The 2018 college football season is just around the corner. That media days are in full swing, including the Big Ten which held its media days earlier this week. The conference also anticipated Throwback Thursday in a spectacular way that has fans of every team in the conference laughing. The Big Ten gathered old photos of head coaches throughout the conferences and had their players react.
Which coach got roasted by their players the most?
Check out the Throwback Thursday photos of every Big Ten football coach below.
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) July 24, 2018
What started with the discovery of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz’s high school photo that included quite the mullet, the Big Ten Network decided to go the extra mile and do a little deep dive on ALL of the Big Ten coaches.
Lovie Smith, Illinois
"I've never seen Coach with hair like that…"@IlliniFootball players and @LovieSmith react to the Illinois head coach's high school yearbook picture, which is packed with 1970s swag: pic.twitter.com/W34RzK8xfE
— Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Talk about style. The afro, the patterned pants, yes Lovie Smith was perhaps the epitome of cool back in his high school days. Long removed from his days of rocking the ‘fro, Coach Lovie Smith and his University of Illinois team intend to bring the same confidence it took to rock a look like that onto the field this year.
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
"He probably thought he was Elvis or something…"
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Normally it would be hard to picture Coach Dantonio thinking he was Elvis, but as Khari Willis pointed out, with that hair, that may just be the case. We’ll see if the King of Rock and Roll and his Michigan State team will be able to rule over the rest of the Big 10 this year.
Scott Frost, Nebraska
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Well, Scott, you said it yourself, “That’s a good looking dude,” and this is a good looking Nebraska team. Fans everywhere are hoping the Cornhuskers will be able to put it all together on the field next month.
Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
"That's Coach Chryst?! That's fantastic!"
— Wisconsin On BTN (@WisconsinOnBTN) July 24, 2018
A classy look for a classy guy, Badger fans have to be happy that Coach Chryst found his way to football instead of sticking with baseball.
D.J. Durkin, Maryland
"I don't know where you got that from…good homework." 📸
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Coach Durkin may not be as broad as he once was, but his Maryland team is as beefy as ever. The Terps are looking to make a strong push and improve on their 2-7 conference record from last year.
James Franklin, Penn State
You get these reactions. 😂 pic.twitter.com/sCQvoKmbNz
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) July 24, 2018
It’s tough to hate on a box fade, and it’s tough to hate on a team that went 7-2 in conference play last season. Coach Franklin and the Nittany Lions will be looking to improve on last season and catch Ohio state who finished just one game better than Penn State in conference play, which was the difference between the first and second place in the division.
Jeff Brohm, Purdue
Ever see @JeffBrohm's senior photo?
Neither had @BoilerFootball stars nor son @CoachBradyBrohm.
Until now, that is! 😄 pic.twitter.com/TM7tpZVeF0
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) July 24, 2018
The days of having a full head of hair may no longer be with you coach Brohm, but the days of a winning Purdue team are going strong as the Boilermakers finished 3rd in the Big 10 West last season.
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
"Well, his head is still the same size — extremely large." 🤣
— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) July 24, 2018
His head may be extremely large, but sometimes you have to have a big head to know that you’re going to succeed, and Northwestern did just that last season as they went 7-2 in conference, just 2 games back on a 9-0 Wisconsin team.
John Harbaugh, Michigan
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 24, 2018
While we’re not convinced that this isn’t actually brother John Harbaugh, there is no mistaking this Michigan team when they step onto the field, and despite having a somewhat down year last season, the Wolverines are looking primed to return to the spotlight in 2018.
P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
— Minnesota on BTN (@MinnesotaOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Well, just like coach Fleck relied on lemon juice, this Minnesota team will be relying on him to make the Golden Gophers competitive again as they finished just 2-7 in conference last year.