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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+ - 591 123
Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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2
+ - 613 166
Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 40

3
+ - 412 144
Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 59

4
+ - 249 130
Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 59

5
+ - 171 84
John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 54

6
+ - 139 78
Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 48

7
+ - 204 134
John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 69

8
+ - 129 73
Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 68

9
+ - 76 29
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Brady Hoke age 59

10
+ - 152 97
Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 66

11
+ - 202 147
Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 50

12
+ - 65 26
Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Will Muschamp age 44

13
+ - 149 104
Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 55

14
+ - 110 69
Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 46

15
+ - 212 169
Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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16
+ - 106 78
Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 52

17
+ - 233 202
Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

18
+ - 120 94
Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 58

19
+ - 85 61
Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 69

20
+ - 205 186
Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 54

21
+ - 171 151
Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 61

22
+ - 36 16
Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

23
+ - 135 118
Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 65

24
+ - 90 75
Kevin Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 57

25
+ - 105 92
John Mackovic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 74

26
+ - 34 19
Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike DuBose age 62

27
+ - 38 25
Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Price age 69

28
+ - 109 103
Hal Mumme is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 63

29
+ - 49 39
Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lee Corso age 80

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+ - 75 68
Frank Spaziani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

31
+ - 23 12
Sparky Woods is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Sparky Woods age 62

32
+ - 34 24
Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bo Pelini age 50

33
+ - 18 7
Mike London is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike London age 55

34
+ - 73 68
Paul Wulff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 48

35
+ - 91 90
Ron Cooper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Cooper age 53

36
+ - 20 13
Red Parker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Red Parker age 82

37
+ - 32 28
Dennis Franchione is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

38
+ - 11 7
Tommy West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy West age 61

39
+ - 32 32
John Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Cooper age 78

40
+ - 12 9
Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

41
+ - 59 64
Terry Shea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

42
+ - 94 107
Steve Kragthorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

43
+ - 56 75
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)

44
+ - 17 30
Ray Perkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ray Perkins age 74

45
+ - 122 167
Ed Orgeron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ed Orgeron age 56

46
+ - 79 111
Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bret Bielema age 45

47
+ - 24 42
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Nick Saban age 66

48
+ - 114 163
Larry Coker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Larry Coker age 67

49
+ - 103 160
Tommy Bowden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy Bowden age 61

50
+ - 30 61
Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)