Dienhart: More Big Ten News, Notes & Tweets
I spent most of Thursday listening to Big Ten coaches and officials address the upcoming season among other topics, then I filed these reports throughout the day. Here are a few extra notes from my notebook of Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day.
Also, I posted Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s Q&A above. Here’s his opening statement, as well:
Depends on the view: Last year, Michigan State won the Legends Division and then lost the Big Ten title game to Wisconsin. That led the Spartans to land an Outback Bowl bid while the Badgers headed to the Rose Bowl. But Michigan State’s in-state rival Michigan received a bid to the Sugar Bowl even though it didn’t win the Legends Division.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was asked: If the Big Ten gets two teams in BCS bowls again, should those teams be the division winners?
Dantonio is in favor of the division champs getting BCS bids. But, of course, he admitted he might think differently if Michigan State finished second in the Legends but still had a BCS bowl-worthy record.
Rival talk: According to the media, Michigan is the favorite to win the Big Ten. What does second-year Wolverine coach Brady Hoke think of that?
“Not much, to be honest with you,” said Hoke. “I think we were picked fifth in our division a year ago.
“I think the 1997 team, I think pre-season was picked right inside the top 25 by a lot of people. And that ended up being a pretty good football team. We don’t put too much stock in that. It’s like anything in life, it’s not where we start but where we finish.”
And now, here are a few of my Thursday tweets.
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