COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – Mark Twain

 

“At last the lake burst upon us–a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords.”  Mark Twain on Lake Tahoe, Roughing It, 1861

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“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.”

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“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

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“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

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

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“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.”

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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. “

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“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

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“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

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“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

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“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.”

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

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“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

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“There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

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“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

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“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”

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“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

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“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.”

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“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

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“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

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“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”

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“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

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“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

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“The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.”

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“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

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“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

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“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

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“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”

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‘There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

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“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

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“I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.”

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“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

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“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

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“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.”

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“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.”

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“I haven’t a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.”

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‘Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

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“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place.”

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“I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.”

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“Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

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“The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey.”

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“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

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“Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.”

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“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others. But for the Civil War, Lincoln and Grant and Sherman and Sheridan would not have been discovered, nor have risen into notice. … I have touched upon this matter in a small book which I wrote a generation ago and which I have not published as yet — Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven. When Stormfield arrived in heaven he … was told that … a shoemaker … was the most prodigious military genius the planet had ever produced.”

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” The Innocents Abroad, 1869

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“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

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“Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and…Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

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“France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.”

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“Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”

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“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot”

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“Never let your schooling interfere with your education.”

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

Wikipedia:  Mark Twain

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Greg Schiano and Tennessee – Be Thankful Tennessee Fans…You Avoided A Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk…and Even Worse In Our Opinion! – Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

 

Greg Schiano and Tennessee – Be Thankful Tennessee Fans…You Avoided A Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk…and Even Worse In Our Opinion!

We don’t have a Damn Clue why Tennessee was ever pursuing Greg Schiano for their head coaching job since after five years of employing a…

Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk

…as your head coach the last Damn person on the Earth you would want to hire it seems is another…

Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk

…and we could care less what Schiano may have known or didn’t know about that Evil Bastard Jerry Sandusky during his time at Penn State but we do know this…

We would not hire Greg Schiano to Shovel Shit

….and we say that for a lot of reasons but primarily because we have talked to enough people about Schiano to know that….

We would not hire Greg Schiano to Shovel Shit!

Consider this story from 2012 when Greg Schiano was still the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs…

Greg Schiano is just way out of line, Dan Graziano, ESPN

….which is better summarized by Greg than us:

I’m all for new faces shaking things up. I like it when people question conventional NFL wisdom. I don’t think enough people do it, and as a result I think things have a tendency to get a little redundant with the league from time to time. So if a new hotshot coach wants to come in from the college ranks and shake things up with a new defense or some funky new plays or even a new attitude, I’m generally all for it.

That is not, however, what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is up to with this thing where he had his players jump over the line and after New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning while Manning was taking a knee at the end of Sunday’s game. The Giants were justifiably upset about the maneuver, and Schiano’s excuse was weak and stupid. Per ESPNNewYork.com:

“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us ‘Game over,'” Schiano said. “There’s nothing dirty about it and there’s nothing illegal about it.

“We crowd the ball — it’s like a sneak defense and you try to knock it loose. Watch Rutgers, they would know if they watched us that’s what we did at the end of the game.”

Rutgers is, of course, where Schiano was coaching this time last year. And there are a few real problems with his rationale. First of all, you don’t see teams doing that stuff at the college level, and it’s for the same reason you don’t see it at the NFL level. It’s because it’s a real good way to get people hurt for no good reason. If you’re losing and out of timeouts and the other team has the ball with so little time left that they can kneel down and run out the clock, you’ve lost. It doesn’t prove anything to your players or anyone else if you’re the fake tough guy who refuses to accept that. All it does is put people at silly risk of injury at the end of 60 minutes’ worth of brutal, health-threatening collisions. You owe it to your own players to know when you’re beaten and back off. Asking them to make a useless leaping hit in that situation is putting them at risk the same way it’s putting the other team at risk. It’s irresponsible.”

Amen Greg Graziano and we repeat that Greg Schiano is a…

Pompous Arrogant Ass Jerk

…who…

We would not hire Greg Schiano to Shovel Shit

…and who also in our opinion is…

A Sorry Damn Excuse for a Human Being

Be Thankful fans of Tennessee Football that you got in the way and this Sorry Damn Bastard didn’t become part of YOUR football program which YOU OWN since after….

YOU folks pay ALL the Damn Bills

…in Knoxville and you have every Damn right to stand-up and DEMAND that these Damn Morons at the University of Tennessee end this Damn Stupidity before they totally destroy Tennessee Football!

Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

Give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Thanks Mr. Cash!

1.  David Beaty, Kansas – You really can’t make up what is going on with Kansas Football right now where the AD at KU Sheahon Zenger hired Charlie Weis in 2012 who then promptly posted records of…

Overall:  6 – 22

Big 12:  1 – 18

….who was then replaced by current head coach David Beaty who in three seasons has posted records of…

Overall:  3 – 33

Big 12:  1 – 26

….with the Jayhawks giving up…

40+ points

…in 9 of its 12 football games in 2017 and…

30+ points

….in 11 of its 11 games against FBS teams in 2017!

Now if the fans of Kansas Football don’t mind being…

The Laughingstock of College Football

…and to have a Damn Moron as your AD then more the power to you folks but please don’t tell us there is anyone working at the University of Kansas that oversees the Kansas Football program that gives a Damn about…

Winning, Excellence, Pride, Class…Hell…ANYTHING AT ALL!

Last week a Coaches Hot Seat member got a text from a football assistant coach at a Big 12 Conference school that said…

“Everyone Big 12 hoping KU keeps DB least 1 more year because it’s only sure win on sked right now if Rhule gets things going at Baylor”

…and on Sunday when it was announced by Kansas that David Beaty would be back for the 2018 season that same assistant coach sent that CHS member the following text!

“KU…Yes!”

Be proud fans of Kansas Football….Oh…be so Damn proud!

2.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – In two years at Illinois Lovie Smith has now posted records of…

Overall:  5 – 19

Big Ten:  2 – 16

….and in 2017 posting a 2 – 10 record the Illini beat…

Ball State
Western Kentucky

Hell…not only did Illinois go 0 – 9 in Big Ten Conference play in 2017 on October 14 they lost to now 4 – 8 Rutgers….at Home…by the score of 35 – 24!

Please…is there someone….anyone….in North America that can tell us why Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Illinois Football program?

Didn’t think so!

3.  David Bailiff, Rice – Posting a record of 1 – 11 in 2017 and sitting on records of…

Overall:  57 – 80

CUSA:  40 – 48

…..in 11 seasons at Rice the end must be near for head coach David Bailiff which would open up a Helluva job for some coach that could bring some energy to Houston and win some football games!

4.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – We are not quite sure what it takes to get your ass fired at Texas Tech but if these records won’t do it…

Overall:  30 – 32

Big 12:  16 – 30

….after five years on the job then one would think there are a Helluva lot of…

Below Average As Hell Folks

…working Lubbock at Texas Tech University right now!

While Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt is spending a lot of time in Dallas working on the College Football Playoff Committee which tomorrow could be replaced by two monkeys, a house cat, a parakeet and a Damn Moron and do just a good job as the committee members we cannot help but wonder what in the Hell is Hocutt looking at in evaluating the Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury who is averaging…

3.2 wins in conference play

…a season playing 9 conference games a year!

Clearly there is some kind of Damn Moron supplement in the water that ADs in the Big 12 Conference are drinking or Big 12 university presidents are just hiring Damn Morons in AD positions!

5.  Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – On Saturday the Cincinnati Bearcats eked out a…

22 – 21

…win over a 3 – 9 UConn football team which leaves Cincinnati with a 4 – 8 record in Luck Fickell’s first year on the job and is there anyone on Earth that thinks Fickell will win 6+ games in Year 2 coaching the Bearcats?

Oh…there is someone….did you see that last Saturday Cincinnati got beat 48 – 20 by an East Carolina team that Memphis just beat by the score of 77 – 13?

We don’t believe in allowing a mistake to fester and if the folks at Cincinnati had a Damn Clue they would fire Luck Fickell today but they don’t have a Damn Clue so expect the Bearcats to have another losing season in 2018 and in 2019 as well if Fickell makes it to 2019 as the Cincinnati head coach!

6.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – On Saturday night BYU got a win over a hapless Hawaii team by the score of 30 – 20 which leaves the Cougars record in 2017 at 4 – 9 and head coach Kalani Sitake’s record in two seasons on the job at…

13 – 13

….and Sitake took over a BYU football program that had won 8+ games in 9 of the last 10 seasons under Bronco Mendenhall and the other season the Cougars won 7 games!

We don’t have a Damn Clue why BYU only won 4 games in 2017 besides that the Cougars offense was nothing short of a Damn Disaster, but we do know that Kalani Sitake better fix the mess he has created in Provo and fix it in a Helluva hurry or his head coaching career will be over a year from today!

7.  Brad Lambert, Charlotte – Charlotte is a very young FBS football program but in five seasons as the head coach at Charlotte on both the FCS and FBS levels head coach Brad Lambert is sitting on records of…

Overall:  17 – 41

CUSA:  4 – 20

…and if you can keep your job with those kind of records then there’ s hope for all the Damn Morons out there that now can see that they might indeed be able to make something of themselves at places like Charlotte, Kansas and Texas Tech so hang in there Damn Morons…hang the Hell in there!

8.  Matt Rhule, Baylor – It was reported that Matt Rhule saw the Baylor job as some kind of “mission” for him in moving over from Temple and in Rhule’s first year at Baylor on his “mission” he took over a Bears team that won…

7 Games

…in 2016 and Rhule just posted a record of…

1 – 11

…coaching the Bears so we have this obvious question for Matt:

How’s that “mission” working out for you Son?

The best thing the folks at Baylor can say today is…

Thank God and the Pillsbury Dough Boy for Kansas!

9.  Chris Ash, Rutgers – In two seasons as the Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has posted records of..

Overall:  6 – 18

Big Ten:  3 – 15

…and we cannot help but wonder how long Ash can go posting these kinds of records and then we realize this is Rutgers…now playing in the Big Ten and not the Big East…and the expectations at Rutgers….

Not Real Damn High

…so the losing could go on for awhile here now….it could go on for a Damn long time before Ash gets run!

10.  Brent Brennan, San Jose State – Congrats to San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan and his football team winning their FIRST football game against a FBS team on Saturday against Wyoming which has got to be Very Damn Embarrassing for the Cowboys and head coach Craig Bohl because you just got beat by a 2 – 11 team cowpokes and that is…

Pretty, Pretty Damn Embarrassing!

Can Brent Brennan win in 2018 more than the 2 games that his football team won in 2017?

We haven’t a Damn clue and don’t really care for that matter!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 27, 2017 – General Robert Neyland

 

“General Neyland’s 7 Maxims

1. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.

2. Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way – SCORE.

3. If at first the game – or the breaks – go against you, don’t let up… put on more steam.

4. Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.

5. Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle… for this is the WINNING EDGE.

6. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

7. Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.”

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“You never know what a football player is made of until he plays Alabama”

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“The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins”

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“To defeat a weak opponent is not the problem: The problem is to win when he is as good or better than you”

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“Gentlemen, touchdowns follow blocking as sure night follows day”

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“If my teams win, my press will be good. If we lose, the press can’t help me anyhow.”

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“People think I’m the greatest damn coach in the world,” said the great Bear Bryant, “but Neyland taught me everything I know.”

Wikipedia Page: General Robert Neyland

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 26, 2017 – George Santayana

 

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

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“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

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“A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.”

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“A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”

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“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”

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“All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.”

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“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”

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“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.”

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“Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.”

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“Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.”

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“Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.”

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“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.”

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“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”

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“Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.”

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“Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.”

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“The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.”

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“The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.”

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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

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“The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.”

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“The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.”

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“Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.”

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“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”

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“To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.”

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“To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.”

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“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”

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“There is nothing impossible in the existence of the supernatural: its existence seems to me decidedly probable.”

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“Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.”

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“Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said.”

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“The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Wikipedia: George Santayana

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Frank Thomas

 

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From Wikipedia entry on Frank Thomas:

Frank Thomas played quarterback for Knute Rocke at Notre Dame from 1920 to 1922. According to Rockne, Thomas was the smartest player he ever coached. Thomas’s best friend and roommate at Notre Dame was George “The Gipper” Gip.

Frank Thomas was the head football coach at Alabama from 1931 to 1946 putting up records of…

Overall: 115 – 24 – 7

SEC: 68 – 18 – 3

2 National Championships

Frank Thomas coached Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama who played for the Tide between 1933 – 1935 which included the 1934 Rose Bowl win over Stanford and the National Championship in the same year (which Coaches Hot Seat wrote about HERE in late November of last year)

Frank Thomas Quotes

“Keep the players high. Make practice a pleasure, not a lark. Be a disciplinarian, but not a slave driver. It’s better to have a short, full practice than a long lazy one.”

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“No matter what the other fellow does on the field, don’t let him lure you into a fight. Uphold your dignity.”

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“Proper conditioning is that fleeting moment between getting ready and going stale.”

Wikipedia: Frank Thomas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 24, 2017 – Darrell Royal

 

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“A boy shows how much he wants to play in the spring, when it’s tough, and during two a days, when it’s hot and tough. I don’t count on the boy who waits till October, when it’s cool and fun, then decides he wants to play. Maybe he’s better than three guys ahead of him, but I know those three won’t change their minds in the fourth quarter.”

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“Breaks balance out. The sun don’t shine on the same ol’ dog’s rear end every day.”

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“Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.”

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“I learned this about coaching: You don’t have to explain victory and you can’t explain defeat.”

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

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“Once you cross the 50 you feel like an unsaddled horse.”

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“Punt returns will kill you quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper.”

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“You know, a football coach is nothing more than a teacher. You teach them the same subject, and you have a group of new guys every year.”

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“You’ve got to think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket – you might have caught a fish.”

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“You’ve got to be in a position for luck to happen. Luck doesn’t go around looking for a stumblebum.”

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“On game day, I am more nervous than a pig in a packing plant.”

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“There’s an old saying, ‘You dance with who brung ya.’”

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“Really, it was said about two-thirds in jest. Since we won the Arkansas and Notre Dame games with fourth-down and short-yardage passes, another image has arisen. I’ve been pictured as a man who takes chances. Two stinkin’ plays, and I’m a helluva gambler.”

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“Some of them are so green you could hide ‘em on top of a lettuce leaf.”

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“He could run like small-town gossip.”

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“Ol’ Ugly is better than Ol’ Nothing.”

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“They’re gonna come after us with their eyes pulled up like BBs.”

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“There was a hornet’s nest waiting for us in Houston, and we were walking into it like Little Red Riding Hood with jam on her face.”

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“Winning coaches must treat mistakes like copperheads in the bedclothes – avoid them with all the energy you can muster.”

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“The best thing a coach can hope for is to please the majority. And the only way to please the majority is to win.”

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“I’m pretty thin-skinned. When they say, ‘Do you want some constructive criticism?’ I say, ‘No.’”

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“It’s an in-the-trench battle. It’s meat on meat, flesh on flesh and stink on stink. And that’s the only way you can play it.”

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“Trends are bunk. Only angry people win football games.”

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“We don’t want candy stripes on our uniforms. These are work clothes.”

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“He’s as quick as a hiccup.”

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“He doesn’t have a lot of speed, but maybe Elizabeth Taylor can’t sing.”

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“I didn’t want to stay until I had used up all the enjoyment because that’s too long to stay anywhere.”

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“If worms carried pistols, birds wouldn’t eat ’em.”

Wikipedia: Darrell Royal

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day

 

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“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”  H.U. Westermayer

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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

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“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”  E.P. Powell

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“So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.”
Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”  Henry Ward Beecher

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“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  Edward Sandford Martin

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“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.”
Alexander Pope

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“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”
J.A. Shedd

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“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  Robert Caspar Lintner

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“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”   Erma Bombeck

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“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”  William Jennings Bryan

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“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”   Seneca

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward

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“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”  William Shakespeare

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“It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.”  James Smith

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“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”  Johnny Carson

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“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.”  P. J. O’Rourke

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“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”  Mark Twain

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“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.”  Albert Barnes

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“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” Robert Casper Lintner

The Desolate Wilderness, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

he next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.

Being now passed the vast ocean….”

And the Fair Land, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Anyone whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.

So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.

For the traveler, as travelers have been always…..”

Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving Day

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

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“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”

And

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”

And

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”

And

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

And

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

And

“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.”

And

“I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.”

And

“The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

And

“We can’t command our love, but we can our actions.”

And

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

And

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

And

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

And

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

And

“I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.”

And

“From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.”

And

“As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.”

And

“A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.”

And

“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.”

And

“The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it.”

And

“When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.”

And

“The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.”

And

“Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.”

And

“The highest morality may prove also to be the highest wisdom when the half-told story comes to be finished.”

And

“I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.”

And

“The more we progress the more we tend to progress. We advance not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression. We draw compound interest on the whole capital of knowledge and virtue which has been accumulated since the dawning of time. Some eighty thousand years are supposed to have existed between paleolithic and neolithic man. Yet in all that time he only learned to grind his flint stones instead of chipping them. But within our father’s lives what changes have there not been? The railway and the telegraph, chloroform and applied electricity. Ten years now go further than a thousand then, not so much on account of our finer intellects as because the light we have shows us the way to more. Primeval man stumbled along with peering eyes, and slow, uncertain footsteps. Now we walk briskly towards our unknown goal.”

And

“What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts.”

And

STEEL TRUE
BLADE STRAIGHT
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
KNIGHT
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Epitath

Wikipedia Page:  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – Walt Disney

 

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“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

And

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

And

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

And

“Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”

And

“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.”

And

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

And

“I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.”

And

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

And

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

And

“Laughter is America’s most important export.”

And

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.”

And

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

And

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

And

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

And

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

And

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

And

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

And

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”

And

“Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.”

And

“Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven’t. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom.” Radio Address, March 1941

And

“I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle.”

And

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

And

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main… and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

And

“I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.”

And

“Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity.”

And

“I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child “innocence”. The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars.”

And

“When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, “But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.” I told her that was just the point — mine wouldn’t be.”

And

“Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God’s guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.”

And

“I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won’t keep youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will.”

And

“Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe.”

And

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old. They patronize; they treat children as inferiors. I won’t do that. I’ll temper a story, yes. But I won’t play down, and I won’t patronize.”

And

“To the youngsters of today, I say believe in the future, the world is getting better; there still is plenty of opportunity. Why, would you believe it, when I was a kid I thought it was already too late for me to make good at anything.”

And

“Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgement, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence.”

And

“Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work — then try to trump it.”

And

“I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person’s whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.”

Wikipedia: Walt Disney

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Jim Mora Fired At UCLA – Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash! – Thank You Mr. Cash!

 

Jim Mora Fired At UCLA

Over the past few years during the Jim Mora-era as the head coach of the football program a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members have had the opportunity to be in the UCLA Athletics Complex a few times and every time we left the place we got the feeling that working for Jim Mora…

Wasn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world

…and that Mora’s management style probably hurt Mora as much as anything at UCLA…in our humble opinion.

Overall, Jim Mora did a credible job as the head coach at UCLA in 6 seasons on the job posting records of…

Overall:  46 – 30

Pac-12:  28 – 26

Record Against USC:  3 – 3

….but in the end the general downtrend of the Bruins in the last couple of years led to Mora’s firing along with little hope for a move back up for UCLA Football under Mora in 2018 and future years.

We haven’t a clue if UCLA will be able to hire Chip Kelly to coach the Bruins, but it would be fascinating as Hell to see Kelly’s offense with the kind of talent that even average recruiting can get to Westwood, and if Kelly does end up at UCLA it will also be fascinating as Hell to see if college defensive coordinators have figured out what Kelly is doing which Stanford showed on multiple occasions can be stopped with the right approach and schemes on both sides of the ball.

Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Thank You Mr. Cash!

1.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – With one game at home against Iowa in the strange odyssey of Mike Riley at Nebraska left after almost three full seasons on the job Riley’s records now stand at….

Overall:  19 – 18

Big Ten:  12 – 13

…which works out to winning percentages of…

Overall:  .514

Big Ten:  .480

….and Riley’s winning percentages in 14 seasons coaching at Oregon State were…

Overall:  .538

Pac-10/12:  .479

….which are numbers surprising to no one it must be….except now former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst…who if EVER allowed to hire a head football coach on ANY level of football in America again will mean that a Seriously Mentally Ill person has hired a Damn Moron to hire that head football coach!

No…Nebraska is no longer the Nebraska of the 1990s under Tom Osborne BUT Nebraska is a school where we fully expect the head coach playing 13 to 14 games a year to win…

9.5+ Games A Season

….and if the Huskers beat Iowa on Saturday Riley will have averaged winning…

6.67 Games A Season

….and considering that the last coach at Nebraska (Bo Pelini) averaged winning…

9.42 Games A Season

….meaning Riley took over a Pretty Damn Good Football Program at Nebraska there is the clear reason why Mike Riley is less than a week away from being fired as the head coach of the Huskers.

2.  Bret Bielema, ArkansasWith reports on Sunday that Arkansas is going to move on without Bret Bielema as the head coach of the Razorbacks in 2018 it is easy to see why that decision was made and it is very simply Bielema’s records at Arkansas:

Overall:  29 – 33

SEC:  11 – 28

….which even if the Hogs beat Mizzou at home next Saturday…not likely…Bielema would have averaged winning…

6 Games Per Season

…and Bobby Petrino in 4 seasons coaching at Arkansas averaged winning…

8.5 Games Per Season

…which happens to be how many games a head coach at Arkansas should win…

8.5 Games Per Season

It’s our opinion that Bret Bielema made a lot of mistakes at Arkansas that were mostly made behind the scenes having to do with recruiting, roster management, personnel decisions, coaching hires, etc. that we could elaborate on in this spot but they are mainly decisions that were made because Bielema fundamentally misunderstood what the SEC Conference is actually all about and it’s NOT…

Power Football

….but rather recruiting…

High-Level Skill Athletes

…which Bielema was NEVER able to recruit to Arkansas in any kind of numbers and that showed up on the field in SPADES which led to Bielema averaging…

6 Wins A Season

…if the Hogs beat Mizzou on Saturday and if they don’t Bielema will have won an average of….

5.8 Games A Season

….which is very simply a Total Damn Disaster at Arkansas!

3.  David Beaty, Kansas – On Saturday Oklahoma blasted Kansas by the score of 41 – 3 in Kansas head coach David Beaty’s 35 th game at KU which now leaves Beaty’s records at Kansas…

Overall:  3 – 32

Big 12:  1 – 25

…with a game at Oklahoma State left on the schedule and anyone on Earth that thinks Kansas Football will be better in Beaty’s FOURTH year on the job in 2018 that is a person that needs to…

Check Into The Closest Mental Institution

….wherever they are on the Earth!

This past week an assistant coach in the Big 12 texted a member of Coaches Hot Seat the following:

“Everyone Big 12 hoping KU keeps DB least 1 more year because it’s only sure win on sked right now if Rhule gets things going at Baylor”

Yes…there are some Damn Morons in Lawrence, Kansas that should be fired tonight!

4.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – On Saturday Ohio State beat Illinois by the score of 52 – 14 in Lovie Smith’s 23 rd game as the head coach of the Illini which leaves Lovie’s records in two seasons on the job at…

Overall:  5 – 18

Big Ten:  2 – 15

…and we ask again:

Is there someone…anyone…that can tell us why Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Illinois Football team?

4.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – With Texas Tech’s loss to TCU at home on Saturday that leaves only Texas on the schedule for the 5 – 6 Red Raiders and Kingsbury’s records in FIVE seasons at the school….

Overall:  29 – 32

Big 12:  15 – 30

….and save Tech beating Texas on the road in Austin next Saturday we would guess that TCU assistant coach Sonny Dykes will be the head coach of the Red Raiders sometime in early December…not that we know anything…but just a guess!

6.  David Bailiff, Rice – On Saturday Rice lost to Old Dominion which dropped the Owls record to 1 – 10 in 2017 and head coach David Bailiff’s records in 11 seasons at Rice to…

Overall:  57 – 79

CUSA:  40 – 47

…and we fully expect the Rice head coaching job to come open soon which in our opinion is a pretty Damn good job that we would want because we know that…

1.  Houston is a great town
2.  There’s plenty of high school football talent in south Texas
3.  We could prove our chops making Rice Football into a winner

7.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Even with the win over Ole Miss on Saturday it’s our opinion that Texas A&M is going to change head coaches in a week or so because of the following…

If A&M loses on the road to LSU next Saturday that will mean that Kevin Sumlin will have lost 5 games in each of the past 4 seasons at Texas A&M which is a place where a coach has EVERYTHING and should be able by his SIXTH season on the job compete with Alabama for the SEC West Division Title and come on now….

The Aggies are not in the same Universe with Alabama after SIX seasons of Kevin Sumlin coaching A&M!

What will be Damn interesting is who Texas A&M will hire to follow Sumlin who in our opinion if he is to be considered successful will win an average of…

9.5 Games A Year

with Sumlin averaging 8.5 Wins which let’s face it folks…

That’s Just Not Good Enough for Texas A&M….PERIOD!

8.  Luke Fickell, Cincinnati – We are not quite sure what the folks at Cincinnati saw in Luke Fickell who as the Interim Head Coach at Ohio State in 2011 posted a record of…

6 – 7

…with a team that had enough talent to win the Big Ten and National Title but we said last year if the folks at Cincinnati think Luke Fickell is the man to lead their program….OK…let’s see what the boy can do.

OK…Luke Fickell in his first year on the job coaching the Bearcats and is now sitting on a record of 3 – 8 after his team got BLASTED by a 2 win East Carolina team on Saturday by the score of…

48 – 20

….and on top of what has turned into nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster for Cincinnati Football we learned via USA Today a few weeks ago that Fickell has a….wait for it….

$9.1 Million Dollar Buyout

….for doing what exactly before he became the head coach at Cincinnati last year we haven’t a Damn Clue but then we all know that any random coaches agent can roll most any Damn athletic director in America now and clearly the Cincinnati AD got his ass rolled by Fickell’s!

Cincinnati hosts a 3 wins UConn team next Saturday and in our opinion if Fickell can’t win this game…

His Ass Should Be Fired on Saturday Night

….$9.1 Million Dollar Buyout or not because there would be no Damn point to keep him employed as the head coach of the Bearcats if he can’t beat this PITIFUL UConn team at home…in our humble opinion!

9.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – For the love of Brigham Young…meaning the original Brigham Young who reportedly had 55 wives which is a stunning number in every way we can imagine because just how in the Hell can one man handle 55 women telling him on constant basis “they need this” or “they need that” which our wives are constantly telling us which must have led to some Helluva BIG shopping trips for Ole Brig as we like to call him here at Coaches Hot Seat when around our Mormon friends just to dig them a little!

Oh..getting back to the for the love of Brigham Young how in the Hell exactly can BYU lose to UMass at home by the score of…

16 – 10

…in head coach Kalani Sitake’s 25 th game at the school?

That loss to UMass now leaves Sitake’s record at BYU in 2 seasons at…

Overall: 12 – 13

…and the 3 – 9 Cougars still have to play at Hawaii next Saturday!

We are not sure exactly what is going on at BYU but whatever the Hell it is…it’s not good…it’s just no Damn good….we sure the Hell know that!

10.  Todd Graham, Arizona State – With the win on Saturday over Oregon State Todd Graham’s Sun Devils are now 6 – 5 on the season with only the Territorial Cup game at home against Arizona left on the schedule that we were told on Sunday…

Todd Graham MUST WIN to keep his job at Arizona State

In 6 seasons at Arizona State Todd Graham now how records on the board of…

Overall:  45 – 31

Pac-12:  30 – 23

…which if you give ASU the win over Arizona adds up to Graham averaging…

7.67 Wins Per Season

…and we have Arizona State as a…

8.5 Wins Per Season

….school to keep your rear-end off the Hot Seat.

We guess there’s an outside chance that Todd Graham could keep his job at ASU even he lost to Arizona but something we learned a long time ago is that when things get marginal in a job a person in the position of hiring + firing someone will almost always fire someone…

They Don’t Like

…and work like Hell to…

Keep Someone They Do Like

…which in the end might just seal the fate for Todd Graham in Tempe!