The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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
    1
    • Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania
    • Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions football
  • Charlie Weis
    2
    • Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
  • Derek Dooley
    3
    • Birthplace: Athens, Georgia
    • Teams Managed: Tennessee Volunteers football
    • Teams: Virginia Cavaliers football
  • Brady Hoke
    4
    Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
    • Teams Managed: Michigan Wolverines football
    • Teams: Ball State Cardinals football
  • Butch Jones
    5
    • Birthplace: Saugatuck, Michigan
    • Teams Managed: Tennessee Volunteers football, Cincinnati Bearcats football

    Termed the phrases "Champions for Life" & "5-Star Hearts" to describe his football team.

  • John Blake
    6
    Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois
    • Teams: Oklahoma Sooners football
  • Mike Locksley
    7
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
  • Lane Kiffin
    8
    • Birthplace: Minnesota
    • Teams Managed: Oakland Raiders, USC Trojans football
  • Bill Callahan
    9
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • Teams Managed: Oakland Raiders
  • John L. Smith
    10
    • Birthplace: Idaho Falls, Idaho
    • Teams Managed: Arkansas Razorbacks football
  • Ron Prince
    11
    Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mike Shula
    12
    Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • Will Muschamp
    13
    • Birthplace: Rome, Georgia
    • Teams Managed: Miami Dolphins, LSU Tigers football, Auburn Tigers football, Florida Gators football, Valdosta State Blazers football
    • Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team
  • Greg Robinson
    14
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • 15
    • Birthplace: Franklin, Kentucky
    • Teams Managed: Florida Gators football
  • Mike DuBose
    16
    • Birthplace: Opp, Alabama
  • Rick Venturi
    17
    • Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois
    • Teams Managed: New Orleans Saints
  • Mike London
    18
    • Birthplace: West Point, New York
    • Teams Managed: Virginia Cavaliers football
  • Ron Zook
    19
    Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio
    • Teams: Miami RedHawks football
  • Mike Price
    20
    Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
  • Paul Hackett
    21
    • Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont
  • Dan Hawkins
    22
    • Birthplace: Fall River Mills, California
    • Teams: UC Davis Aggies football
  • 23
    • Birthplace: Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • Paul Wulff
    24
    Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Woodland, California
  • Tyrone Willingham
    25
    • Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina
    • Teams: Michigan State Spartans football