Friday, May 13, 2011
Poll: Which BT coach needs to win most?
By Adam Rittenberg
Another day, another round of Big Ten polls.
Let's get things started with a look at the Big Ten coach with the greatest urgency to win in the 2011 season. Sure, every major college football coach has to rack up the Ws, but some need them right away more than others. Three Big Ten coaches received pink-slips during or after the 2010 season after no forced changes in each of the past two years.
Who needs to get it done this fall?
Many will point to a man who has won more Big Ten games than anyone during a sparkling decade at Ohio State. Jim Tressel's problems can’t be found between the white lines, where his Buckeyes have won or shared each of the past six Big Ten titles. But if Tressel gets a chance to coach this season and escapes major repercussions from the NCAA, he can help his cause by guiding Ohio State to another championship.
Purdue’s Danny Hope needs to win, too, but for different reasons. The Boilers have missed bowls in each of the past three seasons, the latter two under Hope’s command. Although he gets his teams to play hard and has endured some bad luck, Hope must show he can get it done at this level.
Ron Zook entered 2010 atop many hot-seat lists, but the Illinois coach helped himself by guiding the Illini to seven wins and a Texas Bowl victory. Still, Zook could be in trouble if the Illini take a step back, so he needs wins.
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz endured a rough offseason after his team fell short of expectations last fall.
Michigan will give Brady Hoke time to get things right, but Wolverines fans want to see improved results in Year 1, so Hoke will be in the spotlight.
Now it's your turn to weigh in.