Here are what some of them had to say on the subject:
• Tim Beckman, Illinois: "You gave me the information as you spoke. Again, the game of football is about student-athletes, and any time you give opportunities for student-athletes to play, I'm all for it. We coach this game for the student-athletes, and arrive every morning and leave every night with the student-athletes in mind. Any avenue we can create, I think that would be a good thing."
• Darrell Hazell, Purdue: "I just got word less than 45 minutes ago, so I haven't heard all the details. All coaches are in this business to help kids out, so any time you can help some people out, I think that's why we do this. I haven't heard all the details, but I'm happy for Penn State and that they are able to get themselves in a situation where they can help players out that had nothing to do with the tragic events in the past."
• Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: "Needless to say I think that whole thing was a bad deal and so hopefully some steps are being taken to make it a little more fair."
• Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: "I can't speak for what it means for their program, and I'm sure Bill did a great job. I'm all for giving young people the opportunity to play this great game, and I'm happy for however many more student-athletes get opportunities and for the young people that go to Penn State. It will have a trickledown effect. I haven't read the release, but whether it's five more young people getting the opportunity to play college football, and for a young person go to another school, it will impact college football. That's positive. I'm not big fan of taking and reducing scholarship. It reduces opportunity, and I understand the rules and sanctions and reasons for them, but at the end of the day, the stipulation gives student-athletes the opportunity to play."