Jim Delany makes his final Big Ten Media Days as commissioner. He retires June 2020. Our overlord has done an excellent job of providing Big Ten schools with plenty of money with which to compete. Resources aren’t a problem.
And now, we give you the tweets of today’s Big Ten Media Days along with snarky comments.
Delany: "I think we made some serious mistakes in the 70s" - refers to freshman eligibility being an ongoing issue.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
I’d say the biggest mistakes of the 70s were allowing both disco and Bread (the band) to continue on as long as they did, but that’s just me.
Jim Delany says a weekly player participation report (basically injury report) will not happen during his tenure. Says the NCAA studied it and decided against it even though he pushed hard for it. #Huskers— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) July 18, 2019
I find this odd. An injury report is widely purported to exist because of gambling. Why would Jim Delany want to push this? It would be horribly abused in college. Do you really trust Nick Saban to tell you which of his players are injured before a game? Urban Meyer? Scott Frost?
Delany makes a great point: With the playoff, by doubling the access, the CFP has doubled the feeling of exclusion when a league doesn't make it.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
Excuse making. I can see his point, but the fact is, you need to play better football. This conference needs to get better.
Delany: "I wouldn’t be shocked to see more of a dominating presence from Big Ten football over the next decade, half-decade."— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
Because everyone else besides the SEC is essentially broke by comparison. When you can buy the best coaches, you’re going to win. When we start paying players and every other conference can’t keep up besides the SEC (who’s already paying players), then you’re going to win. Jim is smart.
Jim Delany on name, image, likeness: "We're not the Olympics. We're not the NBA."— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
The best response I saw on this was the guy who replied to my re-tweet, stating
Asked about amateurism, Delany says he believes "there's a path to the Supreme Court" on the issue, potentially.— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) July 18, 2019
In other words, players are going to have to sue their way there. This will not only take years, but cost millions of dollars. It’s basically like saying, “Oh, you’re going to sue Facebook?” HAHAHAHHAHAHA WE BOUGHT ALL THE LAWYERS ON EARTH ALREADY.
Delany agrees with Bob Bowlsby in movement towards playing 10 P5 games yearly, would like CFP committee to value SoS and conference championships more.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
Some Guy I Don’t Know Makes An Observation
Interesting observation after going over some transcripts from Big 12 media days. It appears many players across the league have become bigger, faster and stronger. Many are also "hungry" for a big season and taking no days off.— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) July 18, 2019
What the hell....
Just watched Jim Delaney address media for the last time as B10 commissioner. Told him I was honored to be interviewed by @BigTenNetwork for a doc about his legacy.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) July 18, 2019
When Dennis Dodd can’t even spell his name right after 20 years....
Francois M.... I’m not spelling that
BTN president Francois McGillicuddy states up front that that is actually his real name. Says having a French mother and Irish father from Brooklyn "will do that" to a person.— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) July 18, 2019
BTN2Go is dead! BTN2Go is dead! (It'll now be in the Fox Sports App.)— Barry Galvatron (@offtackleempire) July 18, 2019
There were many tweets about Lovie’s beard.
Lovie Smith on the day he was introduced as the new Illinois head coach and Lovie Smith today. Three years apart. Coaching Illinois football ages you horribly. pic.twitter.com/ilDyLNUzbC— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) July 18, 2019
'There’s a team that will come out of nowhere. We plan on that being us.' - Illinois coach Lovie Smith at #B1GMediaDay— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) July 18, 2019
Meteors come out of nowhere. Then they burn up quickly before ever striking the earth’s atmosphere.
Scott Frost said he doesn't care if a recruit is in Jamaica, Kazakhstan, or Michigan, he will go and recruit them.— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) July 18, 2019
This sounds somewhat stalkerish.
Frost touts progress at the end of the season after "we cost ourselves a bunch of games" because of attitudes and culture. That's changed in the offseason.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
#Huskers' Frost cites shooting themselves in the foot, improved performances late in the season, but won't compare his second year at UCF to his second year at Nebraska.— Barry Galvatron (@offtackleempire) July 18, 2019
"We're better than we were a year ago, and the rest of it we're gonna have to earn."#B1GMediaDay
He won’t compare UCF and Nebraska! Does that mean we should do it for him? Or does it mean we should stop doing it at all. I am so confused!!!!!
Frost: Our strength and conditioning as improved the most, it's fun to see what the guys are able to do in the weight room now, "I think that'll show up on the field." #B1GMediaDay— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
Translation: We are no longer the big, doughy, smushy, slow lard-asses whom that shithead Mike Riley left behind when he was fired.
Frost said Martinez is an "easy choice" to bring to Big Ten Media Days. Best player on the team and he's "the poster child."— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
Translation: The success of this season relies almost entirely on this guy staying healthy. That’s rather terrifying.
MSU Coach Mark Dantonio: "You almost have to recruit [the transfer portal] alongside high school seniors."— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
Can you imagine being the person who has to explain all this web site sorcery to Mark Dantonio? I hope that person gets paid very well.
Remember when everything about Michigan State was DISRESPEKT. Those were the days.....
That Guy Who Coaches Indiana!
Tom Allen: "I believe in what we are building at Indiana and how we are building it." The #Hoosiers' 2019 word (why is that a thing now?) is "GRIT".— Barry Galvatron (@offtackleempire) July 18, 2019
Ground-up rock that gets in machinery and your shorts at the beach but is eventually removed. An apt #iufb metaphor.#B1GMediaDay
His name is Tom Allen! I’m sure he’s a nice guy.
Mack Brown - He’s at North Carolina again!
Mack says he's learned he needs to embrace the media. He was paranoid before and felt like they were out to get him.— Lauren Brownlow (@lebrownlow) July 18, 2019
It’s not the Big Ten conference, but... this is worth a mention. MACK BROWN THOUGHT THE MEDIA WAS OUT TO GET HIM. Do I have to explain why this is so unbelievably funny?
Minnesota Head Coach P.J. Fleck, about young team last year: "I think they failed enough to be successful" in the last half of the season #B1GMediaDay— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
Consider what happened to Minnesota last year. They got destroyed by our beloved Huskers. Then they got destroyed by Illinois. Fleck fires his defensive coordinator, and they have a pretty good rest of the season, destroying Wisconsin and winning back the axe.
I would not rule them out in the West.
Fleck: "Most people lose the game, not win the game."— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) July 18, 2019
This is great stuff. I mean... if we didn’t have PJ Fleck, what would this conference do? We’d be bored out of our minds.
Fleck: "Oh boy, here he goes, right?"— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) July 18, 2019
I mean, at least he's aware that he's doing this.
As I said.
Fleck: Minnesota winning Paul Bunyan's Axe is healthy for the rivalry, helps momentum and next season's goals for both teams #B1GMediaDay— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 18, 2019
ROWTHEBOATSKIUMAHGOGOPHERS— Barry Galvatron (@offtackleempire) July 18, 2019
WOOOOOOOOOOOO GO PJ YOU SUMBITCH!
Some guy named Locksley
He coaches for Maryland.
I have horrifying dreams in which I’m always being killed or killing something none of which are as bad as wanting to be head coach at Maryland.
"I grew up in an era in the mid-70s when Maryland was a giant," Locksley says. Also reminisces on the 1980s and early 2000s.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) July 18, 2019
"That's the Maryland that I know."
I’m not going to look up the history of Maryland football..... Okay, fine. Mid-80s, Bobby Ross. They were pretty good then. Then you had Ralph Friedgen 2001-2010. Did well, but couldn’t sustain success over time.
“Giant”? No. Pretty good? Yes.
Ryan Day says there are 7 offensive linemen in the running for the 5 starting spots, and all 7 could play. (Munford, Davis, Myers, Jackson, Bowen, Petit-Frere, Alabi.) #Buckeyes— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) July 18, 2019
Ryan Day is going to be the Big Ten’s new robot coach. You can go through the transcripts and you will find that he is... well, an Urban Meyer/Nick Saban clone.
Ryan Day on Ohio State quarterbacks Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak: "Justin and Gunnar are going to compete like heck to win the job, but at the end of the day, it's going to come down to who can play the game."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 18, 2019
Blaha ablaablah blaahahahahahah. Seriously.... he could have had another person read a statement.
Ryan Day says he'll take plenty of advice this year from Ohio State University Character and Leadership professor Urban Meyer this season.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 18, 2019
This needs no explanation.
Scott Frost Again!
It is clearly up to the sports departments to save Nebraska’s newspapers.
Scott Frost remains in wait and see mode with Maurice Washington. Doesn’t want to speculate on status until legal issues are resolved.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 18, 2019
Said Washington’s unresolved legal issues would not affect his status in camp. Frost said he wouldn’t want to make a decision until game one.
There is the update you’re looking for regarding Maurice Washington.
Scott Frost on the Iowa-Nebraska dealie. pic.twitter.com/9xGPHbe1w2— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) July 18, 2019
He says all this without saying the words “RIVAL” or “RIVALRY”. Amazing.
This is why I’m picking Minnesota to win the Big Ten West.
And that’s it for now!!!!