The Purdue contingent does not get going until tomorrow, but today Big Ten Media Days gets underway in Chicago with half of the conference getting represented. Here is all the important information you need to know if you enjoy watching coaching speaking in clichés at a podium in a hotel ballroom.
BTN begins its coverage with coach press conferences from 12-2 p.m. CT on Thursday (1-3pm ET), followed by coaches and players visiting the BTN set at media days for BTN Live, hosted by Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Dave Revsine from 2-6 p.m. (3-7pm ET). BTN coverage of press conferences resumes at 8 a.m. on Friday(9am ET), capped by Commissioner Jim Delany's session at 10:15 a.m. BTN Live will return for a second-consecutive day, once again providing live coverage of the coaches and their players visiting the set from 2-6 p.m. (3-7pm ET).
Mike Hall and Glen Mason will anchor the press conference coverage from the BTN Studio on both Thursday and Friday. Fans can also track the day's activities by following @bigtennetwork, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter.
Here are which coaches will appear on which days:
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State - 1-1:15 p.m. ET
Tim Beckman, Illinois - 1:15-1:30 p.m. ET
Paul Chryst, Wisconsin - 1:30-1:45 p.m. ET
Randy Edsall, Maryland - 1:45-2 p.m. ET
Kevin Wilson, Indiana - 2-2:15 p.m. ET
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa - 2:15-2:30 p.m. ET
Urban Meyer, Ohio State - 2:30-2:45 p.m. ET
Jerry Kill, Minnesota - 9-9:15 a.m. ET
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan - 9:15-9:30 a.m. ET
Kyle Flood, Rutgers - 9:30-9:45 a.m. ET
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern - 9:45-10 a.m. ET
Mike Riley, Nebraska - 10-10:15 a.m. ET
Darrell Hazell, Purdue - 10:15-10:30 a.m. ET
Penn State - 10:30-10:45 a.m. ET
BTN is also doing periscope at the following times if that is your thing:
Thursday 12:59 p.m. ET - The scene prior to the coaches press conference
1 p.m. ET - Urban polishing National Championship Trophy, as part of BTN shoot.
2:59 p.m. ET - Preparation for BTN Live Friday
10:44 a.m. ET - The scene before Mark Silverman and Jim Delany speak
12:29 p.m. ET - The scene at Kickoff Luncheon
3:20 p.m. ET - Pat Fitzgerald posing with cats for BTN shoot
3:14 p.m. ET - Preparation for BTN Live These
Times could change depending on how Big Ten media day schedule goes.
All events will be on BTN and on BTN2Go.