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Before We Get To The Top 21 – 30 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings We Must Say That Steve Sarkisian Press Conference On Tuesday Was Just A Complete Freaking Debacle! – Steve Sarkisian Moving Up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings Again And If This Bullshit At USC Continues and Sark May Hit No. 1 Hot Seat Spot Before The Week Is Out! – Top 21 – 30 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give ‘Em Hell Johnny Cash!

Before we get to the….

2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

Top 21 – 30 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

….we first must say that after seeing Steve Sarkisian’s press conference on Tuesday…

Not exactly steady as it goes for USC’s Steve Sarkisian, Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

….we are like Bill Plaschke more troubled than we were yesterday when writing about Steve Sarkisian’s troubles and we are not even going to publish in this blog what a former US Navy Intelligence Officer and Coaches Hot Seat member said that he got from watching Sarkisian’s press conference meaning watching what Steve said, how Steve said it, along with Sarkisian’s body posture because what that former US Navy Intelligence Officer saw and told us is just too Damn stunning to write in this space without knowing more of just what in the Hell is going on with Steve Sarkisian.


Very simply….we hope Steve Sarkisian is getting the help he needs and that Pat Haden and the folks at USC are doing what is best for Sarkisian AND the USC Football Program going forward and with several Coaches Hot Seat members having met and been around Pat Haden many times over the last couple of decades we can only imagine that Haden is doing just that.

Oh…after watching Steve Sarkisian’s press conference and after some internal discussion on Tuesday here at Coaches Hot Seat we moved Sarkisian further up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings to the No. 5 Hot Seat and if this Bullshit continues at USC he may be in the No. 1 Hot Seat spot before the week is out!


On the topic of the USC football program several Coaches Hot Seat members were talking at Lake Tahoe today about the first USC football games that their Dads took them to in the 1970s when they would often take trips on Fall Saturdays to Los Angeles and the LA Coliseum to see USC play teams beyond Stanford and Cal and one of those trips that three Coaches Hot Seat members made with their Dads that is seared into their memories is the…

1977 Alabama vs. USC game at the LA Coliseum

We have written in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog before about this game and how the three Coaches Hot Seat members snuck down on the field of the LA Coliseum before the game to the side of the field where Alabama was warming up so they could get a look at legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and all three remember getting to within “20 feet or so or as close as we dared to get to the Bear” before the game and that image….which is probably something like this….


….will be with them no doubt for the rest of their lives on this Earth.

Below please enjoy the 4 th quarter of the 1977 Alabama – USC game which was one Helluva football game with the Great Keith Jackson on the call for ABC Sports! Recommendation: Watch the game to the end!

OK…let’s get to the # 21 – 30 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means let’s bring in the Great Johnny Cash again!

Give ‘Em Hell Mr. Cash!

2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings


21.  Willie Taggart, South Florida – It is just our biased opinion but we here at Coaches Hot Seat believe Willie Taggart can be a successful head football coach at the FBS level and in 2015 it’s time for Willie Taggart to prove our faith in him is right.

In two seasons at South Florida Willie Taggart has posted the following records…

Overall:  6 – 18

AAC:  5 – 11

In the offseason we actually went back and watched a few of South Florida’s games from 2014 and there were some encouraging signs for the Bulls in the latter half of last season, but if Taggart is going to get things turned around for USF in the increasingly tough AAC his team will have to make another leap in 2015 which in many ways is already baked in the cake by what the Bulls players and coaching staff have done over the last 6 months.

After tough non-conference games against Florida State and Maryland to start the season Taggart and USF will have to slug it out in the AAC to get to SIX wins which is our target for the Bulls with them more than likely needing to find those SIX wins before playing UCF in the last game of the season in Orlando on November 26!

Come on Willie Taggart….we can pull for you all we want…but if you don’t start winning your rear-end is only going to get hotter!

22.  Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Ron Caragher had a decent six year run at San Diego following Jim Harbaugh but his first two years at San Jose State have been average at best and downright awful at worst with that downright awful coming last season with a….

3 – 9

….record that will have to be improved on in 2015 for Caragher to get the heat off his rear-end.

Of course getting things straightened out at San Jose State is not going to be easy with this 2015 schedule…

New Hampshire
At Air Force
At Oregon State
Fresno State
At Auburn
San Diego State
New Mexico
At Nevada
At Hawaii
Boise State

….because with three tough non-conference games against Oregon State, Auburn and BYU that is going to leave very little margin for error if Ron Caragher is going to get his rear-end off the Hot Seat which would take…

6 Wins and a Bowl Game!

Coach ‘em up Ron!


23.  Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Mike Gundy got the Gift of ALL Gifts last season in the Bedlam Game against Oklahoma when Bob Stoops pulled off one of the Stupidest Damn Coaching Moves in College Football History by punting the ball to Oklahoma State twice which basically got Gundy and OSU a win in that game and into a bowl game which led to a bowl win which is just a Damn great lesson for young coaches…

Never Underestimate How Completely Damn Stupid the Opposing Coach Is…Meaning Bob Stoops in Last Year’s Bedlam Game!

Can Mike Gundy get things rolling again after posting that 7 – 6 record in 2015 and get the Cowboys back near the top of the Big 12 Conference?

In our opinion NO and we say NO because of what a former US Navy Intelligence Officer and member of Coaches Hot Seat said last year about Mike Gundy’s appearance, posture and demeanor both during games and press conferences throughout the 2015 football season:

“Mike Gundy has lost it.”

Coaches Hot Seat Member #2: “What?”

CHS Member/Former US Navy Intelligence Officer: “Gundy…he’s lost his fire…his mojo…his competitive spirit…it’s just no longer there and if he doesn’t get it back Oklahoma State football is headed down.”

That was said in the middle of last season and save the Complete Damn Stupidity of Bob Stoops in the Bedlam Game Mike Gundy would have one of the Hottest Seats in the Country right now because if there is something we cannot stand here at Coaches Hot Seat it is…

A Head Football Coach who is making Millions of Dollars a year coaching football who doesn’t have a fire burning within him to win football games and championships!

What then can Oklahoma State do in 2015 if indeed Mike Gundy has lost his fire?

Let’s go to OSU’s 2015 schedule:

At Central Michigan
Central Arkansas
Texas-San Antonio
At Texas
Kansas State
At West Virginia
At Texas Tech
At Iowa State

In our opinion Oklahoma State has enough talent to win…

9 or 10 Games in 2015

…and in our opinion Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State will win a very AVERAGE…

7 or 8 Games in 2015

Will Mike Gundy get fired come December if he only has 7 wins on the board with OSU in 2015?

Of course not…

This is Oklahoma State we are talking about here….right?



24.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – In 2014 the Texas A&M defense gave up an average of…


…points per game and in 2014 the Texas A&M offense scored an average of…


….points per game and if new A&M DC Chief John Chavis can cut the amount of points the Aggies defense gives up to around…

21 points per game

…or one touchdown less per game then there is no Damn reason why Texas A&M can’t win 10 games in 2015.

No Damn Reason at All Kevin Sumlin!

Can Kevin Sumlin who rode Johnny Manziel to a FAT $5 million per year contract at A&M get things turned around after posting…

4 – 4 and 3 – 5

…SEC Conference records the last two seasons which now has Sumlin with a…

11 – 13

…overall record in SEC play in three seasons in College Station?

Looking at Texas A&M’s 2015 schedule…

Arizona State (Houston)
Ball State
Mississippi State
At Ole Miss
South Carolina
Western Carolina
At Vanderbilt

….we repeat…IF John Chavis can improve the A&M defense only slightly…

There is No Damn Reason why Texas A&M with the above schedule shouldn’t win 10 games in 2015!

There’s your target Kevin Sumlin = 10 Wins

Oh…if you are making $5 Million Dollars a year you better Damn have a target of 10 Wins Plus so…

Coach up the Aggies Kevin Sumlin and if you stumble…

Your Ass will get lit up by Coaches Hot Seat!

25.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – We don’t watch social media obsessively here at Coaches Hot Seat but we cannot recall pictures of Larry Fedora showing off his six-pack abs from the beaches of North Carolina this Summer so that is a good thing because maybe Fedora is focused on winning football game in Chapel Hill now rather than trying to land a male modeling gig in New York City, Milan or Monte Carlo!

Seriously, Larry Fedora has posted some average records in three years at North Carolina…

2012: 8 – 4
2013: 7 – 6
2014: 6 – 7

Overall: 21 – 17

ACC: 13 – 11

…and Fedora with the addition of Gene Chizik as his new DC better Damn get things rolling in year four at UNC or we are going to start thinking that Fedora is just another Pretty Boy and does Larry Fedora really want the moniker…

PBL = Pretty Boy Larry?

We don’t think so which is why Larry Fedora better Damn start coaching up his Tar Heels in 2015 and we are looking for…

8 Wins Plus this season Larry!


26.  Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – Please…so Steve Spurrier was telling anyone that would listen this past offseason that..

“At South Carolina 7 – 6 is a good season!”


Please Steve…two Coaches Hot Seat Members met you for the first time 25 years ago this August in August 1990 on a practice football field at the University of Florida when a former classmate of yours in the 1960s at UF introduced us to you in between practices and we know and you know Damn well Steve that…

7 – 6

…is NOT a good season at South Carolina or Any Other Damn Place on Planet Earth where they play football as long as….

Stephen Orr Spurrier

…is coaching that football team!

You may be able to sell that 7 – 6 is a good season Bullshit to members of the media but to us it’s just that…


…and either Spurrier will get things turned around at South Carolina in 2015 or this very well could be the last season of Steve Spurrier on the sidelines as a head football coach and if that’s the case…

It’s has been a Helluva run Head Ball Coach!

How many games can Steve Spurrier and South Carolina win in 2015?

North Carolina
At Georgia
At Missouri
At Texas A&M
At Tennessee
The Citadel

Let’s see here…an average head coach at South Carolina in 2015 could win around…

6 or 7 games

Let’s see here…Stephen Orr Spurrier coaching South Carolina in 2015 should win with even the very TOUGH schedule above…

9 Games Minimum!

There’s your target for a good season in 2015 at South Carolina Steve…

9 Games Minimum!

Now quit talking about your age and start coaching up your football team….Oh…we’re going to let you in on something Steve…we won’t tell anyone else so this is just between you and us here at Coaches Hot Seat….OK?

(Whispering) to Steve Spurrier:  Some of the other teams know your offensive signals and to make matters worse you have gotten lazy with your formation and play-calling and now even our high school age sons can call what play you are going to run when they see what formation you are in and when they know the down and distance. Go back and watch some of your games at Florida in early 1990s before you got lazy there….or even some Duke games…because when you get lazy with your play-calling and predictable with your formations Steve….you tend to lose a lot of football games especially when your defense is giving up…

30.4 points per game

….as the South Carolina defense did in 2015!


That’s why you went 7 – 6 in 2015 Steve…and 7 – 6 at South Carolina or anywhere else you are the head coach is Horseshit and you know it is Horseshit Steve so stop with the Bullshit and coach your Damn football team!


27.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – No doubt Mike MacIntyre inherited a Helluva mess at Colorado two years ago and has posted records over those two seasons of…

Overall:  6 – 18

Pac-12: 1  – 17

….and either MacIntyre will get things headed upward in Boulder or the folks at CU will have no choice to go and find another head coach that might be able to turn the Buffs around.

Here’s the problem for Mike MacIntyre…the Pac-12 is a Helluva tough league and the Pac-12 South is a Helluva tough division and getting things turned around in Boulder under those conditions is not going to be easy which is why a Herculean effort is needed at CU and that is what we are looking for from Colorado Football in 2015…

A Herculean Effort!

Let’s go to Colorado’s 2015 schedule:

At Hawaii
Colorado State (Denver)
Nicholls State
At Arizona State
At Oregon State
At Washington State
At Utah

Damn…that is one TOUGH schedule for Colorado in 2015!

Our opinion…if Colorado wins 5 Games in 2015 it will be quite an accomplishment….if Colorado wins 6 Games in 2015 will be…

A Herculean Effort by Mike MacIntyre and his Colorado Buffs!

Coach ‘em up Mike!


28.  Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – Yes, even with Northwestern football stumbling the last two seasons with 5 – 7 records in each year we still would gladly…

Go To War With Pat Fitzgerald

….and it is time…no it’s past time for Pat Fitzgerald….to get things going in the right direction at Northwestern again and in our opinion…

There Is No Damn Reason Why Northwestern Cannot Win the Big Ten West Division in 2015!

Oh…you think we are crazy….NOT….the Big Ten West Division is there for the taking for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern in 2015 even with this schedule…

Eastern Illinois
At Duke
Ball State
At Michigan
At Nebraska
Penn State
At Wisconsin

…and we see No Damn Reason why Northwestern doesn’t win at least 8 Games in 2015 and win the Big Ten West Division!

Coach ‘em Up Pat and you now know the standard we are holding you to this season =

8 Wins Plus and Champions of the Big Ten West Division!

29.  Scott Shafer, Syracuse – Scott Shafer has been the head coach at Syracuse for two seasons and has posted records of…

Overall:  10 – 15

ACC:  5 – 11

…and after stumbling – bumbling 3 – 9 record in 2014 we are looking for the Orangemen to get back to 6 wins in 2015 or at the very least have a chance for 6 wins when Syracuse plays Boston College on November 28.

Can Scott Shafer and Syracuse get back to 6 wins plus in 2015?

We don’t see why the Hell not!


30.  Mike Leach, Washington State – There is no joy here at Coaches Hot Seat in putting The Pirate Mike Leach on the Hot Seat but we must do what we must do and when you post 3 – 9 record after going to a bowl game the season before at a place like Washington State that very simply equals…

Hot Seat for The Pirate!

Of course in our opinion the very weak 2014 season for Washington State goes back to the debacle of a bowl game loss to Colorado State at the end of the 2013 season which means that when you count the loss to Washington to end the 2013 season that means that Mike Leach and WSU have a record of…

3 – 11

…over their last 14 games!

Let’s look at Washington State’s 2015 schedule to see what The Pirate and Cougs can do this upcoming season:

Portland State
At Rutgers
At California
At Oregon
Oregon State
At Arizona
Arizona State
At Washington

In our opinion if The Pirate and Cougs win 6 Games in 2015 that will be quite an accomplishment considering how the tough the Pac-12 Conference is these days so…

Get Off Your Ass Mike Leach and Win Some Damn Football Games in 2015!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, August 25, 2015 – George S. Patton

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, August 25, 2015 – George S. Patton


“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”


“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”


“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”


“Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.”


“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”


“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”


“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”


“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”


“If a man has done his best, what else is there?”


“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”


“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”


“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”


“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”


“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!”


“There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.”


“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”


“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”

Wikipedia Page:  George S. Patton


Top 11 – 20 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Head Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

Top 11 – 20 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

#21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Tuesday – August 25

OK…let’s get to the # 11 – 20 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings which means let’s bring in the Great Johnny Cash again!

Give ‘Em Hell Mr. Cash!


2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings


11.  Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – Kirk Ferentz has made somewhere around….

$18.5 Million Dollars

…over the last five college football seasons coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes which works out to more than…

$10,000 a day

….and in those last five seasons Kirk Ferentz has put up records of…

Overall:  34 – 30

Big Ten:  19 – 21

…which proves again that PT Barnum was right….

A Sucker is Born every minute

AND that

There are a Helluva lot of Suckers in the state of Iowa!


Please…over $18 million dollars and you have a…

Sub .500 record in Big Ten Conference play?


Get down on our knees and say a prayer that the Idiots behind the hiring and continued employment of Kirk Ferentz at Iowa weren’t on Omaha Beach on D-Day because if they had been we would all be speaking German right now because what is going on at Iowa is just flat-out…

Stupidity + Idiocy! = Total Freaking Incompetence!

We could in this spot go through Iowa’s 2015 schedule but does it really matter who Iowa is playing or if they will win even one game in 2015?

NO is the clear answer to that question so get down on your knees and say another prayer but this time give Thanks to God you are not a fan of Iowa football…that is for all of the people that are not fans of Iowa football…as for the fans of Iowa football…

You are so Damn screwed even PT Barnum would have long ago tired of taking your Damn lollipops and money!

Hell…we just looked at Iowa’s 2015 schedule and Bozo the Clown could win 7 Games so what will Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes do this season?



12.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – We suppose there are some people that might think that Dana Holgorsen’s win/loss records in four seasons at West Virginia are acceptable…

Overall:  28 – 23

Big East/Big 12:  16 – 18

….but we don’t have a clue who in the Hell those people are and thus why we have Dana Holgorsen’s ass squarely on the Hot Seat!

In particular Holgorsen’s win/loss records the last three seasons since WVU has been a member of the Big 12 Conference…

Overall:  18 – 20

Big 12: 1 1 – 16

….are particularly troubling but then we actually believe West Virginia should be a serious contender in the Big 12 each year and there seems to be a lot of people around West Virginia but especially in the national media that think…

Pretty Damn Mediocre

…is good enough for Mountaineers football…to which we say good for them BUT not us though!

Here’s the real problem for Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia as the 2015 college football season rapidly approaches….

West Virginia’s Schedule!

Georgia Southern
At Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
At Baylor
Texas Tech
At Kansas
Iowa State
At Kansas State

Seriously…can Holgorsen and West Virginia win more than 7 games in 2015?

If not that will be FOUR straight seasons for West Virginia with 7 or less wins and can Holgorsen possibly stay employed at a school like WVU that was a national player on the college football scene just a few years ago under Rich Rodriguez?

If West Virginia is willing to accept mediocrity then Dana Holgorsen can certainly stay employed in Morgantown but then one must wonder if current WVU president E. Gordon Gee might have a coach in mind to replace Holgorsen?

Hmmmmm…who could that coach possible be?


13.  Steve Sarkisian, USC – Unlike the 147 members of Coaches Hot Seat who will speak their mind on any subject that enters their brains…..

We call it to the Steve Spurrier No Damn Filter Approach to Life

….which we happen to think is a healthy way to go about one’s life we like everyone else reading this blog have friends….well-respected friends…friends that are the pillars of their community…and friends that are the bedrock upon which the American Republic rests….and when those well-respected friends of ours say something that is unusual for them it catches our attention in a Helluva hurry and that is happened recently when the subject of Steve Sarkisian came up with an USC alum friend of ours.

As anyone that has read the Coaches Hot Seat Blog over the last eight years knows we have great respect for USC football and a few of us have been going to USC football games at the LA Coliseum and in the San Francisco Bay area since the early 1970s when our fathers first started hauling us along on their football adventures. Combine that with several Coaches Hot Seat members living and working in Santa Monica and the Westside of Los Angeles in the past and even today, and we have hundreds of USC alum friends that we party with and hang out with while having a Helluva time at Trojans football games.


One particular USC alum who has three degrees from the school and now has several kids and even grandchildren with multiple degrees from USC was sitting around with several Coaches Hot Seat members back in the Spring and the subject of Steve Sarkisian came up with one CHS Member making the off-hand and we thought casual comment that:

“If the Trojans don’t get in to the College Football Playoff in 2015 they should have a great shot in 2016 with all the talent Sark is piling up at USC.”

USC Alum and Great Friend: “You shouldn’t assume that Steve Sarkisian will be the head coach at USC in 2016.”

To say the above comment was received with stunned silence would be massive understatement and when our USC Alum friend was pressed he would not go into what might cause Steve Sarkisian to lose his job at USC, but he did finally look across the table at each of us with the kind of direct and confident stare you would love to see from your doctor and said:

“I am telling you boys….Sarkisian better get his personal act cleaned-up or he will wake-up one day and find himself out of a job and his ass out on the street.”

The above comment which is of course just an opinion was made in…

April 2015

We here at Coaches Hot Seat only publish in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog less than 1% of the personal stuff we hear about college head coaches and only do it then when that information is about to be made public in the news media, but we will be honest and say we have been hearing for months that Steve Sarkisian was “a train about to go flying of the tracks” from our USC friends, and thus Sark’s drunken and thus Idiotic appearance at an USC function over the weekend surprised NO ONE here at Coaches Hot Seat.

Memo to Steve Sarkisian:  You are Very Damn Close to getting fired son and you better Damn get your act cleaned-up, get the alcohol out of the USC locker room, and start working your ass off in your job as the head football coach of the USC Trojans or you might not even be the head coach at USC when the 2015 football season kicks off! Is that clear Steve? If not, the maybe one or all of the three Coaches Hot Seat members now living in Santa Monica should drive over to USC and light your ass up in person!


Of course the above is our opinion and what we are about to write below is also our opinion….


In our opinion Pat Haden has a list of five football coaches that could replace Steve Sarkisian at USC and that list has been refined and gone over several times in the last few months and although we wouldn’t list the five football coaches that are on that list in this forum at least three of those current head coaches would walk from their head coaching job for the USC job at this very moment.

There will be one easy way to know if Steve Sarkisian is getting his act cleaned up or not….if Sark keeps going up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings then that means we are hearing the same things from our USC alum friends and that NOTHING has changed.

Is it really possible to screw-up your dream job?

Well…Dumbass Lane Kiffin did it and got his ass run out of USC and another Pete Carroll assistant in Steve Sarkisian may just do the same Damn thing!

Oh, the next head football coach at USC will be one thing for sure…

He will NOT have worked for Pete Carroll at USC.

14.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – No one will ever be able to accuse anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat for playing favorites because there is not a finer man on Earth and Damn good football coach than current Vandy HC Derek Mason BUT it’s time for Derek Mason to finally and to fully become the head football coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores and if he doesn’t his head coaching career will be over before it really even got started.

In his first season at Vanderbilt after taking over a surging Vandy program from now Penn State head coach James Franklin the Commodores under Derek Mason posted records of…

Overall:  3 – 9

SEC:  0 – 8

…and our friends in Nashville tell us if the Vandy goes winless in the SEC again in 2016 Vandy will be looking for a new head football coach come December.

Vanderbilt’s 2015 Football Schedule

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

Damn..that is one tough schedule Vandy has in 2015 BUT Vandy has some talent on their team and there is No Damn Reason why the Commodores shouldn’t win…

4 Games Overall


1 SEC Conference Game At Least

…..in 2015….right?


Coach ‘em up Derek Mason!


15.  Les Miles, LSU – Below are the shocking numbers since Alabama beat LSU in the 2011 – 12 Bogus BCS Title Game in New Orleans which was one the most boring football games played in the history of American football and those shocking numbers are….

Les Miles’ and LSU’s SEC Conference Records Last Three Seasons

2012:  6 – 2
2013:  5 – 3
2014:  4 – 4

Overall:  15 – 9

Sorry with the amount of talent that has been on the LSU football team the last three seasons a 15 – 9 SEC Conference record is just…

Not Freaking Acceptable

…and thus why Les Miles now finds his ass on the Hot Seat and might even find his ass run out of Baton Rouge come December $15 Million Dollar Plus buyout or not!

A running conversation piece this Summer at Coaches Hot Seat has been…

How many wins does Les Miles need in 2015 to be safe when December rolls around?

…and when one looks at LSU’s 2015 schedule….

McNeese State
At Mississippi State
At Syracuse
Eastern Michigan
At South Carolina
Western Kentucky
At Alabama
At Ole Miss
Texas A&M

…LSU will only play FIVE teams in 2015 that have Equal of Better Talent that the Tigers…

Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

….and thus Bozo the Clown could post 7 wins coaching the LSU Tigers in 2015 which means for Damn sure that Les Miles should be able to put…

9 Wins Plus On the Board!

Less than 9 Wins in 2015 and Les Miles is DONE at LSU….PERIOD.

Hell, the LSU and USC head coaching jobs could open up come December?



16.  Tim Beckman, Illinois – We here at Coaches Hot Seat are not quite sure what Tim Beckman has going at Illinois with a few of his players….maybe less than that….complaining about the way that Beckman treated them BUT plenty of us played for football coaches in the past that believed berating and/or embarrassing a football player needlessly was the way to build a winning football team…

It’s Not for any Idiot that believes such Complete Nonsense

….but whatever is going on with Tim Beckman and Illini football ONE thing is crystal clear:

Tim Beckman needs a STRONG 2015 season to return to coach the Illini in 2016

What would be a STRONG 2015 for Tim Beckman and Illinois in 2015?

Our guess….7 Plus Wins and no more off-field issues…anything less and the Illini job will also open up come December.

17.  Paul Petrino, Idaho – Like Tim Beckman we are not sure what Paul Petrino has going on at Idaho with his recent run in with a member of the news media but clearly the pressure of being a head football coach is getting to Paul Petrino…as it gets to ALL head football coaches that care about winning which is most of them….and either Paul Petrino will learn how to manage his temper and coach up/motivate his Idaho football team or Paul Petrino will be back on his brother Bobby’s coaching staff soon!

In two seasons Paul Petrino has put an overall record of..

2 – 21

…and we would guess and it is just a guess that either Petrino will find 3 plus wins in 2015 with the below schedule or Idaho will also be looking for a new head coach come December.

Idaho 2015 Football Schedule

Georgia Southern
At Arkansas State
At Troy
La. Monroe
At New Mexico State
Appalachian State
At Auburn
Texas State

Can Paul Petrino and Idaho win 3 plus games in 2015 with the above schedule?

We don’t see why the Hell not since this is Paul Petrino’s THIRD year on the job with the Vandals!


18.  Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – As one of favorite TV characters here at Coaches Hot Seat always used to say when he wanted the Facts and only the Facts….


….”Just the Facts Ma’am” we are going to the FACTS about Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly which are Kelly’s win/loss records at the school:

2010:  8 – 5
2011:  8 – 5
2012:  12 – 1
2013:  9 – 4
2014:  8 – 5

Overall:  45 – 20

Sorry…save the one season in 2012 when Notre Dame stumbled to a 12 – 0 record and then got its manhood taken away out behind the barn in South Florida by Alabama in the Bogus BCS Title Game Brian Kelly has been one thing and one thing only as the head coach of the Irish:


Even more troubling to us here at Coaches Hot Seat are columns like the one below from Yahoo Sports Pat Forde which seems to insinuate that Notre Dame is just too Damn tough of a school academically for a head coach to have the Irish at the top of college football anymore…

Brian Kelly has learned what’s needed to succeed at Notre Dame – and what needs to improve, Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

…..to which we can only respond to with a one word response —>



If you can win at Stanford you can Damn win anywhere even Notre Dame and it’s time for either Brian Kelly to get Notre Dame back into the National Title hunt every season or for Brian Kelly to take his yelling and demeaning the Notre Dame quarterback after the end of every Damn series back to a lower-level of football where a lower-level and excuse-making head coach can win more games!

Let’s look at Notre Dame’s 2015 schedule…

At Virginia
Georgia Tech
At Clemson
At Temple
At Pitt
Wake Forest
Boston College
At Stanford

…and we will be Damned if we see Notre Dame winning more than…

8 Games in 2015

…and we have some news for Brian Kelly:

If you only win 8 games again in 2015 your coaching career at Notre Dame will be OVER come December with an overall .688 winning percentage coaching the Irish which very simply…

Is just NOT good enough at Notre Dame!


19.  Bob Stoops, Oklahoma – Bob Stoops can keep telling anyone that will listen that Oklahoma has “won a lot of games” since Stoops has been at OU but here is something we here at Coaches Hot Seat know for Damn sure Bob:

When the 2015 college football season opens Oklahoma will have MORE TALENT than any other team in the Big 12 Conference…..PERIOD.

Will the team with the MOST TALENT in the Big 12 Conference be the Champion of the Big 12 come December?

More than likely not because of one simple reason:

The fire that used to drive Bob Stoops to coach and win football games is no longer lit and the slowing fading flame of a head coach that enters his 17 th season as the head coach of the Sooners who is already a future…

Slam Dunk Future Member of the College Football Hall of Fame

…..will either be re-lit by Bob Stoops looking in the mirror and deciding that winning games and championships is worth making a Helluva effort for again OR this will be Bob Stoops last season in Norman which no doubt would shortly be followed by Bob going into some kind of sport media career ala Mack Brown who seems to be having a Helluva time no longer coaching the Texas Longhorns!

How will Oklahoma fare in 2015 with the below schedule?

At Tennessee
West Virginia
At Kansas State
Texas Tech
At Kansas
Iowa State
At Baylor
At Oklahoma State

Bob Stoops and Oklahoma SHOULD win at least 9 Games in 2015 but how many will OU actually win?

Our guess = 8 Wins and this will be Bob Stoops last season as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners because why in the Hell would Bob Stoops keep coaching when his heart is not in it which is just our opinion Bob.

Hell…is it possible that the Miami, LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma jobs could all come open in December 2015?

If those jobs did come open that would be some Damn fascinating coaching searches for sure!

20.  Norm Chow, Hawaii – No one more than us here at Coaches Hot Seat wants to see Norm Chow succeed at Hawaii BUT in three seasons on the job Norm has put up win/loss records of…

Overall:  8 – 29

MWC:  4 – 20

…and that is just not good enough….even for Hawaii!

Come on Norm Chow…coach up those Hawaii Warriors!

“E ho`omaika`i” Norm Chow which means “Do Well” in The Islands!

Coming Next….Analysis Of….

#21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Tuesday – August 25

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – William Tecumseh Sherman

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – William Tecumseh Sherman


“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.”


“An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.”


“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”


“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”


“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”


“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”


“I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.”


“In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”


“It’s a disagreeable thing to be whipped.”


“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”


“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”


“I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”


“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”


“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”


“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”


“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”


“I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”


“There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.”


“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”


“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”


“If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.”

Wikipedia: William Tecumseh Sherman

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The Burning on Fire Hot Seat Has Been Passed To A New Generation of Sorry Bastards and May God Almighty Help the College and NFL Head Coaches That Find Themselves on the Hot Seat in the Coming Years! – The 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Numbers 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches Analysis Heading Into 2015 College Football Season – The Highwaymen for the OLD Coaches Hot Seat Members…Enjoy!

Echoing the Inauguration Speech of John F. Kennedy for the Presidency on January 21, 1960…

“We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage–and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.”

….the Burning on Fire Hot Seat was passed along this past week at Lake Tahoe to a new generation of Sorry Bastards that are…

Ready, Willing and Able to Light up the Asses of College and NFL Head Coaches

….and who are fired-up that they now have the controls of Coaches Hot Seat!


There is a lot that could be written in this spot about how much fun the original seven Coaches Hot Seat members have had over the past EIGHT football seasons…

Lighting up the Asses of College and NFL Head Coaches

….but let’s not linger on the past but instead focus on the future and with that in mind indeed the…

Burning on Fire Hot Seat

A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

…has been passed and…

May God Almighty Help the College and NFL Head Coaches that find themselves on the Hot Seat in the coming years…because these guys now running Coaches Hot Seat…

Don’t play around and for some reason don’t like it at all when people that coach football for a living making millions of dollars in the process cry like babies when someone critiques their performance

….and as the original seven Coaches Hot Seat members fade into the background as now merely voting members of our little club we again say…

May God Almighty Help the College and NFL Head Coaches that find themselves on the Hot Seat!

Godspeed and Good Luck to you Head Coaches and we really mean that!

Welcome to the NEW Coaches Hot Seat for the 2015 College and NFL Football seasons which will be the NINTH football season that Coaches Hot Seat has covered and the new leadership of Coaches Hot Seat is honored to be taking over things here and lighting up the asses of head football coaches that deserve it!

There will be only a few noticeable changes in Coaches Hot Seat in the coming days, weeks and months and just like in the past EIGHT seasons in August of each year Coaches Hot Seat members vote on and then produce the….

2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

…for college football so let’s get right to it why don’t we which means let’s bring the Great Johnny Cash on stage to get things started!

Give ‘Em Hell Mr. Cash!

2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

Top 10 Head Coaches on the 2015 Preseason Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

#11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Monday – August 24

#21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Tuesday – August 25


1. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – Paul Rhoads is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones and has posted records of…

Overall:  29 – 46

Big 12:  14 – 38

But the real story is the past two seasons when the Cyclones under Rhoads have put up records of….

Overall:  5 – 19

Big 12:  2 – 16

Sorry Paul….that’s just not good enough…even at Iowa State. You are making almost $2 million dollars a year Paul and if you can’t get some more wins on the board in 2015 then why in the Hell would Iowa State keep paying you almost $2 million dollars a year but then we wonder why Iowa pays Kirk Ferentz $4 million dollars a year when a chimpanzee could post the kind of records that Ferentz has posted coaching the Hawkeyes in recent years.

Get off your ass Paul Rhoads which means get your team..the Iowa State Cyclones…off its ass!

Here’s the scary thing for Paul Rhoads and Iowa State…they open the season against…

Northern Iowa
At Toledo

Hell, Iowa State could start the season 0 – 3 and would have lost to two teams Iowa State should always beat and a team in Iowa that we would not even call mediocre in recent years because that would be an insult to all the mediocre folks in the world!

Do you think there are a few very successful FCS-level head football coaches that would love to have the Iowa State job?

You bet your ass there are several that would walk from where they are now coaching for the Iowa State head coaching job!


2.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – Below are the win/loss records that the last Purdue head coach….Danny Hope…who was fired from his job…..put up before Darrell Hazell took over the Boilermakers in 2013:

2009:  5 – 7
2010:  4 – 8
2011:  7 – 6 – Bowl Game
2012:  6 – 6 – Bowl Game

Below are the win/loss records that Darrell Hazell has put up at Purdue:

2013:  1 – 11
2014:  3 – 9

Memo to the fans and folks at Purdue: If your football team is going to a bowl game think twice before you fire the head coach and some may recall that Coaches Hot Seat didn’t even have Danny Hope on the Hot Seat late in the 2012 college football season when Hope was sent packing which has us thinking that if Hazell cannot get things turned around then an important question is who will be hiring the next head football coach of the Boilermakers?

Here is how Purdue opens the 2015 college football season:

At Marshall
Indiana State
Virginia Tech
Bowling Green
At Michigan State
At Wisconsin

Got 1 – 6 after the first seven games for Purdue football?

We do which means Darrell Hazell and his Purdue football players had better Damn done something incredible in the offseason and Fall camp or the 2015 season could become a Complete Freaking Disaster in a Helluva hurry!


3.  Kevin Wilson, Indiana – We have seen a slight and we mean a slight improvement in the Indiana Hoosiers in Kevin Wilson’s four seasons as the head coach at IU and 2015 we will be looking for a larger jump from Wilson’s team because these records…

Overall:  14 – 34

Big Ten:  6 – 26

….is just flat-out…

Not Good Enough Kevin Wilson…even at Indiana!

Here’s the good news for Kevin Wilson and Indiana…with these games to open the season…

Southern Illinois
Western Kentucky
At Wake Forest

…the Hoosiers should be no worse than 3 – 1 when Ohio State rolls into Bloomington on October 3.

Coach ‘em up Kevin Wilson because there is only one way to get off the Hot Seat….

6 – 6 record and trip to a bowl game!


4.  Al Golden, Miami – No doubt Al Golden had the same kind of hyena laugh that we did last week when no doubt some Swiss Rolls Loving First-Rate Ass Kisser floated Lane Kiffin’s name out there as a possible replacement at Miami if Al Golden’s ass gets run out of town because there is not someone…

Stupid Enough to Hire Lane Kiffin in Miami…..Right?


Hell…who knows…there was a stupid owner in Oakland and two stupid athletic directors at Tennessee and USC who are now either dead or out of their jobs who hired Lane Kiffin so there could very well be a Very Damn Stupid Moron in South Florida who would hire Lane Kiffin to coach the Miami Hurricanes…

Hold it a second…No One Is That Damn Stupid!

Regardless if there is a Complete Moron or Morons in South Florida that would consider hiring Lane Kiffin there is no getting around the fact that Al Golden will either get Miami to 9-plus wins plus in 2015 or the Al Golden era at Miami will be over….PERIOD.

Here is how Al Golden and his Miami team will open the season:

At Cincinnati
At Florida State

Recommendation for Al Golden: Have your Miami team at 4 – 0 when you travel to Tallahassee on October 10 because you need at least…

9 Wins in 2015

…to return to coach the Miami Hurricanes in 2016!

Good Luck to you Al Golden!

5.  Doug Martin, New Mexico State – Doug Martin took over the very tough job of coaching the New Mexico State football team in 2013 and in the last two seasons Martin has put up a record of…

Overall:  4 – 20

Another 2 – 10 season at NMSU and that’s it for Doug Martin in Las Cruces…right?

One would think so.


6.  Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner has been a head coach at three different schools….San Jose State, Illinois, Florida International for…

11 Seasons

….and Ron Turner has put up this many .500 or better records in those 11 seasons:

3 Seasons at .500 or better!

Here is Ron Turner’s overall win/loss record in those 11 Seasons:

47 – 80

Here is Ron Turner’s record at FIU the last 2 Seasons:

5 – 19

No…we don’t understand why Ron Turner is the head football coach at FIU either but then there are rumors that someone in South Florida might make a hire worse than Ron Turner by hiring Lane Kiffin at Miami so maybe athletic directors in South Florida are just….

Complete Freaking Idiots!

Oh…FIU opens the season…

At Indiana

Got 0 – 2 to start the season?

YES…FIU will!


7.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – For all the talk that Kliff Kingsbury was the second coming of Darrell Royal in 2013 Pretty Boy Kingsbury crashed back to Earth in 2014 and now has posted the following records at Texas Tech:

Overall:  12 – 13

Big 12:  6 – 12

Got if Johnny Manziel isn’t at Texas A&M when Kliff Kingsbury got to College Station no one would know Kliff Kingsbury’s name?

Why yes we do!

Here’s the problem for Pretty Boy Kingsbury….TCU and Baylor are sitting on top of a Big 12 and if TCU and Baylor can be on top of the Big 12 then for Damn sure Texas Tech can as well which means 2015 will be a critical season for Pretty Boy Kingsbury which makes the Red Raiders first five games of the season critical with a capital C!

Sam Houston
At Arkansas

What if Texas Tech is 2 – 3 after the Baylor game on October 3 with the Red Raiders facing 5 of their last 7 games on the road in the Big 12?

That would be trouble with a capital T for Pretty Boy Kingsbury!

The new nickname for Kliff Kingsbury at Coaches Hot Seat is…

PBK = Pretty Boy Kingsbury

Let’s try that out in a sentence:

Did you see that PBK was doing another photo shoot while his coaching career is going in the toilet?

Hey PBK works great for us!

Now let’s see what PBK can do in Year 3 at Texas Tech!

8.  Trent Miles, Georgia State – Trent Miles has been the head football coach at new FBS school Georgia State for two seasons and has posted records of…

Overall:  1 – 23

Sun Belt:  0 – 15

Yep…those kind of records will land your ass on the Hot Seat for sure!

Oh…Georgia State plays at Oregon on September 19! That should be great fun for Trent Miles and his Panthers!

Coach ‘em up Trent Miles!


9.  Todd Monken, Southern Miss – Southern Miss did get a little better in Todd Monken’s second season improving to a 3 – 9 record in 2014 from a 1 – 11 record in 2013 and we will be looking for a similar improvement in 2015 with us putting a target of…

5 Wins

…for the Golden Eagles on the board for this upcoming season which will get Todd Monken’s ass off the Hot Seat.

4 Wins of Less…

Got Hot Seat?

Todd Monken will all season long!


10.  Mike London, Virginia – We can only assume the person creating the non-conference football schedule at Virginia doesn’t really give a Damn about the head coach or football team for that matter because this non-conference schedule for UVA is Absolutely Freaking Insane!

Notre Dame
William & Mary
Boise State

Mike London needs SIX wins in 2015 minimum to return to coach the Virginia Cavaliers in 2016 and more than likely UVA will have to split their non-conference schedule with a 2 – 2 record to have a chance to win SIX games this season with an ACC Conference that is getting tougher by the day.

Good Luck Mike!

Coming Next….Analysis Of….

#11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Monday – August 24

#21 – 30 Hot Seat Head Coaches on Tuesday – August 25

In honor of the OLD Coaches Hot Seat members that are no longer driving this train how about a few songs from The Highwaymen?  Enjoy!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, August 24, 2015 – Ronald Reagan

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, August 24, 2015 – Ronald Reagan


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”


“One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government’s primary concerns.”


“I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.”


“Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”


“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”


“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”


“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”


“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”


“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.”


“Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem.”


“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”


“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.”


“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”


“It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”


“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.”


“Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man, George Washington, father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led Americans out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence. And then, beyond the Reflecting Pool, the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln. Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses of Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom. Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, the Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Gadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.”


“You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow.”


“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”


“How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”


“Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.”


“The ten most dangerous words in the English language are “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”


“”We the people” tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. “We the people” are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which “We the people” tell the government what it is allowed to do. “We the people” are free.”


“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.”


“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”


“Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”


“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”


“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”


“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”


“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”


“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”


“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”


“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”


“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”


“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”

Wikipedia:  Ronald Reagan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, August 23, 2015 – Peter Drucker

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, August 23, 2015 – Peter Drucker


“A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.”


“Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.”


“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”


“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”


“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”


“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”


“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”


“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”


“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.”


“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”


“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”


“Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.”


“Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”


“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”


“Morale in an organization does not mean that “people get along together”; the test is performance not conformance.”


“A man should never be appointed into a managerial position if his vision focuses on people’s weaknesses rather than on their strengths.” The Practice of Management (1954)


“It does not matter whether the worker wants responsibility or not, …The enterprise must demand it of him.” The Practice of Management (1954)


“The postwar [WWII] GI Bill of Rights–and the enthusiastic response to it on the part of America’s veterans–signaled the shift to the knowledge society. Future historians may consider it the most important event of the twentieth century. We are clearly in the midst of this transformation; indeed, if history is any guide, it will not be completed until 2010 or 2020. But already it has changed the political, economic and moral landscape of the world.” Managing in a Time of Great Change (1995)


“Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.”


“Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”


“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”


“Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.”


“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”


“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”


“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”


“Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money.”


“Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.”


“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”


“Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.”


‘Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”


“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”


“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”


“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

Wikipedia:  Peter Drucker

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, August 22, 2015 – Billie Jean King

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, August 22, 2015 – Billie Jean King


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


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


“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, August 21, 2015 – Tom Wolfe

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, August 21, 2015 – Tom Wolfe


“The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.”


“The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.”


“Most people don’t read editorial pages. I think I must have been 40 before I even looked at an editorial page.”


“If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested.”


“On Wall Street he and a few others – how many? three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that… Masters of the Universe.”


“I’m a great believer in outlines.”


“Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.”


“I never forget. I never forgive. I can wait. I find it very easy to harbor a grudge. I have scores to settle.”


“God, newspapers have been making up stories forever. This kind of trifling and fooling around is not a function of the New Journalism.”


“American government is like a train on a track. You have the people on the left shouting; you have the people on the right. But the train’s on track. They just keep ploughing ahead.”


“So many people in this country have a dual loyalty. They have loyalty to America, but they also are determined to have their parade up Fifth Avenue once a year… a Cuban parade or a Puerto Rican parade – many other countries. So they really don’t forget.”


“To me, the great joy of writing is discovering. Most writers are told to write about what they know, but I still love the adventure of going out and reporting on things I don’t know about.”


“Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America — that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. At any rate, that is how it seemed to young George Webber, who was never so assured of his purpose as when he was going somewhere on a train. And he never had the sense of home so much as when he felt that he was going there. It was only when he got there that his homelessness began.”


“This is man, who, if he can remember ten golden moments of joy and happiness out of all his years, ten moments unmarked by care, unseamed by aches or itches, has power to lift himself with his expiring breath and say: “I have lived upon this earth and known glory!”


“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years”


“A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing.”


“We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past.”


“America – It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time”


“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.”


“There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier.”


“There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.”


“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.”


“Chuck Yeager: Hey, Ridley
Colonel Ridley: Yeah
Chuck Yeager: You got any Beemans?
Colonel Ridley: I might have a stick
Chuck Yeager: Loan me some. I’ll pay you back later.
Colonel Ridley: Fair Enough.
Chuck Yeager: I think there’s a plane over here with my name on it.”
Colonel Ridley: Now you’re talking.”


“You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.”


“Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script.”


“I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.”


“None of us are going to deny what other people are doing. If saying bullshit is somebody’s thing, then he says bullshit. If somebody is an ass-kicker, then that’s what he’s going to do on this trip, kick asses. He’s going to do it right out front and nobody is going to have anything to get pissed off about. He can just say, ‘I’m sorry I kicked you in the ass, but I’m not sorry I’m an ass-kicker. That’s what I do, I kick people in the ass.’ Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there’s not going to be anything to apologize about. What we are, we’re going to wail with on this whole trip.”


“[Aldous Huxley] compared the brain to a ‘reducing valve’. In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information to the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous part of man’s potential experience without his even knowing it. We’re shut off from our own world.”


“The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it. ”


“(W)hat I write when I force myself is generally just as good as what I write when I’m feeling inspired. It’s mainly a matter of forcing yourself to write.”


“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”


“The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That’s not true with non-fiction.”


“America is a wonderful country! I mean it! No honest writer would challenge that statement! The human comedy never runs out of material! it never lets you down!”


“Inman was Old Atlanta, insofar as there was any Old Atlanta. Atlanta had never been a true Old Southern city like Savannah or Charleston or Richmond, where wealth had originated with the land. Atlanta was an offspring of the railroad business. It has been created from scratch barely 150 years ago, and people had been making money there on the hustle ever since. The place had already run through three names. First they called it Terminus, because that was where the railroad ended. Then they named it Marthasville, after the wife of the governor. Then they called it Atlanta, after the Western and Atlantic railroad and on the boosters’ pretext that the rail link with Savannah made it a tantamount to a port on the Atlantic Ocean itself. The Armholsters had hustled and boosted with the best of them, Charlie had to admit. Inman’s father had built up a pharmaceuticals company back at the time when that was not even a well-known industry, and Inman had turned it into a chemicals conglomerate, Armaxco. Right now he wouldn’t mind being in Inman’s shoes. Armaxco was so big, so diverse, so well established, it was cycleproof. Inman could probably go to sleep for twenty years and Armaxco would just keep chugging away, minting money. Not that Inman would want to miss a minute of it. He loved all of those board meetings too much, loved being up on the dais at all those banquets too much, loved all those tributes to Inman Armholster the great philanthropist, all those junkets to the north of Italy, the south of France, and God knew where else on Armholster’s Falcon 900, all those minions jumping every time he so much as crooked his finger. With a corporate structure like Armaxco’s beneath him, Inman could sit on that throne of his as long as he wanted or until he downed the last mouthful of lamb shanks and mint jelly God allowed him – whereas he, Charlie, was a one-man band! You had to sell the world on…..yourself! Before they could lend you all that money, they had to believe in….you! They had to think you were some kind of omnipotent, flaw-free genius. Not my corporation but Me, Myself & I! His mistake was that he had started believed it himself, hadn’t he……Why had he ever built a mixed-use development out in Cherokee County crowned with a forty-story tower and named it after himself? Croker Concourse! No other Atlanta developer had ever dared display that much ego, whether he had it or not. And now the damned thing stood there, 60 percent empty and hemorrhaging money.”  A Man In Full

Wikipedia:  Tom Wolfe

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, August 20, 2015 – Theodore Roosevelt

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, August 20, 2015 – Theodore Roosevelt


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”


“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”


“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”


“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”


“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”


“The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.”


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”


“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”


“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”


“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.”


“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.”


“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”


“When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”


“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.”


“The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”


“Gentlemen: you have now reached the last point. If anyone of you doesn’t mean business let him say so now. An hour from now will be too late to back out. Once in, you’ve got to see it through. You’ve got to perform without flinching whatever duty is assigned you, regardless of the difficulty or the danger attending it. If it is garrison duty, you must attend to it. If it is meeting fever, you must be willing. If it is the closest kind of fighting, anxious for it. You must know how to ride, how to shoot, how to live in the open. Absolute obedience to every command is your first lesson. No matter what comes you mustn’t squeal. Think it over — all of you. If any man wishes to withdraw he will be gladly excused, for others are ready to take his place.” Address to U.S. Army recruits, 1898


“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”


“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”


“I have always been fond of the West African proverb “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”


“Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.”


“The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help, but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others.”


“Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism, and the effort to destroy them would be futile unless accomplished in ways that would work the utmost mischief to the entire body politic. We can do nothing of good in the way of regulating and supervising these corporations until we fix clearly in our minds that we are not attacking the corporations, but endeavoring to do away with any evil in them. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.”


“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.”


“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”


“No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.”


“The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so far as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.”


“We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. We will not submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we will submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals.” Speech at Progressive Party Convention, Chicago, June 17, 1912


“A typical vice of American politics — the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues, and the announcement of radical policies with much sound and fury, and at the same time with a cautious accompaniment of weasel phrases each of which sucks the meat out of the preceding statement.”


“There are plenty of decent legislators, and plenty of able legislators; but the blamelessness and the fighting edge are not always combined. Both qualities are necessary for the man who is to wage active battle against the powers that prey. He must be clean of life, so that he can laugh when his public or his private record is searched; and yet being clean of life will not avail him if he is either foolish or timid. He must walk warily and fearlessly, and while he should never brawl if he can avoid it, he must be ready to hit hard if the need arises. Let him remember, by the way, that the unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.”


“We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with “the money touch,” but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.”


“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”


“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”


“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”


“The United States of America has not the option as to whether it will or it will not play a great part in the world … It must play a great part. All that it can decide is whether it will play that part well or badly.”


“In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Never flinch.Never foul. Hit the line hard.”


“We must ever bear in mind that the great end in view is righteousness, justice as between man and man, nation and nation, the chance to lead our lives on a somewhat higher level, with a broader spirit of brotherly goodwill one for another. Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness; and it becomes a very evil thing if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of despotism or anarchy. We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong. No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.” Nobel Lecture, 1910


“I abhor unjust war. I abhor injustice and bullying by the strong at the expense of the weak, whether among nations or individuals. I abhor violence and bloodshed. I believe that war should never be resorted to when, or so long as, it is honorably possible to avoid it. I respect all men and women who from high motives and with sanity and self-respect do all they can to avert war. I advocate preparation for war in order to avert war; and I should never advocate war unless it were the only alternative to dishonor.” An Autobiography, 1913


“There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railroad man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone; but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching. And as for a life deliberately devoted to pleasure as an end — why, the greatest happiness is the happiness that comes as a by-product of striving to do what must be done, even though sorrow is met in the doing. There is a bit of homely philosophy, quoted by Squire Bill Widener, of Widener’s Valley, Virginia, which sums up one’s duty in life: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” An Autobiography, 1913

Wikipedia: Theodore Roosevelt

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