College Football's 10 Most Love 'Em or Hate 'Em Head Coaches
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College football head coaches are a truly special breed of human beings.
For as much as fans like to think that being the leader of their favorite school's team would be a "dream job," in reality, it's an occupation that is filled with constant pressure and stress on a daily basis.
Leading a major college football program to great success on an annual basis is certainly no easy task. However, that doesn't mean that college head coaches should expect any sympathy or compassion any time soon, as college football fans aren't a group that accepts excuses all that well.
When you're a man who's put under the microscope of being the face of a major college football team, it can reveal some crazy character traits that fans will either identify with or resent.
That's why there are some notable coaches today that fans will either love or hate, and there's really no in between.
Here's a look at 10 college football coaches that fans either love or they hate.
Lane Kiffin, USC
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Lane Kiffin was only at Tennessee for one season, but during that one year he managed to draw the ire of basically the entire SEC.
Kiffin's loud and brash approach earned him many more critics than it did fans, but it was ultimately the way in which he left Knoxville that really caused the most commotion.
Vols fans will never forgive him for reneging on the promises he made at the start of his tenure, and since he left, they've called him every type of synonym you could imagine for word "coward."
When the 37-year-old-coach first began in Los Angeles, he had few supporters or fans, but now that he's managed to bring USC back to the forefront of college football, there are some who are slowly but surely starting to change their opinions of him.
Kiffin's personality isn't going to endear him to many non-Trojans fans, but if he starts winning Pac-12 championships and a BCS title or two, he'll definitely start earning some more national respect in the years to come.
Nick Saban, Alabama
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Like his former mentor Bill Belichick, Alabama head coach Nick Saban exudes the type of cold, irritable personality that doesn't exactly light up a room.
If you've ever seen a Saban press conference or interview, then you know that he's strictly all business, all the time. That certainly isn't a bad thing, but it does tend to rub some fans the wrong way.
You don't win 73 percent of your games as a college coach without putting in the necessary hard work. However, no matter how many championships and victories Saban continues to pile up, there will still be a certain amount of fans that just can't stand him.
A lot of it stems from the way Saban left his job with the Miami Dolphins. After coming out and firmly stating that, "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" (from ESPN), he obviously looked like a liar and a phony when he stood at a press conference just a few days later as the new ALABAMA HEAD COACH.
Saban will likely go down as one of the all-time greatest head coaches in college football history when it's all said and done, but he'll certainly never be considered one of the most popular or one of the most well-liked coaches.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
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"Tight-lipped" definitely isn't the word that you would use to describe South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier has never had a problem speaking his mind, and a lot of the things he's said in the past have angered plenty of opposing fans.
The 67-year-old coach has never been one to hide his feelings, and he does ooze a great deal of cockiness when he speaks.
Still, Spurrier does have some of that "aw, shucks" charm to him, and even the people that hate him the most have to admit that some of the quotes and the sound bites that he comes up with are amusing and entertaining.
Les Miles, LSU
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LSU coach Les Miles certainly isn't your typical by-the-book type of head coach. Whether he's eating grass on the sideline or faking field goals at the craziest of times, Miles has certainly gained a reputation as being a big wild card during his time in Baton Rouge.
The Mad Hatter has gained plenty of appreciation for always keeping things interesting, but he's also gained plenty of criticism for some of his coaching decisions.
Miles gained a lot of fans last year after he led the Tigers on a dominant 13-0 run through the regular season. However, he managed to gain just as many doubters after his team turned in a pitiful no-show performance against Alabama in the BCS title game.
Even though he has a 103-39 record as a head coach, it's still hard to tell if Miles is truly one of the elite coaches in college football, but one thing's for sure, he's definitely one of the most interesting.
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
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It's hard not to appreciate all that Urban Meyer's accomplished during his collegiate coaching career.
After turning Bowling Green into a conference contender during his two years with the Falcons, Meyer moved onto Utah where he experienced great success, winning 22 games in his two seasons in Salt Lake City. Then of course came his stop at Florida where he helped the Gators win two SEC championships and two BCS titles in six years.
Meyer comes off as one of the most respectful and humble coaches out there, but he still has plenty of critics, especially after the way he left Florida when things started to go downhill, only to return to coach Ohio State just a year later.
It also doesn't help that there's a perception that Meyer had too long of a leash on his players at Florida, as there were numerous incidents and arrests involving Gator players under his watch.
You have to respect Meyer for his success and for the way he conducts himself, but there are some people out there who he just rubs the wrong way.
Mack Brown, Texas
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To put it simply, Mack Brown makes a lot of money. In fact, Brown reportedly makes over five million dollars per season as just a base salary, which is the second highest total in all of college football.
When you make that kind of cash, you're going to be subject to a lot of scrutiny when you're team isn't performing well, and Brown has found that out over the past two seasons.
After dominating competition in the Big 12 and routinely piling up double-digit win totals every year throughout the last decade, Brown's Longhorns have come back down to earth over the past two seasons, winning just 13 total games during that time.
There are frankly a lot of people out there that view Texas' football program as brash and arrogant, and because of that, Brown's got plenty of detractors who have reveled in his recent struggles.
If Brown doesn't get things turned around this season, he'll likely start facing plenty of heat from the Longhorns' own fanbase.
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
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Any time you're the coach at Notre Dame, you're going to get some pretty harsh backlash, since the Irish are one of the most despised teams in all of college football.
Brian Kelly has found that out during his two seasons in South Bend, as there have been many critics out there who have greatly enjoyed poking fun at the team's back-to-back mediocre eight-win campaigns.
Kelly is certainly a smart coach, and if you want evidence of that, just go look at what he accomplished at Cincinnati, where he went 34-6 and won two Big East titles. However, he's yet to prove that he can handle the spotlight of being the Notre Dame head coach, as he hasn't yet found the success that many fans were hoping for.
Todd Graham, Arizona State
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Remember when Todd Graham was Pittsburgh's head coach?
If you don't, that's probably because you blinked and missed Graham's one-year stop in Steel City last season.
Don't worry, you didn't miss much, as the coach proved to be a bad fit to lead the Panthers, and you could tell that his heart was just never fully into it.
No one will fault Graham for struggling during his first season as a head coach at a BCS school. What many have called him out for, though, is the disgraceful way in which he left Pittsburgh, as he didn't even have the common courtesy to face his players and say goodbye.
The Arizona State head coach has said that he wants to stay out in the desert for a long time, but given the fact that this will be his fourth stop since 2006, it's hard to really give his promises much credence.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska
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Every time a camera shows Bo Pelini on the sidelines of a Nebraska game, the coach always looks like he's about two seconds away from letting out a loud AHHHHH! followed by every curse word you could imagine.
Pelini is truly intensity personified, but his fiery personality can certainly rub some fans the wrong way.
The most notable incident that the Cornhuskers head man drew criticism for is when he went off on quarterback Taylor Martinez during a sideline altercation back in 2010.
Pelini may have a few critics who say that he goes too far at times, but I bet you that none of them would ever have the guts to say it to his face.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
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Rich Rodriguez has managed to become absolutely loathed by two of the best fanbases in college football, West Virginia's and Michigan's.
The West Virginia native was once beloved by Mountaineers nation before he turned his back on the program in order to become the new leader of the Wolverines. Ultimately, that turned out to be a terrible mistake, however, as Rodriguez failed to find much success in Ann Arbor, and after three years, he quickly fell out of favor with both the fans and the administration.
Rodriguez may be one of the most innovative minds in college football, and all in all, he's not really a bad guy, but many will never be able to forgive him for what he did to his home-state program.
Still, if Rodriguez's offense is successful in Tucson, Arizona fans will have no trouble forgetting his past and eventually embracing him