college sports The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time  

Pedro Cerrano
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The worst college football coaches of all time are those select few men who were given the chance to coach a major NCAA Football team and failed miserably. These bad college football coaches may have seen some success at one point in their coaching careers but also gave the world some of the worst college football coaching performances in history.

Though it was not for anything he did on the field, an argument could be made that Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, is perhaps the worst person to ever join the college football coaching ranks following his child sex abuse scandal that rocked the world of college football in 2012.

As far as on the field reasons, there are plenty of college football coaches who earned spots on this list for their poor performance. No one will forget how Rich Rodriguez brought college football's winningest program, the Michigan Wolverines, to its knees during his brief period as head coach from 2008 to 2010 or the disappointment that Charlie Weis brought to the acclaimed Notre Dame Fighting Irish during his five-year coaching experiment from 2005 to 2009.

Going even deeper into the record books, we can also include those who tallied the worst win-loss records as NCAA Football coaches ever. Rick Venturi is a great example of that when he won only one game over three seasons when he coached the Northwestern Wildcats in the late 1970s.

So for however you choose to select the worst college football coaches ever, be it the disappointment they brought to your program or the complete shame they brought to the sport by their off-field actions, there is no shortage of names that can be added to this list of worst college football coaches. Want more coaching fails? Check out the worst NFL coaches of all time too!
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Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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632 186
Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 40

3
434 148
Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 61

4
266 139
Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 59

5
177 90
John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 56

6
95 37
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
_1443311062050 added Brady Hoke age 59

7
219 139
John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 69

8
146 82
Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 46

9
132 78
Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 68

10
217 155
Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 52

11
154 101
Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 66

12
115 72
Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 48

13
152 108
Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 57

14
221 178
Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

15
112 79
Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 54

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68 41
Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Will Muschamp age 46

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241 214
Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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121 96
Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 60

19
86 64
Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 71

20
178 156
Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 63

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41 21
Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike DuBose age 62

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139 122
Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 63

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210 196
Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 56

24
38 20
Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
JoshMers added Joker Phillips age 54

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92 78
Kevin Steele is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 57

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106 93
John Mackovic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 72

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42 28
Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike Price age 69

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7 0
Derek Dooley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
1511910488243 added Derek Dooley age 47

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21 8
Mike London is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Mike London age 55

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111 106
Hal Mumme is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 65

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75 69
Paul Wulff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 50

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24 14
Sparky Woods is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Sparky Woods age 62

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75 70
Frank Spaziani is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
WiskyDude added Frank Spaziani age 70

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93 90
Ron Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
KingCarythe1st added Ron Cooper age 53

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42 34
Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tim Wilcox added Bo Pelini age 50

36
37 31
Dennis Franchione is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Dennis Franchione age 66

37
56 53
Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
craig_bullis added Lee Corso age 82

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16 10
Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Clay Glenny added Dave Wannstedt age 63

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8 1
Butch Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
1511910488243 added Butch Jones age 47 - Termed the phrases "Champions for Life" & "5-Star Hearts" to describe his football team.

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20 15
Red Parker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Red Parker age 84

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60 65
Terry Shea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

42
96 108
Steve Kragthorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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12 10
Tommy West is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Tommy West age 61

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1 0
Tim Brewster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Tim Brewster age 55

45
33 39
John Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
jschro1861 added John Cooper age 80

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2 2
Lovie Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Lovie Smith age 57

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0 0
Bobby Hue Wallace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mark Hunter added Bobby Hue Wallace

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0 1
Mike Sanford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Mike Sanford age 62

49
15 20
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
swag added Urban Meyer age 53

50
58 76
Jennings B. Whitworth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Jennings B. Whitworth Died at 52 (1908-1960)