College Football’s Biggest Coaching Jerks: Nick Saban and Todd Graham Top List

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Nov 8, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham looks on during the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Has anyone forgotten Woody Hayes? The former Ohio State football coach who punched Clemson player Charlie Bauman in the final minutes of the Gator Bowl in 1978. A coach who punched a collegiate player? Yes it’s true. Although Coach Hayes brought the Buckeyes 5 National Championships in his years in Columbus and was a stalwart of student academics, it was ultimately his temper that got the better of him, ending his career in one fail swoop, or a fist to Bauman’s face mask in this case. Not only in that incident, but going after a cameraman after a late Ohio State fumble against their greatest rival in Michigan in 1977 are some of the markings that Hayes left behind.

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But that qualifies as ‘Old School’ doesn’t it? Nowhere in the gridiron ranks of today’s college football do jerks like this exist right? Maybe an article on who the ‘Gentlemen Coaches’ of College Football would have been more appropriate but who cares about a nice guy going 1-10? Maybe being a jerk on the sidelines, the press room, and behind the scenes should be a prerequisite for some of these successful coaches, just ask Ohio State and the hardware left behind by Coach Hayes.

But here are our four biggest coaching jerks in college football today.

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