SportingNews.com accepted the impossible task of ranking the top 25 active coaches. Two Big Ten coaches made the list, as Ohio State’s Urban Meyer came in at No. 6 and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo finished No. 11. The top five looked this: 1. Greg Popovich; 2. Nick Saban; 3. Bill Belichick; 4. Mike Krzyzewski; 5. Pete Carroll. See what SN said about Meyer and Izzo in this post.
No. 6 Urban Meyer, Ohio State football
“Urban Meyer wins, and he wins big. He reached BCS bowls with three different schools (Utah, Florida, Ohio State) and he’s won at least 12 games six times in his last 10 seasons between those three schools. He’s innovative, relentless and dominates rivalry games. He’s a perfect fit in Columbus.” — Bill Bender
No. 11 Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball
“Tom Izzo has reached legendary status in the state of Michigan that surpasses what Bo Schembechler enjoyed in the 1970s as Michigan’s football icon. Beyond the Spartans’ dazzling accomplishments during his reign, Izzo’s persona is a perfect match for the program and region: Tough, humble and blue collar.” — Scott Ridge
Other coaches with Big Ten ties featured include: No. 2 Nick Saban (Alabama football coach); No. 18 Les Miles (LSU football); No. 23 Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco 49ers); No. 25 Bob Stoops (Oklahoma football)