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Big Ten Media Days 2019: Schedule, Time, TV, Open Thread

We’ve got your details for the 2019 Big Ten Football Media Days, live! from the Hilton in Chicago.


“We feel good about what we’ve done in the off-season.”

“We’ve got some great recruits coming in.”

“Our guys look great in shorts, but we’re excited to put the pads on.”

“I am Lovie Smith, head coach of Illinois football.”

You could hear all these things—AND MORE!—today and tomorrow if you tune in to Big Ten Media Days at the Hilton in Chicago. Each team—consisting of its head coach and three or four player representatives—will take the podium over the next two days, giving their updates and thoughts on the 2019 season. It might be exciting!

It probably won’t be, though, unless Tim Beckman shows up and starts talking about lasagna. Let’s hope.

Here’s your open thread to talk about the various levels of coachspeak, the ridiculous ties and excessive number of lapel pins worn by PJ Fleck, and whether Scott Frost and Nebraska will even make it to the conference:

Anyways, be sure to follow us on Twitter @offtackleempire and join in the discussion below in the comments! Here’s the schedule:

The Vitals

  • TV: Big Ten Network (duh)
  • Time: 12:00-1:45pm Thursday, 8-10am Friday (coaches’ interviews); 2-6pm Friday (media desk interviews with players and coaches)
  • Length: Each coach has 15 minutes to duck questions about why recruiting is bad or he hasn’t won the Big Ten East or he lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota for the first time in a decade and a half. After his press conference, the coach will meet with reporters for another hour.
  • Players: After their coach’s interview, the three players will have a one-hour breakout session.

The Teams

We’ll give you the coaches the players, and what time the coach should be taking the podium. This is, however, not taking into account that Nebraska is getting there late. Will Lovie Smith go earlier? Will some Big Ten bureaucrat take the podium for 15 minutes and vamp for time? THE DRAMA.

All times CT, as we’re in Chicago. Fuck any conference or official who posts the times in Eastern.

Illinois Fighting Illini

  • Coach: Lovie Smith
  • Interview Time (approx.): 12:15pm CT, Thursday
  • Players: Reggie Corbin (RB), Nate Hobbs (CB), Alex Palczewski (OT)

Indiana Hoosiers

  • Coach: Tom Allen
  • Interview Time (approx.): 12:45pm, Thursday
  • Players: Coy Cronk (OL), Reakwon Jones (LB), Nick Westbrook (WR)

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Coach: Kirk Ferentz
  • Interview Time (approx.): 8am, Friday
  • Players: Michael Ojemudia (DB), Nate Stanley (QB), Toren Young (RB)

Maryland Terrapins

  • Coach: Mike Locksley
  • Interview Time (approx.): 1:15pm, Thursday
  • Players: Antoine Brooks Jr. (DB) Tino Ellis (DB), Anthony McFarland Jr. (RB)

Michigan Wolverines

  • Coach: Jim Harbaugh
  • Interview Time (approx.): 9:30am, Friday
  • Players: Ben Bredeson (OG), Jordan Glasgow (LB), Khaleke Hudson (LB)

Michigan State Spartans

  • Coach: Mark Dantonio
  • Interview Time (approx.): 12:30pm, Thursday
  • Players: Joe Bachie (LB), Kenny Willekes (DE), Raequan Williams (DT)

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  • Coach: PJ Fleck
  • Interview Time (approx.): 1pm, Thursday
  • Players: Carter Coughlin (DL), Mohamed Ibrahim (RB), Tyler Johnson (WR), Casey O’Brien (HOLDER!)

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Coach: Scott Frost
  • Interview Time (approx.): 12pm*, Thursday
  • Players: Mohamed Barry (LB), Khalil Davis (DL), Adrian Martinez (QB)

*Will likely change because of travel issues. Follow BTN for updates; no chance I care enough to re-update this.

Northwestern Wildcats

  • Coach: Pat Fitzgerald
  • Interview Time (approx.): 8:45am, Friday
  • Players: Paddy Fisher (LB), Joe Gaziano (DE), Jared Thomas (C)

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Coach: Ryan Day
  • Interview Time (approx.): 1:30pm, Thursday
  • Players: Jonathon Cooper (DE), Jordan Fuller (S), K.J. Hill (WR)

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Coach: James Franklin
  • Interview Time (approx.): 8:30am, Friday
  • Players: Cam Brown (LB), Blake Gillikin (P), John Reid (CB)

Purdue Boilermakers

  • Coach: Jeff Brohm
  • Interview Time (approx.): 8:15am, Friday
  • Players: Markus Bailey (LB), Rondale Moore (WR), Lorenzo Neal (DT)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  • Coach: Chris Ash
  • Interview Time (approx.): 9:15am, Friday
  • Players: Tyshon Fogg, Jr. (LB), Tyreek Maddox-Williams (LB), Zach Venesky (OL)

wisconsin badgers

  • Coach: Paul Chryst
  • Interview Time (approx.): 9am, Friday
  • Players: Tyler Biadasz (C), Chris Orr (LB), Jonathan Taylor (RB)

Feel free to make/post bingo cards, complain about your coach’s intransigence, and chide me for misspelling intransigence in the comments!