basketball The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time  

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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!
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Dave Bliss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Dave Bliss age 74

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62 18
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Isiah Thomas age 56

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53 16
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Rice Jr. age 46

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39 15
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Matt Doherty age 53

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39 16
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Brian Ellerbe age 52

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30 10
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jeff Bzdelik age 63

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36 17
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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36 19
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bob Wade age 71

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30 17
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bob Hill age 67

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15 9
Kevin O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Kevin O'Neill Died at 77 (1908-1985)

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7 1
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter age 60

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25 21
Jim Harrick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Harrick age 77

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13 9
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Sidney Lowe age 55

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12 8
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Jeff Lebo age 49

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14 11
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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3 0
Oliver Purnell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Oliver Purnell age 62

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6 4
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Johnny Dawkins age 52

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5 3
Fran Fraschilla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Fran Fraschilla age 57

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16 16
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tim Floyd age 63

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7 7
Paul Graham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Paul Graham age 64

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1 0
Doc Sadler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Doc Sadler age 55

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1 0
Frankie Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Frankie Allen age 66

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1 0
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added John Groce age 46

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1 0
Richard Pitino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Richard Pitino age 33

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9 10
Melvin Watkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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12 14
Mike Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Jarvis age 70

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6 7
Brian Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Brian Mahoney age 67

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1 1
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Bruce Pearl age 57

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44 54
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bob Knight age 77

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5 6
Eddie Payne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Eddie Payne age 64

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22 27
John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Chaney age 85

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9 11
Bill Foster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bill Foster age 87

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1 2
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Rick Pitino age 65

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4 6
Bernie Fine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Bernie Fine age 70

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0 1
Bill E. Foster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bill E. Foster

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0 1
John Thompson III is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added John Thompson III age 49

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0 1
Dave Loos is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Dave Loos age 70

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0 1
Ben Braun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ben Braun age 64

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6 9
Larry Shyatt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Larry Shyatt age 64

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2 4
Stu Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Stu Jackson age 60

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1 3
Tom Crean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tom Crean age 49

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4 7
Seth Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Seth Greenberg age 61

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0 2
Fang Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Fang Mitchell

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Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Bruce Weber age 61

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Nick Macarchuk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Nick Macarchuk

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0 2
Hugh Durham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Hugh Durham age 80

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0 2
Tubby Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tubby Smith age 66

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0 2
Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Kelvin Sampson age 62

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Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Larry Brown age 77

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0 2
Jim Baron is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jim Baron age 61