The Most Important Questions For Big Ten Media Days

The Most Important Questions For Big Ten Media Days

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The Most Important Questions For Big Ten Media Days

After a terrific week in Atlanta where we were able to dig in and gain a deeper understanding of what makes the SEC tick, SpartansWire is now in Chicago where we’re a bit more familiar with our environs.

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For any readers in need of a quick recap on some of our biggest takeaways from the SEC’s media confab, feel free to revisit our insightful reports and exclusive coverage here:

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/19/final-exclusive-report-from-sec-media-days-next-up-big-ten-media-days/

As for Big Ten Media Days – they’ve arrived.

And we’re excited to connect and engage with the coaches, student athletes, fans, and really smart media members that cover all of the teams.

What are some of the biggest questions we have as we prepare to bring SpartansWire readers some of the best, most insightful, most exclusive coverage of the annual “unofficial” kickoff to the season?

In no particular order, let’s take a look at some important, brilliant, and important questions we will have for the Big Ten this week in Chicago –

NORTHWESTERN –

  • After yet another impressive 10-win season, can Pat Fitzgerald get Northwestern over the hump and overtake Wisconsin in the Big Ten West?
  • When Pat Fitzgerald is sitting at his kitchen table in his house with his family, does he talk like to his wife and kids in the same way that he talks to all of us? You know what I mean – when he’s eating scrambled eggs on a Sunday morning in March, does he ask for more sausage as if his words are part of a recorded testimony before the high-ranking members of the Archdiocese of Chicago during an interview session in which he’s being considered as a candidate for the new position of Cardinal?

PENN STATE –

  • Despite the loss of Saquon Barkley, can Trace McSorley carry the program on his shoulders en route to another Big Ten championship?
  • While the job James Franklin has done has been remarkable in every way, I can’t be the only guy who looks at Franko and sees Chachi, can I?

NEBRASKA –

  • Since Nebraska has become a member of the Big Ten, it has yet to earn a true hallmark victory, let alone win the conference championship. Can Scott Frost recapture the magic, tradition, and pride that made Nebraska Football a consistent national title contender long ago?
  • I know – the Nebraska fans are very knowledgeable and friendly and hospitable and loyal and nice and rah-rah-ey. But does all of Lincoln have electricity?

PURDUE

  • After an impressive first year in West Lafayette, can Jeff Brohm continue the progress and are the Boilermakers on the cusp of becoming a Big Ten contender?
  • Does the Purdue administration have any plans to upgrade Ross-Ade Stadium or is everyone in West Lafayette comfortable with the exposed (and rusty) scaffolding, the molding (and dilapidated) wooden bleachers, and the gravel and pebbles and sticks causing players to lose their footing and sustain minor injuries on the field of play?

ILLINOIS

  • Lovie Smith’s task seems almost impossible. How does Illinois define success and can Lovie achieve that level of success?
  • When Lovie accepted the job he currently has, did his agent actually tell him that the job was “Head Coach for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football team?”

MINNESOTA

  • Is P.J. Fleck the real deal or is he more style than substance?
  • Did Jerry Lundegaard ever get the tickets to the Gophers hockey game that he asked for from the mechanic guy when he was looking for Shep?

UMAA

  • While nobody in Maize and Blue will ever say it out loud, UMAA’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Coach Jim Harbaugh must beat Michigan State and/or Ohio State this season. If UMAA falls to each rival this season, how will the UMAAers react?
  • Will anyone ask the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Coach if he’s considered the possibility that his frantic, panicky, temper-tantrum-filled, volatile, and childish demeanor and behavior on the sideline all game long might have an impact on his team’s penchant for blowing games?

WISCONSIN

  • Paul Chryst is, perhaps, the most under-the-radar coach in America – and that seems to suit him and the Badgers just fine. With budding lefty Alex Hornibrook back at quarterback, Jonathan Taylor poised to make a run at the Heisman Trophy, and a brick wall of a defense back, is this the year that Wisconsin busts through and makes it to the College Football Playoff?
  • We have nothing snarky to say about Wisconsin because the University of Wisconsin is cool and great and fun and is a great representation of how the Midwest is cool enough to not even really worry about making sure anyone else really even understands how cool and great it is.

IOWA

  • Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz is back for his 20th season in Iowa City. He’s the dean of Big Ten coaches in terms of longevity.  Can he get the Hawkeyes past the “pretty good” level and graduate his program to the next level ever?
  • While Iowa City isn’t totally on the same level as Madison, Wisconsin, it’s close. For the people who think Iowa is a boring place, please go ahead and keep on thinking that while some of us will continue to get to Iowa City for a college football game any chance we get since it’s fantastic and fun and great.

MARYLAND –

  • Without injuries to all eleven quarterbacks on his roster, can D.J. Durkin do some damage in his second year at Maryland?
  • Do Maryland fans know and admit that they’re a square peg in a round hole?

OHIO STATE –

  • It’s no secret and any Buckeyes that deny this are only fooling themselves – Urban Meyer has a shelf life that’s comparable to a fancy bottle of milk one might get at the Whole Foods in Greenwich, Connecticut at each coaching stop. The pressure in Columbus makes it look like he was coaching an intramural flag football team when he was in Gainsville.  How many more years before Meyer is handed another contract written by his wife and daughters and how will that go over with the people up and down High Street?
  • When Michigan State beats Ohio State in East Lansing on November 10th and the series goes to 4-4 over the last eight years, will anyone be smart enough to realize that this is where the real rivalry is and where the “Ten Year War” of the current century is actually happening?

RUTGERS –

  • Can any of the people gathered at Big Ten Media Days name the head coach of Rutgers?
  • Since Rutgers is, in fact, the state university of New Jersey, have the leaders of Rutgers University ever given serious consideration to re-naming the school the University of New Jersey or is that a stupid question?
  • My 11-year old son has finally realized that the school is “Rutgers” and not “The Rutgers.” The Rutgers people should view this as a small but meaningful victory.

INDIANA –

  • Is it okay for us to all say that we sort of feel bad for Indiana Football?
  • But, can we also say that we love John Mellencamp?

MICHIGAN STATE

  • Michigan State might have one weakness as the Spartans head into the 2018 season – Special Teams. Most specifically, kickoff returns and kickoff coverage. How can Mark Dantonio seal up the coverage and inject some explosiveness into the return game?
  • When Michigan State wins the Big Ten and appears in the College Football Playoff as the #2 team in the nation, we commit ourselves, right now, to making a solemn promise not to say, “We told you so.”

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