Ferentz tops Rodriguez for top spot in Big Ten coaching rankings

The Big Ten is loaded with plenty of veteran coaching talent, but most of it hasn’t been in place at its current school for long. Seven of the coaches have been on the job three years or less; Purdue’s Danny Hope is in his first year, Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez begins his second in Ann Arbor and Minnesota’s Tim Brewster, Indiana’s Bill Lynch and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio enter their third seasons.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald will be starting their fourth years and Illinois’ Ron Zook is embarking on his fifth season. That means the real veterans are Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (ninth season), Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (11th season) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (44th season).

Ranking the Big Ten coaches:

1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa