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1981 Coaches

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

137 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Danny Ford Clemson ACC 12 0 0 1.000
2 Jackie Sherrill Pittsburgh Ind 11 1 0 .917
3 Ron Meyer Southern Methodist SWC 10 1 0 .909
4 Carmen Cozza Yale Ivy 9 1 0 .900
5 Fred Akers Texas SWC 10 1 1 .875
6 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 11 2 0 .846
7 Dick Crum North Carolina ACC 10 2 0 .833
8 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 10 2 0 .833
9 Don James Washington Pac-10 10 2 0 .833
10 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 10 2 0 .833
11 Darryl Rogers Arizona State Pac-10 9 2 0 .818
12 Howard Schnellenberger Miami (FL) Ind 9 2 0 .818
13 Dick Tomey Hawaii WAC 9 2 0 .818
14 Bear Bryant Alabama SEC 9 2 1 .792
15 Bobby Collins Southern Mississippi Ind 9 2 1 .792
16 Wayne Howard Utah WAC 8 2 1 .773
17 Tom Reed Miami (OH) MAC 8 2 1 .773
18 Earle Bruce Ohio State Big Ten 9 3 0 .750
19 Jack Elway San Jose State PCAA 9 3 0 .750
20 Don Nehlen West Virginia Ind 9 3 0 .750
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 9 3 0 .750
22 John Robinson Southern California Pac-10 9 3 0 .750
23 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 9 3 0 .750
24 Chuck Stobart Toledo MAC 9 3 0 .750
25 Al Kincaid Wyoming WAC 8 3 0 .727
26 Dick Sheridan Furman Southern 8 3 0 .727
27 Jim Walden Washington State Pac-10 8 3 1 .708
28 Frederick Dunlap Colgate Ind 7 3 0 .700
29 Art Baker Citadel Southern 7 3 1 .682
30 Ernie Duplechin McNeese State Southland 7 3 1 .682
31 Bill Oliver Chattanooga Southern 7 3 1 .682
32 Emory Bellard Mississippi State SEC 8 4 0 .667
33 Don Fambrough Kansas Big 8 8 4 0 .667
34 Hayden Fry Iowa Big Ten 8 4 0 .667
35 Lou Holtz Arkansas SWC 8 4 0 .667
36 Johnny Majors Tennessee SEC 8 4 0 .667
37 Warren Powers Missouri Big 8 8 4 0 .667
38 Bob Thalman Virginia Military Institute Southern 6 3 1 .650
39 Rey Dempsey Southern Illinois MVC 7 4 0 .636
40 Herb Deromedi Central Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Bill Dooley Virginia Tech Ind 7 4 0 .636
42 Mike White Illinois Big Ten 7 4 0 .636
43 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-10 7 4 1 .625
44 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 7 4 1 .625
45 George Welsh Navy Ind 7 4 1 .625
46 Bill Yeoman Houston SWC 7 4 1 .625
47 Joseph Yukica Dartmouth Ivy 6 4 0 .600
48 Jimmy Johnson Oklahoma State Big 8 7 5 0 .583
49 Dave McClain Wisconsin Big Ten 7 5 0 .583
50 Charley Pell Florida SEC 7 5 0 .583
51 Tom Wilson Texas A&M SWC 7 5 0 .583
52 Frank Navarro Princeton Ivy 5 4 1 .550
53 Joseph Restic Harvard Ivy 5 4 1 .550
54 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 6 5 0 .545
55 Jack Carlisle East Tennessee State Southern 6 5 0 .545
56 Rick Carter Holy Cross Ind 6 5 0 .545
57 John Cooper Tulsa MVC 6 5 0 .545
58 Harold Elliott Texas-Arlington Southland 6 5 0 .545
59 Vince Gibson Tulane Ind 6 5 0 .545
60 Mike Gottfried Cincinnati Ind 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Larry Lacewell Arkansas State Southland 6 5 0 .545
62 Joe Salem Minnesota Big Ten 6 5 0 .545
63 Doug Scovil San Diego State WAC 6 5 0 .545
64 Larry Smith Arizona Pac-10 6 5 0 .545
65 Elliot Uzelac Western Michigan MAC 6 5 0 .545
66 Red Wilson Duke ACC 6 5 0 .545
67 Jim Carlen South Carolina Ind 6 6 0 .500
68 Tony Knap Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 6 6 0 .500
69 Donnie Duncan Iowa State Big 8 5 5 1 .500
70 Wayne Hardin Temple Ind 5 5 0 .500
71 Dennis Raetz Indiana State MVC 5 5 1 .500
72 Bruce Snyder Utah State PCAA 5 5 1 .500
73 Dennis Stolz Bowling Green State MAC 5 5 1 .500
74 Jack Bicknell Boston College Ind 5 6 0 .455
75 Brian Burke Ohio MAC 5 6 0 .455
76 Frank Burns Rutgers Ind 5 6 0 .455
77 Pat Collins Louisiana-Monroe Ind 5 6 0 .455
78 Pat Dye Auburn SEC 5 6 0 .455
79 Ed Emory East Carolina Ind 5 6 0 .455
80 Gerry Faust Notre Dame Ind 5 6 0 .455
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Jimmye Laycock William & Mary Ind 5 6 0 .455
82 Jim Sweeney Fresno State PCAA 5 6 0 .455
83 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 5 6 0 .455
84 Bob Toledo Pacific PCAA 5 6 0 .455
85 Frank Waters Michigan State Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
86 Bob Weber Louisville Ind 5 6 0 .455
87 Jim Young Purdue Big Ten 5 6 0 .455
88 Billy Brewer Louisiana Tech Southland 4 6 1 .409
89 Jerry Claiborne Maryland ACC 4 6 1 .409
90 Bob Frederick Lamar Southland 4 6 1 .409
91 Willie Jeffries Wichita State MVC 4 6 1 .409
92 Dick MacPherson Syracuse Ind 4 6 1 .409
93 Steve Sloan Mississippi SEC 4 6 1 .409
94 Joe Morrison New Mexico WAC 4 7 1 .375
95 Ray Alborn Rice SWC 4 7 0 .364
96 Ed Chlebek Kent State MAC 4 7 0 .364
97 Al Groh Wake Forest ACC 4 7 0 .364
98 Ken Hatfield Air Force WAC 4 7 0 .364
99 Monte Kiffin North Carolina State ACC 4 7 0 .364
100 George MacIntyre Vanderbilt SEC 4 7 0 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Dal Shealy Richmond Ind 4 7 0 .364
102 Dwight Wallace Ball State MAC 4 7 0 .364
103 Bob Waters Western Carolina Southern 4 7 0 .364
104 Paul Wiggin Stanford Pac-10 4 7 0 .364
105 Ed Cavanaugh Army Ind 3 7 1 .318
106 Jerry Stovall Louisiana State SEC 3 7 1 .318
107 Mike Working Appalachian State Southern 3 7 1 .318
108 John Anderson Brown Ivy 3 7 0 .300
109 Bob Blackman Cornell Ivy 3 7 0 .300
110 Bob Otolski Illinois State MVC 3 7 0 .300
111 Lee Corso Indiana Big Ten 3 8 0 .273
112 Fran Curci Kentucky SEC 3 8 0 .273
113 Chuck Fairbanks Colorado Big 8 3 8 0 .273
114 Gil Krueger New Mexico State MVC 3 8 0 .273
115 Bill Mallory Northern Illinois MAC 3 8 0 .273
116 Gene Murphy Cal State Fullerton PCAA 3 8 0 .273
117 F. Dry Texas Christian SWC 2 7 2 .273
118 Dave Currey Long Beach State PCAA 2 8 0 .200
119 Rich Brooks Oregon Pac-10 2 9 0 .182
120 Jim Dickey Kansas State Big 8 2 9 0 .182
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
121 Sonny Randle Marshall Southern 2 9 0 .182
122 Roger Theder California Pac-10 2 9 0 .182
123 Bob Tyler North Texas Ind 2 9 0 .182
124 Jerry Moore Texas Tech SWC 1 9 1 .136
125 Sam Robertson Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 1 9 1 .136
126 Billy Alton Texas-El Paso WAC 1 8 0 .111
127 Jerry Berndt Pennsylvania Ivy 1 9 0 .100
128 Bob Naso Columbia Ivy 1 9 0 .100
129 Joe Avezzano Oregon State Pac-10 1 10 0 .091
130 Dick Bestwick Virginia ACC 1 10 0 .091
131 Bill Curry Georgia Tech Ind 1 10 0 .091
132 Rex Dockery Memphis Ind 1 10 0 .091
133 Sarkis Arslanian Colorado State WAC 0 6 0 .000
134 Chester Caddas Colorado State WAC 0 6 0 .000
135 Dennis Green Northwestern Big Ten 0 11 0 .000
136 Bill Michael Texas-El Paso WAC 0 2 0 .000
137 Mike Stock Eastern Michigan MAC 0 11 0 .000