Brady Hoke ranked No. 12 coach in country, one spot ahead of MSU's Mark Dantonio
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is ranked No. 12 in Athlon Sports' list of the top 30 coaches in America.
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
The website puts Hoke one spot ahead of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who was responsible for one of Hoke's two losses in his first season in Ann Arbor.
Also on the list is former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, who checks in at No. 29 heading into his first season at Arizona.
Alabama's Nick Saban, who Michigan will face in its season-opener on Sept. 1, is the top-ranked coach on the list. First-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is No. 2.
Two teams that Michigan beat in down-to-the-wire finishes last season have coaches ranked ahead of Hoke. Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, who the Wolverines beat in the Sugar Bowl, is No. 4 and Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, which lost under the lights at Michigan Stadium, is No. 10.
Other Big Ten coaches on the list include Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern (No. 18) and Bret Bielema of Wisconsin (No. 24)