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The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Can include all college coaches from any period and any sport, as long as they're primarily college coaches

The most high strung coaches in college sports include those leaders who, for whatever reason, are simply vibrating on an entirely different plane when they're coaching. The coaches on this list represent some of the most controlling, temperamental and passionate in all of college sports. Whether it's the crazy, downright combustible rantings of college football coaches like Nebraska's Bo Pelini and Florida's Will Muschamp or the fiery anger exhibited by college hoops coaches like Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari, it's hard not to be captivated by these coaches' enthusiasm. Just one piercing look or crazy face by Alabama's Nick Saban or Mike Krzyzewski of Duke can make a so-so game that much better. And even though he's retired now, yes, Bob Knight, The General, makes the list (so does the now-retired Gary Williams, Maryland's former head basketball coach).

Some college basketball and football coaches are known for being hot-headed and/or slightly crazy on the court or on the field, but one thing that's notable about this list: Many of those on it are also incredibly successful. Does being high strung necessarily ensure success? No, but it can help to fire up a team that might be sagging a bit. Players who see their coaches being so passionate might be a bit more motivated to push just that much harder in games (particularly if the coach's 'passion' is directed at them). Fans, in turn, might also yell louder and clamp or stomp harder when they see the coach of their favorite team getting all kinds of worked up. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that a high strung college coach can make games all the more exciting!
list ordered by
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Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 66
2
Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Jon McNemar added age 48
3
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 79
4
Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 52
5
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 68
6
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 53
7
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
swag added age 56
8
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 64
9
Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added age 58
10
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added age 67
11
Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
RobLein added Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)
12
Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 48
13
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 60
14
Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 58
15
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added age 51
16
Tom Crean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added age 53
17
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
18
Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)
19
Barry Switzer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added age 82
20
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Clay Glenny added age 75
21
Mike Stoops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added Mike Stoops age 58
22
Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
age 54
23
Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added age 83
24
Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
pigonthewing added age 59
25
Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added age 59