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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634 138
Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

2
635 193
Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 43

3
440 151
Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 62

4
269 142
Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 62

5
182 90
John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 57

6
222 138
John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 70

7
99 41
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
_1443311062050 added Brady Hoke age 60

8
146 84
Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 49

9
133 78
Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 71

10
155 101
Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 67

11
218 156
Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 53

12
116 73
Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 49

13
154 109
Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 58

14
10 0
Derek Dooley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
1511910488243 added Derek Dooley age 50

The Best College Football Coaches of All Time

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221 181
Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

16
112 81
Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 55

17
248 217
Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

18
123 96
Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 61

19
70 45
Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Will Muschamp age 47

20
182 156
Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 64

21
88 64
Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 72

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43 21
Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike DuBose age 65

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14 1
Butch Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
1511910488243 added Butch Jones age 50 - Termed the phrases "Champions for Life" & "5-Star Hearts" to describe his football team.

24
141 122
Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 66

25
39 21
Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
JoshMers added Joker Phillips age 55

26
212 198
Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 57

27
94 78
Kevin Steele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 60

28
107 93
John Mackovic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 75

The Most Underrated College Football Player

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44 29
Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike Price age 72

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22 8
Mike London is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Mike London age 58

31
112 106
Hal Mumme is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 66

32
76 69
Paul Wulff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 51

33
25 14
Sparky Woods is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Sparky Woods age 65

34
44 35
Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tim Wilcox added Bo Pelini age 51

35
94 90
Ron Cooper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
KingCarythe1st added Ron Cooper age 56

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75 71
Frank Spaziani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
WiskyDude added Frank Spaziani age 71

37
38 31
Dennis Franchione is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Dennis Franchione age 67

38
58 55
Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
craig_bullis added Lee Corso age 83

39
21 15
Red Parker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Red Parker age 85

40
17 11
Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Clay Glenny added Dave Wannstedt age 66

41
13 10
Tommy West is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Tommy West age 64

42
97 108
Steve Kragthorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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60 66
Terry Shea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

44
3 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 58

45
5 4
Lovie Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Lovie Smith age 60

46
34 39
John Cooper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
jschro1861 added John Cooper age 81

47
2 1
Mike Sanford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Mike Sanford age 63

48
1 1
Bobby Hue Wallace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mark Hunter added Bobby Hue Wallace

49
19 26
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
swag added Urban Meyer age 54

50
59 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)