Big Ten Media Days are upon us, which means two days of speeches, interviews, roundtables, predictions, and more, and Maize and Go Blue will be there to cover it first hand. For those watching at home — or tuning in from work — we’ve got you covered with a full rundown of what to expect.
This year marks the 43rd year of Big Ten Media Days. The event will be held at the Hilton Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. In attendance will be 42 players — three from each team — and all 14 coaches, in addition to Big Ten personnel and other special guests. The two-day event will conclude with the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, which will feature an autograph session for all fans in attendance as well as more interviews and speeches. ESPN’s Rece Davis will emcee the Luncheon and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah will deliver the keynote speech.
Big Ten Network and ESPNU will air coverage of the event. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT, BTN will air the opening media sessions with coaches (schedule below), as well as BTN president Mark Silverman, College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Gerry DiNardo and Rick Pizzo will anchor the network’s coverage, which will also re-air at 6 p.m. CT. BTN will also air a Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon special at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
ESPNU will air the 14 head coaches’ press conferences between noon and 3 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday, as well as those by Kelly and Delany. Some Big Ten coaches will also appear on other ESPN shows, such as SportsCenter and College Football Live, throughout the day.
The schedule - Monday, July 28
|Opening media session with coaches|
|9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.||Pat Fitzgerald||Northwestern|
|9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Darrell Hazell||Purdue|
|10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||Gary Andersen||Wisconsin|
|10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Tim Beckman||Illinois|
|10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||Brady Hoke||Michigan|
|11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.||Kyle Flood||Rutgers|
|11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Jerry Kill||Minnesota|
|11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Mark Dantonio||Michigan State|
|12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.||Bo Pelini||Nebraska|
|12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Randy Edsall||Maryland|
|12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.||Urban Meyer||Ohio State|
|1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.||James Franklin||Penn State|
|1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Kevin Wilson||Indiana|
|1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.||Kirk Ferentz||Iowa|
|Media session for BTN, College Football Playoff, and Big Ten|
|1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Mark Silverman||BTN President|
|2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Michael Kelly||College Football Playoff|
|2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||Jim Delany||Big Ten Commissioner|
|One-on-one podium interviews|
|10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Pat Fitzgerald, Ibraheim Campbell, Collin Ellis, Trevor Siemian||Northwestern|
|10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||Darrell Hazell, Raheem Mostert, Sean Robinson, Ryan Russell||Purdue|
|10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Gary Andersen, Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein, Warren Herring||Wisconsin|
|10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.||Tim Beckman, Simon Cvijanovic, Jon Davis, Austin Teitsma||Illinois|
|11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Brady Hoke, Devin Gardner, Jake Ryan, Frank Clark||Michigan|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Kyle Flood, Michael Burton, Darius Hamilton, Lorenzo Waters||Rutgers|
|11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.||Jerry Kill, David Cobb, Mitch Leidner, Cedric Thompson||Minnesota|
|12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Mark Dantonio, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook, Kurtis Drummond||Michigan State|
|12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Bo Pelini, Ameer Abdullah, Kenny Bell, Corey Cooper||Nebraska|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.||Randy Edsall, C.J. Brown, Stefon Diggs, Jeremiah Johnson||Maryland|
|1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller, Michael Bennett, Jeff Heuermann||Ohio State|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||James Franklin, Bill Belton, Sam Ficken, Mike Hull||Penn State|
|1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Kevin Wilson, David Cooper, Nate Sudfeld, Shane Wynn||Indiana|
|2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Kirk Ferentz, Carl Davis, Brandon Scherff, Mark Weisman||Iowa|
As you can see, the Michigan coach and player interviews will happen between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and we will have news and reactions from this sessions afterward. You can watch Hoke’s session live at 10:30 on BTN.
The schedule - Tuesday, July 29
|One-on-One Round Table Interviews|
|8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||All coaches and players available|
|10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.||Coaches and former players sign autographs with fans attending the Luncheon|
|43rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon|
|11:30 a.m.||Interviews and keynote speech, emceed by ESPN’s Rece Davis|
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