Good Wednesday morning to you.
Today brings the first day of Big Ten Media Days at the Hilton Chicago. You ready for the deluge of silly ass questions? Of course, we at CN brought you some the other day, but they won't get asked.
The schedule today (all times Eastern):
11 a.m.: Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
11:15 a.m.: Darrell Hazell (Purdue)
11:30 a.m.: Gary Andersen (Wisconsin)
11:45 a.m.: BREAK
noon: Tim Beckman (Illinois)
12:15 p.m.: Kevin Wilson (Indiana)
12:30 p.m.: Brady Hoke (Michigan)
12:45 p.m.: BREAK
1 p.m.: Bo Pelini (Nebraska)
1:15 p.m.: Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
1:30 p.m.: Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
1:45 p.m.: BREAK
2 p.m.: Jerry Kill (Minnesota)
2:15 p.m.: Bill O'Brien (Penn State)
2:30 p.m.: Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
2:45 p.m.: Mark Silverman (BTN President)
3 p.m.: Scott Jenkins (Tournament of Roses President)
3:15 p.m.: Jim Delany (Big Ten Commissioner)
On Thursday morning, there will be round table interviews with B1G coaches and the players who came with them, followed by the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon hosted by BTN's Dave Revsine.
The list of players are as followed:
IOWA:Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB; James Morris, Sr., LB; Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL
MICHIGAN: Devin Gardner, Jr., QB; Thomas Gordon, Sr., S; Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT
MICHIGAN STATE: Max Bullough, Sr., LB; Darqueze Dennard, Sr., CB; Blake Treadwell, Sr., OG
MINNESOTA: Ra'Shede Hageman, Sr., DT; Donnell Kirkwood, Jr., RB; Brock Vereen, Sr., S
NEBRASKA: Quincy Enunwa, Sr., WR; Ciante Evans, Sr., CB; Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB
NORTHWESTERN: Kain Colter, Sr., QB; Venric Mark, Sr., RB; Tyler Scott, Sr., DE
ILLINOIS: Tim Kynard, Sr., DL; Corey Lewis, Sr., OT; Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., QB
INDIANA: Mitch Ewald, Sr., K; Greg Heban, Sr., S; Kofi Hughes, Sr., WR
OHIO STATE: Jack Mewhort, Sr., OT; Braxton Miller, Jr., QB; C.J. Barnett, Sr., S
PENN STATE: Glenn Carson, Sr., LB; John Urschel, Sr., G; Malcolm Willis, Sr., S
PURDUE: Ricardo Allen, Sr., CB; Bruce Gaston, Sr., DT; Gabe Holmes, Sr., TE
WISCONSIN: Jared Abbrederis, Sr., WR; Chris Borland, Sr., LB; James White, Sr., RB
(thanks to SBN's Luke Zimmerman for the info)
Coverage of B1G Media Days starts at 10am on BTN and ESPNU. There will be sporadic coverage on ESPNU, so get yourself to some BTN, whether it's a TV or on the internet to get your fix. I will have the notes from Bo's time on the podium for you all.
Now on to the regular links for the day, if it's got a $, means you got to pay up.
From yesterday, Mike had his preview of the Minnesota Gophers while Jon talked about the season being 39 days away. Also, Frank Solich on a tricycle.
Steve Sipple of the LJS calls his shot on the Big Ten football outcome this year, where he has Nebraska losing to an undefeated Buckeyes team in Indianapolis. ($)
More goods from Off Tackle Empire, where you can get the Nebraska OTE shirt, while Jesse Collins wonders if Bo Pelini can take the next step as a Head Coach.
The Michigan community, Maize n Brew, also has a couple Nebraska pieces this week. Here's their outlook for the Huskers in this year's team and recruiting.
Recruiting news? Sure thing, but be warned...
JUCO DT Abu Lamin will be taking an official visit to Auburn this Thursday. #Huskers— Nate Clouse (@NateClouse) July 24, 2013
Not the greatest news for a school that needs to get some good defending recruits on the board. However, not all is (hopefully) lost with Lamin,:
4-star JUCO DT Abu Lamin tells me he will take his last remaining official visit to #Nebraska for a home game this fall. #Huskers— Nate Clouse (@NateClouse) July 24, 2013
Lamin, along with Peyton Newell, would go a long way to save the defensive side of this recruiting class. That being said, money goes on Lamin going to South Carolina IMO.
So, lets say that Nebraska doesn't get Lamin, where should they turn? Well, SBN's Wescott Eberts did a great profile of 3 star DT DJ Williams out of Texas. This wouldn't be a terrible Plan B for Nebraska, so lets hope they take a look at the Lufkin lineman.
Switching it up to some good news, Husker OL verbal Tanner Farmer got bumped up to a 4 star designation on 247 on Tuesday. He's still considered a three star on Rivals as of now.
For those of you east coast Nebraska fans planning on going to the Penn State game, a quick item if you plan on buying your tickets from PSU itself:
Please note- fans buying MICH tix must also buy same number of EMU; fans purchasing NEB tix must also buy same number of Kent State tickets.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports1) July 23, 2013
This is now the second school Nebraska travels to this fall that will require you to purchase the same number of tickets for a non-conference game if you wish to get Nebraska tickets, with Minnesota being the other school.
Big Barn has finally joined the twitter world!Go Big Red! #huskers— Barney Cotton (@NU_CoachCotton) July 23, 2013
Former Husker Kicker Brett Maher was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday. While it's never a good thing to get released, there is time to get with another team for the upcoming preseason.
The B1G made sure to get a DFW presence on Tuesday, as they re-upped the Heart of Dallas Bowl agreement as well as heading to the Armed Forces Bowl on the TCU campus in Ft. Worth. That makes, wait... eleven bowls for the Big 10 to have agreements with. That's a lot of bowl games.
Well now, remember when everyone on twitter and such took apart Buckeyes RB Carlos Hyde over hitting a woman on Monday? Well, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson found out that Hyde didn't actually strike a woman from the videotape evidence. If it's true that Hyde didn't do anything, lets hope he is brought back to the Buckeyes sooner rather than later.
Today's birthdays include Jennifer Lopez, Barry Bonds, Torrie Wilson, Karl Malone, Elisabeth Moss, and Laura Leighton.
On this day in history, Vanessa Williams resigned from being Miss America in 1984, while Honda produced it's six millionth Civic car in 2007.
Be watching for the podcast today, as well as a review of Bo Pelini's Big 10 Media Day presser. Do not forget the time he goes on, Noon Central.
Enjoy the day, folks.