Don’t look now, but Big Ten media days are back, signifying an annual kickoff of sorts for the football season. Big Ten coaches and players will gather in Chicago to discuss offseason storylines and give the media a chance to ask some questions after a dead period in the beginning of the summer. Northwestern will appear on the first day, bringing Pat Fitzgerald, Clayton Thorson, Montre Hartage and Nate Hall downtown for the festivities.
Media days usually don’t bring too much actual news, but they provide a forum to ask about injuries, position battles and general questions with fall camps on the horizon. Jim Harbaugh and P.J. Fleck will probably make more headlines than Fitz, but it’s at least exciting to have some new quotes to ponder and satisfy our football needs for the next month or so until football is truly back. Plus, there’s bingo.
For Northwestern, the main question is Clayton Thorson’s health, and whether he’ll be able to play Week 1 against Purdue Aug. 30. It’s unclear how much Fitz and Thorson will disclose (probably not much), but there are other storylines too. Who will start at safety and superback? Who has impressed this summer? How has the transition to the sparkling lakeside facility been?
We may not get answers, but we’ll at least ask.
11:30 a.m. CT — Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner
12:00 p.m. CT — Scott Frost, Nebraska
12:15 p.m. CT — Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
12:30 p.m. CT — James Franklin, Penn State
12:45 p.m. CT — Jeff Brohm, Purdue
1:00 p.m. CT — P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
1:15 p.m. CT — Chris Ash, Rutgers
1:30 p.m. CT — Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Fitzgerald, Thorson, Hartage and Hall will speak at the podium — a less formal setting than the press conferences — from 3-4 p.m. CT.
8:00 a.m. CT — Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
8:15 a.m. CT — Tom Allen, Indiana
8:30 a.m. CT — Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
8:45 a.m. CT — Lovie Smith, Illinois
9:00 a.m. CT — Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
9:15 a.m. CT — Mark Silverman, President, BTN and National Networks at FOX Sports
9:30 a.m. CT — Urban Meyer, Ohio State
9:45 a.m.. CT — D.J. Durkin, Maryland
10:00 a.m. CT — Bill Carollo, Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials
- BTN will televise all 14 opening coach press conference, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT Monday, and students and coaches will then visit the BTN studio set from 2-6 p.m. CT Monday.
- BTN coverage will resume at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, and players and coaches will visit the BTN studio from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday.
- BTN is always streaming live on the FOX Sports App.