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This quote is from PJ Fleck, the new head coach at Western Michigan, responding to a question about the MAC.
"I've always believed in it because it gave me an opportunity that no one else would give. It's a special league because, a lot of times, kids aren't going to turn down Ohio State to go to Western Michigan, so it's always going to be that next tier kid that says, 'I've got something to prove. I can play at Ohio State. I have a chip on my shoulder.' I love the underdog mentality and I love that about this league, because that's what it has. Most of those players have that. When you look at the whole league in general, it's a bunch of underdog kids that just wanted an opportunity and they got one, and now it's their chance to prove to everyone else, and even themselves, they can play at an elite level."
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I think the same can be said about some players, say from Ohio, that end up at Iowa. They want to prove that their home state team were wrong for passing up on them
Very true, and I think that factor is usually at play whenever the other B1G teams play an OSU or Michigan.
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