Ohio State Buckeyes: Dave Doeren
Negative recruiting at its finest
There are numerous tales about negative recruiting tactics on the recruiting trail. So while at the AFCA convention, I asked coaches how much really does happen. The answer: a lot. A Utah assistant coach said rival Pac-12 schools do all they can to convince prospects Salt Lake City is a desolate place and try to confuse the Utes in-state rival BYU. “We get recruits that ask all the time about the Honor Code,” the coach said. “We have to constantly tell them ‘That’s BYU. That’s not our school.’ We also have had some kids tell us other schools said we don’t even have TVs in Utah.” Yes, it does get that bad when trying to sell a prospect during the final few weeks of recruiting.
Assistant coaches are like nose tackles. They don't get nearly enough credit despite playing vital roles.
Today, we'll change it up and give some recognition to Big Ten assistant coaches who did exemplary jobs with their position groups or, in some cases, units in 2012. Each of these coaches fostered improvement this season. Some took units in bad shape and made them better. Others took units in decent shape and made them very good. Some entered the season with skeptics and quieted them.
We came up with 13 assistants who deserve recognition. Yes, we realize we're leaving out some quality folks, but we had to cap it somewhere and wanted to spread the love around to the different teams.
Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Wisconsin Badgers, Indiana Hoosiers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes, Big Ten Conference, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Purdue Boilermakers, Carlos Hyde, Braxton Miller, Bill O'Brien, Brady Hoke, Bret Bielema, Kevin Wilson, Kirk Ferentz, Danny Hope, Taylor Martinez, Kenny Bell, Max Bullough, Greg Mattison, Blake Countess, Jordan Kovacs, Tre Roberson, Rex Burkhead, Seth Littrell, Ameer Abdullah, Pat Narduzzi, Venric Mark, Mike Markuson, Cameron Coffman, Nate Sudfeld, D.L. Wilhite, Kyle Carter, Adam Cushing, Bart Miller, Curt Mallory, Dave Doeren, Dolapo Macarthy, Jesse James, Joe Gaglione, John Strollo, Kevin Johns, Louis Trinca-Pasat, Matt Lehman, Patrick Higgins, Reese Morgan, Rich Fisher, Tracy Claeys
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