College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Bottom 10 BCS Coaches

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2011

College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Bottom 10 BCS Coaches

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    The top coaches in college football are almost like celebrities.

    Nick Saban, Les Miles, Bob Stoops and Mack Brown are rock stars wherever they go.

    But not all coaches in D-1 football are so lucky.

    There are plenty of coaches that are simply not getting the job done. Whether it's poor recruiting, bad game management or awful personnel—scores of coaches are unable to win at the highest collegiate level.

    Here are the 10 worst coaches currently in D-1 college football.

10. Rob Ianello- Akron

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    Ianello's inaugural season at the helm in Akron was not quite good.

    How bad was it?

    1-11 bad.

    The Zips had the lowest Saragin rating of any team in D-1A, ranking below perennial dwellers such as Southeastern Louisiana and Georgia State.

    Nowhere to go but up for Ianello.

9. Mike MacIntyre – San Jose State

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    How bad is San Diego St. when they think hiring the defensive coordinator of Duke is a good idea?

    MacIntyre went 1-10 in his first season in charge and endured drubbings to the tune of 48-3 and 48-0.

    The Spartans are pretty awful away from the field as well. According to the NCAA, the team currently has the lowest graduation success rate in the WAC.

8. Houston Nutt- Mississippi

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    This is one bad coach that doesn't come cheap.

    You thought his 4-8 record in 2010 was bad?

    His $625,000 ‘cost-per-win’ was the highest in the SEC. This comes as the state of Mississippi has announced reductions in funding for higher education.

7. Rick Neuheisel- UCLA

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    He's had scandals at Colorado and at Washington in the past involving playing ineligible players and gambling on the NCAA tournament. Colorado had to vacate all of their wins in the 1997 season.

    In three years at the helm for UCLA he has two 4-8 seasons with a 7-6 season sandwiched in between. The Bruins have become irrelevant in the national scene and will be stuck there with Neuheisel at the helm.

6. Jim Grobe- Wake Forest

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    He has been the head honcho for the last 10 seasons and has never really made Wake Forest into much more than a mid-level ACC team.

    His record at Wake is 62-60, which isn’t terrible until you realize he has a 32-48 mark against the rest of the ACC.

    He was only able to go 33-33-1 in five years at Ohio University.

    Mediocrity has followed Grobe throughout his 15 years as a head coach in college football.

5. Paul Wulff- Washington St.

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    What can you say about a guy that has the lowest winning percentage (.135) of all Washington State head football coaches?

    A guy who has won five games in the last three years with two of them coming against FCS (formerly Division I-AA) schools.

    The 5-32 record of Wulff is just plain atrocious.

4. Larry Porter- Memphis

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    Porter was a terrific assistant coach for the LSU Tigers, but had a quick trip back to reality as head coach.

    In Porter's first year in charge, Memphis went 1-11 in 2010 and were winless in Conference USA play. He somehow regressed from a 2-10 season in 2009. Their lone victory was against Middle Tennessee St.

    Porter has a ton of work to do if he wants to get off this list.

3. David Cutcliffe- Duke

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    Cutcliffe has done little to turn around the losing culture that suffocates the Blue Devils football team.

    He was awarded with a two-year contract extension at the conclusion of the 2008 after leading his team to a four win season.

    Duke won three games in 2010 as Cutcliffe his team back in the ACC basement. Overall the Blue Devils are 12-24 under the guidance of Cutcliffe.

2. Bill Stewart- West Virginia

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    Just looking at his record makes you think he is a pretty solid coach. Three seasons of 9-4 is certainly not the worst thing in the world for Mountaineer fans.

    But it's his uninspiring demeanor that makes you think he will never lead a WVU team to a better record.

    Rich Rodriguez built a powerhouse at WVU and Stewart has lost it. Stewart has had enough success to justify keeping him around—but he will never guide West Virginia any further.

    It's a terrible situation to be in for Mountaineer fans that want more than a mid-level Bowl game year after year.

    Oh, and did I mention his 8-25 record as head coach at VMI?

1. Bill Lynch- Indiana

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    He’s been coaching for 33 years and is an inductee in the state’s Football Hall of Fame.
    Too bad Lynch has done little to help the Indiana football team.
    Indiana isn’t likely to ever be a major football power, but there is no reason for them to be as terrible as they are right now.
    Lynch essentially inherited the job in 2007 after the tragic illness and eventual death of Terry Hoeppner.
    After a 7-6 inaugural season, Lynch quickly crashed down to earth. His next two seasons have been 3-9 and 4-8, and as many of those wins (two) have come against FCS teams as BCS schools (and those BCS wins hardly count because they were only over Northwestern and Illinois). He only has one road win in those two years as well.
    Last years 5-7 mark is considered a “improvement”.
    Lynch is not making any progress with the team… and it’s hard to imagine that he ever will.