ESPN.com: Brady Hoke or Mark Dantonio? Who is your Big Ten coach of the year?
ESPN.com Big Ten bloggers Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett agree that the 2011 Big Ten coach of the year award belongs in the state of Michigan.
The only problem is, which school?
Rittenberg and Bennett posted an interesting blog debate Wednesday morning, pondering whether Michigan coach Brady Hoke or Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was more worthy of the honor.
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"If the Wolverines win out to finish 10-2 and beat Ohio State for the first time since 2003, Hoke has to be the pick," Ritterberg wrote. "Dantonio also has done a great job helping Michigan State navigate a much more difficult schedule and record back-to-back great seasons for the first time in recent memory. Difference is he did it with a team he recruited, unlike Hoke."
On the Dantonio side is Bennett, who argues that Michigan could finish 8-4 without a signature victory.
"The Spartans' only loss in conference play was on the road at Nebraska after three straight emotional, high-stakes games in October," Bennett writes. "All Michigan State has to do is beat Indiana at home and Northwestern in Evanston, and it will finish 10-2 with a 7-1 conference record and a spot in the first Big Ten title game."