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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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown by Knowshon Moreno with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 against the St. Louis Rams at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Ra
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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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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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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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    COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts to a call against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines reacts while playing the Wisconson Badgers at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wisconsin won the game 48-28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Ima
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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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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 10: Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 of the Chicago White Sox watches as his team takes on the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on August 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 12-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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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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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis argues a call during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Rex Ryan, head couch of the New York Jets walks off the field at the end of a game against the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated the
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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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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots gives instructions against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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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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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos looks at the scoreboard in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts during NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts won 27-1
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks complains to a referee during the game with the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  Seattle won 36-18. (Photo by Stephe
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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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    INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3,
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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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    MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  Head coach Tim Floyd of the USC Trojans coaches against the Boston College Eagles during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minn
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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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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 1:  Head coach Mike Price of the Washington State University Cougars during the 89th Rose Bowl against the University of Oklahoma Sooners on January 1, 2003  at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  Price moved on to coach for Ala
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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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    MIAMI - APRIL 15:  Isiah Thomas talks to the media after he was introduced as the new head coach for Florida International Univeristy men's basketball team at U.S.Century Bank Arena on April 15, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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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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    BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Gary Barnett of the Colorado Buffaloes looks up at the clock during a loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 25, 2005 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.  Nebraska upset Colorado 30-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/G
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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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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Head Coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans during warm up against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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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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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by
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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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    10 Oct 1998: Head coach John Blake of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on during the game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Sooners 34-3.
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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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    MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 18: Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson of the Milwaukee Bucks watches as the Bucks take on the Chicago Bulls on February 18, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 113-104. NOTE TO USER: User expr
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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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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 12:  John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives   instructions to his team during the game against East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Rupp Arena on November 12, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/G
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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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    DALLAS - MARCH 13:  Head coach Dave Bliss of the Baylor Bears looks on against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the Phillips 66 Big XII Championships at American Airlines Center on March 13, 2003 in Dallas, Texas.  The Red Raiders won 68-65.  (Photo by B
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    His role in the Baylor men's basketball scandal is both jaw-dropping and shocking.