Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS to Air Coverage of 2009 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon
July 21, 2009
The Big Ten Conference announced today that the Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS will air live coverage of the 2009 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, July 27. The Big Ten Network will also record the 38th Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, July 28, and will air a Kickoff Luncheon special at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 1. The media days and luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
For the fourth consecutive year, the opening session of the Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN Network. Coverage by ESPNEWS will begin on Monday at 10 a.m. CT, and will feature all 11 head coaches either live or tape-delayed as they address the assembled media. In addition, Big Ten coaches and players may be interviewed on ESPN’s “College Football Live” by Erik Kuselias from 2:30-3 p.m. CT or on ESPNEWS by Kevin Connors, from 1-4 p.m. CT, or Dari Nowkhah and Linda Cohn, from 4-7 p.m. CT.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually draws some of the most interesting and talented names in college sports. The list of former Kickoff Luncheon attendees includes coaching legends like Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, along with each of the Big Ten's Heisman Trophy winners since 1970 - Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and Troy Smith. In all, over 700 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and nearly 42,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.
This year's Kickoff Luncheon is officially sold out with more than 1,700 college football fans scheduled to attend.