FBS Coaches On The Ballot
7. Pete Cawthon Sr., Austin College [Texas] (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40)
– Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm
– Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance
– Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.
6. Jim Carlen, West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81)
– Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach
– 1973 National Coach of the Year
– Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.
5. Billy Jack Murphy, Memphis (1958-71)
– All-time winningest coach in Memphis history
– Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation
– Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.
4. Larry Blakeney-Troy (1991-2014)
– All-time winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history
– Four-time conference Coach of the Year who led the Trojans to eight conference titles (5 – Sun Belt, 3 – Southland) and seven FCS playoff appearances in eight seasons
– Led Troy to four bowl games, including wins at the 2006 and 2010 New Orleans Bowl.
3. Darryl Rogers-Cal State East Bay [formerly Cal State Hayward] (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)
– Took Fresno State to two bowl games
– Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State
– Was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978
– Won the Big Ten title in 1978.
2. Gary Pinkel-Toledo (1991-2000), Missouri (2001-15)
– Winningest coach in history at both Missouri and Toledo…Led Rockets to 1995 MAC title and boasts nine conference division titles between both schools
– Took teams to 11 bowl games, with 7-4 overall record in the postseason
– Earned FieldTurf National Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year honors after leading Mizzou to its first No. 1 national ranking since 1960 during the 2007 season.
1. Bob Stoops-Oklahoma (1999-2016)
– Boasts the most wins in school history, leading OU to four championship game appearances and winning the 2000 national title
– Only coach in the BCS era to win a national championship and every BCS bowl game…Led the Sooners to 10 Big 12 titles and a school-record 18 consecutive bowl games
– 2000 AP National Coach of the Year and six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.