou Holtz (1979): 10 – 2
Frank Broyles (1960): 8 – 3
So what if the nightmare scenario happens and Arkansas finishes at….
4 – 8
…in 2015 can Bret Bielema possibly hang onto his job considering we are talking about….
….here right? RIGHT!
Does anyone else not think if Jim Harbaugh was at Arkansas that the Razorbacks would be in the National Championship hunt in his THIRD season on the job?
Thought so and why accepting MEDIOCRITY is not only wrong it’s not…
…either and why Bret Bielema MUST BE FIRED if he only puts 4 wins on the board in his THIRD season on the job….unless of course you love…
…which may indeed be the case with a majority of fans of Arkansas football!
16. Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner is now in his THIRD season as the head coach at FIU and after the loss to UMass Turner’s overall record dropped to….
7 – 22
….and if that is good enough for the folks at FIU then that’s good enough for us!
Ron Turner = Hot Seat in the REAL World but maybe not at FIU!
17. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – A 35 – 21 win over San Jose State may have calmed some folks at Auburn but for those of us that follow San Jose State football closely we know that the Spartans have won…
5 Games the Last Two Seasons
….so Auburn beating San Jose State is the ultimate…
No Damn Big Whoop
….and now we head into a bye week for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers before a….
….against Kentucky on Thursday October 15 that Malzahn & Auburn just Flat-Out CANNOT LOSE!
Could Gus Malzahn actually be fired at the end of the 2015 season?
YES….if Auburn goes 0 – 8 in SEC Conference play….and Auburn is 0 – 2 right now…Gus Malzahn will be fired shortly after the 2015 regular season ends….PERIOD.
18. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – The Craig Bohl Mystery Tour at Wyoming continues with the Cowboys losing to Appalachian State on the road in Week 5 and thus setting up the very real possibility that Wyoming will not win even ONE game in 2015 with these games remaining:
At Air Force Nevada At Boise State At Utah State Colorado State At San Diego State UNLV
Geez….could Craig Bohl who is just two years removed from winning THREE straight FCS NCAA National Championships at North Dakota State coach Wyoming to ZERO wins this season?
Yes….there is a 50 – 50 chance that could happen in 2015 and that is just NUTS!
19. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – It was no fun watching the once Mighty Oregon Ducks struggle to put away a Colorado team that lost to a Pitiful Hawaii football team to open the 2015 season which means to us there are some REAL problems with the Oregon Ducks which might just get exposed this weekend with a home game in Eugene against a very AVERAGE Washington State team.
With the Washington Huskies in Seattle on deck which is game that Mark Helfrich CANNOT LOSE or risk losing his job the Ducks cannot look ahead and lose to Washington State this weekend in what is also a CANNOT LOSE game for Oregon against the Cougs.
20. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – With a very uninspiring loss to Missouri on the road on Saturday Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina football team dropped to…
2 – 3
….on the season and here comes LSU to rain-soaked Columbia, South Carolina that will no doubt only make things that much more miserable in the Palmetto State.
Let’s go to what’s left on South Carolina’s schedule this season:
LSU Vanderbilt At Texas A&M At Tennessee Florida The Citadel Clemson
Geez….we cannot imagine how South Carolina even gets to 6 wins this season which in case the Ole’ Ball Coach doesn’t know it is a….
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”
“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.”
“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”
“Miss Sullivan touched my forehead and spelled with decided emphasis, “Think.” In a flash I knew that the word was the name of the process that was going on in my head. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea. For a long time I was still … trying to find a meaning for “love” in the light of this new idea. The sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers; but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its southern splendour. Again I asked my teacher, “Is this not love?”
“Love is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out,” she replied. Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained:
“You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.”
The beautiful truth burst upon my mind — I felt that there were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirits of others.”
“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”
“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
1. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – After FIVE weeks of college football head coach Darrell Hazell and his Boilermakers have ONE win and FOUR losses on the board and that ONE win is over…
Now in his third season at Purdue Darrell Hazell’s overall win/loss record is nothing to write home about….
5 – 24
….and things don’t get any easier with Minnesota coming to town although if you can almost beat Michigan State on the road you should be able to give the Gophers a Helluva game at home…right?
Darrell Hazell needs some wins….and quick….or the Darrell Hazell era at Purdue will come to an end before the ball drops in Times Square!
2. George O’Leary, UCF – It has been our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat for quite awhile that the last Damn thing a school would want to do is….
Have A Head Football Coach Who Is Also the Athletic Director
….and the 2015 UCF football season which has the Knights now sitting on a record of….
0 – 5
….with a head coach in George O’Leary who is also the interim athletic director our opinion has been proven TRUE because a head football coach of a FBS school has no Damn time to be the athletic director and that REALITY is hitting home IN SPADES for the Complete Fools running the University of Central Florida!
Here is what’s left on UCF schedule:
UConn At Temple Houston At Cincinnati At Tulsa East Carolina USF
Hell, if you can’t beat Furman at home how in the Hell is UCF going to beat ANY of the teams left on its schedule?
Our recommendation: The Administration at UCF should fire their Interim AD before the Bastard destroys the Knights football program!
3. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London and the Cavs had a bye in Week 5 and get after it again in Week 6 with at game at Pitt which is a MUST Damn WIN Game with Virginia now sitting on a record of….
1 – 3
….and with ACC play just now getting underway.
In his SIXTH season at Virginia now is the time…Hell, it’s past the time…for Mike London to start winning football games and getting UVA to bowl game at least, but can the Cavs win FIVE of their last EIGHT games to get to 6 – 6 and that bowl game?
If not…then why in the Hell not….is our question!
4. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – Paul Rhoads and Iowa State got their MUST WIN over a Completely Hapless Kansas team on Saturday with the Jayhawks looking to be in a tailspin that is nowhere near the bottom BUT it’s back to REAL football in Week 6 with a game in Lubbock against Texas Tech that the Cyclones and Rhoads REALLY need to win….BUT….does Iowa State have any shot to win this game?
Not really in our opinion because the Cyclones have little chance to score the 35 or so points that it will take to beat Texas Tech in Lubbock so there’s your charge Paul Rhoads…
Get Your Football Team to Score 35 Points Plus This Coming Saturday!
5. Charlie Strong, Texas – Forget the saying….
…because the saying of the moment deep in heart of Texas is…
What A Damn Mess Texas Football Is Right Now!
When your football team gets its ass whipped by a score of….
50 – 7
….in your second season and 18 th game as a head coach by another football team that man-for-man has LESS talent than your football team you clearly have a….
Complete Freaking Mess
…on your hands and that reality puts Charlie Strong’s immediate head coaching future in peril.
What’s wrong with Texas football right now you ask?
Well, it’s a combination of things in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat:
A. The Country Club and Privileged Attitude that pervaded Texas football in Mack Brown’s last years in Austin
B. Charlie Strong’s decision to go with more committed younger players over less committed and privileged older players which may have created a schism within the Texas football team
C. The level of commitment that Charlie Strong is now getting from his football team as a whole which we would peg around the 80% mark when anything below 90% in major college football today can put a football team in mortal danger of having a Complete Freaking Disaster of a season
D. The lingering effects of now departed former Texas AD Steve Patterson who as a Sorry Excuse of a Human Being created a miserable working environment for the employees, coaches and athletes within and around the University of Texas athletic department
One of the reasons Paul “Bear” Bryant was one of the greatest leaders of men in American history forget about being one of the greatest football coaches ever was that he had the uncanny ability to get very close to 100% from every member of his football and in our opinion Coach Bryant got that “maximum effort” because he got himself into a very specific part of the human brain that also happens to be a part of a growing child’s brain where successful parents are able to place themselves as well.
Just what in the Hell are we writing about here with Paul “Bear” Bryant, successful parents, and a child’s brain and what does that have to do with Charlie Strong’s problems at Texas right now?
Ask yourself….for those that played sports or even with your experiences in the workplace….when did you perform your best and what kind of feeling did you have towards your coach or boss when you performed at that high level?
More than likely when you performed your best you both respected your coach or boss AND more importantly you did not want to let them down which led to you playing or working very hard and giving….close to 100% of your effort to the assigned job.
Bottom-Line: It’s not enough for a coach or boss to be respected by his players or workers which is fundamental to building a great team in any environment, but to truly be great the coach or boss must occupy in the minds of his/her players or workers the space in the brain where the players or workers do not want to let that coach or boss down because to do so would both negatively impact the self-image & well being of the player or worker and also disappoint the coach or boss.
All of the above may seem like psycho-babble but it’s not…and take that from people here at Coaches Hot Seat that studied, trained and were members of high-performing teams in the US Military while the Cold War which was really Hot War was still going on with the Soviet Union when it was paramount that the US build great teams that could go out on the battlefield of the world and take-on the USSR in the very direct way as tasked by Ronald Reagan with the ultimate goal being as President Reagan identified in 1981 to his then CIA Director as:
“We Win….They Lose.”
Getting back to the Charlie Strong and his problems at Texas…..Strong will have no chance to turn things around with the Longhorns in what is now an Uber-competitive Big 12 Conference unless he can get a LOT more from his players which ultimately comes down to increasing the maximum level of effort from the Horns players to above the 90% mark to at least have a chance to match the effort of the opposing Big 12 teams that are coming up on the Texas schedule.
How exactly can Charlie Strong get a higher level of effort from his Texas players? Well, since Strong has been at Texas for 2 seasons and 18 games now and it looks like the Horns are going in reverse instead of forward Charlie needs to look at what he and his coaches are doing and see if there is another way to approach his players to ultimately maneuver the members of the Texas football team to that spot that Coach Bryant used to occupy in his players’ minds…..which was the spot that Strong got to with his players at Louisville where he routinely got 97% to 100% effort from his Cardinals football team.
We are not at the Texas practices but it looks to us that Charlie Strong and his coaches have put so much pressure on the Texas football players that they are now more afraid of making a negative mistake than making a great positive play which is NO way to play winning football and almost always in situations like that the very worst Damn thing a coaching staff can do is to increase the pressure at the exact moment when the pressure should be decreased and an emphasis on having fun while playing the great game of football should be the focus. Hell, if you aren’t having fun playing football or anything else in life then you almost always will perform at a very mediocre level and guess what….
Texas football is now performing at a very mediocre level and the Texas players looking like they are scared to death to make a mistake
…and that is a Helluva bad place to have a football team Charlie Strong.
Next up for Texas…..Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout in Dallas on Saturday which doesn’t give Charlie Strong much time to change the mindset of his football team from playing like they are scared to make a mistake to having fun and playing like Hell all over the field against the Sooners.
Good Luck against the Sooners Charlie.
6. Mark Richt, Georgia – Two Coaches Hot Seat members went to the Alabama – Georgia game on Saturday and sat a dozen or so rows up behind the Georgia bench at Sanford Stadium and before the 1 st quarter was over one of those CHS members called out to Palo Alto where a dozen of us were watching college football and gathered for the Arizona – Stanford game later that night and said:
CHS Member in Athens:“This game is over.”
CHS in Palo Alto: “What?”
CHS Member in Athens:“The Georgia offensive and defensive lines are being dominated and there are Alabama receivers running wide-open on every pass play. It looks like Bama is playing Middle Tennessee only Georgia is giving about half the effort that Middle Tennessee did and the Dawgs are getting their asses whipped all over the field.”
CHS in Palo Alto: “Crazy. Check in on that Saban thing with our buddy and give us a call after the game.”
Serious Question: How is it that a head coach in Mark Richt who has known since Georgia won the Belk Bowl over Louisville on December 30, 2014 that his football team would be playing Alabama on October 3 NOT have his team ready to play AGAIN against the Crimson Tide when this was clearly the biggest game of the year and a game that the Georgia alums, boosters and fans have been pointing to for years now?
An Even More Serious Question: As Mark Richt stood on the sideline with NO HUMAN EMOTION AT ALL as his football team was being taken apart by Alabama what was going through Mark Richt’s mind and why didn’t he do ANYTHING to try and rally his team on the field against Bama?
As we sat there in Palo Alto watching Alabama take apart Georgia which only got worse in the second half one CHS member said almost under his breath the beginning of the below quote which should be familiar to any Christian because it so exemplified early Christian thought:
“I am dying willingly for God’s sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. Allow me to be eaten by the beasts, which are my way of reaching to God. I am God’s wheat, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread of Christ.”
The above is from one of six famous letters written by St. Ignatiusto Christians back in Syria as he was being transported to Rome to die at the Roman Coliseum by being fed to the beasts which happened in the year 107 or just over 1900 years ago.
What does a letter written by St. Ignatius over 1900 years ago have to do with Mark Richt not having his team ready to play Alabama and with Richt and his football team basically laying down on the field and quitting as Alabama mauled the Georgia football team on Saturday while Mark Richt did NOTHING besides make a change at quarterback?
We know the answer to that question but does Mark Richt?
No doubt….Mark Richt is a first-class guy and the Coaches Hot Seat members living in the Atlanta area know a lot about Richt now and admire him as a man and very good football coach BUT there is something beyond troubling when you are tasked as the head football coach at Georgia and are paid Millions of Dollars a year…with your coaching staff making Millions of Dollars a year also….to have your team ready to play BIG games like the one against Alabama and at the end of the Bama game after your team just got mauled you look like….
St. Ignatius on the way to his death with little concern or fight in him towards the Romans that are leading him to his demise and the reality….
That there is very little to NO fight in Mark Richt
…would scare the Hell out of us if we were fans of Georgia football.
Imagine for a moment if American Christians did not stand-up and fight the EVIL in the world over the past 200 years from the Nazis to the Japanese to the Soviets what an EVIL place the world would be today and what an EVIL place it will be in the future if the Fascists in China, Russia, Iran, among many other countries on the march forward get their way….but then American Christians did stand-up and did fight….and won…and Thank whatever God you worship for that because the Earth would be a very dark place today if Americans weren’t there to save it in the past century.
The Bottom-Line question for us here at Coaches Hot Seat is no matter what Mark Richt believes is waiting for him after death we have to ask the following question today:
Is Mark Richt willing to fight to win football games in THIS life in THIS Real World?
We may just find out on when Georgia travels to play Tennessee in Knoxville.
As for the Georgia football team itself a few observations:
If the best quarterback Georgia has is someone that couldn’t win the starting job at Virginia then Georgia football is in a Helluva tough spot and after watching Greyson Lambert against Alabama it is clear if you put pressure on the boy…he folds like the Tennessee football team in the second half!
The Georgia defense is a joke…..cotton candy as county fairs are tougher than the Georgia defense and if Alabama had wanted to they could have easily hung 60 points on the Dawgs D easy. Is Jeremy Pruitt coaching the Georgia defense or spending most of his time counting all that money he is being paid at Georgia because for Damn sure Jeremy Pruitt didn’t earn his BIG paycheck on Saturday against Alabama!
Was anyone else shocked how out-of-shape and slow Georgia looked compared to Alabama….even more shocking how totally unmotivated the Dawgs were after they got down a couple of touchdowns which translated into English means….
The Georgia Football Team Flat-Out QUIT against Alabama!
And this….Georgia beat South Carolina 52 – 20 so imagine how bad the Gamecocks are in 2015!
Last question: Will Mark Richt and Georgia show no emotion and QUIT against Tennessee also or will they remember that Tennessee folds like a cheap suit in the second half even when up by a couple of touchdowns?
Luckily we will all get to find the answers to those questions and speaking of folding like a cheap suit….
7. Butch Jones, Tennessee – In 2012 former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley had coached 30 games with the Vols posting a record of…
14 – 16
…. and now Butch Jones after 30 games coaching the Vols has posted a record of…
14 – 16
…after yet another unexplainable loss at home to Arkansas and here comes a Georgia team to Knoxville that just….
Flat-Out QUIT Against Alabama!
So this weekend in Knoxville we have facing off against each other…
The Quitters = Georgia
The Unexplainables = Tennessee
…and as they say in contests like this…
Something Has To Freaking Give Folks!
Our guess = Butch Jones is now wound tighter than any person on Planet Earth and he knows now that bringing in a head coach that he worked for at Central Michigan as his new offensive coordinator in….
….who posted a win/loss record at Central Michigan of….
12 – 34
…has been nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster and who has turned in a short time the once promising quarterback Joshua Dobbs into nothing short of….
A Scared To Make A Mistake Complete Freaking Disaster of a Quarterback!
Look at how far the Tennessee football team has regressed since January in their bowl game win over Iowa when the Vols played with aggressiveness and passion which has been replaced with fear and indecisiveness:
Now at 2 – 3 on the season below is the rest of Tennessee’s schedule:
Georgia At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
Can Butch Jones and Tennessee win at least 4 of their last 7 games and get back to a bowl game?
Not Very Likely if they lose to Georgia in Knoxville on Saturday.
Lastly, what a Helluva lesson that Butch Jones and the 2015 Tennessee Vols are to young football coaches on what NOT to do when you have the chance as Tennessee did against Oklahoma to put the Sooners away and launch yourself towards a great season which has now turned into a Complete Freaking Disaster and all because against Oklahoma Butch Jones in our opinion….
Coached Like A Coward….PERIOD.
8. Randy Edsall, Maryland – No, it’s not a good look when in your…
55 th Game
….coaching at a school that loses to a team that was in disarray last season and has a new head coach in the….
….comes into your home stadium and lays a…
28 – 0
….whipping on YOUR football team!
Oh….Ohio State is up next for Randy Edsall and Maryland but then that may not be bad news since Urban Meyer’s football team is just going through the motions right now as they work their ways towards the Michigan State and Michigan games in late November.
In our opinion Randy Edsall better take Maryland to a bowl game in his FIFTH season coaching the Terps or Maryland will be looking for a new head football coach come December because MEDIOCRITY will no longer be accepted in College Park with Under Armour in town with LOTS of its money!
9. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – In his third season at New Mexico State Doug Martin has posted a win/loss record of…
4 – 24
…and after the loss to cross-state rival New Mexico the Aggies have two trips to the South to play….
At Ole Miss At Georgia Southern
…to which we can only say….
Good Luck with that Doug Martin!
10. Al Golden, Miami – After the loss to Cincinnati Al Golden in his FIFTH season as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes is sitting on an overall win/loss record of….
31 – 23
….and an ACC Conference record of….
16 – 16
…and anyone that thinks that is good enough for Miami football is either an….
Ass Kisser of Head Coaches
….and there are a Helluva lot of those folks in the media that would take down the American Republic to not offend a head coach or someone that is….
Around the Bend and Mentally Not Stable Enough To Live in Normal Society!