LOOK: Big Ten Football Coaches High School Pictures

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

Best mullet in @B1Gfootball history? 🤔@HawkeyeFootball players admired Kirk Ferentz's high school hairdo at Big Ten Media Day: pic.twitter.com/cmfmcqTFAw

— 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…"

@MSU_football players got a glimpse of Mark Dantonio's high school yearbook 📸, and the head man himself had some fun with it: pic.twitter.com/MqnoLkSlpA

— 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

Step 1: Present @HuskerFBNation stars @coach_frost's high school photo.

Step 2: Enjoy @big_MICKet, @Thekidstan & @JeraldFoster's reactions to said photo. ❄ pic.twitter.com/jEl1dFp4jU

— 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!"

– The reactions from @BadgerFootball players at Media Day when they saw Paul Chryst's high school yearbook picture is must-see stuff: pic.twitter.com/hJaVozCOIQ

— 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." 📸

@CoachDurkin and his @TerpsFootball players were impressed with a blast from the head coach's past at Media Day. pic.twitter.com/R2NHDCDpvj

— 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

What happens when you surprise @McSorley_IX & @ooFUTURISTICoo with @coachjfranklin's high school photos?

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." 🤣

– Nate Hall, and other @NUFBFamily stars, reacts to @coachfitz51's high school (@EaglesAthletics) photos pic.twitter.com/X8OyBJ8sZZ

— 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

"James" Harbaugh now goes by Jim, but the resemblance is there. 🧐@UMichFootball players and the head coach himself react to @CoachJim4UM's high school yearbook photo. pic.twitter.com/zNxn1TIrtS

— 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

.@Cmoe34: "No way! That is a terrible haircut."@Coach_Fleck: "Nice haircut. I think I actually used lemon juice to make my hair lighter in the sun." 🍋☀️

Please settle the score on Coach's high school (@KHSKnights) hairdo, @GopherFootball fans. pic.twitter.com/VZHmgDOJaO

— 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.