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1977 Coaches

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Earl Campbell (Texas)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Arkansas)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

146 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Fred Akers Texas SWC 11 1 0 .917
2 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 11 1 0 .917
3 Dan Devine Notre Dame Ind 11 1 0 .917
4 Lou Holtz Arkansas SWC 11 1 0 .917
5 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 11 1 0 .917
6 Dick Crum Miami (OH) MAC 10 1 0 .909
7 Fran Curci Kentucky SEC 10 1 0 .909
8 Frederick Dunlap Colgate Ind 10 1 0 .909
9 Claude Gilbert San Diego State Ind 10 1 0 .909
10 Roy Kramer Central Michigan MAC 10 1 0 .909
11 Eddie Robinson Grambling State SWAC 10 1 0 .909
12 Joe Morrison Chattanooga Southern 9 1 1 .864
13 John Merritt Tennessee State Ind 8 1 1 .850
14 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 10 2 0 .833
15 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 10 2 0 .833
16 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 10 2 0 .833
17 Maxie Lambright Louisiana Tech Southland 9 1 2 .833
18 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 9 2 0 .818
19 Hayden Fry North Texas Ind 9 2 0 .818 W-L-T adjusted to 10-1 by NCAA.
20 Dave McClain Ball State MAC 9 2 0 .818
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Jim Sweeney Fresno State PCAA 9 2 0 .818
22 Sarkis Arslanian Colorado State WAC 9 2 1 .792
23 Jackie Sherrill Pittsburgh Ind 9 2 1 .792
24 John Anderson Brown Ivy 7 2 0 .778
25 Carmen Cozza Yale Ivy 7 2 0 .778
26 Woody Hayes Ohio State Big Ten 9 3 0 .750
27 Frank Kush Arizona State WAC 9 3 0 .750
28 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 9 3 0 .750
29 Bill Walsh Stanford Pac-8 9 3 0 .750
30 Frank Burns Rutgers Ind 8 3 0 .727
31 Ed Chlebek Eastern Michigan MAC 8 3 0 .727
32 Pat Dye East Carolina Ind 8 3 0 .727
33 W.C. Gorden Jackson State SWAC 8 3 0 .727
34 Bill Dooley North Carolina ACC 8 3 1 .708
35 Charley Pell Clemson ACC 8 3 1 .708
36 Bill Mallory Colorado Big 8 7 3 1 .682
37 Darryl Rogers Michigan State Big Ten 7 3 1 .682
38 Emory Bellard Texas A&M SWC 8 4 0 .667
39 Earle Bruce Iowa State Big 8 8 4 0 .667
40 Jerry Claiborne Maryland ACC 8 4 0 .667
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Don James Washington Pac-8 8 4 0 .667 W-L-T adjusted to 10-2 by NCAA.
42 Charles McClendon Louisiana State SEC 8 4 0 .667
43 Bo Rein North Carolina State ACC 8 4 0 .667
44 John Robinson Southern California Pac-8 8 4 0 .667
45 John Crouthamel Dartmouth Ivy 6 3 0 .667
46 Bill Davidson Arkansas State Southland 7 4 0 .636
47 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-8 7 4 0 .636 W-L-T adjusted to 0-11 by NCAA.
48 Homer Smith Army Ind 7 4 0 .636
49 Bob Thalman Virginia Military Institute Southern 7 4 0 .636
50 Mike White California Pac-8 7 4 0 .636 W-L-T adjusted to 8-3 by NCAA.
51 Vince Gibson Louisville Ind 7 4 1 .625
52 Doug Dickey Florida SEC 6 4 1 .591
53 Wendell Mosley Texas Southern SWAC 6 4 1 .591
54 Bob Waters Western Carolina Southern 6 4 1 .591
55 Bill Yung West Texas A&M MVC 6 4 1 .591
56 Steve Sloan Texas Tech SWC 7 5 0 .583
57 Cal Stoll Minnesota Big Ten 7 5 0 .583
58 Augie Tammariello Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 6 4 2 .583
59 Harry Gamble Pennsylvania Ivy 5 4 0 .556
60 Chester Caddas Pacific PCAA 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Dennis Fitzgerald Kent State MAC 6 5 0 .545
62 Frank Maloney Syracuse Ind 6 5 0 .545
63 Warren Powers Washington State Pac-8 6 5 0 .545 W-L-T adjusted to 7-4 by NCAA.
64 Pepper Rodgers Georgia Tech Ind 6 5 0 .545
65 James Root William & Mary Ind 6 5 0 .545
66 A.L. Williams Northwestern State Ind 6 5 0 .545
67 Richard Williamson Memphis Ind 6 5 0 .545
68 Bill Yeoman Houston SWC 6 5 0 .545
69 Joseph Yukica Boston College Ind 6 5 0 .545
70 Ralph Staub Cincinnati Ind 5 4 2 .545
71 Bobby Collins Southern Mississippi Ind 6 6 0 .500
72 Lee Corso Indiana Big Ten 5 5 1 .500
73 Jack Doland McNeese State Southland 5 5 1 .500
74 Wayne Hardin Temple Ind 5 5 1 .500
75 Davis Weathersby Mississippi Valley State SWAC 5 5 0 .500
76 Charlie Bates Southern SWAC 3 3 1 .500
77 Doug Barfield Auburn SEC 5 6 0 .455 W-L-T adjusted to 6-5 by NCAA.
78 Frank Cignetti West Virginia Ind 5 6 0 .455
79 Ken Cooper Mississippi SEC 5 6 0 .455 W-L-T adjusted to 6-5 by NCAA.
80 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Harold Elliott Texas-Arlington Southland 5 6 0 .455
82 John Jardine Wisconsin Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
83 Mike McGee Duke ACC 5 6 0 .455
84 Bobby Ross Citadel Southern 5 6 0 .455
85 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 5 6 0 .455
86 Dick Tomey Hawaii Ind 5 6 0 .455
87 Bob Tyler Mississippi State SEC 5 6 0 .455 W-L-T adjusted to 0-11 by NCAA.
88 George Welsh Navy Ind 5 6 0 .455
89 Jim Wright Wichita State MVC 5 6 0 .455
90 Jim Young Purdue Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
91 Art Baker Furman Southern 4 5 2 .455
92 Joseph Restic Harvard Ivy 4 5 0 .444
93 Jim Carlen South Carolina Ind 5 7 0 .417
94 Tony Mason Arizona WAC 5 7 0 .417
95 Bill Mondt New Mexico WAC 5 7 0 .417
96 Dennis Stolz Bowling Green State MAC 5 7 0 .417
97 Bill Lewis Wyoming WAC 4 6 1 .409
98 Dave Currey Long Beach State PCAA 4 6 0 .400
99 Dick Bedesem Villanova Ind 4 7 0 .364
100 Jim Bradley New Mexico State MVC 4 7 0 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Jim Colletto Cal State Fullerton PCAA 4 7 0 .364
102 Bob Commings Iowa Big Ten 4 7 0 .364 W-L-T adjusted to 5-6 by NCAA.
103 Johnny Majors Tennessee SEC 4 7 0 .364
104 Ron Meyer Southern Methodist SWC 4 7 0 .364
105 Al Onofrio Missouri Big 8 4 7 0 .364
106 Bruce Snyder Utah State Ind 4 7 0 .364
107 Jim Stanley Oklahoma State Big 8 4 7 0 .364
108 Lynn Stiles San Jose State PCAA 4 7 0 .364
109 Elliot Uzelac Western Michigan MAC 4 7 0 .364
110 Robert Casciola Princeton Ivy 3 6 0 .333
111 Charlie Cowdrey Illinois State Ind 3 7 1 .318
112 Bud Moore Kansas Big 8 3 7 1 .318 W-L-T adjusted to 4-6-1 by NCAA.
113 Jimmy Sharpe Virginia Tech Ind 3 7 1 .318
114 Tom Harp Indiana State Ind 3 7 0 .300
115 Marino Casem Alcorn State SWAC 3 8 0 .273
116 John Cooper Tulsa MVC 3 8 0 .273
117 Pat Culpepper Northern Illinois MAC 3 8 0 .273
118 Rey Dempsey Southern Illinois MVC 3 8 0 .273
119 Wayne Howard Utah WAC 3 8 0 .273
120 Gary Moeller Illinois Big Ten 3 8 0 .273
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
121 Lou Saban Miami (FL) Ind 3 8 0 .273
122 Larry Smith Tulane Ind 3 8 0 .273
123 Jim Tait Richmond Ind 3 8 0 .273
124 Hoover Wright Prairie View A&M SWAC 3 8 0 .273
125 Ben Martin Air Force Ind 2 8 1 .227
126 William Campbell Columbia Ivy 2 7 0 .222
127 Jim Brakefield Appalachian State Southern 2 9 0 .182
128 Rich Brooks Oregon Pac-8 2 9 0 .182 W-L-T adjusted to 3-8 by NCAA.
129 John David Crow Louisiana-Monroe Ind 2 9 0 .182
130 F. Dry Texas Christian SWC 2 9 0 .182
131 Frank Ellwood Marshall Southern 2 9 0 .182
132 Craig Fertig Oregon State Pac-8 2 9 0 .182 W-L-T adjusted to 3-8 by NCAA.
133 Bob Frederick Lamar Southland 2 9 0 .182
134 Fred Pancoast Vanderbilt SEC 2 9 0 .182
135 Chuck Shelton Drake MVC 2 9 0 .182
136 Chuck Stobart Toledo MAC 2 9 0 .182
137 Neil Wheelwright Holy Cross Ind 2 9 0 .182
138 Dick Bestwick Virginia ACC 1 9 1 .136
139 Bob Blackman Cornell Ivy 1 8 0 .111
140 Bill Hess Ohio MAC 1 10 0 .091
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
141 Bill Michael Texas-El Paso WAC 1 10 0 .091
142 Chuck Mills Wake Forest ACC 1 10 0 .091
143 John Pont Northwestern Big Ten 1 10 0 .091
144 Ellis Rainsberger Kansas State Big 8 1 10 0 .091 W-L-T adjusted to 2-9 by NCAA.
145 Homer Rice Rice SWC 1 10 0 .091
146 Ken Tillage Southern SWAC 0 4 0 .000