Robert Marve visited Nebraska, taking in a sold-out spring game.
But when he was nearing his final decision of which school he was going to transfer to from Miami, he had it down to Tennessee and Purdue, and it was "down to the wire."
"I wanted to pick a school that I felt in my heart could win a championship," Marve said from the Big Ten media day in Chicago where his table was consistently populated by media members.
"I looked at every school closely. I didn't want to go for party reasons, any of those. I just felt like Purdue had the best opportunity to win its conference. Then when I met coach (Danny) Hope, (offensive coordinator) coach (Gary) Nord and the system, it fit what I did best. This situation was wild, but I feel like I'm here for a reason and God put me in this situation."
- Having been to Nebraska's campus and experiencing their fans' passion for football, Marve said he thought it was "awesome" when the Cornhuskers joined the league. He's hoping to get a chance to play them next season.
- Marve was happy to attend the media day for at least one reason: To get back to a "city" again. Marve is accustomed to fast-paced, big-city lifestyle after playing in Miami. West Lafayette is a change of pace. "Keith (Smith) was making fun of me because I was smiling all the way in," Marve said. "It's my first time in Chicago. I didn't know it was so big. You hear 'Chicago,' but once you see the buildings, it's something else."
- There's a good possibility that the Big Ten will play a conference championship game in 2011, and Marve likes that idea. "I think what it does is kind of keep everybody – I don't want to say interested – but seeing who matches up better with each other. When I played in the ACC, it was like, 'What's the other division doing? How is the other division matching up?' You're always putting yourself in the championship game and who you would want to play. It was good."