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1979 Coaches

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Charles White (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Earle Bruce (Ohio State)

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

141 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 12 0 0 1.000
2 Pat Patterson Louisiana Tech Southland 1 0 0 1.000
3 John Robinson Southern California Pac-10 11 0 1 .958
4 Herb Deromedi Central Michigan MAC 10 0 1 .955
5 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 11 1 0 .917
6 Earle Bruce Ohio State Big Ten 11 1 0 .917
7 Ernie Duplechin McNeese State Southland 11 1 0 .917
8 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 11 1 0 .917
9 Jackie Sherrill Pittsburgh Ind 11 1 0 .917
10 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 .917
11 Bill Yeoman Houston SWC 11 1 0 .917
12 Carmen Cozza Yale Ivy 8 1 0 .889
13 Wayne Hardin Temple Ind 10 2 0 .833
14 Lou Holtz Arkansas SWC 10 2 0 .833
15 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 10 2 0 .833
16 Jim Young Purdue Big Ten 10 2 0 .833
17 Tony Knap Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 9 1 2 .833
18 Harold Elliott Texas-Arlington Southland 9 2 0 .818
19 Joe Morrison Chattanooga Southern 9 2 0 .818
20 Fred Akers Texas SWC 9 3 0 .750
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Don James Washington Pac-10 9 3 0 .750 W-L-T adjusted to 10-2 by NCAA.
22 Larry Smith Tulane Ind 9 3 0 .750
23 Doug Barfield Auburn SEC 8 3 0 .727
24 Frank Burns Rutgers Ind 8 3 0 .727
25 Rey Dempsey Southern Illinois MVC 8 3 0 .727
26 Claude Gilbert San Diego State WAC 8 3 0 .727
27 Dick Jamieson Indiana State MVC 8 3 0 .727
28 Dick Crum North Carolina ACC 8 3 1 .708
29 Pat Dye East Carolina Ind 7 3 1 .682
30 Bruce Snyder Utah State PCAA 7 3 1 .682 W-L-T adjusted to 8-2-1 by NCAA.
31 Chuck Stobart Toledo MAC 7 3 1 .682 W-L-T adjusted to 8-2-1 by NCAA.
32 Jim Carlen South Carolina Ind 8 4 0 .667
33 Lee Corso Indiana Big Ten 8 4 0 .667
34 Danny Ford Clemson ACC 8 4 0 .667
35 John Mackovic Wake Forest ACC 8 4 0 .667
36 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 8 4 0 .667
37 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 8 4 0 .667
38 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 8 4 0 .667
39 John Anderson Brown Ivy 6 3 0 .667
40 Jack Carlisle East Tennessee State Southern 7 4 0 .636
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Jerry Claiborne Maryland ACC 7 4 0 .636
42 Dave Currey Long Beach State PCAA 7 4 0 .636
43 Dan Devine Notre Dame Ind 7 4 0 .636
44 Jimmy Johnson Oklahoma State Big 8 7 4 0 .636
45 Bo Rein North Carolina State ACC 7 4 0 .636
46 George Welsh Navy Ind 7 4 0 .636
47 Bob Frederick Lamar Southland 6 3 2 .636
48 Frank Kush Arizona State Pac-10 3 2 0 .600
49 Bobby Collins Southern Mississippi Ind 6 4 1 .591
50 Jack Elway San Jose State PCAA 6 4 1 .591
51 Bob Thalman Virginia Military Institute Southern 6 4 1 .591
52 Johnny Majors Tennessee SEC 7 5 0 .583
53 Frank Maloney Syracuse Ind 7 5 0 .583
54 Charles McClendon Louisiana State SEC 7 5 0 .583
55 Warren Powers Missouri Big 8 7 5 0 .583
56 Bob Blackman Cornell Ivy 5 4 0 .556
57 Frank Navarro Princeton Ivy 5 4 0 .556
58 Frederick Dunlap Colgate Ind 5 4 1 .550
59 Art Baker Citadel Southern 6 5 0 .545
60 Dick Bestwick Virginia ACC 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Rich Brooks Oregon Pac-10 6 5 0 .545
62 Brian Burke Ohio MAC 6 5 0 .545
63 John Cooper Tulsa MVC 6 5 0 .545
64 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 6 5 0 .545
65 Tom Reed Miami (OH) MAC 6 5 0 .545
66 Dick Tomey Hawaii WAC 6 5 0 .545
67 Elliot Uzelac Western Michigan MAC 6 5 0 .545
68 Dwight Wallace Ball State MAC 6 5 0 .545
69 Bob Waters Western Carolina Southern 6 5 0 .545
70 Tom Wilson Texas A&M SWC 6 5 0 .545
71 Tony Mason Arizona Pac-10 6 5 1 .542
72 Wayne Howard Utah WAC 6 6 0 .500
73 Bill Mondt New Mexico WAC 6 6 0 .500
74 Roger Theder California Pac-10 6 6 0 .500
75 Pat Culpepper Northern Illinois MAC 5 5 1 .500
76 Ron Dowhower Stanford Pac-10 5 5 1 .500
77 Bill Yung West Texas A&M MVC 5 5 1 .500
78 Joseph Yukica Dartmouth Ivy 4 4 1 .500
79 Dick Bedesem Villanova Ind 5 6 0 .455
80 Ed Chlebek Boston College Ind 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Frank Cignetti West Virginia Ind 5 6 0 .455
82 Fran Curci Kentucky SEC 5 6 0 .455
83 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-10 5 6 0 .455
84 Bill Dooley Virginia Tech Ind 5 6 0 .455
85 Hayden Fry Iowa Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
86 Ron Meyer Southern Methodist SWC 5 6 0 .455
87 Jerry Moore North Texas Ind 5 6 0 .455
88 Darryl Rogers Michigan State Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
89 Howard Schnellenberger Miami (FL) Ind 5 6 0 .455
90 Dick Sheridan Furman Southern 5 6 0 .455
91 Neil Wheelwright Holy Cross Ind 5 6 0 .455
92 Richard Williamson Memphis Ind 5 6 0 .455
93 Bob Owens Arizona State Pac-10 3 4 0 .429
94 Vince Gibson Louisville Ind 4 6 1 .409
95 Pepper Rodgers Georgia Tech Ind 4 6 1 .409
96 Joe Salem Minnesota Big Ten 4 6 1 .409
97 Sarkis Arslanian Colorado State WAC 4 7 1 .375
98 Larry Lacewell Arkansas State Southland 4 7 0 .364
99 Dave McClain Wisconsin Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
100 Bob Padilla Fresno State PCAA 4 7 0 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 James Root William & Mary Ind 4 7 0 .364
102 Steve Sloan Mississippi SEC 4 7 0 .364
103 Dennis Stolz Bowling Green State MAC 4 7 0 .364
104 Augie Tammariello Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 4 7 0 .364
105 Rex Dockery Texas Tech SWC 3 6 2 .364
106 Walt Nadzak Connecticut Ind 3 6 2 .364
107 Bill Lewis Wyoming WAC 4 8 0 .333
108 Joseph Restic Harvard Ivy 3 6 0 .333
109 Bob Toledo Pacific PCAA 3 7 0 .300
110 Emory Bellard Mississippi State SEC 3 8 0 .273
111 Jim Brakefield Appalachian State Southern 3 8 0 .273
112 Jim Colletto Cal State Fullerton PCAA 3 8 0 .273
113 Charlie Cowdrey Illinois State Ind 3 8 0 .273
114 John David Crow Louisiana-Monroe Ind 3 8 0 .273
115 Jim Dickey Kansas State Big 8 3 8 0 .273
116 Donnie Duncan Iowa State Big 8 3 8 0 .273
117 Chuck Fairbanks Colorado Big 8 3 8 0 .273
118 Don Fambrough Kansas Big 8 3 8 0 .273
119 Chuck Shelton Drake MVC 3 8 0 .273
120 Jim Walden Washington State Pac-10 3 8 0 .273 W-L-T adjusted to 4-7 by NCAA.
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
121 F. Dry Texas Christian SWC 2 8 1 .227
122 Gary Moeller Illinois Big Ten 2 8 1 .227
123 Lou Saban Army Ind 2 8 1 .227
124 Mike Stock Eastern Michigan MAC 2 8 1 .227
125 Red Wilson Duke ACC 2 8 1 .227
126 Ken Hatfield Air Force Ind 2 9 0 .182
127 Gil Krueger New Mexico State MVC 2 9 0 .182
128 Bill Michael Texas-El Paso WAC 2 9 0 .182
129 Ralph Staub Cincinnati Ind 2 9 0 .182
130 William Campbell Columbia Ivy 1 8 0 .111
131 Larry Beightol Louisiana Tech Southland 1 9 0 .100
132 Ray Alborn Rice SWC 1 10 0 .091
133 Ron Blackledge Kent State MAC 1 10 0 .091
134 Craig Fertig Oregon State Pac-10 1 10 0 .091 W-L-T adjusted to 2-9 by NCAA.
135 Willie Jeffries Wichita State MVC 1 10 0 .091
136 George MacIntyre Vanderbilt SEC 1 10 0 .091
137 Sonny Randle Marshall Southern 1 10 0 .091
138 Rick Venturi Northwestern Big Ten 1 10 0 .091
139 Charley Pell Florida SEC 0 10 1 .045
140 Harry Gamble Pennsylvania Ivy 0 9 0 .000
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
141 Jim Tait Richmond Ind 0 11 0 .000