SI Declares Al Groh Worst NCAA Coach

Earlier today, Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel published an article praising the best NCAA football coaches and chastising the worst. University of Virginia Coach Al Groh topped the list for the worst coaches. Groh’s inability to win on the road, consistently contend with the big programs (e.g. Florida State, BC, Miami) and beat Virginia Tech has earned Coach Groh the top spot on the list. Groh has shown that he has the ability to recruit big-time stars, but many of his critics think that Groh needs to focus more on recruiting in-state players (especially from the Tidewater and D.C. Metro area) and managing his coaching staff (he picked his under-qualified son to be the offensive coordinator). Here’s the entire Top 5:

1) Al Groh, Virginia: Matt Schaub. D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Heath Miller. Ahmad Brooks. Groh has produced his share of talent in Charlottesville. So what does he have to show for it? A 25-23 ACC record and a whole bunch of Christmas dinners in Charlotte and Boise.

2) Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M: Having now had four years to gauge Coach Fran’s tenure in College Station, I think we can safely describe it in one word: disappointing (15-17 Big 12 record). A program like A&M’s should never be this mediocre for this long.

3) Tommy Bowden, Clemson: How does a team with James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Gaines Adams manage to lose four of its last five? How does a program with Clemson’s resources fail to crack 8-4? And how has Bowden managed to survive half a decade on the hot seat?

4) Bill Doba, Washington State: With each passing year, it becomes painfully apparent that Doba — a super-nice guy and former legendary high school coach — is in way over his head. After a successful 10-3 debut in 2003, he’s gone 8-17 in the Pac-10 since.

5) Karl Dorrell, UCLA: Last year’s USC upset was the first sign Dorrell’s Bruins were finally turning the corner — and they promptly followed it up with that Emerald Bowl debacle. On paper, UCLA looks like a BCS contender this year, but Dorrell’s track record doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence.

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