Big 12 is full of iconic football coaches

So why is the league so putrid in 2013? Have these Rushmore coaches overstayed their welcome?
by Berry Tramel Modified: October 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013
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And Snyder in Manhattan remains the greatest college football story ever told.

“He's done a remarkable job,” said Gundy, whose last season as an OSU quarterback intersected with Snyder's first as the KSU coach. “He has a core system that he believes in. It's the same now (as) it was in 1990. The people change, but his philosophy, from an outsider looking in, hasn't changed at all.”

The Big 12 is down. But coaching, at least from these veterans, is not the problem.

 

BIG 12 COACHING ICONS

At least half the Big 12 has either an iconic coach or a coach who is headed for that status on campus. A look at each school's historical hierarchy

BAYLOR

Biggest winner: Grant Teaff, 1972-91, 128-105-6, .548.

Closing in: Well, he's got a ways to go. Art Briles, 2008-13, 36-30, .545.

Worth noting: Morley Jennings, 1926-40, 83-60-6, .577.

IOWA STATE

Biggest winner: Dan McCarney, 1995-2006, 56-85, .397.

No. 2 on the list: Clay Stapleton, 1958-67, 42-53-4, .444.

Worth noting: ISU's best coach probably has been Earle Bruce, 1973-78, 36-32, .529.

KANSAS

Biggest winner: Bert Kennedy, 1904-1910, 53-9-4, .833.

Almost made it: Mark Mangino, 2002-09, 50-48, .510.

Worth noting: The basketball list is a little more impressive.

KANSAS STATE

Biggest winner: Bill Snyder, 1989-2005, 2009-13, 172-87-1, .663.

No. 2 on the list: Mike Ahearn, 1905-1910, 39-12, .765.

Worth noting: Before Snyder, Pappy Waldorf probably was KSU's best coach. He won the Big Six in 1934, his lone year in Manhattan.

OKLAHOMA

Biggest winner: Barry Switzer, 1973-88, 157-29-4, .837.

Closing in: Bob Stoops, 1999-2013, 153-37, .805.

Worth noting: Bennie Owen, 1905-26, 122-54-16, .677; Bud Wilkinson, 1947-63, 145-29-4, .826.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Biggest winner: Mike Gundy, 2005-13, 70-36, .660.

Just passed: Pat Jones, 1984-94, 62-60-3, .508.

Worth noting: Gundy coaching OSU's golden era, replacing Jim Lookabaugh (1939-49, 58-41-6, .581.).

TEXAS

Biggest winner: Darrell Royal, 1957-76, 167-47-5, .774.

Closing in: Mack Brown, 1998-2013, 152-45, .772.

Worth noting: UT's No. 3 coach? D.X. Bible, 1937-46, 63-31-3, .665

TCU

Biggest winner: Gary Patterson, 2000-13, 118-38, .756.

Just passed: Dutch Meyer, 1934-52, 109-79-13, .575.

Worth noting: TCU's No. 3 coach? Abe Martin, 1953-66, 74-67-7, .534.

TEXAS TECH

Biggest winner: Mike Leach, 2000-09, 84-43, .661.

Just passed: Spike Dykes, 1986-99, 82-67-1, .550.

Worth noting: Tech's No. 3 coach? Pete Cawthon, 1930-40, 76-32-6, .693.

WEST VIRGINIA

Biggest winner: Don Nehlen, 1980-2000, 149-93-4, .614.

No. 2 on the list: Rich Rodriguez, 2001-07, 60-26, .698.

Best percentage: Since 1930, Bill Stewart, 2007-10, 28-12, .700.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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