I hate this award. Not based on the merits of a coach's accomplishment, but based on how the winner is decided. Here are the winners since 2000:
2000: Randy Walker, Northwestern
2001: Ron Turner, Illinois
2002: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
2003: John L. Smith, Michigan State
2004: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
2005: Joe Paterno, Penn State
2006: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
2007: Ron Zook, Illinois
2008: Joe Paterno, Penn State
2009: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
2010: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
2011: Brady Hoke, Michigan
Over this time frame, Jim Tressel won the conference (or a share of it) SIX times. He won the award 0 times. Why? The idea's been thrown around that because of Ohio State's distinct advantage of simply being "Ohio State," our coach is less worthy. What a bunch of shi*. What Jim Tressel did to Miami in 2002 is a bigger accomplishment than any others on this list.
The fire is going to be stoked further if more talks of BOB winning the coty because of all he's guided penn state thru this season. If urban beats penn state and runs the table in the big ten and BOB wins coty, i'm starting a riot. who's in?