Tuesday is DJ Durkin’s very first Big Ten media day as Maryland football’s head coach. This is about 10 percent exciting and 90 percent boring.
It’s exciting because, hey, football coaches are talking about football things. If you’re reading this, you probably like football, and you’ve gone without it for seven months. You want to talk about football as much as possible. I feel that.
Here’s the bad part: there isn’t yet much to say, at least not right now. And anything worth saying probably isn’t going to be said at a media day. The reporters don’t have a whole lot of new questions, because they asked the all good questions at Durkin’s introductory press conference. And his National Signing Day press conference. And in one-on-one interviews. There might be a few good questions to be asked since it is Durkin’s first go-round as a head coach, but that’s about it. (We’ll still be around to cover what does happen, though.)
Again, the biggest takeaway here is that it’s almost football season. September 3 can’t get here fast enough.
In other news
A Hawkeyes lineman’s run-in with police shows the challenge of being black in Iowa, by Tyler Tynes.
Roman Stubbs pulled double duty from day one of Big Ten media days, with stories on Michigan and Penn State.
After grabbing DeMatha’s Chase Young, Ohio State still has a lead over Alabama in the 2017 recruiting rankings.
Bill Connelly previewed Michigan State. I hope you’re not counting the Spartans out in the Big Ten this season.
InsideNU looked at Northwestern’s October Gauntlet.
Maryland basketball made the top seven for four-star wing Naji Marshall, and he’s announcing Friday.
Maryland football made the top five for 2017 Florida safety Marquis Waters.
As of today my top 5 schools are:— MrChangeofPossession (@mdwaters2139) July 25, 2016
Here are all the athletes with Maryland ties (the state, not the university) competing in the Rio Olympics.
Pro Football Focus analyzed Michigan’s national title odds.
John Rothstein of CBS Sports was tweeting out a whole lot of #B1G #content on Monday. Here it is. Discuss. (Or don’t. It’s July, and we’ve got a long way to until basketball season.)
Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin, IU, MSU, Purdue, Michigan, Maryland, OSU, Illinois, NW, Iowa, PSU, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 25, 2016
Big Ten Preseason First-Team: B. Koenig (Wisconsin), M. Trimble (MD), N. Hayes (Wisconsin), C. Swanigan (Purdue), T. Bryant (IU).— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 25, 2016
15 Impact Big Ten Freshmen cont'd: C. Jones (IU), D. Davis (IU), T. Carr (PSU), L. Stevens (PSU), K. Huerter (MD), J. Jackson (MD).— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 25, 2016
15 Impact Big Ten Freshmen: A. Cowan (MD), X. Simpson (Michigan), M. Potter (OSU).— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 25, 2016