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Big Ten Media Days 2022: Meeting Reorganization, Schedule Format Between Storylines to Watch in Indianapolis

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The Talking Season begins this week as Big Ten hosts a Media Day event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. At this event, half of the league’s coaches will speak on Tuesday and the other half on Wednesday in an off-season rite of passage.

The headliner will be Commissioner Kevin Warren while each of the league’s 14 coaches speaks. The conference has generated a lot of news in the last few weeks with the addition of USC and UCLA. This is the first time Warren had to stand in front of a large number of reporters to answer a question about it. Believe me, he will be asked a lot of them.

In fact, all attendees are asked a lot of questions, so let’s take a look at the most pressing questions.

Addition of USC and UCLA

The odds are the two most discussed schools in Big Ten Media Days, with two schools not officially planning to attend the conference in the next few seasons. USC and UCLA made the biggest wave of the off-season when they announced they would leave Pac-12 to join the Big Ten. This was seen by many as a reaction to the SEC, which added Oklahoma and Texas last year. It is also seen as just another domino where Big Ten and the SEC fall further away from college football compatriots into a series of events leading to the formation of two super leagues.

To be precise, how does this work? Will USC and UCLA bring all other sports to Big Ten? If so, what are your plans for the meeting schedule? The Olympic sports program of both California schools consistently travels at least 1,500 miles to confront the opponents of the conference, or asks the current Big Ten school team to make the same trip west. Is it economically feasible?

Is it important when considering how much money USC and UCLA can add to conference television transactions? It’s something else that Warren is likely to prepare an answer for. Big Ten reportedly had new television contracts before the media era, but the addition of USC and UCLA changed the math. What is the future of conference media rights? Can you expect Big Ten schools to start bringing in nearly $ 100 million a year on TV rights alone and share it with players? Advocates suggested??

Further expansion

Are USC and UCLA over, or are Big Ten going to expand further? Their addition has sparked further speculation about what the Big Ten and SEC will do next. Will they continue to drink all the most prominent schools they can find, or are 16 schools enough to satisfy their appetite? Warren is asked about all these scenarios.

And what about Notre Dame? It was never a secret that Big Ten wanted to fold Notre Dame, and it remains the most attractive school “on the market”. Schools that are economically meaningful as “added value” for all meetings may be the only schools that remain. Will the Big Ten expand only if Notre Dame is one of the additions, or will it return west to give USC and UCLA a company to add to late-night TV inventory?

There are schools in the west that fit into Big Ten’s academic identity, but do they bring enough value to be added to the league’s television contract? Warren does not answer these questions directly, but he does.

Meeting club talk

With the Big Ten expanding to 16 teams and new television contracts underway, the conference will look different in many ways, including game schedules and league formats. Big Ten has already played 9 conferencing games, but if it brings more TV money for that additional conferencing game, can it be expanded to 10 games? Or does it make sense to go to eight make-ups and add another marquee non-conference matchup? Assuming other meetings still exist, you know.

And what happens to the division now that the conference can host championship games without the division? Is Big Ten planning to keep the east and west? There have long been complaints that the league is leaning significantly east. Perhaps square the team with the two best minutes in the championship game, regardless of geographic location, will benefit the meeting.

It’s not the most talked-about aspect of the Big Ten expansion, but it may be one aspect that the conference is ready to answer this week.

Jim Harbaugh’s NFL Cheating

Remember Jim Harbaugh interviewed the Minnesota Vikings? It happened! There are many other things that happened in Big Ten that are easy to forget, but they definitely happened. If you need a review:

After leading Michigan to the Big Ten title and the berth of the College Football Playoff, Harbaugh flew to Minneapolis. Interview for Minnesota Viking Work on National Signing Day.. Yes, yes, Harbaugh promised the Vikings almost his future, as new Michigan employees had promised their future to the school.

And some wonder why Michigan’s 2023 recruitment class is off to a late start. We may have forgotten, but the kids haven’t forgotten!

Anyway, this is the first time Harbaugh stands in front of a crowded room, and many ask him the same question as to why he interviewed the Vikings and whether he would consider working for the NFL again in the future. To do.

The success of Ohio State University is a good testament to the disappointment of 11-2’s efforts to win the Rose Bowl in 2021. The regular season ended with a defeat to rival Michigan, the team’s first defeat to Wolverins since 2011, and Ryan Day’s first defeat to the Big Ten team.

It was also the first time Ohio State University was unable to reach the College Football Playoff under Day, which made a big difference. The biggest of these is the arrival of new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. Knowles came from Oklahoma to Ohio. So he led the Cowboys almost to the Big 12 title last year and oversaw a stunning turnaround of defense that helped defeat rival Oklahoma for the first time since 2014.

Ohio is arguably one of the best attacks in the country this season. A trio of CJ Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and TreVeyon Henderson ensures that. But if Ohio State University can return to the College Football Playoffs and compete for another national title, the difference is in defense.

Pennsylvania state coach James Franklin surprised a few after a 10-year contract extension last fall. Pennsylvania State University is in a disappointing situation for 7-6 seasons in a year after COVID was shortened to 4-5 in the 2020 season, and it is a strange time to distribute such a large extension. It was like. Pennsylvania State University has shown a move to thwart potential interest from schools like LSU and USC, which were seeking new coaches at the time, and head coaches sitting from the Power Five program and CFP candidates Notre Dame and Oklahoma, respectively. Will be poached.

Therefore, while Franklin heads for the 2022 season with ample employment security, it is undeniable that Pennsylvania State University needs to pick itself up and dust it. The program ended 11-2 in 2019 and finished three times in the AP Top 10 in the four seasons 2016-2019. Neither of the last two ranked seasons has ended and the 2022 season may not start. In one of the major polls.

It’s not what Pennsylvania State University pays Franklin, nor what Franklin expects from his program. Franklin will face a lot of questions about what went wrong and what his plan is to turn things around. In the Nittany Lions category alone, two programs (Michigan and Ohio) reached the playoffs, and last year another program (Michigan) reached the New Year’s six bowls.

Scott Frost Hot Seat

At some point this week, away from the podium and Mike, an ironic media member will say something to Scott Frost along with the words “I didn’t expect to see you here.” Both will laugh unpleasantly because that is true. Few believed that Frost would be held accountable for the fifth season after going 3-9 and failing his fourth bowl game in four years in Nebraska. He has, but now there is a strong sense that Frost will not be Big Ten Media Day in 2023 unless the Huskers show immediate noticeable improvement. He may not even reach Senior Day in November.

Frost has made many changes this offseason. After helping lead Pitt to the ACC title last year, he took Mark Whipple to carry out an attack on Nebraska, leaving a lot of work for Kenny Pickett to become a Heisman finalist. I did. How well Whipple can turn Nebraska’s attack, which failed to find a consistent QB play under Frost, can determine Frost’s fate.