Though he went just in bowl games and struggled mightily against Ohio State's Jim Tressel , Carr still claimed five Big Ten championships. Considered by many to be one of the least appreciated coaches in recent memory, Carr was just enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. Meyer spent just 10 seasons coaching due to wanting to spend more time with his family and because of health concerns.
However, he is currently spending time with ESPN as a color commentator. It might be important to remember that he accomplished more in six seasons than most accomplished in their entire careers, winning two conference championships and two BCS National Championships '06, ' Before he took over at Florida he spent two seasons at Utah ''04 where he went bonkers, going including a run to a Fiesta Bowl win.
That season they were ranked fourth in the nation to close the season out. Some are expecting Meyer to possibly return to the sidelines if the Ohio State Buckeyes come calling. Some think he might be done for good. Most tend to lean towards the former since he is still an icon. On a positive note, he did win a share of an outright Big 12 championship eight times in his career.
That number should improve with his program atop the conference. Before he became rich and famous as they say, he did win a MAC championship at Toledo '90 and played in four bowl games at Michigan State ''99, he resigned to coach LSU in fourth bowl game. With the future looking bright for Alabama and Saban, he could very well be on his way up in these rankings after every season he remains in Tuscaloosa. Lavell Edwards was a BYU legend for 29 years and he still is. Edwards won a national championship in I might have him too low on this list, but he doesn't get nearly enough credit for all he accomplished at his days as the Brigham Young football coach.
Edwards won at least a share of 20 conference championships in his 29 years, leading them to 11 Holiday Bowls. Totaling over victories is quite the resume, but being enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame is as good as it gets. Is this number too high, too low or perfect? Does he even belong in this list after resigning from Ohio State this past season in midst of all the NCAA violations?
His on the field performance speaks for itself as he won five national championships counting his tenure at Youngstown State '' Tressel went in bowl games, in BCS Bowls and his near perfect record against Michigan will forever have a place in Buckeye fans' hearts. Going into this season, Tressel had won a share of the Big Ten for six straight seasons.
With Terrelle Pryor expected to come back, many were banking on a seventh. Tressel had not lost four games since and many were ready to crown him into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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However, who knows if he will ever coach again. Tressel allowed improper benefits to be given to some of his players at Ohio State, but he still accomplished a lot on the field for everything that went wrong off of it.
Mack Brown has accomplished a lot during his year coaching career. Before he got the gig at Texas he coached at North Carolina ''97 where he led the Tar Heels to five top finishes. He ended his reign in Chapel Hill with two top 10 finishes before he left for Austin. He got his big break with the Longhorns and he made the most of it winning all of or a share of six Big 12 South divisional crowns in addition to that coveted BCS National Championship back in To this day it is remembered as the most exciting BCS Bowl of all time and it finally got the monkey off Mack Brown's back.
Four seasons later, Brown's Longhorns lost to Alabama in the BCS National Championship, but his program still has the talent to possibly give Brown one final run at another national championship.
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Steve Spurrier has coached for 22 seasons for three different programs, including Duke ''89 , Florida ''01 and currently South Carolina 'present. He has been known for developing quarterbacks better than arguably any recent coach in the past few decades. Going to 17 bowl games and two BCS Bowls is an impressive resume. He won that coveted national championship in by demolishing Florida State in a rematch from their regular season finale loss.
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During his time at Florida he also never finished worse than second place in the East. He brought South Carolina back to national relevance, looking for consecutive top 25 finishes. Vince Dooley was a legend during his year stay in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs won six Southeastern Conference titles under Dooley and in he won them their fifth ever national championship. His best and most notable player was the Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker, which many to this day still consider the greatest college football player of all time. Maybe this ranking is too high or perhaps too low even?
Pete Carroll led one of the greatest dynasties in the BCS era. I am simply ranking the greatest coaches of all-time and I truly believe I have to rank them on what they accomplished. Had Holtz stayed in South Bend into the early s perhaps he would have won another National Championship, ranking him even higher on this list. He had three conference championships on his belt with one a piece per school save Minnesota, with whom he had spent just two seasons. Although he never won another national championship or had another undefeated season, he did go on towards greatness by posting top 20 finishes in all but two of his years in South Bend.
He retired in before coming back to coach South Carolina ''04 , where he had two bowl seasons posting just a record. The bottom line is that Holtz was a winner, playing in a numerous bowl games 23 for several teams 6.
Holtz also achieved near immortality from Irish fans after he won them their first national championship in 11 years. That title remains the last time Notre Dame has been able to taste supremacy in college football. Bernie Bierman may be the least known all-time great I have ever or never heard about.
While his first coaching job was in with Montana, he eventually rose to the top and got his opportunity with Minnesota. It was his first tenure with the Minnesota Golden Gophers where Bierman ended up winning eight conference championships and five national championships. Before he coached at Minnesota he also was at Tulane for a few seasons where he won three conference championships. He retired from coaching back in and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Bierman remains one of the least talked about coaches of all time, yet he easily ranks among the best.
Having your name forever remembered in Texas Longhorn history is a nice touch with the stadium re-naming it after him, but this legend accomplished far more. He once played for the Oklahoma Sooners under Bud Wilkinson, but got his third coaching opportunity with the Texas Longhorns back in The previous season the Longhorns went just , so Royal stepped into a bad situation. However, it did not take him any time to turn around Texas football. He eventually won a total of 11 conference championships, but it was his three national championships '63, '69, '70 that will forever keep him as a college football great and a Longhorn legend.
The Maize and Blue had the honor of him strapping on a head set for 21 seasons. Ann Arbor was accustomed to winning Big Ten championships as Bo brought them His teams finished the season ranked in the top 10, 16 times. Although he was unable to win a national championship, he was still inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame back in Bo's glorious records may forever stand and perhaps they will never be broken by another Michigan coach.
He holds the record for the most wins without a national championship , but it doesn't take anything away from the College Football Hall of Fame legend. In his first 14 seasons in Ann Arbor, he either won a Big Ten championship every single year or won a championship by the following year. Despite passing away from heart issues in , the legend of Bo still lives on to this day. Go Blue! To have the Heisman Trophy named after you might just be all you need to know about this innovator. John Heisman became one of the most popular and accomplished coaches in the late s.
Heisman would go on to win three conference championships two others with Clemson, five total and three national championships with Georgia Tech. One of the greatest college football teams of all-time No. Inside and Mr. Outside Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. It was his Army team that went , dominating every team in sight by outscoring the competition with an average score of The defense pitched five shutouts and Mr. Inside Blanchard won the Heisman while Mr.
Outside Davis finishing second in the voting. Despite having four more undefeated seasons he would fail to have another national championship appearance.
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He won four national championships '62, '67, '72, '74 on top of his five Rose Bowl victories. There should be no doubt that he ranks among the best ever. The stamp he left on college football will forever be remembered after he was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in Among with a few other legends, Camp ranks among the greatest early staged coaches of all time.
He is known as the "Father of American Football" due to the numerous rules he adapted in the late s. Besides having an award given to the best player in honor of his name due to his inventions and on-field accomplishments, Camp did a ton as a coach as well.