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Big Ten Football Media Day

CHICAGO — After day one of the Big Ten football media day here in downtown Chicago, much has been discussed about the upcoming season.

The implementation of the spread offense, a lack of respect for the Big Ten as a whole, Joe Tiller’s retirement after the season and new rule changes were among the main topics of discussion on the day.

Here are some of the best quotes from the coaches after day one:

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“It wasn’t just a one and done year for Illinois.” –Ron Zook, Illinois

“It’s good to be at a Michigan press conference.” –Bret Bielema, Wisconsin (after fielding consecutive questions about the Michigan Wolverines)

“I really believe the Big Ten conference is as strong as ever.” –Bielema, but it seems like every coach said something to this effect when asked if the Big Ten’s prowess in college football had taken a hit

“I’ve met very few coaches that I haven’t liked.” –Joe Tiller, Purdue

“Woody used to always say, whether they’re talking good or talking bad, keep them talking.” –Jim Tressel, Ohio State, referencing the legendary coach Woody Hayes

“If I were a betting man, I’d say he’ll be there in 2009.” –Tressel, on whether he thinks Joe Paterno will coach again after this season

“I feel the state’s pain.” –Tim Brewster, Minnesota, in regards to Gopher fans after the team’s 1-11 season

“I get a little tired of answering that question.” –Joe Paterno, Penn State, regarding the ever-pressing question about his retirement

“I don’t know. Do you want me to spell it out for you? I D-O-N-T K-N-O-W.” –Paterno, after another reporter asked if there was any circumstance that may alter his decision to continue coaching

“I think that’s a stupid question, frankly.” –Paterno, to a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer

“Hopefully, Wisconsin fans–if they have a couple more hours to relax in the stadium parking lot–it’s a festive environment, so we’re excited about that opportunity.” –Bielema, regarding the team’s back-to-back night games against Ohio State and Penn State

Check back later for more updates from media day

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