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The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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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!
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
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 50
4
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 57
5
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
6
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67
7
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 56
8
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 75
9
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 71
10
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter age 64
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
Ernie Kent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 64
14
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added age 53
15
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 53
16
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
17
John Thompson III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 53
18
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 65
19
Ben Braun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ben Braun age 66
20
Stan Morrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Stan Morrison age 80
21
Frankie Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 70
22
John Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added John Carpenter
23
Mike McConathy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Mike McConathy age 60
24
Les Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Les Robinson age 77
25
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 48