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Cult Of Personality: Top 5 Most Entertaining Coaches In College Football

ATLANTA - With last week's resignation of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, college football didn't just lose an icon, it lost a whole lot of entertainment value. We see trash talk on the field and in press conferences each week, but will anyone ever top "You can't spell Citrus without U-T" or "FSU...Free Shoes University"?

While the Ol' Ball Coach will likely take his zingers to ESPN, we can still look to the sidelines for some entertainment value - and much of it exists right here in SEC country. I leaned on our 92-9 the Game listening audience this weekend to help compile this list of the Top 5 Most Entertaining Coaches in (post-Spurrier) College Football.

5. Bret Bielema, Arkansas

UTEP Miners v Arkansas Razorbacks
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 5: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks yells to a official during a game against the UTEP Miners at Razorback Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Miners 48-13. (Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Bielema is a rough-around-the-edges coach, preaching a power run attack in the era of spread offenses. He gets into verbal spats with coaches inside and outside his conference. He's got a future as an actor, as evidenced a couple weeks ago against Alabama. And he spent part of a recent interview on 92-9 the Game talking about his favorite leisure time activity - cooking. If Bielema can turn the L's into W's - or if he can stay off the back of motorcycles - he'll be entertaining the folks in Fayetteville for years to come.

4. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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Dabo was the overwhelming favorite of the listeners in our unscientific poll. He's a great recruiter, but he's shown he's also a willing dancer and really loves it when his team plays with guts.

3. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

TicketCity Cactus Bowl - Washington v Oklahoma State
TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the TicketCity Cactus Bowl against the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium on January 2, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys defeated the Huskies 30-22. (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It's been more than eight years since Gundy unloaded one of the great rants in the history of sport, but just as Allen Iverson is still synonymous with "practice" and Jim Mora with "playoffs", when we think of being a man and being 40, Mike Gundy immediately comes to mind. Oh, and when the NCAA comes to town to talk about sex, drugs and cash from boosters...well, that's entertaining, too.

2. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines directs his team during warm ups to the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh is a great football coach. Whether in college or the NFL, all the man does is win...and create awkward, intimidating, memorable moments. One of Harbaugh's latest tricks was forcing an offensive lineman to share an apartment with his 80-year-old grandma.

Who knows how long this Michigan man will actually stay in Ann Arbor - he's never spent more than four years as a head coach at any of his stops - but wherever he is, YouTube instant classics are sure to happen.

1. Les Miles, LSU

LSU v South Carolina
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers leads his team onto the field for warmups prior to a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU defeated South Carolina 45-24. (Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The nickname says it all: Mad Hatter. The man eats grass and puts on must-see press conferences, but it's his on-the-field antics that catapult Miles to the top of this list. Whether he's using a fake field goal to beat Florida, a fake punt to beat Florida or...oh yeah, another fake field goal to beat Florida, this guy is completely fearless when it comes to taking chances on the football field.
Miles is the best hope we have for entertainment in a post-Spurrier college football world, and largely because he's just like Spurrier - the coach you love to hate, but can't wait to see what he says or does next.

Coaching superlatives:

- Most likely to appear on the list in future seasons...Florida's Jim McElwain.

McElwain reignited the debate over how coaches should reprimand players with his sideline barrage on Gator RB Kelvin Taylor. But recently we've discovered McElwain's love of Hall & Oates and the inspiration he derives from staring at the stars. Keep an eye on this one...he may be a little bit "off".

- Most likely to have appeared on the list in previous seasons...Washington State's Mike Leach.

College football's favorite "pirate" was equal parts crazy and brilliant in his decade in Lubbock. But the crazy took over (see Adam James "locked in a shed" incident) and the winningest coach in Texas Tech history soon found himself unemployed. Now he's three-and-a-half seasons in at Washington State and has yet to record a winning season. Perhaps Leach will challenge next year for...

- Most entertaining FCS coach...Youngstown State's Bo Pelini.

Anger does not always equal entertainment, but Pelini's seven year run in Nebraska had a certain "what's going to happen next"-type excitement. He clashed with boosters and former players and made no apologies for any of it.

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