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July 31, 11:00 AM ET
Big Ten Coaches Chat Day 1

Buzzmaster
  (10:55 AM)

Hey folks, I just got a call saying that Minnesota's plane was delayed in taking off, so they're running late. We're going to try and re-schedule coach Kill for around 1:30 p.m. ET.

Buzzmaster
  (10:56 AM)

<a name='wilson'></a>That means our first coach will be Kevin Wilson from Indiana at 11:30 a.m. ET!

Buzzmaster
  (11:36 AM)

Coach Wilson is finishing up with our ESPN.com college football Insiders and should be over to us in a few minutes.

Buzzmaster
  (11:45 AM)

Here is coach Wilson!

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Wilson, with such a young team, where and how do you find leadership amongst the players?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:47 AM)

One, great question. We've used a Marine leadership training group for two years. We had our players vote to who the leaders were. We have sub platoons. A young man is in charge of 5-6 guys and he's in charge on and off the field. It's probably one of the best things we've done since we took over.

trent (chicago)

Coach Wilson, I love what you are doing and how you are building the foundation at IU. preseason camp seems to go by very fast. What are the one or two things you want to see during the first week or so of camp?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:49 AM)

Our camp starts with freshmen showing up today. It starts fast. We want to see three things. No. 1, we want to see our QB situation and how it plays out. No. 2, a significant improvement in defensive play. No. 3, our offense needs to show toughness and run the ball.

Chris (Indy)

Coach Wilson, how can use the success of the baseball team and basketball team to your own team?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:50 AM)

One, with this current team, schools that are very good at something, they can be great at all things. The school has had a commitment to being good at those sports. We'll see if we can hold our end of the rope in years to come in football.

Lenny (IN)

Coach, everyone wants to win, but they want to have 10 win seasons come about yesterday and repeated every year. How do you instill realistic expectations and tell people that building a program is a process and there are no shortcuts?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:51 AM)

In fairness to every senior and alum, you want as much success to win them all and win them all early. We don't want to be just a bowl team and at .500. We don't cap out, we don't circle a number. We want to have a B1G step.

Willie (Chicago)

Coach Wilson, what is the difference in the program going into this year compared to year one?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:52 AM)

Just a greater understanding of our expectations and standards. The players understand and appreciate each other. We're not fighting ourselves and we're on stable ground where we can rebuild.

Kelly (TN)

Coach, what are your thoughts about social media? Does it help or hurt your team/players?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:53 AM)

It's not going away. If you want to put a ban, you can. We try to educate our guys and try to use it positively. There can be penalties and ramifications if you use it poorly, but we try very hard to teach our players to use it positively in their lives and with our program.

Matt (New Albany)

Q for Coach Wilson: You've not been afraid to play underclassmen thusfar at IU. Will the highly-rated defensive freshmen be able to take IU up a few notches from last in the conference a year ago? (Yielded 35ppg, 465ypg).

Kevin Wilson
  (11:55 AM)

Good point, Matt. I do think these freshmen, although on paper, they appear more talented, they come into a competitive environment. Many of the guys are returning. The freshmen coming in will enhance the depth and our defensive competition that has been lacking the last couple of years. It will be exciting to see how this plays out.

Kevin (Chicago)

Coach, is Tre Roberson back to where he was physically when he was hurt?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:55 AM)

Tre is more than healthy. Zero limitations, as far as being held out of practice. He should report at over 200 pounds. So he's bigger, stronger, healthy. He's also in a good QB battle. It's a healthy competition.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Wilson, what impact has the BIG Ten Network had on your program and recruiting?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:57 AM)

I think it's impacted everyone, because it's national. It's guaranteed funds. The difficulty is still branding your football and getting your brand on the market. It's been great for the league, but it's like any network. It's been good for us, selfishly, you want to be every network you can.

Luke (South Bend)

Coach Kevin Wilson, in the past Indiana has had trouble stopping the run, what makes you feel confident Indiana will do any better this year?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:58 AM)

Confident or not, we have to be and need to be. It started back in the winter and spring with a committment to stopping the run. Whether we are confident or not, it continues to be an Achilles heel for our team. Physically tougher team, we'll be a better team, but we need to play better run defense to have success.

Luke (South Bend)

Coach Kevin Wilson, how do you think your team will respond going into the tough environments of UM WU and OSU?

Kevin Wilson
  (11:59 AM)

And Michigan State. It's the league. You'll always play them. Fortunately to us, so many players are back. You have to play those teams. They're not going away. For us, we have a chance to be seasoned since we don't play any of them until Week 6.

David (Bedford)

Coach Wilson, which helmets are you going to wear week 1? How will you decide? Do you think IU should put the Spring Break photo on a billboard with the slogan, "Beach time is over. It's time to WORK!"?

Kevin Wilson
  (12:00 PM)

Not sure. Not really going to put it to a player vote, but we'll have some discussions. We have our state logo. It's not a bunch of helmets, it's different logos and stickers. We have a new chrome stripe helmet. It's not going to be gimmicky or secretive about it. We'll see how it goes and plan from week to week.

Awayne (Indy)

Coach how much has the improved high school programs in the state helped your program?

Kevin Wilson
  (12:02 PM)

To me, our state football for years, I think it started with the Colts coming to Indianapolis and with coach Dungy and now with coach Caldwell, the high school players see that. The population base of Indiana is Indianapolis. To build our program, we need our in state players. We'll fight for them to stay here.

martin (alabama)

coach Wilson, how do you prepare for a big game that's coming up?

Kevin Wilson
  (12:03 PM)

To me, you do those things during the spring, preseason and open dates. You have to stay on the task ahead. If you're concerned with someone, you work on them during those times, otherwise you're focused on the next one.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Wilson, almost all the starters are back from a year ago, how much do you like the depth that you have behind the starters?

Kevin Wilson
  (12:04 PM)

I think everyone in our depth needs to improve. I like our depth. I like what they're doing. But when you're young and 4-8, the whole program needs to grow. You need depth, not for injuries, but for the environment, to create competition. You have the depth, then if someone needs to come in and play.

KEvin

Coach Wilson,how difficult is it to separate your personal life from your professional life? How do you balance the two?

Kevin Wilson
  (12:05 PM)

I'm fortunate that for an assistant for 20 something years that I worked for guys who are family oriented. They got their work done and get with your family. I'm blessed to have a great wife. I think I've had a couple of great role models that mixes family with work balance and still perform at a high level.

Kevin Wilson
  (12:06 PM)

To those that can make it to games, we have a lot of guys back. We need to make the home game a special place. Come to the games, let's make a difference together. We need your help.

Buzzmaster
  (12:06 PM)

Thanks coach. Next up is Purdue's Darrell Hazell!

Buzzmaster
  (12:11 PM)

<a name='hazell'></a>Coach Hazell should be here in another couple of minutes!

Steven (DC)

how intense do you think the rivalry game with Indiana will be and what kind of impact can a game like that have on recruiting?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:14 PM)

That's always a huge game. Any time you play a rival, everything is worth double. We're anxious to play a good team and we'll be a good team. There is a lot riding on that game.

ATLBoiler (Atlanta, GA)

Coach Hazell - great to have you and your hard-working, dedicated, spirited staff aboard. How have you been received in West Lafayette and has Purdue been welcoming to you?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:14 PM)

Hello! The community has been very welcoming. It's been an exciting seven and a half months. We're really anxious to get rolling in two days.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Hazell, from the 1st day of fall practice, what tone do you want to see established up to the 1st game of the year?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:15 PM)

The tone that we have to establish is that we're a good football team. That has to permiate throughout the entire organization. It starts with preparation and ends with execution.

Ryan (Chicago)

Coach Hazell. Cannot explain how excited #BoilerNation is to have you as the leader of our football team. How is this transformation of Purdue going to be similar to the change you brought to KSU?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:16 PM)

There is a lot of similarities. We started with the mindset that we're pretty good. We have to believe that ourselves. There is a lot of talent in the lockerroom. Anything we can to foster the morale, we'll do.

Evan (Fishers, IN)

As a Purdue fan, I see lots of potential at the QB spot over the next few years. How will Hazell handle the competition between QBs, ensuring that he stays in "win-now" mode, while ensuring that the younger guys develop for the future?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:17 PM)

That's very important that we stay in win for 2013. We're not going to base our decision on the future, we're going to base it on this season. Competition is good. We have some very competent guys that can win this year.

Joseph (West Lafayette)

Coach Hazell, super excited for Purdue football! How do you like the team speed that you've inherited? Do you think it can be effective in the B1G? Thanks

Darrell Hazell
  (12:17 PM)

You can have enough team speed, but I like where we are right now. We're very good at our skill positions, but you can never have enough.

Scott (Indiana)

Will you be involved in the game day play calling on offense at all?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:18 PM)

I trust our OC. But I study a lot of film. There will be some times when I have some input. But I'm very confident in our OC.

Shawn (Indy)

I feel like the uniforms could use a slight change .... how about incorporating some matte black helmets this year?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:18 PM)

Shawn. Everything has been considered. We could have a surprise at some point in time.

Evan (Indy)

Coach- great to have you here in Boiler nation! What approach will you take with the team in preparing them for a daunting first half of the schedule?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:19 PM)

Our biggest concern right now is getting ourselves ready to go and getting up for that Cincinnati game. We're not going to look forward. We'll look to each game on the schedule next.

Kraig (Lafayette)

Coach Hazell.....are you going to stick with the 1 QB system this year?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:19 PM)

Kraig, we will play one QB. There will not be a rotating door at QB.

Scott (Indiana)

Do you feel like the players have bought into your program and the extra discipline that comes with it?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:20 PM)

There has been a true, genuine commitment in our first months. You can see the attitudes change because of it.

Paul (Chicago)

How high are your expectations for this year will be?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:20 PM)

We set the goals extremely high, expectations and goals. We let that be known to our team. Then you go about working on all of those things.

Kraig (Lafayette)

Coach Hazell..as far as the RB position goes..we looking at a RB by committee or a typical 1 RB situation?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:21 PM)

We think we have a really dynamic back in Hunt, coming into camp. We have Gregory who can also be special. Then we have to develop one or two of those incoming freshmen to help us out this year.

Blackshirts revival (Atlanta, GA)

Coach Hazell is the Nebraska game highly anticipated by the team and or the fans? Being that the last time Purdue played Nebarska was 1958...where you even alive at that time? LOL, and it's the only time both teams have played each other, We're itching for a paybackGO BIG RED!

Darrell Hazell
  (12:22 PM)

I was born in 1964, so I wasn't. That Nebraska game will be a lot of fun in The Furnace. Their program has been so solid for so many years, it will be a great contest for us.

Zac (NYC)

When will you make a decision on team captains, Coach?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:23 PM)

We'll elect team captains as the last day of camp, which I believe is the 17th or 18th of Aug. The selection process is every man on the team, coach, manager has an equal vote.

Scott (Indy)

Fun question .... who would win a 40 yd dash race between the coaches? Best athlete out of the group?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:23 PM)

Coach Hudson is the fastest guy on the staff.

Kevin (Colorado)

Coach Hazell, what is the relationship you the AD have with Purdue alumini(specifically NFL players) and what are your thoughts on bringing them back to have some sort of relationship and role with the team?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:24 PM)

Yes, I've written 1,500 letters to our previous Purdue football players. I want to invite those guys back whenever they're in town. I also asked them to write me a letter so I can read it off to the players in camp about what it meant to be a Purdue football player.

Nick (Chicago)

Thanks for meeting with the fans in Chicago last Wednesday. A lot of my friends enjoyed the event. Outside of coming to games, what can the fanbase do to help the program?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:25 PM)

I think the biggest thing is what you're talking about. Coming into the stadium and being very vocal in those critical moments. That could potentially change the outcome of the game.

Ryan (Franklin)

How's the recruiting trail? Any big news?

Darrell Hazell
  (12:26 PM)

It's been a great start to recruiting. My goal going into this summer was to make sure we had between eight and ten commits by training camp and that's exactly where we are. We're getting a lot of good recruits that will help us in the future.

Darrell Hazell
  (12:26 PM)

Get ready for a new era of Purdue football in less than 48 hours. We can't be more excited to start some new traditions at Purdue University. We're thankful for all of our Purdue loyalty.

Buzzmaster
  (12:27 PM)

Thanks coach!

Buzzmaster
  (12:27 PM)

<a name='pelini'></a>Next up, we'll have Nebraska's Bo Pelini here around 12:35 p.m. ET!

Buzzmaster
  (12:45 PM)

Here comes coach!

Joe (Lincoln, NE)

Coach - nice interviews today! I am looking fwd to this season to see improvement across the board on defense. Which positions will we fans see the biggest jump in talent and big play ability?? Thanks Bo!!

Bo Pelini
  (12:47 PM)

I think the DL, because we're going to have some new guys there. Some talented guys, some guys that will have a chance to have a big impact on the team.

Jason (Philly)

Coach now that it's been a few years, how has moving to the Big Ten helped the program?

Bo Pelini
  (12:48 PM)

I think we joined a conference that shares philosophies that we have as an institution, not just on the football field. I think we're positioned to have success for a long time to come.

Carter (Dallas)

Coach Pelini, how much freedom do you give the players using social media?

Bo Pelini
  (12:49 PM)

I give them freedom to a point. They know what the ground rules are. They know if they abuse it, they'll lose it. It's not just individually. If one guy steps over the line and embarrasses themselves or the program, we'll take it away from everybody. Because of that, we haven't had any problems.

Wilson (LA)

Coach, your team's defense always seems to rank high....do you set a points per game number that you'd like to allow on defense every year?

Bo Pelini
  (12:50 PM)

That's what it's all about. It's about points. We don't get into yards. We talked a little bit about yards per play. I'm not a big statistical guy. It's about what you need to do to win. If you get into rankings and stats, you start thinking about the wrong things. We keep track of it as coaches, but we don't talk to our players about it.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Pelini, how does it feel having an away game and coming out of the locker room and seeing the stadium has been taking over by "Huskers Nation" like at Northwestern last year?

Bo Pelini
  (12:51 PM)

It feels good. Our fans travel extremely well. They're passionate. They're loud on the road. It's good for our players to know. We have the sellout streak at home. It's been sold out since something like 1968. On the road, the fans presence is felt everywhere.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Pelini, even though the game didnt go the way you had hoped last year, how did the experience of going to the BIG Ten championship help you as a coach and as a team?

Bo Pelini
  (12:52 PM)

Fortunately and unfortunately, I've been in three title games, one in the Big Ten and two in the Big 12. You don't apologize for being in the game. If you're playing a good team, you want to win them all. You can't win the titles unless you get there. Hopefully that experience helps you. You keep pounding on the door. That's all you can do.

Matt (Chicago)

Coach Pelini, With all of the young linebackers that figure to play a prominent role in the defense this year, how do you plan to get all of them ready for B1G play, considering all of the spread teams in the non-conf. schedule. Not all that many reps to go around in the Nickel.Thanks, and best of luck this season! GBR!

Bo Pelini
  (12:53 PM)

You just coach them up like everybody else. We don't change how we coach a young guy versus a guy who's been around. It's about teaching. Some of these young guys will have to come of age pretty quick. We as a staff understand what it takes to get a guy ready. You get them reps and ready. They're young, but talented. They put time in the offseason and understand they have a lot of hard work ahead of them.

Casey (FL)

How have you gone about getting the alumni, especially the NFL players involved with the program?

Bo Pelini
  (12:55 PM)

We have an open door players at our place as far as former players and aluni. The guys that were here since I've been here come back and train. Suh, Prince. It's good. Those guys get a chance to interact with the players they played with but also the incoming players. We have a large presence in the NFL. Exposing the current players to them and sharing their experiences in the NFL and what it's all about helps promote the things that we talk about every day.

Bo Pelini
  (12:55 PM)

We have an open door players at our place as far as former players and aluni. The guys that were here since I've been here come back and train. Suh, Prince. It's good. Those guys get a chance to interact with the players they played with but also the incoming players. We have a large presence in the NFL. Exposing the current players to them and sharing their experiences in the NFL and what it's all about helps promote the things that we talk about every day.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Pelini, can you talk about how the Jack Hoffman spring game TD came about and also the inspiration he has been for you and the team and vice versa?

Bo Pelini
  (12:56 PM)

Jack's been around our program for a while, even way beyond that spring game. He's an inspiration to anyone who knows him. It came about as an after thought, almost. We were thinking about ways to make it a better show for the fans. At the last minute, his name came up and we threw it out to Jack's family and they were excited about it. I never thought it would become what it did.

Jay Banta (Vermont)

What, in your mind, is the one most important question the Nebraska Football Team has to answer going in to the 2013 season?

Bo Pelini
  (12:57 PM)

Consistency. We want to win a championship. Our standards and expectations are at an all time high. To do that you have to earn it. You have to live up to it every day. WE have an interesting mix of an interesting offense, young and talented defense. Getting that all sorted out will take a lot.

Stephen (Greenville, SC)

In your eyes is the conference in a better position to compete nationally than it was when you first joined?

Bo Pelini
  (12:58 PM)

I think the conference is deep. I think the depth of it and the quality of play. I haven't played everybody yet, but I've played the majority. You feel like you're going to get challenged week in, week out. I think that's what makes the conference really good. There is a lot of depth. Every school is represented very well. I think we can compete with anybody nationally, no question in my mind.

Andrew (Nebraska)

I'm interested in your perception of the team's veteran leadership as well as how that may or may not relate to the decision to set year-long captains this year. Thanks. Go Big Red!

Bo Pelini
  (12:59 PM)

I feel good about our veteran leadership. That's why the first time since I've been coach we named permanent captains. I thought it was the right time in our program. We have four guys, and probably more, capable of solidifying our culture through their leadership. I feel real good about it.

Bo Pelini
  (12:59 PM)

I'm looking forward to the year. We'll do everything we can to bring a championship home.

Buzzmaster
  (1:01 PM)

Thanks coach!

Buzzmaster
  (1:01 PM)

<a name='meyer'></a>Coach Urban Meyer is up next! He's here!

Harrison F. (Ohio)

Urban, congratulations on a very successful first year. What are you looking forward to most for the upcoming season? Is a championship realistic for the Buckeyes?

Urban Meyer
  (1:04 PM)

Probably watching the development of QB Braxton Miller.

Jeff (Columbus)

coach, how weird is it being back at ESPN and being on this side of things?

Urban Meyer
  (1:04 PM)

It is a little ironic, but I have such great friends here that it's good to come back and see them.

Dave (Reed)

Has the academic prestige at Ohio State tilted the scale in your favor in any recent recruiting battles? Do you see higher number of academic performers in the program at OSU as opposed to Florida? Go Bucks!

Urban Meyer
  (1:05 PM)

Absolutely. I know for a fact that it was a difference maker in some of the kids that we got.

Jonathan (Westerville, Ohio)

Thinking of your Florida defenses, would you anticipate more man-to-man/press coverage for your cornerbacks or will Ohio State continue to play more Cover 2 (like under Jim Heacock and Luke Fickell before)?

Urban Meyer
  (1:05 PM)

We are going to play more man coverage.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Meyer, besides athletic ability, what things in a kid do you want to him to have that you recruit to Ohio State?

Urban Meyer
  (1:06 PM)

No. 1 is competitive spirit. How you find that is how they perform in rivalry games, championship level games. That's when you expect them to be the most competitive.

Scott (Indy)

Stadium you've never been to that you're looking forward to go to?

Urban Meyer
  (1:07 PM)

I think I've been to them all. Purdue is a difficult place to play, I know that.

Neeraj (Virginia)

Coach Meyer, with expectations always high in Columbus, what is the most important advice that a young player is given when they arrive on campus, on how to approach that? All the best this season.

Urban Meyer
  (1:08 PM)

Most of the time when high expectations are not met, it's not because of poor coaches or poor players, it's because of distractions. So keep focused.

Alex (OH)

Coach, are you expecting significant strides from the WRs this year? they seemed a bit up and down last year.

Urban Meyer
  (1:08 PM)

I am. I think that's one of our weaknesses from a year ago. The returning players have developed and we have recruited well.

Kris (Columbus )

where's that famous contract with you and your kids? hangning in the office?

Urban Meyer
  (1:09 PM)

Sure is.

Urban Meyer
  (1:09 PM)

And it always will.

John (Columbus)

Coach, you talked about speed being an issue on "The Herd." Can you overcome that deficiency with more skill? Or is the mantra you can't teach speed true?

Urban Meyer
  (1:09 PM)

That's how you overcome it. You recruit as much speed as you can get.

Ross (Lancaster, PA)

Which members of the freshman class should we expect to see making a difference on the field this fall?

Urban Meyer
  (1:10 PM)

Anything now would just be speculation. LB and offensive skill I could see immediate impacts.

Cris (OH)

Do you wish the B10 was more open to night games?

Urban Meyer
  (1:11 PM)

Yes. I think a lot of people feel that way. Part of it is the recruiting, because people want to get to your games. We played a couple of night games and they were dynamic.

edr (columbus)

what does braxton miller need to do to become an elite QB?

Urban Meyer
  (1:11 PM)

Just saturate himself in the variances of the drop back passing game. Knowing where all five guys are at all times. Coverage recognition.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Coach Meyer, how did working for ESPN that one year help you become a better coach?

Urban Meyer
  (1:12 PM)

I just think it's a greater appreciation to the time and effort people put into covering your team. And the GameDay production.

Jordan (NYC)

Coach, Congrats on a stellar season last year. Columbus is known as a food town. Have you found a favorite place yet?

Urban Meyer
  (1:12 PM)

Oh yeah. Several different places that I frequent. I love the Bogey Inn. Hyde Park and Cap City.

Jonathan (Westerville, Ohio)

There is a ton of talent on the defensive line. What is your (or Vrabel/Fickell/Withers) ideal rotation? How many players in your ideal rotation?

Urban Meyer
  (1:13 PM)

That will be a big part of this year. Some of them are inexperienced, but that's what training camp is for.

Steve (Chicago)

What role (if any) do former Buckeye players play in the mentorship of your current players?

Urban Meyer
  (1:14 PM)

We use some guys already. A lot of guys are off from their own jobs and businesses and come back. They're very involved in the Buckeye experience. Chris Spielman has some conversations with our LBs. Joey Galloway is very involved in the leadership.

Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)

Urban.. how special would it be for you to win the last ever BCS National Championship?

Urban Meyer
  (1:15 PM)

Obviously that would be an incredible experience. One parts of my job is to eliminate distractions and as we start camp there will be no conversations about that.

Mike (Carmel, IN)

Which state in the Midwest has surprised you the most in terms of talent for high school football?

Urban Meyer
  (1:16 PM)

I'm very familiar, I've always recruited midwest states. I'm biased to the Ohio programs. A good majority of our team is from Ohio.

Urban Meyer
  (1:16 PM)

I'm very anxious to start camp on Sunday. Go Bucks!

Buzzmaster
  (1:16 PM)

Thanks coach!

Buzzmaster
  (1:17 PM)

<a name='andersen'></a>Wisconsin's Gary Andersoen is next!

Buzzmaster
  (1:20 PM)

He's here!

Kevin (GA)

Coach Andersen,how much has AD Alavarez helped you since you accepted the job and been on campus?

Gary Andersen
  (1:21 PM)

He's helped me tremendously, not just me but the assistant coaches too. The people around him have been great. When I took the job, I was excited to have an AD that was a football coach, knows football coaches and Wisconsin is his school. He has no agenda. He's been great for myself, my family.

Renee (Milwaukee)

What was it like getting used to your new fan base?

Gary Andersen
  (1:22 PM)

The interaction with the fans have been fantastic. Most of the interaction has been going to different parts of Wisconsin, went to Florida, Vegas. Getting to those fan functions. It was great to be around them. We have open practices in fall camp. We're here as a coaching staff to represent the university and the fan base in the right way. We're excited to get football started and start that process.

JIM AL [via mobile]

How much of an adjustment did you have to make?

Gary Andersen
  (1:23 PM)

As far as coaching football? There is no adjustment. There is no adjustment because of the school. But the adjustment is kids are No. 1 to me always and always will be. You have to build the trust. As you go through time, that will never change for me. So there is not adjustment period.

Chris (Cbus)

How do you feel about the divisional realignment in 2014? On the one hand, Wisconsin will not be in a division with Ohio State, That School Up North, or Penn State, but on the other hand, you'll be reunited with Minnesota and Iowa and you'll be with Nebraska...

Gary Andersen
  (1:24 PM)

First of all, I don't have anything to do with those divisions or how they're put together. There are good teams wherever you are. I think it will be a more and more powerful conference. There will be some crossover games. I like the nine conference games. It gives us another chance at conference games and rivalries.

Matt (NJ)

How do you see the QB situation playing out?

Gary Andersen
  (1:25 PM)

Right now out of spring, it's a two man race. Coming into fall, it will be a three man race with Tanner. He's a junior college kid we recruited. They all deserve a chance. There is a natural break in training camp, so when we make the decision, we'll see. We have to be down to a two man race by our scrimmages. The separation will be evident on the field. It's clear at the practices.

Matt (Chicago)

How excited are you to walk out of the tunnel at the Camp for the first time?

Gary Andersen
  (1:26 PM)

I think that will be a great moment. It's always exciting. It's exciting to walk out in a position you're new to. I've done it once before, but now I'll be on the other side. It will be exciting for all of us. Every person in the program will be excited. Doing it for the first time, do you have extra juice? Absolutely.

Wallace (Madison, WI)

Coach Anderson, what are favorite places to eat in Madison? On Wisconsin!

Gary Andersen
  (1:27 PM)

I haven't been to a lot of them, but there is great food all over Madison. I'll get a chance to visit as time goes on.

Mike (CT)

How do you feel about the new college football playoff starting next year in 2014?

Gary Andersen
  (1:29 PM)

That's something I don't have a lot of control over it, but I feel good about 4 teams. Some years there may be 6 or 8, but 4 is fair. Every team that is fifth or sixth, they'll feel like they missed out. But I don't think kids should play more than 14 games. If you put a championship game in there too and the playoff, that's 15 games. More is not better.

Greg (DC)

Coach Andersen, Cosch Meyer has had very high praise of you, how does that make you feel being a new guy in the conference?

Gary Andersen
  (1:30 PM)

Coach Meyer and I go way back. I worked for him at Utah. We have a tremendous relationship. It's friendship based, not just coached based. Any time your peers that you've been involved with...I'd rather have them saying nice things than the other way around.

Robb (Columbus, OH)

How does Bart Houston figure into the 2014 season?

Gary Andersen
  (1:31 PM)

Bart is in a position where we sat down at the end of spring and he understood where he was. He'll get some chances to compete. He's really just been through spring ball. He'll have an opportunity to compete. He knows where he sits. If he comes out if it the best player to play and then he'll play.

Craig (Madison, WI)

Coach, do you have a unit which you feel is strongest at this point in time?

Gary Andersen
  (1:32 PM)

I would say the defensive front seven. I feel there's good depth there. Good experience there. Overall, as a group, I feel very comfortable with them and very competitive. Football is very important to them.

John (CA)

Where will you focus on your recruiting? Will you try to stay with connections you have near Utah, or will you recruit in Florida and Wisconsin, where many recruits have come out of in the past years?

Gary Andersen
  (1:33 PM)

At Wisconsin, you do have the chance to recruit nationally. We will do that. We'll recruit the West Coast. We have a coach to do that. That's a lot for one coach. Our recruiting will always start locally. We will go to Florida. Georgia, much more so than has been done in the past. There is no perfect recruiting plan.

Josh (Michigan)

Coach A, what can we expect out of the 3-4 defense this year? Why do you prefer it over the 4-3?

Gary Andersen
  (1:34 PM)

First of all, the difference when your defense is underspaced, the difference is sometimes an inch or a foot. We were about 60-40 on the odd front in the fall. I expect that to work for us. If not, then we'll switch to the even front. It won't change much for us to do that.

Matt (NJ)

Is there a new passion in the team now that Ohio State is eligible for a Bowl and the B1G championship game and will face a much harder road to get there?

Gary Andersen
  (1:35 PM)

I would say no. I don't think the fact that OSU is eligible this year will change anything in how we'll prepare or how the fans feel. I've watched the game. It was a great game. This is a great conference you have to be ready week in, week out regardless of the opponent.

Buzzmaster
  (1:35 PM)

Thanks coach!

Buzzmaster
  (1:36 PM)

<a name='kill'></a>Next up is Minnesota's Jerry Kill!

Buzzmaster
  (1:36 PM)

He's here!

Rush (NYC)

Coach Kill, every stop you've made, the third season seems to be a breakout year. Is that a coincidence, or is there something about year three that makes a difference?

Jerry Kill
  (1:37 PM)

I think with the previous two stops, it was our third recruiting class. Here at Minnesota it's our second. I think that has something to do with it. But I think it's just lucky that everything has fallen into place.

E.J. Stevens (Apple Valley, MN)

Coach Kill:Which of your returning receivers from last season do you expect to take the biggest step forward this fall from the leadership standpoint as well as statistically?

Jerry Kill
  (1:38 PM)

I feel like the kids have done a great job in the summer, some of the older kids with the younger receivers. I expect that group to have a great impact this year.

Lukas Anderson (Rushford, Mn )

How do you see the in-state high school talent for the next couple of years in the state of Minnesota as compared to previous years?

Jerry Kill
  (1:38 PM)

I feel like the best way to answer is the last two years at Minnesota we've put 26 kids on scholarship in the state. High school coaches have done a great job of helping us and we look forward to continuing that.

Craig Bursch (Duluth, MN)

Coach Kill:Will we see more Maryland-I formation this year? Please?Can we please rename it the "Minnesota-I"???Thank you!Go Gophers!

Jerry Kill
  (1:39 PM)

We'll be a very similar to what we were in the bowl game. The biggest thing that we want to do is have multiple formations, but we understand it starts with running the football.

Darren (Minneapolis)

Coach Kill - Congrats on the Gopher turnaround so far on the field and definitely in the classroom. Offense, defense or special teams? Which area looks to be the most improved this year?

Jerry Kill
  (1:40 PM)

I think our OL will be the area that I feel like should be the most improved. We're stronger and bigger than a year ago. We're going into camp healthy.

Brett (MN)

Coach Kill, from the 1st fall practice until the 1st game, what tone do you want to see set?

Jerry Kill
  (1:41 PM)

A better football team than we saw a year ago. The big key for us is consistency.

Jonathan (Westerville, Ohio)

Going into this season, do you feel the Minnesota roster is where you'd like it to be or are there still some spots missing that you'll need to recruit?

Jerry Kill
  (1:41 PM)

Being it's only our second year of recruiting classes, there are still some areas we feel like we need to improve in. But I feel like there are some kids that are ready to step up for their opportunity.

Brett (Conshohocken, PA)

How much of a catalyst do you think the new stadium has been and will be in the future for your program? I honestly can't wait to get up there for a PSU-Minn game.

Jerry Kill
  (1:42 PM)

I think it's been a huge asset to our program. Now with the announcement of a $190 million facility for practice and training, it will be another great asset to recruit the best student athlete we can.

Larry (MN)

Coach Kill, how do you like playing Wisconsin the last game of the year and how intense is the game?

Jerry Kill
  (1:43 PM)

I think the biggest thing is it will certainly give our fans something to be excited about. Any time you have a rivalry game that's as long as that one it will be intense. We have to make sure we play well and do what we need to do.

Matt (MN)

What is the key to improving the Gopher's run defense this year

Jerry Kill
  (1:44 PM)

The key to stopping the run always starts with your people up front. I feel like that's an area of improvement over a year ago. And you need great tackling from safety. In college, you need 8, 9 people around the ball.

Jeff (Minneapolis)

Coach, will Donovahn Jones get a chance to play receiver? Do you see him making an impact this fall?

Jerry Kill
  (1:44 PM)

We will start him at QB. However, if we feel like he could help us at WR, we will take a look at it.

Jerry Kill
  (1:45 PM)

I really appreciate everybody's support and loyalty. Look forward to seeing you at the first game.

Buzzmaster
  (1:56 PM)

OK everyone. That wraps up Day 1 of our Big Ten coaches chat! We'll have the other six coaches chatting Thursday. See you then!