Who should the Big Ten target in its search to expand?
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is many things, but dumb isn’t one of them.
His conference snaked football blue blood and powerhouse Nebraska from the Big 12 to grow the conference in 2011. He followed that up by stealing ACC founding member Maryland and Rutgers from the fledgling Big East to grow his conference into lucrative television and recruiting territories.
We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? Today we focus on the Big East.
(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)
Ranking the Coaching Jobs in the Big East for 2013
How did recruiting shake out for the Big East in 2013.
Recruiting in college football is downright nasty. It is a cutthroat, cannibalistic big business that is microscopically analyzed by fans, administrators and media members alike. There is very little to get excited about when it comes to Big East football and the recruiting trail is no different. But the 2013 class could be historically bad for a league that is accustomed to being ranked at the bottom of the power conferences.
Athlon ranks the top 15 coaches that moved from college to the NFL since 1989.
Philadelphia's decision to pick Chip Kelly as its head coach will be one of the most intriguing and heavily scrutinized hires in NFL history. Kelly was a traditional college coach, as he ran an up-tempo, spread offense that most don’t believe will work on a consistent basis in the NFL.
Kansas State, Florida State and LSU will have trouble matching its 2012 win total.
The 2012 college football season ended with another SEC Championship. And the SEC’s run of dominance probably won’t end in 2013, as Alabama returns most of its core and is a heavy favorite to win the national title.
While the Crimson Tide isn’t likely to see a drop in its win total, there are a few teams poised to see a decrease in victories in 2013.
Expect a low-scoring game between the Hokies and Scarlet Knights in Orlando.
Two teams with impressive bowl streaks and were once members of the same conference will play each other in the postseason for the first time as Rutgers and Virginia Tech face off in Orlando. The Hokies are playing in their 20th straight bowl game, a streak matched only by five other programs, but only because they won their last two games.