College football media days are quickly coming to an end, but the Big Ten media days are just beginning. It seems they have saved the best for last with this conference, as there are plenty of things to talk about during the next couple of days.
The Penn State scandal is going to be an extremely popular topic with the media, but this is also a conference that has new coaches, Heisman candidates and many other intriguing story lines to kick off the 2012 season.
As we all know, media days provide us with a little insight as fall camp quickly approaches and many attending eventually end up saying something foolish.
Here are the funniest, craziest and most off-the-wall statements made during Big Ten media days.
I provided you with some of the highlights of Denard Robinson's speech during Big Ten media days, here is the complete video.
Penn State and Wisconsin are discussing the idea of developing a trophy for its annual matchup in the conference. (Via Jeff Nelson of gopsusports.com)
#PennState and Wisconsin are discussing establishing a trophy for their annual B1G Leaders Division football game— Jeff Nelson (@GoPSUJeff) July 27, 2012
As media day is beginning to wrap up, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is giving a very emotional speech. Here are some of the highlights provided by Joe Schad of ESPN.
Emotional Denard Robinson doing an outstanding job delivering a speech at Big Ten kickoff before a huge ball room— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
Denard Robinson says it was tough to do the right things growing up on the neighborhood he grew up in— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
Denard Robinson: "I met the President of the United States. And LeBron James. And they both knew who I was." (Laughter)— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
Denard Robinson: "Trust me. I'm not perfect. Just ask Coach Hoke."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
Denard Robinson says "it doesn't matter where you come from. Anything is possible."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
Penn State athletic director, Dave Joyner has confirmed that Big Ten schools have contacted Penn State about certain players availability. (Via Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times)
While everybody is waiting for Silas Redd to make a decision on if he will return, linebacker Khairi Fortt is also exploring his options. (Via Dave Ruden of Stamford Advocate)
BREAKING: Khairi Fortt is flying today to visit University of California. His father Guy said Khairi has offers from about 12 schools...— Dave Ruden (@DaveRuden) July 27, 2012
Fortt finished last season with 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks. For more on this situation, click here.
The negative situation surrounding Penn State is receiving majority of the attention, but with the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics happening tonight, there is something the university can be proud of. (Via Lynn Atanasoff, a career counselor at PSU World Campus)
Penn State Live - School record 19 Penn Staters head to 2012 Olympic Games - ow.ly/cy5pj— Lynn Atanasoff(@PSUWC_Career) July 27, 2012
You know what the Big Ten football players look like in their uniforms, here is what they look like when dressed a little more professional. (Via The Iowa Hawkeyes Twitter)
Montee Ball is compared to many bigger backs because of his size, but said during media day that he has always looked up to the more elusive running backs. (Via Max Tane of the Daily Illini)
Wisconsin's Ball told me he's not sure why he draws a comparison to Ray Rice. He tries to model his game after Barry Sanders and LT. #B1G— Max Tane (@AirMaxTane) July 27, 2012
Nebraska has released a sneak peak of its new uniforms that they will wear during the big game against Wisconsin. (Via Erin Sorensen of Bleacher Report)
Screenshot obtained! The alleged alternative unis for Nebraska's matchup with Wisconsin have surfaced. twitter.com/helloerinmarie…
— Erin Sorensen (@helloerinmarie) July 27, 2012
For more images and opinions of the new apparel, click here.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is also known as shoelace because he doesn't tie his playing shoes. Well, apparently it is the same deal with his dress shoes as well. (Via Nick Baumgardner of AnnArbor.com)
Denard's untied dress shoestwitpic.com/acawhg— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 27, 2012
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti has a response for any Big Ten coaches that are trying to take some of its players. (Via Mark Dent, co-founder of The Brew House)
Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended indefinitely from the team for a DUI charge. Head coach Brady Hoke still is not sure when he will be back on the team. (Via Ben Estes of The Michigan Daily)
Hoke says no determination whether Toussaint/Clark will play against Alabama; still indefinitely suspended— Ben Estes (@benestes91) July 26, 2012
Toussaint rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last year.
Michigan State head coach, Mark Dantonio is the latest to comment on the Penn State situation. (Via Jeremy Werner of OrangeandBlueNews.com)
Mark Dantonio: "I don't think there's any winners" with PSU situation but would recruit players if he's contacted by possible transfers— Jeremy Werner (@WernerConnectFM) July 26, 2012
Despite winning 11 games and a BCS bowl in his first year as head coach, Brady Hoke calls last season a disappointment (via Jon Spencer):
#B1G Michigan's Brady Hoke said last year's 11-2 Sugar Bowl-winning season was disappointing because the Blue didn't win Big Ten.— Jon Spencer (@jspencermnj) July 26, 2012
While Northwestern may not be considered one of the top teams in the Big Ten, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has an idea for who should participate in this season's Big Ten Championship Game (via Tom Dienhart of BTN.com):
Of course, Ohio State and Penn State are banned from postseason play this season, leaving just Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana to fight for the Leaders Division.
Sounds like O'Brien half confirmed a uniform change. "People will have to wait and see on September 1st"— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) July 26, 2012
For more thoughts on this, click here.
Tim Beckman is in his first year as head coach of Illinois, and his coaching staff is making its presence felt on the Penn State players (via Derek Levarse of The Times Leader).
"We only talked to (PSU players) what would be willing to meet with us," Beckman said. "We had people come to us and speak to us. ... We called some individuals, and if they wanted to come by, it was their opportunity to come by."
Urban Meyer can relate to a certain extent with what Penn State is going through, as his Buckeyes will be banned from postseason play for one season. While it is not something that helps the program, Meyer says that there is a positive that comes out of a situation like this (via Derke Levarse of The Times Leader).
"It's a few weeks barrage of negativism, especially with recruiting," Meyer said. "Number one is the recruiting issue it causes, and we're dealing with it and Penn State will deal with it."
"But we found out who really wants to be an Ohio State Buckeye. And (O'Brien) is going to find out who really wants to be on his team. You have no half-ins any more."
With Penn State players eligible to play anywhere they would like, coaches are making a push to add to their current rosters. You can count Wisconsin out of the mix (via Derke Levarse of The Times Leader).
"What those Penn State players are going through right now in the last several days, I have a tremendous amount of respect for their commitment and for coach O'Brien," Bielema said.
The reason Penn State running back Silas Redd is not in attendance is because he may be visiting with the Trojans at the moment (via Cory Giger of The Altoona Mirror):
#PSU RB Silas Redd meeting with USC today, according to ESPN. He was scheduled to be here in Chicago at Big Ten media days.— Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) July 26, 2012
This can't be a good thing if you are a Nittany Lions fan.
It was reported earlier that Penn State players would not show up to today's event, but it seems that there has been a change of plans (via ESPN Big Ten):
Penn State players now are coming to Big Ten media days. Michael Mauti subbed in for Silas Redd. John Urschel and Jordan Hill also here.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) July 26, 2012
This should be interesting.
While everybody is focused more on the sanctions of the Penn State situation, one of the main differences of this media day is the fact that Joe Paterno won't be around to witness it (via John Borton):
First Big Ten meetings since 1993 without JoPa. That will seem very strange.— John Borton (@JB_Wolverine) July 26, 2012
One of the players that will represent the Minnesota Golden Gophers today is linebacker Keanon Cooper (via Keanon Cooper):
Ready to get the day started here in Chicago for Big Ten Media Day #GopherNation— Keanon C4 Cooper (@Go4Coop) July 26, 2012
He played in all 12 games last year and racked up 77 tackles and six tackles for loss.
With the sanctions recently handed down by the NCAA, there won't be any Penn State players in attendance at today's event (via ESPN Big Ten):
No Penn State players will attend Big Ten media days. Silas Redd, John Urschel and Jordan Hill had been scheduled to attend.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) July 25, 2012
Head coach Bill O'Brien will still be available to answer questions, but it is understandable as to why players won't be.
You can bet your bottom dollar that Penn State will be an extremely talked about subject during media days. Here is one response that you will hear too often (via Mike Ricordati of 97.1 The Fan):
Over/Under at 25: Number of times Big Ten coaches say, "It's an unfortunate situation" about Penn State. #BTmediaday— Mike Ricordati (@CommonMan971) July 26, 2012
With this being a two-day event, I would certainly say over.
Penn State players are allowed to transfer immediately due to the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. One player who is seriously considering leaving Happy Valley is running back Silas Redd (via Arash Markazi of ESPN):
Silas Redd is seriously considering transferring to USC and a final decision could come as early as this Monday. espn.go.com/college-footba…— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 26, 2012
The Trojans' running back depth is extremely thin, and Redd was a 1,000-yard rusher last season.
The Big Ten has just released a 10-player list of the players you should keep an eye on this season. It has no surprises (via Tom Dienhart of BTN.com):