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Big Ten coaches 'excited' for 2012? Better believe it

Isn’t late July great? Football is in the air, with kickoff a little more than a month away, and all the teams – even the perennial cellar dwellers – are tied for first place. Coincidentally, when coaches descend upon media days, everyone’s very excited. The Big Ten is no exception. According to The Wall Street Journal, Big Ten coaches uttered some form of the word “excited” 43 times during Thursday’s question-and-answer session at Big Ten Media Days. See who used “excited” the most in this post.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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Denard Robinson To Big Ten Crowd: It's About Choices

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson spoke to Friday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon crowd, and you can watch his speech right here in this post. People attending the luncheon quickly turned to Twitter and applauded Robinson’s performance.

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Clothes Call: Big Ten media days edition

Bill O’Brien created quite the stir when he hinted at possible Penn State uniform changes during Thursday’s first session of Big Ten Media Days. With the recent changes going on at Penn State, it seems plausible that the team would entertain such a decision.

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Gopher LB Cooper impresses in grandfather's suit

Like his teammates and rivals in attendance at Big Ten Media Days on Friday, Minnesota linebacker Keanon Cooper was dressed to the nines. It’s a safe bet he was the only one doing so in his grandfather’s threads, though.

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News & Notes: Penn State's Mauti Shows Heart

Michael Mauti looks like he’s ready to hit somebody or something. The Penn State linebacker sports slicked back hair that covers his neck, his suit coat pulled tight across his arms and shoulders as he leans forward answering questions and staring at a water bottle in front of him. They are tough questions about teammates transferring, and Mauti speaks with passion. He speaks from the heart. It’s refreshing.

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Want a position to watch this fall? Try defensive line

Don’t envy everything about Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner. Yes, the left tackle is one of the Badgers’ perennial can’t-miss Big Uglies, but he and the rest of the Big Ten offensive linemen have their work cut out for them in 2012.

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Watch Your Coach Talk At Big Ten Media Day

We posted all available video from Thursday press conferences and now present the entire collection to in this post. It includes all 12 football coaches talking about their football teams and taking questions from reporters. Don’t forget: BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Big Ten Rewind: Relive Big Ten Media Day

BTN/BTN2Go aired five hours of live televised coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Media Day, including press conferences of all 12 head football coaches. Watch those conversations now and track all of the news in BTN.com’s special Big Ten Media Day section.

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Did You See This? MarQueis Gray mic'd at media days

Athletes are notorious for being superstitious. Thanks to a YouTube video from GopherAthletics, we learned Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is quite fond of his jersey number: No. 5. Like to the point that he considers the perfect glass of water to be one with five ice cubes. But truly, who knows if Gray is that particular, because the senior quarterback could have been trying to entertain while he was mic’d up for the fun Big Ten Media Days feature. Watch the full video in this post.

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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.

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Dienhart: NU's Fitzgerald Floats Title Idea

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is a smart man who calls himself the “youngest ‘old school’ coach” in the nation. But he had one of the most radical ideas today to deal with the perceived competitive imbalance between the Legends and Leaders Divisions.

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Video Roundup: Big Ten Media Day

We’re clipping video from all four hours of our BTN coverage of the Big Ten Media Day and posting it below, as well as in other posts. We posted all available video throughout Thursday and now present the entire collection to in this post. Don’t forget: Also Friday, BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Meyer: How Do You Catch the SEC? Win Bowls

Like every other conference, the Big Ten is trying to catch the SEC. The Big Ten hasn’t won a national title since Ohio State claimed the crown in 2002. Before that, Michigan won a share of the 1997 championship. But since then, the Big Ten has come up empty with Ohio State losing the BCS title game in 2006 and 2007.

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Thursday Notebook: Player Interviews & More

The first session of the 2012 Big Ten Football Media Days is in the books. Catch up on all the happenings from Thursday’s festivities at the Hyatt McCormick Place with my media day notebook in this post. Also, check out my interview with former Michigan walk-on and current standout Jordan Kovacs. And don’t forget that we’re back at it again Friday morning. Have a question you want me to ask you favorite Big Ten player or coach? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Dienhart: Is Illinois-Penn State rivalry growing?

With Illinois sending coaches to State College, Pa., to be available to talk to Penn State players interested in transferring out of the Nittany Lions program, there could be a growing rivalry between the schools. Does Beckman think things will be more intense than usual when Penn State plays at Illinois on Sept. 29?

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Dienhart: Coaches Discuss Penn State Situation

Most coaches were asked about recruiting Penn State players after a recent report  that Illinois had assistant coaches at Penn State, presumably to recruit Nittany Lions who are eligible to transfer to any school and play immediately. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t doing it. Neither is Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema. But other Big Ten coaches are recruiting Nittany Lions—or wouldn’t be opposed to it.

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Video: Urban Meyer at Media Day

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer discussed what it’s like to come into his first year in the Big Ten among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Dienhart: Leaders Division Takes A Hit

The Leaders Division has a unique situation in that just four of the six teams will be eligible for the conference title with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible due to NCAA probation. Does that mean things will be easier for Wisconsin in its run to defend it division crown?

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Dienhart: Bielema Embraces Rivalry

It can be argued that Wisconsin and Michigan State have become the top programs in the Big Ten. The teams met in the inaugural Big Ten championship game and have won a combined 44 games the last two seasons. No Big Ten schools can match that. Wisconsin has advanced to the last two Rose Bowls, while Michigan State has won 11 games each of the past two seasons and claimed a share of the 2010 title. So, is this a burgeoning rivalry?

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Video: Mark Dantonio at Media Day

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio discussed the rivalry with Michigan State among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Video: Kirk Ferentz at Media Day

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz talked about what it was like to be the longest tenured Big Ten football coach among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Video: Brady Hoke at Media Day

Michigan coach Brady Hoke talked about the Wolverines’ offseason leadership program and Joran Kovacs (see video Q&A here)  among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Video: Pat Fitzgerald at Media Day

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald discussed Northwestern’s rivalry with Illinois and his returning players among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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Video: Bill O'Brien at Media Day

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien discussed coming as a first-year head coach as well as the issues surrounding the recruitment of current Nittany Lions players during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

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