Hey folks, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio is up first today! He's on his way so get those questions in!
<a name='dantonio'></a>He's here!
What is the most important thing you tell your players to focus on?
Fundamentals. Everything starts there in training camp. Along with that, we need to start with an attitude. We want overachievers.
Coach Dantonio, each year your team has a motto, what is the motto this year and what does it mean?
We have. Chase It. By saying that, I mean chasing everything we do. Chase your degree. Chase perfection. Chase the Rose Bowl. Every single game, we chase it. We have to go out and grab everything we get. It's a competition that everyone is running.
Coach Dantonio, how did the bowl victory carry into the off season?
We ended on a positive note. It's a great example that games can end on one play. We lost some close ones and won some good games. The end of the season dictates how the offseason will go. When you prepare as hard as you do for a bowl game, winning is all that matters and we were able to do that against a very good team.
How crazy is the Michigan State rivalry and what impact does the outcome have within the state?
It's very intense. It becomes very personal. I think everyone in our program touches Michigan State. I'm sure it happens on the other side as well. It obviously reflect on recruiting. It helps particularly in Michigan. Rivalries are good for football and ours is a special one. It dates back a lot of years.
In the state of Michigan, you either grow up green or blue. You make that decision before your high school years.
How does Aaron Burbridge compare to some of the other greats you've been around at Wide Receiver U?
Aaron has a great future ahead of him. He needs to be more consistent, as many young players do. We're expetecting great things from him. To put him on the same level as some of the other greats wouldn't be fair.
Coach Dantonio,what tone are you looking for from the 1st practice in fall camp until the 1st game?
We have a sign when you walk out the door, it all starts here. It's true. You want to carry yourself as a sense of business, enthusiasm, and a sense of freshness. We don't want to come complacent with practice.
To Mark Dantonio: Which incoming freshman are you most excited to coach the next few years?
I think our LB group. It's very exciting. John, Shane. There are only two of them, but I'm really excited about their futures. We'll see how everyone lands as camp progresses.
Coach, are you worried about UM's recent recruiting successes? Do you believe, as some think, that MSU is destined to slide back into mediocrity with UM and OSU's resurgence?
I think the Big Ten is very competitive. While we're working on recruiting every day, we need to worry about the ones we do get. How hard will they play, will they help us continue to win. As we always say, we'll get our guys. Michigan State was built with great resources, which we have right now. We have support from the administration. We know what we're doing every year.
Coach Dantonio, how many trick plays do you carry in the play book and how often do you practice them?
It's all about timing. We carry quite a few trick plays and we do work on them and we do practice them. It's about timing and execution. That's what trick plays bring you. It's risk versus reward.
Mark - obviously the running back opening has been discussed a great deal. Do you expect a platoon with everyone having opportunities, or will you go with one back that emerges during camp?
We're going to find who can play during camp and give everyone equal opportunity. I think it will be two, possibly three guys. I think definitely two. That seems to be the norm. I do not think it will be one guy carrying the ball 390 times like Bell did last year. If it is, that's a good thing.
Coach Dantonio,Thanks for everything you've done for our university! I had the pleasure of being an MSU student for the 4 years we went undefeated against the school to the south...what steps do you think you need to take to rebound after last year's last-second loss? Go Green!
Find the inches.
Find the inches, because that's what it was.
Coach Dantonio, in these pass happy times, what percentage pass/run do you like to see from your offense?
50-50. In a perfect world, balance is always best. The ability to run the football will always counteract the ability to pass.
Coach, how does the loss of Burkland effect the line? I understand you were hoping to move France inside to guard - is that not happening now?
One of the areas that we do have a lot of experience is OL. While we'll miss Skylar, I feel like we do have the depth. I think we have numerous starters back at various positions. We'll play the best five. France can play either OG or OT, depending on others success.
With all the issues Twitter has created in CFB this off season, are you confident that your players will be able to manage their social networking / social media tools this year?
Interesting question. I think the demands of social media effect all of us. It seems to be almost a mute point. Players are going to deal with it and they need to learn from their experiences from there to deal with it maturely.
You've coached at MSU with no bye weeks, now you have 2? Do you see having a 2nd in-season bye week as a great advantage at this point?
I've had it both ways, as you've said. The only thing that matters is how we play after the bye week. There is really no data that one is better than the other. There is no way that you can know the situation going into it. We just go into the season knowing that. We have the two byes, we just need to play better the following week.
Coach, first of all thank you for everything you've done for the program. Part of the reason you've been able to do this is by finding unheralded recruits, such as Cousins and Bell, and having them become stars. Just wondering, but what is your philosophy on the recruits you go after? Because it seems like you have a better track record than just about everyone in the Big 10 in developing recruits.
Every player we recruit, we recruit with the expectations that they will become outstanding players for us and graduate, becoming great people in the community. We look for all of our players to overachieve. We've been very fortunate and we've been able to develop players due to our coaching staffs ability on the field. Everyone comes with a certain amount of athletic ability, it's how hard they work and how much they improve that tells the story.
What is your opinion of the "flashy" uniform craze? We all know they have an impact on recruiting, but are there any teams that you look at and just shake your head?
I think it's great. Players want to stay fresh. They want to be enthusiastic. They want to set trends. It's just an example of those aspects used to an advantage. If you can create an edge....just win baby.
Thank you for all of your support. We're looking forward to a great season. Spartan football starts tomorrow. Chase It.
<a name='ferentz'></a>Next up we'll have Iowa's Kirk Ferentz around 11:40 a.m. ET!
Coach is here!
Just in terms of logistics, what's the toughest Big Ten road trip to make from Iowa?
Good question right there. None of them are overly tough logistically. Probably the most challenging is Chicago, because from O'Hare to Evanston is always an unknown. Probably the biggest challenge is night games when you travel from anywhere. That throws a whole new dimension into it.
How do you feel about coaching at a great institution like Iowa?
First of all, I feel fortunate and appreciative. It's a great place to coach football. Beyond that, which is really important to me, it's a great place to start a family in the 80s and then raise a family in the last 14 plus years.
Damond Powell is on his way to Iowa City. Will he be Iowa's #1 WR in 4 weeks?
Not when we start. Where he ends up is in his hands. We're excited to have him join our program. He just finished up all of his academic work and we're excited to see him on Saturday.
Coach Ferentz, your teams usually have very strong offensive lines. Hawkeye fans are optimistic about this year's OL, so I'm wondering how you would compare it overall to previous teams you've had? Do you think the unit will be better at run blocking or pass blocking?
First of all, I hope they're proficient in both. For us to function the way we want that's important. That's one of the areas, along with TEs, that we have a healthy amount of experience. Collectively, the unit has a chance to be a strong part of our team. For us to be successful, it's important that happens.
How do you feel about the confrence realignment?
On two fronts, looking backward, adding PSU and then Nebraska was good for our conference. We're excited for the two new members to join. I think our fans are excited about the new divisional realignments, where it's geographically based. When we changed a few years ago, we all knew there were some issues. I think the fans are excited that we'll be playing teams that we border on an annual basis. It's good for the conference.
While you haven't had the chance to be around the players, what have you heard about the development of your QBs (Ruddock, Sokol, Beathard) this summer?
Not a lot. I really haven't asked a lot of people, mainly because I'm more interested in seeing it unfold. I think all of us as coaches are interested in seeing how it materializes the first few weeks. Your team always looks different in August than April. I think with three young QBs that position has the chance to have the most dramatic changes.
do you think it is good to have a position battle for qb
There's nothing wrong with having a returning three year veteran. We like all three players. All of them have really good potential. If you looked at our ranked teams, all but one started a first year QB. The moral of the story is it's entirely possible to have success with a new QB.
Coach Ferentz, one thing Iowa has always been strong at is developing NFL talent. How do you think you can translate that talent into more consistent winning seasons?
Our No. 1 goal is to develop the best college players and students and people they can be. Becoming an NFL is a byproduct. We're happy for the guys that have that opportunity, but the goal is to have the best talent at any one time on our roster and make sure that everyone is developing. The idea is to put a team together with good college players.
Coach Ferentz, after the hard fought win against Northern Illinois last year and then seeing them go to the Orange Bowl. What are your thoughts about the game this year?
We had a ton of respect for them going into the game this year. Their only variable was a QB with that game. The guy they weren't sure about with that team at this point in time is now a Heisman candidate. We had a lot of respect for them last year and that's only heightened this year. They've had a good program for some time.
Outside of gameday performance, what are the big questions you are still trying to answer entering camp on your QB situation?
Certainly the QB position starts with leadership and decision making. Those are the two biggest components. The QB has to be accurate, durable, tough physically and mentally. The physical toughness part is harder to evaluate. We can only evaluate them in practice situations. We'll put them in stressful situations, tax them. We'll let them compete in fairness to them and our team. We'll make some decisions. We've had years where it became pretty clear cut. In '08 we had a two QB race and Stanzi ended up winning the race in September, a few games in. There's no handbook.
Iowa's defensive issues have stemmed, in part, from poor D-line play over the past couple seasons. Who is the next dominant Iowa defensive lineman? Carl Davis, Trinca-Pasat, Darian Cooper, Jaleel Johnson all appear to have a chance to breakout this year.
When we came into last year's season, we knew we were young and inexperienced. A year later, we're still a little young, but we're much more experienced and much further along with having players that will compete successfully. We feel like we're a much more competitive group than a year ago. We've talked about the QBs a lot, but I'm curious to see how this group does as well.
You have noted WR as big question mark. You appear to have talent at the TE position with CJ. Ray, & Jake. Do you use the TE more as a weapon in the passing game?
We like Henry, to add to that. We're also very high on George. We think we have five guys we can put into a game. So, yeah, we do plan on utilizing all five of those guys and we could see all five play a lot this fall.
With the Big Ten recently stating no schools will be scheduling games with an FCS opponent, is Iowa in a position to schedule games with other major conferences besides Syracuse and Pitt?
We're soon to expand to nine conference games and I don't think any of us seeing the Iowa-ISU game being discontinued. So that makes 10 games. That's probably what we'll settle on.
Coach, it seems that a trademark of some of your better Iowa teams has been the emergence of an unheralded Senior. George Lewis and Razor Ramon Ochoa come first to mind. Do you have any thoughts on a few unheralded upperclassemen that we should keep our eyes on?
I'll throw Shonn Greene in there too. But you're exactly right. That is part of our tradition and lineages. Our good seasons we've had some good stories. I don't know where that will come from, but we have some good candidates. We're all eager to see how it unfolds.
Coach Ferentz, how great is it to have multiple running backs ready to contribute this season? Do you plan to have multiple RBs on the field at the same time?
As far as on the field at the same time, that's a definite possibility. Compared to last year, it's a much better feeling. Last year at this time, we didn't know if we had a Big Ten back on the roster. But the guys improved immensely last year and in the spring. Plus we'll be healthy. We go into this season with three guys that we have confidence in. That's a much better feeling.
We're all looking forward to the fall. We appreciate your interest and support.
<a name='beckman'></a>Illinois' Tim Beckman will be here in a few minutes!
OK folks. I see coach Beckman coming over now!
What is the biggest difference you see in the program going into season two from season one?
I would say commitment from players. I've seen that the players in the last eight months, after the meeting we had after the Northwestern game, the players have shown progress in discipline and education and the academic area.
What are your expectations for Nathan Scheelhaase this season, Coach Beckman?
Just as all other football players at Illinois. Working on one game at a time. The expectation of being a leader as a senior will even be more demanding.
Coach, going through a tough season like last year, what do you tell the the players that you can build on in the off season and through fall camp?
Let's move forward. Let's stress the positive. Our mottow is WIN Today - What Is Needed Today.
Coach Beckman, What steps are you and your coaching staff looking to make in year 2 that will help the program take the next step in becoming a winning program again?
It comes back to playing consistent. We did not do that at all last year. we need to play at a consistent level and demand that the program moves forward at that consistent level.
Coach Beckman, how does the B1G 10 Network help your program and with recruiting?
It's huge. I don't think words can express the importance of the Big Ten Network. We're excited to add two East Coast programs to the Big Ten in 2014.
Coach Beckman, where and how do you find leaders among the players?
The first thing we establish is what we call our Honor Council. These individuals are selected by the team by class to be spokesmen. Throughout the last eight monnths, every Wednesday, these individuals on the council have leadership classes, that were taught by a colonel and continued to try to develop the leadership pattern of the team.
Coach Beckman, Toledo alum here. Have you found that recruiting gets tougher or easier as you've moved to a Big Ten school from a MAC school, or is added competition offset by the prestige of being in a major conference?
Recruiting is recruiting. What the Univeristy of Illinois requires is a high standard academically that a student athlete must perform in high school. This standard takes away from the number that you're able to recruit.
Coach, have you designated captains yet?
The captains will be chosen by the council and the coordinators, along with myself. We will announce those every Thursday, as we always have. Of course, the Block-I student organization will choose who carries out our state, team flag.
Coach Beckman, got a lot of new players coming into camp, what is your expectations of these players?
We have 33 players that have never been involved in an Illini two-a-day. These players due to depth, must be ready to compete and have the opportunity to be involved in Illinois.
Coach Beckman, what did you learn as a the HC from your 1st season in the B1G 10?
I believe football is football. We're never satisfied when we're not successful on the field. I'm proud of what this team has responded off the field. We want it to correlate on the field. I guess I've learned to become more acceptable to change.
And be better at adapting.
Coach Beckman, as much as you use social media to get out news about the program,how much freedom do you give to the players when it come to their use of social media?
Great question. Our players are allowed to use social media as long as it doesn't effect the program in a negative way. Each player signs a waiver and if they are not using social media in a positive way for the university and the team, we will ask them to not be involved with it any more.
Which team do you see as your main rival?
I believe college football has been built around rivals through location or through state. I've always been involved in intra state rivalries. So, Northwestern, because we respect their program would be considered a rival.
How do you plan on using Aaron Bailey this season and in the coming seasons?
I'm excited for Sunday to coach Aaron Bailey. I believe Aaron Bailey can do multiple things for us and I'm excited to see how he progresses through the 29 opportunities in preseason camp.
How great is the addition of Wes Lunt?
I am very excited that Wes Lunt has chosen his state university and I look forward to being involved with Wes and his family for the next four years. He's a great addition to our Illini family.
Coach Beckman, dropped punts and a lack of return yardage plagued the Illini under the previous coaching staff and also last year in your first year in C-U. Can we expect to see improved production out of the punt return team this year?
We really struggled last year in the phase of returning - kickoff and punt. We have went out and recruited players that we think can help us with the return games. Our punt last year was eithe first or second in the conference. So I'm proud of the way Justin punted. And Taylor was rated as one of the tops also. We definitely can still get better in both of those phases.
Very anxious for Aug. 4 to get here. We are excited to be in Rantoul on Aug. 11-20. This is your state and your team. So if you'd like to be involved, any time you're Rantoul, we look forward to seeing you there.
We have a little break until our next coach, which will be Penn State's Bill O'Brien at 2:30 p.m. ET!
OK everybody. Check out PSU's Bill O'Brien on SVP & Russillo on ESPN Radio right now. Then he'll be here to see us when he's done.
<a name='obrien'></a>Coach is here!
How good will it feel to get all of these media obligations and travel out of the ay to focus on football?
It will feel real good. We've been focused this week. We've had some good staff meetings, but it will feel good to get back and coach some football.
What is the strength of the defense this year?
I think that we're strong in many areas. Starting with the secondary. We have more depth than last year. More at CB. Mor at S. I feel like we have three really good LBs backed up by Ben. Hopefully the freshmen can come in there too. The DL is a good position for us. They're back for us. We feel like there are many areas where we're strong. We have to stay healthy, that's a big part of it.
What percentage of your playbook did we see last year?
People ask me that all of the time. I don't put a percentage on it. I try to do what's best for the players. Last year we stayed with core concepts. About 20 passes and five runs. This year we added a lot and took some things out to fit more to the needs of our players. It's not a percentage of the playbook, it's what's best for your players.
Coach you had a pretty impressive year last year. Is there a "nothing to lose" winning mentality among your players?
I think there is. I really do. You have a bunch of players that are committed that know that it's still an uphill battle, but they know there are still good players around them. We're looking forward to starting camp. Our players know it's still a backs against the wall mentality.
I imagine football and family consumes most if not all of your time, but besides these two things, any hobbies or particular interests?
I love to play golf, I'm not very good, but I love to play. I love to read. Read books about sports, history, coaches. And spend a lot of time with my family. That's much more than a hobby, that's what I love to do.
Coach in the couple of years you've been at Penn State, how have you seen the community and student body embrace you and the team?
The community and the student body, especially the students have been fantastic supporters of the program. I can't say enough. Every day on campus, there is so much spirit on campus and we really appreciate it.
Coach O'Brien, what has the off season showed you that has given you something to build on going into fall camp?
We have a really good core group of players that have worked extremely hard. Guys who are committed. I'm just really looking forward to the start.
Coach, O'Brien, are this year's preparations any different than last season, now that the open transfer window is now closed?
I would say that it's a little different mentality as a staff. I don't think the preparations have changed. Last year the mentality was to keep the team together. This year, it's getting the team to be the best it can on Aug. 31.
Who do you see having the most potential of emerging for PSU this year on offense. The kind of emergence as Allen Robinson and Zwinak had last year?
Those two guys are back. But there are also some very good players who haven't played a lot, and also some that have played. Alex. Geno. Our TE position we feel really good about. Jesse James. Brent. All of those guys are back. OL, we think those guys have had a really good offseason. There are many guys. Lynch at RB. We think he's had a really good offseason.
Is Jesse James unstoppable?
Jesse James has a great combinstion of size, strength, speed. I would say the same for Matt. Kyle. All of those guys have a good combination of size, quickness and good hands. We're looking forward to watching them play this year.
Thank you Coach O'Brien for all your hard work, dedication, and tremendous leadership as PSU starts this new chapter. Nittany Nation is very appreciative. We Are!
Coach, what can you do to get more out of the return game this year?
We have more players now available to us to return the football. They didn't play for us last year. We have more players back there to return kicks and punts. We're counting on those guys to help us improve the return game this year.
Are you excited to start back up the land grant rivalry next year with MSU?
Oh yeah. MSU-PSU has a great tradition and history. Coach Dantonio has a great history there. That will be a great game.
Coach, after working in college football and the NFL for many years, is it safe to say that Beaver Stadium is the loudest stadium you have ever heard?
It is the loudest stadium I've ever been in.
Will we see more unique formations this year? Multiple running backs at a time? 3 or more tight ends on the field at once?
Coach O'Brien, what is the biggest difference going into the second year of fall camp from the first?
Our guys have a better understanding of the pace of practice. How it's run. Our language. How we talk to each other. The coaching styles. I think we'll hit the ground running this summer than last.
Understanding that you need to be concerned about the health of your team, how will you ensure that they will have the stamina and fitness when it comes to the season?
We'll make sure of that. They will come to training camp in great condition. We will condition in training camp and we will put them in situations to make sure they're ready for the games.
Coach O'Brien, if the tables were turned and you were the student athlete, which of Penn State 160 majors would you choose? Do you ever find the time to speak in any classes in the spring?
I don't know. I can tell you that I'd have to have an advisor. I'd tell him what I was interested in, history, political science, I like to read, write, not good at math. I'd go about it that way. That't the beauty at Penn State, you can find what you have a passion for.
How excited are you for Ireland and how big is that been received by recruits? Have to admit, I was ready to buy my tickets to watch the game in Orlando. Ireland will be awesome though! We Are...
Certainly that's a year away, but we're excited about going there. It will be a great cultural experience for them. We're excited, our recruits are excited. But we have to focus on 2013 before the Ireland trip.
How concerned are you with the new ejection rule given the lack of depth? Will there be added focus in practice on safe tackling?
I believe that as coaches, we have to do a great job of educating our players of what's expected on the field. I know that the refs need to make good judgements and the replay official needs to help out too. You have to make sure that whenever you eject a player from a game, we're right about that.
Is John Urschel scary smart?
He is a brilliant guy. He's a 4.0 in math. He's received his masters. He's working on another. He's a brilliant guy. Can't say that about anyone else.
I can't wait to start the season. We're excited. I want to let everyone know how special it is when you show up for the games, 108,000 strong.
<a name='fitzgerald'></a>Next up is Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald!
Here is coach!
What yearly goals do you set for Northwestern?
Our goals have stayed consistent for a number of years now. No. 1, we want to consistently prepare. It's more of an objective than it is a metric that you can measure. That's the hardest thing young men can do is lock out the distractions. We want to win the Legends Division, win the Big Ten and win our bowl game, while graduating 100 percent of our players.
it seems like we always hear about teams/schools needing new stadiums...how is Ryan Stadium able to stay relevant when it's nearly 90 years old?
I think Ryan Field has a Wrigley Field feel to it. It's a really unique stadium with great tradition and great history. As we look to the future, we look to continue the gameday experience for the fans.
Coach how intense is the rivalry with Illinois and how can you continue to dominate it?
I'm not sure that we've dominated anything. It's a rivalry on mutual respect. I think both programs play the game the right way. I think we look at the rivalry the same from a respect standpoint.
Coach, how did you take the Gator Bowl win into the offseason to use as a spring board for 2013?
We took the entire season as a spring board into the offseason. To be Gator Bowl champions was a great catalyst. But we understand the process to be a successful team. We went back and competed at a very high level in our winter workouts and spring practice. I'm excited to see how they ddi in the summer when we start on Monday. I like the attitude that we have as a hunter.
Coach Fitzgerald, fill in the blank. In order to be successful this year, we must be able to _____________________.
Win. Win. Hahahaha. Solidify our OL. Continue to build upon our defensive improvement from a year ago. Stay healthy. And win close games.
Are you in favor of possible scheduling changes, such as conference games in early september and night games in November, to increase conference exposure?
Yeah, I am in favor of that. I think it will be fun for our fans. It would change the schedule for our fans and a fun experience. but I'm always conscience of our coaching staff as well. The one special time during the season is a coach on a Saturday night with his family. So I wouldn't want to play all of our games at night.
Coach, your thoughts on the DBs and stretching the field on offense with the deep receiving corp.
Great competition in our secondary going into camp. Two Ibri Campbell and Nick. The other two positions will be finalized through competition. I feel very good about our receiving corps. We will need to continue to evolve our passing game. It's funny for years, we threw the ball at the top of the conference and last year we ran the ball at the top. The passing game isn't broken, we just ran the ball well.
Coach Fitzgerald, how important was getting not only the Bowl win, but also having a 10 win season?
There is a coach-ism that nine wins is a good season and 10 wins is a great season. Getting to that mark speaks volumes to the players that stepped up. The bowl win showed that we can compete for championships on a national stage. We need to think about that as we embark on the 2013 season.
Coach does having your team in the preseason top 25 put more pressure on you as a coach?
No. We focus on us. Not on what positive things are said externally nor negative things that are said externally.
Coach Fitzgerald, your team was the only B1G team to beat an SEC team in a bowl, in addition to beating Vandy during the season. The whole B1G-SEC discussion gets old sometimes, but what's your take on it?
I'll let our record last year speak for my opinion. We are not undefeated against the league but have great respect for the league and its talent. We are very proud of the success we had last season.
What makes this year's team the one to win the B1G championship?
That we consistently improved. We have handled adversity well. And that we've taken the necessary step that we've talked about to become a champion.
Coach what is your strategy to handle real grind schedules like you have this year?
WE have a great blueprint of how we go about our daily preparation. We'll stick to that plan and be prepared to adjust based on our execution on Saturdays and our health of ballclub.
Hi Coach,How have your young players stepped up in off season to fill some voids particularly on defense?
January through the end of the school year, multiple players stepped up and improved and have put themselves in position to play. From the standpoint of what they've done over the summer, give me until Monday to let you know. Ask me Monday night.
What is the single thing that you are most excited for about the new lakeside athletic facility (Ryan Fieldhouse) under construction?
Everything. It will be a gamechanger for our program. I'm looking forward to calling it our new home.
How is 2015 recruiting going?
As some .com sites have said, this is the best recruiting classes we've ever had. But it's fluid, ongoing and equally important as how we finish this class.
Even with such great success last year, what is the main thing your team needs to improve on this year to make the next step
Too many ways to type. But overall, I believe we're trending in the right direction. I believe we have to invest daily in all aspects of our game to continue to improve.
Thanks for your great support. Looking forward to representing you the right way. Have a great remainder of the summer. Go Cats!
Next up is Michigan's Brady Hoke at 3:30 p.m. ET!
<a name='hoke'></a>Here's coach Brady Hoke!
Coach Hoke, Michigan has a lot of rivalry games, how hard is it to get players to focus on the games in between them games?
That's one reason that guys come to Michigan. It's one reason why guys coach at Michigan, because of those games. Are they all important? No doubt. From a national standpoint, the Notre Dame game has always been important. The in state game, where fans draw a line in the sand. And the greatest game in the sport with the game at the end of the season with Ohio State.
Coach, did you get a chance to see your twin Mike Golic during your day at ESPN today?
I did not see Mike. I have a lot of respect for Mike. He's lost a lot of weight, but I have not had that opportunity. I think he's going on vacation.
Coach Hoke, how much freedom do you give the players when it comes to them being on social media?
I think the one that we try to do is educate them all of the time on the power of social media and the bad parts of it. The mistakes that guys have made. That education has to continue on a daily basis.
Coach, what are you looking forward to most this year and why?
No. 1, on Sunday, getting together as a team. I love fall camp, because I get an opportunity to spend as much time as I can with our players.
Coach Hoke how do you feal about your team heading into fall camp?
I like our team. I like the competition that we have. I like our seniors, how they've handled it since January and how they've led our team. We have a lot of young players that we redshirted a year ago that are competing for playing time. I'm excited about how they came through spring and what they did this summer.
Hey coach, how many spread concepts will be kept from the offenses in the last 2 years? We know Devin cant run like denard but he is a dual-threat QB
We're very forunate to have the QBs that we do. They're all athletic. Devin was recruited into a spread offense, but can do a great job under center in a pro offense, in the play action game. But at the same time we'll still have all of the elements of the spread because of his athleticism.
Coach Hoke, there's been a lot of excitement about Michigan's moves in recruiting. What are your plans to continue this trend of recruiting and developing top end talent?
No. 1, recruiting is the lifeblood of your program. The pace of the recruiting, the early evaluations the early signings will be the future of college football and its future. We have either the 12 or 15 ranked university in the world. That's pretty powerful. We're the winningest football program. That's a big part. We have parents that are a big part of it. Hopefully those parents and guardians are comfortable with how we go about business at Michigan.
Coach, you've got a lot of young kids ready to step into playingroles, especially on the offensive line. How do you get a freshman or sophomore to the level where they are prepared to compete in a big game as a young player?
I would say that when you look at what our kids do in the strength and conditioning part of it. The schedule, from the standpoint of developing a lot of young players. You open with Central Michigan, a bowl team. Notre Dame. Going on the road. It gives them a lot of different environments to play in. That's a great experience.
Coach, what are some factors in how aggressive you get with blitz packages. I know the defense has had great success confusing offenses with this so could we see more of that in yr 3?
We have a great DC and great defensive staff. I think you always tweak your defense to the personnel you have. The multiple defenses we have the ability to run is from the work ethic and intelligence of our players. But if we can get pressure with four guys, we want to use that as a base.
Coach, What sort of future do you see for James Ross? I thought he looked fantastic last year and I can't wait to see how he develops in his sophomore year.
I think James has a very bright future. He's a very instinctive LB. As he continues to get bigger, stronger, mature physically, I think he'll have a bright future at Michigan.
Coach Hoke, from the 1st practice in camp until the 1st game, what tone do you want to be set?
We want to be a physical football team, so we're going to practice physical. We want to play with outstanding effort. We're going to practice that way. We're going to be a smart football team. Not have bad penalties that can hurt the team. Then, a team that grows as a group with each other.
The same beliefs, same commitment, same accountability.
Coach, you've stressed that special teams is a third of the game and you've show that by not being afraid to hand out scholarships to kickers, etc. Will you be holding a scholarship spot open next year for Big John Falk's replacement?
No question. Your kickers, punters, your long snappers, return guys. Dennis came in as a return guy. All of those that can generate field position are very important to the game of football.
What are your thoughts on social media and can we expect a @TremendousCoachHoke account sometime soon?
No on a coach account. Our goal is to educate our guys on the power of social media, either the negatives or positives that are part of what's out there.
Coach, thank you for making the last 2 years in the stands better than my first 2 at Michigan. What are your thoughts on Big Ten teams no longer being allowed to play FCS schools?
I don't think that will truly happen. But if we're going to talk about strength of schedule being a part of the committe and making those four teams. We have to play within those schedules. We're going to play nine conference games. Then we have to play those teams that will be a true test.
We look forward to Sunday. Camp starts. Go Blue!
Thanks to all of the coaches for chatting today!
That wraps up our two weeks of college football coaches chats! Let's have a good season!