History

Winningest Programs in College Football

by George Nichols .

College football is one of the most fierce games played. The sound of the fans packing in their teams stadiums on a Saturday to watch their favorite teams do battle is an experience. Some of these teams have had a large amount of success while a select few have went down in history as being almost God like. We will look at a few of the teams that have had the largest number of wins in their schools history. These teams have been the most successful in amassing victories.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes have been successful to the tune of 885 wins. This is a very impressive feat that few teams have been able to even come close to. Last season the Buckeyes went 12-1 for the season and won impressively in the Fiesta Bowl over the Irish of Notre Dame. When 2016 arrived many wondered if the Buckeyes would still be at the same level that they were at last season and the answer to this question was very much a yes.

Nebraska Corhuskers

Nebraska has managed to take 889 victories in their time of existence. This has been one of the best performances from this team that has fallen off the national map in the past couple of seasons. The team has started to turn things around a little bit though. Last season, however, was not the case as the team did not have a season that they would be proud of. Then 2016 came along and it has been a whole new program as the team is back to their winning ways. If this keeps going, there is a chance that Nebraska will move up in the overall rankings for being the a team with the most overall wins team in college football.

Texas LongHorns

Tied with Nebraska, the spot for #3 may be at stake this weekend as it will be a matter of winning and losing. For Texas. Seeing as though this year is not exactly going all that well, it is possible that we will see Nebraska overtake Texas for the third spot. Texas under Mac Brown was a powerhouse, but ever since he retired, the team has been very lackluster to say the very least. This may be part of why fans are not as behind the team as they once were. The Pride of Texas needs a shot in the arm to return to the glory days that won them 889 games in the schools history.

Notre Dame

Here you have a school that is rich is history and has a proud tradition of upholding the winning ways for the school. When you play for the Irish, you are joining an elite group of men that have strapped up and taken to the football field to do battle with some of the best teams in the nation. In the schools history, they have managed to win a total of 896 games. This will put them four games away from that beloved 900 games won. This also means that they are in second by 38 games with Michigan. The next few seasons will prove to be interesting as both teams will be duking it out for that coveted #1 spot.

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan is a team that plays smash mouth football and takes no prisoners. It has always been that way and will continue to be that way for as long as the game is played. Michigan is a team that has been getting better and better over the years and will soon be an unstoppable force.

Best Two Way Players in College Football History

by George Nichols .

Realizing your talent in any field is very important. Acquiring skills and developing them is a core factor that guarantees success in one’s life. Here we are going to talk about players who developed their football skills and became some of the best to play the game in history.

Football is a kind of sport that demands a lot of competence and application of knowledge. But it also depends a lot on athletic ability. One can become a star in this field by through having quality coaching that grooms that ability, or by just being a freak of nature talent wise.

College football has had many great players in it’s history. There are the guys who could run, juke, catch, or throw the ball with the best of them. There are also those who could defend, get to the quarterback, or tackle anything coming their way.

But, what about the players who could do both? Today’s game has become more specialized where players are either on offense or defense, but back in the day the iron men played on both sides of the ball. We took a look at the best two way players in history and put together this short list. Fans of these players and teams had something to be proud of as the guys poured their hearts out and left everything on the field.

Dick Butkus

A well-known player in his days with the Chicago Bears. His vast football IQ and awareness of the game made him a star of his days. He was one the best defensive players in the history of the game. A fierce lineback that whenever he made a big hit the whole stadium would be on their feet going nuts. His fans loved him so much because of his prowess on the field, but he also played both center and fullback for the offense. He emerged sixth in the Heisman Trophy race in 1963. To this time, the best linebacker awards are given to the best player courtesy of this legendary actor.

Chuck Bednarik

He was a man of his class. He was referred to as the “sixty-minute man,” because of his ability to play every second of the game without having to be substituted for another player. He played center, middle linebacker and could handle duties on special teams. By the end of his career, Chuck was a two-time Consensus All-American in 1947 and 1978.

Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Naguski is a man to remember. He could control the ball in a fascinating way that made everyone admire his skills in college football. He played defensive and full back. At the end of his football career, he was voted First-American in both positions.

Charles Woodson

His career at Michigan proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he was an excellent player full of potential and had a future in the NFL. He was a lockdown cornerback. During his career, he finished with 16 interceptions. By the end of his career, this player had won the Nagurski Bednarik and Thorpe Awards. He went on to have a great pro career and only recently hung up his cleats.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe will always remain the books of history. He played Major League Baseball and won gold medals in both the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. In college at Carlisle, he played running back, defensive back, kicker, and punter. Due to his unbelievable athletic ability and physical talents he was named Consensus All-American in 1911 and 1912.

Best Coaches That Have Been Fired

by George Nichols .

Football is a brutal game with several coaches on each sideline.These coaches make a ton of money, but if they don’t performed are quickly let go. Even some of the best, but they normally don’t go unemployed for long. This article is a story of five schools that will deeply-regret firing their coaches and thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. There is no going back once a coach is let go, and they often need to stay around for the sake of the school.

#1: Mark Richt

Mark Richt was fired after 15 years at the University of Georgia where he won the SEC twice, nearly won a national title in the polls and won the SEC East a few times. He created a solid program that had great talent, but he never seemed to get over the hump. Fans screamed for his job for years until he was finally fired. He left almost immediately for his alma mater at Miami, and he has not looked back. Georgia does not look the same.

#2: Mack Brown

Mack Brown did not win enough national championships for the Texas boosters, and he had to go. The school has unrealistic expectations of their football to the point that Mack Brown was fired even though he was perennially-competitive. He is one of the best minds in college football, and he trained many fine assistants in his day. He owned the state of Texas, and he beat Oklahoma more often than not. His firing has led to a lull in Texas football that is driving the fans crazy.

#3: Phillip Fulmer

Phillip Fulmer is a former player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and head coach at the University of Tennessee. Knoxville runs through his veins, and he won a national championship at the school in the first-ever BCS title game. He recruited Peyton Manning away from Ole Miss, and he made T. Martin into a star. He coached so many great players there is not enough room to list them all. Firing Phillip Fulmer was a knee-jerk reaction to the resurgence of Florida and Georgia. Phillip Fulmer left Knoxville, and they have not been the same in a decade. Tennessee football may never recover, and it is all because they fired a hometown boy.

#4: Larry Coker

It is not entirely fair to blame the University of Miami for firing Larry Coker. Significant NCAA infractions were uncovered during his tenure, and the team felt as though they needed to let him go. The school moved on to other coaches who could not fit the bill, and Miami has not returned to its greatness of the early 2000s. The team won a national championship and played for another. They were in every game, and they revived the swagger found at “The U” through their winning culture. Coker’s loss still haunts Miami football.

#5: Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden was forced out at FSU after many years on the job because it appeared he did not have control of the team. He allowed several things to slide during his reign over the program, and winning just two national titles was not good enough for some fans. He was pushed out by the athletic department in favor of a coach they believed could save them. Jimbo Fisher came in to resurrect FSU football, and he did so with a Heisman winner, a national title and renewed prominence.

Each coach fired on this list was pushed out because the school did not believe they were measuring up. Some firings are needed due to the culture of the team. Others were wrong in every respect, and the schools are paying for their mistakes even now.