Dienhart: One List for Argument's Sake
Feuds are what help make college sports great. They get fans fired up. They create additional interest in already great games. So long those lines, the fellas at Lost Lettermen compiled a list of their top 10 college football coaching rivalries, and the Big Ten is well-represented. As you read, you’ll notice one coach who appears more often than some others.
At No. 7 is Nebraska’s Bo Pelini vs. Kansas State’s Bill Snyder. I know about the bad blood dating to 2003, but these guys don’t even coach against each other anymore. Why have this on the list? How about Urban Meyer vs. Brady Hoke? Mark Dantonio vs. Brady Hoke? Tim Beckman vs. Pat Fitzgerald?
No. 6 is Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio vs. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. The two allegedly had a spat over recruiting last winter, as Dantonio didn’t seem pleased with one of his commitments switching to Ohio State. Alas, Dantonio said his comments about the situation were misconstrued. Whatever.
Urban Meyer also comes in at No. 4 in his feud with USC’s Lane Kiffin. Again, this feud dates back to each coach’s previous job. So, how much can they feud anymore?
Look here: Meyer appears in the No. 3 feud, this time with Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema. Like the Meyer-Dantonio tussle, the Meyer-Bielema feud began over recruiting last winter. Bielema seemed ticked that Meyer wooed a player who had been committed to the Badgers—and subsequently signed with Ohio State. But the two say it’s all water under the bridge.
In case you are wondering: Ohio State plays at Michigan State on Sept. 29, and the Buckeyes are at Wisconsin on Nov. 17.
Go ahead and circle those dates in red ink. I already have.
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