First up will be Missouri State coach Terry Allen and the Missouri Valley coaches teleconference.
Kirk Ferentz joins the Big Ten teleconference at 11:40. The transcript from the main news conference will be posted here around 2 or 2:30.
Was Allen involved in any way with the ’98 Iowa coaching search? Let’s see what we see there.
Here are Big Ten weekly notes and standings:
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Where We Rank, Find Out Tuesday: With the opening weekend of the 2013 college football season surrounding the Labor Day holiday, the second installment of the Associated Press (AP) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls will be revealed on Tuesday. In the preseason rankings, five conference teams appeared in the top 25 with two other squads receiving votes.
Making A Habit of Opening Day Wins: Eight programs have won consecutive season openers, including Nebraska, which has won a national-leading 28 straight season debuts . . .
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By Any Means Necessary: Throughout the opening weekend, Big Ten defenses and special teams impacted the scoreboard in their respective games. In total, 11 touchdowns were scored by units other than the offense, including three by Minnesota and two each by Michigan State and Northwestern . . .
Game Changer: Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis left his mark in the Wildcats’ season opening victory over California last Saturday. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the second half, the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player to do that since Sept. 15, 2012, helping Northwestern to a 44-30 road victory . . . He is the first Wildcat, the first Big Ten player since at least 1996 and just the sixth linebacker in FBS history to accomplish the feat.
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Here’s Missouri State coach Terry Allen from this morning’s MVC coaches teleconference:
Going back to Iowa — “It’s a great opportunity. We’ve never played a Big Ten school before. Very proud of the teams in our league, with North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. We’d like to duplicate what they did, but that might be easier said than done. Looking forward to going back to Iowa City.”
How did the offensive line grade out last Thursday (MSU lost 23-17 to Northwestern State) — We struggled a little bit early. That was the culprit of the game. We didn’t get our defense off the field in the first quarter. I thought they settled down. They only gave up the one sack. I think they’ll be OK up there. They just hadn’t had an opportunity to practice together. I think they’ll be OK.”
How left guards Kurt Kutter and Jake Lasater did — “I think Jake was a good find for us, in the sense that when we got a chance to play him a little bit, I think he’ll help us. Kurt still has a nagging injury, so he couldn’t go the whole route. It was nice to get Jake some snaps.”
Did you interview at Iowa in ’98 — I was involved. I interviewed for the job and they picked coach. So, we were involved with it, but obviously, it didn’t work out.”
Stratification in the MVC — “When we won seven, the Valley wasn’t as good as it is now. The teams we’ve added, the emphasis that’s put on football throughout the league, I think this last weekend exemplified how good of a league the Valley is. It’s just hard to move up in it because there are so many quality teams.”
Allen made a great point about the Valley. It’s a much tougher league than the old Gateway, when UNI and Western Illinois were running the show. He isn’t a sub-.500 football coach. He’s had the guts to go into two traditional basketball schools (Kansas and Missouri State) and try to make it work. And make no mistake, Missouri State is a basketball school. It’s Division I and makes waves in the MVC.
Here’s Kirk Ferentz from the Big Ten teleconference:
Intro — Crowd tremendous, ready to go Saturday. Appreciate the support. Northern had a nice team, disappointing. Do best to get ready this Saturday.
On Kirksey — We have three senior LBs. Certainly count on all three of those guys to play well. That was a huge play. We were spinning our tires at that point. It ignited our team. Got the crowd fired up. Outstanding play by a quality senior.
FCS schedule philosophy — I don’t think they’re going to fit in in our conference. We’re getting rid of those, last I heard. There are no guarantees, period, when you play against anybody. Scheduling is a challenge. — Compound scheduling issue without FCS? — I think for the teams available, it’s good for them. It drives the market up. It might make things more costly.
Interception that Jake threw, great read or eyes there on Rudock — It’s more about ball placement and maybe the decision, you’d like to take that back in terms of where he decided to go with the football. It’s probably more ball placement. He threw it behind our guy. It would’ve been a tight throw. If you miss the throw, you want to make sure you miss away from the defender, certainly. That’s part of being a first-year, first-time player. I thought he did an awful lot of good things. We’re awfully encouraged about what we saw. We’re confident he’s going to keep growing. — Demeanor — When I say there were an awful lot of good things, that’s a big part of the equation. His demeanor on the field was excellent. His feedback, his information, his conversations with Greg Davis were all good. His awareness was really good. On the TD pass, he got a mouthful of a defender as soon as he threw the ball. That’s something you like to see. Later on, he pulled one down and got the ball into the end zone. We’re encouraged.
Pro-style offense, spread is a talent equalizer, been tempted to incorporate more of that — I’m a little fuzzy on what spread means, exactly. There are all kinds of ways. You have to execute, block a minimal amount. You have to do what fits your personnel. We’ve had two Big Ten title games, anti-spread team won both. Teams that are successful are ones that execute the best. — In space more, the game? — There’s no question we’re seeing more up-tempo. Throwing the ball, people have done that.
On OL — We were all aware of new QB. That’s something we were hoping to run the ball a little bit. Overall, they performed pretty well.
On B.J. Lowery and Jordan Lomax health (Iowa’s starting corners were out in the fourth quarter, heat issues) – Had some heat issues. I think a lot of coaches in the midwest will be checking to see how much gas is in the tank. Lomax and Lowery played a lot of special teams, too. We think both should be back, we’ll see how it goes. (Players have Mondays off. First real practice of the week is today.)
Medical report, captains and questions start at about a minute. 1) Progress. 2) On whether or not he knows Terry Allen. 3) Learn how to win (the team, wise guys). 4) Four or five possession in the second half. 5) Tempo. 6) Secondary giving up the big play. 7) Rudock and what he saw and how his demeanor was on the sideline.
1) Pass rush. 2) LeShun Daniels (he’s playing, or so Ferentz says). 3) Playing FCS teams (65 scholarships vs 85). 4) Fake punt (they lost contain, no one got detailed on this one). 5) Is Iowa a faster team (yes). 6) Where’s the TE? 7) Pass rush again. Missouri State.
1) Rudock’s final throw. 2) Cotton on kick return (bad decisions). 3) Mike Meyer and kickoffs (looked pretty great to me). 4) Hitchens (KF said it was his best game) 5) Tempo on offense. 6) Little nickel and dime on D (I don’t remember any). 7) Getting more out of Weisman. Missouri State’s 3-4 defense.
1) Quantifying progress. 2) CB Maurice Fleming, RB Michael Malloy statuses. 3) Question on getting CJ Beathard and Cody Sokol in Saturday. 4) Pass rush (third time !!!!), 5) Big plays against Iowa.
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