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    Top 150 College Coaches of All-Time

    The first four men selected among the 150 Greatest Coaches, as selected by our blue-ribbon panel of 150 media members, administrators and former players and coaches, span more than a century of the sport. No. 3 Knute Rockne debuted in 1918. No. 2 Nick Saban just concluded the 2019 regular season. Between those two, No. 1 Paul "Bear" Bryant and No. 4 Tom Osborne together coached from the end of World War II to nearly the end of the 20th century. The only decade not covered by these four coaches is the 1930s.
    The 150 greatest coaches in college football's 150-year history

    Other coaches of note...
    5. Eddie Robinson Grambling
    7. Joe Paterno Penn St.
    8. Bobby Bowden Florida State
    9. Woody Hayes Ohio State
    13. Barry Switzer Oklahoma
    20. Bo Schembechler Michigan
    23. Lou Holtz Notre Dame/South Carolina
    24. Vince Dooley Georgia
    27. Steve Spurrier Florida/S. Carolina
    29. Bob Stoops Oklahoma
    31. Dabo Swinney Clemson
    35. Jim Tressel Ohio State
    45. Frank Beamer Murray State/Virginia Tech
    46. Urban Meyer Florida/Ohio State
    49. Jimmy Johnson Miami
    50. Loyd Carr Michigan
    60. Roy Kidd Eastern Kentucky
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    Very proud that Roy Kidd was named #60.

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    I think #46 is a low for Urban Meyer imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    I think #46 is a low for Urban Meyer imo.
    Urban over his time at OSU did less with more than any one else. Those head scratching losses nearly every year, probably hurt his legacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Urban over his time at OSU did less with more than any one else. Those head scratching losses nearly every year, probably hurt his legacy.
    Bo Schembechler never won a national title and is 26 spots ahead of Urban. Come on JD this list is completely invalidated by that fact alone. Urban also has the highest winning percentage of everyone on this list besides Knute Rockne. I would agree with the bad losses hurting his legacy, but his legacy prior to that is top 5 of all time and it probably bumps him down a spot or two not all the way to 46. That’s completely laughable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Urban over his time at OSU did less with more than any one else. Those head scratching losses nearly every year, probably hurt his legacy.
    I don’t know 187-32 all time (.854) 3 national titles and 12-3 record in bowls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    I don’t know 187-32 all time (.854) 3 national titles and 12-3 record in bowls.
    How many times did he make the playoffs...what twice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    How many times did he make the playoffs...what twice?
    Ture but how many of those other 45 ahead of him have less than 3 national titles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    Ture but how many of those other 45 ahead of him have less than 3 national titles?
    You need to ask the blue ribbon panel of over 100 college football experts why he's so low. I speculated as to why.

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    For example Jim Tressel he has a lower career winning % less championships and a 94-22 record at Ohio State compared to Meyers 83-9 at Ohio State.

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    Another thing I would have never guessed in comparing Tressel and Meyer is that Ohio State has a losing record all time in bowl games (24-26) and Meyer was 4-2 in bowl/playoff games.

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    So a Kentucky football coach is #1.

    Three Miami (OH) coaches in the top 20.

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    Never heard of this guy. I have heard of Mt. Union but did not know who their coach was. Check out that record.

    28. Larry Kehres, 332-24-3
    Mount Union (1986-2012)

    In 27 seasons at Mount Union, Kehres' teams stockpiled 11 Division III national titles, 21 unbeaten regular seasons and 23 conference championships. His teams had winning streaks of 54 and 55 games. His .929 winning percentage is the best among any coach at any NCAA level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Urban over his time at OSU did less with more than any one else. Those head scratching losses nearly every year, probably hurt his legacy.
    You sound like me talking about Calipari minus the 3 titles. The 3 titles should hold some weight. 3rd highest winning percentage, 1 of 16 coaches all time and 1 of 9 since 1950 with 3 or more titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Anthony View Post
    You sound like me talking about Calipari minus the 3 titles. The 3 titles should hold some weight. 3rd highest winning percentage, 1 of 16 coaches all time and 1 of 9 since 1950 with 3 or more titles.
    I’m with you that Urban should have been higher.

    But in fairness, Jumper was speaking of Urban’s record at OSU and so it would be only one title rather than 3.

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