Coverage of Big Ten Media Day starts live on the Big Ten Network at 11 am, till 2 pm (and I think some on ESPNNews too). All the coaches are supposed to be covered. So if you can watch, and have any commentary or news, here's the place to discuss. (Rerun at 8 pm tonight for those who want to see for themselves).
Big Ten Media Day Open Thread
Look out, Rittenberg has his jacket on:
Really? I think he does a decent job with his blog.
Anyone else getting a weird split screen thing going on, or is it just Charter sucking as usual?
Can't even get their video feed right. Rich at 11:45.
Or is this a Wisky red thing?
He's coming in fuchsia on my screen.
And funky split screen view finally fixed.
Wisky's non-conf is pretty laughable.
What's up with Bret Bielema per Tim's tweet?
Bielema is on point with patrolling those tweets.
The woman has to be the one to ask if he wants a rivalry with Nebraska after he's already talked about it.
I have to admit, this guy is one of my favorite coaches. Intense and well spoken. Just an all around likable guy.
He's a really good, young coach. I'm sure he'll get offers to coach at bigger schools, but I don't know if he'd leave because he really loves NW. With him, I think NW can finish in the middle to upper half of the B10 in most years. He could turn them into a team like Stanford and occasionally even make runs at a B10 title.
I think he's one of those guys who will stay, unless he gets an offer that's just too good to pass up. He really seems to love the culture at Northwestern. When he was asked how to get more fans in the seats he mentioned both winning and keeping the culture. Good answer.
I think you're right that he could have NW contending on occasion. In a hypothetical West division where Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska all beat up on each other, NW could easily steal a few games and end up in the championship game. That would be just fine with me as NW is easily one of the least annoying Big Ten team.
I agree that he's a great young coach who loves NW. At a certain point though, I think almost any coach thats ambitious enough to make it to the D-1 level wants to try their hand at a school that can seriously contend every year if offered the chance.
While Fitz might not take just any coaching upgrade, I find it hard to believe he would turn down Penn State (if Joe Pa retires), Florida State (if Jimbo Fisher is a bust), Florida (if Urban Meyer develops serious health problems) etc. if those schools were to come calling. Not saying that those schools will come calling, just finding it hard to believe even a loyal guy wouldn't bolt from Northwestern for a prime-time coaching gig.
And BTN finally figured out NW doesn't play Illinois twice.
I'm going to have to take a break on this one. I can't stand listening to this guy.
I cannot say how happy I am that M never has to play against Juice Williams again
Do you think you're going to be fired? First question, like clockwork.
And then they show the Illinois record from last year, and the only team to play them worse than us was Illinois State. Sigh.
Bettin it's RR's first question too.
I'm putting the over/under at 2.5.
4 of the top 5 running backs with the best averages came from bad teams. So much for that stat.
"No one more excited to coach football...lots of drama...hungry football players...deeper..."
"No one is more excited to start coaching football than me..."
EDIT: I need to be able and type faster
And someone's already asked the most obvious question. Does anyone really think they're going to get an answer with any new info?
"staying focused...at times 2 years has gone fast....at others seems like forever..."
QB question wins first (what Rich was taking a poll on). First couple of weeks of Fall will tell him who's retained the most. Healthy competition.
"Glad to have Robinson coach LB...competition good to have at LB...Moundros shout out...adds leadership, physical..."
Moundros in the mix at MLB? That could be interesting.
"At Michigan we have high expectations, and rightfully so we should."
"Had senior class over...small senior class...excited for senior year...no one likes what's happened at Michigan". Fan reaction - "hey coach, when are we going to win more? Overwhelmingly positive...phenomenal...new Big House...great fans...hope to reward them with more wins"
...and he thinks that's coming. You did not hear that the past two seasons. I'm hearing much more confidence in what he's saying.
"Do you want to keep playing OSU in the last game?"
"I'm not sure I understood your answer..."
Umm, that's probably because he was going out of his way NOT to answer that question because he knows better than to weigh in on divisional alignment. Way to waste everyone's time lady.
Yea that situation seemed really awkward for me too. I wasn't overly pleased by how he handled that question, I was hoping he would be more enthusiastic. But if you would ask for my very novice analysis, RR has been through so much over the last two years that he, his staff, and his players have really taken a "one-day-at-a-time" approach. Focus is a big word being thrown around and I think he is working on that everyday...
Yeah, I was hoping for a "What kind of question is that? That rivalry had damn well better stay intact. I could care less how they work that out, but we'd better be f*&king playing OSU every year."
"Worried about today, tomorrow." pressure to do better in OSU game, haven't done do well- "Pressure on yourself. Go into every season saying you have to win that game. Have to get better...will win when you deserve to...". Super dumb follow up question on not understanding what he said about scheduling new conference/OSU.
Secondary question (Tim?), an intelligent one. Troy great spring, CSM Gordon too. JT Floyd also..gives them confidence, if he can lock down other spot. Safety open, freshmen could factor.
He's done...I'm spent.
No mention of Justin Turner...
Safety postion is wide open...and may have true freshman compete, "which is a little scary"
Watching the after press conference... NW's QB looks like he is 10 years old.
What team-building activities MSU has worked on since last year, other than dorm brawls.
Or maybe just a question on his thoughts of the M/msu game. I just want a good reaction out of him, these Q/A sessions can be a little dry
Just watching so far, my main thought is that I'm really, really damn proud that RR's our coach.
RichRod was great on the dais today.
He appears relaxed, positive, eager, and prepared.
Easily he was the best guy on the show this morning.
He is a good ambassador for UM.
Big Ten Network fail?
So apparently we play ourselves, Iowa, Penn State, and Wisconsin in our Non Conference schedule?
Actually, it says 4-0 in non-conference play in 2009, so those are the B10 schools that went 4-0 last year...
well i guess I got that wrong..... still that graphic is misleading