What Mark Dantonio, Don Brown, Brian Ferentz and more had to say: Big Ten quotes of the week
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs past Oregon’s Tony Washington during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The doldrums of the college football offseason are approaching, but that doesn’t mean figures from across the conference have things on their mind that they want to say. Here’s a selection from the past week.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, center, talks to his players following a spring NCAA college football scrimmage, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. The defense won 33-23. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
Dantonio made his first public comments in a couple months earlier this week when he spoke at the West Michigan Sports Commission’s annual luncheon. He touched on his indecision of speaking at the luncheon given the sexual assault investigation surrounding his program, but he said he felt he should be there to speak.
“There is no question that at this point in time, our situation impedes progress. It makes it difficult to go day to day without dealing with some problem or dealing with some sort of issue that has to do with the whole.”
Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary (3) reacts after a play in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Michigan won 51-14. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Rashan Gary arrived at Michigan as a much bally-hooed recruit — a consensus top player in the Class of 2016 — and he had a bit role last fall. The expectation in 2017, Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown said, is that Gary takes the next step in his game.
“He’s earned the respect (of his teammates. If you don’t earn their respect, some of those young guys — they’ll give you the Heisman (stiff arm). They won’t want to hear from you.
“He’s one of our best players. He’s one of our hardest workers. He studies his craft. That’s a great thing.”