Dream Team: Building My Best Big Ten Staff

You just got hired to be a head coach at a Big Ten school. Your head is spinning as you give you’re opening remarks at a press conference, but there is no time to be giddy. You must build a coaching staff—and you only can do so by taking assistants from other Big Ten schools.

That’s where I come in. Here’s your guide to a dream team of Big Ten assistant coaches that surely will lead you to the Big Ten title, the Rose Bowl—and beyond. Thank me later.

Offensive coordinator: Al Borges, Michigan. What more can be said about Borges? The guy has an unmatched resume that includes stops as coordinator at Indiana, Auburn, UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Boise State, among others. Borges has shown an ability to adapt his West Coast attack at Michigan to conform to the skills of quarterback Denard Robinson. Smart man. The result, an 11-2 season in 2011, as the Wolverines also produced two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time since 1975. Why isn’t this guy a head coach?
Others: Matt Canada, Wisconsin; Greg Davis, Iowa; Tom Herman, Ohio State; Matt Limegrover, Minnesota; Bill O’Brien, Penn State

Quarterbacks coach: Greg Davis, Iowa. He pushed the buttons on a Texas attack that won the national title in 2005. And the Longhorns may have won another in 2008 if Colt McCoy had not gotten hurt early in the title game. Regardless, Davis has developed a reputation for developing quarterbacks, from the read-option variety (Vince Young) to the drop-back pro style (Chris Simms). Davis knows signal-callers.
Others: Tom Herman, Ohio State; Mick McCall, Northwestern; Gary Nord, Purdue

Offensive line: Mike Markuson, Wisconsin. The ultra-intense Markuson brings a wealth of experience to Madison, having built some strong lines while working for Houston Nutt at Ole Miss and Arkansas, among other stops. Markuson’s fronts always are known for being physical and tough, paving the way for some strong rushing attacks over the years . In his decade at Arkansas, no other Southeastern Conference team was more effective at running the ball than the Hogs. And at Ole Miss, he groomed Michael “Blind Side” Oher. Enough said.
Others: Barney Cotton, Nebraska; Mac McWhorter, Penn State; Mark Staten, Michigan State; Ed Warinner, Ohio State

Running backs: Fred Jackson, Michigan. He is one of the nation’s longest tenured coaches at one school, as he has been at Michigan since 1992 when he joined Gary Moeller’s staff. Among his star pupils in Ann Arbor have been Tyrone Wheatley, Chris Perry, Anthony Thomas, Mike Hart and Tim Biakabutuka. And Jackson’s current star, Fitz Toussaint is coming off a 1,000-yard season and is primed for more big things in the fall.
Others: Thomas Hammock, Wisconsin; Brad Salem, Michigan State

Receivers: Erik Campbell, Iowa. He has groomed receivers at Iowa since 2010, developing some of the most prolific wideouts in school annals in Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. Campbell began coaching receivers at Michigan in 1995 before coming to the Hawkeyes in 2008. With the Wolverines, Campbell coached the likes of Mercury Hayes, Ronald Bellamy, Adrian Arrington, Steve Breaston, Mario Manningham as well as three All-Americans: David Terrell, Marquise Walker and Braylon Edwards.
Others: Billy Gonzales, Illinois; Stan Hixon, Penn State; Kevin Johns, Indiana

Tight ends: Eric Johnson, Iowa. He coached tight ends from 2003-07; worked with linebackers for two years before returning to tight ends in 2010. Some of the tight ends Johnson has worked with include Scott Chandler and Tony Jackson, while C.J. Fiedorowicz looks primed to be one of the Big Ten’s top tight ends in 2012.
Others: Seth Littrell, Indiana.

Defensive coordinator: Greg Mattison, Michigan. The numbers speak for themselves. After spending three years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Mattison returned to Michigan. And his impact was deep and immediate. His unit ranked second in the Big Ten and sixth in nation in scoring defense (17.4 ppg). Remarkable numbers when you consider where the defense was before he arrived. Mattison has coached 18 NFL players and had seven of his protégés taken in the first three rounds of the draft and two first-round selections.
Others: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State; Ted Roof, Penn State; Everett Withers, Ohio State.

Defensive line: Larry Johnson, Penn State. There is a reason why Bill O’Brien retained him from Joe Paterno’s staff. Johnson is one of the best in the business who at one time rejected a chance to be assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Illinois Over the past 15 years, he has built some of the top lines in the nation. And he also has recruited and developed some great players, including the likes of Courtney Brown, Jared Odrick, Jimmy Kennedy, Tamba Hali, Anthony Adams and most recently Devon Still. Johnson’s next great one is Jordan Hill.
Others: Ted Gill, Michigan State; Keith Gilmore, Illinois; Rick Kaczenski, Nebraska; Reese Morgan, Iowa; Charlie Partridge, Wisconsin.

Linebackers: Luke Fickell. He doubles as the defensive coordinator after serving as interim head coach last season under trying circumstances. But Fickell grew and matured as a coach because of the experience in 2011 and is primed to one day lead a program. In many ways, Fickell is “Mr. Buckeye,” having spent 12 of his 14 years as a coach at Ohio State after starring at the school from 1993-96.
Others: Andy Buh, Wisconsin; Bill Miller, Minnesota; Mike Tressel, Michigan State; Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State.

Secondary: Jerry Brown, Northwestern. If Fickell is “Mr. Buckeye,” then Brown is “Mr. Wildcat,” as Brown is in his 20th season in Evanston. He is an expert tactician who always maximizes the talent he has, building some of the most underrated secondaries in the Big Ten. Brown has coached in high school and the NFL, and also was Northwestern’s defensive coordinator from 1999-2001.
Others: Chris Ash, Wisconsin; Harlon Barnett, Michigan State; John Butler, Penn State; Terry Joseph, Nebraska; Curt Mallory, Michigan.

Special teams: Mark Hagen, Indiana. He doesn’t always have the top talent to work with, but Hagen maximizes what he has. And he’s a passionate teacher with an uncanny attention to detail. Mitch Ewald developed into a top kicker last year, while Shane Wynn was one of the Big Ten’s top return men.
Others: Ross Els, Nebraska; Dan Ferrigno, Michigan;; Tim Salem, Illinois; Mike Tressel, Michigan State.

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Doug on 5/4/2012 @ 9:52am EDT Said:

I love it, once again, MSU gets no respect. Those coaches for Michigan didn’t look so good in that 28-14 spanking at the hands of MSU….

James on 5/4/2012 @ 12:27pm EDT Said:

Hammock for the Badgers should be the RB coach, without question! Seems like this list put a lot of emphasis on tenure at a school. Another head scratcher is Fickell for LB, and the reasoning is total crap…

Kyle Dunbar on 5/4/2012 @ 12:37pm EDT Said:

Mark Hagen for sp, really? Ross Els is the best by far, look at our talent, it is Always the best no matter what conference we are in

Bob Saget on 5/4/2012 @ 1:29pm EDT Said:

How can Michigan’s coach be the RB coach? They have had 1 1,000 yd rusher in the last 25 years?

Matt on 5/4/2012 @ 1:30pm EDT Said:

Not picking Pat Narduzzi for defensive coordinator is laughable. He is clearly the best in the conference when you see what he has turned Michigan State into. Mattison is good, but Narduzzi has proved himself to be the best and will do so again this year and so on until he get a HC job (probably at the end of this year).

    BTN.com staff on 5/4/2012 @ 2:09pm EDT Said:

    Coach Narduzzi is tremennous, as are a number of others. Remember: This is just one expert’s opinion and the fun part of lists like this is the spirited debate. Did you catch this segment with Narduzzi where he breaks down film? We felt approximately 328 percent smarter about defensive football after watching it. Thanks for the comment.

phil coffey on 5/4/2012 @ 1:35pm EDT Said:

Come on if you really could have your pick of coaches for the Defensive Cordinator your telling me you wouldn’t want Bo Pelini, ya I realize you’re picking people who actually coach the position, but if you’re really picking a dream senario you should be able to pick head coaches for these positions

Dan on 5/4/2012 @ 4:23pm EDT Said:

Boohoo, typical Sparties crying about no respect.

Tom on 5/4/2012 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

BTN Staff-
Seriously…I thought this was going to be a professional opinion…my 8 and 9 year old sons could have picked a better list of coaches. As Big Ten Staff…how about you choose the coaches who have proven themselves in the BIG TEN…? No offense, but Rich Rod had a nice resume too before he came to Michigan and coached…just because someone has a nice resume doesn’t mean they will have continued success in the Big Ten…there are a lot of Michigan Coaches on this list which have only spent one year in the Big Ten with a seemingly easy schedule last year which produced good results from their schedule…but when they played against teams with a real defense…they struggled. But hey…gave me a good laugh today. Thanks. And this isn’t the first article that some so called Professional Staff has written and has been laughable. Get New Sports Writers who know the BIG TEN.

    BTN.com staff on 5/4/2012 @ 8:31pm EDT Said:

    Good stuff and great points. We’d love to see those lists so post them when you can. And thanks for the note.

      BTN.com staff on 5/4/2012 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

      Also, while Tom does read all of these comments on BTN.com, let him know your specific issue here: http://btn.com/tom-dienhart-big-ten-mailbag/. Be robust in our argument – Tom loves that. And then he can respond in full in his mailbag. We know we don’t have to remind most folks here, but keep it civil. We appreciate that. We’re all about respecting opinions, but when it becomes personal or vulgar, we pretty much just delete those and it’s a waste of everyone’s time. Life is too short for that kind of stuff, and there are other places where you can vent like that these days. Again, most everyone that has commented here lately understands, and we thank you for that. Keep it coming.

Joey Gladstone on 5/4/2012 @ 4:46pm EDT Said:

Bob Saget, UM had 2 1,000 yard rushers just last year. Genius.

Mich Chi on 5/4/2012 @ 5:01pm EDT Said:

Bob Saget, are you serious? They have had 11 different players get 1000 yards rushing in the last 25 years. Most of those players did it in multiple seasons.

BlueBender on 5/4/2012 @ 5:01pm EDT Said:

Don’t get the Saget comment. By my count Michigan has had 19 1,000 yard rushers in the last 25 years.

DarthCat on 5/4/2012 @ 5:57pm EDT Said:

I am stuggling to reconcile your assement of Brown as an expert tactician.

“He is an expert tactician who always maximizes the talent he has, building some of the most underrated secondaries in the Big Ten.”

Uh, how does a defensive secondary that admitted being confused as to what coverage was being played and routinely left men uncovered deep qualify Brown as an “expert tactician”?

Also, how can the last place pass defense in the Big Ten be “underrated”?

BTW, these impressive points were with three seniors in the defensive backfield, one a four year starter and the other a two year and All Big Ten selection.

Jon on 5/4/2012 @ 7:41pm EDT Said:

@Bob Saget Michigan hasn’t had TWO 1,000 yard rushers in the same season in 25 years. Mike Hart had 4, DRob has 2 and Fitz now has 1. And that’s since 2004. So 7 in the last 8 seasons. Not to mention Biakabutka, Wheatley, Thomas and Perry getting multiple 1,000 yard seasons each.

Kevin on 5/4/2012 @ 8:34pm EDT Said:

Wow, another ridiculously inaccurate post from BTN. I am seriously disappointed. First, the terrible out of conference rankings and now this? Come on, you guys can do better than that…

    BTN.com staff on 5/4/2012 @ 8:35pm EDT Said:

    Thanks Kevin! Sorry your seriously disappointed. Our list is our list. Give us yours – we’d love to see it.

Mark on 5/4/2012 @ 9:33pm EDT Said:

Mostly Michigan and Iowa coaches…hmmm, don’t remember seeing them in the B1G Conference Championship game. Folks need to realize that Michigan hasn’t been relevant since 2006 and they didn’t win the league that year either after losing to Ohio State. With all the new coaches in the B1G, you really can’t make a case for top assistants in the league until after this coming season.

G-dub on 5/5/2012 @ 12:52am EDT Said:

The only thing Mr Buckeye produces at OSU is 1st round draft busts at LB. Vanderlinden coaches LBs at Linebacker U. Shoulda been a no brainer.

Zach T on 5/5/2012 @ 7:38am EDT Said:

Let me correct you…Please when you mention Muchigan, properly refer to them as BCS SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS. Ok, carry on little bro

Doug on 5/5/2012 @ 9:48am EDT Said:

BooHoo, Dan must be a M fan, wahhh

Toussant is a produce of DRob. We could all rush for 1000 yards if the QB was a threat to take it to the house every time. We all saw what happens when DRob is shut down, and MSU will do it again this year…..

Ed Green on 5/5/2012 @ 1:34pm EDT Said:

Typical Michigan State Fans…BOO HOO HOOOO, We don’t get any RESPECT

Give them a couple more years, and they will have far more to CRY about! Michigan is so far ahead in recruiting, Michigan has “THE BEST” Defensive Coordinator, A pretty good Offensive Coordinator, better trainers, and a Coach that will give it his best: This all is going to equal little brother getting smacked around once every year by BIG BROTHER!!! Plain and simple…U can put a (*) next to their four wins! Seriously, how is a team who can’t even break the top 25 in recruiting going to match up with a team who is going to be bringing in a top 10 class every given year, and for the most part has better coaches??? Riddle Me That SPARTY!!!

Theodore Lee on 5/5/2012 @ 1:57pm EDT Said:

Greg Mattison is the best DC in the big ten period. He turned a defense that was ranked in the 100s last year into a top 20 defense and top 10 scoring defense in the country.

Doug on 5/6/2012 @ 9:29am EDT Said:

Nobody cares about that recruiting Ed. I’ll take the 2 and 3 stars that have been pounding M’s 4 and 5 stars the last 4 years going on 5. When M finishes 7-5 this year we’ll see how great you think those coaches are. You or me could have turned that defense around, please. So after MSU beats M against and DRob is 0-4 vs Sparty and (C)Hoke is 0-2, we’ll be laughing at your excuses again. Geez playing 8 home games and a crappy VTech team in one of the lowest rated Sugar Bowls ever sure has given you M fans false hopes, hilarious stuff.

david on 5/6/2012 @ 12:56pm EDT Said:

I am surprised to see so many Spartan fans with computers.

Ed Green on 5/6/2012 @ 10:52pm EDT Said:

Another Sparty Lover thinking that He’s comparing Apples to Apples, and talking about the Past!!! What Michigan is getting as far as recruits NOW….and what they were getting 2-4 years ago are two different things….And My Optimism has absolutely nothing to do with the 11-2 record of last year. It has everything to do with the coaching staff putting together what is right now considered the BEST 2013 recruiting class straight out of the gate, and the ability this coaching staff has shown to improve players in a very short amount of time. You State Fans had your fun during the RR era, but that is over…You are a Basketball School, and why don’t you just sit tight and enjoy your basketball for the next 10 years. It seems like most Spartans are truly full of themselves, don’t know the game, and are truly clueless to what is going on. Again…and Maybe, Maybe you might win this year, but after that….IT’s OVER, put an * next to your past four years, and be happy that you had those years. I know there are still many of you who are drinking Mark Dumbtonio’s Kool-Aid, and think your team is going to be playing in the NC,….FORGET IT!!! You reached your Highest Point, and IT’S OVER!!!! It will be fun watching your lines get pushed around, Morris Air It out, and Smith and Ty Isaac run Left Right and Up the Middle of Pat Narduzzi’s Defense…..That is if Pat Narduzzi is even at State in the near future.  Of course There is the other Side of That….MSU trying to score against what will quickly become one of the best D’s in the nation year in and year out!!! Sorry Quail~man, but STATE is as good as OVER!!!

John on 5/7/2012 @ 6:20am EDT Said:

I am not surprised that a Walverine like David would forget that internet access involves a lot more than computers. Your “dig” is myopic, and does not reflect a Big Ten education.

If you try this one in the future, then at least include smart phones, tablets, and Ipads. Most of us with Big Ten educations browse with these devices.

Doug on 5/7/2012 @ 10:42am EDT Said:

I’m NOT surprised to see so many M fans just complain about MSU instead of talking about the topic, but after the last 4 butt kickins, I guess the obsession is understandable..

Brady's thirds chin on 5/7/2012 @ 11:07am EDT Said:

BTN uses the term expert very loosely. Anyway, we’re meechegan fergodsakes, all our coaches should be on here. I don’t even need a headset to win, we’re meechegan, remember.

hail2victors9 on 5/7/2012 @ 11:21am EDT Said:

I think what many of you are failing to acknowledge is that these coaches aren’t being choosen solely based on what they have accomplished in the B1G, but instead, their proven experience/success throughout their careers. Narduzzi is a great D-coordinator and will be a head coach somewhere very soon, but has been at a “major” program for only 5 years. Mattison, for example, has been the DC at Michigan, ND, Florida, Baltimore Ravens, and now back to Michigan, and has had success at each stop. Not to mention, he has nearly 40 years of coaching experience.

NotTanner on 5/7/2012 @ 11:56am EDT Said:

Ed Green – Do you realize that UM’s graduating senior class was a Top 10 class with 17 4-star recruits? And MSU’s last 4 classes of 3-stars kicked their butts for 4 years! You also realize that his year’s recruiting class is (a) not signed and (b) can’t play this year? Who’s UM’s backup QB in 2012? How’s that 5-star Will Campbell working out for you? Last year was 28-14, but would have been 42-14 if MSU didn’t rack up 120 yards in penalties. You’re getting better, but this year’s going to be more of the same, as Paul Bunyan becomes a 5th year senior at MSU. Go Green!

Doug on 5/7/2012 @ 12:40pm EDT Said:

Brady’s 3rd chin and NotTanner = Great posts! As for Ed Green, more than likely, he’s a 10 year old child in his mom’s basement. I read the first sentence and realized he’s just a kid. As for hail’s post, very classy by a M man, glad to see there are some M fans out there that don’t sit there and rant and rave about being obsessed about MSU.

Ed Green on 5/7/2012 @ 1:05pm EDT Said:


Ed Green on 5/7/2012 @ 1:47pm EDT Said:

Ohhhhhh Doug Doug Doug, it’s ok, I understand you’re a STATE fan. Instead of Facing Facts that your team is going to get murdered year after year…..Lets Lash Out at the opposition, and say stupid “ “ like….this fella must live in his mother’s basement, and MSU has done better than Michigan the past couple years, MSU beat Michigan four years in a row, MSU has beat Michigan four years in a row, MSU beat Michigan four years in a row, Michigan has gotten its share of 4 and 5 star recruits the past four years and look at what that got them, these Michigan fans are so optimistic after their lucky season. My goodness Doug!!! Really!!! I understand you don’t get it, but that’s ok. You will soon see it on the field year after year after year after year, and then like the typical State Fan that you are, Boo Hoo HOoooo, Michigan Has more $$$ and it’s not fair, BOO HOO HOOOOO. Seriously Doug, and I know I’m probably wasting my time, But…..The 4 -5 Star Recruits Michigan is getting now are a completely different animal from what they were recruiting. The current Coaching Staff spends far more time building relationships with the players making sure they are suitable for the program and are making sure that the kids are good as far as character, and are going to work hard, and not be lazy. Secondly they are not recruiting for the spread option anymore, and Michigan is obviously not running the 3-3-5 or the 3-4 anymore as there base. So to compare the past 3-4 years of recruiting, and say that it’s the same thing to what they are getting now….It is not! And on the Other Side as Well….Rich Rods Classes generally on average consisted of 1 5 star, 9-12 4 Star, and the rest 3 and under….where as you look at what Michigan is getting currently…When this Class is done it will consist of 4-6 5 Stars, and the rest will be 4 stars other than maybe 1 or 2. Again Doug,…THERE IS NO COMPARISON, and O YAHHH, since we are talking about recruiting…..I thought Mark Dumbtonio said he was going to be Ruling the state of Michigan in recruiting…..I’m pretty sure Dumb Nuts and Company all felt that State was going to get all the best recruits out of the state of Michigan….How is that going for U? Do U Know? What happened in 2012….I think State got like 1 of the top players in Michigan, and Big Brother Snatched the WHOLE LOT!!! IT’s OK DOUGY, U STILL HAVE BASKETBALL!!!

Ed Green on 5/7/2012 @ 1:53pm EDT Said:

And as far as THE TOPIC
Outside of being a stupid delusional STATE FAN
Anyone and Everyone would pick Mattison over Tarduzzi
I mean Really, Give Me A Break…..The man was known as 1 of THE BEST Defensive Coordinators in the NFL, Sooooo DRoP IT SPARTY!!!

Doug on 5/7/2012 @ 11:11pm EDT Said:

Ed Green = OWNED

It’s OK Ed, mom lets you use your computer once in a while, how nice, how did all those 4 and 5 star recruits the last 4 years do against MSU? Maybe one day when you grow up you’ll realize there’s more to life than walmart michigan gear….

Greg on 5/10/2012 @ 5:42pm EDT Said:

Ed Green…”one of the best DC in the NFL”…a 3 year stint does not = one of the best. He inherited a great squad, and didn’t screw it up. Dick LeBeau is a great DC in the NFL…not Greg Mattison.

Ed Green on 5/10/2012 @ 11:34pm EDT Said:

Greg, I do agree with you to a point
Michigan’s last DC “Robinson” for sure fell under the construct of being the “DC” at the right place at the right time. Mainly Speaking of Robinson Being the DC for the Dallas Cowboys when they were good and the incredible talent that he inherited. The same for when he was the DC for Texas – Again, inherited a great deal of talent, and the defense didn’t need to be good because Young and Company scored 40+ points every game. But as much as I would agree with you Greg that Mattison has had some luck in where he has been placed during his coaching career….He has proved to be a good coach when it comes to player development, and schematics. Yes going from a 3-4 & 3-3-5 to a 4-3 was going to help no matter who the coach was, …but Mattison took a group of Kids who were part of one of the worst Michigan defensive units in school history, and turned them into one of the better defenses in the nation…..Not the best by no means, but a whole lot better!!! It’s a Night and Day difference!!!

Ed Green on 5/10/2012 @ 11:38pm EDT Said:

Steelers fan Greg?

Greg on 5/11/2012 @ 9:39am EDT Said:

Why yes Ed, I am a Steeler fan, so I know a thing or two about Mattison’s time with the Ravens. But what is being forgotten in all this talk about Michigan’s defensive turn around is that RichRod’s gimmick offense was no longer in play. The decision to go to a pro-style offense helped to limit the number of snaps the defense saw. From an abhorrent 963 in 2010 to 803 in 2011. That’s 17% fewer snaps. That has little to do with defensive coaching. I mean UM still gave up an average of 5.22 yards per play. Narduzzi’s D gave up only 4.30 yards per play, while seeing 100 more snaps. Narduzzi should have been chosen. Mattison is an upgrade, but then again, so would have been my Grandmother, God rest her soul. (Side note: Why the hell do I have to hold down my left mouse button to type anything on this website???? If I don’t, it bounces to the top of the page! WTF?)

    BTN.com staff on 5/11/2012 @ 10:21am EDT Said:

    Greg, are you using Firefox? It’s a known bug and we’re working on it. Thanks.

      Greg on 5/11/2012 @ 10:48am EDT Said:

      Why yes I am…please do.😦 LOL

ED GREEN on 5/18/2012 @ 12:05pm EDT Said:

I agree – The whole holding down the left mouse button to type anything is very much annoying as all get out. As far as the reps, ` Yes I’m sure there is a lot of truth to what you said, and as Michigan phases into more of a pro~style offense next year it will also help the defense much more. I actually don’t expect Michigan to truly go all out into a pro~style offense until Shane Morris is a sophomore. None the less, I still think Mattison is the “ “. The man has a lot of experience around his belt, and as far as I can see does a great job with training players up, and is very good with his in game decision making.

    BTN.com staff on 5/18/2012 @ 12:13pm EDT Said:

    Thanks, Ed. can you confirm that you’re using Firefox as a browser. If not, what are you using? Thanks again.

    BTN.com staff on 5/18/2012 @ 12:20pm EDT Said:

    Ed: Also, this is not a permanent fix but it can help for now. Instead of just clicking in the box for comments (which erroneously sends you to the top of the page), go ahead and click, hold, and drag ever so slightly to the right. Then release. Then type. Again, this is a frustrating bug that we know drives most of us nuts. We’re looking into it. Thanks for your patience.

Ryan on 5/21/2012 @ 6:32pm EDT Said:

I think most of us can agree that scoring defense is much more important than yards per play. UM was 6th in the nation giving up 17.4 points a game and MSU was 10th with 18.4. Wisconsin put up 31 and 42 on MSU, ND put up 31, even minnesota put up 24. MSU gave up over 20 a game against big ten opponents while michigan gave up about 19. The goal of a defense is to stop the other team from scoring. period. Mattison did a better job of that than Narduzzi but you act like Narduzzi is a genius and anyone could have done what mattison did. They are both great coordinators and BTN could have picked either for this list.

btw michigan limited opponents offensive plays by running the ball well not because they switched to a pro style offense which they really didn’t. 80% of michigan’s offensive plays were spread type plays last year

    Greg on 5/21/2012 @ 8:12pm EDT Said:

    Did UM play Wisconsin? No. MSU held OSU to 7 pts. UM gave up 34. And that was a horrible offensive team. And we cannot forget 28-14. I’m just telling you facts. And the 80%? They integrated the pro-style into the offense more and more. And that spread was nothing like RichRod’s spread. The fact remains, they couldn’t have been worse then during the RichRod years. You don’t have 160 fewer defensive snaps solely on the play and coaching of the D. Maybe we should add the fact of the -10 to +7 TO margin? To say after one year he’s better, especially since his D is 0-1 vs MSU is silly at best. Homer-ism at worse. And no, not a MSU fan. Just like pointing out the obvious to those who cant see the truth. Never said Narduzzi is a genius, just a better DC.

GhostofBTT on 5/22/2012 @ 2:33pm EDT Said:

This list is a joke! How can there only be two Iowa coaches on there? Kert Ferents’ staff is teh best at turning low ranked recruits into NFL players. I mean seriously, look at the garbage they recruit! And they have noar NFL players than all of you butt hurt Sparty fans. How is Brian Ferents not the top O line coach? It doesn’t matter that he has never coached a game in college or at that position. He is the spawn of Kert’s loins and a disciple of Belichik. Also, I don’t know who Iowa’s defensive line coach is, but he should be on there too. Remember how good Iowa’s defenisve line was two years ago? I rest mah case!

Also, I was unaware Illinois had a football team. Good for them!

216WMD on 5/23/2012 @ 9:43pm EDT Said:

Saying MSU gave up 31 and 42 to Wisconsin as an argument for Michigan’s D being better is a joke. How do you think those big ten stats would have looked if Michigan had to play Wisky twice and MSU had to play them zero. Take off the blue glasses Ryan

Dean on 5/26/2012 @ 6:30pm EDT Said:

As a Wisconsin fan, I have no problem with not seeing many UW coaches on the list. It’s not surprising, the Badgers lost more than half their coaching staff. Had Chryst stayed, he would’ve been on the list as the OC. Bostad as the best OL coach in college football, and soon to be in the NFL. Markuson is a very good replacement, but you can’t replace guys like Bostad. Maybe Rudolph as the TEs coach. Chryst and Bostad are no brainers.

Narduzzi over Mattison and isn’t even close. Mattison missed out on the best offense in the B1G and one of the best in the nation – twice. Mattison had very little to do with the Ravens’ defense. They were even better before, and are better after Mattison. He’s good, but nothing special. Very good recruiter. Brian Ferentz has no business being listed anywhere yet. The DLine coach should be from Iowa. Most NFL DLinemen from the B1G. Not superstars or even stars, but tough, consistent players. LB coach should be from Iowa or MSU. Andy Buh from UW will be up there shortly. Huxtable was also a good one that the Badgers lost.