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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving Day

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving Day

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“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”  H.U. Westermayer

And

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

And

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”  E.P. Powell

And

“So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.”
Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

And

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

And

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”  Henry Ward Beecher

And

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  Edward Sandford Martin

And

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.”
Alexander Pope

And

“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”
J.A. Shedd

And

“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  Robert Caspar Lintner

And

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

And

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”   Erma Bombeck

And

“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”  William Jennings Bryan

And

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”   Seneca

And

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward

And

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”  William Shakespeare

And

“It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.”  James Smith

And

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”  Johnny Carson

And

“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.”  P. J. O’Rourke

And

“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”  Mark Twain

And

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.”  Albert Barnes

And

“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” Robert Casper Lintner

The Desolate Wilderness, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

he next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.

Being now passed the vast ocean….”

And the Fair Land, Editorial, Wall Street Journal

“Anyone whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.

So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.

For the traveler, as travelers have been always…..”

Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving Day

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21.  Sonny Dykes, California – The Pac-12 Conference admitted again early this week that the officials for the Stanford – Cal Big Game made some mistakes….this time in the replay booth….and we here at Coaches Hot Seat are starting to wonder just what it takes for the Pac-12 Conference to hire…

Competent Football Officials

AND

Competent People in the Conference Offices to Hire Competent Football Officials

….but then why would anyone expect for people in the Pac-12 Conference offices to be able to tie their shoes in the morning because it is just our opinion that…

There are LOTS of people working in the Pac-12 Conference Offices that would be lucky to be shoveling shit in West Texas if they weren’t working in sports right now and shouldn’t you at least be able to shovel shit if you are going to work for the Freaking Pac-12 Conference? One would Freaking Think So!

….but we digress and below is the story on that Pac-12 officiating mistake along with an interesting quote by Cal head coach Sonny Dykes on officiating mistakes in general:

Pac-12 says Stanford-Cal crew erred, ESPN.com

“We live in a world as football coaches of high accountability,” Dykes said in a conference call. “We’re judged every day on radio and in newspapers and in magazines and we have to respond to people and we have to talk to the press and we have to talk to alums and donors and so there is a high level of accountability on our part of coaches. It’s the world we live in, it’s the world we understand and we understand that when we get into it. And I think you want the same level of accountability with people that support your programs with the conference.”

Well Sonny Dykes in a world where people coaching FOOTBALL for a living are making…

Millions of Dollars A Year

….you bet your ass you will be living in world where football coaches making Millions of Dollars a year are held accountable when the average American family is making $60,000 a year and any coaches out there that can’t handle exchanging making…

Millions of Dollars A Year

…..to being scrutinized very closely can go work in a library or pick-up garbage in the mornings and….

No One Will Say A Damn Word About the Job You Are Doing!

Whatever the mistakes made by the Idiots working for the Pac-12 Conference and we will admit they come by the bushel with no end in sight….

Uhhhh….we hope Sonny Dykes and no one else expects anything to change with the Pac-12 and these officiating mistakes because that would take someone with REAL WORLD intelligence working at the Pac-12 conference offices which is now just a place filled with paper shufflers that we would compare to Complete Morons but that would be an insult to Complete Morons!

….there was No Damn Way that Cal was beating even a very Damn average Stanford team this past Saturday which brings us to Cal’s record in 2014 of….

5 – 6

….with only a game against BYU left on the schedule.

In his second season at Cal Sonny Dykes has posted records of….

Overall:  6 – 17

Pac-12:  3 – 15

….which believe it or not could be worse because Cal barely beat Colorado and Washington State earlier this season and losses in those two games would have turned the Bears 2014 season into a Complete Freaking Disaster!

Can Sonny Dykes and Cal get a win over BYU to get to 6 wins and get to a bowl game which would be a BIG improvement over that ONE win season in Dykes first year on the job?

We don’t have a clue to that the answer to that question but for Damn sure in our opinion Sonny Dykes and the Cal coaches need to get control of themselves on the sidelines during football games because Cal coaches acting like Complete Freaking Idiots on the sidelines during games doesn’t create confidence among your football players and team but instead as we saw first hand this past Saturday only causes confusion and leads to the Cal players to think that every little slight that happens during a game causes their head coach to go off.

Memo to Sonny Dykes:  You are a head football coach at a major college…act like one.

22.  Paul Petrino, Idaho – With Paul Petrino’s second season almost in the books here is the record Petrino has put up on the board…

Overall:  2 – 20

….with a 1 – 9 record in 2014 with only a game at Appalachian State left to play.

Can a head coach in college keep his job….even at Idaho….after posting a 2 – 21 record in two seasons on the job?

We don’t have a clue on how to answer that question but Idaho can win more football games than this….right?

That has to be RIGHT!

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23.  Mike London, Virginia – After four straight losses Mike London’s Virginia football team crushed Miami on Saturday which either says a lot about the resilience of this Virginia football team or a Helluva lot about the weakness of ACC Conference football with Miami almost beating FSU just a week before…

Uhhhh…the ACC Conference football is WEAK

…..and now UVA enters the last game of the season against an imploding Virginia Tech team that scored ZERO points in regulation against Wake Forest which with a win would lead to SIX wins on the season for Virginia and London and might just save Mike London’s job in the process.

In his FIFTH season as the head coach of Virginia Mike London now has…

1 Winning Season

1 Bowl Game

….on the board and a loss to this struggling Virginia Tech team in this spot would be a Complete Freaking Disaster in so many ways which is why with everything to play for and a very weak opponent in the docket (the Hokies) there is just no Damn reason for Virginia to lose this game on Friday night….PERIOD.

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24.  Mark Stoops, Kentucky – Here is who Mark Stoops and Kentucky have beaten in the much-talked about “revival” of Kentucky football in 2014:

UT Martin
Ohio
Vanderbilt
South Carolina
La. Monroe

Uhhhh….Bozo the Clown could have beaten those FIVE teams especially with the Clown Show that the ‘Ole Ball Coach is running in Columbia this season and now with a record of….

5 – 6

….on the board and only game left against Louisville on Saturday is there ANY chance that Mark Stoops will beat Bobby Petrino and Louisville to get to 6 wins and a bowl game?

Uhhhh…..No Damn Chance in Hell!

Uhhhh….Mark Stoops how about doing something that any random bum off the street couldn’t do and we will take you off the Hot Seat like….

Beating Louisville on Saturday!

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25.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – When you are making $5 Million Dollars a year you are expected to do things that any random cowboy off any random ranch in West Texas could do if he was coaching the Texas A&M Aggies and in 2014 the Aggies have posted a record of….

7 – 4

….which is only SLIGHTLY more than what any random cowboy off any random ranch in West Texas could do making $50,000 a year which means for Damn sure Kevin Sumlin has…

NOT earned that $5 Million Dollars in 2014

….but then fans of A&M football didn’t expect that because they are paying Kevin Sumlin $5 Million Dollars a year that the Aggies are going to start winning SEC Championships….right?

Well, we sure the Hell hope so because the TRUTH is…

Kevin Sumlin will NEVER win a SEC Championship if he coached at Texas A&M for the next 1 Million Years

….because if you can’t win the SEC with Johnny Manziel at quarterback please tell us…

How in the Hell are you going to win the SEC with much lesser quarterbacks?

You NEVER will is the answer to that question!

Now can Texas A&M even beat this very Damn average and falling to pieces LSU football team on Thanksgiving Day at home in Kyle Field?

We sure the Hell hope so or Kevin Sumlin and his Very Damn Un-Earned $5 Million Dollar Salary will be…

Soaring up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings!

….as will Les Miles if LSU loses this game on Turkey Day!

Coach ‘em up Coaches who are making a combined almost…

9 Million Dollars in 2014!

….with NEITHER coach in Kevin Sumlin or Les Miles even coming close to earning 10% of that money!

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26.  Mike Riley, Oregon State – When Mike Riley is completely focused on coaching the Oregon State football team and we mean…

Giving 100% to Coaching the Oregon State Football Team

….the Beavers having been a serious force in the Pac-12 Conference BUT when Mike Riley gives less than 100%….say just a drop-off of to 95% of effort to coaching the Oregon State football team the Beavers drop-off quite a bit in the Pac-12 Conference and it is our opinion that Mike Riley in the last several years has been giving less than 100% coaching the Oregon State football team and that had led to a drop-off of Mike Riley’s football team…PERIOD.

Oregon State is 5 – 6 on the 2014 season with only mighty Oregon left to play and a loss on Saturday would mean that Mike Riley and Oregon State have….

Posted sub .500 records in 3 of the last 5 seasons

AND

Missed bowl games in 3 of the last 5 seasons

….and in our opinion that is Below Average for Oregon State football and points to a rot inside the OSU football program that starts and ends with Mike Riley who also in our opinion has forgotten the lessons taught to him by both his father and his college head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant:

Memo to Mike Riley:  Either give 100% to Oregon State football or get out of coaching because you in our opinion are not only robbing Oregon State University you are robbing the kids you are coaching at OSU as well.

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27.  Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – It must be nice to be paid over $4 Million Dollars a year and here is what you can do while making all that money….

Iowa has SIX wins in 2014 over FBS teams and the records of those teams that Iowa has wins over is…

Ball State = 4 – 7
Pitt = 5 – 6
Purdue = 3 – 8
Indiana = 3 – 8
Northwestern = 5 – 6
Illinois = 5 – 6

Total Win/Loss = 25 – 41

Memo to Fans of Iowa Football: You pay a coach over $4 Million Dollars a year for this?

Can Iowa actually beat a FBS team in 2014 with a winning record on Friday in Nebraska?

Who the Hell knows and does anyone in Iowa know if Kirk Ferentz gives a rip or not either if Iowa beats Nebraska on Friday?

Therein lies the problem with Iowa football….in our opinion of course.

Memo No. 2 to Iowa Fans:  You give us $4 Million Dollars Plus to hire a football coach and for Damn sure the Iowa football team that would take the field in 2015 would play like Hell and not wallow around and play half-motivated at times as has been the case since Iowa gave Kirk Ferentz that BIG raise after the 2009 season which has led to the stagnation of Iowa football instead of a coach being rewarded with such a RICH contract actually working harder to field even better teams for the hard working people of Iowa.

You have been played for CHUMPS fans of Iowa football and if you feel STUPID right now that is exactly how you should feel because only very Damn STUPID football fans would sit on their hands and tolerate this HALF ASS Kirk Ferentz as the head football coach at Iowa.

In our opinion of course.

28.  Willie Taggart, South Florida – With South Florida loss to Memphis on Saturday the Bulls dropped to…

4 – 7

…on the season and Willie Taggart’s records at USF now stand at…

Overall:  6 – 17

American:  5 – 10

….with only UCF left on the schedule this Friday.

Can Willie Taggart continue to LOSE at South Florida and keep his job in Tampa?

NO is the answer to that question which means that Willie Taggart needs to…

Get Off His Ass and Start Winning Some Football Games!

29.  Norm Chow, Hawaii – With a last second win over UNLV on Saturday Norm Chow’s Hawaii team raised their record to…

4 – 8

….in 2014 with only a game at Fresno State left on the schedule to finish the 2014 season.

Fresno State is playing some pretty good football right now so if Hawaii finishes 2014 at…

4 – 9

…will Norm Chow return as the head coach of the Warriors in 2015?

We don’t have a clue to the answer to that question but with a win over Fresno State we cannot see how Norm Chow would NOT come back in 2015 to coach Hawaii so…

Play Hard Warriors!

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30.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – Derek Mason is great guy, great football coach, great human being and we want Coach Mason to succeed in his job as head coach at Vanderbilt more than anything in the world BUT what we have so far of Vandy football in 2014 has been…

Disappointing at Times

AND

A Complete Freaking Disaster at Times

….and now the Commodores sit at….

3 – 8

….on the season with wins over UMass, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion with only one game left against what will be a very Damn motivated Tennessee team on Saturday which with a loss would leave Derek Mason with a record of…

3 – 9

….in his first season as a head coach in Nashville.

What will Derek Mason have to do to get things turned around with Vanderbilt football to at least make sure the Commodores are competitive in the SEC?

Just our opinion but unless Derek Mason takes a hard look at EVERYTHING he has been doing at Vanderbilt he will be out of a job come the end of the 2015 season after posting another 3 – 9 like season because Vanderbilt football will NOT be allowed to return to a basement dweller in the SEC as it was for so long before James Franklin arrived in Nashville a few years ago.

Get your team to play hard against Tennessee Derek Mason and then start looking at what you did wrong….it’s a long list.

On a related note a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were recently in Nashville on business and did a little snooping around and asking around about Vanderbilt football and we debated for quite awhile on writing in this blog what they learned about Derek Mason’s first year at Vanderbilt….and we decided after much debate to not write what they learned….for now….which is of course only their opinion that they came to after doing what they were trained to do by YOUR US Government when they were in the US Military = Listening closely to what people are saying, watching closely how people are acting, looking closely to what is going on, and then forming opinions that lead to a conclusion.

Needless to say their opinions and their conclusion on what is going on with Vanderbilt football right now was NOT GOOD!

Come on Derek Mason.

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Helen Keller

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Helen Keller

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

And

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

And

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

And

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

And

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”

And

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

And

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

And

“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

And

“My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”

And

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

And

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

And

“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

And

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

And

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

And

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”

And

“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”

And

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

And

“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.”

And

“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”

And

“Miss Sullivan touched my forehead and spelled with decided emphasis, “Think.”  In a flash I knew that the word was the name of the process that was going on in my head. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea.  For a long time I was still … trying to find a meaning for “love” in the light of this new idea. The sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers; but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its southern splendour.  Again I asked my teacher, “Is this not love?”

“Love is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out,” she replied. Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained:

“You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.”

The beautiful truth burst upon my mind — I felt that there were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirits of others.”

And

“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”

And

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”

And

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

Wikipedia:  Helen Keller

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11.  Tim Beckman, Illinois – In a football game that set-back the Game of Football in America back at least 50 years…..

Why is Penn State playing in so many games that are setting the Game of Football in America this season?

….Tim Beckman and his Illini got a win over Penn State on Saturday and it was Survive and Advance for Beckman whose Illini moved to 5 – 6 on the season with only a game left against a very AVERAGE Northwestern team….at Evanston….to get Illinois bowl eligible in 2014 and more than likely save Tim Beckman’s job in the process.

Is it really right for a one football game to decide the fate of a head football coach?

Probably not….BUT in a very WEAK Big Ten Conference the Illini should be a better football team in Beckman’s third year than they were in Beckman’s first year and in our opinion the Illini are…

Slightly Better

….than they were three years ago and a win over this AVERAGE Northwestern team to get to 6 – 6 and to a bowl game would be a BIG step forward for Illinois football….and a loss…..Oh, this is a close call indeed for Illinois AD Mike Thomas on whether to bring Beckman back for another season.

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We learned something a long time ago from people like former Intel CEO Andrew Grove on determining if someone is getting better at their job or not and thus if they should be retained in their job or not and that is the supervisor should ask him/herself:

Is this person getting better at his or her job on a daily, weekly, monthly basis?

If not….

They should be fired…..PERIOD.

Of course “getting better” is not always defined as bottom-line improvement like wins and losses BUT rather is often defined by the improvement of what the person is actually managing over time which often gets down to things like wins and losses but is always relative to the wins and losses that preceded the person before taking over the position.

What does all of the above mean for the future of Tim Beckman at Illinois?

Well…below are Tim Beckman’s yearly win/loss records at Illinois

2012: 2 – 10
2013: 4 – 8
2014: 5 – 6

That is improvement which means the question for Illinois AD Mike Thomas is:

Is that improvement good enough for Tim Beckman to keep his job as head coach of the Illinois football team win or lose against Northwestern?

In this situation it would be impossible for us here at Coaches Hot Seat to make that call unlike some schools where the decision to fire a head coach is obvious so that means….

Good Luck Mike Thomas!

Coach ‘em up Tim Beckman!

12.  Ron Turner, Florida International – FIU lost to North Texas on Saturday to end the 2014 season for head coach Ron Turner at…

4 – 8

….which leaves Turner’s records at FIU now at:

Overall:  5 – 19

CUSA:  4 – 12

Are the above records good enough for Ron Turner to hold onto his head coaching job at FIU?

We don’t have a clue but we do know that the FIU football program has taken a step backwards since the firing of Mario Cristobal and that is most certainly…

Not A Good Thing!

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13.  Bo Pelini, Nebraska – There is all kinds of Complete Nonsense spouted by people in talk radio and on TV these days and something we hear all the time goes something like this….

Northern Football teams that live in cold areas far from the high school football talent beds of the southern United States will never be able to compete at the top of college football again including schools like….NEBRASKA!

We hear that over and over again from recruiting gurus and other Complete Freaking Idiots that say because Lincoln, Nebraska is so isolated that the today’s Nebraska Football program shouldn’t be held to the standards that Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne set in the past and that everyone should just give…

Poor Bo Pelini a Break!

We have something to say about that…

Bullshit!

For all of those MORONS out there that have said that the Nebraska football program of today cannot be the Nebraska football program of yesterday which was….

One of the Top Ten if Not Five College Football Programs in the Country EVERY YEAR

….we offer up another school that sits in a state with very few FBS college football recruits, that is far from major metropolitan areas, that has some of the worst weather in the country and that school is…

OREGON!

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Oh, the Oregon Ducks can annually be one of the top college football programs in the country and Nebraska can’t do the same?

Bullshit!

Anyone that says Nebraska can no longer be a regular Top Ten College Football Program on annual basis should be fired immediately but if you fired all of the Complete Morons on the radio and TV there would be no one to do talk radio and there would be no one left to work in front of the cameras at ESPN!

How about let’s quit making excuses for Bo Pelini and realize that in back-to-back weeks the Nebraska Cornhuskers just got beat by….

Wisconsin and Minnesota = Northern Schools in Very Damn Cold Climates

…and let’s thus put Bo Pelini’s ass where it belongs…

On the Freaking Hot Seat!

Welcome Back to the Hot Seat Bo Pelini!

With the loss to Minnesota the Cornhuskers are now….

8 – 3

….on the season and have a game left…

At Iowa

….which is a team that lost earlier this year to a 2 – 8 Iowa State team on their home field and Oh Yea….

Iowa also got blasted by Minnesota this season and where is Minnesota located?

In a Cold Freaking Place = Minneapolis!

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Come on let’s quit making excuses for Bo Pelini that in our opinion right now has a football team in Nebraska that looks like…

Just an AVERAGE coached football team

…and start demanding something of Bo Pelini meaning…

EXCELLENCE!

If Bo Pelini can’t produce EXCELLENCE at Nebraska or handle the pressure of coaching at Nebraska then it’s time for Nebraska to find a head football coach that can produce…

EXCELLENCE!

Uhhhh Bo Pelini….we would recommend you beat Iowa…..PERIOD.

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14.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Talk about a MUST WIN Game Pretty Boy Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech team almost lost to a 2 – 8 Iowa State team on Saturday before pulling out a 3-point victory which leaves the Red Raiders record in 2014 at…

4 – 7

….with a game against Baylor left on the schedule which will equal…

4 – 8

….in 2014 in the end….right? RIGHT!

What would a 4 – 8 record leave Pretty Boy Kliff Kingsbury’s records at in two years on the job?

Overall:  12 – 13 (.480)

Big 12:  6 – 12 (.333)

Now let’s see here…Pretty Boy Kliff Kingsbury came into Texas Tech making fun of the previous head coach….Tommy Tuberville…and what records did Tubs put up at Texas Tech?

Overall:  20 – 17 (.540)

Big 12:  9 – 17 (.346)

Seems to us if you are going to be making fun of someone who held the job you just took over you should do a better job than that person did….right?

RIGHT!

There are only TWO current college head coaches that we here at Coaches Hot Seat would like to see fired and the first is…

Jimbo Fisher

….because it is our opinion that Jimbo Fisher is a Sorry Excuse for a Human Being and poses a Clear and Present Danger to the Game of Football in America and even ALL the Children in America for that matter and the second coach we would love to see lose his job is…

Kliff Kingsbury

….because it is our opinion that if not for Johnny Manziel Kliff Kingsbury would be shoveling shit in West Texas which is what Kingsbury might be doing soon if this piss-poor football in Lubbock continues.

Kliff Kingsbury is in our opinion a Pompous Arrogant Ass that believes he is God’s Gift to this Earth and ANY Human Being that believes such nonsense deserves to fail and on a massive scale because those are the Destroyers of the American Republic and maybe even worse are the Enablers of Sorry Ass People that put people up on pedestals because they coach or play the game of football.

We here at Coaches Hot Seat were lucky enough to be coached by some GREAT and even one LEGENDARY football coach in our lives and to a man those coaches did not go around acting like…

Pompous Arrogant Asses that believe they were God’s Gift to the Earth

….and in comparison to Bastards like Kliff Kingsbury our former coaches are the difference between the way Decent Human Beings act and Sorry Ass Bastards act.

Just our opinion.

15.  Trent Miles, Georgia State – With the very predictable loss to even a very AVERAGE Clemson team on Saturday Trent Miles and Georgia State’s record fell to…

1 – 10

….in 2014 and Trent Miles records at Georgia State in two years on the job now stand at:

Overall:  1 – 22

Sun Belt:  0 – 15

That is BAD…even for Georgia State football which although a very young program can do better than that….right?

That has to be RIGHT!

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16.  Les Miles, LSU – It really was only few weeks ago that Les Miles and the LSU coaching staff…

Completely Choked Away

…..a win over what is not that great of an Alabama football team that could easily have FOUR losses right now and heading into the last game of the season Les Miles and LSU now stand at….

7 – 4

….with only a game at Texas A&M to play and if LSU ends up with FIVE losses with the amount of talent that is now in Baton Rouge someone has to be fired at LSU…..right?

Hell…that has to be RIGHT!

What should scare the Hell of LSU fans that on the downside the Tigers could have easily also lost to Wisconsin, Florida, and Ole Miss and could be sitting at….

4 – 7

…right now instead of 7 – 4 which would have been nothing short of a Complete Freaking Disaster and would have seen the end of Les Miles days in LSU where anything less than SIX wins should lead to the immediate firing of the head football coach since Bozo the Clown could win SEVEN games at LSU every year coaching from his bed!

Our recommendation to Les Miles: Beat Texas A&M or expect your rear-end to really get lit-up!

Maybe that Michigan job isn’t looking so bad after all!

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17.  Mike Gundy – Oh…what NOT a surprise with Mike Gundy after his team’s loss to Baylor…

He’s a man! He’s brief! Don’t bother quoting Mike Gundy after loss to Baylor, Zach Barnett, College Football Talk

Pitiful…Just Pitiful.

With that loss to Baylor Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State team dropped to…

5 – 6

…on the year with only a game at Oklahoma left on the schedule and with Mike Gundy’s name being floated by someone…Gundy’s agent maybe…for the Florida job an obvious question comes into our minds here at Coaches Hot Seat:

Is Jeremy Foley or any other person on planet Earth stupid enough to hire this Pompous Arrogant Ass Mike Gundy who in our opinion believes that because he played college football and coaches a college football team that he is God’s Gift to the Earth?

We shall see BUT any school that hires Mike Gundy will immediately find their new head coach….

No. 1 on the Coaches Hot Seat Ranking

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….which is of course just our opinion as citizens of the American Republic!

We wouldn’t hire Mike Gundy to shovel shit in West Texas but then what the Hell do we know?

Now we can only wonder will Bob “Half-Ass and Half-Time” Stoops choke away another game to a lesser team on December 6 when Oklahoma State plays Oklahoma?

Who the Hell knows when Bob “Half-Ass and Half-Time” Stoops is involved any more!

18.  Todd Monken, Southern Miss – After the BYE week the Southern Miss record in 2014 now stands at….

3 – 8

…with only UAB left on the schedule this week and right now head coach Todd Monken’s records at USM stand at…

Overall:  4 – 19

CUSA:  2 – 13

UGLY….that’s just UGLY.

What a mess Southern Miss football is right now….what a Damn mess.

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19.  Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – So on Saturday the Virginia Tech football team was only able to score…

3 Points

….on a Wake Forest football team that the following teams scored these points on the Demon Deacons this season:

La. Monroe = 10 points
Gardner-Webb = 7 points
Utah State = 36 points
Army = 21 points
Louisville = 20 points
FSU = 43 points
Syracuse = 30 points
Boston College = 23 points
Clemson = 34 points
NC State = 42 points

And Virginia Tech was only able to score…

3 Points on Wake Forest?

Gardner-Webb scored 7 points on Wake Forest for Pillsbury Dough Boy’s sake!
Pillsbury Dough Boy! (We say or write Pillsbury Dough Boy rather that saying God or Jesus Christ!)

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Virginia Tech is now…

3 – 8

…on the season after the loss to Wake Forest and the future College Football Hall of Fame member Frank Beamer has posted the following records the last three seasons in Blacksburg:

Overall:  19 – 17

ACC:  11 – 12

It’s over for Frank Beamer legendary career at Virginia Tech and now it’s only a matter of when this legendary coaching career will end and no doubt Frank Beamer does not want it to end with a 3 – 9 season but from what we have heard from our contacts in ACC country which are not insignificant the TRUTH is…

There are lots of opposing ACC coaches that also DO NOT WANT to see Frank Beamer’s tenure at Virginia Tech end because….

“It’s pretty much a guaranteed win now.”

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The words of Paul “Bear” Bryant are ringing in our ears right now when Bryant said in his last season at Alabama in 1982….

“I just can’t coach these boys anymore.”

Uhhh….in 1982 Alabama posted a record of….

8 – 4

Love you Coach Beamer but it may be….NO….it’s time to go.

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20.  David Shaw, Stanford – A win in the Big Game is ALWAYS a Very Damn Good Thing for alums, fans, boosters and the employees of Stanford University that have come to expect wins in the Big Game with Stanford now winning…

5 Straight Big Games over Cal

….but excuse us if we have a higher standard for Stanford Football than merely beating a Pitiful Cal Football Team that from close-up at Memorial Stadium on Saturday had one of the most disorganized sidelines we have seen in 40-plus years of watching college football in America and with higher standards comes an expectation than merely just…

6 Wins and a trip to a bowl game

….and with Stanford now at 6 – 5 on the season that is ALL that Stanford Football has accomplished in 2014 which any random bum off the streets of downtown Palo Alto could have done with the amount of football talent that is The Farm right now.

Stanford has FIVE wins in 2014 over FBS teams and the combined win/loss record of those FIVE teams which are Army, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, and California is…

24 – 32

….and which are again FIVE teams that any random bum off the streets of downtown Palo Alto could have beaten with the amount of football talent on The Farm right now and throw in the win over FCS UC Davis and the Cardinal has SIX very Damn unimpressive wins.

We could go into a long diatribe about how if the Stanford offense in 2014 was just….

Below Average forget about just being AVERAGE

….Stanford would be sitting on at least TEN more than likely ELEVEN wins right now but anyone with a working brain that is paying attention already knows that to be true so looking forward what Stanford Football has left in 2014 is a game…

At UCLA

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….in the Rose Bowl on Friday which a number of us here at Coaches Hot Seat will be at and what we hope to see and expect to see from this Stanford Football team is some…

FIGHT

….against an UCLA football team that lost earlier this year on the same field to Utah, barely beat Cal by 3 points, and needed 2 overtimes to beat Colorado.

Can Stanford Football beat a team in UCLA that lost to Utah, only beat Cal by 3 points, and needed 2 overtimes to beat Colorado?

We don’t see why the Hell not but for Damn sure we had better Damn not see this Stanford Football team…

QUIT

…against UCLA on Saturday because there are going to be a Helluva lot of people looking for any QUIT and if it’s there…..well…..

QUITTERS and Stanford University don’t go together…..PERIOD.

….and if Stanford QUITS against UCLA…well….we all know what’s next —–>

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Ulysses S. Grant

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Ulysses S. Grant

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“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

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“I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.”

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

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“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

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“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

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“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

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“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

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“The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.”

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“…but for a soldier his duty is plain. He is to obey the orders of all those placed over him and whip the enemy wherever he meets him.”

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“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

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“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”

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“I never held a council of war in my life. I heard what men had to say – the stream of talk at headquarters – but I made up my own mind, and from my written orders my staff got their first knowledge of what was to be done. No living man knew of plans”

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“I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

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“The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade. When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make”

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“No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
To General S.B. Buckner, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862

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“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
A toast made by Grant before his operations in the Vicksburg Campaign, February 22, 1863

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“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”
Dispatch to Washington, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. May 11, 1864

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“I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.”
Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, April 9, 1865

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“Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.”

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“The will of the people is the best law.”

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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

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I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.

When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier’s blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.

What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885

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“The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that “A state half slave and half free cannot exist.” All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.”

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We must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brillant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss.
Francis Vinton Greene in The Mississippi (1882) on Grant’s role in the Vicksburg campaign

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If Grant only does this thing right down there — I don’t care how, so long as he does it right — why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war!
Abraham Lincoln on Grant’s Vicksburg campaign, July 5, 1863

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I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Statement attributed to Abraham Lincoln in response to complaints about Grant’s drinking habits, November 1863

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“He (Grant) habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
Col. Theodore Lyman. in Meade’s headquarters, 1863-1865

Wikipedia Page:  Ulysses S. Grant

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Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Coaches – The Thanksgiving Turkey Is Almost on the Table But That Doesn’t Mean Johnny Cash Isn’t Going To Keep Lighting Up the Rear-Ends of These Coaches! Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!

Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Coaches

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The Thanksgiving Turkey Is Almost on the Table But That Doesn’t Mean Johnny Cash Isn’t Going To Keep Lighting Up the Rear-Ends of These Coaches! Give ‘Em Hell Johnny!

Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Coaches

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1.  Kevin Wilson, Indiana – Not surprisingly Ohio State whipped Kevin Wilson’s Indiana team on Saturday and now that takes Wilson’s win/loss record with the Hoosiers in four years on the job to:

Overall:  13 – 34 (.277)

Big Ten:  5 – 26 (.161)

FIVE Big Ten Conference wins in four seasons and ZERO Big Ten Conference wins in his FOURTH year on the job?

Is that good enough to keep your job at Indiana?

We are all about to find out!

Hey Purdue is still left to be played so there is still some hope!

2.  Doug Martin, New Mexico State – With the loss to La. Monroe on Saturday Doug Martin’s two-year record at New Mexico State now stands at….

Overall:  4 – 19 (.174)

….and frankly we don’t have a clue if that will get Doug Martin fired but we do know it is BAD!

3.  Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – In a perfect world Paul Rhoads would not be on our Hot Seat or anyone else’s but we try to be honest about what we think BUT over the last TWO seasons at Iowa State Rhoads has put up records of…

Overall:  5 – 17 (.227)

Big 12:  2 – 14 (.125)

….which leaves Rhoads overall records at Iowa State at:

Overall:  29 – 44 (.397)

Big 12:  14 – 36 (.280)

Now let’s see here…..former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney was run out-of-town when posting the following records in 11 seasons with the Cyclones:

Overall:  56 – 85 (.397)

Big 12:  27 – 68 (.284)

Hmmmm….

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander?

4.  Bill Blankenship, Tulsa – With Tulsa’s loss to Houston on Saturday Bill Blankenship’s records dropped to….

Overall:  24 – 26

Conference: 1 8 – 13

….but in the last two seasons the Tulsa football program has fallen off the face of the Earth by posting records of…

Overall:  5 – 18

Conference:  4 – 11

What the Hell happened to the Tulsa football program?

We don’t have a clue BUT watching Tulsa play this year has been very disappointing because they just look like a very poorly coached football team.

What’s up Bill Blankenship?

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5.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – With Notre Dame football imploding, Indiana football in the dumps, and Purdue football in deep trouble these are NOT the Glory Days of State of Indiana Football for sure and the Boilermakers big loss at home to a very average Northwestern team was a very bad look indeed.

Purdue is now 3 – 8 on the season and Darrell Hazell’s two-year record at Purdue now stands at…

Overall:  4 – 19

Big Ten:  1 – 14

Oh, that is UGLY!

What the Hell is wrong with football in the state of Indiana?

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6.  Brady Hoke, Michigan – With Michigan’s home loss to Maryland on Saturday and only Ohio State in Columbus left on the Wolverines schedule it looks like Brady Hoke’s tenure in Ann Arbor will finish with a losing season which will leave Hoke’s four-year record at Michigan at….assuming Michigan loses to Ohio State which we say is a Very Damn Safe assumption:

Overall:  31 – 20

Big Ten:  18 – 14

Sorry but in a time when Ohio State is clearly on the rise under Urban Meyer there is just….

No Damn Excuse

….for Michigan football to be trending down….AGAIN…..and to make matters worse the 2014 Michigan team just looks to be terribly coached and why that is we don’t have a freaking clue.

What’s up Brady Hoke?

If anyone does write about Brady Hoke and thus AD Dave Brandon’s tenures at Michigan over the past four years that is going to be one Damn fascinating read that might just put TV shows like Dallas to shame!

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7.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – At least for awhile Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen got his rear-end off the Hot Seat BUT with three straight losses we would like to welcome….

Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen back to the Hot Seat

….and believe it or not things could get worse with West Virginia slated to play at Iowa State on Saturday and with a loss in this spot that would have to end Dana Holgorsen’s coaching tenure at West Virginia with the Mountaineers then finishing at 6 – 6 this season…..right?

RIGHT!

Coach ‘em up Crazy Boy!

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8.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the very predictable Colorado loss to Oregon on Saturday the Buffs are now…

2 – 9

….on the season and MacIntyre’s two-year records in Boulder now stands at…

Overall:  6 – 17

Pac-12:  1 – 16

That is what is a cal a Complete Freaking Disaster which can be made slightly better with a win over Utah at home on Saturday in a game that in his second year on the job is a game that Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado Buffs should be able to win….right?

RIGHT!

Get you and your team off its asses Mike MacIntyre….PERIOD!

9.  Al Golden, Miami – Really Al Golden?

In your FOURTH season coaching the Miami Hurricanes your football team loses…

30 – 13

….to a Virginia team that came into the game with a 4 – 6 record in 2014?

Really Al Golden?

Hell losing 30 – 13 to a 4 – 6 Virginia team that is AVERAGE at best is a firing offense in itself but then Al Golden’s Miami team is…

6 – 5

….in is FOURTH season on the job in south Florida!

Really Al Golden?

If were the AD at Miami we would be chewing some Al Golden ass this morning that’s for Damn sure while looking for a new head football coach that’s for Damn sure!

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10.  Bobby Hauck, UNLV – Bobby Hauck and his UNLV team took losing a game to a whole new level in this last second loss to Hawaii….

…and with that loss the Rebels are now….

2 – 10

…on the season and Bobby Hauck’s records in FIVE seasons at UNLV now stands at:

Overall:  15 – 48

MWC:  11 – 27

Oh, that is UGLY as is UNLV football at this moment in time.

Thanksgiving is a time for Gathering…for Family and Friends….and with that we all look forward to seeing everyone later this week!  Be careful traveling!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 24, 2014 – T. E. Lawrence

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 24, 2014 – T. E. Lawrence

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“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. I did that.”

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“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.”

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“I’ve been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I’m quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results. In that point I’m one of the few people who tell the truth about myself.”

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“The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.”

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“To me an unnecessary action, or shot, or casualty, was not only waste but sin.”

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‘You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That’s the feeling.”

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“Mankind has had ten-thousand years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.”

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“We were fond together because of the sweep of open places, the taste of wide winds, the sunlight, and the hopes in which we worked. The morning freshness of the world-to-be intoxicated us. We were wrought up with ideas inexpressible and vaporous, but to be fought for. We lived many lives in those whirling campaigns, never sparing ourselves: yet when we achieved and the new world dawned, the old men came out again and took our victory to remake in the likeness of the former world they knew. Youth could win, but had not learned to keep, and was pitiably weak against age. We stammered that we had worked for a new heaven and a new earth, and they thanked us kindly and made their peace.”

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“I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the ski in stars.”

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“You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That’s the feeling.”

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“The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is some one outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action.” Winston Churchill on T. E. Lawrence

Wikipedia:  T. E. Lawrence

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 23, 2014 – Robert F. Kennedy

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 23, 2014 – Robert F. Kennedy

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“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

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“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

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“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”

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“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”

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“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”

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“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”

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“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

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“Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”

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Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that “perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering.”

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“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why’? I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not’?” Robert Kennedy made this quotation famous during his 1968 Presidential campaign. Although he apparently used it on several occasions as a kind of slogan, the only occasion for which we have been able to find documentation is his speech at the University of Kansas on March 18, 1968. In its original form, the quotation was said by the serpent in George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah , and was used by President Kennedy in his Speech to the Irish Parliament on June 28, 1963: “Speaking as an Irishman [Shaw] summed up an approach to life: ‘Other people,’ he said, ‘see things and say: why – but I dream things that never were and say: why not.'”

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“On this generation of Americans falls the burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and are equal before the law. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” Speech, Law Day Exercises of the University of Georgia Law School, May 6, 1961.

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“The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.” Address, Seattle World’s Fair, August 7, 1962.

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“Since the days of Greece and Rome when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities. And today, as never before in the free world, responsibility is the greatest right of citizenship and service is the greatest of freedom’s privileges.” Speech, University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California, September 29, 1962.

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“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.” Speech, Athens, Georgia, May 6, 1961.”All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people – speaking out – in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out – in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes – let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind.” Address, New York City, January 22, 1963.

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“When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” Quoting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Democratic National Convention, 8/27/64.

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“President Kennedy’s favorite quote was really from Dante : ‘The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.'” Columbia University/Barnard Democratic Club, 10/5/64.

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“And as long as America must choose, that long will there be a need and a place for the Democratic Party. We Democrats can run on our record but we cannot rest on it. We will win if we continue to take the initiative and if we carry the message of hope and action throughout the country. Alexander Smith once said, ‘A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.’ Let us continue to plant, and our children shall reap the harvest. That is our destiny as Democrats.” Testimonial Dinner for Lieutenant Governor Patrick J. Lucey of Wisconsin, August 15, 1965.

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“Democracy is no easy form of government. Few nations have been able to sustain it. For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear of events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth.” Statement on Vietnam, February 19, 1966.

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.

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“We must recognize the full human equality of all our people – before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this not because it is economically advantageous – although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it – although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.

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“Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions of the United States can neither be dictated nor transplanted to others. What is important is that all nations must march toward a increasing freedom; toward justice for all; toward a society strong and flexible enough to meet the demands of all of its own people, and a world of immense and dizzying change.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South African, June 6, 1966.

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“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation…It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.

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“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.” Address, University of California at Berkeley, October 22, 1966.

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“The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.” Address, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1967.

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“If we fail to dare, if we do not try, the next generation will harvest the fruit of our indifference; a world we did not want – a world we did not choose – but a world we could have made better, by caring more for the results of our labors. And we shall be left only with the hollow apology of T.S. Eliot: ‘That is not what I meant at all. That is not it, at all’.” 8/23/67, Americana Hotel, New York, N.Y.

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“Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?” From Albert Camus. Appears on the dedication page of Robert F. Kennedy’s last book, To Seek a Newer World (Doubleday, 1967).

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“Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product…if we should judge American by that – counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

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“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.” Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968.

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“I am glad to come to the University of Alabama. I’m delighted to see the inside of this building. I didn’t think it meant anything that they snuck me around the back way. They said someone was waiting out in front there.” March 21, 1968.

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“Aeschylus wrote: In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world. Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 1968. Additional detail .

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“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet.
“No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.

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“Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.” On the Mindless Menace of Violence, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5, 1968.

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“I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis. And that what has been going on with the United States over the period of that last three years, the divisions, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the divisions- whether it’s between blacks and whites, between the poor and the more affluent, or between age groups, or in the war in Vietnam – that we can work together. We are a great country, and unselfish country and a compassionate country. And I intend to make that my basis for running.” California Victory Speech, Los Angeles, California, June 4, 1968.

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Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease — a man like the Chancellor of this University. It is a revolutionary world that we all live in; and thus, as I have said in Latin America and Asia and in Europe and in my own country, the United States, it is the young people who must take the lead. Thus you and your young compatriots everywhere have had thrust upon you a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.

“There is,” said an Italian philosopher, “nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Yet this is the measure of the task of your generation and the road is strewn with many dangers.

First is the danger of futility; the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. “Give me a place to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.” These men moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation. Thousands of Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference in the isolated villages and the city slums of dozens of countries. Thousands of unknown men and women in Europe resisted the occupation of the Nazis and many died, but all added to the ultimate strength and freedom of their countries. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage such as these that the belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

“If Athens shall appear great to you,” said Pericles, “consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.” That is the source of all greatness in all societies, and it is the key to progress in our own time.”  Day of Affirmation Speech, University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 22, 2014 – John F. Kennedy

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 22, 2014 – John F. Kennedy

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“NAURO NATIVE KNOWS POSIT HE CAN PILOT 11 ALIVE NEED SMALL BOAT KENNEDY” Message carved into a coconut after the wreck of PT-109, August, 6, 1943

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“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”

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“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”

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“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men – such as the subjects of this book – have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality. In whatever area in life one may meet the challenges of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient – they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”

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“Now let me make it clear that I believe there can only be one defense policy for the United States and that is summed up in the word ‘first.’ I do not mean ‘first, but’. I do not mean ‘first, when’. I do not mean ‘first, if’. I mean ‘first –period’.”

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“I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin – where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases – and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman.”

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“It has been a long road from that first snowy day in New Hampshire to this crowded convention city. Now begins another long journey, taking me into your cities and homes all over America. Give me your help, your hand, your voice, your vote. Recall with me the words of Isaiah: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.” As we face the coming challenge, we too, shall wait upon the Lord, and ask that he renew our strength. Then shall we be equal to the test. Then we shall not be weary. And then we shall prevail.”

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“But the harsh fact of the matter is that there is also an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies—whose physical fitness is not what it should be—who are getting soft. And such softness on the part of individual citizens can help to strip and destroy the vitality of a nation. For the physical vigor of our citizens is one of America’s most precious resources. If we waste and neglect this resource, if we allow it to dwindle and grow soft then we will destroy much of our ability to meet the great and vital challenges which confront our people. We will be unable to realize our full potential as a nation.”

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“Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass.”

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“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”

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“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”

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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

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“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

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“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power…Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time.”

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“But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.”

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“Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable—that mankind is doomed—that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable—and we believe they can do it again.”

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“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough—more than enough—of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on—not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.”

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“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

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“This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.”

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“For time and the world do not stand still.  Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

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“Do not pray for easy lives.  Pray to be stronger men.”

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“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”

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“Things do not happen.  Things are made to happen.”

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“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

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“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

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“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

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“A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.”

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“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!””

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“Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.”

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“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

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“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

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“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.”

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“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

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“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

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“Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.”

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“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

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“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”

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“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

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“The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.”

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“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”

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“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.”

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“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

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“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”

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“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

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“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

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“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

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“I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.”

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“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”

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“All students, members of the faculty, and public officials in both Mississippi and the Nation will be able, it is hoped, to return to their normal activities with full confidence in the integrity of American law. This is as it should be, for our Nation is founded on the principle that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny. The law which we obey includes the final rulings of the courts, as well as the enactments of our legislative bodies. Even among law-abiding men few laws are universally loved, but they are uniformly respected and not resisted. Americans are free, in short, to disagree with the law but not to disobey it. For in a government of laws and not of men, no man, however prominent or powerful, and no mob however unruly or boisterous, is entitled to defy a court of law. If this country should ever reach the point where any man or group of men by force or threat of force could long defy the commands of our court and our Constitution, then no law would stand free from doubt, no judge would be sure of his writ, and no citizen would be safe from his neighbors.”

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“‘Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

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“And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: “I served in the United States Navy.”

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“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

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“The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive.”

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“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.”

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“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

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This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”

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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations—explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon—if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.”

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“And if there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.”

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“For a city or a people to be truly free they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choice and to live their own lives.”

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“I pledge you that we will neither commit nor provoke aggression, that we shall neither flee nor invoke the threat of force, that we shall never negotiate out of fear, we shall never fear to negotiate.”

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“Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example. But inevitably they fail, either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats, and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.”

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“In short, we are neither “warmongers” nor “appeasers,” neither “hard” nor “soft.” We are Americans, determined to defend the frontiers of freedom, by an honorable peace if peace is possible, but by arms if arms are used against us. And if we are to move forward in that spirit, we shall need all the calm and thoughtful citizens that this great University can produce, all the light they can shed, all the wisdom they can bring to bear. It is customary, both here and around the world, to regard life in the United States as easy. Our advantages are many. But more than any other people on earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free.”

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“As apt and applicable as the Declaration of Independence is today, we would do well to honor that other historic document drafted in this hall–the Constitution of the United States. For it stressed not independence but interdependence–not the individual liberty of one but the indivisible liberty of all.”

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“No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will, the 50 thousand years of man’s recorded history in a time span of but a half-century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end of them advanced man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover them. Then about 10 years ago, under this standard, man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only five years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less than two years ago. The printing press came this year, and then less than two months ago, during this whole 50-year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power. Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power, and now if America’s new spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.”

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“Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it—we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”

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“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

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“The 1930’s taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged ultimately leads to war.”

And

“The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is one of the most consistent with our character and our courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high — but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and this is the path of surrender or submission. Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right — not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. Thank you, and good night.”

And

“In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours—and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest. So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

And

“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Wikipedia:  John F. Kennedy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 21, 2014 – Bill Walsh

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 21, 2014 – Bill Walsh

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Bill Walsh’s Five Don’ts

“1. Don’t ask, “Why me?”

2. Don’t expect sympathy.

3. Don’t bellyache.

4. Don’t keep accepting condolences.

5. Don’t blame others.”

And

“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”

And

“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”

And

“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”

And

“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”

And

“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”

And

“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”

And

“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”

And

“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”

And

“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”

And

“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”

And

“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”

And

“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”

And

“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”

And

“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”

And

“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”

And

“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”

And

“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”

And

“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”

And

“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”

And

“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”

And

“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”

And

“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”

And

“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”

And

“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”

And

“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”

And

“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”

And

“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” 

And

“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service

And

“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”

And

“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”

And

“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”

And

“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”

And

“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”

And

“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”

And

“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”

Four Leadership Tips From Bill Walsh from…

The Score Takes Care of Itself:  My Philosophy of Leadership, Amazon.com

1. Making The Best Of What You Have

“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”

E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).

Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.

Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.

2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).

“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.

They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”

3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires

1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage
2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated.
3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees.
4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner.
5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.

4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership

“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).

Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.

Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.

And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.

Wikipedia:   Bill Walsh

The book of coach, Seth Wickersham, ESPN.com

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