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12 Successful College Coaches Who Were Busts in the NFL

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12 NFL Coaching Busts

Fans in San Francisco are excited about the upcoming season. After all, they hired the hottest college coach in America in Jim Harbaugh, who was incredibly successful nearby at Stanford University. However, you may not want to show 49er fans this slide show. It turns out that Harbaugh is almost certainly doomed. Coaches who make the jump from the college to pro ranks almost always fail. The last college-to-NFL coach to win a Super Bowl was Barry Switzer, and the last seven coaches who made the jump from college to the pros have combined to win exactly one playoff game (Pete Carroll's 7-9 Seahawks, who shouldn't have been allowed near the playoffs, pulled off a shocker against the Saints this past year). One. The last coach to have any sort of success in the NFL was Steve Mariucci, who led the 49ers to a 60-43 record before struggling for three years with the woeful Lions. None of the following coaches were nearly as successful as Mariucci, and the odds are, the new 49ers coach won't be either.—Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)



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