Athlon Ranks B1G Football Coaches (Hoke 2nd)

Submitted by Everyone Murders on April 3rd, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Athlon ranks Hoke 2nd only to newcomer Urban Meyer.  Commence the wails of righteous indignation from E. Lansing that Mark Dantonio is ranked under Hoke.

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1. Urban Meyer (OSU)

2. Brady Hoke (Tremendous!)

3. Mark Dantonio (MSU)

4. Pat Fitzgerald (NU)

5. Bret Bielema (Wis)

6. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)

7. Bo Pelini (Neb)

8. Jerry Kill (MN)

9. Tim Beckman (IL)

10. Danny Hope (Purdue)

11. Bill O'Brien (PSU)

12. Kevin Wilson (IU)



April 3rd, 2012 at 12:17 PM ^

Granted he has only coached one season at Michigan but he went 11-2 and won a BCS bowl.  How would that put him in the bottom half?  I'm not saying it garners a #2 but bottom half, no way.


April 3rd, 2012 at 2:02 PM ^

Hoke has won three Coach of the Year awards in the past four seasons - in three different conferences.  There is no way you could put him in the bottom half.


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 AM ^

on WHAT basis do they rank Urban Meyer who hasnt coached ONE SINGLE GAME as the top Big10 coach???    We will see how good a coach he is when hes not able to Cheat an Lie while under scrunity at OLIEO ST


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:57 AM ^

If you're a good coach it doesn't matter if you coached last week or last year.  It's something that doesn't just disappear over night.  The guy turned Utah into a great program when he was there and won 2 NTs in the SEC.


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:43 AM ^

With Tressel and JoePa gone Meyer has 2 more national titles to his name than all the other B1G head coaches combined. Other than moving Ferentz above and Bielema right behind Dantonio I think this list is pretty legit.


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:47 AM ^

That they are giving Meyer credit for his past successes at Utah and Florida.  If that's what they are doing, then fine.  He's got the hardware to back it up, though It does feel strange that a coach can be ranked #1 in a conference in which he hasn't coached a game.  But then again, Hoke is #2 when he's only coached one full season, albeit a pretty successful one.  Can't wait to see the top 3 settle this on the field...


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:47 AM ^

Hoke really is probably too high at this point based on accomplishments.  I think he can/will end up as the best coach of all of these guys but he has A LOT to prove even after the Sugar Bowl victory.  Bielema has 2 Rose Bowl appearances (no wins I know) and won the B1G last year and has had a share before (this does not mean that he is not a douche).  Take us to the Rose Bowl this year Brady and I will happily annoint you top of the B1G.




April 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 PM ^

My guess is that they're giving Hoke's record more weight than Bielema's because he turned around two historically downtrodden programs and a third that was in the midst of its roughest stretch in history, winning two coach of the year awards in the process. Wisconsin, though it's not Michigan or Ohio State, is not a super-difficult place to win at. Bielema took over a program that Barry Alvarez had left in pretty good shape. Also, Hoke has taken Michigan's already excellent recruiting up a notch, whereas Bielema has never been known as a great recruiter. But yeah, it would still be a reasonable list if Bielema were ranked #2 instead of Hoke. 

If we take off our maize and blue glasses, it's hard to dispute that no one else in the conference has a resume anywhere near as stellar as Meyer's.


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:48 AM ^

1. Hoke (Tremendous!)

2. Bret Bielema (Wis)

3. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)

4.  Pat Fitzgerald (NU)

5. Bo Pelini (Neb)

6. Meyer (OSU)

7.  Dantonio (MSU)

8. Jerry Kill (MN)

9. Tim Beckman (IL)

10. Danny Hope (Purdue)

11. Bill O'Brien (PSU)

12. Kevin Wilson (IU)


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:50 AM ^

"Considering he was born in Ohio, Hoke isn’t necessarily a Michigan Man."

Ah, yes.  Where you were born is where the whole Michigan man thing is from.  Someone better break the news to Bo that he's disqualified from being considered a Michigan man.  I honestly don't expect everyone to know everything about U of M football, but if you're going to dare try to throw the our Michigan Man thing at us, try not to say something so damn ignorant.


April 3rd, 2012 at 9:50 AM ^

I suspect Bielema is too highly ranked... it seemed like it was poor in-game coaching decisions that led to each of Wisconsin's losses last year, and that's not a new trend.  


April 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 PM ^

Beilema is a good coach with some impressive success, but using his record to prove it isn't the strongest argument.

You can make this argument for a guy like Hoke when he was in the apples/oranges situation of coaching at BSU/SDSU, but in Bielema's case, his entire head coaching career has been at Wisconsin. His record is a fairer metric than subjective things like judging his play calling.