Day one of Big Ten Media Days didn't feature Ohio State.
Coach Urban Meyer and Buckeyes J.T. Barrett, Raekwon McMillan and Pat Elflein will speak with the conference's media tomorrow, but Ohio State is always a topic of conversation.
While coaches were reluctantly to comment on pending matchups with the Buckeyes specifically -- unsurprisingly, they preached a focus on the next opponent -- Ohio State did come up in various ways. Here is what some coaches said about the Scarlet and Gray.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on his Twitter interaction with Gene Smith last March and why things got personal after Smith made comment about "jump starting a program" that was perceived as a slight at the Wolverines:
“I’m going to put that in the category of someone shoots one over your bow, then you shoot one back over their bow. Usually I subscribe to the ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me’ philosophy. But when somebody talks about someone you love or something you love and makes a personal attack then you have a right to shoot one back over their bow.
“I thought it was the same intensity both ways.”
Harbaugh on his approach to rivalry games with Michigan State and Ohio State:
“To win them. That’s our goal. Our biggest goal, our main goal, is to win the next game. When that games over win the next one. When that one’s over win the next one. That’s how we approach it.”
Rutgers head coach and former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash on what he took from his time under Meyer and balancing that with building his own program as a head coach:
“I did have a very successful experience for my two years at Ohio State. I can’t thank coach Meyer and the staff and players there enough for the opportunity I was given and the opportunity to come to Rutgers because of that opportunity, but he’s not the only coach I’ve coached under. I’ve coached under a lot of other what I would consider great coaches and I’ve taken bits and pieces from all of them. What I’ve found is at the end of the day be your own main, believe in what you believe in. The good thing is a lot of the coaches I’ve worked for, they believe the same things. Urban was probably at a different level because of the years of experience he has had and he does it a little better than everybody else because of those years.”
James Franklin on if Ohio State has a built-in recruiting advantage as the clear No. 1 school in a talent rich state:
“When you have no one within your conference or no one within major Division I football to compete with with recruits, yeah. And with the number iof recruits that Ohio puts out every year there is no doubt about it. That’s why long-term that school has been successful because they have some built-in advantages.”