ESPN ranks Big Ten basketball coaching jobs

Many experts have Indiana atop their way-too-early 2012-13 men’s basketball polls. Here’s another accolade for the Hoosiers: ranks the Indiana job as the top position in the Big Ten (see the complete rankings). It’s amazing how fast a program can reclaim its status, isn’t it? What do you think is the best job in the Big Ten? Cast your vote on the poll inside or leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

ESPN’s top 5 Big Ten jobs
1. Indiana
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan State
4. Michigan
5. Wisconsin

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Here is ESPN’s criteria for ranking:

“When voting, our 14 panelists were asked to take into consideration facilities, expectation level, athletic budget, wins and losses, recruiting base, fan support/pressure and all of the other factors that go into determining the “best” jobs in the ever-crazy profession of college basketball coaching.”

Knowing that, here are a couple observations:

Too high on the list: No. 5 Wisconsin – Bo Ryan has made the Badgers into the most consistent Big Ten team during his tenure, but I’m not sure they would be this high if they had another coach. Put it this way: If you’re a high-level coach and there are openings at Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue, the two schools directly behind the Badgers in this poll, which vacancy interests you the most? Exactly.

Too low on the list:  No. 6 Illinois – Illinois isn’t one of the nation’s top 10 jobs, as one expert argued immediately following Bruce Weber’s firing. That said, it’s a good job, one that provides direct access to a little city called Chicago. You could say there is some nice talent playing there. Don’t let the recent hiring process downgrade this position, because there were other important factors involved there.

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Your Opinion?
Show Comments (10 Comments)
Walter Lim on 6/6/2012 @ 3:46pm EDT Said:

Illinois is No. 6 not No.7. #readingfail

    Brent Yarina, on 6/6/2012 @ 4:23pm EDT Said:

    Yes, Walter, Illinois is No. 6, not 7. It’s been corrected. Thanks for note. Hope all is well.

Shawn on 6/6/2012 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

Gotta Go with Big Bad “Michigan State” on this one because they are the most relevant team over the past 14 years. When you hear “Michigan State” you know it’s a top spot to land when it comes to basketball coaching.

ryan eaton on 6/6/2012 @ 5:21pm EDT Said:

i think iu is the best job in the big ten. with the players that are returning and the players coming in next year we are just going to get better and better and better. GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!! #1

Jay Howard on 6/6/2012 @ 10:07pm EDT Said:

The University of Chicago is a more attractive job than Purdue. They currently have more Big Ten championships.

Derrick on 6/7/2012 @ 12:29am EDT Said:

Tom Crean is the protégé of King Tom Izzo.

So riddle me this: Is Indiana the top coaching spot? or is Indian being propped up by a protege of Tom Izzo who runs Michigan State?

Doug on 6/7/2012 @ 7:01am EDT Said:

It has to be MSU, just look at the past 14 years

Pat on 6/7/2012 @ 8:08am EDT Said:

That’s a joke to have OSU as the #2 job. They might be third, but more fitting as fourth. To not have MSU in the top two is beyond ridiculous.

Doug on 6/7/2012 @ 11:59am EDT Said:

Michigan hasn’t been relevent in hoops since the cheating fab 5, so you have to go back to even 1989, yet they are a top 4 job? wake up guys, Michigan only cares about ftball

Jason on 6/9/2012 @ 9:57am EDT Said:

While MSU has been the better team for the last decade, Indiana is still the marquee program with the top support and following. One of the top handfull of programs in the country. The downside for the Indiana coach is that the expectations are through the roof.