current sports 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!
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Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Jon McNemar added Dana Holgorsen age 44

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Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bob Huggins age 62

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Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bob Knight age 75

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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Nick Saban age 66

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Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bo Pelini age 50

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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
swag added Jim Harbaugh age 54

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Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Frank Martin age 49

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Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Brian Kelly age 54

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Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Will Muschamp age 46

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Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Rick Pitino age 63

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Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Izzo age 60

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Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bobby Petrino age 56

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Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
RobLein added Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)

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John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
John Calipari age 56

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Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added Sean Miller age 47

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Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Bob Stoops age 57

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Tom Crean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Tom Crean age 49

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Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Bo Schembechler Died at 77 (1929-2006)

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Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Clay Glenny added Jim Boeheim age 71

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Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports

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Mike Stoops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added Mike Stoops age 54

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Barry Switzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Barry Switzer age 78

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Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Mike Rice Jr. age 46

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Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Gundy age 48

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Bo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bo Ryan age 68

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Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
pigonthewing added Gary Patterson age 57

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Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Dabo Swinney age 46

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Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Pat Fitzgerald age 43

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Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Gene Keady age 79

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Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Jimbo Fisher age 52

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Anthony Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Anthony Grant age 49

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Fran McCaffery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
robinsontravis78 added Fran McCaffery age 56

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports

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Pat Summitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Pat Summitt age 65

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Geno Auriemma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Geno Auriemma age 61

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Gary Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Gary Williams age 70

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Kim Mulkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Kim Mulkey age 53

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Chip Kelly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Chip Kelly age 54

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Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Steve Alford age 51

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Thad Matta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Thad Matta age 48

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George O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added George O'Leary age 69

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Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Lane Kiffin age 40