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    "Life is like a dogsled race.  If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."  Lewis Grizzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, December 6, 2021 - Lewis Grizzard

“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house. “

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“I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married. “

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“Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. “

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“Sex hasn’t been the same since women started enjoying it. “

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“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. “

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“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

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“You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’ “

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“The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”

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“Being a newspaper columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It’s great for the first two weeks.”

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“Baptists never make love standing up. They’re afraid someone might see them and think they’re dancing.”

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“I have three ex-wives. I can’t remember any of their names, so I just call ’em Plaintiff.”

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“I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence.”

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“In the south there’s a difference between ‘Naked’ and ‘Nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on … and you’re up to somethin’.”

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“Kinky sex involves the use of duck feathers. Perverted sex involves the whole duck.”

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“Real estate agents are God’s plague on mankind when locusts are out of season.”

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“Women who drink white wine either want to get married, sell you a piece of real estate, or redecorate your house. Either way, it’s expensive.”

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“Lewis’ advice to Atlantans in case of nuclear war: “If you live on the South side of Atlanta, get on I-75 and go south. If you live of the North side of Atlanta get on I-75 and go north. If you are a Yankee get on 285.” (Note to all you Yankees — I-285 is a continuous loop around the city)”

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“I get letters from people who say, ‘What have you got against women?’ What could I possibly have against women? I’ve married three of them.”

Wikipedia: Lewis Grizzard

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day, Sunday, December 5, 2021 - Henry James

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Deep experience is never peaceful.”

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“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”

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“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”

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“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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“Live all you can — it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?… What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that…The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have…. Live!”

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“To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one’s own.”

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“We work n the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

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“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”

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“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.”

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“To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived — to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that — this doubtless is the right way to live.”

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“I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.”

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“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

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“Ideas are, in truth, force.”

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“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”

Wikipedia: Henry James

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, December 4, 2021 - Bo Schembechler

“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”

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“Those who stay will be champions”

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“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”

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“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”

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“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”

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Book Review: Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Three Star Leadership Blog – (Amazon.com Bo’s Lasting Lessons)

“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.

Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.

That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.

There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.

Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.

He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.

He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.

Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.

Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.

Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.

Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!

Recruit for character.

Develop leaders underneath you.

Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.

Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.

Emphasize execution, not innovation.

There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.

There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.

And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.

Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.

This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”

Wikipedia: Bo Schembechler

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, December 3, 2021 - Walter Hagen

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

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“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

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“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

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“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

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“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Lee Trevino

“A hungry dog hunts best.”

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“I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.”

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“I’m not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.”

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“I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years.”

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“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”

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“My wife doesn’t care what I do when I’m away, as long as I don’t have a good time.”

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“Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.”

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“Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money.”

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“There are two things that won’t last long in this world, and that’s dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars.”

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“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”

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“The older I get the better I used to be!”

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“You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen.”

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“Nobody buy you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.”

Wikipedia: Lee Trevino

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - Alexander The Great

“Alexander the Great, reflecting on his friends degenerating into sloth and luxury, told them that it was a most slavish thing to luxuriate, and a most royal thing to labor.”

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“I do not steal victory.”

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“Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different is their cause from ours! They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary, shall fight for Greece, and our hearts will be in it. As for our foreign troops — Thracians, Paeonians, Illyrians, Agrianes — they are the best and stoutest soldiers in Europe, and they will find as their opponents the slackest and softest of the tribes of Asia. And what, finally, of the two men in supreme command? You have Alexander, they — Darius!” Aledander addressing his troops prior to Battle of Issus

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“Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue?”

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“To the strongest!” After being asked, by his generals on his deathbed, who was to succeed him.

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“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”

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“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

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“I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.”

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“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”

Wikipedia: Alexander the Great

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - Knute Rockne

“A coach’s greatest asset is his sense of responsibility – the reliance placed on him by his players.”

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“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”

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“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.”

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“Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.”

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“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.”

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“The essence of football is blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.”

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“The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”

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“We count on winning. And if we lose, don’t beef. And the best way to prevent beefing is – don’t lose.”

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“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”

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“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.”

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“The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for. A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.”

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“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”

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“Win or lose, do it fairly.”

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“Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up”

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“No star playing, just football.”

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“Tell the public about the boys. They’re the ones that do the work and they should get the credit. The people are interested in them, not me.”

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“Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

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“Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

Wikipedia: Knute Rockne

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, November 29, 2021 - Ted Turner

“All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”

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“I didn’t get here for my acting… but I love show business.”

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“I see what keeps people young: work!”

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“I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”

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“My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.”

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“There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”

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“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

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“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”

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“Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”

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“Sports is like a war without the killing.”

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“I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.”

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“I mean, there’s no point in sittin’ around and cryin’ about spilt milk. Gotta move on.”

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“I know what I’m having ’em put on my tombstone: ‘I have nothing more to say’.”

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“Life is like a B-movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle of it but you don’t want to see it again.”

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“The mind is just another muscle.”

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“I’m a human being, just like everybody else. I’m up some days and down others. Some days, I just refuse comment. If I’m feeling a little down, I won’t say anything. But if I’m really up, I’ll let it all hang out. I do have a slight propensity to put my foot in my mouth.”

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“I’m a millionaire, I guess, but I’m just a normal person and I like everybody, taxi drivers, whoever you are, to call me by my first name and talk to me on a man-to-man basis. I think the garbage collector is as important as the goddamned president.”

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‘I’ve got a virtually limitless supply of bullshit.”

Wikipedia: Ted Turner

www.tedturner.com

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Johnny Unitas

“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

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“I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don’t who will?”

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“My father was totally dedicated to this game and made sure everybody on the team was just as dedicated, because it is the ultimate team sport.”

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“Anything I do, I always have a reason for.”

Wikipedia: Johnny Unitas

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, November 27, 2021 - Johnny Carson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia: Johnny Carson

 

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Coaches Hot Set Quotes of the Day - Friday, November 26, 2021 - Hayden Fry

“I learned a great many things in the Marines that helped me as a football coach. The Marines train men hard and to do things the right way, just as a football team must train.”

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“In football, like in life, you must learn to play within the rules of the game.”

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“We probably spend more time talking about individual players in our coaching sessions than anything else.”

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“You can’t control people. You must understand them. You have to know where they’re coming from, their beliefs and values, what turns them off, what they’re against.”

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“I’ve felt sorry for young people who didn’t have an opportunity to play football, because I know what the game can offer.”

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“We'll take what the other team gives us. We'll scratch where it itches.”

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“We changed our image. At least when we ran out on the field or broke the huddle, we would look like winners.”

Wikipedia Page: Hayden Fry

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, November 25, 2021 - Thanksgiving

“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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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

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

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“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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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

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“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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Calvin Coolidge

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”

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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

And

“I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.”

And

“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.”

And

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

And

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

And

“Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business.”

And

“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.”

And

“The chief business of the American people is business.”

And

“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.”

Wikipedia Page: Calvin Coolidge

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Amos Alonzo Stagg

“I pray not for victory, but to do my best.”

And

“To me, the coaching profession is one of the noblest and most far-reaching in building manhood. No man is too good to be the athletic coach for youth”

And

“All football comes from Stagg.” Knute Rockne

And

“Winning isn’t worthwhile unless one has something finer and nobler behind it.”

Wikipedia: Amos Alonzo Stagg

 

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, November 22, 2021 - Omar Bradley

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”

And

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”

And

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

And

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”

And

“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader.”

And

“We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

And

“Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.”

And

“The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.”

And

“With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.”

And

Military hero, courageous in battle, and gentle in spirit, friend of the common soldier, General of the Army, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he embodies the best of the American military tradition with dignity, humanity, and honor. Gerald Ford, remarks upon presenting Bradley with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (10 January 1977)

And

An Armistice Day Address

By General Omar N. Bradley
Boston, Massachusetts
November 10, 1948

“TOMORROW is our day of conscience. For although it is a monument to victory, it is also a symbol of failure. Just as it honors the dead, so must it humble the living.

Armistice Day is a constant reminder that we won a war and lost a peace.

It is both a tribute and an indictment: A tribute to the men who died that their neighbors might live without fear of aggression. An indictment of those who lived and forfeited their chance for peace.

Therefore, while Armistice Day is a day for pride, it is for pride in the achievements of others—humility in our own.

Neither remorse nor logic can hide the fact that our armistice ended in failure. Not until the armistice myth exploded in the blast of a Stuka bomb did we learn that the winning of wars does not in itself make peace. And not until Pearl Harbor did we learn that non-involvement in peace means certain involvement in war.
We paid grievously for those faults of the past in deaths, disaster, and dollars.

It was a penalty we knowingly chose to risk. We made the choice when we defaulted on our task in creating and safeguarding a peace.

It is no longer possible to shield ourselves with arms alone against the ordeal of attack. For modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike. Our only complete assurance of surviving World War III is to halt it before it starts.

For that reason we clearly have no choice but to face the challenge of these strained times. To ignore the danger of aggression is simply to invite it. It must never again be said of the American people: Once more we won a war; once more we lost a peace. If we do we shall doom our children to a struggle that may take their lives.

ARMED forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace. For there is a wide chasm between war and peace—a chasm that can only be bridged by good will, discussion, compromise, and agreement. In 1945 while still bleeding from the wounds of aggression, the nations of this world met in San Francisco to build that span from war to peace. For three years—first hopefully, then guardedly, now fearfully—free nations have labored to complete that bridge. Yet again and again they have been obstructed by a nation whose ambitions thrive best on tension, whose leaders are scornful of peace except on their own impossible terms.

The unity with which we started that structure has been riddled by fear and suspicion. In place of agreement we are wrangling dangerously over the body of that very nation whose aggression had caused us to seek each other as allies and friends.

Only three years after our soldiers first clasped hands over the Elbe, this great wartime ally has spurned friendship with recrimination, it has clenched its fists and skulked in conspiracy behind it secretive borders.

As a result today we are neither at peace nor war. Instead we are engaged in this contest of tension, seeking agreement with those who disdain it, rearming, and struggling for peace.

Time can be for or against us.

It can be for us if diligence in our search for agreement equals the vigilance with which we prepare for a storm.

It can be against us if disillusionment weakens our faith in discussion—or if our vigilance corrodes while we wait.

Disillusionment is always the enemy of peace. And today—as after World War I —disillusionment can come from expecting too much, too easily, too soon. In our impatience we must never forget that fundamental differences have divided this world; they allow no swift, no cheap, no easy solutions.

While as a prudent people we must prepare ourselves to encounter what we may be unable to prevent, we nevertheless must never surrender ourselves to the certainty of that encounter.

For if we say there is no good in arguing with what must inevitably come, then we shall be left with no choice but to create a garrison state and empty our wealth into arms. The burden of long-term total preparedness for some indefinite but inevitable war could not help but crush the freedom we prize. It would leave the American people soft victims for bloodless aggression.

BOTH the East and the West today deprecate war. Yet because of its threatening gestures, its espousal of chaos, its secretive tactics, and its habits of force—one nation has caused the rest of the world to fear that it might recklessly resort to force rather that be blocked in its greater ambitions.

The American people have said both in their aid to Greece and in the reconstruction of Europe that any threat to freedom is a threat to our own lives. For we know that unless free peoples stand boldly and united against the forces of aggression, they may fall wretchedly, one by one, into the web of oppression.

It is fear of the brutal unprincipled use of force by reckless nations that might ignore the vast reserves of our defensive strength that has caused the American people to enlarge their air, naval, and ground arms.

Reluctant as we are to muster this costly strength, we must leave no chance for miscalculation in the mind of any aggressor.

Because in the United States it is the people who are sovereign, the Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will, truthfully and without distortion.

We, the American people, can stand cleanly before the entire world and say plainly to any state:

“This Government will not assail you.

“You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressor.”

Since the origin of the American people, their chief trait has been the hatred of war. And yet these American people are ready to take up their arms against aggression and destroy if need be by their might any nation which would violate the peace of the world.

There can be no compromise with aggression anywhere in the world. For aggression multiplies—in rapid succession—disregard for the rights of man. Freedom when threatened anywhere is at once threatened everywhere.

NO MORE convincing an avowal of their peaceful intentions could have been made by the American people than by their offer to submit to United Nations the secret of the atom bomb. Our willingness to surrender this trump advantage that atomic energy might be used for the peaceful welfare of mankind splintered the contentions of those word-warmakers that our atom had been teamed with the dollar for imperialistic gain.

Yet because we asked adequate guarantees and freedom of world-wide inspection by the community of nations itself, our offer was declined and the atom has been recruited into this present contest of nerves. To those people who contend that secrecy and medieval sovereignty are more precious than a system of atomic control, I can only reply that it is a cheap price to pay for peace.

The atom bomb is far more than a military weapon. It may—as Bernard Baruch once said—contain the choice between the quick and the dead. We dare not forget that the advantage in atomic warfare lies with aggression and surprise. If we become engaged in an atom bomb race, we may simply lull ourselves to sleep behind an atomic stockpile. The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

WITH the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and to progress.

IN OUR concentration on the tactics of strength and resourcefulness which have been used in the contest for blockaded Berlin, we must not forget that we are also engaged in a long-range conflict of ideas. Democracy can withstand ideological attacks if democracy will provide earnestly and liberally for the welfare of its people. To defend democracy against attack, men must value freedom. And to value freedom they must benefit by it in happier and more secure lives for their wives and their children.

Throughout this period of tension in which we live, the American people must demonstrate conclusively to all other peoples of the world that democracy not only guarantees man’s human freedom but that it guarantees his economic dignity and progress as well. To practice freedom and make it work, we must cherish the individual; we must provide him the opportunities for reward and impress upon him the responsibilities a free man bears to the society in which he lives.”

Wikipedia Page: Omar Bradley

 

 

 

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Clay Helton Fired for Being Amazingly Inconsistent...Finally! - David Ogilvy Says USC Should Hire A Freaking Giant...And He's Right! - 8 Habits of Highly Creative Communities

Since Clay Helton was named the USC permanent Head Coach during the 2015 football season we have estimated he spent about 90% of the last seven years on the Hot Seat and that's because has been so amazingly inconsistent at a place like USC where Bozo the Clown can be amazingly inconsistent and the Trojans better have someone that can do better than Bozo the Clown as their Head Coach!

l the Heltons are Great Folks and we wish nothing but the best for Clay, but USC is not a job where you learn how to be a Head Football Coach and therein lies the problem at USC in recent times...

Hiring Coaches who are Flat-Out Not Qualified for the Head Coaching Job!

A few Members of Coaches Hot Seat worked at the Ogilvy Ad Agency early in their careers and the founder of Ogilvy one David Ogilvy had a great quote about who we all should be hiring for jobs in this world...

“If you always hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants.”

Amen to that David!

The Mighty USC Football Program which a few of us first saw play in person at the LA Coliseum in the mid-1970 has become a...

Football Program of Dwarfs

...and what USC AD Mike Bohn MUST do in this spot....

Hire A Freaking Giant and USC Football will become a Giant once again!

Perhaps the best example of Lots of Worthless Rich Damn Morons controlling a college football program and hiring a string of Totally Un-Qualified Head Coaches was Alabama Football between the passing of Paul "Bear" Bryant in January 1982 and the hiring of Nick Saban in 2007. Sure Gene Stallings won 70 games in 7 season and a National Title during that time, but that is what EVERY Alabama Head Coach should be doing at a...

Freaking Minimum

....and the same applies to USC Football and now all of us get to sit back and see if Mike Bohn is able to so something that hasn.t been done in quite a while now at USC...

Hire A Freaking Giant!

Now we have various opinions on who the next USC Head Coach should be from Bob Stoops, to Chris Petersen, to James Franklin, to Luke Fickell, to Hugh Freeze, and all the way down to an up-and-coming Head Coach at Fresno State Kalen DeBoer who a few of us think is going to be a Superstar Head Coach at a Power 5 School very soon...but...mainly what the folks at USC need to do whether they hired an Experienced Head Coach or someone way down the line they have got to....

Hire A Freaking Giant!

Speaking of the Late Great David Ogilvy below is a video by Ogilvy Health PR on the...

8 Habits of Highly Creative Communities

....and every company can build an Organization...or Football Team...of Giants if you follow these 8 Habits!

Thanks David!

 

 

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Week 2 of College Football Season Is Upon Us - Post Week 1 - #6 Hot Seat - Dana Holgorsen - Houston

Week 2 of the College Football Season is upon us and what a Grand Thing College Football is and now that we are off and running let's look at one of the CFB Head Coaches moving up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings early in the 2021 season...

Dana Holgorsen, Houston

Tell Coach Holgorsen what's he dealing with Johnny Cash!

Thanks Johnny!

Post Week 1 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

#6 Hot Seat - Dana Holgorsen, Houston

Before the 2019 season Holgorsen was hired from Big 12 school West Virginia with much fanfare to follow Major Applewhite who posted a record of...

15 - 11

...in 3 seasons at the school and what is Holgorsen's record now in Year 3?

7 - 14

Got a Total Damn Disaster in Houston?

We didn't expect Holgorsen to light the world on fire at Houston, but we did expect him to win 8+ games a season but with 7 wins on the board in 2 years and a loss to Texas Tech to open the 2021 season Holgorsen's job is in serious jeopardy and maybe in jeopardy before the season is finished!

Now at 0 - 1 on the year Houston and Holgorsen have these games left on the schedule...

At Rice
Grambling
Navy
At Tulsa
At Tulane
East Carolina
SMU
At South Florida
At Temple
Memphis
At UConn

Since it's our opinion that Holgorsen will need 8 wins minimum to return to coach Houston in 2022 a loss to Rice on a Saturday would be nothing short of the beginning of the end of Holgo's time in H-Town, but surely Houston is not going to lose to Rice...right?

Well...Rice did give Arkansas a tough game in Week 1!

As for the rest of the schedule Houston should be able to handle Grambling and Navy at home but...

At Tulsa
At Tulane
SMU
Memphis

...will be Tough Games and...

East Carolina
At South Florida
At Temple
At UConn

...should be Wins.

That adds up to....

1 Loss on the Board
6 Probable Wins
4 Potential Losses
1 Swing Game in Rice

Clearly Holgorsen and Houston will have to win some games they are not supposed to win in 2021 and thus why....

Houston better Damn beat Rice on Saturday or you can...

....on Dana Holgorsen at Houston!

 

 

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#3 Hot Seat - Clay Helton - USC - USC Will Only Face 1 Team With Equal or More Talent in 2021 = Notre Dame

Post Week Zero Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

#3 Hot Seat – Clay Helton – USC

Clay Helton happens to coach at one of the Top Jobs in College Football at USC and growing up in the 1970s we will always hold High Expectations for USC Football which for us means...

10+ Wins A Year and Competing for and Winning Pac-12 + National Championships on a Regular Basis and Always Being among the Top 15 Teams in America at a Damn Minimum!

In Clay Helton's 6 seasons at USC he has posted records of...

Overall: 45 - 23

Pac-12: 36 - 12

...and has won...

1 Pac-12 Championship

....with 2 Top 15 Finishes in the AP Poll at the end of the season and frankly....

That's not good enough for USC Football!

USC had a great chance to win the Pac-12 Title in 2020 but a very mediocre performance against Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game is what landed Clay Helton on the Hot Seat heading into the 2021 season, and it's our opinion that anything short of USC winning the Pac-12 South Title the Trojans will be looking for a new Head Football Coach come early December.

USC has a very manageable schedule in 2021 and will face only...

1 Team with Equal or More Talent = Notre Dame in South Bend on October 23

....and thus there really is No Damn Reason why Helton can't win at least 10 games in 2021 and with that in mind let.s look at the Trojans 2021 schedule:

San Jose State
Stanford
At Washington State
Oregon State
At Colorado
Utah
At Notre Dame
Arizona
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA
BYU

Although USC has more talent than every team on their schedule, save Notre Dame, there are so tricky spots where Clay Helton and the Trojans will have to avoid a slip-up including....

At Colorado
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA
BYU

.....but barring an injury at a key position like QB we see no reason why the Trojans aren't 6 - 0 when they play the Irish on October 23 and no more than 2 losses when the 2021 season is over.

Clay Helton has a very talented team heading into 2021 and we are expecting very big things....and hoping for very big things for Helton...because the time is short and it's time for Clay to deliver Championships at USC because...

This Is USC Football we are talking about here!

Great Luck Clay!

 

 

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#2 Hot Seat - Jim Harbaugh - Michigan - Come on Jimmy...you can do better than 8 wins in your 7 th season at Michigan Son!

2021 Post Week Zero Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

#2 Hot Seat - Jim Harbaugh - Michigan

Jim Harbaugh - No one has been more disappointed in what Jim Harbaugh has done at Michigan than the Stanford folks at Coaches Hot Seat who saw what Jimmy did on The Farm and fully expected Harbaugh to have Blue challenging and beating Ohio State on a regular basis by Jim's 7 th season in Ann Arbor along with winning Big Ten Titles and National Championships by now!

Instead, going into Jim Harbaugh's 7 th season Michigan is something like the 4th, 5th, or 6th best team in the Big Ten and is far behind the Buckeyes with little chance to beat Ohio State because the talent difference between the 2 programs has grown to Epic levels that will not soon be closed by Harbaugh or anyone else.

Jim Harbaugh is now sitting on records at Michigan of...

Overall: 49 - 22
Big Ten: 34 - 16

...which are Decent but Not Great records, but most alarming is Harbaugh's record against .500+ record teams which now at...

26 - 22

That's Not Good...In Fact at Michigan That's a Damn Disaster!

In our opinion Jim Harbaugh will need 8+ wins in 2021 to return in 2022 season to coach Michigan and let's go to Blue's upcoming schedule >

Western Michigan
Washington
Northern Illinois
Rutgers
At Wisconsin
At Nebraska
Northwestern
At Michigan State
Indiana
At Penn State
At Maryland
Ohio State

Michigan and Harbaugh should be 4 - 0 to start the season and no worse than 5 - 2 when Blue travels to East Lansing to play at a Very Average Michigan State team on October 30.

In our opinion it would be a Total Travesty if Michigan isn't at least 8 - 3 when Ohio State shows up in Ann Arbor on November 27 and since there's little chance that Blue can beat this Bucks team Jimmy better be 8 - 3 when Ohio State comes calling 2 days after Thanksgiving!

Come on Jimmy....you can do better than 8 wins in your 7 th season at Michigan Son!

 

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The 15th Season of Coaches Hot Seat Covering College Football! - #1 Hot Seat - Scott Frost - Nebraska - Let's Play Football!

So begins the 15 th season of Coaches Hot Seat covering the Great Game of College Football here in the 2021 season and as has been the custom since we cranked this thing up in 2007 we ask the Late Great Johnny Cash to come out and give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

Thanks Johnny!

Post Week Zero Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

In 2021 we are going to do shorter blog posts on individual Head Coaches and their current situation either after the past weekend's game or just before the coming week's games and with that in mind we start the 2021 season with what was nothing short of a Complete and Total Disaster for Nebraska Football this past Saturday against Illinois and for one Scott Frost...

#1 Hot Seat - Scott Frost - Nebraska

Since Scott Frost began his college career at Stanford in 1993 - 1994 before transferring to play for Nebraska in his home state this is very personal for us, and we don't want to see Frost on the Hot Seat but what in the Hell are you going to do when a Nebraska Head Coach is sitting on records of...

Overall: 12 - 21

Big Ten: 9 - 18

...in his fourth season on the job in Lincoln?

The Nebraska football team we watched play against an Illinois team with a new head coach in Bret Bielema, who got his ass run out of the SEC, was little different...some here will argue worse...than the Nebraska football program that Frost took over in 2018 which went 4 - 8 in Mike Riley's last and third year on the job in Lincoln in 2017.

Most shocking of all the numbers we have looked at in Scott Frost's time at Nebraska is his Win/Loss Record against teams with .500+ record which is now at...wait for it...

3 - 17

The above means that 75% of Scott Frost's wins have come from teams with sub .500 records!

Now at 0 - 1 with these games left to play in 2021...

Fordham
Buffalo
At Oklahoma
At Michigan State
Northwestern
Michigan
At Minnesota
Purdue
Ohio State
At Wisconsin
Iowa

....we will give Nebraska and Frost the next 2 wins and then a loss at OU which will see the Huskers travel to East Lansing on September 25 with a record of....

2 - 2

Nebraska has Equal or Better Talent on their Roster than...

Michigan State
Northwestern
Michigan
Minnesota
Purdue

....so by all rights the Huskers should have a good chance of getting to 6 wins in 2021 which in our opinion is the MINIMUM number of wins that Scott Frost needs to return to coach Nebraska in 2022.

And with that we are off and running for the 2021 College Football Season and we encourage everyone to Get Vaccinated and Be Safe Out There and no doubt we will see a number of you a College Football Games this Fall because we will have half-dozen or so Coaches Hot Seat folks attending 2 to 4 CFB Games each week and we cannot wait to get back on the road after sitting on our asses at home in 2020!

Let's Play Football!

 

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