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

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

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

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

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Ron Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Prince age 46

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John L. Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John L. Smith age 67

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Paul Hackett 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Paul Hackett age 68

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Greg Robinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Greg Robinson age 64

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Brady Hoke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Brady Hoke age 57

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Dan Hawkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Dan Hawkins age 55

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Mike Locksley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Locksley age 46

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Mike Shula 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Shula age 50

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Tyrone Willingham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Karl Dorrell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Karl Dorrell age 52

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Gary Crowton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gary Crowton age 58

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Rick Venturi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Rick Venturi age 69

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Will Muschamp 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Will Muschamp age 44

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Rich Rodriguez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Ron Zook 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Zook age 61

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Gene Chizik 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gene Chizik age 54

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Gerry DiNardo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Gerry DiNardo age 63

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Kevin Steele 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Kevin Steele age 57

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Hal Mumme 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Hal Mumme age 63

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

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Mike DuBose 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike DuBose age 62

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Joker Phillips 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Mike Price 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike Price age 69

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

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Mike London 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Mike London age 55

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Sparky Woods 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Sparky Woods age 62

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Bo Pelini 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bo Pelini age 48

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

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Lee Corso 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Lee Corso age 80

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Red Parker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Red Parker age 82

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Ron Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ron Cooper age 53

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Dave Wannstedt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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Dennis Franchione 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time

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John Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
John Cooper age 78

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Tommy West 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Tommy West age 61

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Terry Shea 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Terry Shea age 69

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

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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)

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Ray Perkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ray Perkins age 74

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Ed Orgeron 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Ed Orgeron age 54

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Bret Bielema 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Bret Bielema age 45

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Woody Hayes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Football Coaches of All Time
Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)

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

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

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