It turns out Kirk Ferentz's marvelous mullet wasn't the only old high school picture featuring a current Big Ten coach that BTN researchers were able to uncover -- and while there's nothing quite as jaw-dropping as Ferentz's mullet in their finds for other coaches, they're still worth taking a gander at.
Let's start with the best one, Lovie Smith.
"I've never seen Coach with hair like that..."@IlliniFootball players and @LovieSmith react to the Illinois head coach's high school yearbook picture, which is packed with 1970s swag: pic.twitter.com/W34RzK8xfE
— Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) July 24, 2018
That's right: Lovie had an afro. And not just any afro -- an absolutely magnificent afro. Well played, Lovie.
Next up: Mark Dantonio.
"He probably thought he was Elvis or something..."
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) July 24, 2018
It's both terrifying and sort of reassuring to know that Mark Dantonio has always looked uncomfortably intense. He definitely knows where some bodies are buried (because he put them there).
Next: Scott Frost.
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) July 24, 2018
I don't think Frost could look more mid-90s midwestern white guy in that picture if he tried.
Next: Paul Chryst.
"That's Coach Chryst?! That's fantastic!"
— Wisconsin On BTN (@WisconsinOnBTN) July 24, 2018
I'm a little uncomfortable at how much young Paul Chryst looks like young Kyle MacLachlan. Although Paul Chryst would definitely think Twin Peaks was too weird and turn it off after, like, 15 minutes.
Next: D.J. Durkin.
"I don't know where you got that from...good homework."
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) July 24, 2018
It turns out Durkin was a Large Adult Son years (decades?) before we even had that specific term. He was also weirdly... block-shaped... in high school.
Next: James Franklin
You get these reactions. pic.twitter.com/sCQvoKmbNz
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Respect to Franklin for rocking the box fade for as long as he did.
Next: Jeff Brohm
Ever see @JeffBrohm's senior photo?
Until now, that is! pic.twitter.com/TM7tpZVeF0
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Our Most Hated... Bowtie? Brohm is definitely ready to rock the late '80s.
Next: Pat Fitzgerald
"Well, his head is still the same size -- extremely large."
— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Honestly, I can't roast him any better than Nate Hall, his own player, does in this clip.
"Well, his head is still the same size -- extremely large... Looks like he waxed his unibrow. And he's #81. Coach, you couldn't catch the ball... you're not fast... so why're you wearing #81?"
Please don't make me like a Northwestern player, Mr. Hall.
Next: Jim Harbaugh
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 24, 2018
One of life's great mysteries: how'd the cool-looking surfer bro in those pics turn into this dude?
Finally: P.J. Fleck
— Minnesota on BTN (@MinnesotaOnBTN) July 24, 2018
Fleck definitely played bass in a Creed cover band at some point in high school.