Big Ten Media Days Update No. 1

Derek Wetmore

UPDATE: The Daily sports staff just finished up the day of listening to press conferences and conducting interviews here in Chicago. We’re now working on putting together content to fully summarize the happenings at the conference Thursday. Here’s a quick summary though: by far and away the two themes of the day were NCAA violations and newcomers.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany called incidents in this past year with Ohio State (Tressel/Pryor unreported violations) and Michigan (summer practices under Rodriguez) “embarrassing.”

A large portion of questions asked of many of the coaches today in press conferences were centered around these and other violations committed in the Big Ten and the conference’s “responsibility” to uphold a high standard and lead other conferences by example. That hasn’t happened in the past year.

Delany did say, however, that there are hundreds of self-reported violations in the Big Ten annually.

The new faces included the Nebraska football team and head coach Bo Pelini in its first Big Ten media days. Athletic Director Tom Osborne is here again this year. He was in attendance last year and spoke with Delany about the impending addition of the Cornhuskers.

Other new faces: Jerry Kill (Minnesota), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Brady Hoke (Michigan), and Luke Fickell (OSU).

Some old faces were in attendance as well under new titles and positions. Glen Mason, Tim Brewster and Rich Rodriguez were all spotted in the room.

Stay tuned to MNDaily.com/sports as well as the twitter handle @mndailysports for continued updates.