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Recapping the Big Ten coaching changes

3/19/2012

The Big Ten had an unprecedented number of coaching changes in the past few months -- 40 to be exact. And that's not even counting support staff members, including strength and conditioning coaches.

Three teams replaced their head coaches, and five others made significant changes in the assistant ranks. Only four programs -- Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota -- return their complete coaching staffs from the 2011 season.

Barring any late changes, the Big Ten coaching carousel stopped spinning when Ohio State and Nebraska both appointed defensive backs coaches earlier this month.

Let's take a quick look at all the changes throughout the league. Again, we probably won't see an offseason like this in the Big Ten any time soon.

Here's the rundown (number of new coaches in parentheses):

ILLINOIS (9)

Who's gone?

Ron Zook, head coach

Paul Petrino, offensive coordinator/receivers

Vic Koenning, defensive coordinator/inside linebackers

Joe Gilbert, offensive line/assistant head coach

Jeff Brohm, quarterbacks

DeAndre Smith, running backs

Mike Gillhamer, secondary

Chip Long, tight ends

Ron West, outside linebackers

Who's in?

Tim Beckman, head coach

Tim Banks, defensive coordinator/safeties

Billy Gonzales, co-offensive coordinator/receivers

Chris Beatty, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Luke Butkus, offensive line

Steve Clinkscale, cornerbacks

Alex Golesh, tight ends

Tim Salem, running backs/special teams

Mike Ward, linebackers

Retained from previous staff

Keith Gilmore, defensive line

INDIANA (2)

Who's gone?

Rod Smith, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Brett Diersen, defensive ends

Who's in?

Seth Littrell, offensive coordinator/tight ends/fullbacks

Jon Fabris, defensive ends

IOWA (3)

Who's gone?

Norm Parker, defensive coordinator

Ken O'Keefe, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Rick Kaczenski, defensive line

Who's in?

Greg Davis, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Brian Ferentz, offensive line

Levar Woods, linebackers

Other key moves

Phil Parker promoted from defensive backs to defensive coordinator

Reese Morgan moved from offensive line to defensive line

Darrell Wilson moved from linebackers to defensive backs

NEBRASKA (2)

Who's gone?

Carl Pelini, defensive coordinator

Corey Raymond, secondary

Who's in?

Rick Kaczenski, defensive line

Terry Joseph, secondary

Other key moves

John Papuchis promoted from defensive line to defensive coordinator

OHIO STATE (7)

Who's gone?

Jim Heacock, defensive coordinator/defensive line

Jim Bollman, offensive coordinator/offensive line

Nick Siciliano, quarterbacks

Paul Haynes, safeties

Taver Johnson, cornerbacks

John Peterson, tight ends

Dick Tressel, running backs

Who's in?

Urban Meyer, head coach

Tom Herman, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Everett Withers, defensive coordinator/safeties/assistant head coach

Ed Warinner, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line

Kerry Coombs, cornerbacks

Tim Hinton, tight ends and fullbacks

Zach Smith, wide receivers

Retained from previous staff

Luke Fickell, defensive coordinator/linebackers (head coach in 2011)

Stan Drayton, running backs (wide receivers in 2011)

Mike Vrabel, defensive line (linebackers in 2011)

PENN STATE (8)

Who's gone?

Joe Paterno, head coach

Galen Hall, offensive coordinator/running backs

Tom Bradley, defensive coordinator/cornerbacks

Jay Paterno, quarterbacks

Dick Anderson, guards and centers

Kermit Buggs, safeties

Bill Kenney, tackles and tight ends

Mike McQueary, wide receivers

Who's in?

Bill O'Brien, head coach

Ted Roof, defensive coordinator

Charlie Fisher, quarterbacks

Stan Hixon, wide receivers/assistant head coach

John Butler, secondary

Mac McWhorter, offensive line

Charles London, running backs

John Strollo, tight ends

Retained from previous staff

Larry Johnson, defensive line

Ron Vanderlinden, linebackers

PURDUE (3)

Who's gone?

Gary Emanuel, defensive coordinator/defensive line

Lou Anarumo, defensive backs

Phil Elmassian, linebackers

Who's in?

Tim Tibesar, defensive coordinator/linebackers

Greg Burns, defensive backs

Kevin Wolthausen, defensive line

WISCONSIN (6)

Who's gone?

Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Bob Bostad, offensive line

DelVaughn Alexander, wide receivers

Dave Huxtable, linebackers

DeMontie Cross, safeties/special teams

Joe Rudolph, tight ends

Who's in?

Matt Canada, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Mike Markuson, offensive line

Zach Azzanni, wide receivers

Andy Buh, linebackers

Ben Strickland, defensive backs

Eddie Faulkner, tight ends