“She tells him how proud they are of him, how much they admire him, how wonderful it is to see him. He takes pictures with her and the president and they talk for a while. We walked back (to press row) and he was so excited to get these pictures.
“The next morning, he’s still talking about it. And he’s amazed that these people were so nice to him. I said, ‘Why wouldn’t be they nice to you, Coach?’
“He just shook his head and I can imagine what that head shake meant.
“But that, to me, said a lot about his life, to come from where he was earlier in life to where he was being embraced by presidents.”
» The Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to postpone fall football. Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa were the three who said “Play ball.”
So now that the Big Ten has answered that part of the Nebraska players’ lawsuit, does the issue fade away?
Do the Big Ten CEOs stomp out any attempt to play this fall?
They might try. But if the SEC, ACC and Big 12 start playing games, things will get heated again.
» So you want to fire Kevin Warren? Do you trust the Big Ten CEOs to hire someone better?
Perhaps they could find someone more PR savvy. But in terms of leadership, the Big Ten presidents now have control. And they aren’t going to relinquish it anytime soon.