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2015 Big Ten Football Media Days: Schedule, How To Watch, and Preview

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Everything you need to know about this year's B1G media circus in Chicago.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It's that magic time of year. Heat indexes throughout the Midwest have climbed into the 100's, school children are trying desperately to eek out the last bit of fun in their final weeks of freedom, and Big Ten football fans are feverishly counting down the days until the season starts. In the midst of this boiling teapot of late summer madness comes a very special event. The Big Ten Media Days.

Where else can you see a spectacle that includes a perpetually surly, combative, and surly Kirk Ferentz with Tim Brewster Beckman, the off his rocker coach who thinks the media is supposed to be a personal cheerleader and who wishes his Mom a happy birthday every single year (even though it is never her birthday when he does it)? Where you can see the folksy wisdom and understated confidence of reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year Jerry Kill and the confident swagger of not Big Ten Coach of the Year Urban Meyer? Big Ten Media Days has it all. Okay, that might be overselling it. But there are usually more than a few "point and laugh" or "scratch your head" moments that come out of these two day media swarms. And we've got all the info you'll need to watch every minute (don't get fired though...getting fired for B1G Media Days is a bad decision).

2015 Big Ten Media Days

How To Watch

TV: Big Ten Network

Streaming: BTN2Go.com

Schedule

THURSDAY - 7/30

Teams: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin

11:00-11:15 PM (CT): Mark Dantonio - Michigan State

12:15-12:30 PM (CT): Tim Beckman - Illinois

12:30-12:45 PM (CT): Paul Chryst - Wisconsin

12:45-1:00 PM (CT): Randy Edsall - Maryland

1:00-1:15 PM (CT): Kevin Wilson - Indiana

1:15-1:30 PM (CT): Kirk Ferentz - Iowa

1:30-1:45 PM (CT): Urban Meyer - Ohio State

2:00-6:00 PM (CT): All of the Thursday coaches and their players will spend time with the Big Ten Network crew for BTN Live.

Quick Thoughts:

- Good news for Tim Beckman, as he speaks early. This should hopefully mean that all the writers are in a good mood. Bad news for Becks is that he follows Mark Dantonio, who is often combative and may set a bad tone if he's having a grumpy day.

- Having Kirk Ferentz go right before Urban is genius planning. Kirk wants off that podium as fast as possible and running things this way leaves all the writers more time to ask Urban about the OSU juggernaut.

FRIDAY - 7/31

Teams: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers

8:00-8:15 AM (CT): Jerry Kill - Minnesota

8:15-8:30 AM
(CT): Jim Harbaugh - Michigan

8:30-8:45 AM (CT): Kyle Flood - Rutgers

8:45-9:00 AM (CT): Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern

9:00-9:15 AM (CT): Mike Reilly - Nebraska

9:15-9:30 AM (CT):
Darrell Hazell - Purdue

9:30-9:45 AM (CT):
James Franklin - Penn State

10:00 AM (CT): Jim Delany - Big Ten Commissioner

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (CT): Kickoff Luncheon

2:00-6:00 PM (CT): All of the Friday coaches and their players will spend time with the Big Ten Network crew for BTN Live.

Quick Thoughts:

- As per the usual, expect the media to ignore Jerry Kill with the hopes that not asking him questions will give them more time to talk to someone else. In this case, they'll be pursuing CRAZY DAD quotes from Harbaugh.

- The contrast between Franklin and Delany could be interesting.

- Why is Rutgers here again? It's still weird that Rutgers is here.

Players In Attendance

EAST DIVISION

Indiana
Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL
Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL
Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB

Maryland
Brad Craddock, Sr., PK
William Likely, Jr., DB
Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL

Michigan
Joe Bolden, Sr., LB
Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR
James Ross III, Sr., LB

Michigan State
Jack Allen, Sr., C
Shilique Calhoun, Sr., DE
Connor Cook, Sr., QB

Ohio State
Taylor Decker, Sr., OT
Joshua Perry, Sr., LB
Adolphus Washington, Sr., DT

Penn State
Jordan Lucas, Sr., S
Angelo Mangiro, Sr., C/G
Anthony Zettel, Sr., DT

Rutgers
Leonte Carroo, Sr., WR
Darius Hamilton, Sr., DT
Keith Lumpkin, Sr., OL

WEST DIVISION

Illinois
Josh Ferguson, Sr., RB
Ted Karras, Sr., OG
Mason Monheim, Sr., LB

Iowa
Austin Blythe, Sr., C
Jordan Lomax, Sr., DB
Drew Ott, Sr., DE

Minnesota
Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Sr., DB
Theiren Cockran, Sr., DE
Mitch Leidner, Jr., QB

Nebraska
Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jr., QB
Nate Gerry, Jr., S
Jordan Westerkamp, Jr., WR

Northwestern
Christian Jones, Sr., WR
Nick VanHoose, Sr., CB
Dan Vitale, Sr., SB


Purdue
Danny Anthrop, Sr., WR
Robert Kugler, Sr., C
Frankie Williams, Sr., CB

Wisconsin
Michael Caputo, Sr., S
Corey Clement, Jr., RB
Joel Stave, Sr., QB