Coaches Hot Seat Blog

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Herb Brooks

“Great moments are born from great opportunities.”

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“We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we’re too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.”

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“You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams.”

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“You’re looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country.”

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“When you pull on that jersey, the name on the front is a hell of alot more important than the one on the back.”

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“I’m not looking for the best players, Craig, I’m lookin’ for the right ones.”

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“If we play ’em 10 times, they might win nine. But NOT this game.”

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“[as the players who were cut depart] Take a good look, gentlemen, cause they’re the ones getting off easy”

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“[making his team do sprints after a lackluster game] You keep playing this way, you won’t beat anybody who’s even good, let alone great! You wanna make this team? Then you better start playing at a level that’s gonna FORCE ME to keep you here! AGAIN!”

Wikipedia:   Herb Brooks 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – John McEnroe

“I think it’s the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.”

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“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.  Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you.  Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.”

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“What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion?  I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.”

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“I’ll let the racket do the talking.”

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“I’d like to think I could have and should have won more, but that’s not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s – the type of tennis people hadn’t seen before – and I was very proud of that.”

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“If, in a few months, I’m only number 8 or number 10 in the world, I’ll have to look at what off-the-court work I can do. I will need to do something if I want to be number 1.”

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“Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people”

Wikipedia Page:  John McEnroe

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Billie Jean King

“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”

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“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”

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“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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“I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.”

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“I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.”

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“I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.”

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“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”

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“I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.”

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“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”

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“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

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“The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”

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“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 6, 2020 – Jake Gaither

“I like my boys agile, mobile and hostile.”

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”Football is a hard-nosed game. You go into it pulling no punches and asking none. Football is a character-building game—but you can build more character with a winning team than with a losing one.”

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“Expect to lose sometimes, but a loss can be a stepping stone to victory if used properly.”

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“The Bear can take his and beat yours and take yours and beat his.” Jake Gaither, former Florida A&M coach on Alabama’s legendary Bear Bryant

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“Never leave the field with a boy feeling you’re mad at him. You can chew him out, but then pat him on the shoulder.”

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“It’s bad coaching to blame your boys for losing a game, even if it’s true.”

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“I just organize. Give me credit for selecting good assistants.”

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“Excuses are no good. Your friends don’t need them, and your enemies won’t believe them.”

Wikipedia: Jake Gaither

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, September 5, 2021 – Bobby Bowden

Thanks and Love You Coach Bowden!

“He doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn’t know the meaning of most words.”

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“Discipline to me is sacrifice; it’s willingness to give up something you want to do, so you can better yourself.”

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“I learned a long time ago that you don’t have to go around using bad language and trying to hurt people to show how macho you are. That stuff won’t get you anywhere, it just shows lack of vocabulary and character.”

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“The greatest mistake is to continue to practice a mistake.”

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“I wasn’t afraid of nothing. I was concerned that our opponents. Just picture now. We’re trying to recruit this kid out of Tampa. OK, I go down and see him. An opponent coach comes there and says, ‘Hey, you don’t want to go to Florida State. Bobby Bowden’s got cancer. He’s 77 years old, he’s not going to be alive next year.”

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“If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year.”

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“Somehow, I went from being too young, to being too old. Somewhere in there I must have been just right.”

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“Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.”

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“I am not happy with moral victories. Those things are forgotten.”

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“I’ve always said it takes more courage to stand back there and throw a ball knowing you’re fixing to get drilled than anything I can think of in football.”

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“To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can’t explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can’t coach.”

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“If somebody mistreats you, treat ’em good. That kills ’em.”

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“I guess I’ll retire someday if I live that long.”

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“He who gets the best players usually wins.”

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“Don’t go to the grave with life unused.”

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“There’s only about 6 inches that turns that halo into a noose.”

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“But he played Miami. (Bowden on what they might chisel on his headstone)”

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“You want to know what a real test of faith is? That’s when you go to church and reach into your pocket and all you’ve got is a $20 bill.”

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“They look so good to me. I’m amazed they’re not on strike.” Bobby Bowden on Florida State losing to the University of Miami during the NFL strike

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“The Good Lord might not want to take me, but He might be after the pilot.” Bobby Bowden, on his fear of small planes

Wikipedia: Bobby Bowden

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, September 4, 2021 – Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”

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“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”

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“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

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“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”

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“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”

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“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”

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“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”

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“Get the winners into the game.”

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“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”

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“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”

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“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

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“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”

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“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”

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“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”

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“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”

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“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”

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“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”

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“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose with humility. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”

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“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

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“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”

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“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”

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“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”

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“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”

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“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”

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“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”

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“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”

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“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”

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“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”

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“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”

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“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”

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“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”

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“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”

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“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”

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“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”

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“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”

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“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”

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“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”

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“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”

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“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”

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“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”

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“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”

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“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”

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“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”

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“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”

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“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”

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“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”

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“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”

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“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”

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“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”

Wikipedia:  Paul “Bear” Bryant

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 3, 2021 – Jack Kemp

We miss you Jack!

“Democracy without morality is impossible.”

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“Every time in this century we’ve lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down.”

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“Republicans many times can’t get the words ‘equality of opportunity’ out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way.”

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“There are no limits to our future if we don’t put limits on our people.”

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“There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.”

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“Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history.”

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“Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy.”

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“We have a chance to bring freedom to all of Asia, including China, and we should pursue it with a very positive engagement proposal of trade and strict adherence to human rights,”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“In 1984, Mario Cuomo of New York electrified the Democratic Convention with his tale of America as two cities, one rich and one poor, permanently divided into two classes. He talked about the rich growing richer and the poor becoming poorer, with the conclusion that class conflict, if not warfare, was the only result, and redistribution of wealth the solution.

With all due respect to Gov. Cuomo, he got it wrong. America is not divided immutably into two static classes. But it is separated or divided into two economies. One economy — our mainstream economy — is democratic and capitalist, market-oriented and entrepreneurial. It offers incentives for working families in labor and management. This mainstream economy rewards work, investment, saving and productivity. Incentives abound for productive economic and social behavior.

It was this economy, triggered by President Reagan’s supply-side revolution of tax cuts in 1981 that generated 21.5 million new jobs, more than four million new businesses, relatively low inflation and higher standards of living for most people. This economy has created more jobs in the past decade than all of Europe, Canada and Japan combined. And according to the U.S. Treasury, federal income taxes paid by the top 1% of taxpayers has surged by more than 80% to $92 billion in 1987 from $51 billion in 1981.

There is another economy — a second economy that is similar in respects to the East European or Third World socialist economies. It functions in a fashion opposite to the mainstream capitalist economy. It predominates in the pockets of poverty throughout urban and rural America. This economy has barriers to productive human and social activity and a virtual absence of economic incentives and rewards. It denies black, Hispanic and other minority men and women entry into the mainstream. This economy works almost as effectively as did hiring notices 50 years ago that read “No Blacks — or Hispanics or Irish or whatever — Need Apply.”

The irony is that the second economy was born of desire to help the poor, alleviate suffering, and provide a basic social safety net. The results were a counterproductive economy. Instead of independence, the second economy led to dependence. In an effort to minimize economic pain, it maximized welfare bureaucracy and social costs.” Wall Street Journal, June 12, 1990 – Jack Kemp in His Own Words, Wall Street Journal

Wikipedia:  Jack Kemp

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 2, 2021 – Peter Drucker

“A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.”

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“Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.”

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“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

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“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”

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“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

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“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

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“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

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“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

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“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.”

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“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”

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“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”

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“Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.”

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“Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

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“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”

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“Morale in an organization does not mean that “people get along together”; the test is performance not conformance.”

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“A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths.” The Practice of Management (1954)

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“It does not matter whether the worker wants responsibility or not, …The enterprise must demand it of him.” The Practice of Management (1954)

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“The postwar [WWII] GI Bill of Rights–and the enthusiastic response to it on the part of America’s veterans–signaled the shift to the knowledge society. Future historians may consider it the most important event of the twentieth century. We are clearly in the midst of this transformation; indeed, if history is any guide, it will not be completed until 2010 or 2020. But already it has changed the political, economic and moral landscape of the world.” Managing in a Time of Great Change (1995)

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“Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.”

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“Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”

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“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”

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“Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.”

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“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

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“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”

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“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

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“Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money.”

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“Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.”

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“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

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“Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.”

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‘Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”

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“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

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“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”

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“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

Wikipedia:  Peter Drucker

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#3 Hot Seat – Clay Helton – USC – USC Will Only Face 1 Team With Equal or More Talent in 2021 = Notre Dame

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#3 Hot Seat – Clay Helton – USC

Clay Helton happens to coach at one of the Top Jobs in College Football at USC and growing up in the 1970s we will always hold High Expectations for USC Football which for us means…

10+ Wins A Year and Competing for and Winning Pac-12 + National Championships on a Regular Basis and Always Being among the Top 15 Teams in America at a Damn Minimum!

In Clay Helton’s 6 seasons at USC he has posted records of…

Overall:  45 – 23

Pac-12:  36 – 12

….and has won…

1 Pac-12 Championship

….with 2 Top 15 Finishes in the AP Poll at the end of the season and frankly…

That’s not good enough for USC Football!

USC had a great chance to win the Pac-12 Title in 2020 but a very mediocre performance against Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game is what landed Clay Helton on the Hot Seat heading into the 2021 season, and it’s our opinion that anything short of USC winning the Pac-12 South Title the Trojans will be looking for a new Head Football Coach come early December.

USC has a very manageable schedule in 2021 and will face only…

1 Team with Equal or More Talent = Notre Dame in South Bend on October 23

…and thus there really is No Damn Reason why Helton can’t win at least 10 games in 2021 and with that in mind let’s look at the Trojans 2021 schedule:

San Jose State
Stanford
At Washington State
Oregon State
At Colorado
Utah
At Notre Dame
Arizona
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA
BYU

Although USC has more talent than every team on their schedule, save Notre Dame, there are so tricky spots where Clay Helton and the Trojans will have to avoid a slip-up including…

At Colorado
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA
BYU

….but barring an injury at a key position like QB we see no reason why the Trojans aren’t 6 – 0 when they play the Irish on October 23 and no more than 2 losses when the 2021 season is over.

Clay Helton has a very talented team heading into 2021 and we are expecting very big things…and hoping for very big things for Helton…because the time is short and it’s time for Clay to deliver Championships at USC because….

This Is USC Football we are talking about here!

Great Luck Clay! 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, September 1, 2021 – Barbara Jordan

“But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.”

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“Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.”

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“Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.”

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“For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.”

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“I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

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“I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.”

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“If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce.”

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“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.”

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“Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.”

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“Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.”

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“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

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“The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.”

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“There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.”

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“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”

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“We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation… but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.”

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“We call ourselves public servants but I’ll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.”

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“We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.”

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“What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.”

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“What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance.”

Wikipedia:  Barbara Jordan

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