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

Province calls byelections in Niagara Falls and Thornhill for Feb 13

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:15 am MDT Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the hearings into the gas plant cancellations at Queen’s Park in Toronto on December 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch TORONTO – With a provincial election expected this spring, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called two byelections Wednesday that will test the mood of voters in Niagara Falls and the Toronto area riding of Thornhill.As Wynne announced voters in the two ridings will go to the polls Feb. 13, the Opposition complained the government had poured over $100 million into the Niagara region in the past month to keep the seat in Liberal hands.“Oh, I think people see through this old school, cynical politics where all of a sudden there’s all kinds of money for things that weren’t even on the Liberal’s radar screen,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. “But I’m going to talk about jobs, about my million jobs plan to put people into good, well-paying jobs.”The Liberals announced a $75-million package for the Niagara-based wine industry in December, and on Monday confirmed a new hospital would be built in Niagara Falls, promising an initial $26 million for the planning stage.The New Democrats said they weren’t surprised to see the Liberals spending government money in advance of the byelection call.“The throwing around of a little bit of money is not unexpected,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “It’s the way Liberals do things.”Wynne said the new Niagara hospital and the assistance for the wine industry, were “in the works for a long time” and had nothing to do with the byelections. The wine sector has huge potential for growth, and providing government money is part of the Liberal’s economic strategy, she added.“It’s an example of how we are investing in a business climate, and investing in people, so we can see the economy grow,” said Wynne. “I will just go political for a moment, that is in stark contrast to what you see coming from the other leaders.”The Tories oppose grants to private business as corporate welfare, while the NDP say any government money for companies should come with “iron-clad” job guarantees.Both opposition leaders raised the estimated $1.1-billion cost of the Liberals’ decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga prior to the 2011 election, which they call “an expensive Liberal seat saver program.”“People feel like they’ve been ignored by a Liberal government mired in gas plants scandals that doesn’t understand their challenges,” said Horwath.The byelections, which come less than a week before the legislature resumes sitting, will fill seats vacated by the retirements of Liberal Kim Craitor and Progressive Conservative Peter Shurman.The Liberals were the only party that was consistently behind construction of the new hospital in Niagara Falls, which will mean closing several other smaller hospitals in the region, said Wynne.“The Conservatives were not supportive and now they are,” she said. “The NDP have said they’ll build a hospital and keep all the others open, so that’s not really a plan when you just keep adding.”Horwath said it was “pretty funny” for Wynne to suggest other parties couldn’t be trusted to spend taxpayers’ money wisely.The outcomes of the byelections will not affect the minority status of the Liberal government, no matter which party wins, but they will help determine who has momentum as the province gears up for an election, which is expected after the minority government introduces its spring budget.City councillor Joyce Morocco will carry the Liberal banner in Niagara Falls, while the governing party nominated councillor Sandra Yeung Racco in Thornhill. Racco will get a high-profile boost to kick off her campaign Thursday with a visit from federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.The Tories have nominated regional councillor and former Niagara Falls MPP Bart Maves as their candidate in the border city and will pick their candidate for Thornhill Thursday night. The NDP will nominate their candidates in both ridings this weekend.Teresa Pun, a doctor who had been a Green Party candidate in the 2011 Manitoba provincial election, is the Green candidate in Thornhill. The Green candidate in Niagara Falls will be nominated Sunday. Province calls byelections in Niagara Falls and Thornhill for Feb. 13 read more