At UK, he succeeded Bear Bryant – arguably the greatest college football coach of all time.
In Cleveland, he followed Paul Brown – arguably the most significant pro football coach of all time.
A Millersburg native and Georgetown College graduate, Collier spent eight seasons (1954-61) as Kentucky's coach. Ten UK coaches later, Collier (41-36-3) is still the last one to leave with a winning record.
Yet, at the time, it was Bryant’s shiny 60-23-5 record at UK (1946-53) that Collier’s tenure was judged against.
“Daddy knew he had a good record at Kentucky,” Collier McLaughlin said. “But I’m sure, on some level, what happened in Cleveland was satisfying because it showed (UK) what it had and let go.”Sounds like Kentucky football alright. The Cats haven't had a coach leave with a winning record since Collier was fired in 1961, and he won a professional championship with the Browns just three years later. Tyronn Lue looks to replace Collier as the last man to have won a professional sports championship in the city of Cleveland, ending the half-century of heartache for the Cleveland faithful. LeBron would like nothing more than to win his first ring in Cleveland against the NBA-record breaking Warriors, it would surely be his most cherished title so far. For the Land.