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The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated December 6, 2018 2.8k votes 427 voters 11.5k views 91 items

The worst basketball coaches of all time are those unique NCAA Men's Basketball coaches who are actually hated by fans of their team but loved by fans of opposing teams for one reason or another. Unlike the best college basketball coaches of all time, these men led their team into the gutter, broke the rules and made some really awful decisions to earn a place on this list.

While the absolute worst college basketball coach of all time is up for debate, one name frequently finds its way to the top of these lists: Dave Bliss. It wasn't the 61-57 record he had over four seasons at Baylor that made him a bad coach, it was his role in the aftermath when one of his players murdered another. Add in recruiting and other NCAA violations and he is easily among the worst college basketball coaches ever.

Others on this list had really impressive coaching records but did one thing or another to disgrace their personal reputation. Bobby Knight won three NCAA Men's Basketball Championships but add in his rape jokes, racism, verbal diarrhea and other unsavory confrontations and his missteps make a good argument to outweigh his accomplishments.

Even the best current college basketball coaches are certainly not saints and plenty have losing records but few will ever fall as far as these disgraced college basketball coaches have. How do you rank the worst NCAA Basketball coaches? Be it by their miserable records of their abuse of players and NCAA violations, rank them below!
list ordered by
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Dave Bliss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 76
2
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 58
3
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 57
4
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 50
5
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 60
6
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 67
7
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 75
8
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 56
9
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 71
10
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Age: 53
11
Kevin O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Dec. at 77 (1908-1985)
12
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 59
13
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
14
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter Age: 64
15
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 65
16
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Age: 53
17
Jim Harrick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 81
18
John Thompson III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 53
19
Ernie Kent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Age: 64
20
Fran Fraschilla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Fran Fraschilla Age: 61
21
Melvin Watkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Age: 65
22
Richard Pitino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 37
23
Frankie Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Age: 70
24
Ben Braun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ben Braun Age: 66
25
Stan Morrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Stan Morrison Age: 80