The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

We’re one week closer to the college football season, folks. If you’re counting at home, it’s five weeks away. This past week, the Big Ten held its annual Big Ten Media Days and there was plenty of news emerging from Chicago. Check out BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the week that was in this post.

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Big Ten coaches 'excited' for 2012? Better believe it

Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman speaks during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Beckman and Kill

Isn’t late July great? Football is in the air, with kickoff a little more than a month away, and all the teams – even the perennial cellar dwellers – are tied for first place. Coincidentally, when coaches descend upon media days, everyone’s very excited. The Big Ten is no exception. According to The Wall Street Journal, Big Ten coaches uttered some form of the word “excited” 43 times during Thursday’s question-and-answer session at Big Ten Media Days. See who used “excited” the most in this post.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

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2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Bret Bielema

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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Watch Your Coach Talk At Big Ten Media Day

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Danny Hope Media Day 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.

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Mascot Mayhem: Characters Prep for BTN 10K

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Big Ten Mascots Stop By "Good Day Chicago"

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.

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