“I had no natural gift to be anything — not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches — not anything. So I’ve worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me.”
“Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.”
“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”
“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”
“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside down.”
“Newman’s second law: Just when things look darkest, they go black.”
“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”
“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.”
“The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.”
“You gotta have two things to win. You gotta have brains and you gotta have balls. Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other.” Paul Newman as Eddie Felson, The Color of Money, 1986
1. Mike Riley, Nebraska – Although we talk to people all over the country about college football programs who we will quote anonymously in this blog to protect their identity we have only quoted current college coaches THREE times in the last 9 football seasons and today will make it FOUR times. A couple of days after Mike Riley was hired by Nebraska from Oregon State last December we were having a drink with a current Pac-12 assistant coach who said to us the following:
“Perennially, the coach with the softest team in the Pac-12 is hired to be the head coach at Nebraska? Please…tell me what sense that makes! None is the answer to that question!”
THINK about this for a second…
Mike Riley who spent the vast majority of his life on the West Coast and almost all of his coaching career at Oregon State which has played on TV dozens of times so there is plenty of tape of the Beavers for anyone that was interested in hiring Riley to watch where in watching that tape they would have found mediocre football for the most part, but more importantly teams that could and often were pushed around when playing the big boys in Pac-12 conference play is the FIRST choice by Nebraska to be their head football coach?
Please…the Idiocy of the hiring of Mike Riley at Nebraska really knows NO DAMN bounds and points to someone….whether that be Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst or him and others that were involved in hiring Riley….that these folks just have…
No Damn Freaking Clue About Nebraska Football!
As we have written about many, many times in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog we have a great infinity if not downright love for the People of Nebraska and over the past couple of decades we have spent hundreds of days in the Omaha area on business often at night dining with alums and sometimes former football players at the University of Nebraska and if someone asked us to draw up a list of 100 coaches to replace Bo Pelini at Nebraska there is NO doubt in our minds…
Mike Riley would not only have NEVER been on that list of 100 coaches to replace Bo Pelini….Mike Riley’s name would have NEVER entered our minds because we are talking about…
…and Nebraska Football is NOT about a quarterback standing three yards behind the center throwing the football and we thought that everyone in Lincoln had come to understand that FACT when Bill Callahan’s Sorry Ass was hired and then appropriately run out of the Great State of Nebraska!
Mike Riley is a fine fellow and if Mike Riley called ANYONE here at Coaches Hot Seat today and said he really needed “X” done besides taking his ass of the Hot Seat we would do it in a nanosecond BUT Mike Riley no more should be nor has earned the right to be the head coach at Nebraska AND eventually either tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week, or the next month, or maybe even next year Mike Riley will be fired at Nebraska and appropriately…
The Stupid Son of a Bitch that hired Mike Riley
…will also have his Stupid Ass run out of town and NEVER be hired again at a big-time football program like Nebraska!
We have a list here at Coaches Hot Seat…
Worst Head Coaching Hires in the Post-Bear Bryant College Football History
….and here is the Top 10 of that list as it stands today:
1. Charlie Weis, Kansas
2. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
3. Gerry Faust, Notre Dame
4. Bill Callahan, Nebraska
5. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee
6. Lane Kiffin, USC
7. Mike Riley, Nebraska
8. Mike Price, Alabama
9. Howard Schnellenberger, Oklahoma
10. Ron Zook, Florida
Charlie Weis for being the list TWICE!
Lane Kiffin for being on the list TWICE!
Nebraska for being on the list TWICE!
How does it feel fans of Nebraska football to be in the company of Freaking Charlie “Decided Schematic Advantage” Weis and Lane “Someone find me a mirror so I can look at my Precious Ass in it and make it quick” Kiffin?
Do you feel ashamed fans of Nebraska football?
You should feel ashamed BUT be ashamed for the RIGHT thing and the RIGHT thing is that you let THREE Complete Morons get into positions of power at the University of Nebraska:
Chancellor Harvey Perlman
Former AD Steve Pederson
Current AD Shawn Eichorst
Without the THREE Husker Stooges as they are known here at Coaches Hot Seat there is NO…
….thus no reason to hire Bo Pelini and then there is also no Idiot around to hire Mike Riley who we point out posted a record in Pac-12 Conference play at Oregon State of…
58 – 63
….and over the last FIVE seasons at Oregon State posted a Pac-12 Conference record of…
19 – 26!
A record of 19 – 26 in Pac-12 Conference play over the last FIVE seasons can get you the…
Freaking Head Coaching job at the University of Nebraska?
Please…is there ANYONE in the state of Nebraska that can explain to us how current Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst is still employed at the University of Nebraska?
Geez….getting back to the point here…that Mike Riley after the Huskers Total Debacle against a Purdue team that has been getting its ass whipped for a few years now is on the No. 1 Hot Seat after that Total Debacle against Purdue are 3 – 6 on the season and still have to play games against…
Michigan State At Rutgers Iowa
For some reason a quote from Paul “Bear” Bryant comes to mind in this spot and we aren’t talking about the head coach at Nebraska when using this quote but rather the chancellor’s office at the University of Nebraska:
“Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”
As the main character in the Michael Crichton movie Disclosure…Tom Sanders…played by the Great Michael Douglas in the movie…is reminded of over and over again after problems keep cropping up even after he believes he has fixed the real problem is told in messages which says…
“Solve the Problem….It’s Not Over”
…if the fans of Nebraska football REALLY want to “Solve the Problem” they MUST actually…
Solve the Damn Problem
….which is Harvey Perlman’s Sorry Ass should be run out of Lincoln before he does more damage to the University and the Nebraska football program.
In our humble opinion of course!
2. Mark Richt, Georgia – A couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were at the Florida – Georgia game on Saturday and worked their way down to the field just before halftime so they could see Mark Richt up-close as he took his team into the locker room down 20 – 0 and later that night one of them said what they saw in Richt’s face as his team left the field:
“A man that was totally defeated and it seems almost shell-shocked and if we didn’t know better even downright not caring that his team was getting its ass kicked by its main rival.”
What is going on with Mark Richt?
The usual competitiveness, the punching back, the good-natured gabs, the gritty competitor…those are all gone it seems and what is left it looks like to us and this is from not seeing Mark Richt up-close on a daily basis is a man that is one of only a very few things:
A man that has lost his fire to coach football
A man that is questioning the importance of football in life
A man that is sick
We certainly hope that Mark Richt is not sick and would imagine he would put his own health ahead of coaching football so let’s move to what we think is going on with Mark Richt at Georgia and this is just a guess BUT a guess based upon what is now patently obvious to anyone paying attention to the goings-on in Athens:
Our opinion is that Mark Richt has lost his love for the game of football and thus coaching the game of football which is driven by how much importance and thus pressure that is placed on Richt and the Georgia players from fans of UGA football which Richt believes is terribly misplaced and warps what he is trying to do which is to raise young men to be great older men while playing some football while they are at the University of Georgia.
Now assume for a moment that the above is correct and we don’t have a clue if it is or not since we cannot read Mark Richt’s mind BUT if even one iota of the above is in Richt’s mind it’s no doubt is having an impact on the amount of energy and enthusiasm that Richt brings to his job each day AND thus to what all of us see on the field each week AND what we saw of Georgia on Saturday against Florida AND what we have seen in recent years from Bulldogs football which is a Helluva long ways from the football that Georgia was playing when Mark Richt first got to Athens.
Getting back to the 2015 season the Bulldogs have played 8 games and are 5 – 3 on the season AND here is how that seasons breaks down…
Beat one FCS team in Southern
Beat four FBS teams that have combined record of 11 – 21
Lost to three FBS teams that have combined record of 18 – 6
In other words Georgia has beaten NO ONE in 2015 and what is the reason for that…in our humble opinion of course?
Georgia…YES the Georgia Bulldogs in Mark Richt’s 15 th year on the job do not have a FBS quarterback on their roster
Georgia’s defense is AVERAGE at best against good or great football teams
Mark Richt is about as motivated as the common house cat to win games and championships at Georgia anymore
Add those THREE things up and you have a Helluva mess on your hands and that is what Georgia football fans are facing right now and into the future it seems until either Mark Richt finds the fire to coach again or Georgia finds itself a new head football coach.
Up next for the 5 – 3 over and 3 – 3 in SEC play Georgia Bulldogs:
Kentucky At Auburn Georgia Southern At Georgia Tech
YES….Georgia has plenty of talent to win ALL FOUR of its remaining games but there is enough chaos at UGA right now to lose ALL FOUR of its remaining games as well!
3. Kevin Wilson, Indiana – The Indiana Hoosiers were off in Week 9 but get back at things with a game against Iowa in Week 10 and then the 4 – 4 Hoosiers finish the season against…
Michigan At Maryland At Purdue
…and one would have to think that since IU head coach Kevin Wilson is now in his FIFTH season at the school and has ZERO .500 or better records that the Hoosiers will need to find at least TWO more wins for Wilson to be back coach at Indiana in 2016…right?
One would think but then this is Indiana football we are talking about here and maybe one can survive going FOREVER without a .500 or better record and hang onto your job because after all….
This is Indiana Football we are talking about here!
4. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers got crushed by TCU on Thursday night by the score of 40 – 10 which dropped WVU’s records to….
3 – 4 overall
0 – 4 in Big 12 Conference play
….and left head coach Dana Holgorsen’s records now in his FOURTH season coaching West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference at….
Overall: 21 – 24
Big 12: 11 – 20
….and if those records are acceptable at West Virginia….WELL…
“Where have you gone, Rich Rodriguez, Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson. Jolting Joe has left and gone away, Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey”
Up next for West Virginia….
Texas Tech at home this coming Saturday in the…
Better Damn Not Lose Game of the Year for head coaches Dana Holgorsen and Kliff Kingsbury!
5. Todd Berry, La. Monroe – With La. Monroe’s loss to La. Lafayette on Saturday that is SIX straight losses for the Warhawks and a 1 – 7 record overall and now in his SIXTH season coaching at La. Monroe Todd Berry is sitting on records of…
Overall: 28 – 41
Sun Belt: 20 – 23
….and we don’t have a clue if those kind of records can keep you employed at La. Monroe or not BUT it will be interesting to find out in the coming weeks if that is so!
The 1 – 7 Warhawks have left on their schedule….
At Troy Arkansas State At Texas State At Hawaii New Mexico State
….so let’s just keep playing out the games and see where this all ends up because there’s not much else La. Monroe can or should do at this point.
6. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – At the cradle of coaches which Miami (Ohio) is known since the below coaches have led this school’s football team during its illustrious history…
Sid Gilman Woody Hayes Ara Parseghian Bo Schembechler Bill Mallory Dick Crum Randy Walker Terry Hoeppner
…things are not going so great these days with the Redhawks and current Miami (Ohio) head coach Chuck Martin now sitting on records in his SECOND year on the job of…
Overall: 3 – 18 MAC: 2 – 11
…and we certainly expect that in these last THREE games that Chuck Martin and his football team do SOMETHING!
Eastern Michigan Akron At UMass
It’s a Damn mess at Miami (Ohio)…there’s just no getting around that FACT!
7. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – A BIG Congratulations are in order to Darrell Hazell and his Purdue football team for their win over Nebraska and for the Boilermakers continuing to fight and play hard in all of their games this season even if they have been challenged in actually getting some wins on the board! Not against Nebraska though with Purdue getting the win to move to…
2 – 6 overall
1 – 3 in Big Ten play
….with these games still left to play:
Illinois At Northwestern At Iowa Indiana
Hell….if Purdue plays the way it played against Nebraska they can win THREE of their remaining FOUR games and finish at 5 – 7 which in our minds would be a step-forward and might just save Darrell Hazell’s job BUT that is a BIG DAMN…
First….Purdue MUST beat Illinois at home on Saturday!
8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Against FBS teams in 2015 the Auburn Tigers have THREE wins over…
Louisville which is 4 – 4 on the season
San Jose State which is 4 – 4 on the season
Kentucky which is 4 – 4 on the season
…and losses to….
LSU Mississippi State Arkansas Ole Miss
…and one really has to wonder with the below games left on the schedule and with Auburn now sitting at 4 – 4 on the season…
At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
….if Auburn finishes at 6 – 6 on the year…our best guess right now with wins over falling to pieces Georgia and Idaho at home….which would leave head coach Gus Malzahn’s records the last TWO seasons at…
Overall: 14 – 11
SEC: 6 – 10
….what would the Powers That Be at Auburn including the Athletic Director and the alums/big boosters that along with the very loyal fans at Auburn collectively pour Tens of Millions of Dollars into the Auburn Football program possibly be thinking then?
What the Hell is the point in spending north of $50 Million Dollars on Auburn football each year when it has a LOSING record in SEC Conference play over the last two seasons?
Our recommendation to Gus Malzahn: Don’t get blown out this coming Saturday night in College Station against Texas A&M son because if you do and somehow finish the season below .500 you will NOT be the head coach at Auburn come December…PERIOD.
9. Charlie Strong, Texas – Let it be recorded that in Charlie Strong’s…
21 st Football Game as the Head Coach at Texas
….that his Longhorns football team went to Iowa State….which has won FOUR Big 12 Conference Games the last THREE seasons combined….and lost to the Cyclones by the score of…
24 to Freaking ZERO!
Oh by the way….
Northern Iowa scored 7 points on Iowa State
Iowa scored 31 points on Iowa State
Toledo scored 20 points on Iowa State
Kansas scored 13 points on Iowa State
Texas Tech scored 66 points on Iowa State
TCU scored 45 points on Iowa State
Baylor scored 45 points on Iowa State
Texas scored ZERO points on Iowa State
A FREAKING SHUTOUT!
Now at 3 – 5 on the season and 2 – 3 in Big 12 play Charlie Strong and the Longhorns face Kansas at home on Saturday which with a loss would no doubt in our minds lead to…
Charlie Strong being fired in December
…..which is followed by games against:
At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
Bottom-Line: If Texas finishes with a losing record in 2015 one would have to think Texas will be looking for a new head football coach come December and if we were Charlie Strong’s agent we would be talking to the schools that now have or will have open jobs in the near future because it’s going to be No Damn Fun to be in Texas in the offseason with a losing record on the board for Charlie Strong and his coaches IF and that is a BIG IF Texas keeps Charlie around for another year.
Our guess on what might be the best fit for Charlie Strong among the open jobs…
10. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – With Tulane’s very predictable loss to a very slow in getting out of the gates Memphis team on Saturday that drops the Green Wave’s records in 2015 to…
2 – 6 overall
1 – 4 in American Athletic play
….and head coach Curtis Johnson’s records at Tulane to…
Overall: 14 – 31
Conference: 10 – 19
….and we would recommend to Curtis Johnson he find a few wins over these last FOUR games…
UConn At Army At SMU Tulsa
….or the Tulane job will come open in December which in our minds is a job we would be very interested in getting with the amount of high school football talent that lives with a 5 hour drive of the school and that is sitting in one of the more entertaining cities in America!
“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.”
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.”
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
“As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”
“Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?”
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”
“I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.”
“I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.”
“If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.”
“I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.”
““How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
“You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.”
“I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” – Reported reply when a reporter objected that the salary Ruth was demanding ($80,000) was more than that of President Herbert Hoover’s ($75,000)
“I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park.” – April 18, 1923, about the newly built Yankee Stadium
“To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.”
“The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”
“A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”
“War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”
“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” George Washington, Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August 1776
“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.”
“There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.”
“The only stipulations I shall contend for are, that in all things you shall do as you please. I will do the same; and that no ceremony may be used or any restraint be imposed on any one.”
“Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter; whether in public or private walks of life.”
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age, & in this land of equal liberty, it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.”
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.”
“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
“As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.”
“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”
“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”
“I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
“I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, “without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”
“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
“There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
“We never repent of having eaten too little.”
“When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.”
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
“The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen. These considerations, and others such as these, may enable us in some measure to surmount the difficulties thrown in our way; to bear up with a tolerable degree of patience under this burthen of life; and to proceed with a pious and unshaken resignation, till we arrive at our journey’s end, when we may deliver up our trust into the hands of him who gave it, and receive such reward as to him shall seem proportioned to our merit. Such, dear Page, will be the language of the man who considers his situation in this life, and such should be the language of every man who would wish to render that situation as easy as the nature of it will admit. Few things will disturb him at all: nothing will disturb him much.” Letter to John Page (15 July 1763)
“All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.”
“I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.”
“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution… They are not among the powers specially enumerated…” Opinion against the constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)
“The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens. Funding I consider as limited, rightfully, to a redemption of the debt within the lives of a majority of the generation contracting it; every generation coming equally, by the laws of the Creator of the world, to the free possession of the earth he made for their subsistence, unincumbered by their predecessors, who, like them, were but tenants for life.” Letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
“A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life” 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.”
….and if that in black & white doesn’t piss off fans of Georgia football then NOTHING WILL but then now we here at Coaches Hot Seat have to wonder…
Is Georgia football’s ultimate goal to win the National Title each season?
Maybe it’s a stated goal at Georgia but we have spent a decent amount of time around Athens, Georgia the last couple of years and we don’t think Mark Richt will lose one nanosecond of sleep if he retires without a National Championship on his resume which raises another question:
How driven is Mark Richt to win a National Championship at Georgia?
Our guess….whether Mark Richt wins a National Championship at Georgia or not is probably not real high on what Mark Richt thinks is important to be worried about in life which raises another question:
If you are NOT driven to win a National Championship at a place like Georgia and we mean REALLY driven to win a National Championship should you be the head coach at Georgia?
NO is the very easy answer to that question which brings us to the World’s Largest Cocktail Party against Florida on Saturday which is clearly a…
CANNOT LOSE Game for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs
…but is this a CANNOT LOSE Game in the deep recesses of Mark Richt’s mind?
That we have to even ask that question says a Helluva lot doesn’t it now?
Come on Mark Richt…you aren’t going to lose to a Florida team with a first year head coach that took over a Gators team that won 10 games in Will Muschamp’s last two seasons in Gainesville…are you?
2. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Purdue – Not that we think the 8-point favorite Nebraska Cornhuskers can possibly lose on the road to 1 – 6 Purdue Boilermakers BUT if Nebraska did fool around and lose to Purdue on Saturday Mike Riley would wake-up on Monday morning on one of the Hottest Seats in the American Republic!
We really don’t want to see Mike Riley lose this game so Good Luck Mike!
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Ole Miss –The reality of the very Damn tough situation that Gus Malzahn now faces is defined by two different things…
Gus Malzahn’s record at Auburn in his last 10 SEC Conference Games = 3 – 7
….and what the now 4 – 3 Auburn Tigers have left on their 2015 schedule:
Ole Miss At Texas A&M Georgia Idaho Alabama
YES…with a loss to Ole Miss there is a very Damn good chance Auburn finishes with a losing record in 2015 and with $50 Million Dollars Plus being spent on the Auburn football program we cannot imagine in our wildest dreams how Gus Malzahn could survive posting a losing record especially after beginning the season with clearly enough talent on his roster to win the whole Damn shooting match!
YES….Ole Miss is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers!
4. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss vs. Auburn – Based upon the losing that has happened to Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss in his first THREE years at the school that is heavily tilted towards the back-end of the regular season….
2012 – Lost 5 of their last 8 games 2013 – Lost 5 of their last 9 games 2014 – Lost 3 of their last 5 games
….we have a working theory here at Coaches Hot Seat that coming from as we do the “Bill Walsh…let’s call and execute the right play boys” school of football that Hugh Freeze’s “Hocus-Pocus” wears-off the Ole Miss players somewhere around the middle of the football season and right on schedule in 2015 at the first of October Ole Miss has now…
Lost 2 of their last 4 games
…and here comes a critical game at Auburn and we cannot help but wonder:
Will the Rebels show up for this game or will they fade like they have in EVERY season under Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss?
Based upon what Ole Miss has left on their schedule….
At Auburn Arkansas LSU Mississippi State
…we are thinking…
FADE AWAY Ole Miss will AGAIN!
Hell, let’s just go ahead and say it…..IF Ole Miss loses to Auburn on Saturday that will leave Hugh Freeze’s record in SEC Conference play in his FOURTH year at Ole Miss at..
14 – 15
…and appropriately Hugh Freeze will then find his rear-end on the Hot Seat with a loss to the Tigers!
Good Luck Hugh!
5. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina –A Coaches Hot Seat member checked-in with his Houston area Texas A&M big money alum relative this past week and asked one simple question:
Coaches Hot Seat: “Is there anyway Kevin Sumlin could lose his job this season?”
Texas A&M Alum: “If he has a losing record in SEC play he is done before Christmas.”
Hmmmm….let’s see here….Texas A&M is right now….
2 – 2
….in SEC Conference play and they have these SEC games left on their schedule:
South Carolina Auburn Vanderbilt LSU
Now we know why that Texas A&M alum said that Kevin Sumlin is DONE if the Aggies have a losing record in SEC Conference play in 2015….
Bozo the Clown could with A&M’s roster win at least THREE of A&M last FOUR SEC games so if Sumlin finishes at…
3 – 5
…then of course his ass should and will be run out of College Station….right?
Good Luck Kevin!
6. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Kentucky – Talk about a pressure cooker game for a head coach the Kentucky game for Vols head coach Butch Jones is the…
CANNOT LOSE Game of the Year
….so far because there are TWO teams that a Tennessee coach can NEVER lose to….
Kentucky and Vanderbilt
…and right now Butch Jones holds a…
3 – 1
…record in the FOUR Kentucky and Vanderbilt games played so far and a loss in this spot to Kentucky would be nothing short of a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…for Butch Jones and would send him rocketing up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and put the Vols in serious danger of not making it to a bowl game in 2015.
YES…YES…YES….Kentucky is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Butch Jones and Tennessee!
7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Tennessee – After starting the 2015 college football season on the Hot Seat Mark Stoops was able to slide down the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings with 4 wins in the Wildcats first 5 games BUT with a loss to Tennessee on Saturday Stoops football team will drop to…
4 – 4 overall
2 – 4 in SEC play
….with these games still to be played:
At Georgia At Vanderbilt Charlotte Louisville
It’s all very Damn simple for Mark Stoops….
BEAT Tennessee =Stay off Hot Seat Mark Stoops!
LOSE to Tennessee = Welcome back to the Hot Seat Mark Stoops!
8. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Houston – If there ever was a man that needed a win its Vandy head coach Derek Mason this Saturday against Houston in Houston because with a win in this spot Vandy would be…
4 – 4
…on the season and moving forward…BUT…with a loss the Commodores would be…
3 – 5
…and fighting for their lives the rest of the season and of course that means…
Houston is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt!
9. Charlie Strong, Texas vs. Iowa State – Texas has what…THREE…maybe FOUR times more talent on its roster than Iowa State and thus there is NO DAMN EXCUSE for Longhorns to lose to the Cyclones on Saturday and thus…
Iowa State is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Charlie Strong and Texas….PERIOD.
10. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech vs. Boston College – Frank Beamer’s record in his last 28 ACC Conference Games at Virginia Tech now stands at….
13 – 15
…and thus why Frank Beamer now finds his future College Football Hall of Fame Member ass on the Hot Seat and NO it would NOT be a good look for the Hokies to lose Saturday to a Boston College team that is sitting on a 3 – 5 record and is falling to pieces before everyone’s eyes!
One of our long-time Virginia buddies made a very good point to us this past week relative to Frank Beamer’s future at Virginia Tech:
“You have to think that Coach Beamer really wants to coach in that game next season against Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway.”
You need to win some Damn football games Coach Beamer starting with a WIN over Boston College!
11. Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Virginia Tech – With Steve Addazio now sitting on records in his THIRD season at Boston College of…
Overall: 17 – 17
ACC: 8 – 13
…..and records in 2015 of…
Overall: 3 – 5
ACC: 0 – 5
….which includes FOUR straight ACC Conference losses there is NO doubt that…
Virginia Tech is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Steve Addazio and Boston College!
12. Mike London, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech – With Virginia now sitting on a record of 2 – 5 and Mike London needing 6 wins and a bowl game trip to hang onto his job at UVA what is left on the Cavs schedule is particularly important right now and those games left are…
Georgia Tech – Winnable At Miami – Winnable At Louisville – Kind of Winnable Duke – Probably Not Winnable Virginia Tech – Winnable
Hell…Virginia has FOUR Winnable or Kind of Winnable Games left on its schedule starting with a home game against Georgia Tech on Saturday so…
Get Off Your Ass Mike London and WIN this football game over the Yellow Jackets!
13. Kyle Flood, Rutgers vs. Wisconsin – We will admit we haven’t had the best grasp of the situation at Rutgers and head coach Kyle Flood in the Complete Freaking Disaster that is Rutgers athletics these days BUT a Coaches Hot Seat member remembered this past week that he worked on Wall Street with a Rutgers alum in the early 1990s in Manhattan and tracked that person down and after some chit-chat about what each had been doing the past 20-plus years the CHS Member asked about Kyle Flood’s status and the response was:
Rutgers Alum: “It’s a Damn mess over there…always has been it seems. From what I have been hearing if Rutgers doesn’t go to a bowl game this season Flood is finished because the bottom would drop out of the support for the football program and also because it might be possible to rehire Greg Schiano at Rutgers if he doesn’t take another job first.”
Well…there you have it. Kyle Flood needs to take Rutgers to a bowl game in 2015 to save his job and sitting on a record of 3 – 4 with these games left…
At Wisconsin At Michigan Nebraska At Army Maryland
…if Flood can win 3 of the above last 6 pretty tough slate of game maybe he should hang onto his job….less than 6 wins though…it looks like That’s All Folks for Kyle Flood at Rutgers:
14. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado vs. UCLA – Not that we give Colorado any chance at all of beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday BUT it will be interesting to see the final score of this game to get a gauge on the difference that exists between the Bruins and the Buffs which the Vegas Boys peg at around 21 points or so which sounds about right to us.
YES..it would be GREAT for Mike MacIntyre and Colorado to beat UCLA on Saturday..but hey Mike…how about keeping the game with two touchdowns son….ok?
15. Charlie Partridge, FAU vs. FIU – In his SECOND season as the head coach at FAU Charlie Partridge is sitting on the very ugly records of…
Overall: 4 – 15
CUSA: 3 – 9
…and if there is a head coach that needs a win MORE than Charlie Partridge on Saturday in this annual Shula Bowl Game against FIU then we don’t know who that coach would be so here’s a thought….
Get Off Your Ass already Charlie Partridge and beat FIU!
16. Todd Berry, La. Monroe vs. La. Lafayette – Sooner and a Helluva lot more than Later Todd Better MUST stop the bleeding at La. Monroe and there would be no better spot for the now 1 – 6 Warhawks to turn things around than with a win over cross-state rival La. Lafayette on Saturday.
No, La. Monroe is not one of the more attractive coaching jobs on the FBS level BUT it is a FBS job and there would be coaches lined-up around the block to get the La. Monroe head coaching job if the losing continues for Todd Berry so how about this….
Get Off Your Ass Todd Berry and BEAT La. Lafayette!
17. Norm Chow, Hawaii vs. Air Force – In his FOURTH season as the head coach at Hawaii Norm Chow is sitting on a record in Mountain West Conference play of…
4 – 24
…and if that can keep you employed in The Islands then Damn we clearly went into the wrong line of work!
YES…Air Force at home is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Norm Chow and Hawaii!
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
1. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. TCU – Talk about a Complete Freaking Disaster if Dana Holgoren’s West Virginia football team is not able to handle a very good TCU team on the road on Thursday night that will drop the Mountaineers record to…
3 – 4
…on the season with these games still remaining to be played:
Texas Tech Texas At Kansas Iowa State At Kansas State
Hell, Bozo the Clown could coach West Virginia to at least THREE more wins with the above remaining schedule BUT is just getting to be bowl-eligible good enough for the folks around Morgantown?
Who the Hell knows but for Damn sure….
TCU is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Crazy Boy Holgorsen and West Virginia!
2. Mark Helfrich, Oregon vs. Arizona State – With the Oregon Ducks now at 4 – 3 on the season and on the verge of falling to pieces a very tough game pops up on the schedule at Arizona State on Thursday night and it will be fascinating to see how Mark Helfrich and the Ducks respond because with a loss in this spot to drop to 4 – 4 with these games left on the schedule after ASU…
California At Stanford USC Oregon State
….there is a decent chance the Ducks miss making it to a bowl game in 2015 and if the Mighty Ducks don’t go bowling in 2015 can Mark Helfrich survive to coach at Oregon in 2016?
We rather doubt it.
YES…Arizona State is a CANNOT LOSE game for Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks!
3. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – In his second season at Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl is now sitting on records of…
Overall: 5 – 15
MWC: 3 – 9
…and things don’t get any easier for the Cowboys with a game at Utah State on Friday night and still these games left be played:
Colorado State At San Diego State UNLV
Damn…more than likely the Wyoming Cowboys finish at…
1 – 11
….BUT Wyoming has plenty of talent to win 2 or 3 games down the stretch and it’s time for Craig Bohl to start proving he’s a good football coach so…
YES….Utah State is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Craig Bohl and Wyoming!
“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”
“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”
“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”
“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”
“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”
“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”
“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” Second State of the Union Address, December 1, 1862
“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Lycecum Address, 1838
“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Here is a great excerpt from that book that happened just after the First Battle of Bull Run, August 1861:
“Dozens of regiments had set up impromptu around Fort Corcoran, on Arlington Heights. Every day these canvas congeries trembled like leaves in the wind as fresh rumors of an impending Confederate attack. And every day Lincoln heard fresh stories of demoralized troops, mutinous regiments, poor discipline. Some regiments were entitled to – and clamoring for – an immediate discharge, their ninety-day service complete. The War Department’s officers seemed to busy for the burdensome task of mustering them out. Unchecked, however, mutinous sentiments could spread through camps like a virulent disease.
Lincoln decided to see for himself, and Seward went with him. A few days after Bull Run, they rode across the Potomac in an open carriage on an impromptu visit to the troops. What greeted them was redoubts spreading across the landscape, tents sprouting like mushrooms in nearly every direction, dusty roads, a cross-hatching of cart tracks, men milling or lolling about, few signs of order or purpose. Yet the District, on edge for its safety, has more than enough men to defend it – if the men chose.
As the carriage rattled along towards Fort Corcoran, a red-bearded colonel strode up: William Tecumseh Sherman. He had commanded a brigade at Bull Run, superbly. Sherman asked if the President had come to see the troops. “Yes,” said Lincoln. “We heard that you had got over the big scare and we thought we would come over and see the boys.”
Sherman got into the carriage, giving the driver directions to a camp at the top of a small hill. Sitting next to Lincoln, he asked if the President intended to speak to the men. “I would like to,” said Lincoln.
Sherman said he no objection to that, but he did not want cheering, “No hurrahing, no humbug. We had enough of it before Bull Run to spoil any set of them.” None worse than the 69 th New York, filled with Irishmen angry at not being discharged. Sherman had rebuked one of the officers of lax discipline.
Standing in the carriage, Lincoln gave an impromptu talk to Sherman’s troops: bravery, sacrifice, gratitude, a glorious future. The men began to cheer, but he held up his hand. “Don’t cheer boys, I confess I rather like it myself, but Colonel Sherman says it is not military, and I guess we had better defer to his opinion.”
Closing his impromptu peroration, Lincoln said that as Commander in Chief, he was determined that every man should be treated exactly as the law required: his indirect promise that those entitled to a discharge would soon have one. As the carriage moved on, a young officer ran after it, calling out piteously, “Mr. Lincoln! Mr. Lincoln!”
Lincoln ordered the driver to stop. Here was the officer of the 69 th New York whom Sherman had criticized, panting hard. “Mr. President, I have a cause of grievance. This morning I went to speak to Colonel Sherman, and he threatened to shoot me.”
“I told him Mr. President, that if he refused to obey my order, I would shoot him on the spot,” said Sherman. “And I here repeat it, sir, that if I remain in command here, and he or any other man refuses to obey my orders, I’ll shoot him on the spot.”
Lincoln bent forward. “My lad, if I were you, and he threatened to shoot, I would not trust him, for I believe he would do it!” The troops, until then sympathetic to the officer, howled with laughter.
Both Seward and Lincoln were impressed by the comparative tidiness of the camps of Sherman’s regiments. “This is the first bright moment I’ve experienced since the battle,” Lincoln told Sherman before riding off. From his own military experience, he knew that neatness and cleanliness is an army spelled discipline; neglect was a signal of trouble to come.”
21. Paul Haynes, Kent State – Now in his THIRD season as the head coach at Kent State and after a Saturday whipping of the Golden Flashes by Bowling Green by the score of 48 – 0 KSU head coach Paul Haynes is now sitting on records of…
Overall: 9 – 22
MAC: 6 – 13
…and things don’t get any easier with these games still left on the 2015 schedule:
Buffalo At Ohio Central Michigan At Akron
Can Paul Haynes and Kent State find THREE more wins out of the above FOUR games to get bowl eligible or will Haynes and the Golden Flashes post…
The THIRD losing season in Paul Haynes THIRD season at Kent State?
The latter….PERIOD….in our humble opinion of course!
22. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – Having taken over the Oregon Ducks football program in 2013 and having been on the Ducks staff on the offensive side of the ball since the 2009 season head coach Mark Helfrich certainly has had a influential hand in recruiting at Oregon in recent years and yet….
It seems that without the transfer of Vernon Adams into the Oregon football program this past offseason the Mighty Oregon Ducks did not have even ONE quarterback that could play on the FBS level on their roster not that the performance of Adams has been anything to write home about!
Please…how in the Hell is it possible with Mark Helfrich and now Oregon OC Scott Frost to be on the offensive coaching staff at one of the hottest college football programs in the country and the Oregon Ducks don’t have a FBS quarterback on their roster once Marcus Mariota left for the NFL?
Of course, there is a Helluva lot more wrong with Oregon Ducks than just the quarterback position because under close inspection the Ducks are coming apart at the seams with cracks forming on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and even in the special teams and when a team is breaking down across the board that is the fault of one person and one person only…
The Head Coach Mark Helfrich
A great question was recently posed to us by an Oregon-alum about Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich:
“Assume for a moment in Chip Kelly’s last season that Mark Helfrich or his agent had made it known they were interested in then Oregon OC Mark getting a head coaching job on the FBS level away from Eugene would have ANY FBS program have hired Mark Helfrich?”
The obvious answer to the above question is “NO” but then Oregon football hasn’t been for years in the past or is now about Oregon hiring the best available football coach but rather finding a coach that can be approved by the very tiny Politburo that runs things in Eugene which gets its ass-kissed on any and everything and any academic-type that was interested in doing a study on what it’s like to work in a Major College Athletic Program where people spend most of their waking hours kissing the ass of one man then head to Eugene, Oregon….which is of course our humble opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat!
Getting back to Mark Helfrich after the Ducks win over Washington Oregon now sits on records of…
4 – 3 overall
2 – 2 in Pac-12 play
…and still has to play in 2015:
At Arizona State California At Stanford USC Oregon State
Damn…could Oregon really not make it to a bowl game in 2015 needing TWO more wins to just get bowl-eligible and will the Politburo that runs Oregon Athletics tolerate the Mighty Oregon Ducks not making it to a bowl game or just getting to 6 wins without rising up and telling the peons to “do something” because the Great One is pissed-off?
Who the Hell knows but we are damn sure about one thing:
There is NOT enough money on Planet Earth that would entice us to take a job working in the Oregon Athletic department!
23. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State – After getting a nice home win over UNLV Tim DeRuyter and his Fresno State football team got run by Air Force in Week 8 by a score of 42 – 14 which dropped the Bulldogs records to…
2 – 6 overall
1 – 4 MWC play
…and make it next to impossible for Fresno State to get to 6 wins in 2015 with these games still left on the schedule with the Bulldogs needing to win ALL of them!
Nevada At Hawaii At BYU Colorado State
TWO years ago in the 2013 season Tim DeRuyter led Fresno State to records of…
11 – 2 overall
7 – 1 in MWC play
…which was the second straight Mountain West Conference Title for the Bulldogs and in 2015 Fresno State will have a tough time even making it to a bowl game and the lesson here is….
If you let up for a second it can all be gone in a minute.
A few years ago a former college head coach with a “name” that most that follow the game of football would recognize who got fired from a “name” college football program for not winning enough games told us…
“The thing you don’t realize when you are a head coach is how close you always are to losing everything and I am not talking about the money and perks but rather the job….the job of being a head coach at the highest level of college football…and why if I had to do it over again some of things I wasted my time doing that had nothing to do with building a winning program would be eliminated and I would focus like crazy on recruiting, coaching, and selling the program to recruits and anyone else that would listen every second I was awake.”
As Bill Dooley(the brother of the Great Vince Dooley) who was the head coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest once said about being a college head coach:
“You have to fight the tendency to let up. You just can never let up.”
Amen to that Bill Dooley!
Getting back to Tim DeRuyter we see no reason why Fresno State cannot beat Nevada and Hawaii in its next TWO games so…
Coach ‘Em Up Tim!
24. Steve Addazio, Boston College – A fascinating move that Boston College head coach Steve Addazio pulled a couple of years back was landing the BC job after posting a record of…
4 – 7
….at Temple and in the last THREE seasons at BC Addazio has now posted records of…
Overall: 17 – 17
ACC: 8 – 13
…and frankly those records don’t feed the bulldog or us here at Coaches Hot Seat and thus why Steve Addazio finds his ass now on the Hot Seat!
Now at 3 – 5 on the season BC still has to play games against….
Virginia Tech NC State Notre Dame At Syracuse
….and if Addazio is going to take the Eagles to another bowl game then for Damn sure BC better win its next TWO games before Notre Dame shows up in Boston on November 21!
25. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – There are many Coaches Hot Seat members that have all kinds of different connections to San Jose State University so we were very excited a few years ago when Ron Caragher, former UCLA quarterback behind Troy Aikman and a boy that grew up in Peninsula/South Bay area of the San Francisco Bay area, got the San Jose State head coaching job especially since Ron posted a very impressive 44 – 22 record in SIX seasons coaching at University of San Diego following in the footsteps of Jim Harbaugh BUT by his THIRD year on the job at SJSU we were frankly expecting more from Ron Caragher…MUCH DAMN MORE! Besides Ron Caragher’s family is there is NO ONE on Planet Earth that wants to see Ron succeed at San Jose State than us here at Coaches Hot Seat and San Jose State did get an important win over New Mexico on Saturday to raise their records in 2015 to…
4 – 4 overall
3 – 2 in MWC play
….but now the Spartans need to keep things rolling through the bye week and into their final FOUR games against…
BYU At Nevada At Hawaii Boise State
….with the Spartans really needing to find TWO more wins to get bowl-eligible after posting a 3 – 9 record in 2014.
Yes…each college head coach has a personal backstory that are each fascinating in their own right and since there are a decent amount of ex-US Navy folks here at Coaches Hot Seat we knew that Ron Caragher lived on Coronado Island when he was the head coach at the University of San Diego and below is a story from a Coronado website that details the unique backstory on Ron Caragher and his family….now get off your ass and start winning some games Ron!
26. Scott Shafer, Syracuse – After posting a 7 – 6 record in his first season at Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has posted records over the past two seasons of…
Overall: 6 – 13
ACC: 2 – 9
…and with the Orange now in the midst of a FOUR game losing streak Scott Shafer better stop the bleeding soon or he might just find himself out of a job.
With Syracuse now at…
3 – 4 overall
1 – 2 in ACC play
….and with these games left on the schedule…
At Florida State At Louisville Clemson At NC State Boston College
…..it’s not going to be easy for Syracuse to find many more wins unless the Orange start playing a Helluva lot better football and in Helluva hurry!
Good Luck against Florida State Scott!
27. Jeff Monken, Army – In his second season at Army Jeff Monken is plodding along at a pretty pitiful pace just like a lot of Army coaches have plodded along at West Point in recent years….make that for two-plus decades…and frankly…
We are sick of Army football being PITIFUL!
With Army’s loss to Rice on Saturday that dropped the Black Knights record to…
2 – 6
…on the season with these games still left on the schedule:
At Air Force Tulane Rutgers Navy
Damn Jeff Monken….you need to win your last FOUR games to get bowl-eligible and THREE of your last FOUR games are against teams better than the team you just lost to in Rice!
Come on….Coach up Army Jeff Monken!
28. Paul Petrino, Idaho – Paul Petrino and his Idaho football team got a second straight win on Saturday this time over a severely slumping La. Monroe football team and now the question is for the 3 – 4 Vandals can they find THREE more wins out of their last FIVE games….that are below….
At New Mexico State – Should Be A Win = 4 Wins At South Alabama – Probably Not = 4 Wins Still Appalachian State – Probably Not = 4 Wins Still At Auburn – NO – 4 Wins Still Texas State – Maybe – Let’s Call It 5 Wins for Idaho in 2015
The Good News…5 Wins for Paul Petrino and Idaho in 2015 would be THREE wins more than Petrino got in his first two years on the job and would get Petrino’s ass off the Hot Seat but more immediately a THIRD straight win over New Mexico State in Las Cruces on Halloween would get Petrino’s ass off the Hot Seat come Monday morning!
OK Paul Petrino….it’s up to YOU to get YOUR own ass off the Hot Seat by beating New Mexico State!
29. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Mike MacIntyre and his Colorado football team got a nice Pac-12 win on Saturday at Oregon State which runs MacIntyre’s Pac-12 Conference record now in his THIRD season at CU to…
2 – 20
….and now the Buffs need to keep things going to get Mike MacIntyre off the Hot Seat completely with a win at UCLA on Halloween!
Oh…don’t see that happening but then that’s why we play the games so Good Luck to Mike MacIntyre and Colorado on Halloween against the Bruins!
30. Charlie Strong, Texas – The Very Best Thing about the Texas Longhorns win over Oklahoma and Kansas State in their last TWO games was that the Texas players played with….
PASSION and PRIDE
…something that was lacking in some of Charlie Strong’s earlier games at Texas over the last TWO seasons and if there is something that can have a more dramatic impact upon a football game than players playing with…
PASSION and PRIDE
….then we don’t know what it is because when you are really Damn motivated NOT to lose then guess what…you often WIN!
Up next for Charlie Strong and the now 3 – 4 Longhorns is a Very Winnable Game at Iowa State which also happens to be…
Better Damn NOT Lose Game for Charlie Strong
….because a loss in this spot would be WORSE than the GOOD that came from Texas beating OU and KSU and would destroy the modicum of goodwill that Charlie Strong is starting…if very slowly….to build in Austin.
Here’s the thing…if Texas plays against Iowa State like it did against Oklahoma and Kansas State it will beat the Cyclones and then Texas will most certainly beat Kansas in Austin on November 7 which will run the Horns record to….
5 – 4
…and leave these games on the schedule to be played:
At West Virginia Texas Tech At Baylor
Our opinion…if Texas plays the rest of its games like they played against Oklahoma and Kansas State the Horns will finish at…
7 – 5
…in 2015 which will be ONE win more than last season and then with a bowl win Charlie Strong could start to build some REAL momentum in Austin but first things first Charlie…