Saturday, November 22, 2008

Is Kirk Ferentz on the cusp of becoming the Dean of Big Ten Football coaches?

With Joe Tiller retiring at Purdue at the end of this season, and with Joe Paterno's status at Penn State up in the air, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz could become the Dean of Big Ten Conference football coaches this off season.

Kirk Ferentz came to Iowa City as J. Hayden Fry's replacement, before the 1999 season.

Here are the coaches that have come and gone, since Mr. Ferentz arrived in Iowa City ahead of the 1999 season:

Indiana: Cam Cameron, Gerry Dinardo, Terry Hoepner, Bill Lynch
Illinois: Ron Turner, Ron Zook
Michigan: Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez
Michigan State: Nick Saban, Bobby Williams, John L Smith, Mark Dantonio
Minnesota: Glenn Mason, Tim Brewster
Northwestern: Randy Walker, Pat Fitzgerald
Ohio State: John Cooper, Jim Tressel
Penn State: Joe Paterno (Joe Pa is 81 years old and his contract expires after this season)
Purdue: Jor Tiller (on his way out after tomorrow, with Danny Hope in waiting)
Wisconsin: Barry Alvarez, Brett Bielema


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