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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 30, 2015 – Frank Leahy



“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”


“Give me a lead of 14-0 at halftime and I will dictate the final score.”


“There are no shortcuts in life – only those we imagine.”


“When the going gets tough, let the tough get going.”


“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”


“Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.”

Wikipedia: Frank Leahy

THREE College Football Head Coaches Facing CANNOT LOSE Games In Week EIGHT in the Thursday and Fright Night Games – Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!


“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”

Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!


1.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. TCU – Talk about a Complete Freaking Disaster if Dana Holgoren’s West Virginia football team is not able to handle a very good TCU team on the road on Thursday night that will drop the Mountaineers record to…

3 – 4

…on the season with these games still remaining to be played:

Texas Tech
At Kansas
Iowa State
At Kansas State

Hell, Bozo the Clown could coach West Virginia to at least THREE more wins with the above remaining schedule BUT is just getting to be bowl-eligible good enough for the folks around Morgantown?

Who the Hell knows but for Damn sure….

TCU is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Crazy Boy Holgorsen and West Virginia!


2.  Mark Helfrich, Oregon vs. Arizona State – With the Oregon Ducks now at 4 – 3 on the season and on the verge of falling to pieces a very tough game pops up on the schedule at Arizona State on Thursday night and it will be fascinating to see how Mark Helfrich and the Ducks respond because with a loss in this spot to drop to 4 – 4 with these games left on the schedule after ASU…

At Stanford
Oregon State

….there is a decent chance the Ducks miss making it to a bowl game in 2015 and if the Mighty Ducks don’t go bowling in 2015 can Mark Helfrich survive to coach at Oregon in 2016?

We rather doubt it.

YES…Arizona State is a CANNOT LOSE game for Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks!

3.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – In his second season at Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl is now sitting on records of…

Overall:  5 – 15

MWC:  3 – 9

…and things don’t get any easier for the Cowboys with a game at Utah State on Friday night and still these games left be played:

Colorado State
At San Diego State

Damn…more than likely the Wyoming Cowboys finish at…

1 – 11

….BUT Wyoming has plenty of talent to win 2 or 3 games down the stretch and it’s time for Craig Bohl to start proving he’s a good football coach so…

YES….Utah State is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Craig Bohl and Wyoming!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Abraham Lincoln



“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”


“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”


“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”


“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”


“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”


“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”


“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”


“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”


“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”


“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”


“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”


“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”


“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”


“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”


“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”


“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”


“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”


“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”


“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”


“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”


“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”


“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”


“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”


“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”


“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”


“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” Second State of the Union Address, December 1, 1862


“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Lycecum Address, 1838


“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”


“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863


Lincoln’s War, The Untold Story of American’s Greatest President as Commander in Chief by Geoffrey Perret

Here is a great excerpt from that book that happened just after the First Battle of Bull Run, August 1861:

“Dozens of regiments had set up impromptu around Fort Corcoran, on Arlington Heights. Every day these canvas congeries trembled like leaves in the wind as fresh rumors of an impending Confederate attack. And every day Lincoln heard fresh stories of demoralized troops, mutinous regiments, poor discipline. Some regiments were entitled to – and clamoring for – an immediate discharge, their ninety-day service complete. The War Department’s officers seemed to busy for the burdensome task of mustering them out. Unchecked, however, mutinous sentiments could spread through camps like a virulent disease.

Lincoln decided to see for himself, and Seward went with him. A few days after Bull Run, they rode across the Potomac in an open carriage on an impromptu visit to the troops. What greeted them was redoubts spreading across the landscape, tents sprouting like mushrooms in nearly every direction, dusty roads, a cross-hatching of cart tracks, men milling or lolling about, few signs of order or purpose. Yet the District, on edge for its safety, has more than enough men to defend it – if the men chose.

As the carriage rattled along towards Fort Corcoran, a red-bearded colonel strode up: William Tecumseh Sherman. He had commanded a brigade at Bull Run, superbly. Sherman asked if the President had come to see the troops. “Yes,” said Lincoln. “We heard that you had got over the big scare and we thought we would come over and see the boys.”

Sherman got into the carriage, giving the driver directions to a camp at the top of a small hill. Sitting next to Lincoln, he asked if the President intended to speak to the men. “I would like to,” said Lincoln.

Sherman said he no objection to that, but he did not want cheering, “No hurrahing, no humbug. We had enough of it before Bull Run to spoil any set of them.” None worse than the 69 th New York, filled with Irishmen angry at not being discharged. Sherman had rebuked one of the officers of lax discipline.

Standing in the carriage, Lincoln gave an impromptu talk to Sherman’s troops: bravery, sacrifice, gratitude, a glorious future. The men began to cheer, but he held up his hand. “Don’t cheer boys, I confess I rather like it myself, but Colonel Sherman says it is not military, and I guess we had better defer to his opinion.”

Closing his impromptu peroration, Lincoln said that as Commander in Chief, he was determined that every man should be treated exactly as the law required: his indirect promise that those entitled to a discharge would soon have one. As the carriage moved on, a young officer ran after it, calling out piteously, “Mr. Lincoln! Mr. Lincoln!”

Lincoln ordered the driver to stop. Here was the officer of the 69 th New York whom Sherman had criticized, panting hard. “Mr. President, I have a cause of grievance. This morning I went to speak to Colonel Sherman, and he threatened to shoot me.”

“I told him Mr. President, that if he refused to obey my order, I would shoot him on the spot,” said Sherman. “And I here repeat it, sir, that if I remain in command here, and he or any other man refuses to obey my orders, I’ll shoot him on the spot.”

Lincoln bent forward. “My lad, if I were you, and he threatened to shoot, I would not trust him, for I believe he would do it!” The troops, until then sympathetic to the officer, howled with laughter.

Both Seward and Lincoln were impressed by the comparative tidiness of the camps of Sherman’s regiments. “This is the first bright moment I’ve experienced since the battle,” Lincoln told Sherman before riding off. From his own military experience, he knew that neatness and cleanliness is an army spelled discipline; neglect was a signal of trouble to come.”

End of excerpt from Lincoln’s War

Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches – Yep…that’s what college head coaches on the Hot Seat HATE to hear Johnny Cash BUT give it to them anyway!


A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

“I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.”

Yep…that’s what college head coaches on the Hot Seat HATE to hear Johnny Cash BUT give it to them anyway!

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

21.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – Now in his THIRD season as the head coach at Kent State and after a Saturday whipping of the Golden Flashes by Bowling Green by the score of 48 – 0 KSU head coach Paul Haynes is now sitting on records of…

Overall:  9 – 22

MAC:  6 – 13

…and things don’t get any easier with these games still left on the 2015 schedule:

At Ohio
Central Michigan
At Akron

Can Paul Haynes and Kent State find THREE more wins out of the above FOUR games to get bowl eligible or will Haynes and the Golden Flashes post…

The THIRD losing season in Paul Haynes THIRD season at Kent State?

The latter….PERIOD….in our humble opinion of course!


22.  Mark Helfrich, Oregon – Having taken over the Oregon Ducks football program in 2013 and having been on the Ducks staff on the offensive side of the ball since the 2009 season head coach Mark Helfrich certainly has had a influential hand in recruiting at Oregon in recent years and yet….

It seems that without the transfer of Vernon Adams into the Oregon football program this past offseason the Mighty Oregon Ducks did not have even ONE quarterback that could play on the FBS level on their roster not that the performance of Adams has been anything to write home about!

Please…how in the Hell is it possible with Mark Helfrich and now Oregon OC Scott Frost to be on the offensive coaching staff at one of the hottest college football programs in the country and the Oregon Ducks don’t have a FBS quarterback on their roster once Marcus Mariota left for the NFL?

Of course, there is a Helluva lot more wrong with Oregon Ducks than just the quarterback position because under close inspection the Ducks are coming apart at the seams with cracks forming on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and even in the special teams and when a team is breaking down across the board that is the fault of one person and one person only…

The Head Coach Mark Helfrich

A great question was recently posed to us by an Oregon-alum about Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich:

“Assume for a moment in Chip Kelly’s last season that Mark Helfrich or his agent had made it known they were interested in then Oregon OC Mark getting a head coaching job on the FBS level away from Eugene would have ANY FBS program have hired Mark Helfrich?”

The obvious answer to the above question is “NO” but then Oregon football hasn’t been for years in the past or is now about Oregon hiring the best available football coach but rather finding a coach that can be approved by the very tiny Politburo that runs things in Eugene which gets its ass-kissed on any and everything and any academic-type that was interested in doing a study on what it’s like to work in a Major College Athletic Program where people spend most of their waking hours kissing the ass of one man then head to Eugene, Oregon….which is of course our humble opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat!

Getting back to Mark Helfrich after the Ducks win over Washington Oregon now sits on records of…

4 – 3 overall

2 – 2 in Pac-12 play

…and still has to play in 2015:

At Arizona State
At Stanford
Oregon State

Damn…could Oregon really not make it to a bowl game in 2015 needing TWO more wins to just get bowl-eligible and will the Politburo that runs Oregon Athletics tolerate the Mighty Oregon Ducks not making it to a bowl game or just getting to 6 wins without rising up and telling the peons to “do something” because the Great One is pissed-off?

Who the Hell knows but we are damn sure about one thing:

There is NOT enough money on Planet Earth that would entice us to take a job working in the Oregon Athletic department!


23.  Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – After getting a nice home win over UNLV Tim DeRuyter and his Fresno State football team got run by Air Force in Week 8 by a score of 42 – 14 which dropped the Bulldogs records to…

2 – 6 overall

1 – 4 MWC play

…and make it next to impossible for Fresno State to get to 6 wins in 2015 with these games still left on the schedule with the Bulldogs needing to win ALL of them!

At Hawaii
Colorado State

TWO years ago in the 2013 season Tim DeRuyter led Fresno State to records of…

11 – 2 overall

7 – 1 in MWC play

…which was the second straight Mountain West Conference Title for the Bulldogs and in 2015 Fresno State will have a tough time even making it to a bowl game and the lesson here is….

If you let up for a second it can all be gone in a minute.

A few years ago a former college head coach with a “name” that most that follow the game of football would recognize who got fired from a “name” college football program for not winning enough games told us…

“The thing you don’t realize when you are a head coach is how close you always are to losing everything and I am not talking about the money and perks but rather the job….the job of being a head coach at the highest level of college football…and why if I had to do it over again some of things I wasted my time doing that had nothing to do with building a winning program would be eliminated and I would focus like crazy on recruiting, coaching, and selling the program to recruits and anyone else that would listen every second I was awake.”


As Bill Dooley (the brother of the Great Vince Dooley) who was the head coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest once said about being a college head coach:

“You have to fight the tendency to let up. You just can never let up.”

Amen to that Bill Dooley!

Getting back to Tim DeRuyter we see no reason why Fresno State cannot beat Nevada and Hawaii in its next TWO games so…

Coach ‘Em Up Tim!


24.  Steve Addazio, Boston College – A fascinating move that Boston College head coach Steve Addazio pulled a couple of years back was landing the BC job after posting a record of…

4 – 7

….at Temple and in the last THREE seasons at BC Addazio has now posted records of…

Overall:  17 – 17

ACC:  8 – 13

…and frankly those records don’t feed the bulldog or us here at Coaches Hot Seat and thus why Steve Addazio finds his ass now on the Hot Seat!

Now at 3 – 5 on the season BC still has to play games against….

Virginia Tech
NC State
Notre Dame
At Syracuse

….and if Addazio is going to take the Eagles to another bowl game then for Damn sure BC better win its next TWO games before Notre Dame shows up in Boston on November 21!


25.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – There are many Coaches Hot Seat members that have all kinds of different connections to San Jose State University so we were very excited a few years ago when Ron Caragher, former UCLA quarterback behind Troy Aikman and a boy that grew up in Peninsula/South Bay area of the San Francisco Bay area, got the San Jose State head coaching job especially since Ron posted a very impressive 44 – 22 record in SIX seasons coaching at University of San Diego following in the footsteps of Jim Harbaugh BUT by his THIRD year on the job at SJSU we were frankly expecting more from Ron Caragher…MUCH DAMN MORE! Besides Ron Caragher’s family is there is NO ONE on Planet Earth that wants to see Ron succeed at San Jose State than us here at Coaches Hot Seat and San Jose State did get an important win over New Mexico on Saturday to raise their records in 2015 to…

4 – 4 overall

3 – 2 in MWC play

….but now the Spartans need to keep things rolling through the bye week and into their final FOUR games against…

At Nevada
At Hawaii
Boise State

….with the Spartans really needing to find TWO more wins to get bowl-eligible after posting a 3 – 9 record in 2014.

Yes…each college head coach has a personal backstory that are each fascinating in their own right and since there are a decent amount of ex-US Navy folks here at Coaches Hot Seat we knew that Ron Caragher lived on Coronado Island when he was the head coach at the University of San Diego and below is a story from a Coronado website that details the unique backstory on Ron Caragher and his family….now get off your ass and start winning some games Ron!

Farewell Caragher Family, Until We Meet Again, Kellee Hearther,

26.  Scott Shafer, Syracuse – After posting a 7 – 6 record in his first season at Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has posted records over the past two seasons of…

Overall:  6 – 13

ACC:  2 – 9

…and with the Orange now in the midst of a FOUR game losing streak Scott Shafer better stop the bleeding soon or he might just find himself out of a job.

With Syracuse now at…

3 – 4 overall

1 – 2 in ACC play

….and with these games left on the schedule…

At Florida State
At Louisville
At NC State
Boston College

…’s not going to be easy for Syracuse to find many more wins unless the Orange start playing a Helluva lot better football and in Helluva hurry!

Good Luck against Florida State Scott!


27.  Jeff Monken, Army – In his second season at Army Jeff Monken is plodding along at a pretty pitiful pace just like a lot of Army coaches have plodded along at West Point in recent years….make that for two-plus decades…and frankly…

We are sick of Army football being PITIFUL!

With Army’s loss to Rice on Saturday that dropped the Black Knights record to…

2 – 6

…on the season with these games still left on the schedule:

At Air Force

Damn Jeff Monken….you need to win your last FOUR games to get bowl-eligible and THREE of your last FOUR games are against teams better than the team you just lost to in Rice!

Come on….Coach up Army Jeff Monken!

28.  Paul Petrino, Idaho – Paul Petrino and his Idaho football team got a second straight win on Saturday this time over a severely slumping La. Monroe football team and now the question is for the 3 – 4 Vandals can they find THREE more wins out of their last FIVE games….that are below….

At New Mexico State – Should Be A Win = 4 Wins
At South Alabama – Probably Not = 4 Wins Still
Appalachian State – Probably Not = 4 Wins Still
At Auburn – NO – 4 Wins Still
Texas State – Maybe – Let’s Call It 5 Wins for Idaho in 2015

The Good News…5 Wins for Paul Petrino and Idaho in 2015 would be THREE wins more than Petrino got in his first two years on the job and would get Petrino’s ass off the Hot Seat but more immediately a THIRD straight win over New Mexico State in Las Cruces on Halloween would get Petrino’s ass off the Hot Seat come Monday morning!

OK Paul Petrino….it’s up to YOU to get YOUR own ass off the Hot Seat by beating New Mexico State!


29.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Mike MacIntyre and his Colorado football team got a nice Pac-12 win on Saturday at Oregon State which runs MacIntyre’s Pac-12 Conference record now in his THIRD season at CU to…

2 – 20

….and now the Buffs need to keep things going to get Mike MacIntyre off the Hot Seat completely with a win at UCLA on Halloween!

Oh…don’t see that happening but then that’s why we play the games so Good Luck to Mike MacIntyre and Colorado on Halloween against the Bruins!


30.  Charlie Strong, Texas – The Very Best Thing about the Texas Longhorns win over Oklahoma and Kansas State in their last TWO games was that the Texas players played with….


…something that was lacking in some of Charlie Strong’s earlier games at Texas over the last TWO seasons and if there is something that can have a more dramatic impact upon a football game than players playing with…


….then we don’t know what it is because when you are really Damn motivated NOT to lose then guess what…you often WIN!

Up next for Charlie Strong and the now 3 – 4 Longhorns is a Very Winnable Game at Iowa State which also happens to be…

Better Damn NOT Lose Game for Charlie Strong

….because a loss in this spot would be WORSE than the GOOD that came from Texas beating OU and KSU and would destroy the modicum of goodwill that Charlie Strong is starting…if very slowly….to build in Austin.

Here’s the thing…if Texas plays against Iowa State like it did against Oklahoma and Kansas State it will beat the Cyclones and then Texas will most certainly beat Kansas in Austin on November 7 which will run the Horns record to….

5 – 4

…and leave these games on the schedule to be played:

At West Virginia
Texas Tech
At Baylor

Our opinion…if Texas plays the rest of its games like they played against Oklahoma and Kansas State the Horns will finish at…

7 – 5

…in 2015 which will be ONE win more than last season and then with a bowl win Charlie Strong could start to build some REAL momentum in Austin but first things first Charlie…

You MUST BEAT Iowa State on Halloween!

Good Luck against the Cyclones Charlie!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – Hank Aaron



“I don’t feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”


“I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them.”


“I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing’s a joke to me. I don’t feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.”


“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”


“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”

Wikipedia Page:  Hank Aaron

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches – “I fell into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down and the flames went higher And it burns, burns, burns, The ring of fire, the ring of fire.” Yep…that’s what college head coaches on the Hot Seat HATE to hear Johnny Cash BUT give it to them anyway!


A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

“I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.”

Yep…that’s what college head coaches on the Hot Seat HATE to hear Johnny Cash BUT give it to them anyway!

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings


11.  Curtis Johnson, Tulane – With Tulane’s loss to Navy on Saturday the Green Wave fell to 2 – 5 on the season and head coach Curtis Johnson’s records at Tulane in his FOUR seasons as a head coach now stand at…

Overall:  14 – 30

CUSA:  10 – 18

….and call us CRAZY if you like but we think Tulane football can win more games than that and thus why Curtis Johnson’s ass is now on the Hot Seat.

Here’s what Tulane has left to play in 2015 with 2 wins on the board:

At Memphis
At Army

Damn…those are some pretty tough games as we head down the stretch to the college football season especially when Curtis Johnson probably needs to win 4 of his last 5 games to return to coach the Green Wave in 2016.


12.  Butch Jones, Tennessee – Tennessee gave a seriously struggling Alabama team that has no idea what it wants to do on the offensive side of the ball…

Well…Lane Kiffin wants to do one thing and Nick Saban wants to do another!

….BUT whatever it was another UT loss and with yet another loss Butch Jones’ records at Tennessee in his THIRD year on the job fell to….

Overall:  15 – 17

SEC:  6 – 14

….and the last Vols head coach Derek Dooley who got run out of Knoxville had after 32 games at UT posted records of….

Overall:  14 – 18

SEC:  4 – 16

….which puts Butch Jones slightly ahead of Derek Dooley after 32 games at Tennessee which is the ultimate…

Big Damn Whoop

….since Bozo the Clown could have been slightly ahead of Derek Dooley’s record after 32 games at Tennessee!

With records for Tennessee 2015 now standing at…

3 – 4 overall

1 – 3 SEC play

…and these games still to be played…

At Kentucky
South Carolina
North Texas
At Missouri

….and we would recommend Butch Jones find a way to win at least 3 of the Vols last 5 game and Oh…we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that Butch Jones not lose to Kentucky in Lexington on Halloween….Oh a Tennessee loss in this spot to Kentucky would make a….

Complete Freaking Disaster

…..look like the best day of Butch Jones life on this Earth!


13.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – With the loss to Arkansas on Saturday the most stunning number relative to Malzahn at Auburn is his record in SEC Conference play in his THREE seasons at the school which now stands at…

12 – 8  (.600)

…..and with these games still left on the schedule….

Ole Miss
At Texas A&M

…there is the Very Real Chance that Gus Malzahn’s record in SEC play will stand at…

12 – 12

….when Alabama leaves the Loveliest Village on the Plains on Saturday November 28!

Geez…is it really possible that Gus Malzahn could be sitting on a .500 record in SEC play after THREE seasons at Auburn after taking the 2013 Auburn team Bogus BCS Title Game which over the past TWO seasons would leave Malzahn’s record in SEC play at….

5 – 11

Damn! Our recommendation to Gus Malzahn….

Don’t lose to Ole Miss on Saturday Gus or things will get HOTTER than an August day on The Plains down Auburn way!


14.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – With the loss to Northwestern at home on Saturday the Nebraska Cornhuskers 2015 record now stands at….

3 – 5

…and with these games left on the schedule…

At Purdue
Michigan State
At Rutgers

….there is the very REAL chance that Mike Riley’s first year at Nebraska will end without a bowl game trip… NEBRASKA….while playing in the Big Ten Conference!

YES…things are bad right now for Mike Riley in Lincoln…BUT…if Nebraska loses on the road at Purdue on Saturday we would recommend Mike Riley and Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst start looking for real estate agent because they are going to need to put their homes on the market…AND FAST! Hell…maybe if both Riley and Eichorst used the same real estate agent they could get a deal on the commission!

Memo to Mike Riley:  Don’t lose to Purdue Mike or…IT’S OVER before it ever began!


15.  Mark Richt, Georgia – Even with an overall record in 15 seasons as the head coach at Georgia of…

141 – 60

…..the status of Mark Richt’s future is in doubt whether Mark Richt decides he has had enough or Georgia football fans finally get tired of Richt losing games like this weekend’s one to Florida which yet another…

CANNOT LOSE World’s Largest Cocktail Party Game

….that very simply….Mark Richt CANNOT LOSE!

Now at 5 – 2 on the season with the Georgia offense only mustering 9 measly points against a Missouri team that just lost to Vanderbilt over the weekend one has to wonder what is going to happen to Georgia’s offense under the un-relenting pressure that the Florida defense is playing with in 2015 and that raises the specter of Georgia….

Getting Run Out of the World’s Largest Cocktail Party by the Gators

…which if it happens….a 2-touchdown or more win by Florida….with a first-year head coach in the sidelines in Jim McElwain will be IT for Mark Richt because how could the Bulldogs possibly rebound and do anything this season if they get run by the Gators on Saturday?

It’s just our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat but the former US Military Intelligence people here who were trained in the art of watching face reaction and body movement have detected something new in Mark Richt in 2015 and they see it as something like….

Mark Richt is almost over the idea of coaching football and the pressure that comes with coaching at a place like Georgia

…and with Richt making something north of $25 Million Dollars over his past 15 seasons coaching at Georgia this might be the end for Mark Richt whether the Bulldogs beat Florida or not.

Could Mark Richt really walk away from Georgia with 2 SEC Titles and NO National Championships in 15 seasons in Athens?

Maybe so but this Florida game will be very telling….Very Damn Telling!

16.  Trent Miles, Georgia State – After a bye in Week 8 Georgia State gets back to playing football in Week 9 with a game at Arkansas State and with the Panthers record now standing at 2 – 4 and head coach Trent Miles needing at least…

TWO More Wins in 2015

…to have ANY chance to return to coach Georgia State in 2016 with these games left on the schedule…

At Arkansas State
La. Lafayette
At Texas State
South Alabama
At Georgia Southern

….finding TWO More Wins in 2015 is not going to be an easy thing to do!

Good Luck Trent!


17.  Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – In TWO seasons at Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge has now posted records of….

Overall:  4 – 15

CUSA:  3 – 9

….after the Owls loss to UTEP on Saturday which brings us to the Shula Bowl game against FIU in Boca Raton on Saturday which is a game that Charlie Partridge really needs to win because we don’t see a lot of wins left on FAU’s schedule…..

At Western Kentucky
Middle Tennessee
At Florida
At Old Dominion

Damn Charlie….you better Damn beat FIU son!

18.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Not surprisingly Wyoming lost to a very good Boise State team on Saturday which leaves the Cowboy’s records at…

1 – 7 overall

1 – 3 in MWC

….and still having to play games against…

At Utah State
Colorado State
At San Diego State

…Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl who had a Helluva record at North Dakota State could finish his second season at Wyoming with a record of…

1 – 11!

Wyoming = The place where very good football coaches go to destroy their coaching careers!


19.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – The Good News is that Bret Bielema and his Arkansas team beat Auburn on Saturday but the Bad News is that Arkansas has beaten THREE teams in 2015….


….and those THREE teams have a combined record of…

11 – 11

…and all THREE of those teams will have tough time making it to a bowl game in 2015 so that means that in reality….

Arkansas has beaten NO ONE in 2015

…but the Razorbacks do have a chance to beat SOMEONE with these games left to be played:

UT Martin
At Ole Miss
Mississippi State

How many wins will the now 3 – 4 Arkansas Razorbacks finish with in 2015?

We would HIGHLY recommend they finish without AT LEAST 6 Wins because a losing season in one’s THIRD year as the head coach at Arkansas will bring a level of HEAT that Bret Bielema and Arkansas AD Jeff Long have never seen or dealt with before and both of those men can ask former Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt what that HEAT feels like and no doubt Nutt would tell them something like…

It isn’t fun boys…no Damn fun at all!


20.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – The most interesting and revealing record to keep an eye on as it pertains to A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is the record that the “money boys in Texas” are watching very closely right now and that is the Aggies record in SEC Conference play under Sumlin which now in his FOURTH season at the school stands at…

15 – 13

….with A&M still having games in 2015 against:

South Carolina
West Carolina
At Vanderbilt

The last two head coaches at Texas A&M….Mike Sherman and Dennis Franchione….who both got run out of College Station after what was nothing less than MEDIOCRE football posted conference winning percentages of…

Mike Sherman:  15 – 18  (.455) Conference Record

Dennis Franchione:  19 – 21  (.475) Conference Record

….and right now Kevin Sumlin is sitting just above the very dangerous .500 level mark in Conference Play and why it’s so Damn important for the Aggies to finish strong starting with a…

Better Damn NOT Lose Game at Home against South Carolina on Saturday

Memo to Kevin Sumlin:  If you lose to South Carolina on Saturday son you are going to be in a Helluva spot and will be coaching the November 7 home game against Auburn for your job so for Damn sure….Don’t Lose to South Carolina Kevin Sumlin…take our word on that son!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – Willie Mays



“Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.”


“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”


“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”


“They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.”


“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.”


“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”


“It’s not hard. When I’m not hitting, I don’t hit nobody. But when I’m hitting, I hit anybody.”


“At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.”


“In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn’t drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.”

Wikipedia Page: Willie Mays

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches – Coaches on the Hot Seat Know What’s Up When They Hear This Song Mr. Cash But Send Them Into the Ring of Fire Anyway Johnny!


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Coaches on the Hot Seat Know What’s Up When They Hear This Song Mr. Cash But Send Them Into the Ring of Fire Anyway Johnny!

Post Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings


1.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – The Purdue Boilermakers had a bye in Week 8 but get after it again in Week 9 otherwise known as…

Halloween Showdown Week

…here at Coaches Hot Seat with a game hosting Nebraska and if Darrell Hazell’s football team is going to get a Big Ten win in 2015 the games against Nebraska this week and/or Illinois in Week 10 might be its best shot!

As for Darrell Hazell’s records now in his THIRD season at Purdue they still stand at:

Overall:  5 – 26

Big Ten:  1 – 18

A friend of ours in Big Ten Country tell us that relative to Darrell Hazell’s future job status….

“If Hazell can win 2 Big Ten games this season then he will probably return for 2016.”

There’s your charge Darrell Hazell…win TWO Big Ten games this season with these games remaining on Purdue’s schedule:

At Northwestern
At Iowa

Hell…in your THIRD season on the job at Purdue which has a pretty rich football history you for Damn sure as the head coach should be able to win TWO out of EIGHT Big Ten Conference games…in our humble opinion!

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2.  Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – In a monsoon at times Iowa State played Baylor pretty tough for the last two quarters and left Waco with a 45 – 27 loss which runs the Cyclones records in 2015 to…

Overall:  2 – 5

Big 12:  1 – 3

….and Paul Rhoads’ records over the past THREE seasons at ISU to…

Overall:  7 – 24

Big 12:  3 – 19

…and thus you now know why Paul Rhoads’ ass is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in American football.

We have heard the charge for Paul Rhoads in 2015 was very simple:

Make it to a bowl game or Turn Out the Lights the Party’s Over

If that’s true then Iowa State MUST WIN 4 of its last 5 games against these opponents:

At Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
At Kansas State
At West Virginia

Hell…as one of our favorite college professors used to say a long time ago now…

“Hell…Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic and discovered the New World in 1492 so you can Damn sure get your ass prepared to take test in the 20 th Century!”

Do you think the Candy Ass kids on college campuses today would go crying home to their Mommas if a college professor told them that in 2015?

Why Hell yes and that is why a former Stanford dean wrote a great book on how helicopter parents are destroying their own kids’ and America’s future!

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children, Emma Brown, Washington Post

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, Julie Lythcott-Haims,


Getting back to Paul Rhoads and Iowa State…

Win 4 of your last 5 games Paul or Turn Out the Lights the Party’s Over for Paul Rhoads at Iowa State!


3.  Doug Martin, New Mexico State – After watching football for 40-plus years and the college coaching closely over the last decade or so we here at Coaches Hot Seat have some very strong opinions on how an athletic director would go about turning around a struggling football program which begins and ends with hiring a…

Great Football Coach and Leader

….but beyond hiring that Great Football Coach and Leader there also needs to be a strong support system and physical/mental infrastructure constructed behind a head coach and football program for a college football program to truly be successful.


We are going to let everyone in on a closely guarded secret at Coaches Hot Seat….we have a very special mole….well…we have moles across the game of college football in and around university athletic departments that are more than willing to spill some inside info in exchange for an nice lunch but then that’s how a few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were taught to gather information while serving in the US Military and of course is the bedrock of all great reporting….BUT….getting back to our very special mole who has gone by the name…


….for the obvious reason that he has been at the University of Alabama before Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa in January 2007 and he is still at The Capstone today. CrimsonThroat has given us a tremendous amount of insight into Nick Saban and the Alabama football program for the past NINE football seasons (99% of which has never made it into the Coaches Hot Seat Blog) and just what Saban did to rebuild an Alabama football program that was only a few clicks away from a Complete Freaking Disaster when Saban arrived in T-Town and that information plus what we have seen first-hand with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Pete Carroll at USC and saw a Helluva long time ago with Steve Spurrier at Florida has led to our strong opinions on just what the Hell MUST be done to rebuild a college football program and that brings us to New Mexico State which lost 52 – 7 to a very average Troy team on Saturday and is deep need of a…

Complete and Total Rebuild of the NMSU Football Program

….starting with New Mexico State hiring the very best one of these they can find…

Great Football Coach and Leader

….once they fire Doug Martin which has to be a certainty in Las Cruces now after the beatdown the Aggies took from Troy.

We can tell everyone and especially our author and media friends in the world…a GREAT book that would sell a Helluva lot of copies would be titled something like…

How To Build A Great and Self-Sustaining College Football Program

…with a subtitle something like…

What Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, Steve Spurrier and other Great Football Coaches Taught the World About Building A Great Football Program or Any Great Organization For That Matter

Hmmmmm….maybe that is a book that someone here at Coaches Hot Seat should take on!


As for CrimsonThroat when Coaches Hot Seat members are in Tuscaloosa for a football game we usually meet CrimsonThroat on the Friday night before the game at the base of Denny Chimes where all the hand and footprints of former Alabama captains are embedded into the concrete and then we take a walk around the beautiful University of Alabama campus before wandering on down to The Strip for some dinner. One thing that people that work in Intelligence are taught is that sometimes when you have a contact that is feeding your information the contact might indeed be feeding you lots of great info BUT he also might be taking what he is learning about you back to someone higher up in their organization so one night after walking around the Alabama campus with CrimsonThroat and having dinner on The Strip we went our separate ways as usual…but this particular time we followed CrimsonThroat and where did he go to that night?

Right back to the Alabama Athletics building.

Hmmmmm….we thought….is CrimsonThroat in the Alabama Athletics building talking to Nick Saban right now about those Sorry Bastards from Coaches Hot Seat?

We placed the call with one of our cellphones and CrimsonThroat answered the call and said in a very nervous and hushed tone….

“Hey…I can’t talk right now….call me back in the morning…OK?

…and then hung up!

The good news is CrimsonThroat met us the next time we were in Tuscaloosa for a football game on Friday night at Denny Chimes but it’s make one wonder….doesn’t it?

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4.  Norm Chow, Hawaii – With Hawaii’s loss to Nevada on Saturday Norm Chow’s records coaching the Warriors in his FOURTH season at UH now stand at…

Overall:  10 – 35

MWC:  4 – 24

…and Hawaii still has to play this season:

Air Force
Fresno State
San Jose State
La. Monroe

What does Hawaii win….1….maybe 2 more games in 2015?

Talk about a place that could use an experienced head coach with a great offensive track record Hawaii is that place because the losing that Norm Chow is now posting which is unmatched in recent years of Warriors football certainly cannot allowed to be continue and we just happen to know a few experienced head coaches with very strong offensive credentials that would love to take a shot at the Hawaii job and have a Helluva lot of fun while doing it!


5.  Kevin Wilson, Indiana – Indiana played Michigan State tough for about a half on Saturday but in the end the Spartans overwhelmed what looks like a “spent” Hoosiers football team who fell to 4 – 4 on the season and 0 – 4 in the Big Ten play and leaves head coach Kevin Wilson with only one goal left in 2015:

Somehow get to SIX wins in 2015 or it’s OVER for Kevin Wilson at Indiana

As we just said Indiana is now 4 – 4 on the season and the Hoosiers still have to play these games….

At Maryland
At Purdue

….AND Kevin Wilson needs to win TWO of the above last FOUR games…PERIOD!


6.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – For all the talk of Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen being an “offensive genius” when you get down to BRASS TACKS and we are all about BRASS TACKS here at Coaches Hot Seat if you look at West Virginia’s records under Holgorsen since WVU joined the Big 12 beginning in the 2012 season those records are not very pretty:

Overall:  21 – 23

Big 12:  11 – 19

Hell…if the above records can keep someone employed at ANY Big 12 school save…

Kansas and Iowa State

…then one has to wonder just what in the Hell has happened to the couch burners in Morgantown who have seemed to fallen down on their asses drunk and are willing to allow….

Way Damn Below Average Football

….to be played in the hills and hollars of the Great State of West Virginia!

Sorry West Virginians….we are just flat-out NOT going to tolerate…

Way Damn Below Average Football

….at West Virginia and either Crazy Boy Holgorsen gets off his ass or his ass will be sent packing with no doubt Crazy Boy walking his ass out of those hills and hollars of West Virginia and back down Texas-way where Crazy Boy should be able to get a job or Hell Crazy Boy could join Pirate of the Palouse up in Pullman, Washington!

Getting back to 2015 Crazy Boy Holgorsen his team’s records now stand at…

3 – 3 Overall

0 – 3 Big 12 play

….and the Mountaineers still have to play….

Texas Tech
At Kansas
Iowa State
At Kansas State

Hell…if Crazy Boy Holgorsen can’t win at least THREE of his last SIX games then Crazy Boy should be sent packing because Hell this is West Virginia football we still talking about here…right?


7.  Todd Berry, La. Monroe – The Complete Freaking Disaster that is La. Monroe’s 2015 football season got a little uglier on Saturday with a loss to Idaho which leaves the Warhawks record this year at…

1 – 6

…and Todd Berry fighting for his job with these games still on the docket:

At La. Lafayette
At Troy
Arkansas State
At Texas State
At Hawaii
New Mexico State

Hell…there’s at least FOUR very Damn winnable games left on La. Monroe’s schedule and to that point all we can say in this spot is….

Get Off Your Ass Todd Berry!


8.  Mike London, Virginia – The Virginia Cavaliers lost to North Carolina on Saturday and that dropped the Cavs records in 2015 to…

2 – 5 Overall

1 – 2 ACC play

…and head coach Mike London’s record in ACC play in SIX seasons at UVA to:

12 – 31

Damn…that is BAD with a capital B – A – D!

Up next for Virginia a home game against….

Georgia Tech

….but then will the Yellow Jackets even show up to play the Cavaliers after their last second win over FSU?

We sure the Hell don’t know the answer to that question but for Damn sure we would love to be playing Georgia Tech this week!

Come on Mike London….DON’T QUIT NOW SON!


Speaking of “Don’t Quit” there was a great article in the San Francisco Chronicle last week about Cal Football legend the Late Great Joe Roth who has one of the GREAT stories in college football history that very few people know about and we hope that a few more will know about a Helluva Man Joe Roth was from us and many others telling Joe’s story.

Cal football hero Joe Roth comes back to life in documentary, Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle

Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story –


As always RIP the Great Joe Roth!

9.  Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – The losses just keep coming for Chuck Martin at Miami (Ohio) and we here at Coaches Hot Seat cannot help but wonder….

Just what in the Hell is going on at Miami (Ohio) Chuck Martin? You are too good of a football coach for his Crapola football son! Get off your ass already Chuck Martin!

Up next for the 1 – 7 Miami (Ohio) Redhawks:


Damn Chuck Martin….Got 1 – 8?

You are about to have it Chuck if you and your football team doesn’t get off your collective asses!


10.  Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – Yes, Virginia Tech played a pretty good Duke team tough on Saturday before losing in overtime but to that we can only say….

Yada, Yada, Yada…because this is Freaking Virginia Tech Folks

…and that was the Freaking Duke Blue Devils that just be the Hokies on Their Home Freaking Field when Virginia Tech has at LEAST DOUBLE the talent of the Blue Devils!

It’s not easy for us to say this since we have a lot of respect for future College Football Hall of Fame member Frank Beamer who has forgotten more about football than we ever collectively know here at Coaches Hot Seat but the TRUTH is right now…

Virginia Tech is a very poorly coached football team

…especially with the amount of talent on the Hokies’ roster which has consistently had Top 25 Recruiting Classes over the past SIX seasons and plays like it has Below Top 50 Recruiting Classes which is sure Damn sign of a…

Very Poorly Coached Football Team

Hell…..there’s no Damn shame in realizing it’s over….and if Virginia Tech cannot get to SIX wins in 2015 now sitting with THREE wins with these games left to be played…

At Boston College
At Georgia Tech
North Carolina
At Virginia

….the TRUTH is…

It’s Over For Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech

…and someone else can take a shot at following the legendary Frank Beamer and getting the Hokies back on top which we know for Damn sure is what Frank Beamer wants more than worrying about his own Damn job status in Blacksburg!

Go Beat Boston College Frank Beamer!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 26, 2015 – Leonardo da Vinci



“Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature.”


“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”


“Experience, the interpreter between formative nature and the human race, teaches how that nature acts among mortals; and being constrained by necessity cannot act otherwise than as reason, which is its helm, requires her to act.”


“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”


“That is not riches, which may be lost; virtue is our true good and the true reward of its possessor. That cannot be lost; that never deserts us, but when life leaves us. As to property and external riches, hold them with trembling; they often leave their possessor in contempt, and mocked at for having lost them.”


“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”


“He who walks straight rarely falls.”


“Men will seem to see new destructions in the sky. The flames that fall from it will seem to rise in it and to fly from it with terror. They will hear every kind of animals speak in human language. They will instantaneously run in person in various parts of the world, without motion. They will see the greatest splendour in the midst of darkness. O! marvel of the human race! What madness has led you thus! You will speak with animals of every species and they with you in human speech. You will see yourself fall from great heights without any harm and torrents will accompany you, and will mingle with their rapid course.”


“Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other’s language.”


“It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.”


“He who does not value life does not deserve it.”


“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”


“Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”


“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.”


“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”


“I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”


“Learning never exhausts the mind.”


“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”


“Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature.”


“The earth is not in the centre of the Sun’s orbit nor at the centre of the universe, but in the centre of its companion elements, and united with them. And any one standing on the moon, when it and the sun are both beneath us, would see this our earth and the element of water upon it just as we see the moon, and the earth would light it as it lights us.”


“The motive power is the cause of all life.”


“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”


“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”


“He who thinks little, errs much.”


“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”


“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”


“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”


“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”


“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”

Wikipedia: Leonardo da Vinci

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 25, 2015 – Howard Schultz



“Care more than others think wise.”


“Dream more than others think practical.”


“Expect more than others think possible.”


“Risk more than others think safe.”


“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision.”


“People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for, sacrifice for, that they trust.”


“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.

This is the kind of passionate conviction that sparks romances, wins battles, and drives people to pursue dreams others wouldn’t dare. Belief in ourselves and in what is right catapults us over hurdles, and our lives unfold.

“Life is a sum of all your choices,” wrote Albert Camus. Large or small, our actions forge our futures and hopefully inspire others along the way.”


“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”


“Remember: You’ll be left with an empty feeling if you hit the finish line alone. When you run a race as a team, though, you’ll discover that much of the reward comes from hitting the tape together. You want to be surrounded not just by cheering onlookers but by a crowd of winners, celebrating as one.”


“To stay vigorous, a company needs to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for all these types: the dreamer, the entrepreneur, the professional manager, and the leader. If it doesn’t, it risks becoming yet another mediocre corporation.”


“People want guidance, not rhetoric. They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it.”


“There is a word that comes to my mind when I think about our company and our people. That word is ‘love.’ I love Starbucks because everything we’ve tried to do is steeped in humanity.

Respect and dignity.
Passion and laughter.
Compassion, community, and responsibility.

These are Starbucks’ touchstones, the source of our pride.”


“There’s a metaphor Vincent Eades likes to use: “If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.”


“One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure”


“It’s one thing to dream, but when the moment is right, you’ve got to be willing to leave what’s familiar and go out to find your own sound.”


“Every step of the way, I made a point to underpromise and overdeliver. In the long run, that’s the only way to ensure security in any job.”


“Treat people like family, and they will be loyal and give their all. Stand by people, and they will stand by you. It’s the oldest formula in business, one that is second nature to many family-run firms. Yet in the late 1980s, it seemed to be forgotten.”


“While Wall Street has taught me a lot, its most enduring lesson is an understanding of just how artificial a stock price is. It’s all too easy to regard it as the true value of your company, and even the value of yourself.”


“At a certain stage in a company’s development, an entrepreneur has to develop into a professional manager. That often goes against the grain.”


“Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Don’t do things the way they’ve always been done. Don’t try to fit the system. If you do what’s expected of you, you’ll never accomplish more than others expect.”


“It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see, and pursuing that vision no matter who tells you not to.”

Wikipedia:  Howard Schultz