The first day of Big Ten Media Days is in the books and as a first-time attendee, I can honestly say that it was a lot of different things.
It's somewhat surreal being in such close proximity to a bunch of people that you'd only seen on television in the past. On the way in, I saw Pat Forde and Kirk Ferentz on the escalator. Then later in the day, I saw Matt Millen of all people talking in the hotel lobby and Mark Dantonio heading out for dinner. I know seeing Joe Paterno was a thrill that I'll likely not forget soon. (Is it still cool to name-drop? Is it?)
It grew tiresome hearing the SEC brought into every interview with a coach, but at the same time, that's needed. And there were some awkward moments, like Rodriguez declining to talk about Terrelle Pryor or some of Bielema's claims, which skirted the realms of truthiness. But overall, it was a good day. Here are some other highlights:
- Joe Paterno's epic: "What do you guys call those things, Twittle-do, Twittle-dee?" on Twitter.
- Kirk Ferentz, Pat Fitzgerald and Mark Dantonio: three coaches that seem to have their stuff together. At least from the podium.
- Speaking of, Fitz's icebreaker of "I voted for Tebow" was gold.
- IU's Lynch, when asked how it was to campaign for support from fraternities and sororities: "The sororities were a lot better."
- Tim Brewster, motivational speaker.
- Dispatch reporter Tim May getting piled on. The man can't help it he's from the South. And asks about the SEC a lot.
- The random lady that approached me and asked me if I'd seen Ron Zook, for she had his cell phone charger.
- Hearing Delaney's thoughts on a nine game schedule and other matters. Can't say I was pleased to hear him say supermajorities of college administrators favor the BCS over playoffs, however.
What follows is a dump of the audio I captured on the day. I have quality video for a couple of the sessions, but right now it's too long for YouTube and I'm too exhausted to cut it up.
Tressel's Opening Remarks
This is the audio from Tressel's opening remarks, which was broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The Vest gives an opening statement and then takes questions on Pryor's development, the running back situation, Illinois playing games later in the season and finally another question about the conference's perception.