July 19, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced today that Dave Revsine, BTN's lead studio host, will serve as emcee for the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, which will be held Friday, July 29, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The 40th annual event will mark the University of Nebraska's first official appearance as a member of the Big Ten Conference and serves as the beginning to the 2011 football season, which will lead in to the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, held Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph session, open to fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon itself begins at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Revsine will be joined at the Kickoff Luncheon by each of the 12 Big Ten head football coaches and 36 of the conference's top returning players. Revsine will sit down with the coaches in groups of three to discuss the upcoming season - a departure from years past in which coaches individually addressed the crowd. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. The complete list of player attendees can be found at www.bigten.org.
Revsine has served as BTN's lead studio host for a wide array of programming since the network's inception and was its first on-air hire. He is the primary anchor for Big Ten Football Saturday and the Big Ten Tip-Off Show. He also co-hosts studio shows such as Big Ten Football Breakdown, Big Ten Football and Beyond, Behind the Schemes and Big Ten Basketball and Beyond. Revsine has also anchored the network's on-site studio coverage of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament since 2007 and serves as the play-by-play announcer for select regular-season Big Ten men's basketball games. Born just miles away from the University of Illinois campus, Revsine was raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, grew up following the Big Ten, and graduated from Northwestern University.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most interesting and talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference's Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. Several of those coaches and players have been honored as namesakes on the Big Ten's 18 new trophies that will be awarded to teams, coaches and student-athletes beginning with the coming season. In all, nearly 800 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and over 45,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.