The five BEST Things we heard
“I usually try to have something witty and funny, and somewhat prepared. But with the presidential election, I don’t think I’ll touch that.”
Nebraska coach Tim Miles decided to steer clear of any political debate talk involving Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
“[Big Ten Commissioner] Jim Delany kept his word. He told me when we were joining the league that he would get us into D.C. So we’re grateful for that.”
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was excited to have the Big Ten Media Day and Big Ten tournament in March in his backyard in Washington, D.C.
“We’re not student athletes. We’re here to play sports. Some of us are missing class to be here right now. In some respect they’re making money off us right now. [Wisconsin] just changed to Under Armour, who just gave us a couple 100 million dollars. I’m sure that’s not enough to pay us for our playing because that’s not enough money.”
Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes showed why he’s arguably the most socially conscious player in college basketball.
“I watched him play, and then I looked at my assistants and said, ‘What the hell were you guys doing?’ That’s respectfully my kind of guy.”
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo joked about his assistants missing out on recruiting Gophers sophomore Jordan Murphy out of high school.
“It’s like I told our guys when we started the season this year. I said, hey, somebody may transfer. I said it’s an epidemic in college basketball. But you look at the top 50 greatest NBA players of all time. One guy transferred out of the top 50 [Larry Bird from Indiana to Indiana State].”
Ohio State coach Thad Matta addressed having four players transfer from his 2015 recruiting class.