Here‘s a list of the all-time NCAA football coaches by win %, minimum of 10 years coaching.
Interestingly, Oregon State already has two coaches on the list in the top 200.
Now let’s be clear for all the trolls who have reading comprehension problems: I am not saying Gary Andersen is Knute Rocke, Urban Meyer, Tom Osborne, Bo Schembechler, Bear Bryant, etc. I’m saying he could be OSU’s closest thing ever to that type of coach. A legendary coach who transforms a program into elite status. In short, a guy who coaches to a .750+ winning percentage. He did this in his last year at Utah State (.846) when the transformation was complete, and also in his second year at Wisconsin (.769). If he had longevity at these schools, I think he’d be regarded as that type of coach.
At some point GA has to stay at one major program long enough to create a legacy. This is likely that job, and if so, I think he could be OSU’s closest thing to an all time great/legendary coach. It might take a year or two to get to that level, but once there, I think he can sustain a .750+ winning percentage for a decade and go down as one of the greats. Gary Andersen’s problem, with regard to reputation, has been sticking around with a program long enough to rack up that type of win% and hence be recognized as great.
No pressure or anything, GA.