Earlier today, Steve Pikiell stepped up to the podium to address the media and answer questions at his first Big Ten Media Day.
After the press conference, he joined the BTN Live crew to discuss his coaching career and the state of the team heading into the 2016-17 season.
Personally, I was really impressed with the way Coach Pikiell handled himself today. He knows he’s coming into a tough situation, but I thought he displayed a quiet confidence and he’s obviously shown the willingness to work on the recruiting trail. He spoke positively about the school, not only from an athletic standpoint, but also academically. It was obvious that this is somewhere he wants to be and he’s ready for the challenge of building this program.
Interestingly, this is not the first time he’s mentioned Corey Sanders and the defensive impact he can have (and I’m sure it won’t be the last). I think the constant reinforcement is his way of motivating Corey to reach new heights on that end of the floor, and hopefully it pays off.
Coach Pikiell is doing and saying all the right things, and after today, I’m more confident than ever that we’re in good hands moving forward.