Day One of Big Ten Media Days has wrapped up here in Chicago and after a long day of coaches, players, and commissioner interviews here are a few of the more notable moments from a day that really lacked the eye-popping quotes or controversy seen out of some of the other conference's media days.
(Perhaps that's because the Big Ten keeps it classy?)
News and Notes:
– Wisconsin JUCO transfer QB Tanner McEvoy, who was a victim of what Madison police are calling a "strong armed robbery" is just fine physically according to head coach Gary Andersen and he will get every chance to compete for the starting job this fall camp.
– The topic of the new "targeting" rule came up at just about every turn as one would expect, given the headlines it's implementation has produced. It's safe to say most coaches and players aren't huge fans of it at this point. UW AD Barry Alvarez even asked the question "Where is the line drawn?" in terms of what will and won't be called.
– Ohio State's Urban Meyer got asked exactly ONE question about his 2013 Ohio State football team, all other questions were in regards to the off the field stuff happening this offseason. Meyer never gave a "big quote" but was clearly irked by the actions of the freshman this past weekend.
– Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany floated the idea of an "educational trust" that would commit the institution, conference, or NCAA to give the individual student-athlete a lifetime guarantee to complete their degree. It's an interesting concept, one that may help make a student-athletes decision on turning pro a bit easier – knowing they won't have to worry about fronting for the cost of an education.
– The Rose Bowl Game in conjunction with the FWAA will introduce an All-Century team (by decade) for the 100th playing of the Granddaddy of Them All. The teams will be announced on selection Sunday following the championship games.
– BTN will have some new shows in their lineup this fall including a new studio based show called "BTN LIve" that will air 5 nights a week and be simulcast across Big Ten country via radio. It will be a topical debate type show. Also joining the lineup will be "Forever B1G" which will be a retrospective type show catching up with ex-players and seeing what life is like for them following the end of their sporting careers. The best news is that BTN's original "original programming" show – The Journey will be back for both football and basketball this season.
Those were some of the biggest highlights of Day One. Look for a lot more today from teams other than OSU and Wisconsin as things kick off at 8am this morning!