The 20 Greatest College Football Coaches Of All Time

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18. John McKay

USC didn’t have a single national title to its name when John McKay took over in 1960. By the time he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976, they’d lifted four. He also helped guide Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson to the Heisman Trophy, led his teams to eight Rose Bowl appearances and in 1988 was made a Hall of Famer.

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17. Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer’s glittering career since 2001 has included spells at the Bowling Green Falcons, Utah Utes, Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeyes. He’s one of just three coaches to have steered two different universities to a major college football national title and boasts an impressive winning percentage of .851. And, aged just 52, Meyer could easily climb even higher in the list of greats.

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16. Pop Warner

Pop Warner is credited with introducing the single and the double wing formations, the body-blocking technique and the three-point stance into the game. The coach also won four national titles during the early years of the 20th century – three with Pitt, one with Stanford. But he’s perhaps most famous for founding the hugely popular youth football program known as Pop Warner Little Scholars.

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