“Great moments are born from great opportunities.”
“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.”
“You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams.”
“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.”
“When you pull on that jersey, the name on the front is a hell of alot more important than the one on the back.”
“I’m not looking for the best players, Craig, I’m lookin’ for the right ones.”
“If we play ’em 10 times, they might win nine. But NOT this game.”
“[as the players who were cut depart] Take a good look, gentlemen, cause they’re the ones getting off easy”
“[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!”
11. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – The New Mexico State Lobos had a bye in Week 4 but nothing has changed in the Hot Seat world of Doug Martin who now sits on a win/loss record at NMSU of…
Overall: 4 – 23
….and a record of 0 – 3 in 2015 with these games still left to be played:
At New Mexico At Ole Miss At Georgia Southern Troy Idaho At Texas State At La Lafayette Arkansas State At La. Monroe
Damn….what will New Mexico State win…1…maybe 2 games in 2015?
No…these are not good times for NMSU Lobos football!
12. Willie Taggart, South Florida – Here’s the problem for USF head coach Willie Taggart:
After coaching 27 games at South Florida his record now stands at…
7 – 20
….and the man that got run out of Tampa as the last head coach at South Florida…Skip Holtz….had a record after 27 games at USF of…
15 – 12
…and in case anyone was wondering when your running record as a head coach is worse than the coach that got fired your ass is rightfully on the Hot Seat!
It’s past time for Willie Taggart to start winning some football games at South Florida starting with the home against a very hot Memphis team on Friday night.
We say it again…get off your ass already Willie Taggart!
13. Paul Petrino, Idaho – With the Idaho loss to Georgia Southern by the score of 44 – 20 and Paul Petrino’s win/loss record with the Vandals falling to…
3 – 24
…it really is only a matter of time before there is new head football coach leading the Vandals meaning probably in December unless of course Paul Petrino can turn things around this season which is still a possibility….right?
Uhh….Not Very Damn Likely!
Up next for Idaho….at Arkansas State!
Good Luck with that Paul Petrino!
14. Trent Miles, Georgia State – No doubt….Georgia State is a very tough head coaching job but it is our firm belief here at Coaches Hot Seat that a great football coach can win…
….and when you are the athletic director at a place like Georgia State you just can’t hire an average coach and expect that average coach to excel in a tough job like the one at Georgia State…..PERIOD.
Case in Point: Trent Miles came to Georgia State after coaching FIVE seasons at Indiana State where he posted an overall win/loss record of…
20 – 36!
Sorry….the head football coach at Georgia State MUST BE a head coach that has won BIG on what will probably be a level lower than FBS football and in case the folks at Georgia State don’t know it there are dozens of very Damn successful coaches on the FCS, Division II, and lower division football levels that would walk from where they are at now to be the head football coach at Georgia State!
Below is Trent Miles win/loss record in his third season at Georgia State:
2 – 25
Thus why Trent Miles is on the Hot Seat and if the folks at Georgia State make a coaching change later this year and they need a dozen names of very Damn successful football coaches that would LOVE to have a shot at the Georgia State job just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for that list!
Up next for Georgia State….Liberty!
Hell, even Liberty could be another loss for Trent Miles! Ooops…should have written “Heck, even Liberty could be another loss for Trent Miles” in order to not offend the good folks at Liberty!
15. Norm Chow, Hawaii – Believe it or not the last Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin never won fewer than 6 games playing the Warriors 13 game regular season schedules and it really was only in the 2007 – 2008 season that June Jones had Hawaii playing in the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii but now…
Likable Norm Chow is now in his FOURTH season at Hawaii and has posted an overall record of…
10 – 31
….not even sniffing a postseason bowl game and thus you now understand how far Hawaii football has fallen and in case you were wondering we don’t see it getting any better anytime soon.
With the loss to Wisconsin the Warriors are now at 2 – 2 on the season and play at Boise State on Saturday which means Hawaii is about to be 2 – 3 on the season!
16. Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner is in his third season as the head football coach at Florida International and has posted records of…
Overall: 7 – 21
CUSA: 4 – 13
…and if anyone sees things getting better for FIU football in the near future please stand-up so we can…
See You and Identify You as a Complete Moron!
Up next for FIU….
…which we have to think will be 2 – 3 for FIU in 2015!
17. Todd Monken, Southern Miss – Todd Monken’s Southern Miss football team played a decent game against Nebraska on Saturday before losing by the score of 36 – 28 which leaves USM’s record at 2 – 2 on the season with these games left to be played:
North Texas At Marshall Texas San Antonio At Charlotte UTEP At Rice Old Dominion At La. Tech
We are going to go out on a limb here and predict that Southern Miss will win…
EIGHT Games in 2015
….which will be a nice turnaround for Todd Monken’s and get his ugly mug off the frontpage of Coaches Hot Seat!
18. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – The Magical Mystery Tour of Craig Bohl at Wyoming continues with the Cowboys losing to New Mexico on Saturday which dropped Wyoming’s record in 2015 to 0 – 4 and makes us think that…
If you can’t beat New Mexico at home
…how in the Hell are you even going to win ONE game in 2015 with these games remaining to be played?
At Appalachian State At Air Force Nevada At Boise State At Utah State Colorado State At San Diego State UNLV
Well Hell…Wyoming might and we say might beat UNLV in that last game of the season but the reality is the Cowboys in Craig Bohl’s second season are looking at…
One…Maybe Two Wins
….which makes us wonder again:
What in the Hell were you thinking Craig Bohl taking the Wyoming job?
19. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt could have easily beaten Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday and even with the Rebels coming off their big win over Alabama and probably suffering a letdown we were very impressed with how the gutsy Commodores played and as they say in the South….
There is life in the old dog yet that is Vanderbilt football!
Here’s the problem…Vandy is now at 1 – 3 on the season and they have these games remaining on their schedule:
At Middle Tennessee At South Carolina Missouri At Houston At Florida Kentucky Texas A&M At Tennessee
Hell…that is a tough schedule for Vandy…BUT…if Vandy plays like they did against Ole Miss against Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee they will win at least…
3 or 4 more games
….and 3 or 4 more wins in 2015 and Derek Mason has something to build on for 2016 BUT Derek Mason…
Vanderbilt MUST BEAT Middle Tennessee on Saturday….PERIOD!
20. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – South Carolina beating UCF on Saturday was like….South Carolina beating Furman since Furman has already beaten UCF in 2015 and as everyone in the great state of South Carolina knows…
South Carolina beating Furman is No Damn Big Whoop!
Now at 2 – 2 on the season and with some life in the South Carolina offense now Steve Spurrier takes his football team to Columbia, Missouri to play what looks like a…
Falling to pieces Mizzou football team
….which it seems will be Damn lucky to win SIX football games in 2015 and with that reality there is no Damn reason why South Carolina doesn’t beat Missouri on Saturday especially if they score 21 points because this woeful Mizzou offense will be lucky to get 10 points on the board even against the weak Gamecocks defense!
Of course now…should South Carolina lose to this very Damn average Missouri team….
Someone in Columbia, South Carolina should get the gold watch ready for Steve Spurrier because he will be needing it come December as he walks out the door!
Good Luck against Missouri Ole’ Ball Coach!
21. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – Let’s take a quick look at the win/loss records that Frank Beamer has posted the last four seasons at Virginia Tech:
2012: 7 – 6 2013: 8 – 5 2014: 7 – 6 2015: 2 – 1
Overall: 24 – 18 (.571)
Very simply…that is MEDIOCRE football that Frank Beamer’s Hokies have been playing last few seasons and if MEDIOCRE is OK for the folks in Blacksburg then that is OK with us but then now….
That is where the 1 st Amendment to the US Constitution comes in
…and we here at Coaches Hot Seat see no Damn reason why Virginia Tech fans should accept MEDIOCRITY in their football program but then maybe that is just us!
Now at 2 – 2 on the season after the loss to East Carolina on Saturday the Hokies have left to play on their schedule these games:
Pitt NC State At Miami Duke At Boston College At Georgia Tech North Carolina At Virginia
How many games might Virginia Tech win in 2015 realizing they are basically about even with East Carolina?
Hell….we are having a hard time seeing Virginia Tech winning 6 games in 2015 but then we have been wrong many times before so it will be up to Frank Beamer and his football team to get Frank Beamer’s future College Football Hall of Fame ass off the Hot Seat!
Coach ‘em up Coach Beamer!
22. Al Golden, Miami – There is full agreement here at Coaches Hot Seat that if we were a head coach on the FBS football level we sure the Hell would want to be at a place where the…
Expectations for Winning Football Games and Championships was HIGH
….and Miami is that kind of place and thus that is why Al Golden in his FIFTH season coaching the Hurricanes is squarely on the Hot Seat with the following records up on the board:
Overall: 31 – 22
ACC: 16 – 16
Hell….with the above records at Miami Al Golden is lucky his ass hasn’t already been run out of South Florida and barring “9 maybe 10 wins” in 2015 Al Golden’s ass will be run out of South Florida and that will mean the somewhat ill-conceived Straight-Arrow Al Golden being hired at Miami will have failed as we assumed it would from Day One!
Still though…Miami is 3 – 0 on the season and they have a Thursday night game against Cincinnati which his HUGE because a loss in this spot by Miami to a team that just lost to Memphis will be another body blow to Al Golden just as the Hurricanes enter ACC play on October 10 at Florida State.
Before the Seminoles though the Hurricanes MUST BEAT the Bearcats!
23. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Tulane had a bye in Week 4 and if EVER Curtis Johnson is going to get Green Wave football rolling it will be in Week 5 with the Hapless UCF Knights coming to town who have already lost to…
FIU and Freaking Furman!
Curtis Johnson in his FOURTH season at Tulane with ONE winning season on the board really needs to post a .500-plus record in 2015 and now at 1 – 2 a win over UCF would be a good start with then these games remaining to be played:
Temple At Houston At Navy At Memphis UConn At Army At SMU Tulsa
Hell, Curtis Johnson you better Damn beat UCF because we don’t see an easy game left on the Tulane schedule after the Knights!
24. Mike Riley, Nebraska – The general consensus here at Coaches Hot Seat is that Mike Riley is not even going to match Bo Pelini’s somewhat average records at Nebraska over seven seasons which were….
Overall: 66 – 27
Conference: 39 – 17
…which included at least NINE wins in every season which again is a record that we don’t think Mike Riley will match at Nebraska and here’s to hoping that Mike Riley does exceed Bo Pelini’s mark and get his ass of the Hot Seat!
Now at 2 – 2 on the season after the win over Southern Miss the Huskers have left to play….
At Illinois Wisconsin At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
….with this Saturday’s game at Illinois which has a head coach in his first year in that position with the Illini in Bill Cubit and a program coming out of a total chaotic situation is a MUST WIN game with Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern on deck.
This is going to be Damn fascinating to see what Mike Riley is able to do at Nebraska in the next few years starting with this game at Illinois on Saturday.
Good Luck Mike!
25. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Kent State has been playing some good football the last two weeks with close losses to Minnesota and Marshall and now we are going to see if head coach Paul Haynes can keep things rolling as the Golden Flashes enter MAC Conference play on Saturday against a struggling Miami (OH) team which is very simply a MUST WIN Game for Paul Haynes and his football team with a game at Toledo in Week 6.
Below is why Paul Haynes is now on the Hot Seat…his records…
Overall: 7 – 20
MAC: 4 – 11
…and the only way to get off the Hot Seat is…
Start Winning Some Football Games!
26. Bobby Petrino, Louisville – Louisville beating FCS Cupcake Samford on Saturday doesn’t mean very much to anyone with the Cardinals now sitting on a record of 1 – 3 with a HUGE game on the road against NC State on Saturday which will play a big role in determining if Louisville is even able to get to a bowl game this season. With a loss to NC State with these games still be played…
At Florida State Boston College At Wake Forest Syracuse Virginia At Pitt At Kentucky
….it would put Bobby Petrino and Louisville in a Helluva spot and headed towards a season-ending showdown in Lexington which has all the marks of Kentucky destroying Louisville and leaving the Cardinals at home during bowl season.
YES….NC State is a MUST WIN Game for Bobby Petrino and Louisville!
27. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – A little known fact about San Jose State football is that Jack Elway father of John Elway was the head coach of the Spartans for FIVE seasons in the early 1980s before taking over the Stanford head coaching job between 1984 and 1988….
…and another interesting factoid about Jack Elway was his offensive coordinator at San Jose State who was none other than Dennis Erickson who was running the spread offense long before most people in the world of football knew what the “spread offense” was all about. Below is a section from Jack Elway’s Wikipedia page:
“After three seasons at Northridge, Jack Elway moved up the California coast (and up to Division I) to San Jose State following the 1978 season, where his first offensive coordinator was Dennis Erickson. They employed the spread offense, which Elway had picked up from his son’s high school coach, and then used at Northridge. San Jose State had considerable success, especially against Stanford, where son John was the starting quarterback through the 1982 season. Jack Elway’s Spartans won three consecutive games over Stanford from 1981 to 1983, and he compiled an overall record of 35–20–1 (.634) in five seasons.”
In our opinion it was Dennis Erickson who building upon what he did at San Jose State ran the first true “spread offense” on the FBS level first at San Jose State and then at Washington State and then later at Miami which you can see some of in the below highlights video from the 1994 FSU – Miami game which has a very young Chris Fowler introducing the game at the top!
Getting back to Ron Caragher and San Jose State we here at Coaches Hot Seat have some personal connections to the SJSU football program and thus we expect a Helluva lot more than the records that Caragher had put up to this point in Ron’s third season on the job…
Overall: 11 – 17
MWC: 8 – 10
…and thus we fully expect San Jose State to roll into Auburn on Saturday and whip this struggling Auburn Tigers team….well….not really…..but then we would not be surprised if San Jose State beat Auburn on Saturday which in effect would end Gus Malzahn’s coaching career at Auburn so we would recommend that Gus Malzahn have his Auburn football team ready to play in the….
FIFTH Game of the Freaking Season!
Our expectations for San Jose State and head coach Ron Caragher in 2015 are…
6 Wins Minimum
….so coach your football team up Ron or expect to be on the Hot Seat for the duration!
28. Dan McCarney, North Texas – Dan McCarney got off to a great start at North Texas winning NINE games in year one including the Heart of Dallas bowl but in the last two seasons McCarney has posted records of…
2014: 4 – 8 2015: 0 – 3
…which equals 4 – 11 and thus why Dan McCarney is now on the Hot Seat!
Can Dan McCarney get his Mean Green off the mat and get a win at Southern Miss on Saturday?
We sure the Hell hope so which means…
Get Your Damn North Texas team coached up Dan!
29. Chuck Martin, Miami (OH) – Chuck Martin won a Helluva lot of football games and championships at Grand Valley State….
Overall Record: 74 – 7
Two NCAA Division II National Championships
….before joining the Notre Dame staff for four seasons and then taking the Miami (OH) job in 2014 where Martin has posted records of…
Overall: 3 – 13
MAC: 2 – 6
Sorry Chuck Martin….those records don’t feed the Bulldog or the Chihuahua and Martin better Damn start winning some football games or his ass is also going to be on the Hot Seat for the duration and a good place to start would be a win at Kent State on Saturday!
30. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – Todd Berry did a decent job in his first FOUR seasons at La. Monroe but in the last two seasons the Warhawks have stumbled and posted records of…
2014: 4 – 8 2015: 1 – 2
….and thus that is why Todd Berry now finds his ass on the Hot Seat with these games still left to be played in 2015:
Georgia Southern At Tulsa Appalachian State At Idaho At La. Lafayette At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
Damn….La. Monroe has….
SIX Away Games left on their schedule
….and if Todd Berry is able to get to 7 wins playing 13 games in 2015 that will be a Helluva accomplishment after starting 1 – 2!
“There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.”
“I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.”
“Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”
“The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.”
“The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.”
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”
“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”
“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”
“It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.”
“Liberty trains for liberty. Responsibility is the first step in responsibility.”
“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”
“Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”
“A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.”
“When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.”
“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”
“The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.”
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
“The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin–the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world.”
“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”
“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: Not that men are poor, – all men know something of poverty. Not that men are wicked, – who is good? Not that men are ignorant, – what is truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”
“I believe that all men, black, brown, and white, are brothers.”
“Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched,- criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, – this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society”
Before we get to the Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings Analysis after watching several college football teams go through….
Total and Complete Meltdowns on Saturday
….we thought this might be good spot for some…
College Head Football Coaching 101
…with the subject of this posting titled:
Remember Well Your Position Head Coaches for the World…and More Importantly….Your Team is Watching
A few decades ago now which seems like a Helluva lot time ago….because it is….a few Coaches Hot Seat members were watching the tape of football game with a legendary football coach and in this game one of the head coaches was acting like what charitably would be called a Complete Freaking Idiot on the sidelines which the legendary football coach after watching for awhile reacted to by saying:
“Doesn’t that F-ing Jackass know his football team is watching him act like that?”
What the Hell does above have to do what we here at Coaches Hot Seat saw over the weekend in college football and what does it have to do with a few college football teams and often their coaches going into a…
Total and Complete Meltdown on Saturday?
First…let’s get Reality #1 on the table which it seems that some head coaches….even in 2015….still don’t understand even though these coaches must see themselves on TV all the time:
Reality #1 – Head Football Coaches are being watched by the television cameras and thus millions of viewers, by the fans in the stands, and by lots of other people in modern day football BUT nothing has changed in the last 100-plus years of football in America in that head coaches are also watched by two other groups ALL THE TIME during appearances, practices and especially during games and those two other groups are:
Their Assistant Coaches
It should be self-evident why it is vital for head football coaches to know…especially on the college level…that their own personal behavior, demeanor, and attitude is vitally important in the overall success of their football team because it’s the head coach that the assistant coaches and players on the team look to and look at when things get tight in games and just as sure as day follows night….
A Loose Coach will have a Loose Football Team
A Tight Coach will have a Tight Football Team
A Confident Coach will have a Confident Football Team
A Nervous Coach will have a Nervous Football Team
An Anxious Coach will have an Anxious Football Team
….and we could go on but we believe you get the drift and hopefully already what we are driving at in this blog post.
Case in Point and what a Damn Case in Point it is: Butch Jones in two BIG games in 2015 coaching the Tennessee Vols against Oklahoma and Florida has appeared to be…
Very Nervous and Very Uptight on the sidelines
….to both Coaches Hot Seat members sitting in the stands and watching on TV and in both of those games as it got to crunch time guess what happened?
The Tennessee Players Played Very Nervous and Uptight
Does Butch Jones not understand in his NINTH season as a head coach that his…
Nervous and Uptight Behavior on the sidelines
….is directly impacting his Tennessee football team and has in our opinion led to the Vols playing uptight in 2015 as well in 2014 in some tight and critical football games?
Evidently not and we are guessing that Butch Jones needs a little lesson on life here that he somehow missed along the way and what better way to teach that lesson than do what that legendary coach did a few decades ago now by leaving the room where we were watching the tape of that football game and then coming back a few minutes later with a Xerox copy (Yes, from a Xerox copy machine!) of a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson with the below passage marked-up with his comments in the margin. Below is a portion of what Ralph Waldo Emerson said in the speech not the legendary coach’s comments written in the margin which were fascinating as well! (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lecture on Courage, November 1859, Boston, MA):
“The general must stimulate the mind of his soldiers to the perception that they are men, and the enemy is no more. Knowledge, yes; for the danger of dangers is illusion. The eye is easily daunted; and the drums, flags, shining helmets, beard and moustache of the soldier have conquered you long before his sword or bayonet reaches you.”
Tennessee fans surely understand how the above quote from a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered in 1859 applies to the Vols losses to both Oklahoma and Florida this season which were both games that Tennessee COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE WON and it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that it was Butch Jones’ negative behavior and to some extent Tennessee’s very conservative offensive play-calling that led to both of those losses which has put the Vols behind the 8-ball and Butch Jones’ ass on the Hot Seat!
We would laugh at anyone that watched Butch Jones especially in the second-halves of the Oklahoma and Tennessee games to challenge our assertion that Butch Jones’ behavior, demeanor and attitude didn’t have a dramatic negative effect on his football team and directly led to the Vols tossing away two football games in 2015.
“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”
Is there anyone with a working brain on the Earth that was either at or watched the Tennessee vs. Florida and/or Oklahoma vs. Tennessee games that watched Butch Jones closely that believes that Jones came anywhere close to doing the below for his coaches and players when both of those games got tight in the second half?
“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”
The answer to the above question is not only…
NO…BUT HELL NO!
The Bottom-Line on Butch Jones and lots of other head coaches in college football that we will not call out in this spot but may very well in the future:
Butch Jones got nervous, got tight, acted out-of-control at times on the sideline during the Oklahoma and Florida games and there is not a doubt in our minds that Jones’ behavior, demeanor and attitude on the sideline had a negative effect on his football team which helped to lead to both of those losses.
We will also say in this spot that a head coach acting like a Total Ass on the sideline which is usually caused by an underlying nervousness and fear….
“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” Yoda – George Lucas, The Phantom Menace, Episode 1
….of what could be a negative outcome of a football game is by far the worst emotion that a head coach can send to his football team in a tight football game and we will also say that coaching from “fear” in a head football coach is usually a “learned trait” picked-up by other coaches that the head coach worked for and/or with in the past. Just check Butch Jones’ Wikipedia page to see who he worked for in the past and it should be easy to put the “Learned Fear = Learned Fear = Lots of Fear” equation together which leads to acting like a Total Ass on the sidelines during football games especially in tight situations when the head coach should be….
“Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.”
We could go on for a quite awhile on this subject of the proper behavior of head football coaches on the sideline to get the most out of their assistant coaches, players and thus football team including a story about a change of command on an US Navy ship during Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991 that would be Helluva example of how one man can change things towards a positive direction overnight with different behavior and a more confident approach but alas we write way the Hell too much here at Coaches Hot Seat already!
Let’s hope the above insight was imparted to Butch Jones in the “Bark On” manner it was delivered and move onto the….
1. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – In a season when Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads really needs to get the Cyclones to a .500-plus record and bowl game opening with a record of…
1 – 2
…which includes a loss to Toledo of the MAC Conference really puts Rhoads behind the 8-ball because if you can’t beat Toledo can anyone find 5 more wins out of the remaining 9 games on the ISU schedule?
Kansas At Texas Tech TCU At Baylor Texas At Oklahoma Oklahoma State At Kansas State At West Virginia
Geez…the Big 12 Conference has become a very tough place to hang out these days especially with TCU, Baylor and now Texas Tech scoring points like crazy and being very tough games to win which leaves Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma state as pretty much always tough games to win and the two Kansas schools with only Kansas being a true doormat team in the conference.
Our guess….Iowa State wins something like 3….maybe 4 games in 2015 and there is NO way in Hell Paul Rhoads returns to coach the Cyclones in 2016 without winning 6 games or coming very Damn close to winning 6 games.
It really is too bad that Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl is no longer at North Dakota State still winning FCS championships but instead coaching the Cowboys and on the Hot Seat because Iowa State is the EXACT kind of FBS program he could win big at…..but Craig Bohl was either getting some bad advice or acted without talking to someone who had a clue because Wyoming is a graveyard for very good coaches and if you don’t believe that just ask former Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn who also saw his head coaching career flame out in Laramie! Oh, Joe Glenn who won a FCS National Championship at Montana is now the head coach at South Dakota? Yes, that’s right and his record at South Dakota in four seasons at the school is 9 – 29! More on Craig Bohl’s Hot Seat status in a bit….
2. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – With Purdue’s loss to Bowling Green on Saturday we don’t know where the Boilermakers’ season and football program is going now with Purdue’s record dropping to….
1 – 3
…on the season and head coach Darrell Hazell’s win/loss records at Purdue now standing at….
Overall: 5 – 23
Big Ten: 1 – 15
…but we do know that the right coach whoever that “right coach” actually is can win at Purdue and to prove that we only have to write the name….Joe Tiller….who in 12 seasons coaching the Boilermakers posted records of…
Overall: 87 – 62
Big Ten: 53 – 43
Ten .500 or better seasons and thus Ten bowl game trips
…so please don’t cry us a river that Darrell Hazell hasn’t had a chance to win at Purdue because Joe Tiller took over a Boilermakers team coming off SIX straight losing seasons and won NINE games in season one and NINE games in season two! By the way Joe Tiller is one coach that did make it out of Wyoming alive taking the Purdue job after FOUR straight .500 or better records with the Cowboys!
Getting back to Darrell Hazell’s whose Purdue football team is 1 – 3 on the season the Boilermakers still have to play….
At Michigan State Minnesota At Wisconsin Nebraska Illinois At Northwestern At Iowa Indiana
Frankly, we would be stunned if Purdue won 3 more games in 2015 and Hazell has to win more than 4 games in 2015 to return to coach the Boilermakers in 2016?
One would think so.
3. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London’s Virginia football team got destroyed on Friday night by Boise State by the score of 56 – 14 and that drops the Cavs record to 1 – 3 with still eight ACC Conference games to play which you can see is no bed or roses for UVA:
At Pitt Syracuse At North Carolina Georgia Tech At Miami At Louisville Duke Virginia Tech
If Virginia plays like they did against Boise State they will not win another game this season….PERIOD.
If Virginia plays like they did against Notre Dame…they might win four or five more games this season and save Mike London’s job…but then that’s up to Mike London coaching HIS football team up…right?
Coach Like Hell Mike!
4. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – As one of our Arkansas buddies put it early on Sunday morning from his hotel room in Dallas after attending the Texas A&M – Arkansas game at the Jerry Dome in Arlington on Saturday:
“Arkansas had no Damn business losing to the Aggies that did almost everything possible to lose that football game except not making any stupid decisions on the field or sideline at the end of the game.”
Amen….and Case In Damn Point!
Below is the play-by-play of the Arkansas drive in overtime which started with a 5 year penalty and thus 1 st and fifteen at the A&M 30-yard line with Texas A&M already on the board in overtime with a touchdown:
1st and 15 at Texas A&M 30 Alex Collins run for 6 yds to the Texas A&M 24
2nd and 9 at Texas A&M 24 Brandon Allen pass complete to JoJo Robinson for 5 yds to the Texas A&M 19
3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19 Brandon Allen pass incomplete to Jeremy Sprinkle
4th and 4 at Texas A&M 19 Brandon Allen pass incomplete to Drew Morgan
So let’s get this straight:
Supposed Tough Guy Bret Bielema who got tough growing up on a Hog Farm needs his football team to score a touchdown to get into a second overtime and thus has four downs to use with his team averaging 5.5 yards per rush and has the following situation…
3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19
….has his quarterback throw two passes…both incomplete….to lose a game that Arkansas had no Damn business losing to the Aggies?
Sorry…but if you give us the ball in the situation of….
3rd and 4 at Texas A&M 19
….we are going to give the football to running back Alex Collins….averaged 5.8 yards per rush against A&M…and we are going to stuff the Damn football down the throats of the Aggies!
No doubt Brandon Allen threw the ball well against Texas A&M completing 20 of 25 passes but there is NO DAMN REASON for Brandon Allen to be throwing the football 25 times and our Arkansas buddy summed up the current situation at Arkansas with another quote from his somber hotel room in Dallas on Sunday morning:
“Hell, if Arkansas hadn’t thrown one pass in 2015 we would be 4 – 0 right now.”
Amen to that Arkansas brother but instead the Razorbacks with their new “balanced” offensive approach which would probably work well at many schools but has been nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster in Hog-Land
….are now sitting at…
1 – 3
…with their only win over UTEP which struggled like Hell for awhile to put away Incarnate Word on Saturday!
Put yourself in Bret Bielema’s shoes right now….in your third season at Arkansas you are sitting on win/loss records of…
Overall: 11 – 18
SEC: 2 – 15
…and you are 1 – 3 this season with these games still left to be played:
At Tennessee At Alabama Auburn UT Martin At Ole Miss At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
How many more games will Arkansas wins in 2015?
3…maybe 4 more games tops?
Our Arkansas buddy also said something else from his hotel room early on Sunday morning which should scare the Hell out of Bret Bielema and the man that brought Bielema to Fayetteville Arkansas AD Jeff Long:
“Hell, in Bobby Petrino’s third season at Arkansas he won 10 games and took us to the Sugar Bowl and in his fourth season Petrino won 11 games and we went to the Cotton Bowl and Big Mouth (Bielema) is going to post a losing record in his third season and think he is going to keep his job? F _ _ _ that! What the Hell are they doing with all our Damn money up there in Fayetteville anyway? Paying coaches millions of dollars so they can live like Roman emperors who can’t even post .500 or better seasons? That Shit for Damn sure cannot be tolerated!”
Next up for Big Mouth Bielema is a Pissed-Off Tennessee team in Knoxville and then potentially a Very Damn Pissed-Off Alabama team the next week which could be coming off a loss to Georgia!
Good Luck to you Big Mouth who evidently is living like a Roman Emperor in Fayetteville (Guessing Bielema must have moved into a new and BIG house but we don’t know that for a fact) only with a .379 winning percentage! Hell, Roman Emperors with something akin to a .379 winning percentage often found themselves stabbed in the back so watch out for all those Brutuses up there in Fayetteville Big Mouth!
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – At halftime of the Mississippi State – Auburn game a Coaches Hot Seat member on the way to the kitchen to get another Fat Tire beer said what many of us were thinking…
“What in the Hell has happened to Auburn? This looks nothing like the Auburn team that went to the National Title game two seasons ago and not even like the Auburn team that almost beat Alabama and Wisconsin at the end of last season!”
Geez…we don’t know what the Hell has happened to Auburn but for Damn sure something beyond not having a sterling QB and a shaky defense is the problem or set of problems here but then this Auburn football team looks so…
Off The Rails
So Different Than Malzahn’s Teams in the Past
….that we can only conclude that “something” has fundamentally changed at Auburn and we don’t have a Freaking Clue what that “something” is and believe us…we have tried to find out by talking to some folks we know around Auburn…who report nothing has changed…or they are flat-out lying to us which may be a possibility.
Hell, in 2012 when Gene Chizik was posting a record of 3 – 9 and 0 – 8 in SEC play only two seasons removed from going undefeated and winning the Bogus BCS National Championship Game the same folks in Auburn were telling us there were no problems on The Plains and we later learned there were lots of internal issues going on with Chizik’s Auburn football program…in our humble opinion…that led to Chizik’s ass getting run out of town…and those same folks may be lying to us again and this time we are calling them out on it in this blog and let’s see if they change their tune in the coming days because in our opinion…
Something is NOT right at Auburn
….because watching Auburn play this season it’s obvious to anyone with a working brain that…
Something is NOT right at Auburn
We have a guess on what is NOT right at Auburn right now but an attorney friend says we cannot write what we believe in this blog without proof so we will just leave our opinion out there that….
Something is NOT right at Auburn
Up next for Auburn a home game against San Jose State who also has a coach on the Hot Seat in Ron Caragher and whose football team just scored 49 points on Fresno State.
Hell, if San Jose State scores 28 points on Auburn it will beat the Tigers!
Oh, after San Jose State the Tigers still have to play….
At Kentucky At Arkansas Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
Geez…there is a REAL chance that the two season records that Gene Chizik posted at Auburn after winning the national title…
8 – 5 3 – 9 – No SEC Wins
…will be the two identical records that Gus Malzahn posts at Auburn after taking his team to the national title game:
8 – 5 2 – 2 – 0 – 2 in SEC play
Will Gus Malzahn be fired if he goes 3 – 9 and 0 – 8 in SEC play in 2015?
YES Gus Malzahn will be fired…but give some thought to the above two similarities and why history may be repeating itself in Auburn….YES…give that some Damn thought.
6. Charlie Strong, Texas – Consider this for a moment to understand how far the Texas football program has fallen since Mack Brown took the Horns to the Bogus BCS National Championship Game in the 2009 – 2010 season:
Texas Big 12 Conference record 2011 to Current
23 – 22!
For all the talk about bad penalty calls, missed extra points, bobbled snaps on punts, etc. the TRUTH is that we are talking about the football program at the…
University of Texas
….and with the amount of football talent in state of Texas there is just No Damn Excuse for football games to come down to…
Bad Penalty Calls
Missed Extra Points
Bobbled Snaps on Punts
…..but arguing over the above is where the Texas football program is right now which we shy away from calling…
…because to call Texas Football Mediocre right now would be an insult to all the Mediocre folks in the state of Texas and around the world!
Where does Texas football go from here after dropping to 1 – 3 after the loss to Oklahoma State which drops Charlie Strong’s records at Texas to this…
Overall: 7 – 10
Big 12: 5 – 5
…in Strong’s second season at the school?
We don’t have a clue but with these games still to be played….
At TCU Oklahoma Kansas State At Iowa State Kansas At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
….in our opinion there is a better than 50 – 50 chance that Texas DOES NOT WIN 6 games in 2015 and the last three Texas head coaches that posted a losing season without a National Title trophy in the UT athletic building…
Fred Akers, David McWilliams and John Mackovic
….were ALL three fired at the end of that losing season and no matter what “people in the know” in Austin say if Texas gets boat-raced by West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor to end the 2015 season which ends up being a losing season all bets are off on the future of Charlie Strong and Texas football come December.
We here at Coaches Hot Seat still believe in Charlie Strong and will believe in the man even if he gets fired at Texas but what we believe here at Coaches Hot Seat means about as much as a fly on the ass of a cow in a West Texas pasture!
How about a song about a town about 70 miles west of Austin, Texas sung by the Great Waylon Jennings to cheer up the good folks in the Lone Star State which is a song that a LOT of these Million Dollar College Football Head Coaches could learn a Helluva lot from! Listen closely to the lyrics of Luckenbach, Texas Hot Seat Head Coaches!
7. George O’Leary, UCF – With the loss to a very average South Carolina team on Saturday which dropped UCF’s record in 2015 to…
0 – 4
…there is a Very Damn Good Chance that the Knights finish the 2015 season without a win because what George “When the Hell are they going to make that announcement about me being the permanent UCF AD?” O’Leary and his UCF football team still have on the schedule is NOT easy!
At Tulane UConn At Temple Houston At Cincinnati At Tulsa East Carolina USF
YES….it REALLY was in 2013 that UCF went 12 – 1 and won the Fiesta Bowl and YES UCF has already this season lost to FIU and Furman!
Here’s a thought for George O’Leary: How about this week you show up at practice and…
Coach Up Your Damn Football Team
…because if UCF loses to a pitiful Tulane team in New Orleans….George O’Leary in our opinion should be fired before the plane returns to Orlando!
8. Butch Jones, Tennessee – See the above post…
Remember Well Your Position Head Coaches for the World…and More Importantly Your Team is Watching
….for a summary of what we believe has gone wrong for Tennessee in their two losses this season and with the loss to Florida the Vols are now sitting at..
2 – 2
…on the year and still have to play the below games and things don’t get any easier in Knoxville in the coming weeks:
Arkansas Georgia At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
How many games can Tennessee win in 2015?
Well, Tennessee should be 4 – 0 right now BUT at 2 – 2 and with the above games still to be played the Vols have plenty of talent to win…
8 Games in 2015
….and anything less than 8 Wins in 2015 and Butch Jones’ ass will be on the Hot Seat for the duration!
9. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – A few Coaches Hot Seat members stayed at the house they rented north of Eugene for this past weekend so they could attend the Utah – Oregon game on Saturday evening and let’s just go ahead and say it after the Utes destroyed the Ducks by the score of…
62 – 20
…if the losing continues especially the way Oregon has played this season giving up a Helluva lot of points in EVERY game then head coach Mark Helfrich is going to be in a Helluva hot spot come December.
In our opinion at Coaches Hot Seat Oregon football is an unique program in major college football today because unlike any other program in the country the Ducks are dominated by one person and one company that overshadow the entire football operation in Eugene and that one person and one company is…
Phil Knight and Nike
…and in case anyone hasn’t checked lately Phil Knight is 77 years old and has poured Millions and Millions of Dollars of money into the Oregon football program and how many National Championships have the Ducks won?
That would be….ZERO!
Are we saying that it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that because Phil Knight is not exactly a young man at 77 years old and that Oregon winning a National Championship SOON is thus important may have a factor in Mark Helfrich getting his ass run out of Eugene if the Ducks football program falls to pieces in 2015?
Yes…that is our opinion.
How much influence does Phil Knight and Nike have over the Oregon football program?
In our opinion it is ABSOLUTE influence now which for the most part is a GOOD thing when the Ducks are winning but if the Ducks start falling to pieces which we may have seen the first act of on Saturday against Utah then that ABSOLUTE influence will in our opinion be an ABSOLUTE nightmare for Mark Helfrich and others in Eugene.
Mark Helfrich and Oregon are now at 2 – 2 on the season and still have these games to play:
At Colorado Washington State At Washington At Arizona State California At Stanford USC Oregon State
Could the mighty Oregon Ducks possibly lose 6 or more games in 2015?
YES…if they played like they did against Utah and if Oregon loses more than 6 games…and maybe even 6 games…then there is NO doubt in our minds that Mark Helfrich will be fired in December and that firing will be loud and clear kind of like a…
10. Randy Edsall, Maryland – Randy Edsall got his ass off the Hot Seat in 2014 by posting a second straight 7 – 5 regular season record BUT we would like to welcome Maryland head coach Randy Edsall’s ass back to the Hot Seat after a…
2 – 2
…start to the 2015 season and a season that doesn’t get any easier for Edsall and his Terps with these games still on the slate:
Michigan At Ohio State Penn State At Iowa Wisconsin At Michigan State Indiana At Rutgers
Geez….could Maryland finish with a sub-.500 record in 2015?
YES…and that would put Randy Edsall’s coaching future in jeopardy in College Park in case anyone was wondering!
Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 30 Head Coaches Analysis Coming Soon!
“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.”
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“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”
“Ability is nothing without opportunity.”
“Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.”
“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”
“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”
“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”
“I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”
“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself”.
“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”
“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”
“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.”
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”
“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.”
“The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.”
“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”
“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”
“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”
“To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.”
“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”
“When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.”
“With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.”
“If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds…. I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.”
“Success is the most convincing talker in the world.”
“Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.”
“The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.”
“How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.”
“At the beginning of a campaign it is important to consider whether or not to move forward; but when one has taken the offensive it is necessary to maintain it to the last extremity.”
“In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point. The line of battle once established, the one who has the ability to concentrate an unlooked for mass of artillery suddenly and unexpectedly on one of these points is sure to carry the day.”
“The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.”
“A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.”
“The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.”
“I think in the NFL knowledge is power, and you try to get the knowledge by whatever means.”
“A perfect record does not mean that someone is the greatest. Rocky Marciano never lost a fight, but I never hear anyone say he’s the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.”
“I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film.”
“Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.”
“Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman’s face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn’t we do the same thing with a football play?”
“When my father bid $5,000 for the 1962 Championship Game, that was a huge amount. It was double the bid the year before. Pete Rozelle was flabbergasted. Who was this guy who was willing to spend so much money on what seemed like relatively worthless rights to the NFL Championship Game?”
“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s not being noticed.”
“I remember when we were making ‘They Call It Pro Football,’ which was our ‘Citizen Kane.’ The first line is ‘It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.'”
“If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football.”
“Football is a sport of emotions, and we have to capture that in our films.”
“I’ve been very lucky in the freedom that I’ve been given. Every artist needs two types of freedom: You need the freedom to – the freedom to come up with an idea or treatment – and then you need the other half of the freedom, and that’s freedom from – somebody saying, ‘This is great. This is how I want you to do it.'”
“NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.”
“You know how I came up with the name ‘Road to the Super Bowl?’ It’s an homage to the old Bob Hope – Bing Crosby buddy movies – you know, like ‘Road to Zanzibar’ or ‘Road to Morocco.’ Can you tell? All I’ve done my whole life is go to movies.”
“So they talk about heaven, and I don’t know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I’ve lived down here, the football life. It’s been perfect.”
“To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn’t the score that interested me, it was the struggle.”
“I’ve always believed in that famous quote from Karl Marx, something like; ‘Men make history, but not under conditions of their own choosing.”
“The pressure is suffocating down there; there’s no air to breathe. You make a mistake or come up just short in the Super Bowl, and it feels like the end of the world.”
“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”
“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”
“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”
“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader.”
“We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
“Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.”
“The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.”
“With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.”
Military hero, courageous in battle, and gentle in spirit, friend of the common soldier, General of the Army, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he embodies the best of the American military tradition with dignity, humanity, and honor. Gerald Ford, remarks upon presenting Bradley with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (10 January 1977)
An Armistice Day Address
By General Omar N. Bradley Boston, Massachusetts November 10, 1948
“TOMORROW is our day of conscience. For although it is a monument to victory, it is also a symbol of failure. Just as it honors the dead, so must it humble the living.
Armistice Day is a constant reminder that we won a war and lost a peace.
It is both a tribute and an indictment: A tribute to the men who died that their neighbors might live without fear of aggression. An indictment of those who lived and forfeited their chance for peace.
Therefore, while Armistice Day is a day for pride, it is for pride in the achievements of others—humility in our own.
Neither remorse nor logic can hide the fact that our armistice ended in failure. Not until the armistice myth exploded in the blast of a Stuka bomb did we learn that the winning of wars does not in itself make peace. And not until Pearl Harbor did we learn that non-involvement in peace means certain involvement in war. We paid grievously for those faults of the past in deaths, disaster, and dollars.
It was a penalty we knowingly chose to risk. We made the choice when we defaulted on our task in creating and safeguarding a peace.
It is no longer possible to shield ourselves with arms alone against the ordeal of attack. For modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike. Our only complete assurance of surviving World War III is to halt it before it starts.
For that reason we clearly have no choice but to face the challenge of these strained times. To ignore the danger of aggression is simply to invite it. It must never again be said of the American people: Once more we won a war; once more we lost a peace. If we do we shall doom our children to a struggle that may take their lives.
ARMED forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace. For there is a wide chasm between war and peace—a chasm that can only be bridged by good will, discussion, compromise, and agreement. In 1945 while still bleeding from the wounds of aggression, the nations of this world met in San Francisco to build that span from war to peace. For three years—first hopefully, then guardedly, now fearfully—free nations have labored to complete that bridge. Yet again and again they have been obstructed by a nation whose ambitions thrive best on tension, whose leaders are scornful of peace except on their own impossible terms.
The unity with which we started that structure has been riddled by fear and suspicion. In place of agreement we are wrangling dangerously over the body of that very nation whose aggression had caused us to seek each other as allies and friends.
Only three years after our soldiers first clasped hands over the Elbe, this great wartime ally has spurned friendship with recrimination, it has clenched its fists and skulked in conspiracy behind it secretive borders.
As a result today we are neither at peace nor war. Instead we are engaged in this contest of tension, seeking agreement with those who disdain it, rearming, and struggling for peace.
Time can be for or against us.
It can be for us if diligence in our search for agreement equals the vigilance with which we prepare for a storm.
It can be against us if disillusionment weakens our faith in discussion—or if our vigilance corrodes while we wait.
Disillusionment is always the enemy of peace. And today—as after World War I —disillusionment can come from expecting too much, too easily, too soon. In our impatience we must never forget that fundamental differences have divided this world; they allow no swift, no cheap, no easy solutions.
While as a prudent people we must prepare ourselves to encounter what we may be unable to prevent, we nevertheless must never surrender ourselves to the certainty of that encounter.
For if we say there is no good in arguing with what must inevitably come, then we shall be left with no choice but to create a garrison state and empty our wealth into arms. The burden of long-term total preparedness for some indefinite but inevitable war could not help but crush the freedom we prize. It would leave the American people soft victims for bloodless aggression.
BOTH the East and the West today deprecate war. Yet because of its threatening gestures, its espousal of chaos, its secretive tactics, and its habits of force—one nation has caused the rest of the world to fear that it might recklessly resort to force rather that be blocked in its greater ambitions.
The American people have said both in their aid to Greece and in the reconstruction of Europe that any threat to freedom is a threat to our own lives. For we know that unless free peoples stand boldly and united against the forces of aggression, they may fall wretchedly, one by one, into the web of oppression.
It is fear of the brutal unprincipled use of force by reckless nations that might ignore the vast reserves of our defensive strength that has caused the American people to enlarge their air, naval, and ground arms.
Reluctant as we are to muster this costly strength, we must leave no chance for miscalculation in the mind of any aggressor.
Because in the United States it is the people who are sovereign, the Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will, truthfully and without distortion.
We, the American people, can stand cleanly before the entire world and say plainly to any state:
“This Government will not assail you.
“You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressor.”
Since the origin of the American people, their chief trait has been the hatred of war. And yet these American people are ready to take up their arms against aggression and destroy if need be by their might any nation which would violate the peace of the world.
There can be no compromise with aggression anywhere in the world. For aggression multiplies—in rapid succession—disregard for the rights of man. Freedom when threatened anywhere is at once threatened everywhere.
NO MORE convincing an avowal of their peaceful intentions could have been made by the American people than by their offer to submit to United Nations the secret of the atom bomb. Our willingness to surrender this trump advantage that atomic energy might be used for the peaceful welfare of mankind splintered the contentions of those word-warmakers that our atom had been teamed with the dollar for imperialistic gain.
Yet because we asked adequate guarantees and freedom of world-wide inspection by the community of nations itself, our offer was declined and the atom has been recruited into this present contest of nerves. To those people who contend that secrecy and medieval sovereignty are more precious than a system of atomic control, I can only reply that it is a cheap price to pay for peace.
The atom bomb is far more than a military weapon. It may—as Bernard Baruch once said—contain the choice between the quick and the dead. We dare not forget that the advantage in atomic warfare lies with aggression and surprise. If we become engaged in an atom bomb race, we may simply lull ourselves to sleep behind an atomic stockpile. The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
WITH the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.
This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and to progress.
IN OUR concentration on the tactics of strength and resourcefulness which have been used in the contest for blockaded Berlin, we must not forget that we are also engaged in a long-range conflict of ideas. Democracy can withstand ideological attacks if democracy will provide earnestly and liberally for the welfare of its people. To defend democracy against attack, men must value freedom. And to value freedom they must benefit by it in happier and more secure lives for their wives and their children.
Throughout this period of tension in which we live, the American people must demonstrate conclusively to all other peoples of the world that democracy not only guarantees man’s human freedom but that it guarantees his economic dignity and progress as well. To practice freedom and make it work, we must cherish the individual; we must provide him the opportunities for reward and impress upon him the responsibilities a free man bears to the society in which he lives.”
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
1. Mike London, Virginia vs. Boise State – The Virginia football non-conference schedule from Hell ends on Friday night with a game against Boise State after games against UCLA and Notre Dame (and CUPCAKE William & Mary which wasn’t that Damn easy of a game for the Cavs) and barring another great performance more than likely Virginia will enter ACC play at Pitt on October 10 at 1 – 3 and fighting for their lives and head coach Mike London on one of the Hottest Seats in America.
Can Mike London’s Cavs find a way to beat a very good Boise State on Friday night?
Make that Mike London’s Cavs CANNOT LOSE to Boise State at home on Friday night!
2. David Shaw, Stanford vs. Oregon State – Even with the win over an USC football team that looked very wobbly against Stanford the Cardinal football team is still for the most part an unknown that has seen David Shaw post a record of….
10 – 7 in his last 17 games at Stanford
6 – 4 in his last 10 Pac-12 games at Stanford
…which makes Friday night’s game against Oregon State in Corvallis a mystery for sure especially when you calculate in new Beavers head coach Gary Andersen who should make OSU a more competitive team than they were under Mike Riley especially during Riley’s last few years on the job where Mediocrity with a Capital M was the dominant theme of the program.
The word that we here at Coaches Hot Seat are getting is that Stanford is a very motivated football team right now and the players are determined to build on the momentum that they got in the win over the Trojans BUT if for some reason the Cardinal should stumble and fall to 2 – 2 on the season after a loss to Oregon State which does have a first-year head coach then Stanford David Shaw will be right back on the Hot Seat so for Damn sure….
Play like men possessed Stanford boys!
3. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Southern Miss – We were talking on the phone this past week to one of our long-time Nebraska friends who we first met over 20 years ago at a Berkshire-Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in Omaha and as a HUGE Nebraska alum and booster he had naturally looked into Mike Riley’s tenure at Oregon State and relative to Riley he asked the following of us:
“Did you guys know that in Mike Riley’s last 50 games at Oregon State his win/loss record was 24 – 26?”
Coaches Hot Seat: “Yes, of course we knew that and during most of that time Mike Riley was on the Hot Seat.”
Nebraska Friend: “I have asked a lot of people here in Nebraska a question I cannot get a good answer to and that question is: “How in the Heck can you get the Nebraska job when at your last school in your last 50 games you posted a record of 24 – 26?”
Coaches Hot Seat: “We have some news for you….no one will be able to answer that question with an answer that makes any Damn sense!”
Nebraska: “Let’s hope Mike Riley understands that if he posts a losing record in 2015 with the amount of talent that Bo Pelini left on the Huskers roster Riley will be back on Oregon permanently before Christmas along with anyone else that was responsible for hiring him!”
Nebraska is now at 1 – 2 and still has these games to play:
Southern Miss At Illinois Wisconsin At Minnesota Northwestern At Purdue Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
Can Mike Riley and his Nebraska team win at least 5 of their remaining 9 games to avoid Riley spending Christmas back in Oregon permanently?
Golly Gee Whiz….we don’t know about that so here’s to hoping Mike Riley hasn’t sold his house in Corvallis yet!
4. George O’Leary, UCF vs. South Carolina – Why is it that words of Jed Clampett come to mind when considering the current state of UCF football under George “I want to be the permanent AD at UCF “ O’Leary with those words being….
Because those words fit the current state of UCF football under George “Anyone heard yet if I have been named the permanent AD at UCF yet” O’Leary!
Luckily for UCF and George “I just love the idea of being the permanent AD at UCF because I won’t have to work all these long hours that the football coach has to” O’Leary they play a team this week in South Carolina that is almost as Damn pitiful as the Knights!
Still…no way that the Ole’ Ball Coach and the Gamecocks lose to this Pitiful UCF team….right?
Speaking of the Ole’ Ball Coach!
5. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina vs. UCF – For a lucky group of Coaches Hot Seat members our fathers started taking us to The Masters golf tournament in the 1970s before we were even in junior high school and it was there that we fell in love with the Augusta National Golf Club and everything else that makes up the greatest golf tournament in the world and in our opinion the very best thing about The Masters is its co-founder…
….who is still in our minds one of the greatest golfers who ever lived and who did something that would be Completely Damn Unheard today.
Bobby Jones retired from the game of golf ON TOP of the game!
In 1930 playing as an amateur golfer Bobby Jones won the so-called “Grand Slam” of that age in the game of golf which included wins in the following major golf tournaments…
British Amateur Open Championship (British Open to Americans) US Open US Amateur
…and after that amazing accomplishment which included a career of winning 13 major championships overall and 7 wins in the US and British Opens Bobby Jones retired from golf at the ripe old age of 28 and of course went on to great success including the founding of the Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters golf tournament.
What does Bobby Jones have to do with Steve Spurrier exactly?
The TRUTH is it’s just no Damn fun watching one of your heroes failing at the very thing that made him a hero which in this case is…
Stephen Orr Spurrier coaching the game of football
…but that is exactly what is happening right now at South Carolina and barring a major miracle turnaround the 2015 season is going to be a Complete and Total Disaster for the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier knows it.
Here’s Steve Spurrier’s BIGGEST problem: When you are a part-time coach which in our opinion Steve Spurrier is in spades at South Carolina and you are winning games then everything is fine….BUT…if you start posting losing records as a part-time coach and there are dozens of up-and-coming football coaches around the country that will work like a Demon at 80-plus hours a week if they had your job then your job status is in great danger and that is the case of Steve Spurrier at South Carolina no matter what the “Powers That Be” at the University of South Carolina tell you.
The South Carolina football head coaching job is not a gift to be given from God to someone that can keep as long as they like and if the Gamecocks crash and burn in 2015 as it looks like they are bound and determined to do then Steve Spurrier will have no choice but to retire to the beach and play a lot of golf.
Can South Carolina beat UCF?
South Carolina BETTER DAMN beat this Pitiful UCF team!
An old Greek idea…”As long as your name is whispered on the Earth you are immortal” = “Bobby Jones!”
6. Les Miles, LSU vs. Syracuse – Les Miles has LSU off to a nice start in 2015 with wins over Mississippi State and Auburn but we are talking about the Mad Hatter here and this is the kind of game where if LSU is not focused on the road against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome the Tigers could end up on the losing side of this game which would of course…
Send Les Miles right back to the Hot Seat!
Yes…Syracuse if a CANNOT LOSE game for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers!
7. Darrell Hazell, Purdue vs. Bowling Green – Purdue is off to a slow start in 2015 with their pretty tough non-conference schedule of Marshall, Indiana State, Virginia Tech and Bowling Green and Bowling Green in Week 4 is not going to be a Box of Cupcakes and a loss in this spot and Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers will be sitting at…
1 – 3
….with Big Ten play beginning on October 3 at Michigan State!
Can Darrell Hazell and Purdue find 5 more wins playing the remaining games?
Bowling Green At Michigan State Minnesota At Wisconsin Nebraska Illinois At Northwestern At Iowa Indiana
If they can then that will be a Helluva coaching job by Darrell Hazell which really makes Bowling Green a CANNOT LOSE Game!
8. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Wake Forest – Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson is very close to getting his ass off the Hot Seat which would happen with a win over a slightly improving Wake Forest team and the Hoosiers especially need this win because that would put them at 4 – 0 heading into Big Ten play where they should be able to find 2 wins out of 8 conference games and thus get IU back to a bowl game which is ALWAYS a significant accomplishment at Indiana.
YES….Wake Forest is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Kevin Wilson and Indiana!
9. Ron Turner, Florida International vs. La. Tech – This is Ron Turner’s third season as the head coach at FIU and he has posted an overall record of…
7 – 20
…and thus EVERY game from here on out will be CANNOT LOSE game which of course makes this Saturday’s game at La Tech a CANNOT LOSE game especially with a game at UMass on deck.
10. Craig Bohl, Wyoming vs. New Mexico – If Craig Bohl is EVER going to get the Wyoming football program pointed in the right direction after a 4 – 11 start in Laramie then beating a struggling New Mexico team may just be the spot to do that BUT this is also a game that Bohl CANNOT LOSE because a loss to the Lobos will really show just how far Wyoming football has fallen and how far it will have to come back just to get within sniffing distance of 6 wins-plus and a bowl game!
New Mexico is a CANNOT LOSE game for Craig Bowl and Wyoming!
11. Bob Davie, New Mexico vs. Wyoming – Bob Davie needs some wins at New Mexico and fast and a game against a struggling Wyoming team may be just the place for the Lobos to get their second win of the 2015 season BUT a loss in this spot to the Cowboys will make it very tough for New Mexico to get 6 wins in 2015 and in our opinion Bob Davie REALLY needs 6 wins in 2015 to return to coach the Lobos next season.
YES….Wyoming is a CANNOT LOSE game for Bob Davie and the Lobos!
12. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Maryland – With a 2 – 0 start to the 2015 season Dana Holgorsen is now only a win over Maryland from getting his ass off the Hot Seat….at least for now….and we would recommend that the Mountaineers beat Maryland because it will be no Damn fun going into Big 12 play with a game at Oklahoma with your ass on the Hot Seat so Holgorsen get your ass off the Hot Seat with a win on Saturday!
13. Randy Edsall, Maryland vs. West Virginia – Randy Edsall got off the long smoldering Hot Seat in 2014 with a 7 – 5 regular season record before getting crushed by Stanford in their bowl game and now the Terps have started slow in 2015 and with a loss to West Virginia in Morgantown Randy Edsall will find his ass right back on the Hot Seat which for Damn sure makes this WVU game at….
CANNOT LOSE or it is Hot Seat for sure for Edsall!
14. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa vs. North Texas – Kirk Ferentz and Iowa are off to a 3 – 0 start in 2015 but we have seen this movie before and the question is now can the Hawkeyes keep things rolling against North Texas before they open up Big Ten play at Wisconsin on October 3?
We don’t know but we do know that…
North Texas is a CANNOT LOSE game for Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes!
15. Charlie Strong, Texas vs. Oklahoma State – If you want to understand what is going on behind the scenes of the Texas athletic department and Texas football program right now deep in the heart of Texas just watch the below clip from the movie Nixon when Richard Nixon met with some “boys” in Texas shortly before November 1963 when the “Texas boys” tried without success to get Nixon to commit to run against John F. Kennedy in the 1964 Presidential Election:
Charlie Strong and his Texas coaches should just keep their heads down and keep trying to win football games BUT everyone should understand the firing of now former Texas AD Steve Patterson was done for a reason while the college football season was still going on and that is because in our opinion if the Texas football team falls flat on its face this season with a less than .500 record then there will be a MASSIVE push by the “Texas boys” to payoff Charlie Strong and go hire a new head football coach for the Texas Longhorns which we would handicap in the following way as the most likely next head football coach at Texas…in order with most likely first:
Nick Saban Jimbo Fisher Mark Dantonio Jim Mora Rich Rodriguez Gary Patterson Chip Kelly
YES…you could say that Oklahoma State is a CANNOT LOSE game for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns!
16. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Florida – You can do all the Damn great recruiting you want and all the Damn great talking you want but if you don’t win football games when you are at a place like Tennessee you will find your ass on the Hot Seat and eventually out of a job and when we say “win football games” it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Butch Jones’ Tennessee football team should win…
8 Games in 2015
….and that is why that Cowardly Oklahoma loss was such a Complete Freaking Disaster for Jones and a loss that Jones MUST atone for with a win over Florida on Saturday in the….
CANNOT DAMN LOSE Game of the Day!
The Tennessee Vols now at 2 – 1 on the season have these games remaining to be played….
At Florida Arkansas Georgia At Alabama At Kentucky South Carolina North Texas At Missouri Vanderbilt
…and in our opinion if you could have beaten Oklahoma if not for some COWARDLY coaching then for Damn sure you can beat….Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Texas and Vanderbilt which adds up to…
8 Wins Total and an 8 – 4 overall record
…and thus Butch Jones now has his charge…beat ALL of the above listed teams and get 8 wins on the board or Hot Seat it will be!
17. Jeff Monken, Army vs. Eastern Michigan – Even sitting on an 0 – 3 record and his ass on the Hot Seat Jeff Monken’s Army team hasn’t played too badly in 2015 and that is why we here at Coaches Hot Seat fully expect Army to beat Eastern Michigan on Saturday in a CANNOT LOSE game for the West Point Boys….Go Army!
18. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M –From where we sit we see only three possible scenarios for the rest of the 2015 Arkansas football season and Bret Bielema’s future in Northwest Arkansas:
A. Somehow Arkansas beats Texas A&M on Saturday and the Razorbacks come roaring back under BIG Talking Bret Bielema to win 8 games overall and a winning record in SEC play and Bielema is the talk of Razorback Country come December!
B. Arkansas loses to Texas A&M on Saturday but somehow regroups to win 6 or 7 games with a .500 record in SEC play and although Bret Bielema’s ass is still on the Hot Seat come December he lives to fight another day and comes back for the 2016 season to coach the Razorbacks.
C. Arkansas gets destroyed by Texas A&M and then loses to Tennessee and Alabama on the road and amazingly somehow loses to Auburn at home also which has Bret Bielema’s ass HOTTER than a newly arrived showgirl in Vegas and then the rest of the season falls apart with the Hogs finishing with records of….
2 – 10 overall
0 – 8 in SEC play
…which is followed by Bret Bielema and Arkansas AD Jeff Long being driven out of Fayetteville in the dark of the night for their own personal safety never to be seen again in Northwest Arkansas!
We asked one of our Arkansas fishing buddies what would happen if Arkansas only won 2, 3 or 4 games in 2015 and his response was:
“That Fat Ass Bielema would have his ass run right out of town is what would happen!”
With the possibility of “that Fat Ass Bielema getting his ass run right out of town” come December we now have a pool going on at Coaches Hot Seat on who will be the next head football coach at Arkansas and the leader of that Coaches Hot Seat Next Arkansas Head Coach Pool as of September 25 is…
Justin Fuentes, Memphis head football coach!
Coach ‘Em Up Bret Bielema or fully expect to get your “Fast Ass run right out of town” come December!
Good Luck against the Aggies Bret and if you lose….well….you know…your ass will only get Hotter!
19. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss – Assuming for a moment that Derek Mason can retain his job at Vandy if somehow the Commodores can get 4 wins at least in 2015 this Saturday’s game against Ole Miss is not really a…
CANNOT LOSE Game
…but rather how about let’s see if Vandy can make this game competitive for awhile and stay healthy in the process and get ready for a BIG game at Middle Tennessee on October 3 which is for Damn sure a CANNOT LOSE Game!
20. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Mississippi State – Almost two decades ago now when a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were working on the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta they were invited over to Talladega, Alabama for one of the 500 mile NASCAR races at the Talladega Motor Speedway and during that trip they learned a very valuable lesson about human nature. Before the race the two Coaches Hot Seat members were talking to the owner of one of the cars in the race that day and they were telling the owner how exciting it was to watch races on TV from Talladega and that they were looking forward to a great day of racing to which the car owner replied to by saying:
“Well Hell Boys….glad to hear you love the racing but as for everyone else at home watching on TV and the people at the track they love to see the crashes!”
The above insight into human nature is why to all of us in the general public that watching what is unfolding at Auburn is so Damn interesting because the Auburn Tigers football program is right now in the middle of a slow-motion crash that could turn into one of those 20-plus car pileups they have ALWAYS have at Daytona and Talladega with just one more loss on the board and that is why this game against Mississippi State on Saturday is not only a HUGE game for the Auburn Tigers…
It is the BIGGEST game of Gus Malzahn’s young college coaching career!
The line between Failure and Success is now razor thin in Major College Football and there is no Damn guarantee that what worked today will work tomorrow mainly because what you are doing today is being taken apart by dozens of graduate assistants in college athletic departments that are working overtime to find ways to BLOW-UP what you are succeeding with today and there in a nutshell is what has happened at Auburn for Gus Malzahn who runs an offense that even a mediocre defense can BLOW-UP if Malzahn does not have a game-changing quarterback receiving the snaps.
We don’t have a Freaking Clue if the new starting Auburn QB Sean White is the solution to what ails the Tigers’ offense BUT for Damn sure Gus Malzahn had no choice but to try another quarterback because Jeremy Johnson was moving in slow motion while making very Damn slow decisions and when you combine Slow + Gus Malzahn’s offense you have nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster!
Let’s look at Auburn’s remaining schedule with the Tigers now at 2 – 1:
Mississippi State San Jose State At Kentucky At Arkansas Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
If Auburn plays like they did against Louisville, Jacksonville State and LSU the Tigers will be lucky to win…
5 Games in 2015
…and if Auburn only wins 5 games in 2015 the Hot Seat under Gus Malzahn’s ass especially if the Tigers don’t beat Alabama will make Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell look like a rollercoaster ride at Six Flags!
21. Norm Chow, Hawaii vs. Wisconsin – Is there anyone with a working brain that believes Hawaii can beat Wisconsin in Madison?
Didn’t think so which makes this Saturday’s Hawaii at Wisconsin game not so much a…
…..game for Warriors head coach Norm Chow but rather a….
CANNOT LOSE TOO DAMN BAD Game!
Good Luck in Madison Norm!
22. Paul Petrino, Idaho vs. Georgia Southern – Eventually when you post a win/loss record like this…
3 – 23
…as a head football coach you will be called into someone’s office and told to get your stuff together because you are done and sooner rather than later unless Paul Petrino starts winning some football games at Idaho that is a conversation that Petrino will be having which makes the Vandals’ Saturday game against Georgia Southern a…
CANNOT DAMN LOSE Game!
23.Ron Caragher, San Jose State vs. Fresno State – Most of all right now San Jose State HC Ron Caragher needs some wins because his win/loss records with the Spartans of….
Overall: 10 – 17
MWC: 7 – 10
….in now his third season on the job equals Hot Seat in a BIG way and the only way to get off the Hot Seat is to start winning some football games starting with the game against Fresno State on Saturday.
Fresno State is a clear CANNOT LOSE game for Ron Caragher and San Jose State!
24. Steve Sarkisian, USC vs. Arizona State – To say our USC alum friends are unhappy right now with the state of USC football would be a massive understatement because they fully believed that the Trojans would roll Stanford last Saturday setting up a BIG game this week against Arizona State in Tempe BUT now this Arizona State game is very simply….
A game that Steve Sarkisian CANNOT LOSE
…especially with what remains on USC’s schedule after this Saturday:
Washington At Notre Dame Utah At California Arizona At Colorado At Oregon UCLA
Damn…if USC drops to 2 – 2 with a loss to Arizona State on Saturday the Trojans will be fighting to just get to 6 wins in 2015 and if the Trojans win less than 8 games this season….
Damn…just Damn…our USC alum friends will be all over AD Pat Haden to find a new football coach for the Trojans and when these boys start calling for your ass to be fired…your ass is almost always fired!
1. Put your people first 2. Be flexible in tactics 3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence 4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity 5. Lead by example 6. Strive for equal treatment 7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal 8. Balance optimism with realism
“Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.”
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”
“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”
“If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.”
“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”
“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”
“The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.”
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”
“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.”
“You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.”
“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”
“There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”