An interesting quote from every head coach at the Big Ten Media Days
The Big Ten Media Days are behind us and there’s so much you can miss with all the comments and questions for each program. So we’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of the greatest quotes from each head coach. Let’s start with the Big Ten Championship finalists with the Iowa Hawkeye and Kirk Ferentz.
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
“I think we’re in a very precarious situation,” Ferentz said. “There’s just a lot of vagueness, a lot of uncertainty. We don’t really have a firm structure. We don’t have a basic set of operating rules. I don’t think anyone can really explain the NIL in detail, what you can and what you can’t do. I know you can’t attract recruits, but it does seem like it’s getting a bit. There is just a lack of overall clarity. We need an intervention, and then my biggest concern is, who’s going to do it, right? Where is this going to come from? »
Analysis: It seems to be a transnational problem. Nobody knows the rules and more and more coaches are talking about it. How many coaches break the rules knowingly or unknowingly? We will have answers, eventually.
#State of Ohio Head Coach Ryan Day:
“Maybe 11-2 with a Rose Bowl win is a good year. It’s not at Ohio State. Our three goals are beat the team up north, win the Big Ten championship, win the national championship. ” pic.twitter.com/ql29l3HYqa
— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) July 27, 2022
Analysis: So basically, Ryan Day never had a good year at Ohio State? They haven’t won a national championship since he took over. Sounds like a dismissable offense if you ask me…
“You know, it’s not very complicated,” Tucker said of how he builds his roster. “We embrace the portal. We will build our team through the high school ranks. It’s very similar to what we did when I was in the NFL. You want to build through the draft. You top or complete your roster through free agency. So high school ranks for us, it’s draft. The portal is free agency.
Analysis: That exact mentality is what I would like Wolverines to adopt. You can read my thoughts on that here.
Greg Schiano on the Big Ten vs. SEC dynamic. “We’re in a race with the SEC. We have to make sure we and them go back and forth.” Says league elevation helps all league teams recruit better.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) July 27, 2022
Analysis: The worst-kept secret in college athletics has been told aloud by Schiano here. Everyone is afraid of what the SEC puts in place and the Big Ten may be the only ones who can keep pace after adding USC and UCLA.
James Franklin, State of Pennsylvania
“To me, it’s the nature of college athletics and college football right now, that you better be prepared to have discussions that maybe we haven’t had in the past,” he said. Franklin said of his quarterback, Sean Clifford, leading. a team meeting with representatives of the College Football Players Association. “There have been more changes in college football in the past three years than probably the previous 25. It’s been great discussion and dialogue.”
Analysis: Change is coming to college athletics and the more these coaches seem to embrace it, the better they will be in recruiting, even if they disagree. Supporting his quarterback was a smart, calculated move.
Paul Christ, Wis.
“I was asked earlier today, ‘How are you going to feel when you play your first conference game at SC?’ I just hope I’m still here.
Analysis: Chryst’s job isn’t in jeopardy and wasn’t talking too far down the road (USC and UCLA join in 2024). It’s a funny comment, but it just strikes me as a little odd.
PJ Fleck, Minnesota
#Gophers PJ Fleck, who studies leadership/organizations, spent part of the offseason visiting Chick-fil-A HQ.
“We’re not going to say we have similar cultures, but we both believe in culture. We both believe in people. And we both believe that people make the product even better.”
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 26, 2022
Analysis: Comparing your program to a fast food chain is…something. All his players better say “Thank you” and “My pleasure”.
Scott Frost, Nebraska
“We had a pretty good team last year to do better than us. It falls on me. It would be easy if it was a thing. This was not the case. I think we need to have more killer instinct when we go into these close games.
Analysis: Frost’s honesty is nice, but if he doesn’t change things up at least a little this season, he’s long gone. This is the third season in a row that his seat has been hot.
Jeff Brohm, Purdue
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm told Big Ten Football Media Day today that after a nine-game winning season last year, his Boilers are looking to take it to another level this year. (Courtesy of the Big Ten Network) pic.twitter.com/54ZjX8Rkz7
—Rick Semmler (@Rick_Sports10) July 28, 2022
Analysis: Purdue is shaping up to be a competitor. They have the best quarterback in the West and have a favorable schedule. Read more of my thoughts on the Big Ten West here.
Mike Locksley, Maryland
“(Tualia Tagovailoa) is the most underrated player in the country”
Analysis: If you were to scour the country for dying college football fans and ask them to name a University of Maryland player, almost everyone would say Tualia Tagovailoa. He is not underestimated. If anything, it’s the opposite.
Bret Bielema, Ill.
October 1, 2022: Bret Bielema returns to Wisconsin for the first time since 2012.
—Andy Olson (@WCIA3Andy) July 27, 2022
Analysis: This is the biggest title of the season for the Illini. If Bielema and Illinois can get to Madison and cause an upset, it could mean a turnaround for this program. It could also change opinions on the head coach who has gone 27-29 since leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas.
Pat Fitzgerald, North West
The moderator begs the reporters to ask Pat Fitzgerald one last question on the podium. “That’s what happens when you win three games,” Fitz jokes after a silence.
—Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 26, 2022
Analysis: Well, he’s not wrong. The Wildcats may have the least interesting and worst team in the conference this season. Their best player is an offensive lineman (Peter Skoronski), by far. Hey, at least they have a really good class coming in 2023.
Tom Allen, Indiana
“At the end of the day, things didn’t go our way in 2021,” Allen said after a winless conference season. “When it does, you do one of two things. Either you feel sorry for yourself or you sit back and do a thorough evaluation of everything you do, which we started in January and had a chance to go through this process, make changes, add new players to our squad, adding new personnel to our program, and then allowing us to get back to work, and that’s what we did.
Analysis: Indiana was decimated by injuries last season. With a healthier team, Allen and the Hoosiers may be able to bounce back in 2022. They might need it if Allen and others want to keep their jobs.
Jim Harbaugh, Mich.
Check out our story on everything Harbaugh had to say to stay up to date.