10 College Football Coaches We'd Want to Give Us a Pep Talk
Not all college football coaches are created equal.
Some are a little louder and more boisterous than others, while some have a quiet way of going about their business.
Whether they are loud or more laid back, all of the coaches on this list have a way of getting the job done. Being heard does not always equal success, but many of these coaches have been loud and proud for years.
No matter what type of coach a person is, there is a way to succeed with any personality.
Here are 10 coaches we would love to have give us a pep talk before a big game.
10. Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier was an outstanding college football quarterback in his own right and has had a lot of success as a college football coach.
He seemingly always has something funny and unique to say. Whether he is the head coach of Florida, South Carolina or even Duke, he has always been one to be heard.
Few things would be better than hearing a pep talk from the "Ol Ball Coach" before a big SEC East battle against Florida.
The locker room would certainly be loud once he is finished.
9. Bo Pelini
Anybody who has watched Bo Pelini on the sidelines knows he is one of the most intense coaches in college football.
That has to be good for something as far as a pregame speech is concerned.
There are not many coaches in the country who want to win more than Pelini—and also not many who care about their players like he does.
Everybody knows the defensive guys are usually a little more intense, and Pelini certainly fits that mold.
8. Skip Holtz
There is perhaps no coach in the history of college football who could put together a better pregame speech than Lou Holtz—odds are his son is the apple that doesn't fall too far from the tree.
Holtz has been the head coach at South Florida for three years after spending five at East Carolina, and while he has not had as much success as expected it is not for lack of trying.
This pick is based slightly off the speeches we have all seen Lou Holtz give on ESPN before a big game.
I'm sure he has given a few to Skip over the years, and that certainly has to rub off.
7. Les Miles
The best word to describe Les Miles might be quirky.
Very few coaches have had the success he has over the past decade and nobody will ever forget seeing him munch on a piece of grass at the end of a game last season.
He is also never afraid to speak his mind as was evidenced during the recruitment of Gunner Kiel just a few months ago.
Combine the success, the outspoken personality and the odd coaching style, and you get one of the best pregame speeches in the country.
6. Bill O'Brien
While there is still a long way to go for Penn State, so far new head coach Bill O'Brien has said all the right things.
Even though a few players have left the program, O'Brien has been able to hold things together and the Nittany Lions have even been able to put together a winning season so far.
I have no idea what he is saying in the locker room before the games, but it has to be something of significance, given the way these players are coming out all fired up.
If he is having this much success in 2012, things might not be so bleak for the Nittany Lions after all.
5. Bill Snyder
Bill Snyder is arguably the best coach in the country when it comes to winning with the talent he has been given.
The Kansas State program has had all of its success when he has been running the show and there is no coach in the country who players want to win for more than Snyder.
Even though he is not as outspoken and brash as most of the other names on the list, he definitely gets his point across and that has never been more evident than this year for the Wildcats.
4. Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer has done an excellent job so far at Ohio State and has the Buckeyes nearing the Top 10 in the country.
He has a very convincing personality, as has been evidenced so far by the recruits he has signed in the past few months.
He loves the program and his passion is up there with any coach in the country.
As one of the best coaches out there and somebody who is never afraid to get in the middle of a heated argument, Meyer would be the perfect coach to give a pregame pep talk.
Meyer loves being a Buckeye and his passion comes out every game on the field.
3. Brian Kelly
We all know how loud Brian Kelly can be on the sidelines. There might not be a coach who is more animated than Kelly.
His pregame speech may feature some language that is not appropriate for the ears of youth, or hardly anyone for that matter, but he certainly gets his point across.
Anybody who has watched a Notre Dame game has seen his body language on the sidelines.
There would be few things better than hearing him speak to his team before a big game.
2. James Franklin
James Franklin has done a great job of turning the Vanderbilt program around and even though they have struggled this season, it is not due to a lack of intensity from their head coach.
He is a typical young college football coach who is one of the most boisterous and energetic in the country, making it easy to tell that he is younger than most other college coaches.
I really have no clue what he would say in a pregame speech, but he would be bouncing off the walls from start to finish and that would be fun to watch.
1. Mike Gundy
The speech Mike Gundy gave in 2007 said it all. The "I'm a Man" speech is one of the greatest tirades by any college football coach ever.
He is intense and loves his players. That combination certainly makes for quite a pep talk.
If his pep talks are anything like the speech from five years ago, then there is no question that he is at the top of the list.
He is a man after all.
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