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Six Big Ten Football Coaches Made CBS’ Top 25 Ranking

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first_imgIowa coach Kirk Ferentz talking to James Franklin before a football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions visits with head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes before their match-up on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Big Ten has missed out on the College Football Playoff in three of the last four years, but the conference is still one of the two or three best in the country. Part of the Big Ten’s recent success against other conferences has come as a result of some pretty remarkable coaching.On Wednesday CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli revealed the site’s ranking of the top 25 coaches in the Power Five. On the list were six coaches from the Big Ten who have either taken their teams to new heights or are expected to.While none of the Big Ten coaches cracked the top ten, Penn State’s James Franklin came in at No. 11. Fornelli explained that with Urban Meyer having left Ohio State, he stands atop the conference’s mountain as the best coach in the Big Ten.Congratulations, James Franklin. Now that Meyer is gone, you are the highest-ranked coach in the Big Ten. Franklin drops a spot out of the top 10 in this year’s rankings, but it’s likely due more to other coaches moving up than anything Franklin did. Yes, the Lions took a small step back to 9-4 after winning 22 games between 2016 and 2017 but most expected them to.At No. 13 is Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, who is ranked two spots ahead of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. No. 16 on the list is Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who led the Wildcats to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time in his tenure last season.At No. 22 is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who has led the Hawkeyes to six straight bowl games and 16 in his last 18 years. Fornelli said he personally has Ferentz at No. 15, and called the longtime Iowa coach “underappreciated by most.”It’s so difficult to rank Ferentz as opinions of him vary. I had him at No. 15 on my ballot because I admire the long track record and the program he’s built at Iowa. I’m sure others punish him because, even though he’s been consistently good for a long time, he doesn’t have a bunch of division and conference titles. Both opinions are defensible and logical. I still think he’s underappreciated by most, though.Rounding out the list at No. 25 is Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, who went 4-8 with the Cornhuskers in his first year at the helm. But Fornelli noted that he is still confident that Frost can turn the program around.Noticeably absent from the list was Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who is set to take over for Urban Meyer full time this season.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – John O’Donnell

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first_img Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to John O’Donnell, the founder of the West Coast lifestyle brand johnnie-O:I’m originally from the Midwest: born in St. Louis and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. I come from a big family – six brothers and sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews. We grew up sharing clothes, arm wrestling for the last slice of pizza, and taking family road trips. Today, we are spread across the country and each has our own interests and passions, but some things remain the same; we love big family dinners, we love spending time at our cottage on Lake Michigan, and we are always there for each other if the need arises.Our lifestyle apparel brand, johnnie-O, merges a more casual West Coast style with the classic looks of the East Coast. We want to offer people an alternative to the classic apparel brands that we have all known and loved for many years.  West Coast Prep is who we are and we constantly strive to offer points of differentiation with our product.  Perhaps the greatest example of this is the introduction of our infamous Tweener Button; a strategically placed button that is positioned between the second and third buttons on all of our woven shirts for men.  It is a major game changer and will forever bring an end to your “second button dilemma”.johnnie-O really started as just a hobby that I hoped could turn into something bigger.  There was no design school or an apparel background to speak of, just an idea.  Here we are nine years later from what started as a “cut and paste” operation in an attempt to provide shirts for a buddy’s golf trip to what we are today; a thriving lifestyle apparel brand.johnnie-O is sold at 400 stores across the country including club pro-shops, specialty shops, resorts, and beach clubs, as well as online and in our Santa Monica flagship store.As for John’s personal style:Jeans:   Levi’s without a doubt.Shirts:  johnnie-O………that’s a no-brainer.Pants:   Is it fair to say the new johnnie-O pants?  Awesome blend where jeans meet khakis.Suits:   I’m a traditionalist when it comes to suits, so I’d have to say a classic slim fit blue suit from Brooks Brothers.Shoes:    Chuck Taylors for casual and lately, I’ve been wearing black loafers from Allen Edmonds and J.Crew.Accessories: I’m not a big accessory guy but a nice classic Timex is my cup of tea.Outerwear : Tough to beat Patagonia.Favorite Cologne:  Speed Stick deodorant is my idea of cologne.Your favorite App:  I’d say crab cocktail (ha ha).Favorite piece of technology:  GPS.Next tech purchase: Look’s like I’ve been persuaded to make the move to an iPhone 6. Yikes! The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Funglast_img read more