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The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time  

Aaron Hager
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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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Gerald Arthur Sandusky (born January 26, 1944) is an American retired college football coach who was convicted of rape and child sexual abuse. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his ...more
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Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Charles Joseph Weis (born March 30, 1956) is a former American football coach. He was the head coach for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2005 to 2009 and the Kansas Jayhawks from 2012 to ...more
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Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Lane Monte Kiffin (born May 9, 1975) is an American football coach who is currently the head football coach at Florida Atlantic University. Kiffin formerly served as the offensive coordinator ...more
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Derek Dooley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Derek Dooley (born June 10, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Missouri. In his ...more
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Butch Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Termed the phrases "Champions for Life" & "5-Star Hearts" to describe his football team.

Lyle Allen "Butch" Jones Jr. (born January 17, 1968) is an American football coach. He is currently an offensive analyst for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football program. ...more
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Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Brady Patrick Hoke (born November 3, 1958) is an American football coach for San Diego State. He was the head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines from 2011 to 2014. He grew up in Ohio and ...more
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John Blake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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John Patrick Blake (born March 6, 1961) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1996 to 1998. Blake was also the ...more
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Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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William E. Callahan (born July 31, 1956) is an American football coach who is currently the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins of the National Football ...more
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Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Ron Prince (born September 18, 1969) is an American football coach, currently serving as the football head coach for the Howard Bison. He was previously the assistant head coach and offensive ...more
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John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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John Lawrence Smith (born November 15, 1948) is an American college football coach. He was the head football coach at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky, a position he held from ...more
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Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Michael Anthony Locksley (born December 25, 1969) is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach for the University of Maryland football team and former offensive coordinator for ...more
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Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Joe "Joker" Phillips Jr. (born May 12, 1963) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the wide receivers coach for the Maryland Terrapins football team.
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Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Greg Robinson may refer to: Greg Robinson (offensive tackle), American football offensive tackle Greg Robinson (American football coach), American football coach Greg Robinson (running back), ...more
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Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Mike Shula (born June 3, 1965) is an American football coach who is currently the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Mike London is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Michael Wilson London Sr. (born October 9, 1960) is the current head football coach for the William & Mary Tribe football program at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, ...more
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Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Paul Roger Hackett (born July 5, 1947) is a former American football coach. He served as head football coach of University of Pittsburgh from 1989 to 1992 and at the University of Southern ...more
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Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Michael Lynn DuBose (born January 5, 1953) is an American football coach, most recently serving for Opp High School in Opp, Alabama. His most recent college coaching experience was serving as ...more
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Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Rick Venturi (born February 23, 1946) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant ...more
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Mike Price is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Michael Bruce Price (born April 6, 1946) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Weber State College—now known as Weber State University from 1981 to 1988, ...more
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Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Danny Clarence Hawkins (born November 10, 1960) is an American former football player, coach, and sportscaster. He served as the head football coach at Willamette University (1993–1997), Boise ...more
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Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Karl James Dorrell (born December 18, 1963) is an American football coach, former player and the current wide receiver coach for the Miami Dolphins. He most recently served as the wide receivers ...more
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Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Ronald Andrew Zook (; born April 28, 1954) is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as a senior analyst for the University of Maryland. He was the head football coach ...more
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Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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William Lawrence Muschamp (born August 3, 1971) is an American football coach and former player. He currently is the head coach at the University of South Carolina. He was the head coach at the ...more
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Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Gerard Paul DiNardo (born November 10, 1952) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football as a guard for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish where he was selected as an ...more
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Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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David Gary Crowton (born June 14, 1957) is an American football coach, most recently the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah University.Crowton has also served as offensive coordinator at the ...more