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July 30, 2009, 10:44 AM
The Sporting News published the 50 greatest coaches of all time. Many CFB guys made the list which heavily favors longevity over winnning percentage.

SN's greatest coaches
1. John Wooden, college basketball

2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
3. Bear Bryant, college football
4. Phil Jackson, NBA
5. Don Shula, NFL
6. Red Auerbach, NBA
7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
8. Dean Smith, college basketball
9. Casey Stengel, MLB
10. Knute Rockne, college football
11. Pat Summitt, women's college basketball

12. Paul Brown, NFL
13. Joe Paterno, college football
14. George Halas, NFL
15. Chuck Noll, NFL
16. Bob Knight, college basketball
17. Joe Gibbs, NFL
18. Tom Landry, NFL
19. Mike Krzyzewski, college basketball
20. Bill Belichick, NFL
21. Adolph Rupp, college basketball

22. Joe McCarthy, MLB
23. Eddie Robinson, college football
24. Bobby Bowden, college football
25. John McGraw, MLB
26. Bill Walsh, NFL
27. Woody Hayes, college football
28. Connie Mack, MLB
29. Bud Wilkinson, college football
30. Pat Riley, NBA
31. Pete Newell, college basketball

32. Joe Torre, MLB
33. Bill Parcells, NFL
34. Tom Osborne, college football
35. Walter Alston, MLB
36. Bo Schembechler, college football
37. Toe Blake, NHL
38. Sparky Anderson, MLB
39. Al Arbour, NHL
40. Amos Alonzo Stagg, college football
41. Tony La Russa, MLB

42. Geno Auriemma, women's college basketball
43. Dick Irvin, NHL
44. Ara Parseghian, college football
45. Chuck Daly, NBA
46. Bobby Cox, MLB
47. Hank Iba, college basketball
48. Tommy Lasorda, MLB
49. Gregg Popovich, NBA
50. Herb Brooks, NHL
March 29, 2011  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE:

Got my fingers crossed that when they re-do this list in 20 - 25 years Muschamp will be near the top.

Do you really want Muschamp near the top? Okay I was trolling for JT comments!

March 29, 2011  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE:

Scotty Bowman and Eddie Robinson are too low along with Knute Rockne too high!

Got that right! And where the hell is coach Frank Leahy on this list ?!
He started his coaching career at Boston College 1939/40,, went 20-2 with a Sugar bowl win.
From there he went back home to coach Notre Dame,, his record at ND--
1941,8-0-1,,,,
1942,7-7-2,,,,
1943,9-1 (NC),,
1944-45- joined the Navy to fight the fight...
1946,8-0-1 (NC),,
1947,9-0 (NC),,
1948, 9-0-1,,,
1949, 10-0 (NC)...
1950,4-4-1,,,
1951,7-2-1,,,
1952, 7-2-1,,,
1953, 9-0-1..
While at ND he went 87-11-9,, total,107-13-9..He has the 2nd highest winning percentage in NCAA Division 1 football history. Second only to the great Knute Rockne.

Where is the Love ?!!!

March 29, 2011  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#54):

Do you really want Muschamp near the top? Okay I was trolling for JT comments!

I think so!!! Wild Mus and the Fat Man.

March 29, 2011  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE:

Any current college football coaches who could make this list in the future? Or any other sport if you would like.

Current coaches that may sneak in this list-Saban, Meyer, Peterson, Patterson (if they continue to produce).

IMHO Osborne was ranked a bit too low. With all the disadvantages you have at NEB vs schools in more populated areas with better recruiting prospects what he did was amazing- over a long period of time too.

March 29, 2011  04:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#55):

Got that right! And where the hell is coach Frank Leahy on this list ?!He started his coaching career at Boston College 1939/40,, went 20-2 with a Sugar bowl win.From there he went back home to coach Notre Dame,, his record at ND--1941,8-0-1,,,,1942,7-7-2,,,,1943,9-1 (NC),,1944-45- joined the Navy to fight the fight...1946,8-0-1 (NC),,1947,9-0 (NC),,1948, 9-0-1,,,1949, 10-0 (NC)...1950,4-4-1,,,1951,7-2-1,,,1952, 7-2-1,,,1953, 9-0-1..While at ND he went 87-11-9,, total,107-13-9..He has the 2nd highest winning percentage in NCAA Division 1 football history. Second only to the great Knute Rockne.Where is the Love ?!!!

Its because on this list he didn't coach long enough I bet.

March 29, 2011  04:13 PM ET

Oh, and in other sports Knight is way too high. His on court achievements were not that spectacular and the dude has been a 3 year-old for over 40 years...

March 30, 2011  07:36 AM ET

Cael Sanderson has a good shot at being on this list.

December 11, 2012  04:39 PM ET

I hate that they old post are gone...okay top on my list is Dan Gable

December 11, 2012  08:52 PM ET

I'd put Coach Saban right below Bill Walsh at this point.

December 11, 2012  08:53 PM ET

And I'd move both Bill Walsh and Coach Saban above Bobby Bowden.

December 11, 2012  09:00 PM ET

Gotta laugh....
Connie Mack at 28?
The guy actually had an overall losing record as a baseball manager.

December 14, 2012  03:52 AM ET

Since this thread is back up, would add that Meyer is looking better. How many dudes have gone undefeated at 2 schools (Utah, tOSU) while also having the kind of success he had at UF?

December 14, 2012  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I hate that they old post are gone...okay top on my list is Dan Gable

Yeah, he deserves to be there somewhere. Also Rod Dedeaux, the Trojan baseball version of John Wooden.

From his Wiki: "winningest coach in college baseball history and with a record of 1,332-571-11 (.699), and for the rest of his life remained a beloved annual presence at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1970, and in 1999 was named the Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball magazine." ..."Prior to his retirement in 1986, Dedeaux's teams won 10 additional CWS titles ??? no other coach won more than 3 until 1997 ??? including five consecutively (1970???74)." He had 11 if you count 1948, a year he was co-HC with Sam Barry. And he developed as many greats in his sport as Wooden did in Basketball.

Just think he belongs...

December 14, 2012  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#56):

I think so!!! Wild Mus and the Fat Man.

I got 1 out of two right.

Fricking Jabba.

December 14, 2012  02:36 PM ET

Add tOSU's syncronized swimming coach!

December 15, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#55):

Got that right! And where the hell is coach Frank Leahy on this list ?!He started his coaching career at Boston College 1939/40,, went 20-2 with a Sugar bowl win.From there he went back home to coach Notre Dame,, his record at ND--1941,8-0-1,,,,1942,7-7-2,,,,1943,9-1 (NC),,1944-45- joined the Navy to fight the fight...1946,8-0-1 (NC),,1947,9-0 (NC),,1948, 9-0-1,,,1949, 10-0 (NC)...1950,4-4-1,,,1951,7-2-1,,,1952, 7-2-1,,,1953, 9-0-1..While at ND he went 87-11-9,, total,107-13-9..He has the 2nd highest winning percentage in NCAA Division 1 football history. Second only to the great Knute Rockne.Where is the Love ?!!!

I counted 17 losses while at ND?

December 15, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Oh, I guess you did a type on the year you said 7-7-2.

December 15, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Add tOSU's syncronized swimming coach!

His parents must be really proud of him.

 
December 15, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Larry Kehres. 11 National titles, including the one he won last night. 332-24-3 over 27 seasons.

Game. Set. Match.

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