After the passing of punter Sam Foltz, Nebraska decided to not attend Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on Monday. However, the event did go on and most Big Ten coaches attending the first day gave their condolences to both Nebraska and Michigan State.
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern - "It's with heavy heart and great sadness that I kick off here this morning. Obviously, the tragic news the passing of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler over the weekend. On behalf of Northwestern, our football program and all our players we'd like to express all the thoughts and prayers to their families, Coach Dantonio, Coach Riley and the Spartan and Husker families on their tragic loss. We recruited Mike and know him well. And just sad, tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with them."
Darrell Hazell, Purdue - "First let me extend my condolences to Nebraska and Michigan State for their tragic losses. It's a sad day for those families there."
Chris Ash, Rutgers - "I'd like to follow up by echoing the coaches comments to give the best to the players and the fans of Nebraska and Michigan State with the loss of Sam and Mike. Tremendous individuals from what I've heard, and I know it's a tough loss for those two programs. It's never easy when you lose one of your own and part of your family. We'd like to give our best to those guys and those programs."
James Franklin, Penn State - "Want to start by starting out by giving my condolences to both Nebraska, Michigan State and the Foltz and Sadler families. Devastating to hear that news. I've been through that in my coaching career as well and I don't think it's something you ever are prepared for or can handle.But our support and condolences go out to them."
Tracy Claeys, Minnesota - "Before I get started I would like to express my sympathies and those of our players to the University of Nebraska, Michigan State University, friends and family over the loss of two great young men. Went way too early. Tough deal."