The Greatest Coaches in College Football History (part 2)

Woody Hayes

Hayes is the face of Ohio State football due to his achievement during 28 years in Columbus. He has the longest tenure of any Buckeyes football coach, winning five national championships, 13 Big Ten titles and went 16-11-1 against archrival Michigan. He also trained running back Archie Griffin, who is the two-time Heisman Trophy winner. However, his legacy went sadly by the ended as he was fired by OSU on Dec. 30, 1978, after he struck a Clemson player who intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter of the Gator Bowl. The man had also verbally assaulted a referee and hit one of his own players who tried to intervene.

Bud Wilkinson

Wilkinson became head coach when he was 31 years old but he quickly turned Oklahoma into a national power. As appointed as head coach, he proved himself quickly by taking his first three Sooners teams to the Sugar Bowl. OU even won a record 47 consecutive games from 1953-57 under Wilkinson’s leadership, three national championships, 14 Big 8 titles and had four undefeated seasons in 17 short seasons.

Pop Warner

Pop Warner is associated with youth football with a long and successful coaching career at seven schools from the East Coast to the West Coast, from Pittsburgh to Stanford, Temple to Iowa State. His achievements include four national championships (three at Pitt, one at Stanford), three Rose Bowl appearances. He also nurtured some of the sport’s most famous players like Jim Thorpe. He was a strategist and innovator, using unique formations with tons of misdirection plays.  

Tom Osborne

During 25 years career of coaching at Nebraska, Osbourne never failed to lead a team that finished the season unranked. Among the clubs that he coached, 12 won Big 8 titles and 3 won national championships. He made his name legendary by forging one of the greatest programs in college football history.