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1986 Coaches

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL))
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

107 Coaches

Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
1 Joe Paterno Penn State Ind 12 0 0 1.000
2 Jimmy Johnson Miami (FL) Ind 11 1 0 .917
3 Barry Switzer Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 .917
4 John Cooper Arizona State Pac-10 10 1 1 .875
5 Bo Schembechler Michigan Big Ten 11 2 0 .846
6 Pat Dye Auburn SEC 10 2 0 .833
7 Claude Gilbert San Jose State PCAA 10 2 0 .833
8 Tom Osborne Nebraska Big 8 10 2 0 .833
9 Jim Sweeney Fresno State PCAA 9 2 0 .818
10 Bill Dooley Virginia Tech Ind 9 2 1 .792 W-L-T adjusted to 10-1-1 by NCAA.
11 Earle Bruce Ohio State Big Ten 10 3 0 .769
12 Ray Perkins Alabama SEC 10 3 0 .769
13 Bill Arnsparger Louisiana State SEC 9 3 0 .750
14 Jack Bicknell Boston College Ind 9 3 0 .750
15 Hayden Fry Iowa Big Ten 9 3 0 .750
16 Ken Hatfield Arkansas SWC 9 3 0 .750
17 Jackie Sherrill Texas A&M SWC 9 3 0 .750
18 Larry Smith Arizona Pac-10 9 3 0 .750
19 Grant Teaff Baylor SWC 9 3 0 .750
20 Danny Ford Clemson ACC 8 2 2 .750
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
21 Billy Brewer Mississippi SEC 8 3 1 .708
22 Terry Donahue UCLA Pac-10 8 3 1 .708
23 Don James Washington Pac-10 8 3 1 .708
24 Dick Sheridan North Carolina State ACC 8 3 1 .708
25 Vince Dooley Georgia SEC 8 4 0 .667
26 Jack Elway Stanford Pac-10 8 4 0 .667
27 Tim Rose Miami (OH) MAC 8 4 0 .667
28 Dennis Stolz San Diego State WAC 8 4 0 .667
29 David McWilliams Texas Tech SWC 7 4 0 .636
30 Don Morton Tulsa Ind 7 4 0 .636
31 Dan Simrell Toledo MAC 7 4 0 .636
32 Bobby Bowden Florida State Ind 7 4 1 .625
33 Dick Crum North Carolina ACC 7 4 1 .625
34 LaVell Edwards Brigham Young WAC 8 5 0 .615
35 Johnny Majors Tennessee SEC 7 5 0 .583
36 Ted Tollner Southern California Pac-10 7 5 0 .583
37 Dick Tomey Hawaii WAC 7 5 0 .583
38 Jim Criner Iowa State Big 8 5 4 0 .556
39 Bruce Arians Temple Ind 6 5 0 .545 W-L-T adjusted to 0-11 by NCAA.
40 Jim Carmody Southern Mississippi Ind 6 5 0 .545
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
41 Bobby Collins Southern Methodist SWC 6 5 0 .545
42 Fisher DeBerry Air Force WAC 6 5 0 .545
43 Rockey Felker Mississippi State SEC 6 5 0 .545
44 Leon Fuller Colorado State WAC 6 5 0 .545
45 Galen Hall Florida SEC 6 5 0 .545
46 Jim Harkema Eastern Michigan MAC 6 5 0 .545
47 Pat Jones Oklahoma State Big 8 6 5 0 .545
48 Wayne Nunnely Nevada-Las Vegas PCAA 6 5 0 .545
49 George Perles Michigan State Big Ten 6 5 0 .545
50 Paul Schudel Ball State MAC 6 5 0 .545
51 Mike Sheppard Long Beach State PCAA 6 5 0 .545
52 Nelson Stokley Louisiana-Lafayette Ind 6 5 0 .545
53 Jim Young Army Ind 6 5 0 .545
54 Dennis Erickson Wyoming WAC 6 6 0 .500
55 John Gutekunst Minnesota Big Ten 6 6 0 .500
56 Bill Mallory Indiana Big Ten 6 6 0 .500
57 Bill McCartney Colorado Big 8 6 6 0 .500
58 Dick Anderson Rutgers Ind 5 5 1 .500 W-L-T adjusted to 6-4-1 by NCAA.
59 Jerry Claiborne Kentucky SEC 5 5 1 .500
60 Bill Curry Georgia Tech ACC 5 5 1 .500
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
61 Herb Deromedi Central Michigan MAC 5 5 0 .500
62 Mike Gottfried Pittsburgh Ind 5 5 1 .500 W-L-T adjusted to 6-4-1 by NCAA.
63 Bobby Ross Maryland ACC 5 5 1 .500
64 Chuck Banker Iowa State Big 8 1 1 0 .500
65 Fred Akers Texas SWC 5 6 0 .455
66 Moe Ankney Bowling Green State MAC 5 6 0 .455
67 Rich Brooks Oregon Pac-10 5 6 0 .455
68 Dave Currey Cincinnati Ind 5 6 0 .455
69 Al Groh Wake Forest ACC 5 6 0 .455
70 Lou Holtz Notre Dame Ind 5 6 0 .455
71 Dick MacPherson Syracuse Ind 5 6 0 .455
72 Glen Mason Kent State MAC 5 6 0 .455
73 Jerry Berndt Rice SWC 4 7 0 .364
74 Mack Brown Tulane Ind 4 7 0 .364
75 Bob Cope Pacific PCAA 4 7 0 .364
76 Don Nehlen West Virginia Ind 4 7 0 .364
77 Francis Peay Northwestern Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
78 Steve Sloan Duke ACC 4 7 0 .364
79 Mike White Illinois Big Ten 4 7 0 .364
80 Joe Morrison South Carolina Ind 3 6 2 .364
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
81 Joe Lee Dunn New Mexico WAC 4 8 0 .333
82 Bob Stull Texas-El Paso WAC 4 8 0 .333
83 Jim Walden Washington State Pac-10 3 7 1 .318
84 Leon Burtnett Purdue Big Ten 3 8 0 .273
85 Ron Chismar Wichita State Ind 3 8 0 .273
86 Jack Harbaugh Western Michigan MAC 3 8 0 .273 W-L-T adjusted to 4-7 by NCAA.
87 Dave Kragthorpe Oregon State Pac-10 3 8 0 .273
88 Howard Schnellenberger Louisville Ind 3 8 0 .273
89 Chuck Shelton Utah State PCAA 3 8 0 .273
90 Gary Tranquill Navy Ind 3 8 0 .273
91 Bob Valesente Kansas Big 8 3 8 0 .273
92 Jim Wacker Texas Christian SWC 3 8 0 .273
93 George Welsh Virginia ACC 3 8 0 .273
94 Woody Widenhofer Missouri Big 8 3 8 0 .273
95 Jim Hilles Wisconsin Big Ten 3 9 0 .250
96 Gene Murphy Cal State Fullerton PCAA 3 9 0 .250
97 Art Baker East Carolina Ind 2 9 0 .182 W-L-T adjusted to 3-8 by NCAA.
98 Jim Fassel Utah WAC 2 9 0 .182
99 Joe Kapp California Pac-10 2 9 0 .182
100 Stan Parrish Kansas State Big 8 2 9 0 .182
Rk Coach School Conf W L T Pct Notes
101 Jerry Pettibone Northern Illinois Ind 2 9 0 .182
102 Charlie Bailey Memphis Ind 1 10 0 .091
103 Watson Brown Vanderbilt SEC 1 10 0 .091
104 Cleve Bryant Ohio MAC 1 10 0 .091
105 Mike Knoll New Mexico State PCAA 1 10 0 .091
106 Bill Yeoman Houston SWC 1 10 0 .091
107 Spike Dykes Texas Tech SWC 0 1 0 .000