Analyst Ranks Big Ten’s Worst Head Coach For 2019

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Big Ten should once again be one of the top conferences in college football next season. One of the hallmarks of the league is its strong roster of coaches.Urban Meyer is gone, but Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh, Pat Fitzgerald, James Franklin, Kirk Ferentz, Paul Chryst, Jeff Brohm and Scott Frost are still there. We’ll also get to see how Ryan Day fares taking over at Ohio State.Unfortunately, when you rank the coaches in this league, someone has to be on the bottom. Brad Crawford of 247Sports released his 1-to-14 list of Big Ten head coaches today.Illinois’ Lovie Smith was in last:Smith’s first college head coaching job after 11 years in the NFL has been a disaster. Illinois is 4-23 against Big Ten competition during his tenure (0-10 vs. ranked teams) and many of those contests haven’t been competitive. With the program handcuffed and unable to do anything with a bad contract, Smith received a two-year extension from the Illini in November.Illinois has been a tough program to win at for some time now, and the Illini hiring of Smith was definitely a calculated risk. It hasn’t paid off yet, and there’s no guarantee it will.Rutgers’ Chris Ash follows Smith at No. 13, and might actually have a hotter seat than his Illinois counterpart. Rutgers has won seven games total in Ash’s first three seasons and is coming off a 1-11 campaign. His own AD has put added pressure on Ash to perform, and another poor season might be his last.You can read Crawford’s full rankings here.last_img

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