Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS to Air Coverage of 2010 Big Ten Football Media Days




July 22, 2010

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Thursday that the Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS will air coverage of the opening session of the 2010 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, August 2. The media days and luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The Big Ten Network will provide four hours of live coverage on Monday, including the full press conferences for all 11 head coaches and Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. Mike Hall and Chris Martin will anchor the network's coverage from the Big Ten Network studios beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The Big Ten Network will provide live online coverage of the media sessions on Monday and Tuesday via Twitter and www.BigTenNetwork.com. Monday's press conferences will be streamed live on www.BigTenNetwork.com, and the website will also feature blog updates, frequent video clips and interviews with Big Ten newsmakers.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Football Saturday crew of Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will sit down with Big Ten football coaches to get their thoughts just days ahead of preseason camp. These interviews will be featured on a 90-minute Big Ten Kickoff Special that will air at 1 p.m. CT on August 7.

For the fifth 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 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 College Football Live or on ESPNEWS.

The 2010 Kickoff Luncheon will take place Tuesday, August 3, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago with the annual players and coaches autograph and photo session set to begin at 10 a.m. CT, followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.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, approximately 750 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and nearly 44,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.