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College football hires: Where the coaches comes from

by Berry Tramel Modified: January 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014

According to Berry Tramel, Oklahoma State has the best track record of hiring assistants as head coaches. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
According to Berry Tramel, Oklahoma State has the best track record of hiring assistants as head coaches. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here.

I also listed the five schools with the best track record of hiring assistant coaches to be head coach — and the five schools with the best track record of hiring head coaches to be head coach. But I had the data for every major-conference school, and I thought I would share it.

Here’s what I did. I went back to every hire since roughly World War II. I made some judgment calls. If a coach was hired before the war but coached well after the war — Gen. Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Wally Butts at Georgia, Jim Lookabaugh at OSU — I included him. If a coach came in in 1945 and coached a year or two, I mostly ignored him.

Remarkably, I found the previous employer of every coach on this list except one — Pitt’s John Michelosen, who coached Pitt from 1955 through 1965. I found some of his previous history, but I never could figure out what he was doing in 1954. Probably coaching in the NFL, but I couldn’t be sure.

Anyway, I thought this was fantastic information, because it can be used so many ways. Which I intend to in the next few days. Who’s had the most stable environment for head coaches? Which school has lost the most assistants to head coaching jobs? What’s been the most prolific stepping stone job? Funny job switches over the years.

All kinds of interesting topics, and I tend to get to them in the next few days. But first, I thought I’d just give you the data, ranking the schools from most likely to hire an assistant coach to be head coach, to least likely.

It’s a great tour through post-war college football history. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll see all kinds of names you once knew but forgot about it. Pepper Rodgers from Kansas, UCLA and Georgia Tech. John Pont at Indiana and Alex Agase at Purdue. Bo Rein at North Carolina State and, tragically, LSU. John Ralston at Stanford. Pete Elliott, the former Bud Wilkinson lieutenant, at Nebraska, California, Illinois and Miami. Forest Evashevski at Iowa.

You can look at coaches’ strange circles. Paul Dietzel going from LSU to Army to South Carolina. Bill Curry from Georgia Tech to Alabama to Kentucky. Wes Fesler from Pitt to Ohio State to Minnesota.

You can look at oddities, like Stanford’s amazing affinity for NFL coaches and how Notre Dame isn’t the only school to hire a high school coach.

Well, there’s a bunch you can look for. But I’ll get you started by just listing the schools. For OU and OSU, I went way back in time. And I didn’t make note of several coaches who had been head coaches at one time but were assistants when hired at certain jobs:

*-denotes sat out one season before being hired;

**-denotes sitting out multiple seasons before being hired;

OKLAHOMA STATE 91.7 percent

Mike Gundy 2005 Oklahoma State assistant

Les Miles 2001 Dallas Cowboys assistant

Bob Simmons 1995 Colorado assistant

Pat Jones 1984 Oklahoma State assistant

Jimmy Johnson 1979 Pitt assistant

Jim Stanley 1976 Oklahoma State assistant

Dave Smith 1972 Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant

Floyd Gass 1969 Austin College

Phil Cutchin 1963 Alabama assistant

Cliff Speegle 1955 Edmonton Eskimos assistant

J.B. Whitworth 1950 Georgia assistant

Jim Lookabaugh 1939 Capitol Hill High School

Ted Cox 1936 Tulane

Albert Exendine 1934 Oklahoma State assistant

Pappy Waldorf 1929 Kansas assistant

John Maulbetsch 1921 Phillips

 

SYRACUSE 88.9 percent

Scott Shaffer 2013 Syracuse assistant

Doug Marrone 2009 New Orleans Saints assistant

Greg Robinson 2005 Texas assistant

Paul Pasqualoni 1991 Syracuse assistant

Dick MacPherson 1981 Cleveland Browns assistant

Frank Maloney 1974 Michigan assistant

Ben Schwartzwalder 1949 Muhlenberg

Reaves Baysinger 1947 Syracuse assistant

Biggie Munn 1946 Michigan assistant

 

OKLAHOMA 85 percent

Bob Stoops 1999 Florida assistant

John Blake 1996 Dallas Cowboys assistant

Howard Schnellenberger 1995 Louisville

Gary Gibbs 1989 Oklahoma assistant

Barry Switzer 1973 Oklahoma assistant

Chuck Fairbanks 1967 Oklahoma assistant

Jim Mackenzie 1966 Arkansas assistant

Gomer Jones 1964 Oklahoma assistant

Bud Wilkinson 1947 Oklahoma assistant

Jim Tatum 1946 Iowa Pre-Flight

Snorter Luster 1941 New York Giants assistant

Tom Stidham 1937 Oklahoma assistant

Biff Jones 1935 LSU

Lewie Hardage 1932 Vanderbilt assistant

Adrian Lindsey 1927 Bethany (KS)

Bennie Owen 1905 Bethany (KS)

 

GEORGIA 83.3 percent

Mark Richt 2001 Florida State assistant

Jim Donnan 1996 Marshall

Ray Goff 1989 Georgia assistant

Vince Dooley 1964 Auburn assistant

Johnny Griffith 1961 Georgia assistant

Wally Butts 1939 Georgia assistant

 

WEST VIRGINIA 81.8 percent

Dana Holgorsen 2011 Oklahoma State assistant

Bill Stewart 2007 West Virginia assistant

Rich Rodriguez 2001 Clemson assistant

Don Nehlen 1980 Michigan assistant

Frank Cignetti 1976 West Virginia assistant

Bobby Bowden 1970 West Virginia assistant

Jim Carlen 1966 Georgia Tech assistant

Gene Corum 1960 West Virginia assistant

Art Lewis 1950 Mississippi State assistant

Dudley DeGroot 1948 Los Angeles Dons

Bill Kern 1940 Carnegie Tech

 

KANSAS STATE 77.8 percent

Bill Snyder 2009 retired

Ron Prince 2006 Virginia assistant

Bill Snyder 1989 Iowa assistant

Stan Parrish 1986 Marshall

Jim Dickey 1979 North Carolina assistant

Ellis Rainsberger 1975 Wisconsin assistant

Vince Gibson 1967 Tennessee assistant

Doug Weaver 1960 Missouri assistant

Bus Mertes 1955 Kansas State assistant

 

VANDERBILT 78.6 percent

James Franklin 2011 Maryland assistant

Robbie Caldwell 2010 Vanderbilt assistant

Bobby Johnson 2002 Furman

Woody Widenhofer 1995 Vanderbilt assistant

Rod Dowhower 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant

Gerry DiNardo 1991 Colorado assistant

Watson Brown 1986 Rice

George MacIntyre 1979 Ole Miss assistant

Fred Pancoast 1975 Memphis

Steve Sloan 1973 Georgia Tech assistant

Bill Pace 1967 Arkansas assistant

John Green 1963 Florida assistant

Arthur Guepe 1953 Virginia assistant

Bill Edwards 1949 Cleveland Browns assistant

 

NORTHWESTERN 72.7 percent

Pat Fitzgerald, 2006, Northwestern assistant

Randy Walker, 1999, Miami-Ohio

GaryBarnett,1992, Colorado assistant

Francis Peay, 1986, Northwestern assistant

Dennis Green, 1981, Stanford assistant

Rick Venturi, 1978, Illinois assistant

John Pont, 1973, Indiana

Alex Agase, 1964, Northwestern assistant

Ara Parseghian, 1956, Miami-Ohio

Lou Saban, 1955, Washington assistant

Bob Voigts, 1947, Cleveland Browns assistant

 

VIRGINIA TECH 71.4 percent

Frank Beamer 1987 Murray State

Bill Dooley 1978 North Carolina

Jimmy Sharpe 1974 Alabama assistant

Charlie Coffey 1971 Arkansas assistant

Jerry Claiborne 1960 Alabama assistant

Frank Moseley 1951 Kentucky assistant

Robert McNeish 1948 Navy assistant

 

CALIFORNIA 69.2 percent

Sonny Dykes 2012 Louisiana Tech

Jeff Tedford 2002 Oregon assistant

Tom Holmoe 1997 California assistant

Steve Mariucci 1996 Green Bay Packers assistant

Keith Gilbertson 1992 Washington assistant

Bruce Snyder 1987 Los Angeles Rams assistant

Joe Kapp 1982 non-football

Roger Theder 1978 California assistant

Mike White 1972 Stanford assistant

Ray Willsey 1964 NFL assistant

Marv Levy 1960 New Mexico

Pete Elliott 1957 Nebraska

Pappy Waldorf 1947 Northwestern

 

BAYLOR 66.7 percent

Art Briles 2008 Houston

Guy Morriss 2003 Kentucky

Kevin Steele 1999 Carolina Panthers assistant

Dave Roberts 1997 Notre Dame assistant

Chuck Reedy 1993 Baylor assistant

Grant Teaff 1972 Angelo State

Bill Beall 1969 LSU assistant

John Bridgers 1959 Baltimore Colts assistant

Sam Boyd 1956 Baylor assistant

 

WAKE FOREST 64.2 percent

Dave Clawson 2014 Bowling Green

Jim Grobe 2001 Ohio

Jim Caldwell 1993 Penn State assistant

Bill Dooley 1987 Virginia Tech

Al Groh 1981 Texas Tech assistant

John Mackovic 1978 Purdue assistant

Chuck Mills 1973 Utah State

Tom Harper 1972 Wake Forest assistant

Cal Stoll 1969 Michigan State assistant

Bill Tate 1964 Illinois assistant

Billy Hildebrand 1960 Wake Forest assistant

Paul Amen 1956 Army assistant

Tom Rogers 1951 Wake Forest assistant

Peahead Walker 1937 Elon

 

UTAH 63.6 percent

Kyle Whittingham 2005 Utah assistant

Urban Meyer 2003 Bowling Green

Ron McBride 1990 Arizona assistant

Jim Fassel 1985 New Orleans Breakers assistant

Chuck Stobart 1982 Toledo

Wayne Howard 1977 Long BeachState

Tom Lovat 1974 Utah assistant

Bill Meek 1968 Army assistant

Mike Giddings 1966 Southern Cal assistant

Ray Nagel 1958 UCLA assistant

Jack Curtice 1950 Texas-El Paso

 

TEXAS TECH 63.6 percent

Kliff Kingsbury 2013 Texas A&M assistant

Tommy Tuberville 2010 Auburn*

Mike Leach 2000 Oklahoma assistant

Spike Dykes 1987 Tech assistant

David McWilliams 1986 Texas assistant

Jerry Moore 1981 North Texas

Rex Dockery 1977 Tech assistant

Steve Sloan 1975 Vanderbilt

Jim Carlen 1970 West Virginia

J.T. King 1961 Tech assistant

DeWitt Weaver 1951 Tulsa assistant

 

NEBRASKA 62.5 percent

Bo Pelini 2008 LSU assistant

Bill Callahan 2004 Oakland Raiders

Frank Solich 1998 Nebraska assistant

Tom Osborne 1973 Nebraska assistant

Bob Devaney 1962 Wyoming

Bill Jennings 1957 Nebraska assistant

Pete Elliott 1956 Oklahoma assistant

Bill Glassford 1949 New Hampshire

 

FLORIDA STATE 62.5 percent

Jimbo Fisher 2010 Florida State assistant

Bobby Bowden 1976 West Virginia

Darrell Mudra 1974 Western Illinois

Larry Jones 1971 Tennessee assistant

Bill Peterson 1960 LSU assistant

Perry Moss 1959 Wisconsin assistant

Tom Nugent 1953 VMI

Don Veller 1948 Indiana assistant

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE 61.5 percent

Dan Mullen 2009 Florid assistant

Sylvester Croom 2004 Green Bay Packers assistant

Jackie Sherrill 1991 Texas A&M**

Rockey Felker 1986 Alabama assistant

Emory Bellard 1979 Texas A&M

Bob Tyler 1973 MississippiState assistant

Charles Shira 1967 Texas assistant

Paul Davis 1962 MississippiState assistant

Wade Walker 1956 MississippiState assistant

Darrell Royal 1954 Edmonton Eskimos

Murray Warmath 1952 Army assistant

Slick Morton 1949 VMI

Allyn McKeen 1939 Memphis

 

WASHINGTON STATE 61.5 percent

Mike Leach 2012 Texas Tech**

Paul Wulff 2008 Eastern Washington

Bill Doba 2003 Washington State assistant

Mike Price 1989 WeberS tate

Dennis Erickson 1987 Wyoming

Jim Walden 1978 Washington State assistant

Warren Powers 1977 Nebraska assistant

Jackie Sherrill 1976 Pittsburgh assistant

Jim Sweeney 1968 Montana State

Bert Clark 1964 Washington assistant

Jim Sutherland 1958 Washington assistant

Al Kircher 1952 Michigan State assistant

Forest Evashevski 1950 Washington State assistant

 

PITTSBURGH 61.1 percent

Paul Chryst 2012 Wisconsin assistant

Todd Graham 2011 Tulsa

Dave Wannstedt 2005 Miami Dolphins

Walt Harris 1997 Ohio State assistant

Johnny Majors 1993 Tennessee

Paul Hackett 1989 Pittsburgh assistant

Mike Gottfried 1986 Kansas

Foge Fazio 1982 Pittsburgh assistant

Jackie Sherrill 1977 Washington State

Johnny Majors 1973 Iowa State

Carl DePasqua 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers assistant

Dave Hart 1966 Navy assistant

John Michelosen 1955 assistant

Red Dawson 1952 Michigan State assistant*

Tom Hamilton 1951 Pittsburgh administrator

Len Casanova 1950 Santa Clara

Mike Milligan 1947 Pittsburgh assistant

Wes Fesler 1946 Princeton assistant

 

OREGON 60 percent

Mark Helfrich 2013 Oregon assistant

Chip Kelly 2009 Oregon assistant

Mike Bellotti 1995 Oregon assistant

Rich Brooks 1977 UCLA assistant

Don Read 1974 Portland State**

Dick Enright 1972 Oregon assistant

Jerry Frei 1967 Oregon assistant

Len Casanova 1951 Pittsburgh

Jim Aiken 1947 Nevada

Tex Oliver 1938 Arizona

 

STANFORD 60 percent

David Shaw 2011 Stanford assistant

Jim Harbaugh 2007 San Diego

Walt Harris 2005 Pittsburgh

Buddy Teevens 2002 Florida assistant

Tyrone Willingham 1995 Minnesota Vikings assistant

Dennis Green 1989 San Francisco 49ers assistant

Jack Elway 1984 San Jose State

Paul Wiggin 1980 New Orleans Saints assistant

Rod Dowhower 1979 Stanford assistant

Bill Walsh 1977 San Diego Chargers assistant

Jack Christiansen 1972 Stanford assistant

John Ralston 1963 Utah State

Jack Curtice 1958 Utah

Chuck Taylor 1951 San Francisco 49ers assistant

Marchmont Schwartz 1942 Stanford assistant

 

OLE MISS 60 percent

Hugh Freeze 2012 ArkansasState

Houston Nutt 2008 Arkansas

Ed Orgeron 2005 Southern Cal assistant

David Cutcliffe 1998 Tennesee assistant

Tommy Tuberville 1995 Texas A&M assistant

Billy Brewer 1983 Louisiana Tech

Steve Sloan 1978 Texas Tech

Ken Cooper 1974 Ole Miss assistant

Billy Kinard 1971 Arkansas assistant

John Vaught 1947 Ole Miss assistant

 

TCU 60 percent

Gary Patterson 2000 TCU assistant

Dennis Franchione 1998 New Mexico

Pat Sullivan 1992 Auburn assistant

Jim Wacker 1983  Texas State

F.A. Dry 1977 Tulsa

Jim Shofner 1974 San Francisco 49ers assistant

Billy Tohill 1972 TCU assistant

Jim Pittman 1971 Tulane

Fred Taylor 1967 TCU assistant

Abe Martin 1953 TCU assistant

 

ILLINOIS 59.1 percent

Tim Beckman, 2012, Toledo

Ron Zook, 2005, Florida

Ron Turner, 1997, Chicago Bears assistant

Lou Tepper, 1991, Illinois assistant

John Mackovic, 1988, Kansas City Chiefs*

Mike White, 1980, San Francisco 49ers assistant

Gary Moeller, 1977, Michigan assistant

Bob Blackman, 1971, Dartmouth

Jim Valek, 1967, South Carolina assistant

Pete Elliot,1960, California

Ray Eliot,1942, Illinois assistant

 

UCLA 59.1 percent

Jim Mora Jr. 2012 Seattle Seahawks**

Rick Neuheisel 2008 Baltimore Ravens assistant

Karl Dorrell 2003 Denver Broncos assistant

Bob Toledo 1996 UCLA assistant

Terry Donahue 1976 UCLA assistant

Dick Vermeil 1974 Los Angeles Rams assistant

Pepper Rodgers 1971 Kansas

Tommy Prothro 1965 Oregon State

Bill Barnes 1958 UCLA assistant

Red Sanders 1949 Vanderbilt

Bert LaBrucherie 1945 Los Angeles High School

 

KENTUCKY 58.3 percent

Mark Stoops 2013 Florida State assistant

Joker Phillips 2010 Kentucky assistant

Rich Brooks 2003 Atlanta Falcons assistant**

Guy Morriss 2001 Kentucky assistant

Hal Mumme 1997 Valdosta State

Bill Curry 1990 Alabama

Jerry Claiborne 1982 Maryland

Fran Curci 1973 Miami

John Ray 1969 Notre Dame assistant

Charlie Bradshaw 1962 Alabama assistant

Blanton Collier 1954 Cleveland Browns assistant

Bear Bryant 1946 Maryland

 

LSU 58.3 percent

Les Miles 2005 Oklahoma State

Nick Saban 2000 Michigan State

Gerry DiNardo 1995 Vanderbilt

Curley Hallman 1991 Southern Miss

Mike Archer 1987 LSU assistant

Bill Arnsparger 1984 Miami Dolphins assistant

Jerry Stovall 1980 LSU assistant

Bo Rein 1980 North Carolina State

Charlie McClendon 1962 LSU assistant

Paul Dietzel 1955 Army assistant

Gaynell Tinsley 1948 LSU assistant

Bernie Moore 1935 LSU assistant

 

IOWASTATE 58.3 percent

Paul Rhoads 2009 Auburn assistant

Gene Chizik 2007 Texas assistant

Dan McCarney 1995 Iowa assistant

Jim Walden 1987 Washington State

Jim Criner 1983 Boise State

Donnie Duncan 1979 Oklahoma assistant

Earle Bruce 1973 Tampa

Johnny Majors 1968 Arkansas assistant

Clay Stapleton 1958 Oregon State assistant

Jim Myers 1957 UCLA assistant

Vince DiFranceca 1954 Western Illinois

Emmett Stuber 1947 Southeast Missouri State

VIRGINIA 58.3 percent

Mike London 2010 Richmond

Al Groh 2001 New York Jets

George Welsh 1982 Navy

Dick Bestwick 1976 Georgia Tech assistant

Sonny Randle 1974 East Carolina

Don Lawrence 1971 Virginia assistant

George Blackburn 1965 Virginia assistant

Bill Elias 1961 George Washington

Richard Voris 1958 Army assistant

Ben Martin 1956 Navy assistant

Ned McDonald 1953 Virginia assistant

Arthur Guepe 1946 Virginia assistant

 

BOSTON COLLEGE 57.7 percent

Steve Addazio 2013 Temple

Frank Spaziani 2009 Boston College assistant

Jeff Jagodzinksi 2007 Green Bay Packers assistant

Tom O’Brien 1997 Virginia assistant coach

Dan Henning 1994 Detroit Lions assistant

Tom Coughlin 1991 New York Giants assistant

Jack Bicknell 1981 Maine

Ed Chlebek 1978 Eastern Michigan

Joe Yukica 1968 New Hampshire

Jim Miller 1962 Detroit

Ernie Hefferle 1960 Washington Redskins assistant

Mike Holovak 1951 Boston College assistant

Denny Myers 1946 Brown assistant

 

CLEMSON 55.6 percent

Dabo Swinney 2008 Clemson assistant

Tommy Bowden 1999 Tulane

Tommy West 1993 Chattanooga

Ken Hatfield 1990 Arkansas

Danny Ford 1978 Clemson assistant

Charley Pell 1977 Clemson assistant

Red Parker 1973 The Citadel

Hootie Ingram 1970 Arkansas assistant

Frank Howard 1940 Clemson assistant

 

PURDUE 54.5 percent

Darrell Hazell 2013 Kent State

Danny Hope 2009 Purdue assistant

Joe Tiller 1997 Wyoming

Jim Colletto 1991 Ohio State assistant

Fred Akers 1987 Texas

Leon Burtnett 1982 Purdue assistant

Jim Young 1977 Arizona

Alex Agase 1973 Northwestern

Bob DeMoss 1970 Purdue assistant

Jack Mollenkopf 1956 Purdue assistant

Stu Holcomb 1947 Army assistant

 

SOUTHERN CAL 54.5 percent

Steve Sarkisian 2014 Washington

Lane Kiffin 2010 Tennessee

Pete Carroll 2001 New England Patriots*

Paul Hackett 1998 Kansas City Chiefs assistant

John Robinson 1993 Los Angeles Rams

Larry Smith 1987 Arizona

Ted Tollner 1983 Southern Cal assistant

John Robinson 1976 Oakland Raiders assistant

John McKay 1960 Southern Cal assistant

Don Clark 1957 Southern Cal assistant

Jeff Cravath 1942 Southern Cal assistant

 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 53.8 percent

Dave Doeren 2013 Northern Illinois

Tom O’Brien 2007 Boston College

Chuck Amato 2000 Florida State assistant

Mike O’Cain 1993 North Carolina State assistant

Dick Sheridan 1986 Furman

Tom Reed 1983 Miami-Ohio

Monte Kiffin 1980 Arkansas assistant

Bo Rein 1976 Arkansas assistant

Lou Holtz 1972 William & Mary

Al Michaels 1971 North Carolina State assistant

Earle Edwards 1954 MichiganState assistant

Horace Hendrickson 1952 North Carolina State assistant

Beattie Feathers 1944 Appalachian State*

 

COLORADO 53.8 percent

Mike MacIntyre 2013 San Jose State

Jon Embree 2010 Washington Redskins assistant

Dan Hawkins 2006 Boise State

Gary Barnett 1999 Northwestern

Rick Neuheisel 1995 Colorado assistant

Bill McCartney 1982 Michigan assistant

Chuck Fairbanks 1979 New England Patriots

Bill Mallory 1974 Miami-Ohio

Eddie Crowder 1963 Oklahoma assistant

Bud Davis 1962 Colorado administrator

Sonny Grandelius 1959 MichiganState assistant

Dal Ward 1948 Minnesota assistant

Jim Yeager 1941 IowaState

 

OREGON STATE 50 percent

Mike Riley 2003 New Orleans Saints assistant

Dennis Erickson 1999 Seattle Seahawks

Mike Riley 1997 Southern Cal assistant

Jerry Pettibone 1991 Northern Illinois

Dave Kragthorpe 1985 IdahoState

Joe Avezzano 1980 Tennessee assistant

Craig Fertig 1976 Southern Cal assistant

Dee Andros 1965 Idaho

Tommy Prothro 1955 UCLA assistant

Kip Taylor 1949 Michigan State

Lon Stiner 1933 Oregon State assistant

 

ARIZONA 50 percent

Rich Rodriguez 2012 Michigan

Mike Stoops 2004 Oklahoma assistant

John Mackovic 2001 Texas**

Dick Tomey 1987 Hawaii

Larry Smith 1980 Tulane

Tony Mason 1977 Cincinnati

Jim Young 1973 Michigan assistant

Bob Weber 1969 Arizona assistant

Darrell Mudra 1967 Montreal Alouettes

Jim LaRue 1959 Houston assistant coach

Ed Doherty 1957 Philadelphia Eagles assistant

Warren Woodson 1952 Hardin-Simmons

Robert Winslow 1949 Southern Cal assistant

Miles Casteel 1939 Michigan State assistant

 

MARYLAND 50 percent

Randy Edsall 2011 Connecticut

Ralph Fridgen 2001 Georgia Tech assistant

Ron Vanderlinden 1997 Northwestern assistant

Mark Duffner 1992 Holy Cross

Joe Krivak 1987 Maryland assistant

Bobby Ross 1982 Kansas City Chiefs assistant

Jerry Claiborne 1972 Virginia Tech*

Roy Lester 1969 Rockville Montgomery High School

Bob Ward 1967 Army assistant

Lou Saban 1966 Buffalo Bills

Tom Nugent 1959 Florida State

Tommy Mont 1956 Maryland assistant

Jim Tatum 1947 Oklahoma

Clark Shaughnessy 1946 Pittsburgh

 

WISCONSIN 50 percent

Gary Andersen 2013 Utah State

Bret Bielema 2006 Wisconsin assistant

Barry Alvarez 1990 Notre Dame assistant

Don Morton 1987 Tulsa

Dave McClain 1978 Ball State

John Jardine 1970 UCLA assistant

John Coatta 1967 Wisconsin assistant

Milt Bruhn 1956 Wisconsin assistant

Ivy Williamson 1949 Lafayette

Harry Stuhldreher 1936 Villanova

 

PENN STATE 50 percent

James Franklin 2014 Vanderbilt

Bill O’Brien 2012 New England Patriots assistant

Joe Paterno 1966 Penn State assistant

Rip Engle 1950 Brown

 

FLORIDA 50 percent

Will Muschamp 2011 Texas assistant

Urban Meyer 2005 Utah

Ron Zook 2002 New Orleans Saints assistant

Steve Spurrier 1990 Duke

Galen Hall 1984 Florida assistant

Charley Pell 1979 Clemson

Doug Dickey 1970 Tennessee

Ray Graves 1960 Georgia Tech assistant

Bob Woodruff 1950 Baylor

Bear Wolf 1946 Navy Pre-Flight

 

KANSAS 46.4 percent

Charlie Weis 2012 Florida assistant

Turner Gill 2010 Buffalo

Mark Mangino 2002 Oklahoma assistant

Terry Allen 1997 Missouri State

Glen Mason 1988 Kent State

Bob Valesente 1986 Kansas assistant

Mike Gottfried 1983 Cincinnati

Don Fambrough 1979 retired

Bud Moore 1975 Alabama

Don Fambrough 1971 Kansas assistant

Pepper Rodgers 1967 UCLA assistant

Jack Mitchell 1958 Arkansas

Chuck Mather 1954 Massillon Washington HS

Jules Sikes 1948 Georgia assistant

 

MIAMI 45.8 percent

Al Golden 2011 Temple

Randy Shannon 2007 Miami assistant

Larry Coker 2001 Miami assistant

Butch Davis 1995 Dallas Cowboys assistant

Dennis Erickson 1989 Washington State

Jimmy Johnson 1984 Oklahoma State

Howard Schnellenberger 1979 Miami Dolphins assistant

Lou Saban 1977 Buffalo Bills

Pete Elliott 1973 retired

Fran Curci 1971 Tampa

Charlie Tate 1964 Georgia Tech assistant

Andy Gustafson 1948 Army assistant

 

TEXAS A&M 45.8 percent

Kevin Sumlin 2012 Houston

Mike Sherman 2008 Houston Texans assistant

Dennis Franchione 2003 Alabama

R.C. Slocum 1989 Texas A&M assistant

Jackie Sherrill 1982 Pittsburgh

Tom Wilson 1978 Texas A&M assistant

Emory Bellard 1972 Texas assistant

Gene Stallings 1965 Alabama assistant

Henry Foldberg 1962 Wichita State

Jim Myers 1958 Iowa State

Bear Bryant 1954 Kentucky

Ray George 1951 Southern Cal assistant

 

NORTH CAROLINA 45.5 percent

Larry Fedora 2012 Southern Miss

Butch Davis 2007 Cleveland Browns**

John Bunting 2001 New Orleans Saints assistant

Carl Torbush 1997 North Carolina assistant

Mack Brown 1988 Tulane

Dick Crum 1987 Miami-Ohio

Bill Dooley 1967 Georgia assistant

Jim Hickey 1959 North Carolina assistant

Jim Tatum 1956 Maryland

George Barclay 1953 North Carolina assistant

Carl Snavely 1934 Bucknell

 

TENNESSEE 45.4 percent

Butch Jones 2013 Cincinnati

Derek Dooley 2010 Louisiana Tech

Lane Kiffin 2009 Oakland Raiders

Phil Fulmer 1992 Tennessee assistant

Johnny Majors 1977 Pittsburgh

Bill Battle 1970 Tennessee assistant

Doug Dickey 1964 Arkansas assistant

Jim McDonald 1963 Tennessee assistant

Bowden Wyatt 1955 Arkansas

Harvey Robinson 1953 Tennessee assistant

Robert Neyland 1926 Tennessee assistant

 

GEORGIA TECH 45 percent

Paul Johnson 2008 Navy

Chan Gailey 2002 Miami Dolphins assistant

George O’Leary 1994 San Diego Chargers assistant

Bill Lewis 1992 East Carolina

Bobby Ross 1987 Maryland

Bill Curry 1980 Green Bay Packers assistant

Pepper Rodgers 1974 UCLA

Bull Fulcher 1972 Tampa

Bud Carson 1967 Georgia Tech assistant

Bobby Dodd 1945 Georgia Tech assistant

 

MICHIGAN 45 percent

Brady Hoke 2011 San Diego State

Rich Rodriguez 2008 West Virginia

Lloyd Carr 1995 Michigan assistant

Gary Moeller 1990 Michigan assistant

Bo Schembechler 1969 Miami-Ohio

Bump Elliott 1959 Michigan assistant

Bennie Oosterbaan 1948 Michigan assistant

Fritz Crisler 1938 Princeton

 

IOWA 44.4 percent

Kirk Ferentz, 1999, Baltimore Ravens assistant

Hayden Fry, 1979, North Texas

Bob Commings, 1974, Massillon Washington High School

Frank Lauterbur, 1971, Toledo

Ray Nagel, 1966, Utah

Jerry Burns, 1961, Iowa assistant

Forest Evashevski, 1952, Washington State

Leonard Raffensperger, 1950, Iowa assistant

Eddiel Anderson, 1939, Holy Cross

 

INDIANA 42.3 percent

Kevin Wilson,2011, Oklahoma assistant

Bill Lynch, 2007, Indiana assistant

Terry Hoeppner, 2005, Miami-Ohio

Gerry DiNardo, 2002, Birmingham Thunderbolts

Cam Cameron,1997, Washington Redskins assistant

Bill Mallory, 1984, Northern Illinois

Sam Wyche, 1983, San Francisco 49ers assistant

Lee Corso, 1973, Louisville

John Pont, 1965, Yale

Phil Dickens, 1958, Wyoming

Bob Hicks, 1957, Wyoming assistant

Bernie Crimmins, 1952, Notre Dame assistant

Clyde Smith, 1948, Wisconsin-La Crosse

Bo McMillin, 1934, Kansas State

 

DUKE 41.6 percent

David Cutcliffe 2008 Tennessee assistant

Ted Roof 2003 Duke assistant

Carl Franks 1999 Florida assistant

Fred Goldsmith 1994 Rice

Barry Wilson 1990 Duke assistant

Steve Spurrier 1987 Tampa Bay Bandits*

Steve Sloan 1983 Ole Miss

Shirley Wilson 1979 Duke assistant

Mike McGee 1971 East Carolina

Tom Harp 1966 Cornell

Bill Murray 1951 Delaware

Wallace Wade 1931 Alabama

 

WASHINGTON 40.9 percent

Chris Petersen 2014 Boise State

Steve Sarkisian 2009 Southern Cal assistant

Tyrone Willingham 2005 Notre Dame

Keith Gilbertson 2003 Washington assistant

Rick Neuheisel 1999 Colorado

Jim Lambright 1993 Washington assistant

Don James 1975 Kent State

Jim Owens 1957 Texas A&M assistant

Darrell Royal 1956 Mississippi State

John Cherberg 1953 Washington assistant

Howard Odell 1948 Yale

 

MICHIGAN STATE 40 percent

Mark Dantonio 2007 Cincinnati

John L. Smith 2003 Utah State

Bobby Williams 2000 Michigan State assistant

Nick Saban 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant

George Perles 1982 Philadelphia Stars

Muddy Waters 1980 Saginaw Valley State

Darryl Rogers 1976 San Jose State

Denny Stolz 1973 Michigan State assistant

Duffy Daugherty 1954 Michigan State assistant

Biggie Munn 1946 Syracuse

 

SOUTH CAROLINA 40 percent

Steve Spurrier 2005 Washingon Redskins*

Lou Holtz 1999 Notre Dame**

Brad Scott 1994 Florida State assistant

Sparky Woods 1989 Appalachian State

Joe Morrison 1983 New Mexico

Richard Bell 1982 South Carolina assistant

Jim Carlen 1975 Texas Tech

Paul Dietzel 1966 Army

Marvin Bass 1961 Georgia Tech assistant

Warren Giese 1956 Maryland assistant

 

ARIZONA STATE 38.5 percent

Todd Graham 2012 Pittsburgh

Dennis Erickson 2007 Idaho

Dirk Koetter 2001 Boise State

Bruce Snyder 1992 California

Larry Marmie 1988 Arizona State assistant

John Cooper 1985 Tulsa

Darryl Rogers 1980 Michigan State

Frank Kush 1958 Arizona State assistant

Dan Devine 1955 Michigan State assistant

Clyde Smith 1952 Indiana

Larry Siemering 1951 Pacific

Ed Doherty 1947 Notre Dame assistant

Steve Coutchie 1946 Mesa High School

 

NOTRE DAME 33.3 percent

Brian Kelly 2010 Cincinnati

Charlie Weis 2005 New England Patriots assistant

Tyrone Willingham 2002 Stanford

George O’Leary 2002 Georgia Tech

Bob Davie 1997 Notre Dame assistant

Lou Holtz 1986 Minnesota

Gerry Faust 1981 Cincinnati Moeller High School

Dan Devine 1975 Green Bay Packers

Ara Parseghian 1964 Northwestern

Joe Kuharich 1959 Washington Redskins

Terry Brennan 1953 Notre Dame assistant

Frank Leahy 1941 Boston College

 

MISSOURI 33.3 percent

Gary Pinkel 2001 Toledo

Larry Smith 1994 Southern Cal**

Bob Stull 1989 Texas-El Paso

Woody Widenhofer 1985 Oklahoma Outlaws

Warren Powers 1978 Nebraska assistant

Al Onofrio 1971 Missouri assistant

Dan Devine 1958 Arizona State

Frank Broyles 1957 Georgia Tech assistant

Don Faurot 1935 Truman State

 

AUBURN 28.3 percent

Gus Malzahn 2013 Arkansas State

Gene Chizik 2009 Iowa State

Tommy Tuberville 1999 Ole Miss

Terry Bowden 1993 Samford

Pat Dye 1981 Wyoming

Doug Barfield 1976 Auburn assistant

Shug Jordan 1951 Georgia assistant

 

OHIO STATE 25 percent

Urban Meyer 2012 Florida*

Luck Fickell 2011 Ohio State assistant

Jim Tressel 2001 Youngstown State

John Cooper 1988 Arizona State

Earle Bruce 1979 Iowa State

Woody Hayes 1954 Miami-Ohio

Wes Fesler 1947 Pitt

Paul Bixler 1946 Ohio State assistant

 

TEXAS 22.2%

Charlie Strong 2014 Louisville

Mack Brown 1998 North Carolina

John Mackovic 1992 Illinois

David McWilliams 1987 Texas Tech

Fred Akers 1977 Wyoming

Darrell Royal 1957 Washington

Ed Price 1951 Texas assistant

Blair Cherry 1947 Texas assistant

Dana X. Bible 1937 Nebraska

ALABAMA 18.2 percent

Nick Saban 2007 Miami Dolphins

Mike Shula 2003 Miami Dolphins assistant

Mike Price 2003 Washington State

Dennis Franchione 2001 TCU

Mike DuBose 1997 Alabama assistant

Gene Stallings 1990 Phoenix Cardinals

Bill Curry 1987 Georgia Tech

Ray Perkins 1983 New York Giants

Bear Bryant 1958 Texas A&M

J.B. Whitworth 1955 Oklahoma State

Red Drew 1947 Ole Miss

 

MINNESOTA 18.1 percent

Jerry Kill, 2011, Northern Illinois

Tim Brewster, 2007, Denver Broncos assistant

Glen Mason,1997, Kansas

Jim Wacker, 1992, TCU

John Gutekunst, 1986, Minnesota assistant

Lou Holtz, 1984, Arkansas

Joe Salem, 1979, Northern Arizona

Cal Stoll, 1972, Wake Forest

Murray ‘Warmath, 1954, Mississippi State

Wes Fesler, 1951, Ohio State

Bernie Bierman, 1932, Tulane

 

ARKANSAS 9.1 percent

Bret Bielema 2013 Wisconsin

Bobby Petrino 2008 Atlanta Falcons

Houston Nutt 1998 Boise State

Danny Ford 1993 Clemson**

Jack Crowe 1990 Arkansas assistant

Ken Hatfield 1984 Air Force

Lou Holtz 1977 New York Jets

Frank Broyles 1958 Missouri

Jack Mitchell 1955 Wichita state

Bowden Wyatt 1953 Wyoming

Otis Douglas 1950 Drexel

by Berry Tramel
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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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