OT: Most Likable College Football Coaches

Submitted by Hair Raid Offense on January 22nd, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Just wondering whose everyone's favorite college football coaches are...based on personality, toughness, intensity, ability to win games, sense of humor, etc.

A month or two ago mine would be:

1. Joe Paterno

2. Rich Rodriguez

3. Randy Shannon

4. Bob Green (Montana Tech)

5. Jim Harbaugh

But now 4 of those 5 aren't coaching college football anymore. I'm perplexed, the best I can come up with is:

1. Joe Paterno

2. Brady Hoke

3. Pat Fitzgerald

Am I becoming jaded, or are most coaches just doucher A-holes?



January 23rd, 2011 at 9:53 AM ^

Most likeable is easily Mark Richt who I think is one of the good guys. Best coach to me is Saban. I think Mullen is a nice combo of likeable and good and the man I wish was coaching Michigan.


January 22nd, 2011 at 10:51 PM ^


Not controversial at all, just a likable old fella

Speaking of the 4-foot, 100-pound-plus cup, there was a report that several Tech players took it out on the town last year and drank adult beverages from it. When asked if he were involved, Beamer laughed and then proceeded to blow the whistle on ex-Hokie linebacker Cody Grimm, currently a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I think Cody Grimm was the leader of that pack,'' Beamer said. "You might have to call Tampa and get his take on that.''

Harbaugh doesn't belong in a classy list - remember he was the one who ran it up on Pete and had Pete peeved off. Doesn't seem like class to me


January 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 PM ^

Definitely not Harbaugh, dude has always seemed like an arrogant ass to me. That said, I wouldn't have minded his arrogant ass roaming our sidelines. Frank Beemer has always seemed like a nice, classy guy IMO.


January 22nd, 2011 at 10:43 PM ^

2. Whoever is playing OSU
3. Whoever is playing MSU
4. Whoever is playing ND
5. I'm totally screwed when MSU plays OSU and ND so I play with kittens instead of watching the game


January 23rd, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^

but an absolute douche nugget in all other aspects.  I mean look at that sweater vest, really?  

And sorry to say but he doesn't respect the rivalry as much as you'd think.  If he did he wouldn't allow his team to wear those god awful alternates the last 2 years.  

Not to mention that smug look he's always giving in interviews. I HATE JIM TRESSEL. 

Hair Raid Offense

January 22nd, 2011 at 10:56 PM ^

Harbaugh didn't have much of a personality or sense of humor, or loyalty; but he had intensity, toughness, and the ability to win games; and he did it the right way. That's why I "like" him.


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 PM ^

Mack Brown is a great politician.  The Texas alums love him.  He accepts the blames for losses and he replaces long-time assistants when they aren't getting the job done.


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 PM ^

I agree that Mack Brown has always been rather likeable to me. I don't follow Texas that closely so I don't know about any little things that might piss people off, but when he is around on TV and such he looks like a good guy.

On the other side of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry, I always liked Bob Stoops as well. Same kind of politician's demeanor of always looking good in public.

Basically, this list comes down to who doesn't look like a douche on a regular basis, like Bielema, Dantonio, Saban or Urban Meyer. Or who hasn't gotten caught cheating like Carroll and Miles (and Saban again).


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:14 PM ^

Hate to say it but sweatervest is not only a hellofa coach, he's a pretty nice guy too.  I met him the year he got the OSU gig at a banquet here in Cleveland and despite me wearing a M shirt and making a snarky comment he was funny, talked to me about life in general and made me feel like he genuinely cared about my opinion on things.