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Career Leaders and Records for Losses

  • Note: this only includes games played by schools while they were considered major schools and will exclude notable coaches such as Eddie Robinson (408 wins) and John Gagliardi (489 wins).

Since 1869

Rank Coach L School w/ most W Notes
1.Hayden Fry 180 Iowa W-L-T adjusted to 233-177-10 by NCAA.
2.Jess Neely 159 Rice  
3.Rich Brooks 156 Oregon W-L-T adjusted to 131-155-4 by NCAA.
4.Dick Tomey 145 Arizona  
5.Ken Hatfield 140 Arkansas  
6.Mike Price 139 Washington State  
7.Watson Brown 137 Alabama-Birmingham  
 Johnny Majors 137 Tennessee  
9.Joe Paterno 136 Penn State  
10.Jim Sweeney 134 Fresno State W-L-T adjusted to 170-133-4 by NCAA.
11.Howard Schnellenberger 133 Louisville  
12.Lou Holtz 132 Notre Dame  
 George Welsh 132 Virginia  
14.Bill Mallory 130 Indiana W-L-T adjusted to 168-129-4 by NCAA.
15.Don Nehlen 128 West Virginia  
16.Bill Dooley 127 North Carolina W-L-T adjusted to 162-126-5 by NCAA.
17.Larry Smith 126 Arizona  
18.Bobby Bowden 124 Florida State W-L-T adjusted to 346-123-4 by NCAA.
19.Amos Alonzo Stagg 123 Chicago  
20.Jerry Claiborne 122 Maryland  
21.Frank Beamer 121 Virginia Tech  
 Lou Little 121 Columbia  
 Glen Mason 121 Minnesota  
 Jackie Sherrill 121 Mississippi State W-L-T adjusted to 180-120-4 by NCAA.
25.Frank Howard 118 Clemson  
26.Mack Brown 117 Texas  
 Dan McCarney 117 Iowa State W-L-T adjusted to 79-116 by NCAA.
28.Ben Martin 116 Air Force  
29.Jim Grobe 115 Wake Forest  
 Charlie Weatherbie 115 Louisiana-Monroe  
31.Jim Walden 112 Washington State W-L-T adjusted to 70-111-7 by NCAA.
32.Dennis Franchione 111 New Mexico  
33.Gary Pinkel 110 Missouri  
34.Fisher DeBerry 109 Air Force  
35.Bill Yeoman 108 Houston  
36.Bruce Snyder 107 Arizona State W-L-T adjusted to 125-106-6 by NCAA.
37.Bob Blackman 106 Dartmouth  
38.Bill Curry 105 Georgia Tech  
 Grant Teaff 105 Baylor  
40.Aldo Donelli 104 Boston University  
41.Pop Warner 103 Carlisle  
42.DeOrmond McLaughry 102 Brown  
 Bob Toledo 102 UCLA  
44.LaVell Edwards 101 Brigham Young  
 George O'Leary 101 Central Florida  
 John Pont 101 Indiana  
 Bobby Ross 101 Maryland  
 Bill Snyder 101 Kansas State  
49.Vince Gibson 100 Kansas State W-L-T adjusted to 75-98-2 by NCAA.
50.Ray Morrison 99 Southern Methodist  
51.Randy Edsall 97 Connecticut  
 Jim Wacker 97 Texas Christian  
53.William Alexander 95 Georgia Tech  
 Paul Dietzel 95 Louisiana State  
 Chuck Shelton 95 Utah State  
56.Edward Anderson 94 Holy Cross  
 Len Casanova 94 Oregon  
58.Al Groh 93 Virginia  
59.Harry Hughes 92 Colorado State  
 Rocky Long 92 New Mexico  
 Joe Tiller 92 Purdue  
62.Ben Schwartzwalder 91 Syracuse  
 Tommy Tuberville 91 Auburn  
64.Gene Murphy 89 Cal State Fullerton W-L-T adjusted to 60-88-1 by NCAA.
 Clark Shaughnessy 89 Tulane  
 Steve Spurrier 89 Florida  
 Pappy Waldorf 89 California  
 Tommy West 89 Memphis  
69.Earle Edwards 88 North Carolina State  
 Robert King 88 Furman  
 Bill Meek 88 Utah W-L-T adjusted to 77-90-6 by NCAA.
 Tyrone Willingham 88 Stanford  
73.Jack Curtice 87 Utah  
 Kirk Ferentz 87 Iowa  
 Edwin Merrick 87 Richmond  
 Mike Riley 87 Oregon State  
 Ron Turner 87 Illinois  
78.Wallace Butts 86 Georgia  
 Steve Sloan 86 Texas Tech  
80.Bear Bryant 85 Alabama  
 Lee Corso 85 Indiana  
 Walt Harris 85 Pittsburgh  
83.Larry Blakeney 84 Troy  
 Jeff Bower 84 Southern Mississippi W-L-T adjusted to 119-83-1 by NCAA.
 John Cooper 84 Ohio State  
 June Jones 84 Hawaii  
 Jerry Pettibone 84 Northern Illinois  
 Chuck Stobart 84 Memphis W-L-T adjusted to 70-83-3 by NCAA.
 Murray Warmath 84 Minnesota  
90.Alex Agase 83 Northwestern  
 Gary Barnett 83 Colorado W-L-T adjusted to 85-82-1 by NCAA.
 Bill Hess 83 Ohio  
 Ralph Jordan 83 Auburn W-L-T adjusted to 176-83-6 by NCAA.
 Bill Lynch 83 Ball State  
 David Rader 83 Tulsa  
 Ossie Solem 83 Drake  
97.Earle Bruce 82 Ohio State  
 David Cutcliffe 82 Duke  
 John Mackovic 82 Texas  
 Doug Martin 82 Kent State  
 Frank Murray 82 Marquette  
 Jim Owens 82 Washington  
 James Phelan 82 Washington  
 Edward Robinson 82 Brown  
 Randy Walker 82 Miami (OH) W-L-T adjusted to 96-81-5 by NCAA.
 Warren Woodson 82 New Mexico State  
107.Jim Colletto 81 Purdue W-L-T adjusted to 38-80-4 by NCAA.
 Dennis Erickson 81 Miami (FL)  
 Don Faurot 81 Missouri W-L-T adjusted to 110-80-10 by NCAA.
 Houston Nutt 81 Arkansas  
 John Ralston 81 Stanford  
 Robert Zuppke 81 Illinois  
113.Dee Andros 80 Oregon State  
 Todd Berry 80 Louisiana-Monroe  
 Pat Hill 80 Fresno State  
 Frank Kimbrough 80 West Texas A&M  
 Tom O'Brien 80 Boston College  
 Frank Solich 80 Ohio  
 Nelson Stokley 80 Louisiana-Lafayette  
 Harry Stuhldreher 80 Wisconsin  
121.Don James 79 Washington W-L-T adjusted to 178-76-3 by NCAA.
 Dutch Meyer 79 Texas Christian  
123.Edward Doherty 78 Arizona State  
 Andy Gustafson 78 Miami (FL)  
 Doug Weaver 78 Kansas State  
126.Dick Crum 77 North Carolina  
 Gerry DiNardo 77 Louisiana State W-L-T adjusted to 60-76-1 by NCAA.
 Vince Dooley 77 Georgia  
 Paul Pasqualoni 77 Syracuse  
 John Robinson 77 Southern California  
 Dennis Stolz 77 Bowling Green State  
132.Joe Novak 76 Northern Illinois  
133.Fred Akers 75 Texas  
 Barry Alvarez 75 Wisconsin W-L-T adjusted to 119-74-4 by NCAA.
 Gerry Faust 75 Akron  
 Thomas Nugent 75 Maryland  
137.Art Baker 74 Furman W-L-T adjusted to 65-73-5 by NCAA.
 Terry Donahue 74 UCLA W-L-T adjusted to 144-81-8 by NCAA.
 Sonny Lubick 74 Colorado State W-L-T adjusted to 109-73 by NCAA.
140.Charlie Bailey 73 Texas-El Paso  
 Ray Eliot 73 Illinois  
 Paul Johnson 73 Georgia Tech W-L-T adjusted to 106-73 by NCAA.
 John Smith 73 Louisville  
144.Dave Currey 72 Long Beach State  
 Pete Elliott 72 Illinois  
 Mike Leach 72 Texas Tech  
 Joe Morrison 72 Chattanooga  
 Skip Stahley 72 Idaho  
 Neil Wheelwright 72 Colgate  
 Mike White 72 Illinois W-L-T adjusted to 82-71-4 by NCAA.
151.Arthur Guepe 71 Virginia  
 Wayne Hardin 71 Temple  
 Bob Higgins 71 Penn State  
 Ray Nagel 71 Utah  
 Homer Smith 71 Davidson  
 Bobby Wallace 71 Temple  
 Woody Widenhofer 71 Vanderbilt  
 Jim Young 71 Army  
159.Curley Byrd 70 Maryland  
 Fred Goldsmith 70 Rice  
 Tom Harp 70 Duke  
 Brady Hoke 70 Ball State  
 Bob Thalman 70 Virginia Military Institute  
164.Emory Bellard 69 Texas A&M  
 Jerry Berndt 69 Temple  
 Dana Bible 69 Texas A&M  
 Billy Brewer 69 Mississippi W-L-T adjusted to 77-67-4 by NCAA.
 Jim Carlen 69 South Carolina  
 Duffy Daugherty 69 Michigan State  
 F. Dry 69 Tulsa  
 Rex Enright 69 South Carolina  
 Bo McMillin 69 Indiana  
 Buddy Teevens 69 Stanford W-L-T adjusted to 21-68 by NCAA.
174.Rip Engle 68 Penn State  
 Rich Rodriguez 68 West Virginia  
 Mike Sheppard 68 Long Beach State W-L-T adjusted to 26-67 by NCAA.
 Ted Tollner 68 San Diego State  
178.Spike Dykes 67 Texas Tech  
 Gwinn Henry 67 Missouri  
 Greg Schiano 67 Rutgers  
181.Bobby Johnson 66 Vanderbilt  
 Chuck Mills 66 Utah State  
183.Art Briles 65 Baylor  
 Rickey Bustle 65 Louisiana-Lafayette  
 Fran Curci 65 Kentucky W-L-T adjusted to 56-64-2 by NCAA.
 Darrell Dickey 65 North Texas  
 Skip Holtz 65 East Carolina  
 Pepper Rodgers 65 Georgia Tech  
 Bo Schembechler 65 Michigan  
 Ron Zook 65 Illinois  
191.Bobby Dodd 64 Georgia Tech  
 Abe Martin 64 Texas Christian  
 Jack Meagher 64 Auburn  
 Hal Mumme 64 Kentucky  
 Elliot Uzelac 64 Western Michigan  
196.Jim Caldwell 63 Wake Forest  
 Robert Dobbs 63 Texas-El Paso  
 Dennis Green 63 Stanford  
 Howard Jones 63 Southern California  
 Andrew Kerr 63 Colgate  
 Hal Lahar 63 Colgate  
 Ron McBride 63 Utah  
 Rick Minter 63 Cincinnati  
 Odus Mitchell 63 North Texas  
 Jordan Olivar 63 Yale  
 Steve Roberts 63 Arkansas State W-L-T adjusted to 35-63 by NCAA.
207.Charlie Bachman 62 Michigan State  
 Frank Broyles 62 Arkansas  
 Frank Dobson 62 Richmond  
 Pat Dye 62 Auburn  
 George Perles 62 Michigan State W-L-T adjusted to 68-67-4 by NCAA.
 Darryl Rogers 62 Arizona State  
 Bill Yung 62 West Texas A&M  
214.Madison Bell 61 Southern Methodist  
 Woody Hayes 61 Ohio State  
 Charles McClendon 61 Louisiana State W-L-T adjusted to 137-59-7 by NCAA.
 Lee Owens 61 Akron  
 Gene Stallings 61 Alabama W-L-T adjusted to 89-70-1 by NCAA.
 Rick Stockstill 61 Middle Tennessee State  
 Fred Thomsen 61 Arkansas  
 Robert Titchenal 61 San Jose State  
 John Vaught 61 Mississippi  
 Bob Weber 61 Louisville  
224.David Bailiff 60 Rice  
 George Blackburn 60 Virginia  
 Danny Ford 60 Clemson W-L-T adjusted to 122-59-5 by NCAA.
 Harvey Harman 60 Rutgers  
 John Heisman 60 Georgia Tech  
 Morley Jennings 60 Baylor  
 Pat Jones 60 Oklahoma State  
 Frank Lauterbur 60 Toledo  
 Marv Levy 60 William & Mary  
 John McKenna 60 Virginia Military Institute  
 Harry Mehre 60 Georgia  
 Darrell Royal 60 Texas  
 Nick Saban 60 Alabama W-L-T adjusted to 191-60-1 by NCAA.
237.Al Golden 59 Miami (FL)  
 Jack Mitchell 59 Kansas W-L-T adjusted to 73-60-7 by NCAA.
 Homer Norton 59 Texas A&M  
 Red Parker 59 Citadel  
 Glenn Thistlethwaite 59 Richmond  
242.Doug Dickey 58 Florida  
 George James 58 Cornell  
 Steve Logan 58 East Carolina  
 Rick Neuheisel 58 Washington  
246.Bob Davie 57 Notre Dame  
 Dan Devine 57 Missouri W-L-T adjusted to 173-56-9 by NCAA.
 Vee Green 57 Drake  
 Jim Harkema 57 Eastern Michigan  
 Alva Kelley 57 Brown  
 Bunny Oakes 57 Colorado  
 Tony Samuel 57 New Mexico State  
 Chris Scelfo 57 Tulane  
 Jeff Tedford 57 California