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1972 Coaches

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National Champion: Southern California (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: John McKay (Southern California)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Southern California

128 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 John McKay Southern California Pac-8 12 0 0 1.000
2 Bill Dooley North Carolina ACC 11 1 0 .917
3 Chuck Fairbanks Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 .917
4 Don Coryell San Diego State PCAA 10 1 0 .909
5 Ralph Jordan Auburn SEC 10 1 0 .909
6 Darrell Royal Texas SWC 10 1 0 .909
7 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 10 1 0 .909
8 Lee Corso Louisville MVC 9 1 0 .900
9 Tampa Ind 10 2 0 .833
10 Bill Battle Tennessee SEC 10 2 0 .833
11 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 10 2 0 .833
12 Frank Kush Arizona State WAC 10 2 0 .833
13 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 10 2 0 .833
14 John Crouthamel Dartmouth Ivy 7 1 1 .833
15 Woody Hayes Ohio State Big Ten 9 2 0 .818
16 Sonny Randle East Carolina Southern 9 2 0 .818
17 Bob Devaney Nebraska Big 8 9 2 1 .792
18 Charles McClendon Louisiana State SEC 9 2 1 .792
19 Carmen Cozza Yale Ivy 7 2 0 .778
20 Chester Caddas Pacific PCAA 8 3 0 .727
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Chuck Mills Utah State Ind 8 3 0 .727
22 Jim Owens Washington Pac-8 8 3 0 .727
23 Ara Parseghian Notre Dame Ind 8 3 0 .727
24 Pepper Rodgers UCLA Pac-8 8 3 0 .727
25 Lou Holtz North Carolina State ACC 8 3 1 .708
26 Bill Mallory Miami (OH) MAC 7 3 0 .700
27 Bill Doolittle Western Michigan MAC 7 3 1 .682
28 Bobby Bowden West Virginia Ind 8 4 0 .667
29 Jim Carlen Texas Tech SWC 8 4 0 .667
30 Eddie Crowder Colorado Big 8 8 4 0 .667
31 Harry Gamble Pennsylvania Ivy 6 3 0 .667
32 Jack Musick Cornell Ivy 6 3 0 .667
33 Don Nehlen Bowling Green State MAC 6 3 1 .650
34 John Bateman Rutgers Ind 7 4 0 .636
35 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 7 4 0 .636
36 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 7 4 0 .636
37 Hayden Fry Southern Methodist SWC 7 4 0 .636
38 Jerry Ippoliti Northern Illinois Ind 7 4 0 .636
39 Larry Jones Florida State Ind 7 4 0 .636
40 Jim Sweeney Washington State Pac-8 7 4 0 .636
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Bill Fulcher Georgia Tech Ind 7 4 1 .625
42 Thomas Cahill Army Ind 6 4 0 .600
43 Frank Jones Richmond Southern 6 4 0 .600
44 Ben Martin Air Force Ind 6 4 0 .600
45 F. Dry Tulsa MVC 3 2 0 .600
46 Charles Coffey Virginia Tech Ind 6 4 1 .591
47 Darryl Rogers Fresno State PCAA 6 4 1 .591
48 Bill Yeoman Houston Ind 6 4 1 .591
49 Jack Wallace Drake MVC 7 5 0 .583
50 Wayne Hardin Temple Ind 5 4 0 .556
51 Edward Doherty Holy Cross Ind 5 4 1 .550
52 Neil Wheelwright Colgate Ind 5 4 1 .550
53 Frank Broyles Arkansas SWC 6 5 0 .545
54 Jack Christiansen Stanford Pac-8 6 5 0 .545
55 Bob DeMoss Purdue Big Ten 6 5 0 .545
56 Bennie Ellender Tulane Ind 6 5 0 .545
57 Bill Meek Utah WAC 6 5 0 .545
58 Jack Murphy Toledo MAC 6 5 0 .545
59 Bob Seaman Wichita State MVC 6 5 0 .545
60 Dave Smith Oklahoma State Big 8 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Don James Kent State MAC 6 5 1 .542
62 Al Onofrio Missouri Big 8 6 6 0 .500
63 Jim Brakefield Appalachian State Southern 5 5 1 .500
64 Jerry Claiborne Maryland ACC 5 5 1 .500
65 Al Conover Rice SWC 5 5 1 .500
66 Duffy Daugherty Michigan State Big Ten 5 5 1 .500
67 Doug Dickey Florida SEC 5 5 1 .500
68 Billy Kinard Mississippi SEC 5 5 0 .500
69 Gene Mayfield West Texas A&M MVC 5 5 0 .500
70 Fred Pancoast Memphis MVC 5 5 1 .500
71 Joseph Restic Harvard Ivy 4 4 1 .500
72 Johnny Majors Iowa State Big 8 5 6 1 .458
73 Fran Curci Miami (FL) Ind 5 6 0 .455
74 Mike McGee Duke ACC 5 6 0 .455
75 Red Parker Citadel Southern 5 6 0 .455
76 John Pont Indiana Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
77 James Root William & Mary Southern 5 6 0 .455
78 Ben Schwartzwalder Syracuse Ind 5 6 0 .455
79 Jim Strangeland Long Beach State PCAA 5 6 0 .455
80 John Symank Texas-Arlington Ind 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 5 6 0 .455
82 Billy Tohill Texas Christian SWC 5 6 0 .455
83 John McVay Dayton Ind 4 6 1 .409
84 Jake McCandless Princeton Ivy 3 5 1 .389
85 Frank Navarro Columbia Ivy 3 5 1 .389
86 Paul Dietzel South Carolina Ind 4 7 0 .364
87 Dick Enright Oregon Pac-8 4 7 0 .364
88 Don Fambrough Kansas Big 8 4 7 0 .364
89 Rick Forzano Navy Ind 4 7 0 .364
90 Cecil Ingram Clemson ACC 4 7 0 .364
91 John Jardine Wisconsin Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
92 DeWayne King San Jose State PCAA 4 7 0 .364
93 Don Lawrence Virginia ACC 4 7 0 .364
94 Don Robbins Idaho Ind 4 7 0 .364
95 Charles Shira Mississippi State SEC 4 7 0 .364
96 Fritz Shurmur Wyoming WAC 4 7 0 .364
97 Cal Stoll Minnesota Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
98 Bob Weber Arizona WAC 4 7 0 .364
99 Joseph Yukica Boston College Ind 4 7 0 .364
100 David Fagg Davidson Southern 3 7 1 .318
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Frank Lauterbur Iowa Big Ten 3 7 1 .318
102 P.W. Underwood Southern Mississippi Ind 3 7 1 .318
103 Emory Bellard Texas A&M SWC 3 8 0 .273
104 Bob Blackman Illinois Big Ten 3 8 0 .273
105 Rudy Feldman New Mexico WAC 3 8 0 .273
106 Vince Gibson Kansas State Big 8 3 8 0 .273
107 Bill Hess Ohio MAC 3 8 0 .273
108 Bill Pace Vanderbilt SEC 3 8 0 .273
109 John Ray Kentucky SEC 3 8 0 .273
110 Mike White California Pac-8 3 8 0 .273
111 Tommy Hudspeth Texas-El Paso WAC 1 3 0 .250
112 Thomas Cecchini Xavier Ind 2 8 0 .200
113 Jack Lengyel Marshall Ind 2 8 0 .200
114 Alex Agase Northwestern Big Ten 2 9 0 .182
115 Dee Andros Oregon State Pac-8 2 9 0 .182
116 Ray Callahan Cincinnati Ind 2 9 0 .182
117 Lou Ferry Villanova Ind 2 9 0 .182
118 Tom Harper Wake Forest ACC 2 9 0 .182
119 Robert King Furman Southern 2 9 0 .182
120 Bob Thalman Virginia Military Institute Southern 2 9 0 .182
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
121 Harold Wilkes Chattanooga Ind 2 9 0 .182
122 Jim Wood New Mexico State MVC 2 9 0 .182
123 Robert Dobbs Texas-El Paso WAC 1 5 0 .167
124 Claude Gibson Tulsa MVC 1 5 0 .167
125 Leonard Jardine Brown Ivy 1 8 0 .111
126 Carl DePasqua Pittsburgh Ind 1 10 0 .091
127 Rod Rust North Texas MVC 1 10 0 .091
128 Jerry Wampfler Colorado State WAC 1 10 0 .091