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20 Perfectly Crazy Coach Faces

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterJanuary 16, 2014

20 Perfectly Crazy Coach Faces

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    Not every coach's face is so uniquely recognizable that it inspires a nickname like "The Chin", but most coaches spend more than a little time in front of a camera. In front of lots of cameras. 

    Coaches may not get equal time with the action of the game, but when the cameras aren't trained on the players...there's a good chance the coach is the center of attention. Especially if he's doing something crazy. 

    And with today's hyper sports media environment and camera technology, that means every moment and every emotion is faithfully captured from 100 different angles.

    So though not every coach has the kind of face that you'd deem Pulitzer-worthy subject matter, there are plenty of opportunities for people behind the lens to turn their anger, agony and everything in between into an awesome and compelling photo.

    Here are 20 perfectly amazing crazy coach faces. 

Pete Carroll

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    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn't one to hold back on the sidelines. If he's thinking or feeling something, it's going to be plastered all over his face. 

    This photo isn't nearly as crazy as it gets, but the fact that it looks like Carroll is going to be nailed in his grill by that football definitely adds a little something extra. 

Mike Krzyzewski

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    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski just has a face people love to hate for some reason. It's especially easy to love to hate it when it looks like that. 

    Say what you will about Coach K, just don't say he's lost passion for the game. 

Les Miles

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    There is no more entertaining character in college sports than LSU head coach Les Miles. He eats grass off the field, legitimizes Columbus Day and wears his heart (and all of his emotions) on his purple sleeve. 

    Miles' reaction is pretty classic, but the underling coach behind him really steals the show. 

Bob Knight

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    There is no one in the history of sports that can bring the crazy rage face like the legendarily angry former coach of Indiana basketball, Bob Knight. 

    That is the face of a man you only cross once...if at all. 

Patrick Roy

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    During his Hall of Fame career, Patrick Roy was one of the few goalies you could always count on to leave the comfort of the crease and mix it up when the gloves come off. 

    Unsurprisingly, Roy has carried over his trademark uncorked aggression from the ice to behind the bench as the first-year coach of the Avalanche. 

Nick Saban

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    It's not easy to find Alabama coach Nick Saban reacting in an animated fashion to anything. Probably because he's usually coaching with a pretty comfortable lead. Oh, and he's a cyborg. 

    Which makes this photo an extra special treat. All he's doing is calling a play, a rare break from him standing stoically on the sideline with a distressingly blank stare. 

Jamie Dixon

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    University of Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon is a pretty mild-mannered guy in interviews and other interactions off the court. On the court, however, he's known to get a little...yelly. 

    Typical Dixon crazy face: Mouth impressively agape and never a hair out of place. 

John Tortorella

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    The craziest thing about this photo of Canucks coach John Tortorella is that it's unclear whether he's happy or angry. He looks angry, but the players and home fans behind him look pretty happy. 

    Actually, Torts is probably happy here. He saves most of his venom for the media. 

Mike D'Antoni

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    With the Lakers (currently) sitting just one game above the Kings in the basement of the Pacific division, it looks like coach Mike D'Antoni may have lost his proverbial marbles. 

    D'Antoni looks pretty crazy here and like he doesn't know which way is up. Or maybe he's just confused about still being pretty comfortably employed in Los Angeles. 

Don Mattingly

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    This photo of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is one of the creepier things I've seen in awhile. I have no context to provide, but I am quite sure Mr. Burns would not approve of his hair. 

    Mattingly doesn't look coach crazy here; he looks Norman Bates in Psycho crazy. 

Will Muschamp

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    This one was like shooting fish in a barrel. Will Muschamp, who is still inexplicably employed at the University of Florida, has countless different game faces. And they all just happen to be crazy. 

    Muschamp really enjoys cranking it into spazz mode when dealing with the officials. That line judge could probably provide the details of that screaming Gator's dental work. 

John Harbaugh

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    While he doesn't bring it on or off the field quite like his brother Jim, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is a pretty animated guy himself. With Ray Lewis around all those years, he probably had to be, otherwise he'd just be drowned out. 

    It's hard to tell exactly what's going on here, but it looks like Harbaugh is pretty much yelling at running back Ray Rice. And over Rice's shoulder you can see in his eyes that Lewis isn't mad, he's just disappointed. 

Brad Stevens

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    First year Celtics coach Brad Stevens is so adorably baby-faced that he doesn't give crazy face very often. Of course, when he does, it's obviously a thing of beauty. 

    Just give him a few more years though, he'll be screaming like a lunatic with the best of them. 

Dabo Swinney

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    This has to be one of the more unfortunate photos ever taken of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. He doesn't look rage crazy, but more like a mental patient on day-release for a trip to the zoo. 

    It's not Swinney's fault, though. The terrible angle along with the ridiculous leather helmet with the earflaps would combine to make anyone look like an extra from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 

Rick Pitino

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    University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has a face that looks crazy even when he's sitting quietly. So it's not too difficult to find photos of him looking like...well...this. 

    I'm not sure if Pitino has had a facelift or two in his day or what, but he looks like he was dragged out of Madame Tussauds and placed on the sideline. 

Bo Pelini

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    Nebraska's Bo Pelini is one of the angrier coaches in all of sports, perhaps in all of sports history. He certainly hasn't reached Bob Knight levels of rage just yet, but the 46-year-old still has plenty of time to work on it. 

    Given the profanity-laced tirade Pelini went on against Cornhusker fans back in 2011, it's no surprise to see him getting stroke-inducing furious at a zebra. Particularly when his team was getting blown out by Iowa. 

John Calipari

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    Of all the coaches in the Getty library, Kentucky basketball's John Calipari had by far the most unhinged selection of photos to choose from. Nearly every photo of him looks just like this one. 

    I'm not going to lie—I'm legitimately concerned about his blood pressure and stress levels. 

Jim Harbaugh

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    There's a reason 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the most photographed and just generally buzzed about coaches in the NFL. It's because he's enthusiastic to the point that it makes him come across as borderline unstable. Actually, forget the borderline part. 

    One of the many things you can't tell from looking at this photo is the score of the game. The Niners could be down by 10 or up by 30 and Harbaugh would still be reacting the exact same way. It's just part of his "charm," along with those terrible khaki pants. 

Mike Rice

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    Would it surprise you to learn that this man was fired for verbally abusing his players and routinely displaying a complete lack of human decency when dealing with human beings in a basketball setting?

    No? Oh, okay, didn't think so. 

    The man in question is former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired in April 2013 for that very reason. Naturally, Rice landed on his feet and is now, apparently, working with children at youth camps. 

Mike Rice

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    One more Mike Rice photo, ya know, for the road. 

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