The 2015 Big Ten Media Days have come and gone once again, and there's hype and pizzazz from all coaches, players, Commissioner Jim Delany and such.
What were the things to take away from this if you're a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan? Several things in fact:
Mike Riley was one of the stars of the show - Whether it made you smile or sick to your stomach, the media in attendance fell head over heels with him, if they had not done so already.
I'd like to lock Mike Riley and Tim Miles in a cage and see which of them snaps first, but they'd only melt the steel with their kindness.— Steve Greenberg (@SLGreenberg) July 31, 2015
#B1GMediaDays takeaways: 1. It'll take more than suspensions to shake Urban Meyer. 2. Harbaugh's worth the hype. 3. I wanna hug Mike Riley.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) August 1, 2015
While some of this love was almost unbearable, it goes to show you that most regional/national people were appreciative of Riley and his aw shucks, we've been here before but lets try it again attitude.
Subtle or not, things were said that show it's a different show in town -
NEB Tommy Armstrong told me the only time hes heard HC Mike Riley yell is when he's happy about a good play. Very passionate about the game.— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 31, 2015
Mike Riley on Nebraska: "It’s an easy place to recruit to." I’m guessing Bo Pelini would disagree w/this— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 31, 2015
Mike Riley on Defensive staff: "We have adults in the room." Note: he was not contrasting his staff to the old one. Just likes his staff.— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 31, 2015
Nate Gerry said new DBs coach Brian Stewart is "the best thing that could happen for this university besides Coach Riley." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) July 31, 2015
Whether they meant to or not, it was clear that it's a different staff and attitude in North Stadium. Some enjoy that while some will not. I do think that the media in attendance prodded, but at the same time if you're asked the question enough, you'll get tired and answer it in a cold manner.
Jim Delany still runs the Big Ten on his terms. - It's his conference, and he's going to do what he wants with it.
Big Ten strength of schedule model that begins next season (includes no FCS foes). pic.twitter.com/PXDAPhTP7G— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 31, 2015
Jim Delany on not playing FCS teams: "Better competition draws the fans more. Players love big games." Also strength of schedule component— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 31, 2015
Pat Fitzgerald said Big Ten coaches voted 14-0 AGAINST going to nine league games. "But hey, we do what we're told."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 31, 2015
Ryker Fyfe is still a scholarship Quarterback in Lincoln... at this time. -
QB Ryker Fyfe is still part of Nebraska's football program, Mike Riley says. Fyfe is on scholarship. For now— Jon Nyatawa (@JonNyatawa) July 31, 2015
There are big connections to coaches that will be interesting story lines in the future -
Sometimes a subtle jab can be bulletin board material -
Mike Riley on Clement calling Nebraska a flip-phone, "I think that will be something some of our players latch onto this season." #Huskers— Mike Welch (@RealMikeWelch) July 31, 2015
Jim Harbaugh didn't say much of anything. Tim Beckman said less -
good insight from the coach here pic.twitter.com/7Oq8yra2nt— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 30, 2015
Those of you wanting BTN and to cut the cord... SOON -
BTN president Mark Silverman on expanding to Chromecast, Roku, etc: "We need to be on every platform that people are getting their content."— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) July 31, 2015
Xbox and Apple TV are on the "short list" for other BTN App platforms for the future.— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) July 31, 2015
The season can't start soon enough! - Fan Day and Fall Camp kick off this week. We've almost made it.