Meyer, Dantonio ranked in top 10 of coach rankings

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Two Big Ten coaches land in the top 10 of SportingNews.com’s 2014 ranking the coaches. To little surprise, it’s Urban Meyer (No. 3) and Mark Dantonio (No. 9). For the curious minds, former Michigan State coach Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier top the list. See what the site says about Meyer and Dantonio, plus see where they rank the rest of the Big Ten’s 12 coaches, in this post.

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3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

As good as it looked for Meyer the first 24 games at Ohio State, it was far from complete in the final two games of 2013. But don’t let the losses to Michigan State or Clemson fool you: he’ll win big at Ohio State. It’s only a matter of time before he wins another national title.

9. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

Dantonio was going to work hard at Michigan State; he was going to recruit and develop players and have his teams ready to play. But that one insult from former Michigan star Mike Hart – the “little brother” remark – pulled everything together and galvanized Dantonio’s message. Since that Michigan game and the little brother comment in 2007, the Spartans are 59-24 (5-1 vs. Michigan) and have become a national power.

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22. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

25. James Franklin, Penn State

27. Gary Andersen, Wisconsin

34. Bo Pelini, Nebraska

46. Brady Hoke, Michigan

49. Jerry Kill, Minnesota

51. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

63. Randy Edsall, Maryland

76. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

88. Kyle Flood, Rutgers

112. Tim Beckman, Illinois

113. Darrell Hazell, Purdue

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bob on 5/1/2014 @ 3:43pm EDT Said:

Coach Ferentz at 51 is really a joke!

Chaz on 5/1/2014 @ 6:04pm EDT Said:

No. Not Bo Pelini.

dave claman on 5/1/2014 @ 6:22pm EDT Said:

I agree ranked 51st and still the number 6 or 7 highest paid coach. Who knows the truth here. Winning is certainly the number one qualifier, but Ferentz definately would rank high in best coaches to play for, following the rules and turning boys into fine young men.

Mark on 5/2/2014 @ 3:52am EDT Said:

Ferentz at 51 really is a joke. Ridiculously high pay. Mediocre results.He should be no higher than 70.And that is being generous.

Tim on 5/2/2014 @ 3:55pm EDT Said:

Hey Mark-not sure what school you root for but go do some research and see how many players Ferentz has put in the NFL over the last 10 seasons. OSU is the only Big 10 team ahead of him and we don’t get the blue chip recruits. Also, get yourself a dictionary and look up the definition of Coach!!!

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