Day one of Big Ten Media Days was filled with plenty of outstanding quotes, stories, and, of course, fashion. I made it a point to talk to as many coaches and players as possible today, while gathering any and all information I could get my hands on. Here is a breakdown of the best moments from day one of Big Ten media day.
Best moment(s): Reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Shilique Calhoun taking the mic and playing reporter. The Michigan State standout was on fire, interviewing teammates Connor Cook and Kurtis Drummond, among others.
Best coach quote: “The hope is that he will be able to help us start a pipeline in Canada. We want to be able to dominate that area. In fact, I think you guys should all go ahead and make those t-shirts. Let’s get some “Dominate Canada” t-shirts made for our fans.” – Penn State coach James Franklin, on freshman QB Michael O’Connor, who was born and raised in Ottawa.
Best player quote: “You don’t ever want to see your rivals win a championship, especially if they beat you to get there. My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen.” – Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, on seeing Ohio State and Michigan State play in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Best question asked: “What changes would you make to the Big Ten if you were the commissioner of the conference?” – Reporter to Ohio State DT Michael Bennett –
Most bizarre question asked: “What is the craziest thing you have ever done at the bottom of a giant pile?” – Reporter to Penn State LB Mike Hull
Best dressed: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State. He was a hilarious quote machine about the ensemble, too.
Michigan’s Jake Ryan wanted the Best Dressed title, telling colleague Brent Yarina, “Best dressed, right?” as he took a picture of that he tweeted. Ryan looked sharp, but, as Brent pointed out in the tweet, the colors are very Notre Dame-ish.
Best photo: Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Shilique Calhoun flashing their Rose Bowl championship rings.
Best (post media days) photo: Indiana star receiver Shane Wynn is mesmerized by the beauty of a Chicago deep dish pizza.
Best focus: During Nebraska’s session in the media room, several media members and school officials couldn’t avoid a camera tripod that was placed on the ground. After a few people accidentally knocked into it and nearly bit it, Kenny Bell, facing the scene and mid-answer, said, “That’s like the sixth person to almost trip on that that thing,” before completing his thought. Nothing rattles the Nebraska wide receiver.
Best hair: It has to be Bell, right? Read more about it here.
Best outtake: Calhoun, one of the Big Ten’s most loquacious personalities, got all tongue-tied when answering one of the bevy of questions floated his way. At first, he played it off as if nothing happened, and then, in true self-deprecating fashion, he purposely tongue-tied himself for a few more words before telling the crowd in front of him, “Can I do that over again? Let’s rewind. Here goes.”