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Overheard at Media Days

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A few words from the coaches and the commissioner of the Big Ten, all of whom took the stage inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place as part of the opening day of the 2010 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney on the possible rebranding of the conference:
"I think the Big Ten is the Big Ten regardless of the number."

Delaney on the Big Ten going to a nine-game conference schedule:
"I think that would be really helpful to us. I think there's a consensus among our athletic directors to do that."

Delaney on a potential Big Ten championship game:
"I expect there to be a championship game in '11, December of '11."

Illinois coach Ron Zook on playing Northwestern at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20:
"It's exciting. How many football players can say they've had an opportunity to play at Wrigley Field with all the mystique and so forth that's there. And I think it's a great, great thing. I'm looking forward to it. I really am. I know our players are excited about it."

Indiana coach Bill Lynch on his four-deep receiving corps and distributing the ball
"That's a good question. And it's not a problem. It's an opportunity for us to figure out how to get the ball in all those guys' hands. They each bring something different."

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentez on playing at Arizona:
"It's got to come down to our approach. We already know right now it's going to be a 9:35 Central kickoff time, and that's going to be a late night."

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez on the Wolverines' fan base:
"We've got great fans and I hope we can reward them with more wins and better football. And I think that's coming."

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on using a 3-4 defense:
"The bottom line is we want to put our best players on the field at the same time. From a linebacker position, it's going to be a position of strength for us on defense."

Minnesota coach Tim Brewster on Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin playing every year:
"I think it's vital to the Big Ten. It's what the Big Ten is all about, the traditions, the rivalries, playing for the Floyd of Rosedale, playing for Paul Bunyan's Axe is important to those states, to the state of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota."

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on the words of Mike Kafka following the team's loss in the Outback Bowl:
"And Mike (Kafka) looked at it and said, 'hey there were some throws I'd like to have back, but I had a blast. And I just kept battling and fighting through adversity.' To hear that from our outgoing quarterback, I think our young men believe in what we're trying to accomplish as a program."

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel on the team having a target on its back:
"I think the reality we've had for years at Ohio State is that we normally have a target. I think once you get started, though, you don't really know. You're just trying to get better."

Penn State coach Joe Paterno on the Nittany Lions playing at Alabama in week two:
"I think it's a good game for us. It's a good game early. I have a young team. Obviously we've got some growing up to do. And I think to be able to go with a bunch of kids and go down there and play defending national champion and on the road before a very hostile crowd. I think it would be a good experience. We'll be a better football team for it."

Purdue coach Danny Hope on the team's offseason
"Obviously we open up with Notre Dame, and that's exciting. It created a great sense of urgency for our football team's preparation throughout the course of the summer. I think it's really expedited or advanced our development as a football team."

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema Scott Tolzien returning for his second season at QB:
"As a head coach it's an unbelievable feeling to know that answer's already there."