LIVE FROM BIG TEN MEDIA DAY

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AllHoosiers.com has three writers live in Chicago for Big Ten football media days. Read more for continuous updates throughout the day.

UPDATE 2:30 EST - Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson was next to speak at Big Ten Media Day. In his opening statement, Wilson was confident about the fact that the Hoosier are returning multiple starters on both sides of the ball. There is also a lot of competition, and Wilson talked about the new rules that allow freshmen to work out in the summers with the team. Wilson has liked what he has seen from the group, and he thinks a number of the newcomers have a chance to see playing time. On offense, Wilson raved about RB Tevin Coleman as well as the offensive line, which is returning all five starters. "He's an impact guy," Wilson said of Coleman. "Very strong, very talented. We were fourth in the league in rushing. We have an outstanding offensive line. I think he's one of the best backs in the league; we have the line to back it up." On the defensive side, Wilson said they were looking at new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr because of what he was able to accomplish in Wake Forest, not necessarily because many believe Knorr has something to prove. The defensive will have a new look this season, as it switches from the previous 4-3 look to a 3-4 scheme.

UPDATE 2:15 EST - Penn State's James Franklin took the podium for his first Big Ten Media Day. In his opening statements, Franklin raved about how proud he was of his players for their work in the classroom, stating the previous semester was one of the best semesters GPA wise in Penn State history. The Nittany Lions are going into this season with a lot of competition, and Franklin is not allowing for any player to be comfortable as a starter. "We don't guarantee playing time," Franklin said. "You have to earn it. You have to earn everything in life." Last season, Franklin lead Vanderbilt to a 9-4 record and a Compass Bowl victory over Houston. The Hoosiers pulled out a 44-24 upset against Penn State last year, and they will host the Nittany Lions on Nov. 8.

UPDATE 1:45 EST - Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was next behind the podium. In his opening statement, he addressed the youth in the secondary and how they are starting over with the group. "The secondary has been completely blown up," Meyer said. "Started from scratch." One thing the Buckeyes' coach continued to stress was the importance of leadership on and off the field. Going into camp with good leaders and a healthy group were most important to Meyer. "We spend an inordinate amount of time on leadership building," Meyer said. "We're just trying to get to training camp healthy and in the right state of mind." Ohio State finished the 2013 campaign with back-to-back losses coming against Michigan State in the Conference Championship game and against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Ohio State is ranked in the top 10 in the country in multiple preseason polls, and USA Today ranks them as No. 4 in the country. IU plays at Ohio State on Nov. 22.

UPDATE 1:30 EST - Maryland's Randy Edsall took the podium next. Edsall started off by saying he is excited to be joining the Big Ten Conference, and that he has been very impressed by what he and his players have seen and experienced so far. Edsall has been apart of a conference movement as a head coach before while at Connecticut, moving from Division I-AA to Division I-A in 2000, then joining the Big East in 2004. "The biggest focus we've had to have is just finding out who other teams are and studying what they do," Edsall said. The Terrapins are coming off of their first bowl appearance in the Edsall's three years with the program, finishing the 2013 season with a 7-6 record. IU opens its conference schedule against Maryland on Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium.

UPDATE 1:15 EST - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was next at the podium. Pelini spoke about the excitement around the team this season, as the Cornhuskers strive for their first Big Ten Conference Championship. "I think all the pieces are there," Pelini said. "I think the potential is there. It's going to be the intangibles, all the little things." Last year Nebraska finished 9-4 on the season and finished tied for second in the Big Ten Legends division. Since starting at Nebraska in 2008, Pelini has lost four games in every season, which has resulted in four conference title game appearances - three with the Big 12 and one with the Big Ten - but never winning a conference title.

UPDATE 12:45 EST - Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was the next coach behind the podium. One topic Dantonio touched on was being in the spotlight after such a successful season. An important thing with this year's team will be how they can handle success. "The Big Ten conference always have attention coming their way," Dantonio said. "We've had success, we've done special things. Our players did tremendous things last year." Dantonio led the Spartans to an undefeated Big Ten record and a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford last year, their first since 1988. Indiana will host Michigan State in its homecoming game on Oct. 18.

UPDATE 12:30 EST - Jerry Kill, head coach for Minnesota, took the podium next. Kill has been impressed by the effort put in this summer from his players. "They've been able to discipline, and they've been doing it on their own," Kill said. "When you get kids buying in, it's exciting to see." Last season, Kill's third with the Golden Gophers, the team went 8-5 and played in the Texas Bowl against Syracuse in a 21-17 loss.

UPDATE 12:15 EST - Rutgers' head coach Kyle Flood was behind the podium next. Rutgers joins Maryland as new schools to the Big Ten this season. When talking about the first season in the conference, Flood said, "It feels right. I think it's only right that Rutgers, the birthplace of college football (joined)." As for recruiting, Flood has already seen a change in the states they've been able to sign recruits in, citing Texas, Minnesota and Michigan as recent states that they have signed players. When asked about the difficulties of joining a division including historically powerhouse programs like Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, Flood replied confidently, "We're looking forward to competing for championships." In his first two seasons with Rutgers, Flood lead the Scarlet Knights to back-to-back bowl games, in addition to earning a co-Big East conference championship in 2012. The Hoosiers will play at Rutgers on Nov. 15.

UPDATE 11:45 EST - Michigan's Brady Hoke was the next coach behind the podium. Hoke said the depth on this team is one of Michigan's strongest assets. It is the most competitive team he has been apart of. Hoke said he believes this is because of the foundation that has been laid since his beginning in 2011. On the offensive line, Hoke believes they will start out camp with the lineup they finished with in the spring, but there is still plenty of competition along the front. He expects to have a finalized line before week three. Hoke knows that at a program like Michigan, expectations are high, but he is focused on one game at a time. “You can’t win all your games unless you win the first one,” Hoke said. Hoke's third season with the Wolverines was disappointing, as the team finished with a 7-6 record, the worst season in Hoke's tenure. IU will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Nov. 1.

UPDATE 11:30 EST - Illinois' Tim Beckman took the podium next. He said QB Nathan Scheelhaase is his guy, and that he is something special, a big time leader on this team. He also discussed the importance of recruiting in the state of Illinois, especially in Chicago. "We will continue to strive to make that the most important thing we do in recruiting," Beckman said. In Beckman's two seasons as the Illini head coach, he has only won one Big Ten game, which came against Purdue last season.

UPDATE 11:15 EST - Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen talked about the youth of the team, but wasn't worried about it. He did mention that the position group with the biggest question mark is the wide receivers. Andersen is also in his second season as Wisconsin's head coach and finished with a 9-4 record.

UPDATE 11:00 EST - Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell said he's focused about game one. "We've got to separate ourselves from last year." He also discussed the importance of building trust between the coaching staff and the players. It needs to go both ways. It is Hazell's second season as Purdue's coach. In his first season in 2013, Purdue finished with a 1-11 record. Indiana finished off its regular season at home against the Boilermakers.

CHICAGO -- It's Big Ten football media day in Chicago, and AllHoosiers.com is live from the Hilton downtown. We will provide updates here throughout the day.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is scheduled to take the podium at 2:15 EST (1:15 CST). Nate Sudfeld, Shane Wynn and David Cooper are also here from Indiana and will address the media this afternoon.

Intern Ben Faunce will post notes from the rest of the Big Ten's coaches here throughout the day. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and Purdue's Darrell Hazell have already spoken.

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