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7 Most Difficult Coaches to Play for in College Football

Carl StineCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

7 Most Difficult Coaches to Play for in College Football

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    Not all head coaches are easy to play for, and most of them could be considered difficult.

    The seven coaches on this list may not be first choice when it comes to the list of "easy" coaches to play for.

    Any list is subjective, and not all of the guys on this list are disliked, bad guys or losers, but whatever the reason, each one of them is a difficult coach for which to play.

    Not "Junction Boys" level, but still difficult, each in his own way.

7. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

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    Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Les Miles and Mack Brown are the only coaches who make more money to coach college football that Kirk Ferentz.

    Why?

    The Hawkeyes have only won two conference titles, not national titles, and his record of 112-95 while solid, is not worth $3,900,000.

    The Hawkeyes have been middle of the road in the Big Ten for several seasons now without great recruiting classes, big wins or a BCS game in three seasons.

    While a guy wouldn't go to Iowa unless he wanted to choose the scholarship that Ferentz offered, it's pretty obvious that he is the most overpaid coach in college football history, and recruits might want to reconsider the program if they want to win anything of any significance.

6. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

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    Urban Meyer is a great coach, and not having a personal relationship with the man, I cannot attest to anything more than that.

    He appears to have a great love for his family, as he should, and also to enjoy what he does.

    However, it has to be mildly concerning to players that he bailed on Florida.

    If he had stayed retired for longer than a season, it might be easier to digest. But he left the program after an extremely successful run there, so why should we believe something such as this will not happen again?

    Who is to say that the stress of the Ohio State job, arguably even more profile, won't cause some health issues, or a sudden retirement?

    While this is not an issue that should make a player not want to play for Meyer, who is one of the best in the game, the thought should at least cross his mind.

    Meyer is also notoriously soft on players with off-field issues, which is bad for character development.

5. Lane Kiffin, USC

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    Kiffin's not known for his dedication to the job, or for his tact.

    As a matter of fact, he's probably safest just avoiding any state east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

    During his time at Tennessee, which was only one season, but seemed to drag on forever, Kiffin ripped on both South Carolina and Urban Meyer, making himself look like an idiot, especially after his team lost to Urban Meyer's in their only meeting.

    Then he took off, after just one year, probably not a bad move, removing himself from a bad situation.

    Since that move, he seems to have matured a bit, not hurling wild accusations against other head coaches. But it's hard to trust the guy.

4. Randy Edsall, Maryland

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    Edsall seemed like a great hire when he went to Maryland at the beginning of the 2011 season.

    A 6-18 record after two years says otherwise.

    He's just not getting it done right now. While it's normal for players to transfer out when a new coach is hired, after Edsall's hire, a whopping 24 players left Maryland, including Danny O'Brien, who was Freshman All-ACC the year before.

    Not a good way to start your tenure.

    If Edsall doesn't see some results of a positive nature, and soon, he will be one of the first coaches to be fired after the 2013 season.

3. Brady Hoke, Michigan

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    Brady Hoke's coaching skills are still in question, and they should be.

    Under Hoke, the Wolverines have failed to win a Big Ten title, which is unacceptable at Michigan.

    While the defense has improved vastly, the credit for that can be given to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

    The offense has been a mess with Denard Robinson at quarterback, then Devin Gardner, and no consistency in production.

    Granted, it's only been two seasons and they have not been terrible, but if Hoke doesn't get better, his job is going to be in trouble soon.

2. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

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    As an offensive player, there are few coaches one would like to play for over Holgorsen and his staff.

    That said, his inability to put together an even mediocre defense makes it next to impossible for the Mountaineers to ever compete at an elite level.

    Over and over again it has been proven that to win, and win big, a team must play excellent defense.

    That doesn't happen on Holgorsen's squads, which, thus far, have been explosive offensively, but cannot stop anyone defensively.

    It's difficult to play for a coach who is so unbalanced.

1. Charlie Weis

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    Charlie Weis' career coaching record is 36-38 after a 1-11 season at Kansas.

    Not impressive.

    Kansas has struggled to be competitive for several years, and Weis has yet to prove that he can turn that around.

    Nobody likes to lose and as much as fans and school officials hate to lose, the guys on the field that have competitive drive to win hate it even more.

    Until Weis proves he can lead a team to winning seasons on a regular basis, Weis will not find himself on anyone's short list of favorite coaches.

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