The resurgence of Big Ten football in recent years can be traced to strong coaching hires at premier programs.

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Penn State’s James Franklin, and Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst have combined for a .794 winning percentage since Meyer (61-6) took over the Buckeyes before the 2012 season.

Three other Big Ten schools hope to add to that trend. The energetic P.J. Fleck takes over Minnesota, the enthusiastic Tom Allen enters his first full season as Indiana coach, and the erudite Jeff Brohm will try to resurrect dormant Purdue.

Here’s a look at the league’s three new coaches:

The Salesman

P.J. Fleck is a tornado of talk enlisted to give Minnesota some national buzz. Already, ESPNU has begun airing a four-part documentary series called “Being P.J. Fleck.”

Dismiss Fleck as hot air at your own risk. He showed he could win at Western Michigan, where his “Row the Boat” mantra turned a 1-11 Broncos team in 2013 into a 13-0 regular season and Cotton Bowl appearance last year.

Fleck, 36, worked for Jim Tressel at Ohio State (as a graduate assistant in 2006) and Greg Schiano, the Buckeyes’ current defensive coordinator, at Rutgers and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers before taking over at Western Michigan.

The fired Tracy Claeys left behind talent at Minnesota. Fleck inherits a team that went 9-4 last season and earned a fifth consecutive bowl appearance. The Gophers have at least eight victories in three of the past four seasons.

Still, Fleck portrays Minnesota — last a Big Ten champion in 1967 — as an underdog, befitting his own playing career. He was a receiver at Northern Illinois and spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers despite being 5 feet 9 and 180 pounds.

“We love the challenge,” Fleck said. “We love the chaos. We love the ‘dirty water.’ Some people like that; some people don’t. It fits me. I’m the king of the ‘toos’: Too small. Too short. Too inexperienced. Too young. That’s who we are and who our staff is.”

The Rookie

Tom Allen, a coaching veteran of 25 years, gets to begin his first full season as a head coach in a memorable manner Aug. 31: against Ohio State, a matchup he has called “the biggest home opener in the history of Indiana football.”

Allen need not be reminded that the Hoosiers are 0-22-1 against OSU since 1988, that the 13 coaches at Indiana since 1947 have ended their tenures with a losing record and that IU hasn’t had a winning season since 2007.

Such negativity won’t stick to Allen, an upbeat, confident coach who was an assistant at Mississippi and South Florida before becoming Indiana’s defensive coordinator in 2016.

“I want a football team that believes,” Allen said.

Indiana players at the Big Ten media days last month spoke of their strong belief in Allen. He turned a poor defense into a respectable unit in 2016 as the Hoosiers went 6-6 in the regular season before Kevin Wilson (now OSU offensive coordinator) was fired in early December after six seasons.

Allen, 47, took over and coached the Hoosiers in a bowl loss, a second straight such ending for a season. Now the Indiana native is trying to mold a team mindset.

“We’ve got to have an edge about us,” Allen said. “It’s a confidence and grit. It becomes your personality.”

The Navigator

From 1999 through 2001, Purdue and Ohio State had the same total record: 21-15. Look it up.

That fact seems improbable considering that Purdue hasn’t had a winning record since 2011. In the past four seasons, the Boilermakers have gone 9-39, including 3-30 in Big Ten games.

Jeff Brohm, 45, was hired away from Western Kentucky — where he went 30-10 and won two Conference USA titles in three seasons — to at least drag Purdue back to respectability if not more.

Brohm will try to revive the Boilermakers in the same way pass-happy Joe Tiller once made them dangerous.

Western Kentucky led the nation in scoring last year, producing 44 points or more in each of its last 10 games. For three straight seasons, the Hilltoppers ranked in the national top 10 in offensive yards per game and top five in yards per play.

“If we can get this thing rolling a little bit,” Brohm said, “and (recruits) see that these guys really are going to coach and they’re going to do some things that are fun to watch and play in, I think that we can attract people to play in a high-scoring offense that has had success.”