Votes for No-Name Coaches
We didn't expect that Notre Dame's Lou Holtz (right) was striking much fear into his opponents these days. But neither did we anticipate that relative unknowns Jim Sweeney (left) and Bill Snyder would get more votes than Holtz in response to the question we asked a cross section of college coaches: Which opposing coach would you least like to see across the sidelines from you?
Most gave humdrum responses such as that of Penn State's Joe Paterno: "I'd forget one, and I don't think that's fair." Among the name coaches cited: Paterno, Nebraska's Tom Osborne and USC's John Robinson. But it was Oklahoma's Howard Schnellenberger and Arizona's Dick Tomey who made things interesting. "The guy who has done the best job recently is Bill Snyder," said Tomey of the Kansas State coach (18-5-1 the past two years). In voting for Fresno State's Sweeney (134-61-3 over 17 seasons), Schnellenberger said, "He's a wily coach who has seen it all. He's won more than anyone who's had to work with unheralded players and limited resources." Despite heralded players and lots of resources, Holtz got bageled.