So, what happens when Big Ten Conference football players and coaches meet with reporters on Thursday and Friday in Chicago?
Unless Penn State’s scheduled contingent of tailback Silas Redd, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, and offensive guard John Urschel suddenly decide to cancel, reporters will try to find new angles to Monday’s sanctioning by the NCAA and Big Ten.
“Uh Silas, a lot of schools are looking for a quick-fix in the backfield. Are you staying at Penn State or transferring?”
How long does new coach Bill O’Brien figure it will take to make the Nittany Lions’ program nationally significant again?
It’ll be interesting to see how those answers are spun.
Certainly commissioner Jim Delany will be asked, too, about the Penn State sanctions – specifically about the imbalance between divisions.
With the Nittany Lions and Ohio State ineligible for the postseason, that leaves just four Leaders Division teams eligible for the conference championship game.
Actually, it leaves only Wisconsin, unless you think Purdue, Illinois or Indiana have a divisional title shot.
And speaking of postseason bans. . .
Reporters will hover around new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, wondering when the Buckeyes will return to the college football elite.
Non-Iowa questioners will ask Hawkeye quarterback James Vandenberg about the bear he bagged during a hunting trip to Saskatchewan. More up-to-date reporters will hammer the running back position.
And the Greg Garmon situation.
It’s been a great year for Badgers coach Bret Bielema. He married Jennifer Hielsberg last March, and four months later, his team gets a pass to the conference championship game.
Which brings us to Nebraska. . .
USA Today’s special college football preview section picked Iowa to win the Nov. 23 game.
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