Coaching is a harsh profession. It is essentially middle management in the sports realm. Managers and coaches take it from players, owners, fans, and the media. They are praised too little when a team wins, and vilified when the team loses.
Perhaps the cruelest part of the job is the post-game press conference. After living and dying on each play, coaches must sit before a group of reporters second guessing every move. With little time to cool down, and emotions still at the surface, sometimes coaches blow up and then melt down.
Here’s a list of 10 fantastic rants, as well as one coming out party. The list of great tirades grows every year.
Mike Gundy - It’s impossible to look at Gundy without thinking of this little gem. Like it or not, it’s part of his legacy.
Hal McRae - The abuse of the reporters isn’t fair, but the throwing of water and a phone sure are funny.
Paul Rhoads - Good thing the officials weren’t in the room.
Jim Mora - You take your playoffs; I’ll take diddly poo.
John Chaney - It wasn’t his presser, but Chaney holds court like a legend.
Dennis Green - Sure it’s overplayed, but when 45 seconds spawns numerous soundbites you have a good one on your hands. Best part: the guy at the end saying “thanks, coach.”
Kevin Borseth - He comes in like a wrecking ball.
David Bennett - To be fair, this wasn’t a post game presser. But still … where my dogs at?
Dan Hawkins - This isn’t a post game presser either, but Hawkins is in midseason form.
Jerry Burns - This one starts slow and then really gets going. It’s quite the treat.
Bonus: Barry Hinson - Welcome to the party, Coach. You get in for embarrassing your wife.
*Herman Edwards was left off this list because he is too overplayed and has become a caricature of himself on ESPN.
**Bobby Knight was left off because he deserves his own column.