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1976 Coaches

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National Champion: Pittsburgh (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Pittsburgh

137 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Johnny Majors Pittsburgh Ind 12 0 0 1.000
2 Frank Burns Rutgers Ind 11 0 0 1.000
3 Jerry Claiborne Maryland ACC 11 1 0 .917
4 John Robinson Southern California Pac-8 11 1 0 .917
5 Claude Gilbert San Diego State Ind 10 1 0 .909
6 John Anderson Brown Ivy 8 1 0 .889
7 Carmen Cozza Yale Ivy 8 1 0 .889
8 Emory Bellard Texas A&M SWC 10 2 0 .833
9 Jack Doland McNeese State Southland 10 2 0 .833
10 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 10 2 0 .833
11 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 10 2 0 .833
12 Steve Sloan Texas Tech SWC 10 2 0 .833
13 Bill Yeoman Houston SWC 10 2 0 .833
14 Pat Dye East Carolina Southern 9 2 0 .818
15 Augie Tammariello Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 9 2 0 .818
16 Bob Tyler Mississippi State SEC 9 2 0 .818 W-L-T adjusted to 0-11 by NCAA.
17 Frederick Dunlap Colgate Ind 8 2 0 .800
18 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-8 9 2 1 .792
19 Woody Hayes Ohio State Big Ten 9 2 1 .792
20 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 9 2 1 .792
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 9 3 0 .750
22 Dan Devine Notre Dame Ind 9 3 0 .750
23 Bill Dooley North Carolina ACC 9 3 0 .750
24 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 9 3 0 .750
25 Jim Stanley Oklahoma State Big 8 9 3 0 .750
26 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 9 3 1 .731
27 Earle Bruce Iowa State Big 8 8 3 0 .727
28 Wayne Howard Long Beach State PCAA 8 3 0 .727
29 Tony Mason Cincinnati Ind 8 3 0 .727
30 Dave McClain Ball State MAC 8 3 0 .727
31 Joseph Yukica Boston College Ind 8 3 0 .727
32 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 7 3 1 .682
33 Fred Akers Wyoming WAC 8 4 0 .667
34 Fran Curci Kentucky SEC 8 4 0 .667 W-L-T adjusted to 9-3 by NCAA.
35 Doug Dickey Florida SEC 8 4 0 .667
36 Dennis Fitzgerald Kent State MAC 8 4 0 .667
37 Bill Mallory Colorado Big 8 8 4 0 .667
38 John Crouthamel Dartmouth Ivy 6 3 0 .667
39 Joseph Restic Harvard Ivy 6 3 0 .667
40 Rey Dempsey Southern Illinois Ind 7 4 0 .636
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Bill Hess Ohio MAC 7 4 0 .636
42 Roy Kramer Central Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636
43 James Root William & Mary Southern 7 4 0 .636
44 Lynn Stiles San Jose State PCAA 7 4 0 .636
45 Elliot Uzelac Western Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636
46 Richard Williamson Memphis Ind 7 4 0 .636 W-L-T adjusted to 8-3 by NCAA.
47 F. Dry Tulsa MVC 7 4 1 .625
48 Art Baker Furman Southern 6 4 1 .591
49 Dick Bedesem Villanova Ind 6 4 1 .591
50 Jim Brakefield Appalachian State Southern 6 4 1 .591
51 Charles McClendon Louisiana State SEC 6 4 1 .591 W-L-T adjusted to 7-3-1 by NCAA.
52 Joe Morrison Chattanooga Ind 6 4 1 .591
53 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 7 5 0 .583
54 Sarkis Arslanian Colorado State WAC 6 5 0 .545
55 Bill Battle Tennessee SEC 6 5 0 .545
56 Jim Carlen South Carolina Ind 6 5 0 .545
57 Jack Christiansen Stanford Pac-8 6 5 0 .545
58 Hayden Fry North Texas Ind 6 5 0 .545 W-L-T adjusted to 7-4 by NCAA.
59 Maxie Lambright Louisiana Tech Southland 6 5 0 .545
60 Bud Moore Kansas Big 8 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Don Nehlen Bowling Green State MAC 6 5 0 .545
62 Al Onofrio Missouri Big 8 6 5 0 .545
63 Bobby Ross Citadel Southern 6 5 0 .545
64 Jimmy Sharpe Virginia Tech Ind 6 5 0 .545
65 Cal Stoll Minnesota Big Ten 6 5 0 .545
66 Frank Broyles Arkansas SWC 5 5 1 .500
67 Mike McGee Duke ACC 5 5 1 .500
68 Darrell Royal Texas SWC 5 5 1 .500
69 Bob Thalman Virginia Military Institute Southern 5 5 0 .500
70 A.L. Williams Northwestern State Ind 5 5 0 .500
71 Alex Agase Purdue Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
72 Bob Blackman Illinois Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
73 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 5 6 0 .455
74 Frank Cignetti West Virginia Ind 5 6 0 .455
75 Bob Commings Iowa Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
76 Ken Cooper Mississippi SEC 5 6 0 .455 W-L-T adjusted to 6-5 by NCAA.
77 Lee Corso Indiana Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
78 Bill Davidson Arkansas State Southland 5 6 0 .455
79 Harold Elliott Texas-Arlington Southland 5 6 0 .455
80 Gerry Hart Illinois State Ind 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Don James Washington Pac-8 5 6 0 .455
82 John Jardine Wisconsin Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
83 Chuck Mills Wake Forest ACC 5 6 0 .455
84 Homer Smith Army Ind 5 6 0 .455
85 Jim Sweeney Fresno State PCAA 5 6 0 .455
86 Jim Tait Richmond Southern 5 6 0 .455
87 Mike White California Pac-8 5 6 0 .455
88 Jim Young Arizona WAC 5 6 0 .455
89 Gene Mayfield West Texas A&M MVC 4 5 2 .455
90 Jim Bradley New Mexico State MVC 4 6 1 .409
91 Pepper Rodgers Georgia Tech Ind 4 6 1 .409
92 Darryl Rogers Michigan State Big Ten 4 6 1 .409
93 Wayne Hardin Temple Ind 4 6 0 .400
94 Frank Ellwood Marshall Ind 4 7 0 .364
95 Vince Gibson Louisville Ind 4 7 0 .364 W-L-T adjusted to 5-6 by NCAA.
96 Frank Kush Arizona State WAC 4 7 0 .364
97 Ron Marciniak Dayton Ind 4 7 0 .364
98 Ben Martin Air Force Ind 4 7 0 .364
99 Bill Mondt New Mexico WAC 4 7 0 .364
100 Don Read Oregon Pac-8 4 7 0 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 George Welsh Navy Ind 4 7 0 .364
102 Jim Wright Wichita State MVC 4 7 0 .364
103 Red Parker Clemson ACC 3 6 2 .364
104 William Campbell Columbia Ivy 3 6 0 .333
105 Harry Gamble Pennsylvania Ivy 3 6 0 .333
106 Jim Colletto Cal State Fullerton PCAA 3 7 1 .318
107 Bo Rein North Carolina State ACC 3 7 1 .318
108 Tom Harp Indiana State Ind 3 7 0 .300
109 Doug Barfield Auburn SEC 3 8 0 .273 W-L-T adjusted to 4-7 by NCAA.
110 Dick Crum Miami (OH) MAC 3 8 0 .273
111 Tom Lovat Utah WAC 3 8 0 .273
112 Frank Maloney Syracuse Ind 3 8 0 .273
113 Ron Meyer Southern Methodist SWC 3 8 0 .273
114 Jack Murphy Toledo MAC 3 8 0 .273
115 Larry Price Hawaii Ind 3 8 0 .273
116 Homer Rice Rice SWC 3 8 0 .273
117 Carl Selmer Miami (FL) Ind 3 8 0 .273
118 Jackie Sherrill Washington State Pac-8 3 8 0 .273
119 Bruce Snyder Utah State Ind 3 8 0 .273
120 Neil Wheelwright Holy Cross Ind 3 8 0 .273
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
121 Robert Casciola Princeton Ivy 2 7 0 .222
122 George Seifert Cornell Ivy 2 7 0 .222
123 Dick Bestwick Virginia ACC 2 9 0 .182
124 Chester Caddas Pacific PCAA 2 9 0 .182
125 Ed Chlebek Eastern Michigan MAC 2 9 0 .182
126 Bobby Collins Southern Mississippi Ind 2 9 0 .182 W-L-T adjusted to 3-8 by NCAA.
127 John David Crow Louisiana-Monroe Ind 2 9 0 .182
128 Bob Frederick Lamar Southland 2 9 0 .182
129 Fred Pancoast Vanderbilt SEC 2 9 0 .182
130 Larry Smith Tulane Ind 2 9 0 .182
131 Craig Fertig Oregon State Pac-8 2 10 0 .167
132 Pat Culpepper Northern Illinois MAC 1 10 0 .091
133 John Pont Northwestern Big Ten 1 10 0 .091
134 Ellis Rainsberger Kansas State Big 8 1 10 0 .091
135 Jack Wallace Drake MVC 1 10 0 .091
136 Gil Bartosh Texas-El Paso WAC 1 11 0 .083
137 Jim Shofner Texas Christian SWC 0 11 0 .000