They're All Upbeat in Chicago

     No one sounds depressed in Chicago at the 40th annual Big Ten football meetings.  There are now 12 head coaches who speak.  Bo Pelini made his case for Nebraska and the Cornhuskers just might even win the league's first title game December 3rd in Indianapolis.

     Joe Paterno talked about his age again which he does every year.  MSU's Mark Dantonio continued to talk about building what he's begun in his first four seasons.  Michigan's Brady Hoke kept hammering away at being proud to be back in Ann Arbor.  Luke Fickell says he hasn't had time to consider his future at Ohio State nor lament the loss of Jim Tressel, too much work to do in too little time.

     Everyone has an upbeat attitude, but someone will finish last again, and this time there will be at least two last place teams because we have the Leaders and the Legends divisions.  There are no preseason polls nor all conference teams to forecast this year.  That's negative for others and the Big Ten wants nothing negative at media day each July.

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