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Forget the hot seat... what coaches are having a  great season?

A couple  that come to mind....

Dennis Johnson, Woodford

Hunter Cantwell, CAL

 

Happy for both of those guys. And, they would be the first to give credit to their players and assistant coaches. That is how football works. 

 

And.... good grief.... Mark Stoops has done a super job at UK.

 

I'm also big fans of Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, & Neal Brown. All three lost this weekend. All three are still great coaches that know how to win and run programs. 

 

MOST of the time when I talk to good coaches, they will say they did their best coaching jobs during the toughest years. 

 

Also, when the GREAT ones lose a ballgame, I learn from their response and how they address the media, postgame. Reacting to a win is EASY. Responding and reacting to the loss is very difficult.  I HATE when I am in that position. But, the reality is, that is when my actions, words, attitude, and body language matter the most. 

Why am I posting this?  I hate when we all say/do things to suck the life and fun out of the great things, the best things. I LOVE football. But, I have been my own worst enemy the past 30 years. The internal pressure that coaches and players will put on themselves can get to the point that we no longer enjoy the game. I have to fight like crazy, each day, to remember what got me here to begin with.  It is my own fault when I let that internal pressure take away the fun. It is good to push ourselves, demand the best, and have high expectations. But, it has gone too far when we lose the love of the game. When it becomes a job and drudgery, not a GAME.... and the greatest of games... WE ARE WRONG. 

It takes effort, but for all of us, we have to keep the focus on the reasons we love the game. I didn't fall in love with football in the early 70's because some college or NFL coach was on the hot seat.  Bart Starr, Lombardi's Packers, my Dad, my Dad's players, Fran Tarkenton, the Vikings, college football early 70's, the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl & Orange Bowl, playing with my friends when I was little..... all some of the reasons I love football. 

Football is a great game that demands courage, sacrifice and discipline (John Facenda).

You guys have just sat in on my personal therapy session today. Go love kids, love football, and enjoy when the ball is snapped, the play is run, and all that goes with it.

To the coaches, players, fans, and parents, that have the right mindset.... keep being you.

#NoHotSeatsHere

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Forget the hot seat... what coaches are having a  great season? A couple  that come to mind.... Dennis Johnson, Woodford Hunter Cantwell, CAL   Happy for both of those guys. A

Paul Wiggins......Bishop Brossart

Coaches having a great season? .... Especially on the high school level, everyone one of them if they are doing it the right way and helping their kids get better every day.

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One fall (been more than one) I was acting like an idiot / jerk . To make it up to the kids, I got them an NFL Highlight Film. It was like this. 
 

Football is great and it is fun. Let’s keep it that way. 

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18 minutes ago, ChiefSmoke said:

Forget the hot seat... what coaches are having a  great season?

A couple  that come to mind....

Dennis Johnson, Woodford

Hunter Cantwell, CAL

 

Happy for both of those guys. And, they would be the first to give credit to their players and assistant coaches. That is how football works. 

 

And.... good grief.... Mark Stoops has done a super job at UK.

 

I'm also big fans of Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, & Neal Brown. All three lost this weekend. All three are still great coaches that know how to win and run programs. 

 

MOST of the time when I talk to good coaches, they will say they did their best coaching jobs during the toughest years. 

 

Also, when the GREAT ones lose a ballgame, I learn from their response and how they address the media, postgame. Reacting to a win is EASY. Responding and reacting to the loss is very difficult.  I HATE when I am in that position. But, the reality is, that is when my actions, words, attitude, and body language matter the most. 

Why am I posting this?  I hate when we all say/do things to suck the life and fun out of the great things, the best things. I LOVE football. But, I have been my own worst enemy the past 30 years. The internal pressure that coaches and players will put on themselves can get to the point that we no longer enjoy the game. I have to fight like crazy, each day, to remember what got me here to begin with.  It is my own fault when I let that internal pressure take away the fun. It is good to push ourselves, demand the best, and have high expectations. But, it has gone too far when we lose the love of the game. When it becomes a job and drudgery, not a GAME.... and the greatest of games... WE ARE WRONG. 

It takes effort, but for all of us, we have to keep the focus on the reasons we love the game. I didn't fall in love with football in the early 70's because some college or NFL coach was on the hot seat.  Bart Starr, Lombardi's Packers, my Dad, my Dad's players, Fran Tarkenton, the Vikings, college football early 70's, the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl & Orange Bowl, playing with my friends when I was little..... all some of the reasons I love football. 

Football is a great game that demands courage, sacrifice and discipline (John Facenda).

You guys have just sat in on my personal therapy session today. Go love kids, love football, and enjoy when the ball is snapped, the play is run, and all that goes with it.

To the coaches, players, fans, and parents, that have the right mindset.... keep being you.

#NoHotSeatsHere

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Excellent post!

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3 hours ago, ChiefSmoke said:

Forget the hot seat... what coaches are having a  great season?

A couple  that come to mind....

Dennis Johnson, Woodford

Hunter Cantwell, CAL

 

Happy for both of those guys. And, they would be the first to give credit to their players and assistant coaches. That is how football works. 

 

And.... good grief.... Mark Stoops has done a super job at UK.

 

I'm also big fans of Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, & Neal Brown. All three lost this weekend. All three are still great coaches that know how to win and run programs. 

 

MOST of the time when I talk to good coaches, they will say they did their best coaching jobs during the toughest years. 

 

Also, when the GREAT ones lose a ballgame, I learn from their response and how they address the media, postgame. Reacting to a win is EASY. Responding and reacting to the loss is very difficult.  I HATE when I am in that position. But, the reality is, that is when my actions, words, attitude, and body language matter the most. 

Why am I posting this?  I hate when we all say/do things to suck the life and fun out of the great things, the best things. I LOVE football. But, I have been my own worst enemy the past 30 years. The internal pressure that coaches and players will put on themselves can get to the point that we no longer enjoy the game. I have to fight like crazy, each day, to remember what got me here to begin with.  It is my own fault when I let that internal pressure take away the fun. It is good to push ourselves, demand the best, and have high expectations. But, it has gone too far when we lose the love of the game. When it becomes a job and drudgery, not a GAME.... and the greatest of games... WE ARE WRONG. 

It takes effort, but for all of us, we have to keep the focus on the reasons we love the game. I didn't fall in love with football in the early 70's because some college or NFL coach was on the hot seat.  Bart Starr, Lombardi's Packers, my Dad, my Dad's players, Fran Tarkenton, the Vikings, college football early 70's, the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl & Orange Bowl, playing with my friends when I was little..... all some of the reasons I love football. 

Football is a great game that demands courage, sacrifice and discipline (John Facenda).

You guys have just sat in on my personal therapy session today. Go love kids, love football, and enjoy when the ball is snapped, the play is run, and all that goes with it.

To the coaches, players, fans, and parents, that have the right mindset.... keep being you.

#NoHotSeatsHere

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Great post as usual. I think social media has played a big part in raking coaches, players, and programs over the coals.

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John Edge at Apollo

Lost a lot of players to graduation, but currently at 5-2 with a 4-game winning streak going into Marshall County this weekend.

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He’s one of my best friends so I’m biased but I’ll add Bret Baierlein at Garrard County, who was thrust into a difficult position this season with Jerry Perry out and has done a really nice job. Lions are 3-3 and have lost twice on scoop-and-scores. 

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24 minutes ago, gchs_uk9 said:

He’s one of my best friends so I’m biased but I’ll add Bret Baierlein at Garrard County, who was thrust into a difficult position this season with Jerry Perry out and has done a really nice job. Lions are 3-3 and have lost twice on scoop-and-scores. 

And they picked up a nice win recently over Paintsville.

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Justin Haddix - Boyle County 

 

Lost over 75% of his offensive production and had to replace several starters on O and D. Lost Jeff Hester as his DC and had to bring in several other coaches to help out this season. Other than a 1 TD loss to a very good LCA team he has the Rebels rolling as usual. I even heard that there were teams that opted not to play the Rebels this year which speaks volumes to what he has been able to do with a great program in just two seasons.

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Nick Kemp at Graves County has had a pretty good start to his head coaching career.  Took over as an interim under pretty bad circumstances and has produced.  Graves was a top 10 team in 5A last year and many thought they would regress a lot this season and they are sitting at 6-1 ranked #5 in the AP and #7 on Bluegrass Preps.  

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Coach Phelps turned around the Green Co program is very impressive. Looks as they lost some tanlet from seniors of last year. They won only one game last year.  There backfield is pretty stout. 

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