Disgraced college coaches
High profile college coaches who were dismissed from their jobs in disgrace or as part of a scandal.
Resigned as Baylor basketball coach in August, 2003, amid investigation into murder of one of his players by a teammate. Probe found Bliss made improper tuition payments for players, hid results of drug tests and asked players and staff to lie to investigators.
Resigned in late 1986 amid NCAA investigation of SMU football that resulted in “death penalty” for the program. He had denied knowledge of illegal cash payments to players, but it emerged later that he was aware of the situation.
After leading UCLA to 1995 NCAA basketball championship, was fired in 1996 for lying about recruiting violations and filing false expense account.
Forced to resign as University of Minnesota basketball coach in light of academic fraud scandal that broke just prior to the start of the 1999 NCAA tournament.
Iconic Ohio State football coach fired the morning after the 1978 Gator Bowl when he punched out a Clemson player.
Involved in numerous behavioral incidents, but eventually fired as Indiana basketball coach in September, 2000 after refusing to resign over an incident in which he grabbed a student by the arm.
Kush (left) was fired as Arizona State football coach in October, 1979 for allegedly pressuring players and coaches to lie about charges he punched a player.
Tennessee basketball coach fired last March for lying to NCAA investigators looking into possible recruiting violations.
Resigned as Indiana basketball coach in February, 2008 over recruiting scandal and NCAA violations involving illegal telephone calls.
Oklahoma head coach resigned in June, 1989 after football program was put on NCAA probation after criminal charges against several players involving guns, drugs and sexual assault.
Basketball coach fired by University of Kentucky in 1989 over a recruiting scandal, resigned in February, 2006 as Oklahoma State coach over his arrest on DUI charge in which he admitted mixing painkillers and alcohol.
UNLV basketball coach forced to resign in March 1992 when it was found that some of his players were associating with a known gambler even after the university had told the coach to keep his players away from the person.
Ohio State football coach resigned amid charges he lied to NCAA and then covered up violations involving his players in a tattoo-parlor scandal.