The Big Ten released its annual media guide today, including the all-time coaching records. Thanks to scandals at Ohio State (and now Penn State) we know that the recognized W-records of a couple of the big name coaches have been in flux. Some history for context:
- In 2010 I lobbied the Big Ten to change Yost’s all-time conference record wrong because they had included the years 1907-1916…when Michigan was not a member of the conference. The B1G media brass conferred and then agreed. They made the change and thus bumped Yost’s #1 overall conference record from an .833 winning percentage to .888 (to #2 Tressel’s .828).
- In 2011, after the Ohio State scandal sent Tressel packing and vacated the entire 2010 season, I put the question out there of how the conference would treat Tressel’s all-time record on the official books given the scandal. I suggested five potential scenarios:
So they simply removed the 2010 wins, kept the Wisconsin loss, dropped the win % to .810 and kept Tressel on the list saying he met the 10-year minimum threshold. Sure, it would have been nice to see him drop off behind Bo or better yet, off the list completely, but there you go. Note that Bo is #1 in winning percentage for intra conference games and no one will touch that:
As for JoePa, like everything else his record is pretty ruined given all wins were vacated from 1998-2011. I haven’t run the numbers but I’m assuming they treated Paterno the same as Tressel – the wins disappear, the losses stay. Paterno dropped to #31 all-time with a dismal .425 winning percentage:
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