College football is a highly emotional sport. How the game goes on Saturday makes or breaks a week for fans all over the country. Millions of dollars are spent to make sure those games go in your team’s favor. Eight or nine wins only makes some fan bases angrier. It’s safe to say there’s a lot of pressure when it comes to college football. The head coach takes the brunt of it.
A lot of coaches can keep their cool. They could be up or down by 50 and you couldn’t tell the difference. Can you say boring? Sure, those coaches might have learned to keep their anger in check but I’m paying for a product here.
Where are the coaches who will break headsets? The coaches who are animated enough to get their own show on Cartoon Network? These are the true showmen of the sport. Watching a coach freakout is like a car crash you can’t look away from.
We’re going to take a look at the top five loudest coaches in college football. These are the guys who yell so much they lose their voice the next day. These are the guys who shake players to their core and make refs wish they chose a different profession.
Before I get started, I have to say I would give anything to include Bo Pelini on this list. He’s the undisputed king of yelling on the sideline. I’m willing to donate $1 to any school willing to hire him for the sole purpose of including him on this list.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the five coaches you can hear from your couch at home.
The 5 Loudest Coaches in College Football
5. Gary Patterson, TCU
Patterson is the record holder for the most shot voice postgame press conferences of all time. Take a look back and you’ll see how often Patterson steps up to the podium with his voice at about 25 percent. It’s a known fact Patterson goes into each game with the goal to lose his voice.
4. Ed Orgeron, LSU
Ed Orgeron‘s bellow is the most fearsome in college sports. Imagine screwing up on a play and having to get an earful from a guy with a Cajun accent thicker than gumbo. Sure, Ed’s words might not be decipherable at times. But hearing his voice is an absolute treat.
3. Dana Holgorsen, Houston
Holgorsen gained fame for his cordial conversations with the refs while he was the head coach at West Virginia. He hasn’t missed a beat since arriving in Houston. Holgorsen has the look of a guy made to shout on the sidelines, and he lives up to it.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
There isn’t a coach who wishes he could still play as much as Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s firecracker spirit is channeled directly to his vocal cords. He’ll get all up in referees’ faces over blown calls even if he’s up 30. He’ll consider strapping on the helmet before giving his quarterback a loud scolding.
1. Nick Saban, Alabama
This list wouldn’t be complete without Nick Saban. Does any man inspire players not to screw up as much as Saban? You could be the star quarterback, the last walk on, the sideline judge, a reporter or the soda vendor and Saban will let you have it. It’s a scientific fact that once Saban yells at you your soul is reborn and you never make a blunder again. How else can you explain the dynasty?
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Kirby Smart, Georgia
Mario Cristobal, Oregon
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss
Manny Diaz, Miami
Mike Norvell, Florida State
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Sam Pittman, Arkansas