We're two days from media days getting underway in Chicago, where the conference's head coaches, top players, and esteemed media gather to discuss and kickoff the coming season. Your usual highlights:
- Podiums and microphones!
- Kirk Ferentz leaving the podium early!
- Jim Delaney speaks as our conference overlord!
- Big Ten officials try to explain that, really, they aren't crappy at their jobs!
- Sportswriters all tweeting the same quote!
- The WiFi giving out!
- The inevitable lonely player at the roundtable interviews that gets no interviews.
For Purdue, there is not a lot to expect. A recent poll released by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer picked the Boilermakers to finish dead last by a wide margin. When you go 1-15 in the league over the last two years there is not a ton of interest nationally.
We're not winning the Big Ten this season unless one of the greatest upset stories in college football history occurs. Shoot, if we even make it back to Detroit we would be doing backflips. That is the only relevance Purdue has this thing on Friday.
As for the schedule, here is what is planned:
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.
Hammer & Rails doesn't have an official member going to Chicago (I didn't have enough vacation days), but my good friend Paul Banks of The Sports Bank will be there and plans on hitting the Purdue players and coaches. The three players in attendance for Purdue are seniors Robert Kugler, Frankie Williams, and Danny Anthrop.
If you would like to submit a question for anyone I will see if Paul can ask it. In the meantime, here is one question I would ask each:
Darrell Hazell: "What is different going into year 3 vs. years 1 and 2 that can give us fans some hope that the rebuild is progressing?
Robert Kugler: As an unquestioned team leader how do you feel the offense is coming along and what are the strengths up front?
Frankie Williams: Do you have a preference in playing corner or safety and where do you feel you have the bigger impact?
Danny Anthrop: (The obvious) So how is the knee?