2012 B1G Media Days Open Thread

By 11W Staff on July 26, 2012 at 10:55a
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It's the Jerry Trill Show. We're just along for the ride.It's the Jerry Trill Show. We're just along for the ride.

Be sure to follow 11W's Kyle Rowland and Chad Peltier, who will be on site for day one of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

Leaders Division Coaches
11:00am - 11:15am Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
11:15am - 11:30am Danny Hope, Purdue
11:30am - 11:45am Urban Meyer, WOO-WOO-WOO
12:00pm - 12:15pm Tim Beckman, Illinois
12:15pm - 12:30pm Kevin Wilson, Indiana
12:30pm - 12:45pm Bill O'Brien, Penn State
Legends Division Coaches
1:00pm - 1:15pm Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
1:15pm - 1:30pm Jerry Kill, Minnesota
1:30pm - 1:45pm Brady Hoke, Michigan
2:00pm - 2:15pm Bo Pelini, Nebraska
2:15pm - 2:30pm Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
2:30pm - 2:45pm Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Big Ten & BTN Representatives
2:45pm - 3:00pm Bill Carollo, B1G Coord. of Officials
3:00pm - 3:15pm Mark Silverman, BTN President
3:15pm - 3:45pm Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner

Live coverage begins at 11am ET on both BTN and ESPNU (streaming at BTN2GO and Watch ESPN).

If this is your first rodeo, the coaches will each get 15 minutes at the podium, followed by an hour from Big Ten and BTN representatives. Wisconsin's Bret Bielema gets the kegger started, while Urban Meyer will take the stage at 11:30am. You won't want to miss the electric Pat Fitzgerald/Jerry Kill/Brady Hoke combo because Bo Pelini, Mark Dantonio and Kirk Ferentz will end the coaching carousel in an angry and boring fashion. But mostly angry. 

Finally, the conference commissioner will answer 30 minutes of nothing but Penn State questions to wrap up the day's events.

Immediately after a head coach leaves the dais, he heads into the hallway and answers 10 minutes or so of questions with his school's beat contingent and other interested regional and national writers. Sometimes, this means a dozen or so writers standing around the coach. In the case of stars like Urban Meyer or a coach the press is eager to speak with — think Bill O'Brien — the crush of reporters can be suffocating. At any rate, this is a good time to  be paying attention on Twitter as quotes and information will continue to flow.

While all of this is going on, coaches and the players that have traveled to Chicago with them will do the TV and radio circuit, which essentially means two additional hours of Q&A. Meyer, Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and John Simon will sit with TV from 12pm – 1:15pm and they'll sit down with radio from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Again, although these sessions won't be carried live anywhere, it's a great time to follow along on Twitter.

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FROMTHE18's picture

anybody wondering what Chris Farley is doing at Big Ten Media Days?

Doc's picture

Mustache looks like a dear in the headlights when asked about talking to PSU players.  Comic gold.

"Say my name."

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Twitter just crashed. THANKS A LOT, DANNY HOPE.

Derek Young's picture

Danny Hope killed Twitter. 

Doc's picture

I would like to see Urbz come up there and say,"This is my conference now!  Any questions?"  Short and sweet.  Nothing else needs to be said.

"Say my name."

Derek Young's picture

BREAKING:

Danny Hope was asked what needed to happen to be a contender in the Big Ten.

His response: We need to play better.

 

FROMTHE18's picture

In other news, the sky is blue

Doc's picture

He should have said.  "Well Ohio State and Penn State are out.  Coming in third place could win it.  We can get to third place."

"Say my name."

buckeyedude's picture

and the weather is HOT!

 
 

Derek Young's picture

Urban set to take the stage now.

Derek Young's picture

I'll try to keep you in the loop of anything if you can't watch and Twitter being down. 

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks, Derek. That just so happens to be the position I find myself in.

FROMTHE18's picture

all of the other coaches are asking each other... "whats a national championship?"

Derek Young's picture

Meyer: "Thank you. I'm honored to represent the Big Ten and Ohio State. Looking forward to training camp."

That was his opening statement. Short. 

Derek Young's picture

How equpped is the team to play at the level you want them to?

I like our players. Energy level high. Anxious to get going.  I don't have grasp on our opponents. I like where we are at and anxious to get going.

How did you view the Big Ten when at Florida and has it changed?

SEC is the kingpin with success in BCS. Watched bowl games. Big Ten has changed dramatically. 8 of 12 teams run some sort of spread. 2 pro-set and 2 option offenses.  Great defenses in the league as always. Several as good as anyone in America.  One thing about College football is that its very cyclical.  A lot of coaches and players intent on being best in America.

Does no bowl game allow you a buffer year to get familiar with opponents?

There's no buffer year at Ohio State. One concern I have that I have shared with the AD is that our kids are gone after last game.  I never had to deal with that anywhere.  We need a plan in place and we're working on it.  We're going to line up and try to win every game we play.

Derek Young's picture

Do you have a problem with teams soliciting Penn State players?

I do have a problem with that. 

FROMTHE18's picture

nice short answer in regards to PSU

Derek Young's picture

Should there be rules in place in soliciting Penn State players?

I don't know enough about it. I don't know the rules.  The player has the right to choose but to actively go get a player on another team, I don't know the rules.  A young man does have the right to play where he wants to play. We won't get familiar with it.

Any decision on Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort?

Actively working out but not reinstated. They have to fulfill obligations.  We took scholarships so they have to pay for their summer school. An expensive mistake. As of now they will be at training camp.  

 

Derek Young's picture

What do you do to prevent what happened at Penn State?

I have not approached that situation.  I think humility is one and we are a product of those around us.  It's about having good people around us and a good coaching staff.  There has to be good delineation of who's in charge, and a football coach isn't in charge of university.

What will it take for the Big Ten to reach the level of the SEC?

Gotta win. Go win some bowl games. How far are we from that? Coaches in this conference know more than I do.  I'll know more after this season.  There is some really good teams in this conference.

Derek Young's picture

What challenges have come with sanctions?

How have you done with that?

We got hit by a 2x4 when told there would be no bowl game.  It's a recruiting issue, and Penn State will have to deal with that as well. Have to find out who wants to be a Buckeye.  Don't want to speak with O'Brien but he will find out who wants to be on his team too. Our seniors were allowed to leave and we're fortunate none did.  We struggle still with not playing in a bowl game but we have great seniors helping with that. I started a leadership committee that I meet with to keep tabs on my team.

Derek Young's picture

Reflect on your time as broadcaster.

Gave me good respect for what you folks do, especially the ones that do it the right way. It was great to see other programs.  College football is always evolving and studying other programs made me a better coach now.  

Derek Young's picture

In February, the accusation from Bielema and Wisconsin. Is it important to have a good working relationships with other coaches in the league?

Very important. Get along with Bielema fine. A lot of things reported weren't actually said. There's no problem with how Ohio State goes about their business according to other programs in the Big Ten.  A lot of things I read aren't even said.

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Would you define the defensive front 7 as what makes the SEC?

Yes, that and overall team speed. We're recruiting with that motive. But without question, the difference maker is the front 7 in the SEC but it's a bit deeper than that.

What are your thoughts on facing Bill O'Brien and Penn State?

Having a good plan on 3rd and 6, taking care of the ball, and play good defense.  I know exactly what he's thinking from his time with Belichick. Have to take care of the ball.

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Any added importance on Michigan game with no bowl?

Sure. Don't know if you can add anything to that game. Hope it's two great teams at the end of the season.  Hope the stadium is buzzing for it. It's the biggest game of the year and we will be ready for it. 

RBuck's picture

Wow, you type fast(er than a speeding bullet).

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Derek Young's picture

That was the final question. Meyer now done. No problem Jason. 

avail31678's picture

Thank you, thank you, thank you Derek!

OSUBias's picture

You must type really quickly and really accurately. Thanks!

Slider...you stink

sir rickithda3rd's picture

thanks derek im stuck at work

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Poison nuts's picture

Our guy rules.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Doc's picture

Urbz has been the only on that hasn't said Go Bucks, or Boiler Down or Cheese on Wisconsin.  to me it is more professional not to, but I could be biased.

"Say my name."

onetwentyeight's picture

With Twitter crapping out (WTFFF SRSLY??? ) all I gotta say is thank you Derek Young. 

Derek Young's picture

New Illinois coach Tim Beckman's turn.

Wishes happy birthday to his mom.

Derek Young's picture

Honor to be at Illinois and in the Big Ten. Was raised in the Big Ten. Very impressive on the mic. Owns the room and very comfortable. 

Derek Young's picture

Addresses Penn State situation directly without question because he knows it will be addressed. He said they did not go on PSU campus.  Only talked to players that came to them. 

Bold move and smart move. Very impressed with Beckman.

Derek Young's picture

Structures program around competition. Sounds a lot like Meyer. 

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Answers question and says they were in State College, PA. Not on campus though. Stationed off campus and told players to come by if they wanted to. 

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Says Scheelhaase would be their QB if they had to make a decision now, but it is still a position that is open. 

vidstudent's picture

Fourthing (or so) the thanks to Derek on this with Twitter down.
Would ask Tim about odds in a four-team division (but parsing that politely might be a problem).

Nicholas Eckert

vidstudent

Derek Young's picture

Says rivalries are what makes college football unique. Emphasizes the Northwestern game. Said there "the team upstate". Appears to be alot of "Ohio State" in Beckman.

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Was asked about Coach O'Brien at Penn State. Raved about him.

Said their following the rules about acquiring PSU players. Notified PSU and the NCAA about players their looking at.  Would not apologize for taking one of their players. 

Derek Young's picture

Beckman done. Kevin Wilson at IU next. 

Derek Young's picture

Year 2. Disappointing last season. Have made strides. Good spring.  Reporting Wednesday.

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On game with PSU:

It's game 11. Knew off top of his head.  First time going to Happy Valley. Too far down the road in the season. Hasn't studied them or thought about it.  

FROMTHE18's picture

to the guy who keeps asking about "what do you expect when you square off against penn state"... what an absolutely terrible question... whats he want to hear "well, I expect them not to play and give up on the season"... btw, how much of a snake does Beckman look like

Derek Young's picture

Lot of respect for O'Brien. Knew him when he was at Duke and Georgia Tech.  Also talked to him when O'Brien was at Patriots. Will do a phenomenal job. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Remember back when twitter was working before Danny Hope killed it? That was AWESOME.

Derek Young's picture

Beckman has been single handedly the most impressive guy on the mic.  He was real up front and honest, owned the room. 

Derek Young's picture

Gotta be better at Rush Defense. One of the only programs in nation that gave up more yards on ground than through the air. Have a couple LB's and some JUCO players we're impressed with. Only have 5 scholarship seniors on team, and 3 on the defensive side of the ball. 

Poison nuts's picture

Yeah - I liked Beckman a lot. Pretty intense dude - no BS whatsoever.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Derek Young's picture

Wilson the head coach at IU still speaking: Says when you're a 1-11 football team returning, no job is safe. 

We are not going to win any games in the Big Ten with average QB play. I've told my guys that.

tennbuckeye19's picture

he could've stopped at "we are not going to win any games in the Big Ten...I've told my guys that."

Derek Young's picture

It's not worth my coaching staff and players to pay attention to Penn State when we're not a very good team.

I tune you guys out even when you say "off the record" because if I comment I know it won't be. 

No disrespect to Penn State and the community has my thoughts and prayers but I will continue to only pay attention to my team. 

(Well said)

Derek Young's picture

I don't understand how a team can go past 85 scholarship players to take on Penn State players

That's a competitive advantage and the NCAA always says no competitive advantages are allowed.

A team should not be allowed to contact players from PSU. It should be the player contacting another school, as are the rules when regarding transfers every other time. 

Derek Young's picture

When you talk to my three players that I have brought with me you will not think they would have gone 1-11 last year.

We will play Big Ten football and it will be a better product. I really believe it. That is my expectation. We've worked hard since the day after the last game last year. 

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I have a leadership group that consists of 12 players. I then have another 12 players behind them.

I do this because we don't have one guy powerful enough to lead our team to victory.

No PSU players have reached out to us.

Wilson, the IU coach done. O'Brien at PSU up.

Wilson did great for IU.

Derek Young's picture

O'Brien says different media day since his last one: The Super Bowl.

We have a team sticking together.

Great staff.

Our fans need to get on board. Our alumni need to get on board. Our lettermen need to get on board.

Strong statement, and impressive. 

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1st thing I did was have a meeting with my players.

I don't say what went on meetings but I will tell you this:

I told about education, their commitment to each other, and their fantastic staff who cares about them.

I talked to them about adversity.

I talked to my own story on adversity that involves my wife and son Jack.

The measure of a man is how you overcome adversity.

Without a shadow of a doubt they will play 6-7 bowl games each year in front of 108 thousand at Beaver stadium, and I still expect it to be 108 thousand.

I have no ideas what schools are on campus, nor do I care. That's all I have to say on that topic.

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Won't speak on Silas Redd situation.

Ton of respect for Bret Bielema for not pursuing our players, being members of the conference. (Assuming that goes for Urban as well)

Rules are what they are. 

Has not spoken to Beckman about pursuing his players. 

Very concise and simple answers so far. 

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McGloin is starter. Smart, tough, and competitive. Good OL. Got good depth at WR.  Decent depth at TE.  Defensively, we have a very good front 7.  Experienced in the secondary.  We feel very good where we are at defensively.

RBuck's picture

Glad he didn't use the word "moxie".

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

rdubs's picture

no but he did define it (smart, tough, competitive) he never said talented...

Derek Young's picture

Has worked for George O'Leary, Mark Whipple, Ralph Friedgen, and Bill Belichick. Their friends of mine and some of them I've spoken to recently.  Their very supportive of the PSU program.

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Not surprised Big Ten placed no restrictions on transfers.

Discussions are going on for change in uniform.  Their's been changes that have been taking place.  Some of the changes people will have to wait and see on Sept. 1st.

No players have told him that they intend to transfer. 

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It's time to move forward and turn the page. Sanctions are what they are.  I'm proud to work for the new President and AD and stand by the decisions that they make. 

Derek Young's picture

Well aware of how to handle a roster of 65. Worked with a roster of 53 in the NFL. Not as bad as everyone says it is.

Derek Young's picture

O'Brien done. Short break now and then it will be Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald's turn. 

Jdadams01's picture

Already like O'Brien better than JoePa.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Over\Under on how many times Pat says "Go Cats!" is set at 2.5. Let your wagers commence!

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Derek Young's picture

Twitter back up. If still want me to post updates let me know.

TNbuckeye91's picture

God bill obriens chin is like a black hole. I can't not stare at it.

johnny11's picture

Urban acts like he is uncertain he will dominate the big ten for the forseeable future. You can say the guy is humble at least. lol

BLeezy17's picture

Twitter is pretty much the worst right now.

johnny11's picture

twitter is still having problems if you can post it would be appreciated

Derek Young's picture

It was just reported by Joe Schad that Silas Redd may visit California (USC) Saturday and decide by Monday. He was laid out an extensive presentation by USC of how he would fit in to their offense that included powerpoint and video clips. 

OSUBias's picture

Powerpoint does not = extensive. Any jackass can make a powerpoint.
Now if the video clips had smoke coming out of players, I'll reconsider.

Slider...you stink

Crimson's picture

Maybe they upgraded to Beamer.  Beamer is flashy, so it'd fit in great with USC.

johnny11's picture

its a done deal i think from what I have been reading. Kiffin is going to get him.

spqr2008's picture

Kiffin will just have a booster slip him a new car or $50K, done deal.

Derek Young's picture

Fitzgerald going now.

Proud of senior class that just graduated. Took us to 4 straight bowl games.  We gotta group that expects bowl games. The next step is to expect championships.  We had an unprecedented year academically in 2012. Team GPA of 3.04 as a team. Take pride in that.  #1 school academically. 

Program with a lot of positive momentum headed into the right direction but we have a tough schedule

Derek Young's picture

Kain Colter the QB. Great skill set. He's very dynamic. What we do schematically will match our players skill sets. 

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He's a fan of 8 game conference schedule, and other coaches probably are too.  Probably will not talk about that as a conference here.

If we handle our business appropriately, many recruits will continue to be excited about our program. 

Derek Young's picture

Was asked about a competitive balance schedule with OSU and PSU not eligible.

Said its up to other people to decide.

His priority and focus will be his team's chances.  Would be up for a committee comprised of a representative from each team and Jim Delany, 13 votes, to decide who goes to Big Ten Championship game, much like the national model now. 

Always wants what's best for his program.

Derek Young's picture

Has a leadership council.

(This seems to be the go-to move for coaches across the country)

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Doesn't know what impact his freshmen will make. "Best thing about being a freshman is your that much closer to being a sophomore"

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Says this will be his 5th year seniors 5th bowl appearance like it's a foregone conclusion.

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On Beckman's term "the team upstate" regarding his team:

Lot of respect for the team in Champaign, and Tim.

We stay in touch and have a bond.

We're just focused on ourselves and our opener. 

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Any issues with piers soliciting Penn State players?

Won't speak for their circumstances and their programs.

I watched President Emmert's conference and educated my staff and players on it. 

 

Derek Young's picture

Excited about the new Under Armour jerseys. Technology is cutting edge and guys will play fast. Elements in jersey will keep them safer.

The design is simply amazing.  Our leadership council had a lot of input.  Spoke of "The Northwestern Stripe". Said it was classy.

Said he's ok being accused of the youngest old school guy.

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When you don't win a championship, every job is open.

Our goal is the championship of the league.

"Thanks Julie, Go Cats!"

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Time for Jerry Kill of Minnesota.

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More comfortable this year than last year. 2nd year at Minnesota.

Taking very strides. Our kids are excited about where they are at.  Added about 36 new players. We are in a huge transition, but a positive one. Our kids have been through adversity and tragedy that has brought us together.

We're a bigger, faster, and stronger team than we were a year ago. 

Derek Young's picture

Jerry Kill is by far the boringest coach on the mic. 

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With the death of Gary Tinsley, and my illness, we had a lot of tragedy but it allowed us to prevail and grow together." - Jerry Kill 

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Missed in Fitzgerald's time on mic is that he is also against recruiting PSU current players, just like Bielema, Wilson, and Meyer.

Beckman and Hope are not. 

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Kill said they enough problems of their own at his program to concentrate on Penn State's players. They will not direct attention to their team. They will do their due diligence if they were contacted by a PSU player, however. 

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For the moment you all have been waiting for: Brady Hoke. 

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Thanks to all for coming and traveling and supporting the Big Ten. 

Excited as a team to be represented in a great league. 

Excited about upcoming year. Excited about hard work our kids have put through.  Leadership is important for us.

It is now the expectation for the upcoming classes.

We had a disappointing year ago without winning the Big Ten Championship. We have direct goals ahead of us and what we want to do. We're excited about it.

Our schedule will be a great challenge. 10 of 12 teams made bowl last year. 5 of those will be on the road.

We have to have work ethic, commitment, respect, and trust for each other.

Glad to see you, kinda. Thanks!

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I don't think much about being perceived as "back" as a program.

We weren't last year and did well.

It's not where we start but where we finish. 

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Is there a competitive balance issue in the league or fairness issue that needs to be rectified?

Only thing I can tell you is that this is an unbelievable circumstance. Life's not fair, and it doesn't matter if it is. Our focus is on Michigan and that's it. 

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We kind of made a decision on PSU. I'd be lying if I said I didn't look at the roster. We'll be keeping our business, just that, our business. 

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Kovacs had to walk on twice to play at Michigan. His love for teammates, game of football, and intensity have led to him being a good teammate.  He's a very instinctive and smart football player, and his teammates see that. 

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On Toussaint, after his arrest, and if he will play against Alabama?

Do not know. They have to meet requirements athletically and academically. Both men are suspended indefinitely and will pay the price.  We will make that decision down the road.

hodge's picture

...That sounds like a yes to me.

hail2victors9's picture

He said the same thing when Stonum was first arrested...and says that about all of these kids who have had run ins with the law.
With Clark, you have to wait and see if he's convicted and to what degree.  If it's a felony he's likely gone.  Fitz won't play versus Bama.  The alumni and donors are too proud and think too highly of Michigan to let Hoke get away with that (You know, "we don't stand for that kind of behavior at the University of Michigan...).  It will be the Thomas Rawls/Vincent Smith show. 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

hodge's picture

Ah, I suppose I'm just used to traditional "coach-speak".  I remember when Braylon got nicked for drunk driving on the Jets...Ryan said the same thing, and made him sit out an entire quarter.  Same thing with Brian Kelly and Michael Floyd.  Typically I equate said statements as CYA blanket-speak meaning, "If you're talented, I'm going to get you back in."
I'd be interested to have seen what Meyer would have done if Mewhort and Stoneburner had been pinched during the season.

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On Denard Robinson:

Overall concept of offense is much better.  He's allowed Al Borges (Offensive Coordinator) to expand the offense more.  He's a great leader with a great work ethic.

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On their Navy Seals Training Session:

Everybody wants to focus on that one 4-day period.  That started in January. We do leadership seminars with our players.  It's just part of it.  For our guys, they were able to learn alot about themselves individually, and as a senior class.  

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What strengths does the conference have on the SEC teams?

That's hard to answer. Everybody is different. People make a mistake in lumping in a whole conference with having no speed. Obviously we play the reigning national champions. Their an excellent team but we are excited about the opportunity. 

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On non-conference schedule:

Everyone understands the great game we will play against Alabama, but we also get to play Troy Calhoun and Air Force. That will be a good experience.  UMass is a good and up and coming team.  Notre Dame is our national non-conference rivalry.  We're excited about our non-conference schedule.

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You were fortunate last year, but how would you feel about being on the wrong end of a team not winning the division and making a BCS bowl?

Probably not very good. (Laughs) We were a beneficiary last year so that was nice, but I wouldn't like it the other way around. 

flipbuckeye's picture

How would you feel about losing? Wow, hard hitting question there...

Derek Young's picture

Hoke done. Short break, and then Kirk Ferentz of Iowa.

hail2victors9's picture

Thanks, Derek.  And thank you for leaving out the "Umms" and "Uhhs."

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

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Hoke not the best in front of a crowd, that is for sure.  So far Kevin Wilson of Indiana and Tim Beckman of Illinois have been the best.  Bill O'Brien wasn't bad and neither was Urban.  The worst have been Danny Hope and Jerry Kill.  

You are welcome though, sir. 

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It's been said on twitter also that John Simon has begun taking Noah Spence with him to his 6 am workouts. 

avail31678's picture

THAT'S a scary thought (for opposing QB's and RB's)!

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My mistake, Bo Pelini of Nebraska is next. 

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Excited about the league, and its depth after 1st year in Big Ten.

Since bowl game, they've tried to do things outside the box.  It includes leadership exercises, jumping jacks, and burpees.  They have upped the accountability and attention to detail.  

 

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Where do you stand on soliciting PSU players?

Not actively pursuing any PSU players. We are concentrating on our own.  If there is someone that definitely wants to transfer to Nebraska, we would take a look at him though.  You never say never but it isn't on our radar right now. 

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Any surprises in 1st year in Big Ten?

Nothing really surprised us.  With a year under our belt, we are more familiar with the teams and how they play.  Seeing it first hand is a lot different than seeing it on film.  

It'll be easier this year, especially after being at all the venues in the conference.

I am impressed with the depth of the league.  It's a conference with very good coaching.  We get challenged each and every Saturday.

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Looking forward to going to Ohio State on a personal level?

Don't look forward to that game any more than I do any other game.  We got work to do before that.  It's a program based on tradition and one of the best venues in the NCAA, so it will be a great experience for our kids.

Our kids are lucky to get to play at some of the places in the Big Ten.

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Another competitive balance question.

Doesn't foresee a problem.  Not a situation that happens often or that you can predict.  

It's above my head, and I'm concentrated on winning. 

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Question about Taylor Martinez:

High expectations.  Seems like he's been here forever but he's only a junior.  Glad he's our quarterback. Excited for Taylor and our team. 

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On Rex Burkhead:

Special player. Special kid.  He's tough.  He can do it all on the field.  Has all the intangibles.  He's the definition of what a role model is and what a student-athlete should be.  I wouldn't trade him for another player in the country.

(I can attest from knowing Burkhead.  He really is special on and off the field.)

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On losing key defensive players Kennard, David, and Crick

You just don't replace those guys.  Other guys have to step up.  If you're running a great program this is the situation that happens.  I feel good about our defense as a whole, front to back.  

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On him and Meyer both coming from the SEC:

Here at Nebraska, we recruit nationally.  We've had success down in the south stemming from my time at LSU.  We have success in big talent regions such as Texas, California, and Ohio.  You have to get on the road to recruit good players. 

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Pelini done. Time for Dantonio. 

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Excited about 2012 season.  5 straight bowl games.  2 straight 11-win seasons.  Excited to compete further.  Great experience to play in inaugural Big Ten Championship game.

Kept staff together in terms of continuity.  It has added to the program.  Return 46 lettermen and 16 starters.  Got a lot of things going for us.  

Unfinished business.  Goal is the Rose Bowl.  We are on the cusp, and that is positive moving forward.

Challenges: Leadership, with Kirk Cousins gone.  Skill level at the WR position.  

Schedule will play dividends with games against Boise State, and Notre Dame.  Young players front and centered right off the bat.

Long snapper with serious neck injury leaving hospital soon.  Wanted to acknowledge that situation.

Redshirted all freshman last year, but one.  Do not graduate one linebacker.  

Long opening statement and looks mad as always.

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A football team always starts up front.  Have great depth on both lines.  Talking about all the starters with experience.  

Talks about Gholston being a force at 6'7 and 285 pounds.  

Tough league. Tough to win. Game of inches. 

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Dantonio says "Why do you guys bring that up" on his rivalry with UM and how Michigan is favored to win starting the season.

Says Michigan has been favored a lot the last 4 seasons and it hasn't done much for them.  "Their not favored in the locker room."

Goal is to always make the Rose Bowl.  

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No winners in the PSU situation.

We acknowledge that we have a program to try and make a better.  If the players contact us, we follow through.  That's the extent of it.  We won't invest in going beyond that.  I'll do it with respect and integrity towards PSU.  We do understand we have a job to do though. 

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Says he will not say who or how many players have contacted them from PSU. Sounds like there has been contact though.  

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On game with Boise State:

Will be a great event. We got new scoreboards that we invested 10 million dollars in.

If you want to be the best, you have to compete.  Boise State has respect with who they have played against and beat.  Not many coaches around who have only lost 6 games in their career.

We have to get our quarterback and wide receivers experience.  We're young, but talented.

We have to expose them to the media and primetime.  They then know what there is to gain by preparing, working hard, and winning.  It will play dividends later on.

You can only get better from these challenges.  Challenges give you every opportunity to rise to the occasion.  

If we want to be as good as we want to be we have to play whoever, whereever, and whenever.

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Up to other people to decide in regards to competitive balance.

Dantonio done. Ferentz next. 

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Excited to get back on field.  A team that has worked hard and has a good attitude.  Has a lot of work left to do.

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On playing at Soldier Field:

Love the city.  Our kids love it.  Northern Illinois will be a tough opponent. 

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On being longest tenured coach in Big Ten:

Don't think too much about it.  I just take one game at a time.

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On turnover in staff:

Historic season for us in that regard.  Lost some coaches and I appreciate the previous coaches' contributions.  We're excited about the new ones.  We'll look different, but in some ways the same.  Two former captains of Iowa teams now on coaching staff.

New DC - Phil Parker

New OC - Greg Davis

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On PSU players:

A complex situation and very confusing.  Everyone needs to be compliant.  People just have to do what they feel is appropriate.  That's what we'll do. 

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Have a lot of positions that are wide open.  There's a lot of ways to have success, and we're open to any of them. 

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Fortunate to be at Iowa.  You can draw a parallel between the University of Iowa and the Pittsburgh Steelers with how they stick with their people.  The University of Iowa treats me so well professionally.  

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On how to build stability at RB:

There's nothing more that we can do that we havn't done already.  Each year is a different year and we will continue to recruit guys that we think can have great careers at Iowa.  

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Ferentz done. All coaches have now spoken. 

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You must be a court stenographer in your other life. Much thanks for your concise, accurate transcribing today, I know all of us appreciate it.

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Do you want to file your disability claim now, or wait until the carpal tunnel is full blown?

Slider...you stink