George Orwell: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle” – Lane Kiffin, the LA Media and the “constant struggle!” – Lane Kiffin and the “Better be Coming with Lane Gang” – USC or Long Beach 70lb Pee Wee League for Kiffin – The next few years will decide that question! – The Importance of Student-Athletes Going to Class and Earning A Bachelor’s Degree – It is VERY IMPORTANT! – CHS Upcoming Items…Coaches Salaries and Win/Loss for 2010 Coaches – Earned vs. Anointed Championships…One is American..One is NOT! – What to Yell When the Queen Goes By…Before Retiring to the Pub! – Book Recommendation: Bear Flag Rising
George Orwell, the English writer known for 1984 and Animal Farm once said that…
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
That is doubly true in the game of college football and in how the game is reported in the news media. This past Sunday Los Angeles Times reporter Gary Klein gave new USC head coach Lane Kiffin a Big Wet Welcome Kiss to LA with his article: New USC football coach Lane Kiffin hopes lights are less bright in big city, and he let all of us know that Poor Little Lane Kiffin was really put-out when he coached at Tennessee Let’s go to the tape….or the article in this case:
“In football-crazed Tennessee, where Kiffin coached for 14 months, a simple errand to the market or restaurant was impossible. Demands for autographs, photos and just plain old small talk would have kept him occupied for hours.”
Oh, Poor Little Lane Kiffin couldn’t go to the grocery store because he would have had to talk to fans of THE FOOTBALL TEAM THAT HE COACHED! Oh the Tragedy! Lane Kiffin would have had to engage in “small talk” with a fan of the Vols, but then when you are a POMPOUS ASS and you have never been told by anyone to shut your mouth and act appropriately in public is anyone really surprised that HIS HIGHNESS Lane Kiffin couldn’t dare be put out by the common folks? Yes, that is a crock of you know what, but Klein goes on to write in that same article one of the most stunning things we have ever read in a newspaper:
“Easing into a chair inside the USC coaches’ offices a few weeks after he was hired, Kiffin smiles as he recalls how he and another former Trojans assistant, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian, used to joke about succeeding Carroll.
Both wanted the job; neither wanted to be next.
“Let someone else go follow him and then get fired when they go 12-1 and not 13-0,” they’d say.
But his own reluctance disappeared quickly when USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett called in January after Carroll left to become coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Kiffin says he wasn’t shocked by the news. He’d always believed his former boss’ competitive streak would lead him back to the NFL. However, he did not expect a call from USC. Not after his one controversy-filled season at Tennessee had ended in a 7-6 record and a loss to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
His wife, Layla, had other ideas.
“You should be the next coach at SC,” she told him. “It’s a no-brainer.”
Garrett, in his phone call, seemed to agree — just as long as Kiffin could bring along his father, Monte, a veteran college and NFL defensive coordinator, and line coach and top recruiter Ed Orgeron.
Convincing his father, Kiffin recalls, “took probably about 10 minutes of conversation.” For Orgeron, “about 10 seconds.”
“I think the line was something like, ‘Coach, I’m getting a plane ticket. I’ll be there today,’ ” Kiffin says.
End of article
Did you catch that?
“Garrett, in his phone call, seemed to agree — just as long as Kiffin could bring along his father, Monte, a veteran college and NFL defensive coordinator, and line coach and top recruiter Ed Orgeron.”
Lane Kiffin could have the head coaching job at USC – – just as long as Kiffin could bring along his father, Monte, a veteran college and NFL defensive coordinator, and line coach and top recruiter Ed Orgeron.”
Oh, that’s rich and if true makes Lane Kiffin look like the little boy that shouldn’t be allowed out of the house to play unless his Daddy and Big Bad Ed Orgeron comes out with him to protect him from the big kids! Yes, either this is the Bizarro-World where a head coach at a school like USC is hired on the condition that he bring along two coaches with him, his Daddy and Big Ed or Gary Klein and the folks at USC are making all of this up because there is just NO WAY IN HELL that Mike Garrett hired a head football coach at USC based upon that coach bringing along his Daddy and another assistant! Oh, Yes it did happen and it is beyond outrageous it puts Mike Garrett’s butt on the Hot Seat as well because if Lane Kiffin is run out of Los Angeles Mike Garrett will be in the seat right beside him (with Daddy and Big Ed in the seat behind them of course!) Lane Kiffin can’t go anywhere without Daddy mind you….there is that pesky 5 – 15 record in Oakland when Daddy was in Tampa to keep in mind!
Yes, it all now makes perfect sense why Lane Kiffin is the head coach at USC, but then it made such great sense that he was hired by the Oakland Raiders and then at Tennessee….Right? Uh……, NO NOT QUITE! Kiffin’s tenure in Oakland was an unmitigated disaster which led of course to Tennessee hiring him where he put up just an average season that any random moron off the streets could have matched and then he kicked dirt on Tennessee as he, his Daddy and Big Ed ran out the door! What must we be thinking to have Lane Kiffin on the Hot Seat? We must be idiots, but then we predicted what Lane Kiffin was going to do at Tennessee, pop-off and run his mouth although he has accomplished less in his life than one our US soldiers that has gone through boot camp and then run out the back door when he couldn’t stand making “small talk” with the common folks!
Listen up you IDIOT Lane Kiffin – It is the common folks that pay your salary, even at USC (please don’t tell us that USC is private because USC gets tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars in US taxpayer money every year for its students and school(s)), and if you are too damn good to talk to them then you should not be coaching Pee-Wee football forget about the USC Trojans! Pete Carroll would talk to anyone and to us many times and Lane Kiffin can’t be bothered…..
Oh, this Lane Kiffin at USC is going to be great fun!
Of course, after LA Times reporter Gary Klein gave Kiffin a Big Wet Kiss on Sunday he couldn’t help himself and gave Kiffin and the “Better be coming with Lane Gang” a Big Wet FRENCH Kiss on Monday with this article, Lane Kiffin’s first team at USC is a little less than spring-loaded, which had this description of the article:
“Trojans begin first spring practice under their new coach with some formidable talent, both returning and incoming, but also a good share of question marks and areas of concern.”
Oh, Poor Little Lane Kiffin and his “Better be coming with Lane Gang” not only couldn’t handle the stress of coaching in Knoxville but they also have “a good share of question marks and areas of concern” at USC! What’s next for Gary Klein and the ass kisses in Los Angeles? NEWSFLASH! If Lane Kiffin can get USC to .500 and a bowl game in 2010 he will be the second coming of John McKay! We are watching and waiting for it, because we all know it is coming!
Memo to Gary Klein of the LA Times: USC is loaded with talent and there are probably not 5 college football teams in the United States that can match or exceed the talent level that Lane Kiffin was given at USC when he took over from Pete Carroll. How about that? Quit Kissing Lane and the “Better be coming with Lang Gang’s” asses! How about it? Can you just cover USC football instead of working so damn hard to get on the good side of Lane and the Boys over at Heritage Hall? That goes for everyone else in the LA media that have been little more than lapdogs since Lane and his “Better be coming with Lane Gang” arrived in town!
We have some news for Lane Kiffin, the “Better be coming with Lane Gang” and the folks in the LA Media. Any random idiot off of the streets of Santa Monica, whether he was a smoker of Gunja or not, could with USC’s 2010 football schedule WIN 9 FOOTBALL GAMES without breaking a sweat and that means that Kiffin and the “Better be coming with Lane Gang” should easily be able to win 10 games plus. Not that we are counting here at Coaches Hot Seat….(Oh, yes we are counting!) or that anyone in the Los Angeles media will be doing anything for the foreseeable future but puckering up and kissing the asses of the folks at USC!
Just so everyone remembers “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle” here is Lane Kiffin’s record as a head coach:
Oakland Raiders – 5 – 15
Tennessee – 7-6 (With Tennessee playing 8 home games in 2009)
Lane Kiffin’s Overall Record: 12 – 21 (.364)
And this guy is the head football coach at USC? It is true, even a moron can go far in America, especially if he is required to bring along Daddy and Big Ed with him! Would Lane Kiffin be the head coach at USC if Daddy and Big Ed were not on his staff? NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!
By the way, Monte Kiffin’s record as a head in 3 years at NC State (1980-1982) – 16 – 17 – Better than Lane, but not good enough to keep his job!
If you and your “Better be coming with Lane Gang” are such great coaches Lane, how about proving it. We are betting you along with Daddy and Big Ed will be coaching the Long Beach 70lb league in 5 years, after USC gives you a big payoff to leave town! Prove us wrong!
The Importance of College Athletes Going to Class and Earning a College Degree
There have been a couple of news stories in the past week about college football players not going to class and as often as we think of it we write about the importance of today’s student-athletes going to class and earning a college degree. The first was on backup QB Star Jackson who evidently was not going to class which led to his head coach Nick Saban saying:
“He’s worked hard, he had a good offseason program,” Saban added. “But the thing that’s going to affect the quality of life more than anything else is graduating from school. … We aren’t going to compromise that for them to play football.”
“Just like my dad did when I was in the eighth grade. I wouldn’t sing in music class and I got a D, he made me turn my basketball uniform in, he took me to the coal mines, took me 500-some feet deep in the shaft and said if you don’t go to school and don’t get an education, this is where you’re going to end up,” Saban said. “That’s the last time I’ve been down there.”
Bravo to that Coach Saban! Win the National Championship and require the players to go to class? Yes, we do have student-athletes in American colleges!
“Obviously, I held guys out that were missing some classes,” O’Leary said after practice. “They’ve got to obey the rules.”
O’Leary did not set a timeline for the players’ return.
“They’re suspended indefinitely until they start doing the things they’re supposed to do,” he said.
Again, Bravo to Coach O’Leary! We don’t know what the situation is at Alabama admission wise, but UCF has some very high admission standards, as do all of the large 4-year universities in the state of Florida and if there are UCF student-athletes of any sport that don’t want to go to class then more the power to them, to pay for their own college education that is!
Now all of you student-athletes that don’t go to class…LISTEN UP!
First, in today’s world of limited resources, which is much different than the 35 years old plus America that we here at CHS grew up in, there are a limited amount of seats at all universities not just private schools like Stanford (for the 2010 freshman class Stanford only accepted 2,300 students out of 32,022 applications which is only a 7.2% acceptance rate. Can you believe that number? Just incredible…) and in the world of limited resources a student-athlete is almost always taking the seat of another regular student that wanted to go to that college or university. If a student-athlete is not going to bother to go to class then he is wasting his time, his head coach’s time, the school’s time, his teammates’ time and not fulfilling the obligation he made when he accepted a scholarship to the school that he would be a student-athlete.
This is very simple. If you are going to play intercollegiate athletics, especially on an athletic scholarship, then you have to go to class. If you are not going to class, then give up the scholarship and pay for school with your own dime because you are no longer a student-athlete.
Of course, there is a very good reason that student-athletes should want to go to class to earn their college degree and that is a world that has become more interconnected, more involved, and complicated everyday and people with college degrees have a big advantage over just high school graduates. The US Labor Department Unemployment Rate underscores that fact:
On the above linked page from the US Labor Department one will find another link:
On that webpage one will find the following latest US Unemployment Data (there will be a new Unemployment Rate Report on Friday, April 2)
US Unemployment Rates
Less then a high school diploma – 15.6 percent
High school graduates – 10.5
Some college or associates degree – 8.0 percent
Bachelor’s degree and higher – 5.0 percent
Do you see a trend in the above Unemployment Rate numbers? Yes, that’s it! The more education you have the lower the unemployment rate and even in the terrible economy that the US is still mired in 95 percent of Americans with Bachelors Degrees are working which is half the Unemployment Rate for people with only high school diplomas. Now that should get the attention of any kid that is not willing and ready to jump out of bed to get to class! Yes, you can choose to remain poor or you can get your ass out of bed and get to class and take advantage of that free college education that the state and/or a private school is paying for!
Here are two more good reasons to earn that college degree for all those student-athletes out there:
Percentage of Americans that have earned the following degrees:
High School Degree – 84.6 percent
Some College – 54.5 percent
Bachelors Degree – 27.2 percent
Masters Degree – 8.9 percent
Doctorate or Professionals Degree – 3 percent
If a student-athlete earns a Bachelor’s Degree he/she will place himself into the group of 27.2 percent of Americans that have that degree which just by itself will give one a big leg up once one’s athletic days are over.
Education and Earnings
High School Grad – $600
Bachelor’s Degree – $1000
In one year a person with a Bachelor’s Degree will earn about $20,000 bucks more than someone with only a high school degree and over a 40 year working period that is around $800,000 dollars which is the difference between from having a very good life and nice retirement and working your butt off and not having much in retirement.
As we said earlier…THIS IS VERY SIMPLE! Go to Class and Earn that College Degree! You will thank your head coach and everyone else that helped you earn that Bachelor’s Degree for the rest of your life.
P.S. – If a student-athlete is having problems in class, which almost everyone does at one time or the other in college, he should be encouraged to talk to and meet with the educational people in the athletic department as early in the semester/quarter as possible so that the problem can be quickly addressed. Most students know if they are going to have a problem with a course even before they take the first test, so making sure that problems are addressed early on is very important because the middle of the semester or quarter is often too late to catch-up and get a decent grade in the class. Hey, if you are going to have to be in class anyway to play on the college team, why not pay attention and get an A, or at worst a B in he course!
Coaches Hot Seat Upcoming Items
We are about finished with the Salaries webage/date here at CHS for the head coaches in college football in 2010 and we hope to have that updated on the website and mentioned in the CHS Blog before The Masters gets underway next week. We also will update the win/loss records for all the current and new coaches at the same time.
We are having a big Coaches Hot Seat get-together this weekend and on Monday Night for the NCAA Final Four/Championship Game and we will be completing our Analysis and Ranking of the New Coaching Hires for 2010 and we will start posting our predictions for Coaches and Teams in 2010 sometime in April. Yes, spring football is in full swing and that means that baseball season is almost here and that college football for real can’t be all that far behind!
First the NCAA Basketball Tournament, then The Masters, then Major League Baseball gets underway! Yes, this is the Second Most Wonderful time of the year!
Let’s settle a Legitimate National Championship in the next week though in College Basketball before we get ahead of ourselves! Yes, this has been a Hellava of NCAA College Basketball Tournament and the BCS Boys should be kicking themselves to have let the college football season get to its current state.
An Earned Championship vs. One Anointed by Elitists that often couldn’t catch a football thrown to them on the best day of their lives! Which one do you think is the “AMERICAN” way to settle things? Thought you believed as we do that an “Earned” Championship is on the only way to go, but then there are a few Candy Asses around the American Republic that still drop to their knees when the Queen of England comes by them…. We here at Coaches Hot Seat upon seeing the Queen’s Carriage shout out what every American should shout out: “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” Yes, we do get stares from the assembled crowd at Buckingham Palace and our wives punch us in the shoulder, but we feel good as we retire to the local London pub for a pint….or two…..or three (yes, the hotel is within walking distance and we can whip those royal lovers’ asses in darts! Another round, but this time the Americans will buy…after all we whipped your asses 235 years ago us buying everyone a drink is probably in order! Barkeep, drinks all around and put that on the Visa Card!)
Book Recommendation from Coaches Hot Seat
If you want a great book to read over the summer and you like US history and the American West you cannot go wrong with the great book, Bear Flag Rising, The Conquest of California, 1846, by Dale L. Walker, which tells the tale of how America captured California and the American West. Now, our Latino friends will tell us that we “stole” California from the Mexican government, but we hasten to add that…No the senior commander handed over “the keys” to California in June 1846 in Sonoma as detailed in the following excerpt from the book:
Start of book excerpt:
“But even the cuartel was sham. Sonoma had no garrison, no one to lay the cannons or load the muskets. The soldiery had been removed during the Micheltorena troubles in ’45 and never replaced. Mexico City had been of no help – the home country insisting that all its colonies be self-supporting – nor was Governor Pico in Los Angeles of any assistance; he provided no finances for a Sonoma garrison despite of the unauthorized settlers in the north.
These matters were known to the Onos (the name the American rebels adopted) as they clattered across the bridge between Napa and Sonoma valleys at dawn on June 14, entered the town from the north, rode past the Mission San Francisco de Solano, reined up in front of General Vallejo’s (Mexican military officer in charge of Northern California in 1840s) Casa Grande, and banged gun butts on the door.
Dan Mariano came to the door in his nightshirt. Arrayed before him, bathed in the yellow lantern light, some still on horseback, some afoot, stood a crew that might have come north from San Pablo Bay off a ship flying the Jolly Roger. This motley nightmare consisted of “about as rough looking set of men as one could well imagine, “ Kentuckian Robert Semple later said. Some wore bandannas, pirate-fashion, on their heads, others coon, fox, and coyote-skin caps; most favored buckskin hunting shirts and trousers, and Indian moccasins. All were armed – rifles, muskets, pepper-box pistols, tomahawks, hunting knives – and all were tired and agitated.
After a few words at the door, General Vallejo invited the ringleaders into is sala. As they lounged on his mahogany furniture and eyed the piano and paintings, the general dressed. His wife Dona Francisca begged him to escape from these banditti through the back of the house, but he rejected this idea; he would not desert her and their six children. He sent a servant to fetch his brother-in-law, the Ohio-born merchant Jacob Leese, to serve as translator.
“To what happy circumstances shall I attribute the visit of so many exalted personages?” Vallejo asked Merritt with a witty irony lost on the ruffian with the tobacco-juice beard.
“We mean to establish our own government in California, an independent republic, and are under arms to support it. You are under arrest, General, as the responsible head of the Mexicans hereabouts,” Merritt stuttered. He added a point, useful and perhaps even true, asserting that he and his men were acting under orders from Captain Fremont of the United States Army.
Fremont’s name must have convinced Vallejo that these “white Indians,” as he later called them, were not mere bandits. He handed over the keys to the town arsenal and offered the men food and brandy. One eyewitness reported that after hearing of their mission, he went to his room and, “following the usages of war, “retrieved his ceremonial sword, which he offered to his captors. None of the Onos seemed to know what to do with it and so Don Mariano returned it to his room.”
End of book excerpt
See, America got California fair and square! We asked for California from the ranking Mexican military office on the scene and he gave the Americans “the keys” to the state!
Yes, there is much more to the story and that is why if you would like to read a rip roaring book on the founding of the Republic of California then you should get your hands on Bear Flag Rising. The book is so good you will read it right through in only a few days and laugh the entire time at how the world can change on a dime and how fate played such a big role in US expansion into the West. There is even a cameo appearance in California by future US Civil War General William T. Sherman when he was still coming up in the US Army long before his famous exploits in the Civil War made him an American hero or Bastard depending on which side of the Mason/Dixon line you lived on at the time…or now!