College Sports 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!
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1
99 24
Dave Bliss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 76

2
87 30
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 58

3
65 21
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 50

4
59 19
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 57

5
57 22
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

6
46 14
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

7
9 0
Ernie Kent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 64

8
50 20
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 56

9
50 23
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 75

10
39 22
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 71

11
26 12
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
17 4
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter age 64

13
23 11
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 59

14
22 14
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

15
20 12
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added age 53

16
14 7
Richard Pitino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Richard Pitino age 37

17
27 21
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 65

18
14 8
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
9 4
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 48

20
7 2
Frankie Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 70

21
32 30
Jim Harrick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 81

22
6 2
Josh Pastner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 42

23
6 2
Ben Braun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ben Braun age 66

24
14 11
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added age 56

25
5 1
Stan Morrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Stan Morrison age 80