Sound Off: Big Ten Media Day

By Eric Dutkiewicz

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It was a much different scene at this year's Big Ten Conference Football Media Day contrasted to last year's event.

The Paterno Era is over; and Penn State head Bill O'Brien and three Nittany Lions players became focal points of questions, days after the NCAA handed what some would call worse than the death penalty.

"It's about picking yourself up, and figuring out what you're going to do next," O'Brien said. It's a week about being resolute, and why you're at Penn State."

In-state rivals Purdue and Indiana are looking to capitalize on a Leaders Division with only three of six teams eligible for the Big Ten Championship game.

The Boilermakers come off a 7-6 season, and a win in the Little Caesars Bowl.

"There's some times during the course of the season last year that we were not near as disciplined as we needed to be," Purdue head coach Danny Hope said, "You can't be a championship football team if you're not a disciplined football team."

The Hoosiers return to the gridiron after a 1-14 season in head coach Kevin Wilson's first year in Bloomington. On paper, it will not take much for Indiana to be better; but Wilson says preparation for 2012 started days after the end of 2011.

"The biggest impact we can have on our football team other than maturity, and leadership and chemistry," Wilson said, "is getting back to the passing game that I'm used to."

BTN college football analyst Gerry DiNardo joined Tommy Schoegler and AWP Director of Operations Scott Zeigler on Sound Off to discuss Big Ten football and Penn State's troubles.

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