Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Big Ten Media Days (July 30- Aug. 1) are right around the corner. Usually this event is the unofficial start of the 2015 football season.
This year the Big Ten Network will be providing more live coverage of the event than ever before with more than 13 hours of live programming . Below is the schedule of events and coverage:
From 1 PM ET through 3 PM ET on Thursday, July 30, BTN will televise remarks from Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Tim Beckman (Illinois), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Randy Edsall (Maryland), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State). Immediately afterward, from 3 PM ET – 7 PM ET, the coaches and their players will visit the BTN set at Media Days for BTN Live, alongside Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
Press conference coverage resumes on at 9 AM ET on Friday, July 31, when Jerry Kill (Minnesota), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Kyle Flood (Rutgers), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Riley (Nebraska), Darrell Hazell (Purdue) and James Franklin (Penn State) address media members. Delany follows the coaches, speaking at 11:15 AM ET.
BTN Live will return for a second-consecutive day, once again providing live coverage of the coaches and their players visiting the set from 3 PM – 7 PM ET.
Rick Pizzo and Glen Mason will anchor the press conference coverage from the BTN Studio on both Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, Aug. 1, BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 7 PM ET, hosted by Revsine. Coaches will join BTN’s lead studio host to discuss the upcoming season. Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld and Ohio State’s Joshua Perry will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.
The format of the 2015 Big Ten Media Days will be slightly different than in years past. First, the event is split into two days. Seven coaches will speak on July 30th and the other seven will speak the next day. This should make it feel less rushed and allows media members to get more in depth with each team. Second, BTN Live will be on site this year. This is a major step forward for coverage as in years past the show was always in studio.