College Football 2011: Lane Kiffin and 4 Coaches Fans Will Hate No Matter What
College football is full of legendary coaches, but it's also full of coaches you love to hate.
Whether the hate comes from jealously, rivalry or crazy scandals that have marred their resumes, certain coaches in the college game are going to draw boos everywhere they go.
There are a lot of quality candidates for the most hated head coaches, but some have crossed the point of no return.
Here are five college football coaches that fans will hate no matter what.
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Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is a new member of the fan-hater club and is certainly the angriest one of the bunch.
Pelini made a national name for himself when he shredded his quarterback Taylor Martinez with decisive anger on the sidelines last year. Martinez contemplated quitting the team after that incident and fans have been hating Pelini ever since.
Pelini caused a lot of drama in Nebraska's Big 12 farewell season last year and evoked a barrage of criticism for many of his aggressive coaching decisions. He's in the Big Ten now and it won't be long before fans are crying about Pelini in that conference.
Look for this volcanic head coach on the sidelines for the foreseeable college football future.
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UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is infamous for his brutally honest press conferences and childish quips after losses, making him hated almost everywhere he coaches.
He's been all around the Pac-12 conference and even led Washington to the Rose Bowl one year. But Neuheisel rubs a lot of people the wrong way with his comments and style of recruiting. "Slick Rick" has pulled some major stunts in his career.
He may be the first coach in recent memory to be unceremoniously fired from his alma mater before this season is over. UCLA is located in a recruiting hot bed and somehow Neuheisel hasn't found a quality quarterback to lead his team.
Rick Neuheisel is a common enemy anywhere he goes.
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After the Atlanta Falcons debacle in 2007, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was officially labeled the biggest scumbag in coaching.
Petrino has proven to be one of the least trustworthy coaches in the country. It started with the Auburn incident, where he seemingly promised Auburn he'd replace Tommy Tuberville, only to jet off at the last second.
He left Louisville to coach the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Amidst a horrid season, Petrino left the team completely unannounced with three games to go and was seen the next day singing the Arkansas fight song.
That didn't sit too well with people in the NFL, who have since gone on record to say that Petrino is the most classless coach they've seen.
Unfortunately for Petrino, no matter how good of a coach he is (he's quite an offensive mastermind), it's impossible to save face after incidents like that with fans. He'll be on this list for quite some time.
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Despite Alabama head coach Nick Saban's roaring college success, his cold personality and volatile relationship with players has drawn a lot of hate from college football fans.
Saban has been around for a long time, winning national championships at LSU and Alabama. The hate wasn't as strong when he coached at LSU, but Saban sparked a whole new wave of criticism following his departure from the Miami Dolphins in 2007.
He famously delivered his "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" speech shortly before accepting the coaching position at Alabama. Not exactly the best way to come back into the SEC.
Admittedly, much of the hate comes from jealousy of Saban's success as a coach. He has built an empire at Alabama, a school that regularly pumps out NFL talent.
Nevertheless, Nick Saban rubs everybody the wrong way and other teams let him have it when they get the chance to.
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For whatever reason, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will always be hated amongst all forms of football fans for as long as he coaches.
Kiffin has had a whirlwind coaching career at the tender age of 36. In 2007, he was hired by the Raiders as the youngest head coach in NFL history. Raiders owner Al Davis couldn't throw him out the door fast enough.
Kiffin's next spat transpired at Tennessee, where Kiffin spent a year ticking off every major opponent in the SEC. He accused Florida's Urban Meyer of recruiting violations in his first press conference.
Not only was he wrong, but it was found that Kiffin was the one doing the cheating.
For his next trick, Kiffin bolted Tennessee for USC, but not before stealing some coaches and high-ranking athletic people first. There hasn't been a riot that big in Knoxville since Peyton Manning went pro.
All this guy does is make people angry. He has been a fairly decent coach, but he talks like a guy who has won 12 national titles.
Things are no different this season. Kiffin told the media that he thought his team was horrible following a 17-14 victory and that they had no playmakers on offense. No playmakers at USC? Give me a break.
Who knows what he will do with USC, but he owns the title of the most hated coach in college football without much of a contest.