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Michigan State has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively.
Today’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day press conferences were streamed live and for free from Chicago on the Big Ten Digital Network. Head into this live blog to watch your Big Ten men’s coach talk to the media.
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.
If there was a darling at Big Ten media days, it was Northwestern. Expectations are at an all-time high in Evanston, where talk of winning the Big Ten is legit for a program that has eight starters back on offense and seven on defense from a 10-win squad that won the program’s first bowl game since the 1948 season.
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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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO – Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien didn’t get an invite to the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. Coming off a season in which Budzien made all but one kick, he decided to crash the event. Not in a bad way. The Northwestern communications and media department thought it would be fun to have the kicker attend the event and cover it in a self-deprecating and humorous way. Budzien and Northwestern nailed it.
Our friends at Huskers.com had a little fun with a collection of photos of the Big Ten mascots attending this week’s Big Ten media festivities and Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. Who better to be the topic of an animated GIF than a bunch of animated Big Ten super fans?
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.
CHICAGO – Urban Meyer is a big draw under normal circumstances. Add Ohio State’s recent player discipline to the equation, and the two-time national championship coach easily had the largest throng of media following him at Wednesday’s Big Ten media day. Meyer knew the attention was coming. He also knew he’d be answering plenty off-the-field questions despite being the coach of a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game.
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.
CHICAGO – Nathan Scheelhaase is a happy man. For the first time in his Illinois career, the senior quarterback can finally forget about Skype and get some real face-to-face time.
Iowa fans are aching for a good season. Who can blame them? The Hawkeyes have seen their win total drop each of the last four seasons, from 11 wins to eight, to seven to four.
The spread offense is all the rage. Just look around. More and more schools are using the scheme—and playing at an up-tempo. Oregon is the standard. But not at Michigan. Nope. It officially is dumping the spread now that Denard Robinson is gone. Truthfully, the Wolverines began a transition to a more pro-style attack in 2012 when Robinson got hurt and Devin Gardner took over for a program whose trademark for years before Rich Rodriguez was hired in 2008 was a conventional scheme.
CHICAGO – BTN announced Wednesday that BTN2Go, the network’s website and smartphone/tablet app featuring 24/7 live streaming, is the first TV Everywhere service of an ad-supported network available to virtually its entire viewer base. The announcement was made by BTN President Mark Silverman.
Kevin Wilson is making progress at Indiana. He debuted with a 1-11 mark in 2011 and improved to 4-8 last season. This season, Wilson’s Hoosiers are a trendy pick to be a Cinderella team in the Big Ten. It’s true. Indiana, a team that hasn’t been to a bowl since the 2007 season, is viewed by many as a team on the rising.
One of the biggest early-season stories in 2013 will be the new penalty for targeting a defenseless player. Last year, the penalty was a 15-yard infraction. This year, the penalty is ejection from the game. It’s all about player safety. But Nebraska’s Bo Pelini has some concerns.
We’ve added video clips from our 2013 Big Ten Football Media Day, including each of the 12 team previews. Dive in and watch them all here and then find all of our video in our BTN.com video section. Those include Wednesday’s Big Ten coaches press conferences.
Here’s a look a collection of photos from the 2013 Big Ten Football Media Day in Chicago.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman said he won’t let negativity infiltrate his program. That’s a good thing—because there is a lot of it surround the Fighting Illini program.
Who will play quarterback at Purdue? It’s a key issue that must be answered for new Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell, who has energized a struggling program in a few scant months.
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Before Big Ten media days kick off in a couple of hours in Chicago, the conference released its official Big Ten Players to Watch early Wednesday morning. The list includes 10 players – five from both divisions – and Michigan (Devin Gardner & Taylor Lewan) and Ohio State (Braxton Miller, Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier) account for half of the representatives. See the full list in this post.
Ready for Big Ten media days? The festivities start Wednesday morning at the Hilton Chicago, so it’s time to post the two-day schedule of events again for Big Ten fans. See Wednesday’s full schedule of press conferences and view the list of standout players who are attending the event in this post.