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How to watch Big Ten Media Days: Full schedule, preview, TV, live online streaming

Everything you need to know about Big Ten Media days, including a Twitter list to help you follow along live.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Media Days are upon us. Big Ten coaches and players from all 14 schools will gather at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago on Thursday and Friday, and for some, it's the first time they'll speak to the media since the end of spring practice.

Media Days, understandably, get a lot of hype and attention. In a way, they are the curtain-raiser, the introduction to a new season. But in reality, not much of import will come out of them.

That's especially true from a Northwestern perspective. There are a few topics that should be addressed. We'll get updates on Christian Jones' health. We'll potentially hear from Pat Fitzgerald on where some position battles stand. And there will be reasons given for why Northwestern fans should expect a turnaround. But there are no large issues hanging over the team.

In general, the majority of the words that come out of the mouths of coaches and players won't mean anything though. We will want them to mean something. But they won't mean anything.

With that being said, here are three non-Northwestern storylines to watch:

1. Thursday: Tim Beckman speaks for first time since Simon Cvijanovic allegations

Back in May, former Illinois offensive tackle Simon Cvijanovic published a long series of tweets accusing Beckman of, among other things, mistreating players. Beckman has not spoken since. He will be forced to on Thursday.

2. Thursday: Ohio State is the best team in the country and doesn't know who it's quarterback is

Neither of those quarterbacks, nor the third one who is transitioning to wide receiver, will be in attendance at McCormick Place, but their head coach will. He'll field endless questions about them.

3. Thursday and Friday: New coaches

Three teams projected to be among the top six in the conference have new faces at the heads of their programs: Mike Riley at Nebraska, Paul Chryst at Wisconsin, and some dude named Jim at Michigan. That last guy... yeah, he might get a bit of attention.

Full Schedule

Thursday: Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Indiana
Friday: Northwestern, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Rutgers, Purdue


Opening session, live on BTN (Watch live online here):

All times CT

12:00-12:15 p.m. — Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
12:15-12:30 p.m. — Tim Beckman, Illinois
12:30-12:45 p.m. — Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
12:45-1:00 p.m. — Randy Edsall, Maryland
1:00-1:15 p.m. — Kevin Wilson, Indiana
1:15-1:30 p.m. — Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
1:30-1:45 p.m. — Urban Meyer, Ohio State

After all seven coaches are done speaking, coaches and players will be available off-camera, at both podiums and roundtables, on the following staggered schedule:

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. — Michigan State C Jack Allen, DE Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook
2:15 - 3:45 p.m. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. — Illinois RB Josh Ferguson, OG Ted Karras, LB Mason Monheim
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. — Illinois coach Tim Beckman
2:15 - 3:45 p.m. — Wisconsin S Michael Caputo, RB Corey Clement, QB Joel Stave
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. — Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. — Maryland K Brad Craddock, DB William Likely, OL Andrew Zeller
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Maryland coach Randy Edsall
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. — Indiana DL Adarius Rayner, OL Jason Spriggs, QB Nate Sudfeld
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. — Indiana coach Kevin Wilson
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Iowa C Austin Blythe, DB Jordan Lomax, DE Drew Ott
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. — Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, LB Joshua Perry, DT Adolphus Washington
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer


Opening session, live on BTN (Watch live online here):

All times CT

8:00-8:15 a.m. — Jerry Kill, Minnesota
8:15-8:30 a.m. — Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
8:30-8:45 a.m. — Kyle Flood, Rutgers
8:45-9:00 a.m. — Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
9:00-9:15 a.m. — Mike Riley, Nebraska
9:15-9:30 a.m. — Darrell Hazell, Purdue
9:30-9:45 a.m. — James Franklin, Penn State

From 9:45 to 10:45, Big Ten Coordinator of Officials Bill Carollo, BTN President Mark Silverman, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney will address the media live on BTN (Watch live online here).

Beginning at 2 p.m., coaches and players will be available off-camera, at both podiums and roundtables, on the following staggered schedule:

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. — Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong, S Nate Gerry, WR Jordan Westerkamp
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. — Nebraska coach Mike Riley
2:15 - 3:45 p.m. — Purdue WR Danny Anthrop, C Robert Kugler, CB Frankie Williams
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. — Purdue coach Darrell Hazell
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. — Penn State S Jordan Lucas, OL Angelo Mangiro, DT Anthony Zettel
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Penn State coach James Franklin
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. — Minnesota DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, DE Theiren Cockran, QB Mitch Leidner
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Michigan LB Joe Bolden, WR Jehu Chesson, LB James Ross III
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. — Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo, DT Darius Hamilton, OL Keith Lumpkin
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. — Rutgers coach Kyle Flood
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. — Northwestern CB Nick VanHoose, WR Christian Jones, SB Dan Vitale
4:15 - 5:45 p.m. — Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald

TV/Online streaming

- BTN will televise all 14 opening coach press conferences, beginning at noon CT on Thursday and 8 a.m. CT on Friday.
- BTN Live will hit the air from McCormick Place from 2-6 p.m CT on Thursday, and again from 2-6 p.m. on Friday.
- BTN will air Jim Delaney's session beginning at 10:15 a.m. CT on Friday.
- ESPNU will air coaches' press conferences both live and on delay from 12-3 p.m CT on both Thursday and Friday. Delaney's session will air on delay between 12-3 p.m. CT on Friday.
BTN's coverage can be streamed live online here.
ESPNU's coverage can be streamed live online via WatchESPN.

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