Big Ten Media Days began Wednesday, and, man, there was a lot of coverage! I was holding things down at the mothership, where we churned out all this stuff, and also got freaky-deaky in the liveblog, and we'll be doing it all again today.
In between doing that I also did this post on what Coach Fitz had to say, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, and didn't even get to Kain Colter.
So let's take a nice, good, breakdown of what went down at Big Ten Media Days with Northwestern people -- and one prominent not Northwestern person -- shall we?
The full transcript from his presser is here. He also said some stuff off the stage I missed:
And it's nice to see stuff like this:
Pat Fitzgerald is one of those coaches who comes across as a perfect fit for his school. #B1GMediaDay— Todd Jones (@Todd_Jones) July 24, 2013
Nicer to see stuff like this:
I want to lift weights with Pat Fitzgerald— Peter Berkes (@runthedive) July 24, 2013
I bet Fitz's hang clean numbers are still solid— Peter Berkes (@runthedive) July 24, 2013
Nicest to see stuff like this:
Fitz noted how important it is to get recruits on campus. "If we get them on campus, we're gonna get them."— Inside Northwestern (@insidenu) July 24, 2013
And let's end with this:
Fitz: "Hopefully our first trip to California isn't the only one of the season."— WNUR Sports, 89.3-FM (@WNURSports) July 24, 2013
YEAHHHHHHHHH /runs through wall /runs through wall /checks watch to see how long til football /runs through wall
I think the biggest thing is Kain Colter getting involved with the O'Bannon stuff. He's been vocal about it the past few weeks:
Hear my opinion on college athlete compensation in this radio interview. http://t.co/trkH2fRUFC Thoughts?...— Kain Colter (@KainColter_2) July 24, 2013
As Loretta8 wrote a few months ago, college athletes should be paid, and if you disagree you are logically and morally bankrupt. So it's nice to see Kain be one of the more vocal people, although I wonder why he didn't put his name on the lawsuit. We haven't considered, though, that perhaps he's just angry he was a ginger in NCAA 13.
So that means this season, nothing good is going to happen because they've accomplished all their goals, right?
Kain Colter: "We have to stay hungry. When we go into pantry, there should be no food; when we open refrigerator, there should be no food."— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) July 24, 2013
We found out something extremely Northwestern sports about Kain:
I honestly don't know how they do it. Like, I could not go to med school or play football.
That said, the NFL tho? Kid ain't gonna be a QB there. How does he think he'll make it?
Kain also joined the guys from the Rittenblog in their live chat, and although most of it was straightforward -- go Cats! -- and stuff we knew already -- him and Trevor Siemian are tight and don't mind splitting snaps, his role changes week-by-week depending on the gameplan, he likes playing QB more than running back and wide receiver, NU changes its offense to fit the personnel -- there were some damn gems.
Woah, Kain. the first guy has it right: Northwestern is Chicago's Big Ten Team. You don't get to be crowned Chicago's Big Ten Team. You have to build signs and billboards and stuff.
I like this development.
In my opinion Northwestern is the most dangerous game on The Buckeyes scheduale. Would you agree?
Kain Colter: Yes.
Dude was named to the Big Ten watch list (just five player per division,) which is nice. You know, I still haven't yet begun thinking about after this year, but interesting to see an article on NFL.com about Venric Mark.
This was his big quote of the day:
Venric: "I don't look at predictions. I look at production."— Inside Northwestern (@insidenu) July 24, 2013
He got asked a dumb question:
"Tyler, Coach Fitz said you guys want to win championships now. Is that right?" Media day is the best.— Inside Northwestern (@insidenu) July 24, 2013
NU Sports tweeted out an image of Budzien at Big Ten Media Days, which is weird, because he wasn't on the list.
It turns out it was part of a joke video -- and unlike some joke videos, this one is damn hilarious:
The best part, besides just everybody being a jerk to Jeff Budzien, is when Fitz makes a quip about kickers not being allowed at Big Ten media days AT THE EXACT MOMENT INDIANA'S KICKER WALKS BY, which is funny for irony and the fact that Indiana brought their kicker, and for Fitz mentioning that he offered Ewald first.
So I wrote in my post about ten big Big Ten storylines to watch for that I expected dude to be an absolute trainwreck. OH, MAN, WAS HE A TRAINWRECK:
Beckman: "We're not going to let negativity infiltrate our program." This should be fun!
— Matt Brown (@MattLGHL) July 24, 2013
First Louis CK on the Daily Show, then Tim Beckman at #B1G media day. Pretty great week for comedy
— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) July 24, 2013
GUYS, THIS TIM BECKMAN PRESS CONFERENCE IS EXACTLY AS FUNNY AS I IMAGINED IT WOULD BE
— SBN Big Ten (@SBNB1G) July 24, 2013
Watching Illinois coach Tim Beckman on B1G Network. I think windows in my house are shaking.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) July 24, 2013
Not totally sure Tim Beckman knows how microphones work. INDOOR VOICES
— Matt Brown (@MattLGHL) July 24, 2013
#qctimes If nothing else, Tim Beckman is LOUD. Loudest B1G coach since John L Smith
— Steve Batterson (@sbatt79) July 24, 2013
/starts work on an all-caps Tim Beckman-Dog Fort comic
— Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) July 24, 2013
Just laughed out loud at the way Beckman shouted POSITIVE
— Peter Berkes (@runthedive) July 24, 2013
and the one that actually made me laugh out loud at home by myself:
I SUFFER FROM VOICE IMMODULATION TINA. #B1G
— Vico (@ourhonordefend) July 24, 2013
But I wouldn't just bring up the LOUD NOISES performances of Northwestern's rival coach if there wasn't some Northwestern involved. He was asked about the W.I.N. thing: He did not stick the landing:
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ RT @kmeinke: "Coach Beckman, why do you use the W.I.N. acronym, which Northwestern has used for years? " ... "Uhhhhh...."
— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) July 24, 2013
Beckman on W.I.N acronym: "We used that back at Bowling Green." Hmmm. #Northwestern
— Inside Northwestern (@insidenu) July 24, 2013
Perhaps he's telling the truth. We really have no way of knowing. And I really have no way of caring. It does seem a bit weird that he'd reinstate a catchphrase from his days at Bowling Green (1998-2004) in 2013, never having used it at any of his previous stops, including his time as Toledo's head coach and as Illinois' head coach for a year, but whatever.
Kevin Wilson said behind scenes he's putting Northwestern on spot from podium as team to beat. Half-joking, but clear NU has his respect
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 24, 2013
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