3 Worst head coach hires in LSU football history

There have been a number of amazing coaches at LSU from Nick Saban to Charles McClendon. However, what about the coaches that were not so successful?

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2. player. 529. . 1980-1983. 22-21-2 record. Jerry Stovall. LSU worst coaches. . Jerry Stovall

Jerry Stovall was fortunate not to have a losing record at LSU. A couple of ties helped his win percentage a lot. Stovall started his career at LSU as a player where he played running back, defensive back, return specialist, and punter. He won many awards in college and was a Heisman runner-up. He was the second overall pick in the 1963 Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After his playing career was over, Stovall decided to get into coaching.

Stovall became an assistant coach to LSU legend Charlie McClendon and was an emergency hire as head coach when Bo Rein suddenly died. The former LSU player never had any stunning seasons record wise at LSU, but he did have a good amount of upsets to his name.

Here is what Stovall's career looked like at LSU.

  • 1980: 7-4, 4-2 conference
  • 1981: 3-7-1, 1-4-1 conference
  • 1982: 8-3-1, 4-1-1 conference
  • 1983: 4-7, 0-6 conference

The 1982 team was by far Stovall's best team, but other than that season, he never had anything to show. In his final season in 1983, Stovall did not win a single conference game and had a 2-2 record against Tulane and 0-4 against Mississippi State. Stovall was dismissed in December of 1983.