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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Recapping the day at the Big Ten meetings

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

CHICAGO -- It was a fairly eventful day at the Big Ten meetings despite no major announcements from the league about votes, policy changes or proposals.

This is truly a great setting to interact with the league's coaches and athletic directors, who are removed from the grind of the season and seem much more relaxed. Wednesday could produce some more news as the coaches and athletic directors meet as a group.

My highlight was a discussion with Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who is as sharp and as entertaining as ever.

Sure, he backed off his push for Big Ten expansion and addressed the status of linebacker Navorro Bowman, but it was more interesting to hear him talk about working at Ebbets Field as a kid and attending one of Jackie Robinson's first games. He also thumbed his nose at technology, wondering what "goggle" (Google) and "twister" (Twitter) exactly were and proclaiming somewhat proudly that he didn't own a cell phone or an e-mail account so that no one bothered him.

Other lighter moments included Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez carrying a small shopping bag into the hotel. Rodriguez said he left his running shoes at home and needed to buy some new ones, presumably on Michigan Avenue. Purdue head coach Danny Hope also seemed to be in good spirits, perhaps sensing the decision of quarterback Robert Marve to transfer to the school.

Recapping the day:

Tom Crean just told me I was working too hard, so I'm heading home. Much more to come Wednesday from the league meetings, including my chat with new coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo.