Football 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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Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at ...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 "Charlie" Weis is an American football coach who most recently was the head coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. For five years, from 2005 through 2009, Weis was the head ...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 is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. He formerly served as the offensive coordinator for the ...more

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Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
age 63
William E. Callahan is the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins. He was formerly the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for the 2002–2003 seasons and for the University of Nebraska ...more

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John Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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John Patrick Blake is an American football coach and former player. He owns three championship rings, including one in college and two in the NFL; and is considered by many to be the nation's ...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 is an American football coach. He is the former head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He grew up in Ohio and attended Ball State University where he played ...more

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John L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
age 71
John L. Smith is an American college football coach, currently the head coach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He was the head coach at Arkansas during the 2012 season. Smith had been ...more

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Ron Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Ron Prince is an American football coach, currently the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

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Derek Dooley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Derek Dooley is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He served as the head ...more

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Mike Shula is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
age 54
Mike Shula is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Shula has been with the Panthers since 2011, when ...more

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Greg Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Gregory McIntosh "Greg" Robinson is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator at San Jose State University, having assumed that role in ...more

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Mike Locksley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Mike Locksley is an American football coach. He is the offensive coordinator for the University of Maryland. After serving as an assistant coach for several college football squads, he became ...more

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Paul Hackett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Paul Hackett 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 California from 1998 to 2000. ...more

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Butch Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 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. is the current head football coach of the University of Tennessee. He previously coached at Cincinnati from 2010 to 2012 and Central Michigan University ...more

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Dan Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Danny Clarence "Dan" Hawkins is the former head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was a sportscaster for ESPN and former American football player and ...more

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Ron Zook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Ronald Andrew "Ron" Zook is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at the University of Florida from 2002 to 2004 and the University of ...more

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Rich Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Richard Alan "Rich" Rodriguez is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Arizona. Rodriguez previously served as the ...more

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Gerry DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Gerard DiNardo 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 All-American in 1974. DiNardo ...more

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Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Rick Venturi is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant coach known for his ...more

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Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
age 66
Lionel Tyrone "Ty" Willingham is a retired American football player and coach. He was the head coach at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of ...more

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Karl Dorrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
age 56
Karl Dorrell is an American football coach, former player and the current Wide Receiver coach for the New York Jets. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt ...more

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Joker Phillips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
JoshMers added age 56
Joseph "Joker" Phillips, Jr. is a wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns and a former player. He served as head football coach for the University of Kentucky Wildcats football ...more

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Mike DuBose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
PamelaShows added Mike DuBose age 66
Mike DuBose is an American football coach, currently serving as head coach for Luverne High School in Luverne, Alabama. His most recent college coaching experience was serving as defensive line ...more

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Gary Crowton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
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Gary Crowton is an American football coach, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds. Crowton has also served as offensive coordinator at the ...more

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Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added age 48
William Larry Muschamp is a college football coach. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers football team of Auburn University. Prior to that, Muschamp was the head coach ...more