CHICAGO — Change was in the air.
Day 1 of Big Ten media days served as the unofficial welcome for two new programs, one enthusiastic football coach and some renewed mentalities from the personalities that are already established in the conference.
For some, such as Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, the conversation centered on personnel and the necessary tweaks for a breakthrough season. For others—including Penn State coach James Franklin and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini—the Chicago Hilton served as the ideal setting to reiterate familiar stances still lingering in the news cycle.
And for Rutgers and Maryland, it was all about getting the lay of the land.
Oh, and we learned that Purdue JUCO transfer Corey Clements checks in at cool 6’8” and 400 pounds, according to head coach Darrell Hazell. Somehow, someway, Purdue has to find a way to get its new guard in the end zone.
As for some of the notable moments from Chicago, here’s what stood out on Day 1.