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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Leonardo da Vinci

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Leonardo da Vinci

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“Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature.”

And

“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”

And

“Experience, the interpreter between formative nature and the human race, teaches how that nature acts among mortals; and being constrained by necessity cannot act otherwise than as reason, which is its helm, requires her to act.”

And

“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”

And

“That is not riches, which may be lost; virtue is our true good and the true reward of its possessor. That cannot be lost; that never deserts us, but when life leaves us. As to property and external riches, hold them with trembling; they often leave their possessor in contempt, and mocked at for having lost them.”

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“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”

And

“He who walks straight rarely falls.”

And

“Men will seem to see new destructions in the sky. The flames that fall from it will seem to rise in it and to fly from it with terror. They will hear every kind of animals speak in human language. They will instantaneously run in person in various parts of the world, without motion. They will see the greatest splendour in the midst of darkness. O! marvel of the human race! What madness has led you thus! You will speak with animals of every species and they with you in human speech. You will see yourself fall from great heights without any harm and torrents will accompany you, and will mingle with their rapid course.”

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“Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other’s language.”

And

“It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.”

And

“He who does not value life does not deserve it.”

And

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

And

“Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”

And

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.”

And

“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”

And

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

And

“I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”

And

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

And

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

And

“Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature.”

And

“The earth is not in the centre of the Sun’s orbit nor at the centre of the universe, but in the centre of its companion elements, and united with them. And any one standing on the moon, when it and the sun are both beneath us, would see this our earth and the element of water upon it just as we see the moon, and the earth would light it as it lights us.”

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“The motive power is the cause of all life.”

And

“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”

And

“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”

And

“He who thinks little, errs much.”

And

“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”

And

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”

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“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

And

“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”

And

“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”

Wikipedia: Leonardo da Vinci

Coaches Hot Seat Quote of the Day – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Socrates

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Socrates

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

And

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

And

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”

And

“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”

And

“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”

And

“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

And

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

And

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

And

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

And

“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”

And

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

And

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

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“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

And

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

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“I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting anyone whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying: O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this? And if the person with whom I an arguing says: Yes, but I do care: I do not depart or let him go at once; I interrogate and examine and cross-examine him, and if I think that he has no virtue, but only says that he has, I reproach him with overvaluing the greater, and undervaluing the less. …For this is the command of God, as I would have you know…”

And

“You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything.”

And

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

And

“Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”

And

“Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, ‘How many things I have no need of!””

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“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

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“I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.  For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death.  For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything.  The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.”  

Wikipedia Page:   Socrates

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, December 15, 2014 – Plato

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, December 15, 2014 – Plato

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“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

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“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

And

“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

And

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

And

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

And

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

And

“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

And

“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

And

“Life must be lived as play.”

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

And

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

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“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

And

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

And

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

And

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

And

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

And

“There is truth in wine and children”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

And

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

And

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

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“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Wikipedia:  Plato

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A Few Comments From the Peanut Gallery on the 2014 – 2015 College Football Head Coaching Changes….So Far

A Few Comments From the Peanut Gallery on the 2014 – 2015 College Football Head Coaching Changes….So Far

Using the 2014 – 2015 Head Coaching Changes Ticker at Football Scoop…

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….below are a few comments from the peanut gallery here at Coaches Hot Seat in the middle of December which includes the below interesting numbers from Football Scoop on how many CFB Head Coaching Changes there have been in recent years.

College Football Head Coaching Changes – 2008 – 2014

2008 – 22
2009 – 23
2010 – 24
2011 – 28
2012 – 31
2013 – 20
2014 – 13 – So far!

Buffalo
Fired – Jeff Quinn
Hired – Lance Leipold
Opinion – Lance Leipold is a very good football coach who has won FIVE NCAA Division III National Championships in SEVEN seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin – Whitewater and lost in the final game TWO other times while posting a record of…

108 – 6  (.947)

….with Leipold having his Wisconsin – Whitewater team in another NCAA Division III National Championship Game this coming Friday night, December 19, against Mount Union which if won would mean…

SIX Division III NCAA National Championships in EIGHT years at Wisconsin Whitewater

Wow!

What can one say to that but Buffalo hired them a Helluva football coach!

Colorado State
Moved – Jim McElwain
Hired – ?
Opinion – Jim McElwain built a strong foundation at Colorado State that some coach should be able to take advantage of to keep the ball rolling in Ft. Collins which makes this a critical hire for the folks at CSU.

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Florida
Fired – Will Muschamp
Hired – Jim McElwain
Opinion – In terms of the last FIVE head coaching hires at the University of Florida since Steve Spurrier was hired as the Gators head coach in 1990 we would rank McElwain’s hiring this way:

Head Coach – Years – Florida Win/Loss Record

1. Steve Spurrier (1990 – 2001) – 122 – 27 – 1 (.817)

2. Urban Meyer (2005 – 2010) – 65 – 15 (.813)

3. Jim McElwain (2015) – ?

4. Will Muschamp (2011 – 2014) – 28 – 21 (.571)

5. Ron Zook (2002 – 2004) – 23 – 14 (.622)

Can Jim McElwain challenge the accomplishments of Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer who won…

Steve Spurrier = 6 SEC Championships + 1 National Championship

Urban Meyer = 2 SEC Championships + 2 National Championships

….at Florida?

We don’t have a clue to the answer to that question BUT Jim McElwain is a solid coach that should turn Florida into a….

Top 10 Team Nationally EVERY Year

SEC East Top 2 Team EVERY Year

SEC Championship at least EVERY 3 Years

National Championship at least EVERY 5 Years

10-Plus Wins EVERY Year playing 12+ Games Per Year

.500 Record MINIMUM against Florida State

There is just No Damn Excuse for not achieving the above goals at Florida and anything short of that will land Jim McElwain on the….

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….as it should because after all this is….FLORIDA FOOTBALL!

Funny story about FLORIDA FOOTBALL a Coaches Hot Seat member who was serving in the US Navy in Jacksonville, Florida when Steve Spurrier was hired at Florida in 1990 bought an used BMW from a Florida-alum that had a…

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….sticker in the back window and the Florida-alum when getting the car cleaned-up to hand over to the Coaches Hot Seat member asked if he wanted the Florida Gators sticker taken off the back window and the CHS Member said then:

“With Spurrier hired at Florida just leave it on there because this is going to be great fun the next few years in north Florida!”

Guess what? That 1985 BMW M635csi is still owned by the Coaches Hot Seat member and it sits in the garage of a condo he owns in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and it still has a sticker in the back window that says…

Florida Gators

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Come on Jim McElwain…we set the bar very high for Florida head football coaches and Good Luck in meeting our and Florida fans HIGH expectations!

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Note on Will Muschamp – Another reason why it is impossible for us to root against Will Muschamp is that even with Will making Millions of Dollars at Florida in recent years and Millions more Dollars coming Will’s way in the next few years from Gainesville Muschamp is right back at the grind of coaching as the new defensive coordinator at Auburn which sets-up some great match-ups in the coming years between Alabama and Auburn that not even wild horses could keep us away from! Some people might say why not just take a few years off with so much money in the bank, but for us here at Coaches Hot Seat that have been to Auburn many times for football games, who have fished some in the lakes just up the road north of Auburn, and realizing how great it is to live around Auburn, we understand completely why Muschamp took the Auburn DC job and why he will no doubt have a Helluva time at Auburn in the coming years!

It is already on our calendar….

November 28, 2015 – Alabama at Auburn – Iron Bowl, Auburn, Alabama!

Houston
Fired – Tony Levine
Hired – ?
Opinion – In three seasons as the head football coach at Houston Tony Levine posted records of…

Overall:  21 – 17
Conference:  14 – 10

…and BRAVO to the folks running Houston Football for not accepting MEDIOCRITY which is rampant across college football these days with often athletic directors becoming such…

Good Friends

….with their MEDIOCRE head football coach that they don’t have the GUTS to toss their SORRY and MEDIOCRE asses out the door when they aren’t performing!

Now Houston needs to go out and hire a FOOTBALL COACH!

Kansas
Fired – Charlie Weis
Hired – David Beaty
Opinion – David Beaty is a high-energy guy and a solid football coach who has a nice track record as an assistant coach and now Beaty will have to become a HEAD FOOTBALL COACH which is something entirely different and that transition to becoming a HEAD FOOTBALL COACH or not will be the determining factor in how successful Beaty is at Kansas. Beaty was able to keep interim Kansas head coach Clint Bowen on as the defensive coordinator at KU and Beaty and Bowen combined SHOULD make Jayhawks football very competitive in the Big 12 in the next few years and thus in our opinion David Beaty is a very good hire for Kansas.

An interesting side-note the Damn Aggie relative of a Coaches Hot Seat member who lives in the Houston area called and said when David Beaty was hired at Kansas:

“If Kevin Sumlin doesn’t make it at A&M if David Beaty does a good job at Kansas he might be the next head coach of the Aggies.”

Hmmm….now that should be some Helluva motivation for both…

Kevin Sumlin

AND

David Beaty

Coach ‘em up Boys!

Michigan
Fired – Brady Hoke
Hired – ?
Opinion - We have never thought for a second that Jim Harbaugh would take the Michigan job considering he would have to again deal with the “academics” at Michigan like he had to at Stanford and of course there is all the recruiting that comes with being a college head coach that doesn’t exist in the NFL which an NFL guy told us one day is thought of like this by people in the NFL….

“In college football you have to go get your guys…in the NFL they come to us!”

Jim Harbaugh should have offers from at least THREE, maybe FOUR NFL teams in the $7 to $10 million per season range in a couple of weeks which is the kind of money that Michigan would never pay and with that if we were the AD at Michigan we would probably be trying to hire…

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State head coach

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Michigan hiring Dan Mullen would get Mullen out of the brutal SEC West and it would get Michigan a very good football coach which would set-up some great games in the future between Dan Mullen and Urban Meyer which above anything else would make Mullen to Michigan a GREAT hire!

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Nebraska
Fired – Bo Pelini
Hired – Mike Riley
Opinion – Even a week later we are still stunned Nebraska hired Mike Riley and we have been told by someone who we trust completely that Nebraska knew or should have known that there were 2…maybe 3….very high quality head coaches that would have loved to have gotten the Nebraska head coaching job and yet the Huskers hired….Mike Riley!

We would love to wrong that Mike Riley is a…

Complete Freaking Disaster of a Hire

…for Nebraska BUT we have a feeling that Mike Riley will do worse than Bo Pelini at Nebraska which will lead to Riley’s firing in short-order and also to the firings of…

Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst

Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman

….who both should be run-out of Lincoln, Nebraska if Mike Riley is fired before he coaches his third or fourth year with the Huskers.

Frankly for us here at Coaches Hot Seat having Harvey Perlman run-out of Lincoln, Nebraska is worth the Nebraska program having a few Complete Disaster seasons since it is our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…

Harvey Perlman has been a Complete Freaking Disaster for the University of Nebraska

Let’s see here…

Graham Spanier = Complete Freaking Disaster for Penn State = GONE

E. Gordon Gee = Complete Freaking Disaster for Ohio State = GONE…although the Idiots at West Virginia hired him

Harvey Perlman = Complete Freaking Disaster for Nebraska = WILL BE GONE if Nebraska football program implodes under Mike Riley

Yes, the above Three Sorry Bastards have done tremendous damage to the institutions they have run….in our opinion of course as Citizens of the American Republic…and maybe one more will be GONE in the next couple of years at Nebraska.

If you are getting the idea that we really dislike…

Sanctimonious Pompous Arrogant Ass Academics

….then you would be right!

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Oregon State
Moved – Mike Riley
Hired – Gary Andersen
Opinion – As we have written in this blog many times over the years we were very intrigued by Urban Meyer’s hiring at Utah in 2003 because we had heard so much about Meyer from our buddies in Ohio when he was an assistant at Notre Dame and then head coach at Bowling Green and a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members got to see some of Meyer’s practices at Utah and several of their games in Meyer’s 2-year run in Salt Lake City when the Utes posted a 2-year record of…

22 – 2

There is a lot that could be written in this spot about why we think Urban Meyer wins so many games or more to the point LOSES SO FEW GAMES as a head football coach…we will save that for another day….and it seems Gary Andersen picked-up a good bit from Meyer in the one year (2004) that he was on Meyer’s staff at Utah that has served Andersen well in his head coaching stops at Utah State and Wisconsin and will serve him well at Oregon State.

The very best way to know if a head coaching hire was a GREAT hire or not is to get the private behind-the-scenes opinion of the other head coaches that will have to face the new head coach and asking around this past week in Pac-12 Country about Gary Anderson’s hire at Oregon Andersen’s opposing Pac-12 coaches have the same response that the Stanford Football fans here at Coaches Hot Seat had to Anderson being hired in Corvallis:

DAMN!

In our opinion Oregon State just upgraded their head coaching position in a MASSIVE way by replacing Mike Riley with Gary Andersen and in the process has made the rivalry with Oregon a Helluva lot more interesting in the coming years because now Oregon State had a head coach that will actually…

FIGHT and take-on the Oregon Ducks directly

…which in our opinion has not happened in years at Oregon State which was basically a DEAD football program when Nebraska hired Mike Riley away from OSU….in our opinion of course.

Good Luck to you Gary Anderson.

SMU
Resigned – June Jones
Hired – Chad Morris
Opinion – A very tired June Jones was replaced by a highly-motivated Chad Morris at SMU which was a GREAT move in every possible way we can imagine and we are expecting a lot of things from SMU in the coming years from Chad Morris as no doubt Morris is expecting a lot of himself and the SMU football program. With all the high school football talent in the state of Texas there is just NO reason why SMU shouldn’t be a football power in the American Athletic Conference….PERIOD.

Oh, Chad Morris as a Texas A&M alum is another coach that could replace Kevin Sumlin in College Station if Kevin Sumlin “doesn’t make it” which is an intriguing idea which should motivate the Hell out of…

Kevin Sumlin

AND

Chad Morris

Troy
Retired – Larry Blakeney
Hired – Neal Brown
Opinion – We see no reason why Neal Brown shouldn’t be able to both revitalize and extend Larry Blakeney’s success at Troy and we would say we EXPECT Troy football to be better in the coming years than it was in Blakeney’s last years as the head football coach at Troy with Neal Brown now running things.

In 24 seasons at Troy Larry Blakeney did this…

178 – 113 – 1

Average of 7.42 wins per season

FIVE Sun Belt Conference Championships in ELEVEN seasons in the Sun Belt

SEVEN NCAA Postseason Playoff Appearances in TEN seasons in lower than FBS level of football

We are expecting MORE than the above from Neal Brown at Troy so Coach ‘em up Neal!

Tulsa
Fired – Bill Blankenship
Hired – Phillip Montgomery
Opinion – Like his mentor Art Briles…Phillip Montgomery is a very good football coach who can coach up some offense and we are expecting a lot of things out of Tulsa football in the coming years with Montgomery now as the head coach which with Chad Morris now at SMU should make the American Athletic Conference a mighty Damn entertaining place indeed!

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UNLV
Resigned – Bobby Hauck
Hired – Tony Sanchez
Opinion – We have some knowledge of Tony Sanchez since he coached California High School in San Ramon, CA in the East Bay of San Francisco between 2004 – 2008 which Sanchez built into a powerhouse football program as he did at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas BUT we don’t have a clue if Tony Sanchez can win at the college level at UNLV and it should be fascinating to see how Sanchez does in Vegas in the coming years.

Below are a couple of great reads on Tony Sanchez for those that don’t much about him:

Sanchez committed to building support system for UNLV football, Taylor Bern, Las Vegas Sun

Sanchez sets bar at Bishop Gorman, Mitch Sherman, ESPN

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Wisconsin
Moved – Gary Andersen
Hired – ?
Opinion – We have a lot of respect for Barry Alvarez as a football coach…or rather we have a LOT of respect for Barry Alvarez as a football coach BUT as an athletic director Barry Alvarez it is our opinion that Alvarez is a….

Cheap Pompous Arrogant Ass

….and Barry Alvarez being a Cheap Pompous Arrogant Ass as the AD at Wisconsin has just cost the Badgers two very good football coaches in…

Bret Bielema
Gary Andersen

….in our opinion and may have already cost Wisconsin the shot of a few top-notch coaches this time around with the Badgers reportedly poised to hire Pitt head coach Paul Chryst who has done OK at Pitt….

19 – 19 Overall

….but hasn’t been setting the world on fire in Pittsburgh.

The bosses here at Coaches Hot Seat have a much different outlook on managing people it seems…in our opinion…than Barry Alvarez because we believe that companies should…

Pay All That They Can

….to their employees and match the current salary marketplace if possible and certainly Wisconsin is making plenty of Damn money to match the current head and assistant coaching marketplace which in our opinion does on indeed make Barry Alvarez a…

Cheap Pompous Arrogant Ass!

As for a head coach working for Barry Alvarez as the AD if we were interviewing with Alvarez for the head coaching job at Wisconsin we would tell Barry flat-out in the interview:

“I will be the head coach at Wisconsin and if I want your opinion on something….I will ask for it…..understand?”

If Barry Alvarez did “not understand” that we didn’t want his input, or his ass hanging around at practices, or especially making comments inside or outside the Wisconsin football program then we would tell Barry Alvarez he could…

Stuff the Wisconsin Head Coaching Job Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine!

As for Barry Alvarez coaching Wisconsin in a bowl game….that’s just what…

Pompous Arrogant Asses Do….in our opinion of course!

No, if Barry Alvarez offered us $100 Million Dollars a year and $100 Million Dollars for our assistant coaches we would NOT accept the Wisconsin head coaching job…

But that’s just us!

Good Luck to whatever coach takes over Wisconsin football…you will need it!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Neil Simon

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Neil Simon

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“New York is not Mecca. It just smells like it.”

And

“There are two million interesting people in New York and only seventy-eight in Los Angeles.”

And

“You’re a witness. You’re always standing around watching what’s happening, scribbling in your book what other people do. You have to get in the middle of it. You have to take sides. Make a contribution to the fight. Any fight. The one you believe in.”

And

“Once you start compromising your thoughts, you’re a candidate for mediocrity.”

And

“I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they’ve come up with so far.”

And

“I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.”

And

“If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.”

And

“In a sense, everything you write is autobiographical because it is going through your brain, so it comes out like litmus paper, it always catches some of who you are.”

And

“If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet.”

And

“Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you never know the ending.”

And

“Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.”

Wikipedia:  Neil Simon

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 13, 2014 – John Heisman

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 13, 2014 – John Heisman

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“Don’t cuss. Don’t argue with the officials. And don’t lose the game.”

And

“When you find your opponent’s weak spot, hammer it.”

And

“To break training without permission is an act of treason.”

And

“When in doubt, punt!”

And

“The true football fan pays no attention to time or mileage when there is a big game to see.”

And

“Coaches should be masterful, commanding, even dictatorial. A coach has no time to say “please” or “mister.” Occasionally he must be severe.”

Wikipedia:  John Heisman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 12, 2014 – Joe Paterno

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 12, 2014 – Joe Paterno

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“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”

And

“Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.”

And

“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.”

And

“Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.”

And

“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.”

And

“The minute you think you’ve got it made, disaster is just around the corner.”

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“The name on the front of the jersey is what really matters, not the name on the back.”

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“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”

And

“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.”

And

“You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.”

Amd

“You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.”

Wikipedia:  Joe Paterno

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A Few Words on the US Senate Democrats CIA Torture Report and the Bogus Outrage at the CIA for This? Come on Folks Get A Freaking Clue! – Richard Nixon Goes To CIA Headquarters – Post Week 15 – End of the Regular Season – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches – Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Only A Couple More Times Johnny Cash This Season BUT Keep Giving These Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

A Few Words on the US Senate Democrats CIA Torture Report and the Bogus Outrage at the CIA for This? Come on Folks Get A Freaking Clue!

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Those of us here at Coaches Hot Seat that worked in Intelligence for at least part of our time in the US Military couldn’t help but laugh at the Idiocy coming out of Washington DC in the last couple of days with the US Senate Democrats report on the CIA torturing or rather conducting aggressive interrogation on suspected and/or confirmed terrorists involved in the 9/11 Attack on America…

U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture, Bill Trott, Reuters

….because the TRUTH is that if the Senate Democrats or anyone else put out a report on all that the CIA has been up to since its founding in 1947 it would make this “torture report” look like NOTHING!

That’s not to say we believe in torturing prisoners to try and garner critical information since we believe that people being subjected to all-manner of things that are not repeated in polite society will usually end up with that person telling you whatever the Hell you want to hear in order stop the torture, so whatever the Hell the CIA was up to in the aftermath of 9/11 it would have been a lot better off…..as would the George W. Bush Administration….focusing on Destroying Al-Qaeda and killing Osama bin Laden….instead of starting that Bogus war in Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein which did nothing but turn Iraq over the Fascist Thugs that run Iran and put America in a tougher spot in the Middle East going forward and let’s not even get into the even more Bogus “Nation-Building” Bullshit in 5 th Century Afghanistan!

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Yes, trying to figure out the Complete Idiocy of a Trust Fund Boy Yellow-Bellied Coward Draft Dodger like George W. Bush is not an easy task but since some of us ran into George W. Bush when his Daddy was Vice-President of the United States in the mid-1980s our opinion of George W. Bush then that he was a….

Complete Freaking Idiot

….and 30 years later our opinion of George W. Bush is that he is a…

Complete Freaking Idiot!

….and that comes from people that worked to elected Ronald Reagan twice to the Presidency in 1980 and 1984 and George H. W. Bush once to the Presidency in 1988.

The TRUTH is that in bookstores across America there are shelves lined with books that tell much more EVIL tales of what the CIA has been up to since its founding in 1947 that do in FACT make this US Senate Democrats torture report look like NOTHING and some of the best of those books on the history of the CIA that we recommend heartily are:

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, Stephen Kinzer

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And

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Mark Mazzetti

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And

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Tim Weiner

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And

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, Steve Coll

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And

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, John Rizzo

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And

Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA’s Key Field Commander

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Here’s the TRUTH about the CIA to those in America wringing their hands about US Intelligence “torturing” a few terrorists:

The CIA has been involved in thousands of operations since 1947 including the overthrow of governments that have led to the DEATHS of hundreds of thousands of people…often innocent human beings in FACT….and all one has to do to learn about what the CIA has been up is pick-up one of the above books and one will LAUGH OUT LOUD at the Complete Idiocy going on in Washington DC right now with people crying “Torture, Torture” when those very same people know for Damn sure that US Intelligence has been a lethal killing machine doing things in the American People’s name and ultimately in defense of the American Republic which has been going on SIX decades now.

That’s not to say we think everything the CIA has done is EVIL….far from it….the CIA like most intelligence organizations has done….

Great, Good, Bad, Ugly…and Yes…even EVIL Things

….over the past 60 years BUT on balance we would say that the CIA has done its duty and often that duty included being ordered to do things by US Presidents that broke International and U.S. law in the process and often CIA employees did those things because they are Patriots who love their country who want to protect it and its People.

There is so much we could write in this spot relative to what the CIA has been up to over the past 60 years, but since this is America where pop culture is deeply intertwined with politics perhaps the best way to show just what the Hell has been going on is to use a clip from the movie Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone, which details an actual meeting between then President Richard Nixon and CIA Director Richard Helms at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. What exactly was said at this meeting between Nixon and Helms in the early 1970s is only known to those two men that are now gone from the Earth, but the below scene captures very accurately both the concern that Richard Nixon had about papers the CIA then held that connected Nixon with the attempted overthrow and murder of Cuban leader Fidel Castro when he was Vice-President which included the use of elements of organized crime (the mafia) in the U.S. and Richard Helms wanting to hold onto cards that would provide a check against President Nixon in case he ever wanted to weaken or embarrass the CIA. There is a Helluva lot more we could say in this spot relative to the CIA and Watergate but why in the Hell wade into those waters when that is a story one can look into themselves if they are so inclined….like HERE.

In our opinion the MAIN thing you should take from the below scene from actors playing President Richard Nixon and CIA Director Richard Helms is that the CIA has been up to a Helluva lot of mischief over the past 60 years that involved….Great, Good, Bad, Ugly…and Yes…even EVIL Things….and that outrage over an US Senate Democrats report that the CIA tortured a few terrorists that had connections to the 9/11 Attack on America is not only Outrageous it is Ludicrous to the extreme….in our opinion of course. There are lots of great people and Patriots working their asses off at the CIA right now to protect the American Republic and American People and this Bogus US Senate Democrats report on purported “torture” of captured terrorists was in our opinion only released to try and embarrass an agency that has been under siege since 9/11…wrongly in our opinion.

President Nixon Goes to the CIA

 

 

Post Week 15 – End of the Regular Season – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches – Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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Only A Couple More Times Johnny Cash This Season BUT Keep Giving These Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

Post Week 15 – End of the Regular Season – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches – Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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21.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen has now been the head coach at West Virginia for FOUR seasons and THREE of those seasons have been in the Big 12 Conference and what is Crazy Boy Holgorsen’s record in Big 12 play?

Overall:  18 – 19

Big 12:  11 – 16

Wow! We asked a good friend of ours that is from West Virginia and has a degree from WVU who lives in Washington DC how Crazy Boy Holgorsen can get away with that kind of Below Average record in Morgantown and his response was:

“With an athletic director (Oliver Luck) more interested in his son’s NFL career than the West Virginia athletic department and football team is how!”

It is impossible to know what Rich Rodriguez would have done at West Virginia if he had coached WVU in the Big 12 Conference but in SEVEN seasons at WVU Rodriguez posted a Conference Winning Percentage of…

.708

….and Dana Holgorsen’s Conference Winning Percentage in FOUR years on the job is now…

.471

Hey, at least Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen’s job security looks Rock Solid with Andrew Luck probably playing another 10 years in the NFL!

Now what the West Virginia football program will look like 10 years from now we don’t know but what the Hell does that matter when there are NFL football games to attend!

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22.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – We are not sure what Vandy head coach Derek Mason has in store to get the ship righted in Nashville after his inaugural 3 – 9 season but when we look at the Commodores 2015 football schedule there better be some Damn big changes in the next 9 months or WATCH OUT!

Western Kentucky
Georgia
Austin Peay
At Ole Miss
At Middle Tennessee
At South Carolina
Missouri
At Houston
At Florida
Kentucky
Texas A&M
At Tennessee

WOW! Besides the very tough SEC Conference slate in 2015 Derek Mason and Vandy have THREE games that Vanderbilt just flat-out…

CANNOT LOSE in 2015

….against….

Western Kentucky
At Middle Tennessee
At Houston

We see only one SURE-FIRE win on Vandy’s 2015 football schedule against Austin Peay and that means barring a major upgrade in the Commodores from 2014 to 2015 this season’s…

3 – 9

….record might look good a year from now and if that’s the case Derek Mason’s head coaching career….at least the first time around….will be over!

Come on Derek Mason!

You know you have at least one group of people pulling like Hell for you and that will ALWAYS count for something!

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23.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Bret Bielema did a nice job getting the Arkansas football program straightened out in 2014 and by our count the Razorbacks were competitive or better than their opponent in…

11 of their 12 games in 2014

….with only Georgia blowing out the Hogs in the second-half this past season and although that bodes well for the future in 2015 Bielema will have to get Arkansas over the hump because with another 6 – 6 season Bret Bielema and more than like Arkansas AD Jeff Long will be….

Finished in Fayetteville.

Below is the 2015 Arkansas football schedule:

UTEP
Toledo
Texas Tech
Texas A&M – Arlington
At Tennessee
At Alabama
Auburn
UT-Martin
At Ole Miss
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

We count SEVEN home games for Arkansas in 2015 and one neutral-site game against Arkansas in Dallas and by our reckoning if the Razorbacks are going to be announced as an improved team under Bret Bielema next season come a year from now then they would have to post a record of….

8 – 4

…or better!

Coach ‘em up Bielema!

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24.  Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – A friend of ours that was at the season-ending Notre Dame – USC game at the LA Coliseum walked over to the Irish sideline in the second half and came away with the following observations:

1. Notre Dame looks like a very good high school team physically

2. The Notre Dame players didn’t seem to give a Damn they were getting their asses whipped by USC

3. 2015 could be a Complete Freaking Disaster for the Irish

The last observation above by our friend that….

2015 could be a Complete Freaking Disaster for the Irish

…is based upon a personal observation of the Notre Dame sideline in the second-half against USC which formed a personal opinion and we are not going to write that personal observation and opinion in this blog but after hearing about it we agree….

2015 could be a Complete Freaking Disaster for the Irish

Below is Notre Dame’s 2015 football schedule:

Texas
At Virginia
Georgia Tech
Massachusetts
At Clemson
Navy
USC
At Temple
At Pittsburgh
Wake Forest
At Boston College
At Stanford

Like we and our friend said….

2015 could be a Complete Freaking Disaster for the Irish

…and anything less than EIGHT wins by Brian Kelly in 2015 and…

Brian Kelly is DONE in South Bend….PERIOD.

NCAA Football: SEPT 9 Oklahoma v Washington

25.  Bob Stoops, Oklahoma – The Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel says it all in his report card on Bob Stoops for Oklahoma State Bedlam Game…

Oklahoma football report card: How Bob Stoops flunked Bedlam, Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman

“The Sooners played well early but collapsed late in a 38-35 overtime loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, and the grades reflect not just a crazy Bedlam game, but a season that went sour.

Surviving Perine: D. After tailback Samaje Perine went down with a sprained ankle with 5:51 left in the third quarter, the Sooners had the ball eight times. They punted five times (all five times without making a first down), missed a field goal (in overtime), allowed the clock to run out in regulation and scored one touchdown. Only on that TD drive did OU make a first down (three on that possession). Keith Ford’s 56-yard run set up the score, but other than that play, the Sooners ran 29 plays and totaled 39 yards.

Head coach: F. Once the game starts, a head coach’s job is largely over. Trust your coordinators, motivate people, decide on penalties. Bob Stoops decided to re-punt to Tyreek Hill, when declining a running-into-the-kicker penalty would have made OSU go 85 yards with no timeouts and 61 seconds left, down seven points, with a freshman quarterback. Stoops blew it.”

What would cause a head coach to make such a boneheaded decision to re-punt to such a great returner who ended up costing Oklahoma the biggest game of the season…The Bedlam Game….you ask?

How about Unbelievable Over-the-Top Arrogance which in our opinion is what Big Choke Bob Stoops is all about now and also what we have been saying for years which is also our opinion…

Compared to the effort that Bob Stoops put in when he first arrived at Oklahoma in 1999 Big Choke Bob Stoops is now a…

Half-Effort and Half-Ass Head Coach

….with an athletic director in Joe Castiglione at Oklahoma who in our opinion is someone that is willing to tolerate a…

Half-Effort and Half-Ass Head Coach in Big Choke Bob Stoops!

Be Proud Sooner Fans….you now have a great combination leading your athletic department…

A Half-Effort and Half Ass Head Coach

….who is supported by a Clueless Athletic Director that in our opinion is actively enabling your….

Half-Effort and Half Ass Head Coach

Go Sooners!

Memo to Fans of Oklahoma Football:  If Coaches Hot Seat was now the Athletic Director at Oklahoma we would have been lighting up Big Choke Bob Stoops precious rear-end up for years now and would have publicly rebuked Stoops after that STUPID and BS loss to Oklahoma State that ONLY a Pompous Arrogant Ass like Big Choke Bob Stoops could have lost! That is the difference between a REAL Athletic Director and an Athletic Director that spends most of his life on this Earth kissing other people’s asses….in our opinion of course Joe…but then what the Hell do we know?

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26.  Mike Leach, Washington State – Hey we think a lot of Washington State AD Bill Moos who was a very good football player for the Cougs in the early 1970s but Bill now…..when reading this news story the other day….

Bill Moos says Washington State football “still in the process” of building, Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

….we couldn’t help but wonder where the straight-talking Bill Moos went because the TRUTH is the Washington State football program in Year 3 under Mike Leach…

SUCKS!

It is only out of our respect for Mike Leach that we haven’t already written what we think about Washington State football right now after seeing the Cougs play Stanford on The Farm in October because that would be ugly indeed but in a nutshell it can be boiled down to…

The Washington State football program SUCKS in Year 3 under Mike Leach.

One bright spot though in Washington State’s 2014 season which should put smiles on the faces of Nebraska fans across the nation is…

A 3 – 9 Washington State team beat Mike Riley’s Oregon State team in Corvallis on November 8 by the score of 39 – 32!

Woo-Freaking-Hoo and Go Huskers!

Below is Washington State’s 2015 Football Schedule:

Portland State
At Rutgers
Wyoming
At California
At Oregon
Oregon State
At Arizona
Stanford
Arizona State
At UCLA
Colorado
At Washington

That’s a pretty tough schedule for Washington State in 2015 and unless the Cougs get back to a 6 – 6 record at least we are imagining that the pressure on Bill Moos to do something come next December is going to be mighty strong indeed and to Mike Leach we can only say…

Memo to Mike Leach:  Do you really want your legacy to be that you got run out of Lubbock over some Bogus Bullshit and then you got fired at Washington State because your football team in Year 4 SUCKS?

Mike Leach will be 54 years old in 2015 and if he doesn’t get off his ass 2015 may be his last year as a head coach beyond maybe returning to coach Valdosta State one day not that Mike Leach would hate coaching Valdosta State because he probably would enjoy it!

It’s just our opinion but we never thought Mike Leach and Washington State were a great fit BUT we have also thought Mike Leach would win at Washington State….which he really hasn’t yet and the 2014 version of the Cougs looked like Leach’s first-year team in Pullman which is a Damn scary thing if you are a fan of Washington State football which WSU AD Bill Moos knows full-well.

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27.  Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – Over the last two seasons Pat Fitzgerald’s records at Northwestern are…

Overall:  10 – 14

Big Ten:  4 – 12

…and Pat Fitzgerald’s Overall Big Ten Conference Record in NINE seasons on the job now stands at:

30 – 42

How many out of those NINE Seasons as the head coach at Northwestern has Pat Fitzgerald posted a winning record in Big Ten Conference play you ask?

THREE Seasons….THREE out of NINE Seasons = 33%

In our opinion Northwestern under Pat Fitzgerald should be a POWER in the WEAK Big Ten Conference because we believe we understand what Fitzgerald COULD do if he was properly motivated…BUT…is Pat Fitzgerald properly motivated or rather a better question is….

Is Pat Fitzgerald too Damn comfortable at a place that will pay him a Helluva lot of money for being AVERAGE?

The latter in our opinion = Pat Fitzgerald is AVERAGE.

Be Proud Pat you have earned the moniker AVERAGE.

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28.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – No photographs have popped-up on Twitter in the last week or so of Larry Fedora on a beach with his shirt off so we guess Larry is in Chapel Hill doing his job….

Coaching the North Carolina Tar Heels Football Team

…BUT Larry could have gone to a beach sans-camera and just walked up and down the beach with his shirt off holding a sign that said…

“No pictures please of me with my shirt off because I want people to think I am in Chapel Hill doing my job although you know my abs look great….am I right? You know I am right!”

In three seasons at North Carolina coaching in the Very Damn Weak ACC Larry Fedora’s has posted a conference record of….

13 – 11

….and frankly we expect more of the same in 2014 which is a Helluva disappointment considering what Larry Fedora could have been if had just spent less time at the beach and kept his shirt on more often!

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29.  Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – Frank Beamer has personified Johnny Cash’s song Ring of Fire the way things have been going in Blacksburg the last three seasons and key part of those lyrics relative to Beamer go like this….

“I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire.”

Frank Beamer’s records at Virginia Tech the last THREE seasons:

Overall:  21 – 17

ACC:  12 – 12

Yep….Frank Beamer has fallen “into a burning ring of fire!”

Just imagine for a moment IF that very Damn pitiful Virginia team hadn’t found a way to lose to Virginia Tech a few days ago what the “ring of fire” of Mediocrity in Blacksburg would feel like now!

“I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire.”

Below is Virginia Tech’s 2015 Football Schedule:

Ohio State
Furman
At Purdue
At East Carolina
Duke
At Georgia Tech
At Miami
North Carolina
Pittsburgh
At Virginia
At Boston College
NC State

Uhhhh….Got Virginia Tech fighting to get to 6 – 6 again in 2015?

Thought so!

“I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire.”

30.  Scott Shafer, Syracuse – In two seasons as the head coach at Syracuse Scott Shafer has posted records of…

Overall:  10 – 15

ACC:  5 – 11

….and in 2015 Scott Shafer will be coaching for his job and anything less than a 6 – 6 record in our opinion Scott Shafer will be done at Syracuse.

Work hard Scott!

We leave you with one of our favorite documentaries on the Great Johnny Cash by the BBC which has one of the best openings in TV history:

Johnny Cash The Last Great American

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Norman Mailer

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Norman Mailer

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“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.  One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”

And

“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.”

And

“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose.  I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.

And

“Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain.  And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.”

And

“There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

And

“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.  The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.”

And

“Somerset Maugham … wrote somewhere that “Nobody is any better than he ought to be.”… I carried it along with me as a working philosophy, but I suppose that finally I would have to take exception to the thought … or else the universe is just an elaborate clock.” The Deer Park, 1955

And

“The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.”

And

“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”

And

“With the pride of an artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists, the small trumpet of your defiance.”

And

“His consolation in those hours when he was most uncharitable to himself is that taken at his very worst he was at least still worthy of being a character in a novel by Balzac, win one day, lose the next, and do it with boom! and baroque in the style.”

And

“There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you

And

“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington blink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”

And

“There are four stages to marriage. First there’s the affair, then there’s the marriage, then children, and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.”

And

“We think of Marilyn who was every man’s love affair with America. Marilyn Monroe who was blonde and beautiful and had a sweet little rinky-dink of a voice and all the cleanliness of all the clean American backyards.”

And

“The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.”

And

“We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.”

And

“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”

And

“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.”

And

“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

And

“There was that law of life so cruel and so just which demanded that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

And

“The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today…. We’re all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.”

And

“On a late-winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Abnaki Indians of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

And

“What if there are not only two nostrils, two eyes, two lobes, and so forth, but two psyches as well, and they are separately equipped? They go through life like Siamese twins inside one person…. They can be just a little different, like identical twins, or they can be vastly different, like good and evil.”
Kittredge Gardiner, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

And

“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

And

“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

And

“There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.”

And

“We’ve got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there’s a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it’s full of smog. We really don’t know what we believe anymore, we’re nervous about everything.”

And

“Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.”

And

“Heaven and Hell make no sense if the majority of humans are a complex mixture of good and evil. There’s no reason to receive a reward if you’re 57/43—why sit around forever in an elevated version of Club Med? That’s almost impossible to contemplate.”

And

“If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”

Wikipedia Page:  Norman Mailer

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Johnny Carson

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 10, 2014 – Johnny Carson

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“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.”

And

“Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.”

And

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”

And

“I know you’ve been married to the same woman for 69 years. That is marvelous. It must be very inexpensive.”

And

“I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”

And

“My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.”

And

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

And

“Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?””

And

“The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money”

Wikipedia: Johnny Carson

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