Sports Illustrated lists Big Ten assistants as top names for coaching jobs

Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman released a top 30 list of the hottest names on this year’s coaching carousel on Thursday with multiple Big Ten assistants in the mix.

Feldman said in talking to industry sources, this year could be a big year for sitting head coaches to land bigger jobs but the field for assistants and coordinators isn’t as strong.

That being said, according to Feldman while no sitting Big Ten coaches are in line for a promotion, a couple of assistants in the conference are top names to take over a program.

After listing his 15 sitting head coaches, headlined by Tulsa’s Phillip Montgomery, UTSA’s Frank Wilson and Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield, he jumped into his 15 assistants.

Leading the way at No. 1 was Penn State’s Joe Moorhead which shouldn’t be much of a surprise to many. The former Fordham head coach revamped the Nittany Lions offense in 2016 and reportedly had some interviews after the season, but chose to stay in Happy Valley.

Keeping him for a third year could be tough for James Franklin and the Lions though, as Feldman said he will be garnering looks from all over the country should positions open up.

Right behind him at No. 3 is Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano who started with the team last season after a stint leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. He also helped build Rutgers into a respectable program before that and according to Urban Meyer, he declined two coaching jobs after last season.

Feldman said Schiano could be up for grabs for a national powerhouse, especially if he helps the Buckeyes back to the College Football Playoff.

Rounding out the list, at No. 13, was current Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, who’s been with Jim Harbaugh for a long time and had the top scoring offense in the Big Ten last year.

Drevno signed a five-year contract last season but was l inked to a few head coaching jobs last season and Feldman said he will draw consideration again.

A former Wolverine passing game coordinator, Jedd Fisch, now the OC at UCLA was mentioned by Feldman as a potential hire and current UM passing coordinator Pep Hamilton was listed as a name to keep in mind.

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