It’s that time of the year again. The luminaries from the Big Ten will be descending upon McCormick Place in downtown Chicago on Monday and Tuesday for Big Ten Media Days. This is the first media availability we’ll receive for many Big Ten programs since the spring.
Media Days unofficially mark the beginning of football season and give us our first glance at what will transpire once the season begins in late August/early September. While Media Days usually do not provide earth-shattering news, we should get updates on injuries, position battles and playing time for the various programs.
For Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald could shed some light on which wide receivers look like key contributors for 2016, how the defensive position battles will be decided and the state of the offensive line. Thankfully, there is little off--field drama related to the team right now. There aren’t even any new facilities that the team can announce.
Fitzgerald is scheduled to appear at 12 p.m. CST on the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go. He will be the first coach to appear. Northwestern student athletes will later join Fitzgerald on BTN Live between 2-6 p.m. In case you miss it, the press conference will be played on tape-delay at ESPNU.
12:00 – 12:15 p.m. - Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. - Darrell Hazell, Purdue
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. - Chris Ash, Rutgers
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. - James Franklin, Penn State
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. - Tracy Claeys, Minnesota
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. - Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
1:45 – 5:30 p.m. Podium Interview Session
Coaches/students available to all media at individual podiums
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Fitzgerald will be at the podium
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Justin Jackson, Matt Harris and Anthony Walker will be at the podium
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. - Lovie Smith, Illinois
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. - Kevin Wilson, Indiana
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. - Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. - Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. - DJ Durkin, Maryland
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. - Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. - Urban Meyer, Ohio State
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. On-Site Radio Show Availability (Interviews with on-site radio shows before and after required media commitments.)
9:50 – 10:40 a.m. Media Session for BTN and Big Ten Regency Ballroom
9:50 – 10:00 a.m. - Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director
10:00 – 10:10 a.m. - Bill Carollo, Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. - Mark Silverman, BTN President
10:20 – 10:40 a.m. - Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner
College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock available at podiums for 30 minutes
- BTN will televise all 14 opening coach press conferences, beginning at noon CT on Monday and 8 a.m. CT on Tuesday.
- BTN Live will hit the air from McCormick Place from 2-6 p.m CT on Monday, and again from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday.
- BTN will air Jim Delaney's session beginning at 10:20 a.m. CT on Tuesday.
- ESPNU will air coaches' press conferences both live and on delay on both Monday and Tuesday.