"For those about to rock. Fire! We salute you." -- AC/DC
So whom do college football coaches rock and roll to? ESPN has the answers. I asked all 128 FBS coaches for their favorite musical artist. The answers ranged from A to Z -- AC/DC to Led Zeppelin: 80 bands in all.
Arkansas' Bret Bielema chose The Temptations. When he coached at Wisconsin, he said he would frequently go see them in concert -- "front-row seats" -- and decided he wanted the band to play at his wedding.
There was one small problem. By the time Bielema decided to get married nearly 10 years later at the age of 42, there was only one original member still alive, and he wanted $150,000 to perform at Bret and Jen's wedding. Bielema said no thanks.
The majority of coaches preferred country artists. Kenny Chesney and George Strait tied the Eagles as the coaches' most popular choice. NC State's Dave Doeren summed it up best: "There are only two kinds of music," he said. "Country and western." Doeren's pick was Merle Haggard.
Like the College Football Playoff, Alabama's Nick Saban had four finalists competing for his favorite artist. He said his iPod has 122 songs from only four artists: Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and the Eagles.
Saban's musical champion? The Eagles.
In fact, in 1994, when Saban was the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator, he went to the Eagles' "Hell Freezes Over Tour" in old Cleveland Stadium with then-Browns coach Bill Belichick. That's right: Saban and Belichick, livin' it up at the Hotel California.
Kansas State's Bill Snyder, college football's elder statesman, coaches in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kansas, so perhaps it was fitting he chose Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, best known for singing about the Big Apple. Snyder actually told me his second choice was Foreigner. "I have their CD in my car," the 77-year-old Snyder said before the season.
The coaches' choices were as unique as their schools' uniforms: from Van Halen (Iowa State's Matt Campbell) to Van Morrison (New Mexico's Bob Davie). From Daft Punk (Oregon's Mark Helfrich) to Prince (West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy). From old school -- George Clinton was the funkadelic choice of Illinois' Lovie Smith -- to young (Neil Young, the favorite of Washington State's Mike Leach.)
There were a contingent of hard rockers: Pitt's Pat Narduzzi, San Diego State's Rocky Long and Old Dominion's Bobby Wilder picked AC/DC, and UCLA's Jim Mora, UTEP's Sean Kugler and Georgia State interim coach Tim Lappano chose Led Zeppelin. Some opted for easy-listening: Boston College's Steve Addazio, Akron's Terry Bowden and UL Monroe's Matt Viator opted for James Taylor, and East Carolina's Scottie Montgomery prefers Sade.
The Talking Heads (Wake Forest's Dave Clawson) and Meat Loaf (Southern Miss' Jay Hopson) made the list, but the top two selling musical artists of all time, the Beatles and Elvis, did not receive any votes.
Back on Sept. 17, when Michigan State met Notre Dame, little did Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly know they had something in common: They're both big fans of The Boss. After all, you know college coaches these days: Baby we were born to run ... the spread offense.
Top vote-getters: Kenny Chesney, Eagles, George Strait (five votes); Garth Brooks (four votes); AC/DC, Toby Keith, Dave Matthews Band, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, The Temptations, Led Zeppelin (three votes).