The 10 Most Embarrassing College Football Coach Moments
Embarrassing moments. We've all had them, but luckily for most of us, they weren't spotlighted in the national media.
Whether it was losing to an opponent they shouldn't had, punching an assistant coach, or ranting about a select subject, each year is always good for a YouTube moment or two.
I've gone back and looked at the past decade in college football to find what I feel are the 10 most embarrassing moments. Whether they were embarrassed at the time or days later, these are some classics from the 2000's.
If you have more to contribute, feel free to add them in the comments section below.
I for one think Lane Kiffin is a great college coach, but also feel he's a little selfish.
No one can ignore the fact that USC is a destination job for a college football coach, up there with Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma. And everyone knew Kiffin would be a top candidate for the position when it opened following Pete Carroll's departure to the Seattle Seahawks.
So while it wasn't that big of a surprise when he bolted after the opportunity to get off of Old Smokey, it was still quite the debacle. Kiffin owed the University of Tennessee a $800,000 buyout after leaving the school after only one season.
While he might have landed a better job at Southern California, I wouldn't be surprised if he bolts back to the NFL once more alleged NCAA violations Carroll's tenure come to light.
Mr. Kiffin, if you have an inch of dignity in you, schedule Tennessee during your tenure at USC. If your Trojans win, no one can talk trash anymore, but if you fall, well, everyone needs a reality check every once in a while.
9. Miles stays put
This one wasn't so much an embarrassment on Les Miles' part, but rather a joke on the United States outside of the Bayou.
When Lloyd Carr's departure from Michigan at the end of the 2007 season left some big shoes to fill in Ann Arbor, Miles was the obvious choice. A Michigan graduate who played for the Wolverines and had an outstanding record as a head coach, why wouldn't he go lead the Maize and Blue?
When asked about the Michigan job in the weeks before LSU's BCS National Championship game against Ohio State in 2008, Miles assured the media he was staying put and would remain coach of the Tigers. Due to the fact that was exactly what he said as head coach of Oklahoma State when the LSU job opened up, no one really believed.
Sure enough, Miles is still coaching in Baton Rouge. This embarrassment was on us.
But, hey, with the way Rich Rodriguez has things going at Michigan right now, Miles might be coaching the Wolverines in 2011 for all we know.
8. Gotta love Joe
I'll never forget coming home after my first semester at college attending the University of Arkansas. Virtually all of my friends went to Oklahoma State, so we decided to have a watch party for the 2006 Independence Bowl featuring the Cowboys and Alabama.
Mike Shula was out and Joe Kines, after serving as defensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide, stepped in as interim head coach.
While Oklahoma State went on to win, Kines' halftime interview with ESPN was priceless. He was so fired up, you could hardly understand what he was saying. I couldn't tell if it was a man talking or a bulldog barking.
7. Kicking off Carr's final season.
After everything Lloyd Carr did for Michigan football, it's a shame that he might be remembered by younger fans as the coach who lost to an FCS team.
Nevertheless, it can't go without mentioning.
In his final season of 13 in charge of Wolverine football (2007), Carr kicked it off with what would become one of the greatest upsets in American sports history.
A game that made Armanti Edwards a household name across the country, a blocked field goal by the Mountaineers with six seconds left sealed a 34-32 win for App. State, a school who would go on to win the FCS title later that year.
Michigan did go on to win nine games that season, more than the Wolverines have had in the past two years combined under Rich Rodriguez.
Still, the 2007 season won't be remembered by the college football world the way it ended, but how it started.
6. McMackin's homosexual slur
It's hard to fill the shoes of the face of a college football program. That's exactly what Greg McMackin was asked to do in January of 2008, replacing June Jones at Hawaii after he left for SMU.
To his credit, he has done pretty well, taking Hawaii to a bowl in 2008 and a six-win season in 2009.
Yet prior to the 2009 season, during the WAC's media days in Salt Lake City, McMackin ripped Notre Dame, saying its football team did a "faggity dance" for the Warriors prior to the 2008 Hawai'i Bowl.
Though he did apologize for saying it a week later, there's really no excuse, especially in today's society, for anyone, much less a person a community is supposed to look up to, for using that word.
5. Gary Barnett vs. Katie Hnida
Katie Hnida was allegedly the victim of one of the most despicable acts on the planet: rape. The first female football player in the history of the University of Colorado says she was raped by one of her CU teammates.
As terrible as that is, then-Colorado head coach Gary Barnett simply ripped in to his kicker saying, "It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability. You can be 90 years old, but if you can go out and play, they'll respect you. Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible. OK? There's no other way to say it. She couldn't kick the ball through the uprights."
While no formal charges were placed against the football program or any of its members, Barnett was suspended for his comments.
Hnida transferred from CU to New Mexico and on August 30, 2003 became the first female in history to score in an NCAA FBS (formerly NCAA D1-A) game.
4. The Price is wrong, Mike
Did you know that current UTEP head coach Mike Price was once the man looked to with hopes of leading Alabama back to the promise land?
A lot of folks don't, because he never coached anything more than the Alabama spring game.
Hired by the Crimson Tide at the end of the 2002 season, Price was a hot name on the coaching front, that cooled a bit following allegations from Sports Illustrated of sleeping with a stripper in Pensacola, Fla.
While it was never proven, it was enough for the University of Alabama to rescind its contract with Price, which he reportedly never officially signed.
There's no doubt this put a halt on his rising career. From being a fairly successful head coach at Washington State, to mediocre finishes at UTEP, true or not, it has slowed Price's career tremendously. Plus, it has forced him to live in El Paso, Texas for the past six years.
3. Mike Locksley's head coaching career
When you add together "Mike Locksley" and "New Mexico," the sum is one giant joke.
Finishing the 2009 season with a 1-11 record, the worst overall mark in the 11 year history of the Mountain West Conference, Locksley's single season as head coach in Albuquerque hasn't been so hot.
With New Mexico's lone victory coming over Colorado State, which, not to be outdone by the Lobos, finished 2009 with the worst conference record in the history of the MWC, on senior night, the season wasn't the only thing turning Locksley into a joke.
To start his job off with a bang, during the 2009 spring, Locksley's former administrative assistant filed an age and sex discrimination lawsuit against the newly-hired head coach. On top of that, he allegedly assaulted one of his assistant coaches last September.
What's this guy's problem? I don't know. But he needs to figure it out fast.
2. Les the liar
Les Miles is always good for a classic quote or two each season. Whether it was the "Let 'er rip!" during the 2003 Bedlam game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, or admitting that he doesn't read books in a press conference -- love him or hate him, Les has his moments.
Last season, Miles had a moment of immaturity when he couldn't take responsibility for his own actions during LSU's game in Oxford.
Trailing by two points and facing a 4th and 26 with nine seconds left at Ole Miss from the 48 yard line, Jordan Jefferson throws a bomb to Terrance Tolliver in triple-coverage, giving LSU a 1st and goal from the Rebels' six yard line with one second left on the clock.
With no time outs, Jefferson tries to spike the ball, only to have the clock run out and break the Rebels' four-game losing streak to LSU.
Though being caught on camera telling Jefferson to spike the ball, Miles lied by claiming he had no idea who called the spike and said his team should have ran an offensive play.
1. Mike Gundy is a man
The date is Sept. 22, 2007. Oklahoma State has just finished a great game by defeating Texas Tech 49-44 in a game that had 1,328 yards of total offense.
During the postgame press conference, Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy heads to the podium and rather than taking questions about the game, he looks directly at Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson and rants about what she wrote following Oklahoma State's loss at Troy the week before, focusing on former Poke quarterback Bobby Reid.
I for one thought Gundy did a great job standing up for his quarterback, but many just think he's yelling over spilt milk. To each their own.
I think the video pretty much sums it up.