CHICAGO—The Windy City played host to the 41st annual Big Ten Media Days, although the scene at the Hyatt was remarkably different from any event the conference has ever hosted.
As anticipated, the Penn State scandal was the overwhelming centerpiece on day one, and most coaches crafted their words very carefully at the podium. Translation: There were very few solid sound bites. Conference commissioner Jim Delany provided perhaps the most intriguing audio of the afternoon, while Bret Bielema made his stance on recruiting Penn State players abundantly clear.
As for the winners and losers of day one (and yes, there can be winners and losers even when there's only a microphone involved), here they are.