ncaa The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time  

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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!
list ordered by

1
+ - 584 101
Jerry Sandusky 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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2
+ - 583 166
Lane Kiffin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lane Kiffin age 42

3
+ - 407 142
Charlie Weis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Charlie Weis age 61

4
+ - 245 129
Bill Callahan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bill Callahan age 61

5
+ - 170 83
John Blake 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Blake age 56

6
+ - 139 77
Ron Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 48

7
+ - 203 134
John L. Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 69

8
+ - 128 73
Paul Hackett 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 70

9
+ - 74 28
Brady Hoke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Brady Hoke age 59

10
+ - 152 97
Greg Robinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 66

11
+ - 199 146
Mike Shula 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 52

12
+ - 63 25
Will Muschamp 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Will Muschamp age 46

13
+ - 149 104
Dan Hawkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 57

14
+ - 110 69
Mike Locksley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 48

15
+ - 210 168
Tyrone Willingham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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16
+ - 106 78
Karl Dorrell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 54

17
+ - 120 94
Gary Crowton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 60

18
+ - 229 202
Rich Rodriguez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

19
+ - 85 61
Rick Venturi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 71

20
+ - 170 149
Ron Zook 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 63

21
+ - 204 184
Gene Chizik 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 56

22
+ - 35 16
Joker Phillips 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

23
+ - 135 118
Gerry DiNardo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 65

24
+ - 90 74
Kevin Steele 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 59

25
+ - 105 92
John Mackovic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Mackovic age 74

26
+ - 33 19
Mike DuBose 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike DuBose age 64

27
+ - 109 103
Hal Mumme 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 65

28
+ - 18 6
Mike London 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike London age 57

29
+ - 75 68
Frank Spaziani 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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30
+ - 36 26
Mike Price 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Price age 71

31
+ - 23 12
Sparky Woods 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Sparky Woods age 64

32
+ - 34 24
Bo Pelini 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bo Pelini age 50

33
+ - 47 39
Lee Corso 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lee Corso age 82

34
+ - 73 68
Paul Wulff 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Wulff age 50

35
+ - 91 90
Ron Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Cooper age 55

36
+ - 20 13
Red Parker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Red Parker age 84

37
+ - 31 28
Dennis Franchione 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

38
+ - 12 8
Dave Wannstedt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

39
+ - 59 64
Terry Shea 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

40
+ - 10 7
Tommy West 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy West age 63

41
+ - 31 32
John Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Cooper age 80

42
+ - 93 108
Steve Kragthorpe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

43
+ - 55 75
Jennings B. Whitworth 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Jennings B. Whitworth Died at 52 (1908-1960)

44
+ - 17 29
Ray Perkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ray Perkins age 76

45
+ - 122 167
Ed Orgeron 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ed Orgeron age 56

46
+ - 79 111
Bret Bielema 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bret Bielema age 47

47
+ - 113 163
Larry Coker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Larry Coker age 69

48
+ - 22 41
Nick Saban 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Nick Saban age 66

49
+ - 103 158
Tommy Bowden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy Bowden age 63

50
+ - 29 60
Woody Hayes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)