CHICAGO – Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien didn’t get an invite to the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. Coming off a season in which Budzien made all but one kick, he decided to crash the event. Not in a bad way. The Northwestern communications and media department thought it would be fun to have the kicker attend the event and cover it in a self-deprecating and humorous way. Budzien and Northwestern nailed it.
Our friends at Huskers.com had a little fun with a collection of photos of the Big Ten mascots attending this week’s Big Ten media festivities and Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. Who better to be the topic of an animated GIF than a bunch of animated Big Ten super fans?
As is the case every year on the first day of Big Ten media days, Big Ten head coaches and commissioner Jim Delany had their time on the podium. All 12 coaches met the media, starting with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and ending with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.
CHICAGO – Urban Meyer is a big draw under normal circumstances. Add Ohio State’s recent player discipline to the equation, and the two-time national championship coach easily had the largest throng of media following him at Wednesday’s Big Ten media day. Meyer knew the attention was coming. He also knew he’d be answering plenty off-the-field questions despite being the coach of a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game.
CHICAGO – Big Ten media days are underway at the Hilton Chicago. Thirty-six players and all 12 coaches are here and meeting the media. Get caught up on Wednesday’s happenings in this Day 1 Notebook.
CHICAGO – Nathan Scheelhaase is a happy man. For the first time in his Illinois career, the senior quarterback can finally forget about Skype and get some real face-to-face time.
Iowa fans are aching for a good season. Who can blame them? The Hawkeyes have seen their win total drop each of the last four seasons, from 11 wins to eight, to seven to four.