SEC Commissioner Mike Slive quoted Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill in his media day remarks, threatening that the Power 5 conferences would break from the NCAA if not granted more voting power.
Big 12 chief Bob Bowlsby belittled NCAA enforcement, saying: "Cheating pays."
The only thing we have to fear is … more lawsuits and pro-union rulings.
Here are more burning questions that will be addressed when coaches and players gather at the Hilton Chicago at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
If the Spartans are not looking ahead to their Week 2 game at Oregon, something is wrong. Big Ten pride and a potential playoff berth will be on the line in the nation's most intriguing nonconference game of 2014.
Ohio State: Are the Buckeyes a national power? Or just regional?
Urban Meyer is 16-0 in regular-season Big Ten games. That's spectacular — and, yet, not enough. Without a marquee game in September (home vs. Virginia Tech falls short), Ohio State will have to prove its worthiness in December and January.
Iowa: Will the Kirk Ferentz salary talk ever die?
The Alfonso Soriano of Big Ten coaches hauls in an estimated $4 million, as his critics love to point out. But that coin reflects Ferentz's loyalty — and the overall quality of his work. Watch the Hawkeyes win 10 games this season.
Wisconsin: Who will hand off to Melvin Gordon?
Joel Stave doesn't exactly inspire fear in opposing defensive coordinators, and a shoulder injury limited him in the spring. Tanner McEvoy is athletic enough to play safety but was slow to pick up the offense after transferring a year ago.
Northwestern: Will the Wildcats rally behind "Union College"?
About the only good that came from a spring dominated by CAPA and NLRB was the emergence of QB Trevor Siemian, who transformed from laid-back to leader. No longer splitting time with Kain Colter, the fifth-year Siemian calls the Wildcats "my team."
Nebraska: Where is Bo Pelini's cat?
Pelini dared his bosses to fire him in November, and they blinked. Perhaps they knew he would become the toast of Lincoln by embracing Twitter alter-ego @FauxPelini. In a nod to the @FauxPelini handle, the real coach carried a feline into the spring game.
Minnesota: Will the Gophers go streaking again?
The Gophers won four straight Big Ten games last season — their longest such streak since 1973. But they lost three straight to end the year, including a Texas Bowl stinker to Syracuse. So what's in store for Jerry Kill's fourth season?