The 5 best times college football coaches tried to relate to their players

College football head coaches can be among the meanest, squarest, whitest men on the planet. They don’t get out much, and as a result, their only pop-culture moments occur when they’re in the locker room with college athletes.

So it’s even funnier when they do something to gain respect from their players, either in the form of dancing or just shouting out rappers on national TV.

With college football season less than a month away (reading those words should make you react like this), it’s time to look back on some of the best moments from the time-honored tradition of college football coaches trying to act “hood,” and we can only hope these get topped by some new gems this season.

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1. Kliff Kingsbury winning a dance battle with one of his players

Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury is probably the coolest head coach in college football, so this is a good place to start. He’s a handsome dude, and, being well aware of his appearance, he recruits players by recruiting their moms. Go ahead and skip ahead to the 1:40 mark of the video below to see the good part, and because Kliff only needs two minutes to steal your girl. If you watch the whole video, you only have yourself to blame for losing your girl.

2. Mark Dantonio having a serious friendship with Rich Homie Quan

Nobody tried harder to connect with the skreets during the 2013 season than Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. He shouted out rapper Rich Homie Quan after the Spartans won the Big Ten, and then he put Mr. Quan on the team’s sideline for the Rose Bowl (as seen in the photo at the top of this page and on the home page). There’s something beautiful about a old dude throwing his arm around a rapper he’d have never met, if not for sport.

3. Mike Gundy’s dance … well … whatever that is he’s doing

He’s a man. He’s 40. Don’t question him. And definitely don’t come at him, or he’ll smoke you in a dance-off.

4. Rich Rodriguez steals the show at an Arizona dance battle


Rich Rodriguez dancing

5. Vanderbilt’s entire coaching staff getting after it

Last year’s Vanderbilt Commodores had one square-ass coaching staff, but they deserve credit for doing all of this on camera (fast-forward to 1:15 for JAMES FRANKLIN DOING THE CARLTON):

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