Michael Mauti looks like he’s ready to hit somebody or something. The Penn State linebacker sports slicked back hair that covers his neck, his suit coat pulled tight across his arms and shoulders as he leans forward answering questions and staring at a water bottle in front of him. They are tough questions about teammates transferring, and Mauti speaks with passion. He speaks from the heart. It’s refreshing.
Don’t envy everything about Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner. Yes, the left tackle is one of the Badgers’ perennial can’t-miss Big Uglies, but he and the rest of the Big Ten offensive linemen have their work cut out for them in 2012.
We posted all available video from Thursday press conferences and now present the entire collection to in this post. It includes all 12 football coaches talking about their football teams and taking questions from reporters. Don’t forget: BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.
The Big Ten mascots always seem to have the best time when they come to Chicago for the Big Ten Football Media Day and Kickoff Luncheon, and this year was no exception. Bucky, Brutus, Herky, Sparty, Herbie, and Purdue Pete stopped by “Good Day Chicago” and took over the local Fox affiliate’s TV newsroom during BTN’s appearance to promote Saturday’s BTN Big10K race downtown.
I’m at the Big Ten Media Day & Kickoff Luncheon and I’m covering Friday’s player and coach media availability so I’ll have more on that later today. Joining me is BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina, and we both on on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart & @BTNBrentYarina). Tonight BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.
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Gia Lewis-Smallwood is a former discus thrower at Illinois who recently qualified for the 2012 London Olympics as a member of Team USA. In her second Big Ten Olympic journal for BTN.com, she writes about what it’s like to be in London. Read her first entry in this post and find more Big Ten Olympic journals here.