Bobby Petrino Leads List Of Despised Coaches
That’s why PubClub.com has compiled this list of Top 10 Least Likeable Coaches. Do you agree? Maybe you’re got some of your own – we would love your feedback.
And what, no Nick Saban? Heck no because he’s the gold standard for college football coaches and winning a lot (okay, nearly all the time) is not enough of a reason to make a coach unlikeable. Plus, his occasional outbursts in press conferences are great entertainment.
1,) Bobby Petrino
He’s a liar, backstabber, character-challenged run-up-the-score coach who alway seems to somehow land on his feet. Then he trips over his feet. He was quick to stab the first coach who gave him a chance (Tommy Tubberville) in the back in the infamous “Planegate” incident at Auburn, left the Atlanta Falcons in the middle of the night and told players via a message taped to their lockers and lied about his affair while at Arkansas until forced to confess.
2.) Kevin Sumlin
He’s arrogant, thinks he’s a better coach than he is and scoffs at anyone who suggests his most successful time at Texas A&M was because of Johnny Manziel and not himself. Once told USC not to bother to interview him unless he was guaranteed the job ahead of time.
3.) Gus Malzahn
He’s paranoid, doesn’t like or trust the media and runs a high school offense. Plus, he coaches at Auburn.
4.) Mike Leach
Good last name for this guy, who alienates nearly everyone he comes in contact with (including some former players) and doesn’t care. He’s been able to last a while at outposts Texas Tech and Washington State but most other schools would not put up with him for long. It doesn’t help that he’s one of these one-dimensional coaches who prefers to score a bunch of points while ignoring the defense.
5.) Todd Graham
One year here, one year there, one year another place – this guy moves more often than a military family. Sure, he’s been at Arizona State for a few years but that’s probably only because no other school would be foolish enough to call him. He’s got an arrogant demeanor about him as if his way is the only way, yet his way – whatever that is – clearly does not work.
6.) Rich Rodriguez
It’s hard to put a finger on one thing – perhaps it’s that scowl he always showcases on the sidelines – but Rich Rod is a lightening rod for disliking coaches. He thought his system would work at Michigan and tossed aside tradition rather than adapting it to the school and personnel and Wolverines are laughing while he struggles at Arizona. Well okay, they just don’t pay that much attention to him anymore.
7.) Brian Kelly
No matter how many messes he creates at Notre Dame, he always blames it on someone else. Often even on his own players.
8.) Butch Jones
What’s this “championship of life” crap? He loses big games and games he should win yet talks about being “14-3” in the last 17 games. He looks nervous at press conferences and uncomfortable as head coach at a major program in a big conference. It’s as if he’s constantly trying to prove himself, to make himself look good, to media and fans. In doing so, he just becomes even more unlikeable.
9.) Urban Meyer
He quit Florida for “health reasons” just as things were headed south and wound up at Ohio State. He can recruit and he can coach, but there’s something about him that’s just not easy to trust.
10.) Bob Stoops
It’s not just him, but him in combination with his teams, which get way to much media hype and then disappoint by always failing to live up to the hyped expectations. Then he rips others – like the SEC – in non-deserved chest-pumping bravado. Enough about Stoops and Oklahoma – save it for when they actually win something!