ncaa The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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The worst college football coaches of all time are those select few men who were given the chance to coach a major NCAA Football team and failed miserably. These bad college football coaches may have seen some success at one point in their coaching careers but also gave the world some of the worst college football coaching performances in history.

Though it was not for anything he did on the field, an argument could be made that Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, is perhaps the worst person to ever join the college football coaching ranks following his child sex abuse scandal that rocked the world of college football in 2012.

As far as on the field reasons, there are plenty of college football coaches who earned spots on this list for their poor performance. No one will forget how Rich Rodriguez brought college football's winningest program, the Michigan Wolverines, to its knees during his brief period as head coach from 2008 to 2010 or the disappointment that Charlie Weis brought to the acclaimed Notre Dame Fighting Irish during his five-year coaching experiment from 2005 to 2009.

Going even deeper into the record books, we can also include those who tallied the worst win-loss records as NCAA Football coaches ever. Rick Venturi is a great example of that when he won only one game over three seasons when he coached the Northwestern Wildcats in the late 1970s.

So for however you choose to select the worst college football coaches ever, be it the disappointment they brought to your program or the complete shame they brought to the sport by their off-field actions, there is no shortage of names that can be added to this list of worst college football coaches. Want more coaching fails? Check out the worst NFL coaches of all time too!

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Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 40

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Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 59

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Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 59

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John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 54

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Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 46

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John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 67

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Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 68

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Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 64

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Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Brady Hoke age 57

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Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 55

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Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 46

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Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 50

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Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Will Muschamp age 44

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Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 52

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Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 58

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Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 69

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Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 61

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Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 54

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Kevin Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 57

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Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 63

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John Mackovic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 72

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Hal Mumme is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 63

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Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike DuBose age 62

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Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Price age 69

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Mike London is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike London age 55

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Sparky Woods is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Sparky Woods age 62

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Frank Spaziani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Paul Wulff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 48

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Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bo Pelini age 48

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Ron Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Cooper age 53

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Red Parker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Red Parker age 82

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Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lee Corso age 80

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Dennis Franchione is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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John Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Cooper age 78

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Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Terry Shea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

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Tommy West is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy West age 61

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Steve Kragthorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Jennings B. Whitworth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Jennings B. Whitworth Died at 52 (1908-1960)

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Ray Perkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ray Perkins age 74

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Ed Orgeron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ed Orgeron age 54

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Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bret Bielema age 45

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Larry Coker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Larry Coker age 67

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Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)

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Tommy Bowden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy Bowden age 61

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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Nick Saban age 64