CHICAGO – Big Ten Media Days are over, and with more than five hours of interviews to pour through, there's a lot left to say. For now, here are some takeaways from the event, some focused on Indiana and Purdue, others not.
Players talk about Darrell Hazell's professional approach to coaching – his suits, his rules, his way of addressing a crowd. All that was on display in Chicago.
With only a spring practice and team scrimmage under my belt, I hadn't spent much time with Hazell before the media days. Over the course of two days, that businesslike approach Hazell has didn't fade once. He was sharp, to-the-point and looked the part.
Pretty well done for his first appearance in front of the gamut of Big Ten media.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman had a rough first season, complete with a 2-10 record, in 2012.
When he took the mic, though, he was by far the most outwardly enthusiastic coach.
Beckman's voice boomed during his opening press conference Wednesday. Writers who didn't know much about his usual style – myself included – noted on Twitter that the man sounded like he had a bit too much coffee and a megaphone on hand.
Some Illini beat reporters said that's just Beckman's style. I'm not sure how I would do with it in large doses, but it was entertaining
Urban doesn't dodge
Hat-tip to Urban Meyer for doing what he should have done during the media days. News of current Ohio State players being arrested, along with the Aaron Hernandez saga, left many questions about how well – or poorly – Meyer polices his players.
Meyer could have gone with the easy out: that he was in Chicago to talk about Ohio State's 2013 season, not players who have left the team or at past coaching jobs. But he didn't. He fielded every question, albeit some better than others.
The Buckeyes coach didn't get many football questions Wednesday and Thursday. But he fulfilled his obligations and didn't shy away from tough questions. That deserves some respect.
Dressed to impress
Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen brought it for the first day of interviews: a khaki suitcoat, black-and-gold bowtie and black pants. Allen somehow pulled off that look, and the outfit caught a lot of attention. It was one of the few times I haven't cringed at the sight of a bowtie.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany opened his press conference with a filibuster.
He talked about his time in college, changes to the college sports conference landscape, subsidizing players and the events that led to the Magna Carta in 1215. The latter is unconfirmed.
In all, Delany's opening statement took 23:40. He was scheduled to speak for half an hour and wound up going 38 minutes or so after questions.
"The Pac-12 will have conducted media days on both coasts in the time it took Jim Delany for his opening statement," CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman quipped on Twitter.