COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 25, 2016 – Billie Jean King

 

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

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

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“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 24, 2016 – Don Shula

 

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“The superior man blames himself.  The inferior man blames others.”

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“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”

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“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

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“Sure, luck means a lot in football.  Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

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“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning.  And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”

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“The ultimate goal is victory.  And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”

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“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”

Wikipedia Page:  Don Shula

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 23, 2016 – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

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“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

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“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”

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“A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.”

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“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.”

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“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”

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“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.”

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“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

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“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

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“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”

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“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

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“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”

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“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

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“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”

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“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

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“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

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“Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.”

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“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”

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“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.”

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“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”

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“There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”

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“Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.”

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“There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”

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“Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.”

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“Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”

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“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”

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“Everywhere means nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”

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“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.”

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“Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”

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“God is near you, with you, and in you. Thus I say, Lucilius: there sits a holy spirit within us, a watcher of our right and wrong doing, and a guardian…”

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“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”

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“You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.”

Wikipedia:  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 22, 2016 – Roger Staubach

 

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“Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.”

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“It’s okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you.”

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“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”

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“Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.”

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“In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry.”

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“Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.”

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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

Wikipedia: Roger Staubach

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Johnny Unitas

 

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“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

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“I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don’t who will?”

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“My father was totally dedicated to this game and made sure everybody on the team was just as dedicated, because it is the ultimate team sport.”

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“Anything I do, I always have a reason for.”

Wikipedia:  Johnny Unitas

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Louis Armstrong

 

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“What we play is life.”

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“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

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“I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show. My life has always been my music, it’s always come first, but the music ain’t worth nothing if you can’t lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.”

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“My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn…”

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“We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself.”

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“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.”

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“There is no such thing as ‘on the way out’ as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you’re in the business because you’re breathing”

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“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song”

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“There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.”

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“He was the only musician who ever lived, who can’t be replaced by someone.” Bing Crosby on Louis Armstrong

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“He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way.” Duke Ellington on Louis Armstrong

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“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.”

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“Some of you young folks been saying to me, “Hey Pops, what you mean ‘What a wonderful world’? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either.” Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that’s so bad but what we’re doin’ to it. And all I’m saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love baby, love. That’s the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we’d solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That’s wha’ ol’ Pops keeps saying.” Spoken intro to “What a Wonderful World”

Wikipedia:  Louis Armstrong

Like A Thunderbolt On Monday….Glenn Frey Is Dead – Rest In Peace Glenn Frey and Thanks for a Helluva Life Well Lived! – Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Like A Thunderbolt On Monday….Glenn Frey Is Dead

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The word spread pretty quickly on a slow day at the offices of Coaches Hot Seat members on Monday with many of our employees off work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day but when the news hit that…

Glenn Frey was Dead

…..it was like a Thunderstruck out of a clear blue sky that is still hard to believe.

There is a small group of core Coaches Hot Seat members that grew up in the 1970s and saw the Eagles and the Late Great Glenn Frey play 30 or so times across the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington before the band broke up in 1980, and that small group of friends were together again when the Eagles performed in Atlanta in the Spring of 1994. In the last 20-plus years we have seen the Eagles play 15 to 20 times and the last time we were together and saw the Eagles in concert was in the Summer 2014 at Lake Tahoe and as always it was a Helluva concert.

Over drinks on Monday night we tried to count up all the times we saw the Eagles in concert with many of the 1970s concerts a wonderful haze of memories that included many times sitting in hotels bars after the concert with other Eagles fans in what could be described as something close to Pure Nirvana on the Earth BUT alas a totally accurate number could not be arrived at except…maybe 50 plus Eagles concerts!

We were lucky enough to have a few personal run-ins with Glenn Frey at the AT&T Pro-Am Championship golf tournament at Pebble Beach over the years with a friend of ours knowing Glenn pretty well and getting us around a table with drinks a few times at Pebble Beach or Carmel restaurants for nights that we will never forget. What we took away from those few times with Glenn Frey and seeing the Eagles in concert somewhere around 50 times over the past 40 plus years is that….

Life Must Be Lived With Passion and Fun

…and that as serious as we take work and family issues when you get right down to it some of the best advice someone could take on how to approach life is….

Take It Easy

Thank You Glenn Frey for some Incredible Music that will always exist and for some Great times that we will NEVER forget over the past 40-plus years!

A few fortunate souls at Coaches Hot Seat embarked on a cross-country trip in the late-1970s driving in the Summer from San Francisco to Denver for some Coors beer in these two cars….which the meaning of should not be lost on many….

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….and during that trip on the way back home we stopped off in Aspen, Colorado for a few days to see the bar where the Eagles first played…The Gallery at the base of Aspen Mountain right by the Little Nell Hotel….and we have returned to Aspen hundreds of times since which is where Glenn Frey spent a good deal of time over the last four decades as well.

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Not surprisingly Scott Condon of the Aspen Times has a great piece up tonight on Glenn Frey’s time in Aspen “partytown” that is a great read….

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….but the end of the article is what really caught our attention:

“Frey was a frequent visitor to Aspen in the 1970s and 1980s and part of the party scene.

“Everybody was into Bordeux red wine and blow back then,” Mooney said.

Frey confirmed to Oksenhorn that his 1982 song “Partytown” was partially inspired by Aspen.

Frey also got involved in the local golf scene. Tim Cottrell, the former proprietor of the Smuggler Land Office restaurant and bar, said the joint was the headquarters for celebrities in Ed Podolak’s High Country Shoot-out golf tournament and fundraiser. Buffett was initially the big-name star in the event. Frey later took over, Cottrell said. He recalled ribbing both Buffett and Frey at some of the tournaments for being on the wrong side of the ball, as they were lefthanders.

Buffett and Frey also faced off as competitors on the softball diamond, sort of. Buffett sponsored a team in the Aspen recreational league called the Downvalley Doughboys. Their logo resembled the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Frey was more competitive. He sponsored the “Werewolves” in Aspen’s A League, Mooney recalled.

“They played to win,” he said.

Frey eventually purchased Buffett’s house on Snowmass Creek Road, but as the years went on, he spent less time in Old Snowmass. Both properties are listed for sale through Aspen Realtor Craig Morris.

Frey played with Joe Walsh, who joined the Eagles well after their earlier appearances in Aspen, in a 2010 show at the Jazz Aspen Labor Day Festival. Oksenhorn had an excellent interview with Frey before that show.

Mooney was shocked to hear of Frey’s death Monday.

“He was a sweetheart. He was really kind and really happy. He knew he had a gift,” Mooney said. “He knew they were destined to be the biggest rock band on the planet.”

Mason said Frey’s death is yet another reminder to live every day like it’s your last.

“I’m sorry to lose a friend,” he said.

Amen to….

“Live every day like it’s your last.”

Rest In Peace Glenn Frey and Thanks for a Helluva Life Well Lived!

 

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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21.  Dave Clawson, Wake Forest – OK…OK…Wake Forest is not exactly the easiest job in FBS College Football especially when one realizes that in the last…

25 Seasons of Wake Forest Football

…the Demon Deacons have posted .500 or better records in…

7 Seasons of .500 or better football in the last 25 seasons

…which is…

28% of the time

….so maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on Dave Clawson because after all he has an impossible job…..right?

NOT!

Dave Clawson is being paid a Helluva lot of money to win football games at Wake Forest and in TWO seasons on the job Clawson has win/loss records on the board of…

Overall:  6 – 18

ACC:  2 – 14

….which is Pitiful…Just Pitiful!

If Dave Clawson goes 3 – 9 again in 2016 in our opinion he is DONE at Wake Forest….but then that’s just our humble opinion!

22.  Brad Lambert, Charlotte – It’s not easy transition from FCS to FBS football as the Charlotte 49ers and head coach Brad Lambert learned in 2015 BUT then this is Big Boy Football on the FBS level and either Charlotte will start becoming more competitive in 2016 or the pressure will increase on Lambert who has been through some tough times no doubt BUT still has to win some football games.

In 2016 Charlotte plays games against..

Louisville
Elon
Eastern Michigan
At Temple
8 Conference USA Games

….and after going 2 – 10 in 2015 we are setting a goal of…

4 – 8

…which is not great but would be a step-forward for the 49ers in this upcoming season so…

Get Your Ass and Get To Work Brad Lambert….Oh Coach Lambert is already working very hard?  Well work harder son!

23.  Paul Petrino, Idaho – Paul Petrino has now coached THREE seasons at Idaho posting records of…

2013:  1 – 11
2014:  1 – 10
2015:  4 – 8

Overall:  6 – 29

….and yes FOUR wins is better than ONE win so the Vandals program is going forward….we guess!

Can Paul Petrino and Idaho win maybe…FIVE or SIX games in 2016 playing games against…

Montana State
At Washington
Washington State
At UNLV
8 Sun Belt Conference Games

We don’t see why the Hell not but for Damn sure don’t lose to Montana State in the opener Petrino which will have a first-year head coach on the sideline!

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24.  Todd Graham, Arizona State – A running challenge here at Coaches Hot Seat is how fast can we figure out Arizona State’s defensive signals when at an ASU game in the opposite stands with binoculars in hand and generally we have the Sun Devils defensive signals down cold by the…

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….and if we here at Coaches Hot Seat can do that in between drinking beer, eating nachos and watching the cheerleaders how the Hell fast do you think opposing teams can figure out Arizona State’s defensive signals?

A Helluva Lot Faster is the answer to that question!

Picked by some to be in the College Football Playoff before the season….which got a BIG LAUGH at Coaches Hot Seat….Todd Graham’s ASU team opened the season WEAK against Texas A&M and closed the season WEAK in their bowl game against a very Damn Average West Virginia team and now Todd Graham is in a position where a losing season in 2016 which will be his FIFTH season at the school and….

Todd Graham is DONE at Arizona State

….and with that in mind let’s go to ASU’s 2016 schedule:

Northern Arizona
Texas Tech
At Texas San Antonio
California
At USC
UCLA
At Colorado
Washington State
At Oregon
Utah
At Washington
At Arizona

Well….Bozo the Clown could win SIX games minimum playing that schedule and thus why….

Todd Graham is DONE at Arizona State

…if he doesn’t win at least SIX games in 2016 and if we were the AD at Arizona State right now we would call Graham into our office and say:

“OK Graham….your defensive signals are being read by folks drinking beers in the stands so fix that son and if you win less than SEVEN games in 2016 you can go ahead and clean out your office on Friday November 25 after the Arizona game. Got it? Good!”

25.  Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – Chuck Martin came over from the OC job at Notre Dame to be the head coach at Miami (Ohio) in 2014 and in TWO seasons Martin has posted records of…

Overall:  5 – 19

MAC:  4 – 12

….and if that kind of football continues in 2016 for the Redhawks maybe Chuck Martin can return to Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame as the OC because he sure the Hell won’t be the head coach at Miami (Ohio)!

26.  Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan – Chris Creighton took the Eastern Michigan job before the 2014 season after a nice run at Drake BUT in TWO seasons at EMU Creighton has records on the board of…

Overall:  3 – 12

MAC:  1 – 15

…and much like Chuck Martin if Creighton doesn’t get things going in year THREE in Ypsilanti then he might just be moving back down to the FCS level!

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27.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt Football DID improve in Year 2 under Derek Mason going from a record of…

3 – 9 to 4 – 8

….and now we and a Helluva lot of other people are looking for a breakout season in Year 3 and let’s go to Vandy’s 2016 schedule to see just how many wins Mason and the Commodores SHOULD and COULD get:

South Carolina
Middle Tennessee
At Georgia Tech
At Western Kentucky
Florida
At Kentucky
At Georgia
Tennessee State
At Auburn
At Missouri
Ole Miss
Tennessee

We see for Vandy in 2016…

SHOULD win 5 Games

COULD win 6 Games

Come on Derek Mason let’s make 2016 a SIX win season!

28.  Chad Morris, SMU – For all the talk of Chad Morris being some kind of…

Offensive Wunderkind

….there is a Helluva BIG difference between being an OC on the FBS level and a head coach on the FBS level and Chad Morris learned that in spades in 2015 with his SMU team posting a…

2 – 10

…record which included SEVEN games = losses that SMU had No Damn Chance in Hell of Winning!

Can Chad Morris get things turned around in 2016 and get the SMU Mustangs on track or will Morris burnout like a meteor in the Texas night sky?

Well…when the American Athletic Conference gets around to putting out the 2016 schedules we can have a guess at what SMU could do in the upcoming season which right now includes

North Texas
Baylor
TCU

Hmmm….that’s at least TWO losses for SMU in 2016!

We would recommend that Chad Morris find a way to get at least SIX wins in 2016 just in case someone at or around SMU has an itchy trigger finger and wants more out of Chad Morris than back-to-back losing seasons!

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29.  Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – Charlie Partridge has now coached TWO seasons at Florida Atlantic and has posted records of…

Overall:  6 – 18

CUSA:  5 – 11

…and frankly we were expecting more out of Charlie than TWO straight 3 – 9 seasons and thus for Damn sure we are expecting more from Charlie in 2016 meaning…

At least SIX wins Charlie!

….or it could be the Chopping Block for Old Charlie in Boca!

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30.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Although Texas Tech and head coach Kliff Kingsbury got SEVEN wins in 2015 the Red Raiders destruction by an average LSU team in the Texas Bowl has put Kingsbury back on the Hot Seat and coaching in 2016 for his head coaching job and head coaching future because by Year FOUR on the job Texas Tech should be a Helluva lot better than a six or seven win team and thus why looking over Tech’s 2016 schedule….

Stephen F. Austin
At Arizona State
Louisiana Tech
Kansas
At Kansas State
West Virginia
Oklahoma
At TCU
Texas
At Oklahoma State
At Iowa State
Baylor

…we see No Damn Reason why the Red Raiders don’t win at least…

EIGHT games in 2016….right?

RIGHT!

EIGHT wins or BUST Kingsbury….It is EIGHT wins or BUST son!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – Glenn Frey – Eagles

 

Take It Easy Glenn Frey!  Thanks For 40-Plus Years of Great Music and Memories!

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“Except for a few guitar chords, everything I’ve learned in my life that is of any value I’ve learned from women.” Glenn Frey

And

“Hey, I didn’t make a big deal out of Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did.” Glenn Frey

And

“I read the Life magazine articles about free love and free dope in California. At age 20 I drove to Los Angeles.” Glenn Frey

And

“It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they’re just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax.” Glenn Frey

And

“Somebody asked my friend Bob Seger, Why do you think the Eagles broke up? He said, Hotel California.” Glenn Frey

And

“A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.” Don Henley

And

“I don’t mind doing two or three Eagles songs and playing the drums. I’m not one of those artists who’s going to sit here and deny the past.”

And

“I’m fortunate that I’ve been in this business long enough that I’ve earned the right to be left alone by my record company.” Don Henley

And

“Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don’t look back, you can never look back.” Don Henley

And

“Selling eight million copies of your first album will mess you up.” Don Henley

And

“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.”  Don Henley

And

“Well, I heard some people talkin’ just the other day
And they said you were gonna put me on a shelf
But let me tell you I got some news for you
And you’ll soon find out it’s true
And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself

‘Cause I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this victory song
Woo hoo hoo, my my, woo hoo hoo” Already Gone, The Eagles

And

“Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one but I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you can hurt you somehow

Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get” Desperado, The Eagles

And

“Somebody’s gonna hurt someone
Before the night is through
Somebody’s gonna come undone
There’s nothin’ we can do

Everybody wants to touch somebody
If it takes all night
Everybody wants to take a little chance
Make it come out right

There’s gonna be a heartache tonight
A heartache tonight, I know
There’s gonna be a heartache tonight
A heartache tonight, I know, Lord, I know” Heartache Tonight

And

Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the captain, “Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969”
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night just to hear them say
“Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
(Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They’re living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise
(What a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis”
Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice
And she said, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
“Relax,” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave” Hotel California, The Eagles

And

“Look at us baby, up all night
Tearing our love apart
Aren’t we the same two people who live
through years in the dark?
Ahh…
Every time I try to walk away
Something makes me turn around and stay
And I can’t tell you why” I Can’t Tell You Why, The Eagles

And

“Glowin’ and burnin’, blinded by thirst
They didn’t see the stop sign, took a turn for the worst
She said, “Listen baby, you can hear the engine ring
We’ve been up and down this highway, haven’t seen a goddamn thing”

He said, “Call the doctor, I think I’m gonna crash”
“The doctor say he’s comin’ but you gotta pay in cash”
They were rushin’ down that freeway, messed around and got lost
They didn’t care, they were just dyin’ to get off and it was

Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane, everything all the time
Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane” Life in the Fast Lane, The Eagles

And

“You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes

She gets up and pours herself a strong one
And stares out at the stars up in the sky
Another night, it’s gonna be a long one
She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry

She wonders how it ever got this crazy
She thinks about a boy she knew in school
Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool

My oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
You set it up so well, so carefully
Ain’t it funny how your new life didn’t change things?
You’re still the same old girl you used to be

You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes
Honey, you can’t hide your lyin’ eyes” Lyin’ Eyes, The Eagles

And

“Harry got up
Dressed all in black
Went down to the station
And he never came back

They found his clothing
Scattered somewhere down the track
And he won’t be down
On Wall Street in the morning

He had a home
The love of a girl
But men get lost sometimes
As years unfurl

One day he crossed some line
And he was too much in this world
But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore

In a New York minute
Everything can change
In a New York minute
Things can get pretty strange

In a New York minute
Everything can change
In a New York minute” New York Minute, Don Henley

And

“I like the way your sparkling earrings lay
Against your skin so brown
And I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight
With a billion stars all around

‘Cause I got a peaceful easy feeling
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standing on the ground

And I found out a long time ago
What a woman can do to your soul
Ah, but she can’t take you any way
You don’t already know how to go” Peaceful Easy Feeling, The Eagles

And

“Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love
Is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win
Though we will never be here again
So open up I’m climbin’ in
So take it easy

Well, I’m a runnin’ down the road
Tryin’ to loosen my load
Got a world of trouble on my mind
Lookin’ for a lover
Who won’t blow my cover
She’s so hard to find

Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
Make you crazy
Come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love
Is gonna save me

Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy” Take It Easy, The Eagles

And

“So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

You can spend all your time making money
You can spend all your love making time
If it all fell to pieces tomorrow
Would you still be mine?

And when you’re looking for your freedom
(Nobody seems to care)
And you can’t find the door
(Can’t find it anywhere)
When there’s nothing to believe in
Still you’re coming back, you’re running back
You’re coming back for more

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time” Take It To the Limit, The Eagles

And

“It’s another tequila sunrise
Staring slowly across the sky
Said goodbye

He was just a hired hand
Working on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by

Every night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she’s out running round” Tequila Sunrise, The Eagles

And

“Did you do it for love?
Did you do it for money?
Did you do it for spite?
Did you think you had to, honey?
Who is gonna make it?
We’ll find out in the long run
(in the long run)
I know we can take it
if our love is a strong one
(is a strong one)
Well, we’re scared, but we ain’t shakin’
Kinda bent, but we ain’t breakin’
in the long run
Ooh, I want to tell you, it’s a long run
in the long run
in the long run” The Long Run, The Eagles

And

“So you live from day to day
And you dream about tomorrow
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something
To make them go away

And I could have done so many things, baby
If I could only stop my mind
From wonderin’ what I left behind
And from worrying ’bout this wasted time

Another love has come and gone
And the years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me
Before you went out on your own
“Sometimes to keep it together
We got to leave it alone”

So you can get on with your search, baby
And I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find
That it wasn’t really wasted time” Wasted Time, The Eagles

And

“The sun goes down
The night rolls in
You can feel it starting all over again
The moon comes up
And the music calls
You’re getting tired of staring at the same four walls
You’re out of your room
And down on the street
Moving through the crowds through the midnight heat
The traffic roars
And the sirens scream
You look at the faces, its just like a dream

Nobody know where you’re going
Nobody cares where you’ve been

‘Cause you belong to the city
You belong to the night
living in a river of darkness, beneath the neon light” You Belong to the City, Glenn Frey

Wikipedia Page:  The Eagles

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Coaches Hot Seat Meets With Friend and Television Executive at Lake Tahoe Over MLK Weekend on College Football Playoff – Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash

Coaches Hot Seat Meets With Friend and Television Executive at Lake Tahoe Over MLK Weekend on College Football Playoff

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We here at Coaches Hot Seat welcomed the College Football Playoff after the Disaster that was the Bogus and Un-American BCS and we watched on with great interest as the structure and governance of the College Football Playoff was put together over the past couple of years BUT when we first read that the Semi-Final Games of the College Football Playoff were going to be played on New Year’s Eve kicking off even when Millions of Americans would still be at work we started asking questions….LOTS of Damn questions!

We have refrained from writing about the College Football Playoff for the last couple of weeks in the wake of the…

Complete Freaking Disaster

…of playing the Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve…

College Football Playoff Committee Drops the Ball on New Year’s Eve, Anthony Crupi, Ad Age

“According to the final Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, household ratings for the Dec. 31 playoff games plummeted 37% compared to last year’s set of games, while overall deliveries dropped 40%, marking a net loss of 11.2 million overall viewers. And while some of these results may be chalked up to the fact that both games were blowouts, College Football Playoff rights holder ESPN’s greatest challenge lay in the scheduling.”

AND

College National Championship Ratings Drop 19%, Anthony Crupi, Ad Age

“According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the Crimson Tide’s 45-40 victory over the Tigers in the second College Football Playoff National Championship averaged 25.7 million viewers and a 14.7 household rating, and while nothing to sneeze at, those numbers came up well short of last year’s less competitive Ohio State-Oregon shootout.

‘Bama’s fourth national title in seven seasons was down 23% versus OSU’s year-ago 42-20 win over Oregon, and ESPN’s household rating was off 19% from the inaugural title tilt’s 18.2 rating. Perhaps fans were leery of getting bogged down in what may have been yet another bowl-game blowout, or maybe the ratings declines could be chalked up to simple Nick Saban fatigue, but either way, an awful lot of people missed out on some wildly entertaining football.”

…which we will summarize by writing…

The CFP Semi-Final Games LOST 40% of its TV audience year-over-year

The CFP Final Game LOST almost 20% of its TV audience year-over year

…and if you have been or are now thinking that the…

Bastards behind the College Football Playoff are Mighty Damn Stupid Bastards Indeed

….then you would have been fascinated to sit in a meeting that several Coaches Hot Seat members had with a Long-Time Friend that has worked in the Television Business in Los Angeles for over two decades who flat-out told us what many already knew:

The Governance behind the College Football Playoff…in our Long-Time Friend in the TV Business opinion and in our opinion…..

Doesn’t Give Two Rips About Fans of College Football

…but instead only cares about ONE DAMN THING:

Serving their Masters otherwise known as Sorry Ass Bowl Executives who do little to earn their Six-Figure Annual Salaries beyond kiss the Precious Asses of the Governance behind the College Football Playoff….in our humble opinion!

Just who is involved in the Governance of the College Football Playoff you ask?

Well…there is of course…

Chief PR Hack Bill Hancock who in our opinion will say ANYTHING he is told to say much like Baghdad Bob

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….and then there are these Sorry and Worthless Bastards that in our opinion Don’t Give Two Rips about the Fans of College Football!

College Football Playoff Board of Managers

Rodney Bennett – President, University of Southern Mississippi (C-USA)
Anthony Frank – President, Colorado State University (Mountain West)
Burns Hargis – President, Oklahoma State University (Big 12)
Jack Hawkins – Chancellor, Troy University (Sun Belt)
Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame (Independent)
Mark Keenum – President, Mississippi State University (SEC)
Roderick McDavis – President, Ohio University (MAC)
Max Nikias – President, University of Southern California (Pac-12)
Harvey Perlman (chair) – Chancellor, University of Nebraska (Big Ten)
John Thrasher – President, Florida State University (ACC)
Steadman Upham – President, University of Tulsa (American Athletic)

Management Committee

Mike Aresco – Commissioner (American Athletic)
Karl Benson – Commissioner (Sun Belt)
Bob Bowlsby – Commissioner (Big 12)
Jim Delany – Commissioner (Big Ten)
Judy MacLeod – Commissioner (C-USA)
Greg Sankey – Commissioner (SEC)
Larry Scott – Commissioner (Pac-12)
Jon Steinbrecher – Commissioner (MAC)
Jack Swarbrick – Athletics Director (Notre Dame)
John Swofford – Commissioner (ACC)
Craig Thompson – Commissioner (Mountain West)

Oh…that is a Helluva lineup of Sorry and Worthless Bastards that collectively decided to…..

Play the CFB Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve beginning the first game when Tens of Millions of Americans are either still at work or getting ready for New Year’s Eve

Play the CFB National Title Game on a Monday Night with the game on for over four hours on a school night

…and not surprisingly things like this happened as a Direct Freaking Result of the Idiotic Decisions of the above Worthless and Sorry Bastards:

The CFP Semi-Final Games LOST 40% of its TV audience year-over-year

The CFP Final Game LOST almost 20% of its TV audience year-over year

And for what exactly did the above Worthless and Sorry Bastards behind the College Football Playoff decide to play the THREE Games of the CFB when they did?

To serve the interests of some of the Sorriest Americans in our country in our humble opinion…

Freaking Bowl Executives

…who do one Damn thing very Damn well:

Kiss the Collective Ass of the Worthless and Sorry Bastards behind the College Football Playoff!

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One of the more interesting things that happened in 2015 is that several of us were with our families up in Montana last Summer and one night around the dinner table a Coaches Hot Seat member casually said….

“Playing the College Football Playoff Semi-Final Games on New Year’s Eve is a risky move.”

….which was closely followed by one of our wives who worked for ABC-Television for two decades saying:

“What did you just say?”

Coaches Hot Seat Member: “The College Football Semi-Final Games this year and in the future will be played on New Year’s Eve.”

Wife: “You’ve got to be kidding me? Don’t they know that the women that are not at work on New Year’s Eve which is most women in America are very busy doing things all day to get ready for that night? This may go down as the stupidest thing in the history of TV in America!”

And of course that wife was RIGHT because very simply….

The Arrogance, the Hubris, the Idiocy of the below Worthless and Sorry Bastards….

College Football Playoff Board of Managers

Rodney Bennett – President, University of Southern Mississippi (C-USA)
Anthony Frank – President, Colorado State University (Mountain West)
Burns Hargis – President, Oklahoma State University (Big 12)
Jack Hawkins – Chancellor, Troy University (Sun Belt)
Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame (Independent)
Mark Keenum – President, Mississippi State University (SEC)
Roderick McDavis – President, Ohio University (MAC)
Max Nikias – President, University of Southern California (Pac-12)
Harvey Perlman (chair) – Chancellor, University of Nebraska (Big Ten)
John Thrasher – President, Florida State University (ACC)
Steadman Upham – President, University of Tulsa (American Athletic)

Management Committee

Mike Aresco – Commissioner (American Athletic)
Karl Benson – Commissioner (Sun Belt)
Bob Bowlsby – Commissioner (Big 12)
Jim Delany – Commissioner (Big Ten)
Judy MacLeod – Commissioner (C-USA)
Greg Sankey – Commissioner (SEC)
Larry Scott – Commissioner (Pac-12)
Jon Steinbrecher – Commissioner (MAC)
Jack Swarbrick – Athletics Director (Notre Dame)
John Swofford – Commissioner (ACC)
Craig Thompson – Commissioner (Mountain West)

…along with the Worthless and Sorry Bowl Executives hiding in the background who OWN all of the Worthless and Sorry Bastards above have already done…

Great Damage to the Game of College Football in America

….and it’s our opinion that the above Worthless and Sorry Bastards would TAKE DOWN the Game of College Football in America in exchange for the Bowl Executives to keep kissing their precious asses and like most Corrupt things in America….

It will continue until it’s Arrogance is exposed for all to see

…and just like the Bogus and Un-American BCS was brought down it seems that the above Worthless and Sorry Bastards behind the College Football Playoff will have to be exposed as well for what they truly are…..

Mortal Enemies of the Great Fans of the Great Game of College Football in America

…in our humble opinion of course.

Below is from one of the above Ad Age stories on the College Football Playoff:

“Unfortunately, and this holds for ESPN and college football fans alike, the College Football Playoff appears disinterested in making any proactive changes to the schedule, which means that seven of the next 10 playoff series will air on New Year’s Eve. Much of this intractability is a byproduct of tradition; Rose Bowl officials are unlikely to ever agree to shift the Grandaddy of Them All out of its time-honored Jan. 1 slot, which effectively puts the kibosh on scheduling a regular New Year’s Day playoff series. Barring an unforeseen reversal of fortune or a sudden outbreak of common sense, ESPN and fans are stuck with the contractually mandated New Year’s Eve slate. (The Rose and Sugar Bowls hosted last year’s playoff games, but that only happens once every three years.)”

OK….wonder how many more “Fiesta Bowl” scandal stories it will take to finally rid college football of the Worthless and Sorry Bastards that still control the game i.e. the Worthless and Sorry Ass Bowl Executives and their Obedient SLAVES sitting in Athletic Director and Conference Commissioner jobs?

We shall see….we shall Damn see!

 

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches

For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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11.  Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – One of the strangest creatures we have encountered on the Atlanta scene since a dozen-plus Coaches Hot Seat members moved their families and businesses to the Greater Atlanta area in 2013 is…

The Georgia Tech Alum/Football Fan

Yes, the Georgia Tech Alum/Football Fan would love to see Georgia Tech football win BIG but their lives very rarely revolve around the Yellow Jackets winning or losing a football game or not like it does with other college football programs in the South BUT in 2015 we heard some of those….

Georgia Tech Alum/Football Fans

…saying for the first time in a heated tone that…

This is Horseshit Football and it’s time for Paul Johnson to GO!

Hey, Paul Johnson has had a couple of Exceptional football seasons at Georgia Tech winning 11 games in 2014 and 10 games in 2009 BUT since beginning in 2010 over the last SIX college football seasons Johnson’s records stand at:

Overall:  42 – 37

ACC:  26 – 22

Pardon our French but at Georgia Tech the above records…

SUCK

….and although it’s hard to get much out of Georgia Tech Alums/Football Fans they will say if pressed say:

“Anything less than 8 wins in 2016 and Tech can take my athletic donation and stuff it where….well you know where!”

Only the Incompetent Boobs at the ACC Conference office don’t have their teams 2016 football schedules out yet….not that college football fans need to plan their schedules and lives ahead mind you…but we do know that Tech plays…

Boston College – Ireland
Mercer
Vanderbilt
Georgia Southern
Georgia
8 ACC Teams

…for a Total of 13 regular season football games and if Paul Johnson can win 8 of 13 games then his ass should be run out of Atlanta!

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12.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – Paul Haynes has now been the head coach at Kent State for THREE seasons and he took over a Golden Flashes team that won 11 games in 2012 (coached by Darrell Hazell) and Haynes has posted combined record of…

Overall:  9 – 26

MAC:  6 – 17

…and if that does not EQUAL Hot Seat then what the Hell does now?

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13.  Ron Turner, Florida International – A few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat first met Ron Turner when he was on the Stanford football staff between 1989 – 1991 which were the THREE seasons that Dennis Green was the head coach of the Cardinal and our impression then of Ron Turner was…

“Whatever”

….and that same impression continues today with Turner’s THREE seasons as the head coach at FIU where he has posted combined records of…

Overall:  10 – 26

CUSA:  7 – 17

…after taking over a FIU team that the THREE previous seasons under Mario Cristobal had posted a combined record of…

Overall:  18 – 20

Sun Belt:  13 – 11

Our opinion when Mario Cristobal was fired after the 2012 season at FIU that it was a…

A NUTS moved made by a NUT AD

…and that is still our opinion today.

As for how long Ron Turner can remain the head coach at FIU if the losing continues….we haven’t a Damn clue!

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14.  Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – We have LOTS of theories here at Coaches Hot Seat on why Fresno State has fallen so far the last couple of seasons under Tim DeRutyer after such a strong start….

2012:  9 – 4 – MWC Conference Champ
2013:  11 – 2 – MWC Conference Champ
2014:  6 – 8
2015:  3 – 9

….and most of those theories will never see the light of day but there is no doubting…at least in our opinion…Fresno State is one of the TOUGHEST jobs in FBS Football and a head coach at Fresno will either stay on top of EVERYTHING or things can go South fast as they have the last couple of seasons for DeRuyter.

With an overhaul of the Fresno State coaching staff…

Fresno State Football: With key coaches in place, Bulldogs ready to hit recruiting road, Robert Kuwada, Fresno Bee

…which included adding Lorenzo Ward from South Carolina maybe Tim DeRuyter can get his teams MOJO back which anyone paying attention could see has left the Bulldogs the last two season which has seen Fresno put on some very lackluster performances that in 2016 MUST be brought to an end or Tim DeRutyer’s time in Fresno will be brought to an end!

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15.  Gary Andersen, Oregon State – Corvallis, Oregon is a place where many Coaches Hot Seat members have been to a dozen-plus football games over the last four decades and we often stop in Corvallis…and Eugene…on trips to play golf at Bandon Dunes and some of the more interesting things we have heard in years in the game of college football have come out of Corvallis recently on Gary Andersen’s first year as the HC at Oregon State most of which will never see the light of day.

Still though….what we hear from people we trust in and around the game of college football helps to form our opinions of coaches and as we sit here in the middle of January 2016 it’s our opinion that…

2016 is CRITICAL for Gary Anderson and his future at Oregon State

….because another 2, 3 or even 4 win season and especially a zero or 1 win season in Pac-12 play and it’s our opinion that…

Gary Andersen is DONE in Corvallis

Let’s just say that the transition from Mike Riley to Gary Andersen has been a HARD ONE on everyone in and around the Oregon State football program including players, athletic staff, alumni, boosters and fans of Beavers football and when one goes through such a HUGE transition like Riley to Andersen if things don’t go right then things will usually “revert to form” and thus that is why…

2016 is CRITICAL for Gary Anderson and his future at Oregon State

Let’s take a look at Oregon State’s 2016 football schedule:

At Minnesota
Idaho State
Boise State
At Colorado
California
Utah
At Washington
Washington State
At Stanford
At UCLA
Arizona
Oregon

Our opinion on January 18, 2016…anything less than…

4 Overall Wins

2 Pac-12 Wins

…and Gary Andersen is DONE in Corvallis and SHOULD BE DONE in Corvallis.

Memo to Gary Andersen:  Read and Understand the below quote Fully Gary…Read and Understand it Fully…because it’s CRITICAL to your future son:

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Colin Powell

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16.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – With North Dakota State winning its FIFTH straight FCS National Title a couple of weeks back….THREE of which belong to Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl….we here at Coaches Hot Seat still cannot help but wonder…

What in the Hell led to Craig Bohl to think the Wyoming job was better than North Dakota State?

….but whatever the Hell went through Bohl’s head he is the head coach at Wyoming and just completed his second season with records of…

Overall:  6 – 18

MWC:  4 – 12

…and if things don’t improve “significantly” meaning the Wyoming Cowboys win at least….

SIX Games

….in 2016 the Craig Bohl at Wyoming will be over come December 2016!

Not that we have any tears for Craig Bohl since he will get another top FCS head coaching job if he wants it but Craig come on now son…

“Why in the Hell did you take the Wyoming job?”

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17.  Doug Martin, New Mexico State – Doug Martin has been the head coach at New Mexico State for THREE seasons now and has posted records of…

Overall:  7 – 29

Conference:  4 – 12

…and YES New Mexico State is a very TOUGH job but can the above losing go on forever in Las Cruces?

NO is the simple answer to that question!

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18.  Jeff Monken, Army – Army gave Navy a good game in 2015 before falling 21 – 17 to the Midshipmen BUT in our opinion Army head coach Jeff Monken is nowhere closer to turning around the Black Knights today than he was when he took the job TWO years ago and after TWO seasons on the job Monken has the following record on the board at West Point:

6 – 18

Several Coaches Hot Seat members got to see the Army football team in person in 2014 when Stanford played the Black Knights at West Point and our opinion going into that game, after that game, and still today is…

The US Army Football Team Directly Reflects the Broken US Army

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The US Army as a WHOLE gets fixed the Army Football team will continue to wallow in its current Worse Than Average State

Take a look at Army’s 2016 Football Schedule:

At Temple
Rice
At UTEP
At Buffalo
At Duke
Lafayette
North Texas
At Wake Forest
Air Force
Notre Dame – San Antonio
Morgan State
Navy – Baltimore

…and tell us…

How many football games does Army win 2016?

2…maybe 3 games tops?

If Army only wins 3 games in 2016 Jeff Monken is DONE at Army…PERIOD.

As for how one would go about fixing the US Army as a WHOLE until someone…meaning a President of the United States…fixes the LEADERSHIP at the Pentagon and at the top of the US Army…

The US Army will continue to degrade and become something akin to what it was in the late 1970s….

A Pitiful Shell of its Former Great Self that will NOT be able to defend the American Republic if necessary

….in our humble opinion of course and many at Coaches Hot Seat are old enough to remember what a Complete Freaking Disaster the ENTIRE US Military was in the late 1970s.

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19.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Ron Caragher’s San Jose State team was one of those teams that with only 5 wins got to play in a bowl game because….

The FBS Bowl System is a DISGRACE to the American Republic

…because it Rewards Mediocrity and now even WORSE and with that bowl win over Georgia State the Spartans improved to 6 – 7 BUT Ron Caragher’s records in THREE seasons at SJSU now stand at…

Overall:  15 – 22

MWC:  11 – 13

…after taking over at team that had one 10 games in 2012 (under Mike MacIntyre) and frankly Ron….

The above records SUCK

…and if you don’t get at least 6 wins in 2016…

YOU ARE DONE at San Jose State….in our humble opinion

….so get the Hell off your ass Ron Caragher or another former UCLA quarterback in Rick Neuheisel might be the head coach at San Jose State a year from now!

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20.  David Beaty, Kansas – We don’t know a whole lot of folks in the state of Kansas BUT we do know someone at Oklahoma and we asked that OU person what he thought of David Beaty’s 2015 Kansas football team and his response was…

“Pitiful…Just Pitiful”

…which is an old inside joke here at Coaches Hot Seat because that is what Jed Clampett used to say to Jethro when he failed to complete a simple task:

“Pitiful…Just Pitiful!”

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The Kansas Jayhawks went 0 – 12 in David Beaty’s first year on the job and here is the 2016 Kansas Football Schedule:

Rhode Island
Ohio
At Memphis
At Texas Tech
TCU
At Baylor
Oklahoma State
At Oklahoma
At West Virginia
Iowa State
Texas
At Kansas State

Hmmmm…..thinking David Beaty and KU will win something like…

1 or 2 games in 2016

…and then what will happen?

Based upon what has happened in and around the Kansas football program in recent year…

We Haven’t A Damn Clue!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 18, 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 18, 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

And

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

And

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

And

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

And

“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

And

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

And

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

And

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”

And

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

And

“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”

And

“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

And

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

And

“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man’s greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

And

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

And

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

And

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

And

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

And

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

And

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

And

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

And

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

And

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

And

“Each of us lives in two realms, the “within” and the “without.” The within of our lives is somehow found in the realm of ends, the without in the realm of means. The within of our [lives], the bottom — that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion for which at best we live. The without of our lives is that realm of instrumentalities, techniques, mechanisms by which we live. Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.”

And

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

And

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Wikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr.