FBS Coaching Record: 60-76-1 (12 seasons)
Coaching History: Vanderbilt 1991-94; LSU 1995-99; Indiana 2002-04.
One thing that can't be debated is that you can't help but like Gerry DiNardo, he is without a doubt one of the "good guys" in college coaching and somebody you wouldn't mind living next door to.
However, you wouldn't want him as your school's head coach.
Taking over a Vanderbilt program that had been a permanent fixture at the bottom of the SEC for decades and bringing an ounce of respectability to the Commodores, he was chosen to take over one of the best programs in the country.
After the subpar tenures of Mike Archer and Curly Hallman, DiNardo's New York City personality made him an immediate success in the Deep South and his first two seasons saw the Bayou Tigers finish 19-5, then the wheels came off.
Part of DiNardo's problem was a recruiting strategy of taking talented but high risk recruits who often either didn't qualify academically or found themselves in legal trouble once they reached campus. The talent drain led to a 7-15 record in his final two seasons with a home loss to lowly Houston being the final straw.
After a year coaching in the ill fated XFL, DiNardo resurfaced at Indiana where in three seasons he never won more than three games in a season and was fired.