College Football Teams Ranked by Their Coach's Favorite Band

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Feedbag's picture

Thought for sure Eric Church would get a bump for picking the Hawks when Gameday was in Ames

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Hawktober's picture

How do you know that he didn't?

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Hawktober's picture

Family friends of ours moved to the Chicago area for a job and ended up living next door to Buddy Guy.  I never had a chance to meet him myself while they lived there, but he was apparently a really good neighbor and is also a really nice person.

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FUBAR's picture

Saw Buddy Guy once at Val Air Ballroom in DSM. Was ok, but getting old, so.... At one point he came offstage and wandered off through the crowd playing. Went to back of crowd, so we turned around to "watch" (couldn't see him in crowd) where erupted into one of the greatest guitar solos I'd ever heard live. After show, asked friend who was in back about it. He laughed and told me that Guys wireless pack failed and while he was trying to fix it, his lead guitarist was ripping it up in stage. Gave it his all, and 1,000 people were turned looking back at a crowd of people surrounding his famous boss fiddling with his broken guitar. Poor bastard.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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Joe Bauers's picture

People need to tell Lovie Smith that it's poor form to choose yourself.

Seriously though, I hear that before the Wisconsin game Lovie leaned into Paul Chryst's ear and whispered, "If Anyone Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You)"
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Off Either Tackle's picture

I would move Lovie up just a bit for the George Clinton pick. The. Funk.

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

John Mellencamp over The Eagles??? No way.

Also, no Waylon from ANYONE??? Crazy. 

As for the majority of the rest of the list:

I've found musical taste to always be a solid way to track one's general enlightenment and interest-level as a person. Outside of their respective sport, coaches are banal individuals. This is now confirmed.

A magical night in Cleveland.

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Hayden High Kick's picture

The Cougar over The Eagles all day, every day

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

That's your personal preference, but there's no way I can get down with that sentiment. There arguably hasn't been a more commercially ubiquitous artist in the last 50 years than Mellencamp. While The Eagles helped shape and influence a sound (especially with their earlier work), Mellencamp essentially pulled from Springsteen and Seger to peddle a brand of Americana music that stripped any of the biting social commentary of Springsteen and soul of Seger. Mellencamp's music soundtracks truck commercials, and it sounds like he recorded it with that intention. 

A magical night in Cleveland.

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Joe Bauers's picture

Some of these coaches are lying in order not to look foolish.  Namely, if Paul Chryst were put on truth serum he would readily admit that his favorite musical artist is Eddie Blazonczyk.

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scratch where it itches's picture

There needs to be a codified method for identifying a band by its makeup at a specific period of time. Eagles minus Joe Walsh = kinda bland ( excepting Take it Easy, which, h/t to Jackson Browne, On the Border, and Already Gone which are, in fact, good songs). Eagles with Joe Walsh = really good. There’s a reason Hotel California won a Grammy. One of These Nights and The Long Run are also solid albums. Just because The Dude hates Eagles doesn’t mean they actually suck. And comparing them to Fleetwood Mac is comparing NFL to College Football. They’re different scenes, man. Same sport, different games, and both great in their own way. It is entirely possible to like, nay, love, both bands. And speaking of Fleetwood Mac, it is important to note that Fleetwood Mac minus Lindsay Buckingham is a completely different band. Just like Han Halen is not the same as Van Hagar. So like I was saying, there needs to be a method of identifying which incarnation of a band we’re referring, and it’s needs to be standardized. Because saying Eagles are “whatever”, and somehow worse than Coldplay or Darius Rucker is absurd if you’re talking about them from 1975-79. I’ll grant you that I’d take Rumors over Hotel California in a desert-island-one-album scenario, but they’re not that far apart. 
 

edit- a Joe Walsh v Lindsay Buckingham guitar-off circa 1980 would have been epic. Both are somehow underrated as quasi-frontmen imo. 
 

Pig shit you say? Smells like $7 Billion to me.

Also, fire Gary Barta.

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scratch where it itches's picture

Also, you’ve underrated Talking Heads. Stop Making Sense is 35 years old and remains one of the top 2 rock films of all time. It should be required viewing in order to graduate high school. Also, Naive Melody is quite possibly the greatest song of the last 40 years. If you disagree you are just wrong. 

Pig shit you say? Smells like $7 Billion to me.

Also, fire Gary Barta.

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

David Byrne is also now on Broadway with what sounds like a mind-altering show, and I just purchased tickets for January. 

A magical night in Cleveland.

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scratch where it itches's picture

The dude is a certified genius. Probably on the spectrum, but most geniuses are. His reputation with his fellow Heads is... not great. But the man is an unbelievable artist. His album with Brian Eno from about 10 years ago is really cool, and Live From Austin is absolutely awesome. His cover of I Wanna Dance With Somebody is tongue in cheek but really special at the same time; which his calling card and it’s an amazing thing- to be absurd and beautiful simultaneously. It’s really something. 

Pig shit you say? Smells like $7 Billion to me.

Also, fire Gary Barta.

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

I think there's an interview where Byrne talks about living and creating with autism. One of the reasons I love Byrne and the Talking Heads is they mark an instance where true auteurs were able to infiltrate the mainstream, and in doing so, expand the taste and possibilities of popular culture. Byrne is like the Orson Welles of music. 

A magical night in Cleveland.

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IowaPharmer's picture

This!  I play this album (since we’re driving) for my kids every year when we go on vacation. They have to put down their selfie machines (dad talk for their phones) during Naive Melody whenever it comes on. Honestly, they really think this is good music. It makes me proud of my parenting skills for one week a year. 

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

Totally agree Mac is way different without Buckingham. I was disappointed to hear he got canned by the band but his replacement Neil Finn is another one of my personal favorites. The fact Crowded House never hit it huge in America still amazes me. They reeled off hit after hit after hit. And come on man. As someone who came of age in SC Darius Rucker is the fucking man!

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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therealCatnuts's picture

Do you know how I know you’re old? ;)

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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Give Eddie a Beer's picture

Takes one to know one?

Kirk Ferentz: "The biggest thing I have is the length. It’s going to be boring as can be."

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Coromandel Hawk's picture

Thanks guys.  I was actually on time at work until this popped up but things are back to normal now!

BWR

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

Ok this is proof college coaches have no ear drums. No mention whatsoever of RUSH. WHAT...THE...FUCK.  Greatest band ever. Don't believe me just go listen to Red Barchetta and 2112.

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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IAinCA's picture

Nah, Rush is strait garbage 

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FUBAR's picture

Total straightvshit garbage. Getty Lee is annoying.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

Yep just the worst. The best drummer and bass player ever and a top 5 guitarist rolled into one band. Pure trash.

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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therealCatnuts's picture

Technical ability =\= good music. Sorry but I’m in the “Rush sucks” camp 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

Technical ability =\= good music.

I agree with you there but I'm of the opinion their music is the best and unlike anything else. Oh well to each their own. This place would be pretty damn boring if we all agreed on everything.

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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therealCatnuts's picture

To each their own, yep! Sorry I yucked on your yum, should have kept my trap shut. 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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RetroHawk's picture

If you take the lead measure of "albums sold" they are (RUSH) number three all time.  I agree to each his own but its hard to argue with the numbers. 

RetroHawk

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HoyaGoon's picture

I’m pretty agnostic on Rush, but 10+ years of this has made one truth abundantly clear: being on the opposite side of Catnuts on issues of personal taste is always the right answer 

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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houksyndrome's picture

Testify!

Neil Peart stands alone

Here, have some of these smelling salts.

FUBAR's picture

Was very fortunate to live with a couple musical geniuses in my time.... taste, not talent. Exposed to spectrum of awesome music from Parliament to Zappa to Waylon to Miles Davis, Can, Floyd, Bo Diddley, Link Wray, Stooges, Grant Green, Groove Holmes, Django, Jimmy Rodgers, Mingus, Monk, Roy Buchannon, Jurassic 5, Meatpuppets, Fela Kuti, I could go on and on... but I'd put my opinion on good music up with the best. That being said, pleasantly shocked to see Jerry Jeff Walker on here... the unknown outlaw. Talking Heads and Clinton are solid picks. Leach would love Neil Young and rightly so. Creedence and the Stones kick ass, too, but are fairly safe bets. Fleetwood was great.... when they were a blues band before they got all poppie. And Joe Walsh does kick ass, but early Eagles is good too when they still had a more country bent that Gram Parsons brought to them. Rap generally blows and all the rap "artists" here fit into that description rather nicely. Ahmmmmm, who the fuck is Pat Green? Judas Priest, I bet we just lost 2 4-stars who got wind of that. Yikes! Jesus, Kirk, just lie and say The Stones for crying out loud.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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scratch where it itches's picture

In addition to being a friend of KF, Pat Green is a legend in Texas music, and Wave on Wave is his(he’s played it live in Kinnick at least twice). While he’s got broad, relatively poppy appeal, some of his stuff is outstanding and original. I’d bet Deuce Hogan is a fan. 

Pig shit you say? Smells like $7 Billion to me.

Also, fire Gary Barta.

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Chuck Long Duk Dong's picture

I'd put my opinion on good music up with the best.

Rap generally blows.

one of these is not true. 

no more yankey Chuck's wankey

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FUBAR's picture

Rap is not music so..... Its street poetry set to a meter (oh, yeah, the Meters from New Orleans kick ass, too) and is generally boring. As a thought experiment, who do you think would be able to master the other's genre on their own in their prime - Keith Richard's vs. Jay-Z. Can you see Jay coming up with the opening riff to "Cant You Hear Me Knocking" in 1 year? 10 years? 100? Let alone playing it? No way. Keith could probably come up with a brutal rap about his mangled junkie teeth over the course of a couple pints of paint thinner. Rap is crap.

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar can create poetry and deliver it coherently and articulately at breakneck speed. Keith Richards is a legend on guitar, but I can barely understand him talking.

A magical night in Cleveland.

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FUBAR's picture

Yeah, I gave Jay 1 year. So Keith would have the same and I'm sure his teeth rap would be amazing. Also, Keith sang plenty with the Stones ("Happy" from Exile for example) and as a solo artist and he was clear as a bell. A cracked bell, but a bell nonetheless. As an apples to apples comparison, you don't think Mick could come up with a rap to rival Jay Z? Conversely, you think Jay could come up with something along the lines of "Sympathy For the Devil"? And then record the song playing the guitar, bass, piano, drums and harmonica? Ahmmmm, I'm guessing no. Mick and Keith are musicians who make amazing music. Jay is a poet, who makes rhymes like my 5 year old with about as much substance, and cant play instruments. That is not a musician nor us it music. If you like rap, great. Just don't compare it to music. It's not. Its spoken word poetry set to a meter first made famous by poet Gil Scott Herron in the late 60s and then revolutionized by the Sugar Hill Gang/Blondie in the early 80s when they rapped over music. Since then, especially once the sampling laws were passed and rappers (and Michael Jackson, too.... no coincidence his music took a real nose dive in the mid 90s) couldn't steal from other artists, rap has by and large become increasingly simple and mundane, reverting to its poetic roots. Poetry to a simple beat. But that's just my opinion.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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HoyaGoon's picture

There is so much wrong in here, I have to assume this is Catnuts’ burner account.

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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FUBAR's picture

Egads, dont compare me to TRC for Christ's sake. You want to point out one wrong thing in here, feel free to.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

Since then, especially once the sampling laws were passed and rappers (and Michael Jackson, too.... no coincidence his music took a real nose dive in the mid 90s) couldn't steal from other artists, rap has by and large become increasingly simple and mundane, reverting to its poetic roots.

Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt completely nullify your above argument. Original jazz instrumentals are an integral part of their records. And there are many other rappers using original electronic elements to create their soundscapes.

A magical night in Cleveland.

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FUBAR's picture

I said "By and Large" meaning the majority. They are the exceptions that prove the rule.

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Beltway Hawk's picture

My hate of James Franklin, which had been cooling, has been rekindled. Not surprised at all to see Van Halen as Campbell's fav. Very surprised only 2 votes for Bruce Springsteen who I've been told by those who study such things, is the favorite musician of aging boomers. I guess they are no longer such a majority of coaches. But if that's the case, why not more love for Metallica, God of Gen X bands??? Coaches have terrible taste. "Pat Green?" Oh KF, you couldn't even mail in the Eagles, or Deep Purple? Geez. Although one almost expects KF to say something like ABBA, so at least it didn't come to that. 

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HoyaGoon's picture

Was that DJ gig at a bar on First Ave in Cedar Rapids? 

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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Chuck Long Duk Dong's picture

Neil Young massively under ranked here, as is Talking Heads. in my totally objective opinion of course

no more yankey Chuck's wankey

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therealCatnuts's picture

Tim McGraw starred in Friday Night Lights AND The Blind Side. He should probably get better billing in a football-based list, even if his first hit was CHEROKEE PEOPLE CHEROKEE PRIDE SO PROUD TO LIVE SO PROUD TO DIE

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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DonnyDonovan's picture

All those guys who coach in the new south and not one R.E.M. mention?   C'mon man.   Also too many country artists to not have Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson or, to go more old school, John Anderson.  And no females on the list?  Patty Smith?  Chrissy Hynde?  If you like something a little different maybe Alison Krauss?

This is overall a really crappy and non-diverse list. 

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therealCatnuts's picture

What kind of diverse or interesting list were you expecting from the fail-upward meathead-rewarding culture of college football coaching? Bro Country it is. 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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DonnyDonovan's picture

Yeah it's about what I was expecting.  Football coaches tend to have a "type" and it ain't the type that's going to have musical tastes that many of us would find terribly interesting.  My wife listens to contemporary popular country music on terrestrial radio, mostly "bro-country."  I will sometimes get in my car and if she drove it the radio will be on the country station.  It is likely, IMO, the most horrendous thing that has ever attained mass popularity, with the obvious and not even funny anymore exception of Nickelback.  I love her but how she can listen to that shit is maybe the biggest thing about her I just don't get. 

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Give Eddie a Beer's picture

Here's your point for Sturgill

Kirk Ferentz: "The biggest thing I have is the length. It’s going to be boring as can be."

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therealCatnuts's picture

Man, this is an exercise slated to open up any choice in the world to ridicule, stereotyping, era-placing, and jokes on jokes on jokes. There’s no band you can name that won’t get people riled up. So I agree this is a perfect reason for media to exist and a deep dive into the choices. This is so good, and just plain fun, which sports should more often be. 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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therealCatnuts's picture

God damn that Prince solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps. So good. 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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RetroHawk's picture

OMG...Prince tore it up. Couldn't believe how great that playing was.

RetroHawk

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FUBAR's picture

Try Roy Buchannons famous live version of Neil Young's "Down By the River." It explains why he was dubbed the Greatest Guitarist No One Ever Heard Of. Just wicked. Ignore the opening, singing, etc. etc. Just wait for the solo. Worth it.

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iowabeakster's picture

IMO, Prince is the greatest solo guitarist that has ever lived.  But many people don't think of him that way, because his music is not really guitar rock.   If you enjoyed that, do yourself a favor and search out more.  

Typically the Purple Rain solo is the highlight of a Prince live performance.  It's often just him with no accompaniment of any kind.  I saw a total dud of a Prince concert (truly awful show), but still the Purple Rain solo gave me goosebumps, and maintained those goosebumps for the whole 5 minutes.

Because we can all agree, that no matter how the trash got to the river, it just shouldn't be there. -river guy

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nerdhawk's picture

Does anyone actually believe that Harbaugh is out here listening to Bob Marley, just clappin' on the one and the three to "Three Little Birds" every day?

That's really the thing you find hard to believe about that weirdo?

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

I can picture Harbaugh in waist length dreads smoking a j.

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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therealCatnuts's picture

So who is going to be the first brave soul to name their own favorite band and open themselves to ridicule?

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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BrimstoneBaritoneAntiCycloneRollingStone's picture

I think that was me earlier with Rush. I won't dare name my 2nd favorite.

There is no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart

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therealCatnuts's picture

Ha, it went about as well as expected. First response “your fav band sucks”

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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FUBAR's picture

My #1 is the many iterations of Zappa and the Mother's of Invention from about1967 thru 1976. You get classic rock, doo wop, fusion, blues, country, straight jazz, madness, pop, ultra-pop, classical, R&B, shit, if you went through his entire archive at that time, there probably wasn't any Western genre he didn't do and do well. Some crap in there, but mostly amazing and fun, complex and never boring. Gumbo Variations on Hot Rats is the greatest song ever recorded as well. I know many hate his stuff, so be it. He's, they, are my #1. Followed closely by Floyd and then Bowie.

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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FUBAR's picture

Oh, yeah, pre-Duaneless Allman Brothers Band. Beautiful stuff.

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Ricky D's Triple Double's picture

The article was interesting, but it is hard to name a single favorite band, especially if you're a voracious curator of music. My mind would immediately go to artists like Father John Misty, Local Natives, and Dawes, but those all skew indie and relatively young. 

A magical night in Cleveland.

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Chuck Long Duk Dong's picture

w/ you on Joshua Tillman 

no more yankey Chuck's wankey

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RetroHawk's picture

There is a great guitar solo on the Carpenter's hit "Good-bye to Love'.  How's that for opening yourself up to ridicule and shame. (But, I don't care!)

RetroHawk

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RetroHawk's picture

Last comment and the one I am most interested in from Hawkeye fans.  Who is Hayden Fry's Band?  I'm going to go with Johnny Cash.

RetroHawk

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HoyaGoon's picture

Roy Orbison

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Thresherboy's picture

Gotta be Roy O. or Roy Rogers.

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therealCatnuts's picture

God I love me some Roy Orbison. 

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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HoyaGoon's picture

I’m just going for the deepest pull of the year. For those that don’t know, just google “Roy Orbison Hayden Fry” and thank me later

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FUBAR's picture

That's funny. Fry rocked.

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RetroHawk's picture

Very logical choice given Fry's story (if true). He is obviously known for "spinning a yarn or two" so one can never be quite sure but, Fry is the stuff legends are made of and Roy O is certainly a legend himself. 

RetroHawk

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Thresherboy's picture

Early, early Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross", "Oh Well", "Hypnotized", "Road Runner"; albums - Fleetwood Mac in Chicago, Kiln House, Mystery to Me

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Redacted's Hair Gel's picture

Byrne is like Lennon except living. They're different but have the same impact! His recent stuff is better than the old stuff. You could throw 4 maybe 5 others that had the same influence. I'm talking rock from the 60s until now.

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DonnyDonovan's picture

Lots of great music I like.  I agree it's almost impossible to name a favorite artist.  I came of age in the 1980s (born in '71).  I still try to discover new artists.  I would say the artist I probably listened to the most over 20+ years is R.E.M.  They have an incredibly diverse catalog starting in the early to mid 80s and going all the way through some good stuff they did in the aughts (although they were more hit or miss their last decade or so).  

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Franwich's picture

I love perusing lists like these, mostly for the comments, but also for what it can tell us about the person. However, I'm amused by the very concept of a "favorite" artist or song, or even genre. To me, music is so circumstantial, so contextual, that it would be impossible to single out anything. As examples: you can't tell me your preferred background for lifting/working out [Metallica, Iron Maiden?] would be the same for gettin' busy with your sweetie [Sade, Marvin Gaye?], that your eating dinner or reading background [Handel, Gato Barbieri] would mirror singing along in the car [Smokey Robinson, Righteous Brothers?], or that the feeling invoked at an arena event [the Who, Springsteen] is at all similar to one's mindfulness/meditative practices [Gregorian Chant?].

So while I have no objection to the exercise as a conversation starter, I can't take any of it seriously (even though I take music VERY seriously!).

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