Football And Beyond: Talking Coaching Debuts

Four new head football coaches, including first-time coaches Kevin Wilson (Indiana) and Luke Fickell (Ohio State), made their Big Ten debuts in Week 1. Who had the most impressive first game? Was it Fickell, who became the first Ohio State coach to record a shutout in his debut since Woody Hayes? Was it Jerry Kill, who nearly led the Gophers to a win over USC at the Coliseum? Or was it Brady Hoke, who helped Michigan put away Western Michigan? Watch now as BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martin offer up their selections.

One of our analysts says, like teams, first-year coaches often make their biggest improvements from Week 1 to Week 2. That’s good news for all four of these guys, two of who are seeking their first win at their new school. Wilson and Kill will try to enter the win column against Virginia and New Mexico State, respectively. See the full Week 2 Big Ten scoreboard.

BTN airs six games this Saturday, including Fresno State-Nebraska. To get ready for the action, read Brent Yarina’s Week 2 Preview, which also include a podcast preview. Also, bookmark our GameFinder to make sure you don’t miss any of the action and remember that you can now watch every BTN game online with BTN2Go.

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Adam on 9/7/2011 @ 11:51pm EDT Said:

Hopefully Fickell will be Ohio State’s head coach for the next 20 years

Ralph Orlandi on 9/20/2011 @ 4:42pm EDT Said:

Re: Tom Hart and Derek Rackley
First let me say that Mr Hart and Mr. Rackley did a wonderful job as commentators on the Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan football game. However, I take exception to the comment by one of them (Mr. Hart I believe) that Michigan never made use of their QB’s as passers and that is why Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. Michigan QB’s primarily handed off to running backs was the implication. He stated that NFL people were not aware of the talent of Tom Brady for that reason.
This may have been true in the early days of Bo Schembechler’s teams but not in the later years and definitely not under Coach Moeller or Coach Carr. In fact, Michigan became known as “Quarterback U” starting with Jim Harbaugh when Michigan had Harbaugh, Elvis Gerbach, Todd Collins, Brian Griese as well as Tom Brady and Chad Henne and others in the NFL. Check out your facts–Michigan QB’s are well trained and have done well for many years as pro style quarterbacks. Also, check out your facts on Tom Brady. If you look at the Michigan career records and the Big Ten records for QB’s, Tom Brady is one of the leaders. He brought Michigan to victory in many a game as a passing QB, not just a hand off man. Many victories were come from behind, dramatic finishes and many were blowouts. He was one of the best and did whatever was needed. The NFL was skeptical about him only because he was not a “high profile” QB with astronomical numbers, not because his career stats were unknown to them.
Your Big Ten Network has chosen to choose Tom Brady as one of the “Big Ten Icons”. That should tell you something. This is a “college football” honor not an “NFL” honor. A “hand off” QB would not have received such acclaim. Looking at his college career passing stats will certainly refute your claim about his value as a passing quarterback. He was one of the greatest at Michigan and in the Big Ten as an all-around quarterback.