As he prepares for his fortieth year with Penn State, he is in second place for all time victories, only behind Bobby Bowden. Even people that don’t know much about football or Notre Dame surely know the line “Win one for the Gipper.” What Rockne could have accomplished will never be known. His career record with the Seminoles, playing some of the league’s toughest teams, is 278-70-4.
This article was posted on September 26, 2005
But Bowden and Paterno, as great as they are, may never be able to reach the greatness a certain Norwegian achieved while coaching America’s most famous Irish-Catholic university. He is ranked second in most bowl wins. He once suspended his star quarterback, Joe Namath, causing him to miss the 1964 Sugar Bowl.
The Best Coaches in NCAA Football History
Sure, there will be other great coaches in the future of the NCAA. That is the winningest percentage (.881) of any NCAA football coach ever. When he took over in 1976, the Seminoles had won a total of only four games in three seasons.
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The Best NCAA Coaches
by: JB Webs
. At the time of his retirement, he was the winningest coach of all time and also held the record for most bowl wins.
If NCAA football was a religion in Alabama, Paul “Bear” Bryant would be their messiah. Bear was known as a stern, no nonsense coach. Bobby Bowden, forty four years after coaching his first college game and after twenty nine years with Florida State, is the winningest coach in NCAA history. But in his short thirteen years at Notre Dame, he managed to compile a record of 105-12-5, including six national championships. Many coaches have had winning seasons, but only the greatest are remembered by fans. He led the Crimson Tide to six national titles between 1961 and 1979. He was also created the unstoppable backfield known as the four horsemen that led the Fighting Irish to a 28-2 record. He was cut down in his prime, dying in a plane crash at age 42.
NCAA football, particularly Division I-A, is one of the most competitive collegiate sports. His Seminoles were ranked in the Associated Press (AP) Top Five for fourteen consecutive seasons. He led the Nittany Lions to national championships in 1982 and 1986 and had five unbeaten/untied seasons. He was dearly loved not only by his players, but fans as well. Knute Rockne has been the subject to countless books and even a movie that featured a former president, Ronald Reagan, as his most famous player, George Gipp. Oh, and he is the one Bobby Bowden is chasing for all time bowl wins with a record of 20-10-1. But no one can ever forget these great men or their astonishing accomplishments.
Also considered a NCAA coaching great is Joe Paterno. His 1999 team was the first ever to go from opening game to the championship while maintaining their number one AP ranking the whole time