Urban Meyer, 46, ESPN analyst -- The former Florida Gators coach could - and should be considered the best coach of the 2000s. He's football lineage traces back to Ohio State, where he was an assistant in the 1980s under Earle Bruce. It doesn't hurt that Meyer is from Ashtabula, Ohio, and beat --- OK, whooped --- Ohio State in the first BCS National Championship Game in 2007, 41-14.
Mark Dantonio, 55, Michigan State head coach -- As much success as Dantonio's had at Michigan State, there's a definite ceiling as to how high the Spartans can go. Dantonio grew up in Zanesville, Ohio, coached at Ohio State under Bruce and Tressel, who he also worked for at Youngstown State. Could be a risky hire if OSU is trying to distance itself from Tressel.
Bo Pelini, 43, Nebraska head coach -- The former Ohio State player may, in fact, relish beating his alma mater more than coaching it. But a Buckeye's loyalty to OSU can sometimes trump that of their name on their current paycheck. This is a long shot but crazier things have happened.
- Les Miles, LSU head coach -- A Michigan man at heart, Miles is a long shot but he gets annual roasted by LSU fans and not in a comedic sense. But Miles is from Elyria, Ohio, so it'll depend on if he wants to get closer to home. But will Ohio State hire a Michigan guy? Michigan hired an Ohio State guy with Bo Schembechler and that turned out pretty good.
- Bob Stoops, Oklahoma head coach -- Any time there's a major job open, Stoops' name gets tossed around. He is from Youngstown, Ohio, so the lure of returning home could be what gets Stoops to the Big Ten. But if he's turned down jobs like Florida and Florida State, it's unlikely he's going to Columbus.
- Darrell Hazell, Kent State head coach -- The former Ohio State associate head coach left the school for Kent State's top job in December and could be kicking himself now for bolting for a better career move. He probably would've been named the interim coach, but after one year of priming himself he could return to Columbus to walk the sidelines.
- Dave Wannstedt, Buffalo Bills assistant -- The former Pittsburgh Panthers and NFL coach could be tabbed to rebuild a reputation. He was steady but not great at Pitt, but then again it wasn't the easiest recruiting Western Pennsylvania and Ohio against Tressel.
- Randy Shannon, former Miami head coach -- Having never coached outside of South Florida, Shannon didn't dazzle with wins and losses, but there's no debating that he cleaned up Miami's program. Putting a coach like Shannon in place for a few years to turn around the "issues" that Tressel leaves behind could be worth a few eight- or nine-win seasons. But then again, Shannon could bring that Miami style to the Big Ten and keep on winning.