The Big Ten held the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Chicago. BTN’s Dave Revsine served as the event’s emcee, interviewing all the conference’s coaches, and Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel delivered a speech on behalf of the 36 players in attendance. Watch Urschel’s speech here and see all of our Kickoff Luncheon videos in this post. 2013 Big Ten storylines: Jim Delany speaks at Kickoff Luncheon: Revsine interviews Kill, Meyer, Pelini: Revsine interviews Ferentz, Dantonio & Wilson: Revsine interviews Beckman, Hazell & Hoke: Revsine interviews Andersen, Fitzgerald & O’Brien:
It’s that time of week where I reach into my latest mailbag. And, to no surprise, it’s stuffed with cards and letters about the new penalty for targeting a defenseless player. It’s not all about player safety, though, as there are questions regarding Indiana and Wisconsin. So, let’s get started. Since the penalty for targeting is here and arguing it does no good, I think the best way to deal with these is the have flags thrown as usual and let league offices review hits prior to the following game to determine if a player is suspended. It’s too much
To help Big Ten fans get ready for the 2013 football season, BTN/BTN2Go will air the top 10 games of 2012, starting with No. 10 on Friday, Aug. 2, and finishing with No. 1 on Sunday, Aug. 11. All games will air at 8 p.m. ET. What was your favorite game of 2012? We provided a poll below with 20 of our favorites, from Michigan State’s season-opening victory over Boise State to Northwestern’s historic bowl win over Mississippi State. TOP 10 FOOTBALL GAMES OF 2012 COUNTDOWN DAY (8 p.m. ET) MATCHUP Game No. 10 Friday, Aug. 2 TBA Game No.
Fresh off an appearance at the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Big Ten mascots are on the loose in Chicago. Our furry friends are still in town, because they’ll be all over Saturday’s Big Ten B1G 10K, which begins at 8 a.m. ET in front of the Adler Planetarium. The 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. ET. [ BTNBig10K.com: 2013 race event info | View the 2013 race map (PDF) ] @B1Gfootball is following the mascots around Chicago, and they’re making a lot of stops – even to the Chicago Mayor’s office. Check out all the photos in this
With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana. ILLINOIS Decatur Herald-Review: Nathan Scheelhaase is ready for one more run. Champaign News-Gazette: Receivers are following Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt’s lead. Chicago Tribune: Tim Beckman is bullish on improvement. INDIANA Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson expects improvement from an “embarrassing” defense. Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson looking for dynamic quarterback
CHICAGO – How often do some of the best players from all 12 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, I conducted a Big Ten poll Thursday that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the most exciting Big Ten player? What’s the toughest Big Ten road venue? See all the results in this post. [ RELATED: Clothes Call: 2013 Big Ten media days edition ] Editor’s note: Player responses were anonymous to ensure honest answers and avoid hurt feelings
CHICAGO – There’s no better time or place to get an up-close look at the latest changes to Big Ten uniforms and helmets than at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Teams deck out their designated areas with all of the latest, greatest threads and equipment. Take a look at all the new looks the Big Ten will debut this season in this post. [ RELATED: Media day pop quiz: Big Ten stars answer 5 questions ] ILLINOIS The Illini, as BTN.com reported earlier, have a new primary lid (see below) and will use last year’s matte blue helmet as
BTN’s Dave Revsine hosts our two-hour “Kickoff Luncheon Special,” which airs at 8 p.m. ET Friday. Revsine, who also served as the emcee for Thursday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, will be joined by analsysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith as they look ahead to the 2013 season. On the show our crew will interview each of the 12 Big Ten football coaches. Also at Thursday’s luncheon, Penn State offensive guard John Urschel, an Academic All-American and winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, spoke on behalf of the 36 players in attendance. Watch his entire speech in this post.
As is the case every year on the first day of Big Ten media days, Big Ten head coaches and commissioner Jim Delany had their time on the podium. All 12 coaches met the media, starting with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and ending with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Watch Delany’s press conference now and see all 12 coaches address the media in this post. [ VIDEO: Watch BTN’s Big Ten season previews ] Illinois’ Tim Beckman Indiana’s Kevin Wilson Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz Michigan’s Brady Hoke Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio Minnesota’s Jerry Kill Nebraska’s Bo Pelini Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald Ohio State’s Urban Meyer
CHICAGO – Big Ten media days are underway at the Hilton Chicago. Thirty-six players and all 12 coaches are here and meeting the media. Get caught up on Wednesday’s happenings in this Day 1 Notebook. Fans can track each day’s activities by following BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and me (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter, and we’re filing updates to BTN.com all day. Don’t forget about BTN Connect, too. COMFORTABLE AT QUARTERBACK: There’s uncertainty at quarterback all over the Big Ten. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin all either have a quarterback battle or will be throwing an unproven guy