The Favorite Music Artists of All 133 College Football Head Coaches

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin (left) and Alabama head coach Nick Saban (right).

For the past three weeks, Action Network unveiled daily the favorite musical artist/group of all 133 FBS coaches.

Now that our project is complete, we wanted to provide the entire list so you can compare/mock/debate/love/hate the musical choices of all 133 FBS coaches*.

*Actually, we only have the favorite musician of 132 coaches because Colorado’s Deion Sanders would not answer.

Before we get to the list, a few notes:

King George — George Strait — was the most popular choice, selected by eight coaches. Eric Church and Luke Combs tied as the second-most popular choice, each receiving six votes; followed by Bruce Springsteen (5), AC/DC (4) and Kenny Chesney (4).

Nine groups received three votes each: Bob Marley, Cole Swindell, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles, Jay-Z, Jimmy Buffett, Journey, Mumford & Sons and Prince.

Here's a list of the coaches who picked the most popular choices:

  • George Strait: (Jimbo Fisher, Tyson Helton, Jerry Kill, Joey McGuire, Eric Morris, Barry Odom, Lance Taylor, Jeff Traylor)
  • Eric Church (Mack Brown, Jason Candle, Mike Desormeaux, Eliah Drinkwitz, Hugh Freeze, Jonathan Smith)
  • Luke Combs (Mike Bloomgren, Shawn Clark, Jacob Dickert, Alex Golesh, Mike Neu, Scott Satterfield)
  • Bruce Springsteen (Jeff Hafley, K.C. Keeler, Brian Kelly, Greg Schiano, Justin Wilcox)
  • AC/DC (Don Brown, Pat Narduzzi, Ryan Silverfield, Ken Wilson)
  • Kenny Chesney (Troy Calhoun, Lance Leipold, Scot Loeffler, Lincoln Riley)

Another interesting aspect was the three coaches who selected Mumford & Sons. Tennessee’s Josh Heupel, UCLA’s Chip Kelly and Oregon’s Dan Lanning all went with the folk/rock band, and last year, their teams all ranked among the top six nationally in total offense. Maybe there’s a correlation between listening to Mumford & Sons and directing high-powered offenses?

Here you go. I hope you enjoyed our project as much as I did.

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Charlotte's Biff Poggi

Frank Sinatra

East Carolina's Mike Houston


Florida Atlantic's Tom Herman

Lionel Richie

Memphis' Ryan Silverfield


Navy's' Brian Newberry

Pearl Jam

North Texas' Eric Morris

George Strait

Rice's Mike Bloomgren

Luke Combs

SMU's Rhett Lashlee

Thomas Rhett

Temple's Stan Drayton

Earth, Wind & Fire

Tulane's Willie Fritz

The Spinners

Tulsa's Kevin Wilson


UAB's Trent Dilfer

Chris Tomlin

USF's Alex Golesh

Luke Combs

UTSA's Jeff Traylor

George Strait


Boston College's Jeff Hafley

Bruce Springsteen

Clemson's Dabo Swinney

Garth Brooks

Duke's Mike Elko


Florida State's Mike Norvell

Bob Marley

Georgia Tech's Brent Key

Jimmy Buffett

Louisville's Jeff Brohm

LL Cool J

Miami's Mario Cristobal

Guns N' Roses

NC State's Dave Doeren

Merle Haggard

North Carolina's Mack Brown

Eric Church

Pitt's Pat Narduzzi


Syracuse's Dino Babers

James Brown

Virginia's Tony Elliott


Virginia Tech's Brent Pry

Allman Brothers Band

Wake Forest's Dave Clawson

Talking Heads

Big Ten

West Division

Illinois' Bret Bielema

Justin Moore

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

Pat Green

Minnesota's PJ Fleck

Chris Stapleton

Nebraska's Matt Rhule

Dave Matthews Band

Northwestern's David Braun


Purdue's Ryan Walters


Wisconsin's Luke Fickell

Zach Bryan

East Division

Indiana's Tom Allen


Maryland's Mike Locksley

Citizen Cope

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh

Alanis Morissette

Michigan State's Mel Tucker


Ohio State's Ryan Day

Morgan Wallen

Rutgers' Greg Schiano

Bruce Springsteen

Penn State's James Franklin


Big 12

Baylor's Dave Aranda

Dave Matthews Band

BYU's Kalani Sitake

Bob Marley

Cincinnati's Scott Satterfield

Luke Combs

Houston's Dana Holgorsen

Post Malone

Iowa State's Matt Campbell

Van Halen

Kansas' Lance Leipold

Kenny Chesney

Kansas State's Chris Klieman

Cole Swindell

Oklahoma's Brent Venables

Kane Brown

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy


TCU's Sonny Dykes

Dave Matthews Band

Texas' Steve Sarkisian


Texas Tech's Joey McGuire

George Strait

UCF's Gus Malzahn

The Cars

West Virginia's Neal Brown

Zach Bryan

Conference USA

FIU's Mike MacIntyre

Casting Crowns

Jacksonville State's Rich Rodriguez

Riley Green

Liberty's Jamey Chadwell

Jimmy Buffett

Louisiana Tech's Sonny Cumbie

Grady Spencer & The Work

Middle Tennessee's Rick Stockstill

The Temptations

New Mexico State's Jerry Kill

George Strait

Sam Houston's K.C. Keeler

Bruce Springsteen

UTEP's Dana Dimel

Brooks & Dunn

Western Kentucky's Tyson Helton

George Strait

FBS Independents

Army's Jeff Monken

Buddy Guy

Notre Dame's Marcus Freeman


UConn's Jim Mora

Led Zeppelin

UMass' Don Brown



West Division

Ball State's Mike Neu

Luke Combs

Central Michigan's Jim McElwain

Earth, Wind & Fire

Eastern Michigan's Chris Creighton


Northern Illinois' Thomas Hammock

Boyz II Men

Toledo's Jason Candle

Eric Church

Western Michigan's Lance Taylor

George Strait

East Division

Akron's Joe Moorhead

The Notorious B.I.G.

Bowling Green's Scot Loeffler

Kenny Chesney

Buffalo's Maurice Linguist

Bob Marley

Kent State's Kenni Burns

The Notorious B.I.G.

Miami (OH)'s Chuck Martin


Ohio's Tim Albin

Sammy Hagar

Mountain West

Air Force's Troy Calhoun

Kenny Chesney

Boise State's Andy Avalos

Zac Brown Band

Colorado State's Jay Norvell


Fresno State's Jeff Tedford

Bog Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Hawaii's Timmy Chang


Nevada's Ken Wilson


New Mexico's Danny Gonzales

Kenny Rogers

San Diego State's Brady Hoke


San Jose State's Brent Brennan

Snoop Dogg

UNLV's Barry Odom

George Strait

Utah State's Blake Anderson

Zach Williams

Wyoming's Craig Bohl



Arizona's Jedd Fisch

Morgan Wallen

Arizona State's Kenny Dillingham


Cal's Justin Wilcox

Bruce Springsteen

Colorado's Deion Sanders

Would Not Answer

Oregon's Dan Lanning

Mumford & Sons

Oregon State's Jonathan Smith

Eric Church

Stanford's Troy Taylor

Mat Kearney

UCLA's Chip Kelly

Mumford & Sons

USC's Lincoln Riley

Kenny Chesney

Utah's Kyle Whittingham

The Rolling Stones

Washington's Kalen DeBoer


Washington State's Jake Dickert

Luke Combs


West Division

Alabama's Nick Saban

The Rolling Stones

Arkansas' Sam Pittman


Auburn's Hugh Freeze

Eric Church

LSU's Brian Kelly

Bruce Springsteen

Mississippi State's Zach Arnett

Led Zeppelin

Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin

Taylor Swift

Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher

The Rolling Stones

East Division

Florida's Billy Napier


Georgia's Kirby Smart

Luke Bryan

Kentucky's Mark Stoops

Toby Keith

Missouri's Eliah Drinkwitz

Eric Church

South Carolina's Shane Beamer

Darius Rucker

Tennessee's Josh Heupel

Mumford & Sons

Vanderbilt's Clark Lea


Sun Belt

West Division

Arkansas State's Butch Jones

Cole Swindell

Louisiana's Mike Desormeaux

Eric Church

South Alabama's Kane Wommack


Southern Miss' Will Hall

Jimmy Buffett

Texas State's G.J. Kinne

Lil Baby

Troy's Jon Sumrall

Chris Stapleton

ULM's Terry Bowden

James Taylor

East Division

Appalachian State's Shawn Clark

Luke Combs

Coastal Carolina's Tim Beck


Georgia State's Shawn Elliott

Foo Fighters

Georgia Southern's Clay Helton

Cole Swindell

James Madison's Curt Cignetti

Neil Young

Marshall's Charles Huff

Michael Jackson

Old Dominion's Ricky Rahne


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