Big Ten Leaders Division: Which Team Assembled the Best Coaching Staff for 2012?

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Big Ten Leaders Division: Which Team Assembled the Best Coaching Staff for 2012?
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In only the second year of the new Leaders Division in the Big Ten Conference, half of the head coaches will be new in 2012.  Each of those coaches had to scramble to assemble a coaching staff before National Signing Day on February 1 to maintain the best recruiting classes possible to move forward.

However, these three schools were not the only teams needing a new coaching staff.  After two straight Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl game appearances, Wisconsin lost seven assistant coaches as Bret Bielema lost the majority of his staff to other opportunities.

So outside of the second-year coaching staff at Indiana and Danny Hope's staff at Purdue, the Leaders Division will have a whole new look on the sidelines.  But which team made out the best with a coaching staff built for immediate and future success?

Urban Meyer was hired at the end of November and perhaps said it best in his introductory news conference: "I want a bunch of coaches that coach like their hair's on fire...go surround [good players] with the best coaches in the country, you usually find a way to win a few games."

Meyer should know, as his Florida staff included the likes of Dan Mullen (current Mississippi State head coach), Charlie Strong (current Louisville head coach), Steve Adazzio (current Temple head coach) and Greg Mattison (current Michigan defensive coordinator). It's easy to look like a genius when you surround yourself with that level of coaching talent.

Bielema also had that kind of coaching staff and now joins Meyer in trying to recapture that magic with a new group of co-workers.  Meanwhile, rookie head coach Bill O'Brien and former Toledo coach Tim Beckman try to put together quality groups of coaches in their first attempt leading a major college football program.

So which program has the best leaders and mentors for the young players? Let's take a look, position by position.

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