It was an early start this morning as Iowa’s Kirk Fertenz took the podium at 8 am (central). Here’s some highlights from the seven coaches who spoke today.
Kirk Ferentz - Iowa
On what change he would make if given a magic wand:
Would like to slow down recruiting. Also wants to grind football viewing pleasure to a fine dust.
I may have made up the second part.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, on changes he's seen: "It took me about 15 minutes" to figure out new bikes in weight room, but "you still have to pedal the bike" - likens it to changes in football and Iowa's philosophy #B1GMediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 19, 2019
“Well find out. Well have a chance, an opportunity. We have to put ourselves to be in competition” - Kirk Ferentz on potentially winning the conference #B1GMediaDay— “Magic Mike” Chen (@mfc2123) July 19, 2019
I believe this is the motto for the entire B1G West this season.
“Some clarity on the whole thing. Just who gets a pass to the field and who doesn’t… Id like to see that get cleaned up a little bit. “ - Kirk Ferentz on the transfer portal #B1GMediaDay— “Magic Mike” Chen (@mfc2123) July 19, 2019
Woah, let’s not get crazy coach. I believe NCAA and CLARITY are considered antonyms.
Jeff Brohm - Purdue
I knew Purdue was a young team, but this is...wow.
Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm: "I think you'll see some new names in the mix", only about eight seniors on the team #B1GMediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 19, 2019
Purdue's Jeff Brohm on WR Rondale Moore, "I think we can do a better job of giving him space and room in the return game." #B1GMediaDays— Elton Hayes (@EHDC12) July 19, 2019
Purdue HC Jeff Brohm on facing another competitive season in the Big Ten: "In this conference, you never truly know who’s gonna win...I think the strength from top to bottom is as good as it’s ever been." #B1GMediaDay— Erin Barney (@erin_e_barney) July 19, 2019
James Franklin - Penn State
/brings punter to B1G Media Days
//Big Ten assimilation complete
James Franklin says this might be his most inexperienced team at Penn State #B1GMediaDays— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) July 19, 2019
Penn State Coach James Franklin: "We have more questions this year" than previous years, especially with loss of Trace McSorley, but currently "fastest team I've ever coached" #B1GMediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 19, 2019
Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern
#B1GCats coach Pat Fitzgerald on the Big Ten being left out of the #CFP in back-to-back years "to have a true champion, we have to have the same data points...otherwise it's not much different than the BCS."#B1GMediaDay— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 19, 2019
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald just referenced Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, The Rock & Triple H in a span of 10 seconds. Impressive. #B1GMediaDays— Adam Krueger (@AdamKruegerTV) July 19, 2019
Fitzgerald, on lack of preseason hype: "We're not great clickbait, I guess. Picking us first isn't sexy." #B1GMediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 19, 2019
Pat Fitzgerald remains the man. That's all. #B1GMediaDays— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) July 19, 2019
Paul Chryst - Wisconsin
Believe it or not, a star player is growing and developing as a leader over the summer!!
"Jonathan is obviously a very talented running back... as you see him grow and develop, his leadership grows and develops." - Coach Chryst talking JT #B1GMediaDay— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) July 19, 2019
On whether players like Jonathan Taylor, especially running backs, should be allowed to leave college before the three year requirement (Sam McEwon, OWH)
“If you look at the large scope of it, they’re going to need time to prepare themselves not only physically but mentally.”
Quite surprised to see the lack of questions for Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst this morning. Asked him the importance of ending the year with the bowl win, building momentum for the upcoming season. #B1GMediaDays pic.twitter.com/j1HCKhG46v— Jackson Fryburger (@JaxFryburger) July 19, 2019
Media member: "What's your QB situation for this season?"— Tristan (@Tristan_White15) July 19, 2019
Wisconsin HC Paul Chryst: "We'll have one." This day keeps getting better. #B1GMediaDays
Chris Ash - Rutgers
Start off by sucking up to the media. “Thank you for all you do for college football.”
On how to get better... “I believe more games are lost than are won...we have to learn how to not lose games”.
First - I have to consult with our resident statistician Paul, but I believe the ratio is actually 50:50 in the win:lose department...
(OK, he was talking about fundamentals and “little things”, but it was still funny).
Chris Ash seems like a nice guy somebody ask the man a question. #B1GMediaDay— Tyler L. Hunt (@TylerLHunt) July 19, 2019
Come on, #B1GMediaDay ink-stained wretches, give Chris Ash one more question. It's the last time you'll ever see him there.— Barry Galvatron (@offtackleempire) July 19, 2019
Woohoo! A poll!
If Rutgers doesn't show up at #B1GMediaDays today would anybody notice?— Dave Feit (@FeitCanWrite) July 19, 2019
His segment ended 5 minutes early (according to my clock, but the streaming delay may have actually been such that it was earlier) due to lack of questions.
Fortunately Nate Rohr has plenty of “how terrible was Rutgers on offense last year” statistics to recite to fill the time on the Huskers.com live stream before Harbaugh takes the stage.
Jim Harbaugh - Michigan
The man of the hour has arrived. Jim Harbaugh is here and wearing his usual navy Michigan cap with a suit. No khaki’s for today’s press conference, folks. #B1GMediaDays #Michigan @BuckeyesWire pic.twitter.com/VmY5M3wruJ— Jackson Fryburger (@JaxFryburger) July 19, 2019
When asked “The Big Ten has missed two playoffs, what’s wrong?”
Harbaugh: “Can I drop the mic?”
"I don't have answers for that" - Jim Harbaugh on why the conference has missed out on the CFP the last 2 seasons #B1GMediaDays— “Magic Mike” Chen (@mfc2123) July 19, 2019
Something something “anaconda”, “gotta squeeze tighter” something “that’s where our team is now”.
Peak Harbaugh unlocked.
New Michigan OC Josh Gattis seems to have found a nice groove with his QB's. Jim Harbaugh believes that both Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey will benefit from being in the shotgun for RPO's #B1GMediaDays— “Magic Mike” Chen (@mfc2123) July 19, 2019
Mentions every (at least it seemed like it) member of his coaching staff, including a shoutout to his son Jay, and how awesome they are and how great a place the staff is in.
Asked about his Urban Meyer comment (something about how trouble follows wherever Urban goes) and whether he has context or regrets:
Harbaugh on Urban Meyer comment, "I don't think it was anything that was new or anything that was a bombshell. I think it was something you all understand and was written about." #B1GMediaDays— KevinBrockwayCNHIIndiana (@KevinBrockwayG1) July 19, 2019
This is actually interesting
Harbaugh: "Every student athlete should have a one-time ability to transfer and not have to sit out a year.” #B1GMediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 19, 2019
Harbaugh said an announcement is coming soon that Michigan will play a team on foreign soil #B1GMediaDays— KevinBrockwayCNHIIndiana (@KevinBrockwayG1) July 19, 2019
If have other HOT TAEKS from media days, throw them in the comments below!