July 24, 2012
CHICAGO - The annual Big Ten Football Media Days will be held this Thursday and Friday (July 26-27) at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.
BTN will offer nearly five hours of live televised coverage Thursday, including the full press conferences for all 12 head coaches, as well as Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials Bill Carollo, BTN President Mark Silverman and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Mike Hall and Chris Martin will anchor the network's coverage from the BTN studios beginning at 11 a.m. ET and on BTN2Go. BTN will also re-air the press conferences beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio's press conference is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET.
For the seventh consecutive year, the opening session of the Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN network. Coverage by ESPNU will begin on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET, and will feature all 12 head coaches and Commissioner Delany either live or tape-delayed as they address the assembled media. In addition, select Big Ten coaches and players will appear live on ESPN's SportsCenter, College Football Live or on ESPNU.
In addition, Twitter updates throughout both days will be available at @msu_football. Also, check msuspartans.com for exclusive coverage of the Big Ten Football Media Days, featuring videos and Steve Grinczel's "Grinz on Green" blog.
The 2012 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW will take place on Friday at McCormick Place in Chicago with the annual players and coaches autograph and photo session set to begin at 11 a.m. ET, followed by the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. ET. BTN will also air a 60-minute Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will be joined by all 12 Big Ten coaches.
A limited number of tickets remain available for $100 per seat or $1,000 per table (10 seats). Contact Sue Immekus at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 122, or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference's Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, more than 800 of the conference's finest players, over 60 head coaches and more than 46,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules. Chris Fowler, anchor of ESPN's College GameDay, will serve as emcee for the 2012 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon.