College football may attract the nefarious, self-serving and overly ambitious, or perhaps the money and the intense pressure breeds them. Either way, the sport has more than its share of unloved individuals. Ranking them was too arduous, so we felt you should have your say. We’ve narrowed the choices to 10, and excluded Houston Nutt since he’s not a head coach at present.
“Jeno James, our best offensive lineman at the time, comes in and collapses after practice, uh, vomiting all kinds of stuff that would make a billy goat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head. Myself, about four other lineman are trying to carry him from the locker room, to the training room. Obviously it’s a moment of panic, everyone, you know, we don’t know if this guy’s, you know, gonna die, I mean, the whole deal. But he’s so big and sweaty and heavy that we actually have to set him down in the hallway between the locker room and the training room.
“Nick Saban literally just starts walking in, steps over Jeno James convulsing, doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to help, goes upstairs, I don’t know what he does. But then obviously they get Jeno trauma-offed to the hospital.”
Randy Edsall (Maryland) It took the modern day Captain Bligh less than 12 months to unhinge Maryland football entirely. You measure a man by his actions. Running more than 20 players with eligibility out of the program, blocking Danny O’Brien from going to Vanderbilt solely because it would make him look bad, and backing down while still maintaining a petty tampering complaint says about all you need to know.
Bret Bielema (Wisconsin) Successful, runs a clean program. His claim to the title is entirely personality driven. No one likes a whiner, especially one unwilling to back up his claims in public. No one likes the guy who relishes running up the score against overmatched opponents at home. Two heartbreaking losses cost his team a BCS title shot last year. Few felt for him.
Urban Meyer (Ohio State) Why Urban Meyer? The duplicity. He’s the man of virtue who coached Tim Tebow. Ignore the 30 arrests. He retires from Florida to spend time with his family, yet is somehow a paragon of vigor when the Ohio State job comes available. He pledges to despise what college football has become and then enters the Big Ten on a rampage stealing others’ verbal commits. There was also this charming incident with a reporter and, of course, creating a nuisance for this couple.
Lane Kiffin (USC) Some people just have that look about them. There are the needless two-point conversions, the cheap shots at Urban Meyer and leaving riots and NCAA inquiries in his wake during his sour departure from Tennessee after one year. This is a man who departs Knoxville in the worst way possible WITHOUT HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW. Jealousy alone probably gets him on this list
Todd Graham (Arizona State) Graham left Pittsburgh after one year to join Arizona State, his fourth head coaching job since 2006. This was the second time leaving a program after one season. Naked ambition. Throwing out his family to blunt criticism. Departing with a vacant “God Bless.” in a text message. Todd Graham is truly odious.
Charlie Weis (Kansas) He rode into South Bend chirping about Super Bowls and Decided Schematic Advantage. Despite never meeting expectations at the college level, his arrogance has continued unabated. He’s fleeced more money from universities than a bowl executive. He has no problem reaming a kid in public on his way out the door. But, hey, people are definitely “talking about Kansas football.”
George O’Leary (UCF) Why George O’Leary? How about UCF being found negligent in a $10 million wrongful death suit? UCF player Ereck Plancher died from complications during the sickle cell trait. O’Leary had ordered water and trainers off the field during a strenuous workout. According to four UCF players, he “cursted at and singled out” a “woozy and staggering” Plancher for “lack of effort.” O’Leary had another player hospitalized in subsequent months for being dehydrated during a workout.
Bobby Petrino (Arkansas) Petrino was willing to negotiate a backroom deal to replace his former boss Tommy Tuberville at Auburn, before Tuberville had been fired. Petrino left the Atlanta Falcons during his first season to take the Arkansas job, informing his players by way of a lame note. There was also the charming incident where Petrino helped an Arkansas radio employee get fired for wearing a Florida hat.
Brian Kelly (Notre Dame) U Mad Bro? Besides the turnovers the notable portions of Brian Kelly’s tenure have been him blowing up at players on the sidelines, which may have cost him a chance at Dorial Green-Beckham, and throwing his players under the bus. More specifically, throwing the players he did not recruit under the bus. That’s not even getting into Lizzy Seeberg, Declan Sullivan hornets nests.
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