Listen, no disrespect to Frank Leahy, but there’s no way he can be on this list. So I’m more upset that he’s on the list over Bowden than Joe Paterno.
Frankly, 129 total games as a head coach from that day and time is too small of a sample size when compared to the resume of the Nick Saban, Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno.
It’s probably not fair to Leahy, but it’s a totally different game nowadays.
I know he won five national championships, but man those championships are so dated. Who’s to say he would have the same success in today’s world?
Maybe it would be best to have a list of the greatest coaches from that era?
At least there was one guy smart enough to put Bobby Bowden on his list:
Eddie Robinson over Joe Pa and Frank Leahy? I wouldn’t be mad at that either as Robinson’s coaching career was impacted by Jim Crow laws which prevented him from opportunities that may have been available to him had he not been a black man.
Who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of college football coaches?