In his “Sporting News Panel Gets It Wrong,” Steve at BRN gets right to the point with Osborne’s place at #34 on the Top 50 Greatest Coaches list. It’s not so much his spot at #34 but rather what’s ahead of him.
There’s one other reason why I have to disregard this list.
Someplace, somewhere in the Top 50 has to be Barry Switzer. He has to be.
Consider his college resume:
- Switzer coached at the University of Oklahoma 16 years from 1973 until 1988.
- He compiled a 157-29-4 record with a winning percentage of 83.4% – 4th best ever.
- He won or shared a Big 8 Championship every year from 1973 to 1980 and ended his career at OU with a total of 12.
- He coached Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.
- He won 3 National Championships (1974, 1975, 1988.)
- He won 13 post-season season games.
- He coached 54 All-Americans.
- He was the 1974 Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
And since we’re all hung up on the list:
- His record vs. #13 Joe Paterno was 1-0.
- His record vs. #24 Bobby Bowden was 2-0.
- His record vs. #27 Woody Hayes was 1-0.
- His record vs. #34 Tom Osborne was 12-5.
- His record vs. Darrell Royal was 3-0-1.
That was college.
This is the NFL:
- In 4 seasons, Switzer was 45-26 with the Dallas Cowboys.
- He took the Cowboys to the NFC Championship in 1994 – his first season.
- He won Super Bowl XXX in 1995 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Switzer is only one of three coaches to win both a college and an NFL championship – Jimmy Johnson and Paul Brown are the others.
Ara Parseghian, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bo Schembechler, Tom Osborne, Bud Wilkinson, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno, Knute Rockne, and Bear Bryant are the college football coaches that made the list. Insulting.
If you want to make a legitimate list, then throw your opinion of a man’s character out the door and make a legitimate list. If you want to make a popularity list, then make a popularity list and send it to TMZ.