Ranking the Big Ten’s Head Football Coaches


The Big Ten used to be a conference defined by its longtime head coaches. Year after year, fans at places like Ohio State (Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel), Michigan (Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr), Penn State (Joe Paterno), Wisconsin (Barry Alvarez) and Iowa (Hayden Fry) would gaze down at the sidelines and see a familiar face.

It’s an era which feels like it was a long time ago. Of the conference’s dozen current head coaches, only one of them (Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz) has been with his school for more than a decade. What’s more, eight of them are entering either their first, second or third season with their respective team.

Turnover is now to be expected in one of college football’s most hallowed leagues. Some of the names in our 2013 Preseason Big Ten Coach Rankings could very well become long-tenured HCs down the road; others, not so much.

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