LIVE! Big Ten media day

LIVE! Big Ten media day

UPDATED: 2:40 p.m. — Delany said he has not talked with Illinois coach Tim Beckman about the school's recruitment of Penn State players He did talk to all of the coaches about what he expected related to the Penn State situation. 


2:20 p.m. — There it is, five minutes into his talk, Delany addresses the Penn State situation. He said the institution and the team can begin to move forward. He pointed to the victims and the inability for the victims to receive justice no matter what the penalties against Penn State.

"I think the NCAA had moral authority to act," Delany said. "I think the Big Ten had moral authority to act."


2:15 p.m. — The last speaker of the day is Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. A few minutes into his talk, and no mention of Penn State so far.

He has talked about the new playoff and the failure to connect schedule-wise with the Pac-12, which had been planned.


1:40 p.m. — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is the last of the 12 Big Ten leaders to speak to the media. He is also the longest-tenured head coach in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes made changes with both their offensive and defensive coordinators. Ken O'Keefe left for the NFL and Norm Parker retired.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be talking in about 30 minutes.


1:05 p.m. — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he isn't actively pursuing any Penn State players. But he said if a Penn State player was interested in transferring to Nebraska, the school would consider taking him.

Pelini will take Nebraska to his alma mater, Ohio State, later in the season. He said the game isn't any different than the other games on the schedule.


12:30 p.m. — Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he looked at the Penn State roster, but has decided not to pursue any of the players.

When the News-Gazette's AP Top 25 is posted in August, Michigan will be listed No. 1.


12:10 p.m. — Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said he wouldn't mind seeing the Big Ten title game include a second team from the Legends Division. Two of the Leaders Division teams are ineligible for the title game.

Fitzgerald referred to Illinois as "the school in Champaign." He said he has a good relationship with Tim Beckman, who has talked openly about the rivalry with the Wildcats.


11:35 a.m. — Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is taking questions. He came out firing, About his players being recruited by other schools, he said "I have no idea what schools were on campus, nor do I care."

When asked if he had any update on the status of running back Silas Redd, O'Brien answered with a hard "No."

He said he hasn't talked with Illinois coach Tim Beckman about reports of Illini assistants spending time in State College on Wednesday.

Penn State has three players here, who will have a string of radio and television interviews during the next 90 minutes. 


11:10 a.m. — Tim Beckman is taking questions. The first-year Illinois coach doesn't really need a microphone.

He opened his session by wishing his mom happy birthday. Hope Pat Beckman was watching on the BTN.

He also asked his own first question, talking about the Penn State situation. He said, "We did not go on their campus." He said Illinois coaches were in State College on Wednesday and made themselves available to interested players.


10:35 a.m. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he doesn't know much about the Big Ten schools his team will face. Of course, he spent the 2011 season covering games in the league for ESPN. He had weekly access to the teams he is about to play. Maybe it isn't the same as coaching against the schools.

Meyer said he has a problem with other schools recruiting players on the Penn State roster.


10:20 a.m. — Purdue coach Danny Hope has a different take on recruiting Penn State players. He said as long as schools follow the guidelines set down by the NCAA and Big Ten, he sees no problem in trying to improve your own team.

Future Illinois opponent Louisiana Tech has been picked to defend its WAC title by league media members.


10:10 a.m. — Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said his school will not actively recruit any of the players on the current Penn State roster. He said he is rooting for Penn State when it doesn't play Wisconsin.


9:40 a.m. — After being told Penn State players wouldn't be available today and Friday, there has been a change. Penn State players are expected at the Big Ten event later this afternoon.  


9:15 a.m. — No surprise, the place is packed with national and Big Ten media. The Penn State story is going to be at the top of everyone's list of questions. But it goes beyond the recent penalties. Expect all of the coaches to be asked if they are involved in recruiting players off the current Penn State roster.

A bulk of the Illinois staff was in State College on Wednesday, making contact with potential transfers. But Illinois was not alone. Multiple schools were reportedly in place as early as Tuesday, a day after the sanctions were announced. First up today, at 10 a.m., is Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, followed by Purdue's Danny Hope and Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Illinois coach Tim Beckman talks at 11 a.m.


9:05 a.m. — Beat writer Bob Asmussen is in Chicago for the annual Big Ten footbal kickoff, where Penn State's penalties are all the buzz.

— On Thursday morning, the Big Ten announced its annual Players to Watch List, void of Illinois representation. The list:

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska

John Simon, DL, Ohio State
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

Last week, Asmussen asked for some help from the reporters who cover the league. In our second annual media poll, 24 ranked the teams and players (two who cover each school.) And they predicted the outcome of the Big Ten title game. Here are the results (NOTE: The poll was conducted before Monday's NCAA punishment of Penn State):


Team (First-place votes) Points

1. Wisconsin (19) 139

2. Ohio State (5) 125

3. Purdue 79

4. Illinois 72

5. Penn State 65

6. Indiana 24


Team (First-place votes) Points

1. Michigan (16) 134

2. Michigan State (7) 120

3. Nebraska (1) 104

4. Iowa 72

5. Northwestern 51

6. Minnesota 25

Title-game winner: Michigan over Wisconsin (10 votes).

Others: Michigan State over Wisconsin (7), Wisconsin over Michigan (5), Wisconsin over Nebraska (1).

Offensive MVP: Montee Ball, Wisconsin (14 votes).

Others: Denard Robinson, Michigan (9), Braxton Miller, Ohio State (1).

Defensive MVP: William Gholston, Michigan State (11 votes).

Others: Kawann Short, Purdue (5), Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (3), John Simon, Ohio State (2), Denicos Allen, Michigan State (1), Chris Borland, Wisconsin (1), Gerald Hodges, Penn State (1). Participating reporters: Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette; Steve Batterson, Quad City Times; David Briggs, Toledo Blade; Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Matt Charboneau, Detroit News; Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star; Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel; Dustin Dopirak, Bloomington Herald-Times; Chris Emma, Northwestern; Bob Flounders, Harrisburg Patriot-News; Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune; Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star; Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer; Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald; Kyle Meinke,; Phil Miller, Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal; Jeff Potyrkus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Joe Rexrode, Lansing State Journal; Jeff Rice, Lions 24/7; Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press; John Supinie, GateHouse News Service.

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