Here’s the reaction of some Big Ten coaches to USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten:
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald (pictured above): “Before I came back to Northwestern, when I was at Idaho, I actually recruited the San Fernando Valley, up to San Luis Obispo over to Fresno and then down through Bakersfield and Palmdale, so I’ve got a pretty good understanding of the Valley.
“We’ve typically had somewhere between three to 10-12 guys depending on the whole roster, I think we are at five right now from California. Absolutely, it’s going to help.”
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck: “I look at everything through the lens of the University of Minnesota. We have a ton of living alumni out there on the West Coach, and now that Big Ten footprint is really stationed there for all of our alumni.
“I think when you kind of look at does playing out there help recruiting? Yes and no. I think it’s very different than it used to be ten years ago, where kids can live stream games, watch any game they want they have all the types of resources on their phones. But I do think it’s really positive for the conference and the league. We’re excited about it. It’s coast to coast.”
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz: “I just think about the travel coming and Iowa is going to be a home game for those guys (USC, UCLA) as opposed to going all the way across the country.
“But that’s what comes with breaking away from tradition, geography, etc. That’s just not part of that process. But I’m at the point right now, where really nothing would surprise me or does surprise me.”