CHICAGO, Ill. (KMTV) — Today was the final day of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. 3 News Now's Adam Krueger and Phil Bergman share their thoughts on today's events.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz spoke today and he sounded confident in his program. He lost two first-rounders in TJ Hockensen and Omaha-Native Noah Fant but he has depth at tight end and Nate Stanley is also a good quarterback.
With Nate Stanley at quarterback, Kirk Ferentz is expecting big things from his team. Another team expecting big things, and predicted to win the Big Ten, is Michigan. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was the last coach to speak at the main podium and is embracing being the favorite. You don't know what you'll get out of him but he likes having a target on him.
In person he is a firecracker. He got asked about his recent comments regarding Urban Meyer and he didn't back down and said it's been reported there is controversy wherever Meyer heads.
Other coaches speaking on Friday...Wisconsin's Paul Chryst who was quiet about the quarterback but had praise for running back Johnathan Taylor. It should be interesting to see how Wisconsin responds from a not-so-great season in their expectations.
Wisconsin looks great and Northwestern looks great. Coach Fitzgerald gave some great answers regarding his team. He likes being the underdog and he thinks he has a good Wildcat team.
Pat Fitzgerald made a lot of jokes early to liven up the crowd. James Franklin was up there and what was most interesting about him was he said he wants the Big Ten to consider realigning the divisions. It's happened once since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and it might happen soon.
We've been hearing about it all weekend and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney said yesterday that it wouldn't happen but other coaches keep on mentioning it. They want an easier strength of schedule because Penn State was hurt two years ago.
Also, Friday was the fan luncheon. Tom Osborne spoke, the coaches signed autographs and players and coaches got their pictures. It was crowded...and full of mascots.