The big story this year in college football is the playoff. Four teams will be selected for the national semi-finals and then play for the national championship.
Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, speaking at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, said the playoff is long overdue.
"Its good for the fans and they wanted it,” he said. “I think it’s good for college football. There are still a lot of concerns. I was talking to Gene last night about fan fatigue and player fatigue and a little about coach fatigue but no one cares about that."
One of the hot topics at Media Days was recruiting. Many coaches want to eliminate National Letter of Intent Day. NU Head Coach Bo Pelini says changes need to be made.
He said, “I think the process and the rules the way they are right now lends itself to things going on right now. You know, over-signing, it may be an institution changing their mind on how much they want a kid. Every recruiting situation is a little bit different."
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said, “On the recruiting front, everyone who resists an early signing period, everyone who uses the alibi it’s going to expedite the rate of recruiting, are you kidding me? Is anyone awake here? Are they looking at what's going on? That train left the station years ago."
The Big Ten conference invited 14 former players to Chicago to celebrate the league. The group included former Husker (1997–2000) and NFL kicker Kris Brown.
Brown said, “The Big Ten asked former players from all the schools to come back this year. For me to be selected is just a tremendous honor. It’s just fantastic. You come and experience the pageantry of it - really gets you excited for football season. It’s almost like the first day of school and pretty soon August 30th will be here before we know it."
The Big Ten Media Days are over now it’s time for practice. The Huskers will open drills next Monday.