ncaa 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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1
604 130
Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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2
623 171
Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 40

3
415 147
Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 59

4
252 133
Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 59

5
171 86
John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 54

6
205 136
John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 67

7
139 81
Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 46

8
79 32
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
_1443311062050 added Brady Hoke age 57

9
129 75
Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 68

10
152 99
Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 64

11
205 149
Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 50

12
66 27
Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Will Muschamp age 46

13
149 105
Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 55

14
110 70
Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 46

15
215 171
Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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16
107 78
Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 52

17
234 204
Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

18
120 95
Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 58

19
85 62
Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 69

20
37 17
Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
JoshMers added Joker Phillips age 52

21
172 153
Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 61

22
206 188
Gene Chizik is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 54

23
135 120
Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 63

24
90 76
Kevin Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 57

25
105 93
John Mackovic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 72

26
34 20
Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike DuBose age 64

27
39 26
Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike Price age 69

28
20 7
Mike London is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Mike London age 57

29
109 104
Hal Mumme is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 63

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75 69
Frank Spaziani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
WiskyDude added Frank Spaziani age 68

31
35 26
Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tim Wilcox added Bo Pelini age 48

32
23 13
Sparky Woods is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Sparky Woods age 62

33
73 69
Paul Wulff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 48

34
92 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

35
50 44
Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
craig_bullis added Lee Corso age 80

36
20 14
Red Parker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
icoachfb added Red Parker age 82

37
33 29
Dennis Franchione is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Dennis Franchione age 64

38
14 9
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

39
60 64
Terry Shea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

40
11 8
Tommy West is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Tommy West age 63

41
95 107
Steve Kragthorpe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

42
32 35
John Cooper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
jschro1861 added John Cooper age 78

43
5 5
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
swag added Urban Meyer age 51

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44
58 75
Jennings B. Whitworth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Jennings B. Whitworth Died at 52 (1908-1960)

45
19 30
Ray Perkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Ray Perkins age 74

46
126 168
Ed Orgeron is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ed Orgeron age 54

47
81 112
Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
GaryShayne added Bret Bielema age 45

48
115 165
Larry Coker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Larry Coker age 67

49
25 47
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Nathanial Eibler added Nick Saban age 66

50
105 160
Tommy Bowden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy Bowden age 61