Josh McDaniels and the 20 Sleaziest Coaches Who Are Bad for Sports

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2010

Josh McDaniels and the 20 Sleaziest Coaches Who Are Bad for Sports

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    Josh McDaniels has received his punishment.

    The Denver Broncos coach and the team have each been fined $50,000 each by the NFL after the team reported that a staff member illegally videotaped a San Francisco 49ers practice in October.

    McDaniels' punishment has already drawn criticism, with some saying he got off too easy. Others have pointed out that McDaniels is following in the footsteps of his mentor—New England coach Bill Belichick—who was caught doing the same thing.

    It's certainly not appropriate, but just how sleazy is it? Coaches have conducted themselves inappropriately for decades, and their programs and teams have suffered.

    Former Indiana men's basketball coach Bobby Knight was always in the headlines for this. Pete Rose was banned from baseball after betting on games as the Cincinnati Reds manager.

    Others are still in this group. Here are the 20 sleaziest coaches who are bad for sports:

20. Steve Spurrier

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    The South Carolina coach used to run up the score all the time when he coached the Florida Gators.

    He took shots at all their rivals from Florida State ("Free Shoes University") to Tennessee ("You can't spell Citrus without UT").

19. Bobby Petrino

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    The Arkansas coach has to be thrown on here.

    In 2007, he resigned just 13 games into his first season as the Atlanta Falcons coach to go back to college as the University of Arkansas head coach.

18. Rich Rodriguez

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    Like Petrino, the former West Virginia coach made headlines when he left to become Michigan's head coach in 2007.

    He got an additional $500,000 per year, but has been under fire since his first year. He hasn't yet returned the Wolverines to prominence.

17. Ozzie Guillen

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    The White Sox manager has always been in the spotlight for his behavior and comments, including a recent one about Asian players receiving preferential treatment over Latin players.

    "I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one," Guillen said in August. "I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?

    "Don't take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid...go to the minor leagues, good luck.

    "Good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."

16. Charlie Weis

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    It's pretty sleazy anytime you throw out rumors and accusations that have zero credibility.

    That's what the former Notre Dame coach did in 2009 with USC's Pete Carroll.

    Said Weis: "Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news.

    "He's doing it in Malibu and it's not national news. What's the difference? I don't understand. Why is it OK for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I'm scrutinized when I swear. I'm sorry for swearing; absolve my sins."

15. Rex Ryan

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    He is pretty colorful, but the New York Jets coach has also drawn criticism for his foul language.

14. Bill Belichick

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    He's one of the NFL's legendary coaches, but he's been caught videotaping as well.

    He was also accused by former players of urging them to play with concussions.

13. Josh McDaniels

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    The Broncos coach certainly hasn't turned the team around.

    The videotaping incident is out of the norm for one of the NFL's classiest franchises.

12. Pete Carroll

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    Seems a little funny that Carroll decided to leave USC for the NFL right before the NCAA handed down its punishment regarding former running back Reggie Bush.

11. Bob Huggins

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    He's built a great program at West Virginia.

    But the former Cincinnati men's basketball coach gained quite a reputation during his 16 years at the school, including a DUI arrest in 2004, NCAA sanctions and a zero percent graduation rate.

10. Tim Floyd

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    He left USC as the men's basketball coach in June 2009, following allegations that he gave money to a handler of former Trojans star O.J. Mayo.

    Floyd is now coaching at UTEP.

9. Mike Price

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    After being hired from Washington State in December 2002, Price didn't even coach a game at Alabama.

    He was fired in May 2003, following a trip to a Pensacola, Fla., strip club.

    Price is now the head football coach at UTEP.

8. Isiah Thomas

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    Now the Florida International men's basketball coach, Thomas made headlines as a New York Knicks executive in 2006 when he was sued for sexual harassment by an employee.

    Madison Square Garden was eventually forced to pay the woman $11.6 million, and Thomas was replaced by Donnie Walsh.

7. Gary Barnett

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    He's not coaching right now, but Barnett won't be forgotten following his time as the head coach at the University of Colorado.

    His tenure ended in controversy, including six players being accused of rape.

6. Lane Kiffin

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    To come to a powerhouse program like Tennessee, talk trash about opposing coaches, then jump ship a year later for USC isn't going to win you many fans.

5. Bruce Pearl

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    The Tennessee men's basketball coach was suspended to begin the season following blatant recruiting violations.

4. John Blake

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    Blake resigned as an assistant football coach at North Carolina, after his name was linked to a sports agent.

    Former players testified that he also acted the same way during his tenure at the University of Oklahoma.

3. Kelvin Sampson

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    Once a beloved figure, Sampson left Oklahoma and Indiana facing major NCAA recruiting violations.

    He is now an assistant coach in the NBA. 

2. John Calipari

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    Controversy has followed him everywhere he's been, from UMass to Memphis and at Kentucky.

1. Dave Bliss

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    His role in the Baylor men's basketball scandal is both jaw-dropping and shocking.