If the Big Ten can have 12 teams, then surely the league can have two bloggers, right?
Beginning today, I'm joining Adam Rittenberg in this space as we both cover the conference you love. We're not splitting up our coverage by division, and instead we will both be blogging about the entire league. Which is appropriate, since it has already been explained to me by Big Ten officials that everyone is both a Legend and a Leader. Or something like that. I'm still learning.
I've spent the past three seasons writing the Big East blog for ESPN.com and am excited to get to know this conference and the fans who follow it. No offense to the Big East, but I'm looking forward to a different level of passion and enthusiasm in the Big Ten blog, and maybe now I'll actually get a chance to go to a BCS title game. (And hopefully my Big East-to-Big Ten transition will prove a little smoother than Rich Rodriguez's).
Might as well get one thing out of the way from the start: I didn't attend any Big Ten school, and I didn't grow up rooting for any league team, either. Sorry to douse your conspiracy theories so early. But I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the brand of football and the types of universities in this conference, even if -- as we've very recently seen -- they don't always live up to their own lofty standards.
I'll do my best to try and live up to the high standard Adam has established in this blog. Be patient with me as I familiarize myself with the teams, players and coaches around the league. Shoot me a note in my mailbag if you think I've messed something up or if there's something you'd like to see me write about or just to introduce yourself.
Thanks for indulging me on this long-winded introduction. Now let's get back to doing what we do best here: talking about Big Ten football.