per IndianaHQ:

Coaching in the Big Ten has certainly improved over the past several years. Last year, many analysts believed that the Big Ten was the all-around best conference in the league from top to bottom. In part, the talent in the Big Ten seemed to peak for most teams last season at the same time; however, the coaches also have had a lot to do with the success of the conference.

Since the introduction of the trio of Archie Miller, Brad Underwood, and Chris Holtmann to the Big Ten, a couple of major moves in just this past off-season have changed the landscape of the Big Ten coaching landscape.

After just reaching the NCAA tournament once in his seven years with the Cornhuskers, Tim Miles was relieved of his duty as the Nebraska head coach after another season where the Huskers missed the NCAA tournament. In his place, one of the Big 12’s finest will be taking over the position. Fred Hoiberg joins the conference after being fired for an unsuccessful stint with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA.

In more recent news, 66 year old John Beilein shocked many as he announced that he would be leaving Michigan to coach the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Beilein was a two-time NCAA tournament runner-up and was one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten. Arguably after his last deep NCAA tournament run, he would have been considered the most successful post-season Big Ten coach. After a 12-year run, Beilein has elected to move on from college and take a chance at the next level.

At the time of this writing, a replacement for the Michigan head coaching position has not yet been identified.

Before diving into the graphic, there are a number of notable call outs. Obviously Tom Izzo is the highest paid coach and has a whopping salary of over $4 million. Next highest salaries include Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg, Indiana’s Archie Miller, and Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann.

Tom Izzo is also the oldest coach at the age of 64, but who knows how many years remaining he has to coach. John Beilein felt that he had the energy to coach the NBA at the age of 66. Fran McCaffery, Mark Turgeon, and Brad Underwood are the other three coaches in their mid-fifties or older.

Richard Pitino is the youngest of the group at the age of 36. Archie Miller just recently turned 40 this past October. There are a whole slew of coaches that are in the next age group that are in their mid to late forties.

Coach achievements below also include NCAA appearances from previous schools.


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