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8:00 PMRutgers at MinnesotaWatch
8:05 PMSt. Cloud St. at MinnesotaWatch

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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

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

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. [ I can’t tell you how excited I am] [ Watch all of our

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

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. Also, see Denard Robinson’s speech to the crowd, learn more from Friday’s media sessions, find out about all the Big Ten uniform changes here, and see what your Big Ten mascots were up to lately. All of our coverage can be found

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Denard Robinson To Big Ten Crowd: It's About Choices

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson spoke to Friday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon crowd, and you can watch his speech right here in this post. People attending the luncheon quickly turned to Twitter and applauded Robinson’s performance. Among his popular remarks, Robinson said, “My motto is: It’s my goal to make somebody’s day every day.” Robinson also said, “Trust me, I’m not perfect. Just ask Coach Hoke. I drive you crazy way too often, right Coach?” Robinson also drew applause when he said, “Character is who you are when no one else is watching. It’s easy when you know the camera is

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Clothes Call: Big Ten media days edition

Bill O’Brien created quite the stir when he hinted at possible Penn State uniform changes during Thursday’s first session of Big Ten Media Days. With the recent changes going on at Penn State, it seems plausible that the team would entertain such a decision. Earlier this week, I proposed the question in a post. And on Friday, I asked Penn State’s Jordan Hill and John Urschel about the rumor. See their response in this post, plus get a look at all the Big Ten uniform and helmet changes. Urschel’s response to Penn State possibly changing its uniform: “Anything involving the uniforms,


News & Notes: Penn State's Mauti Shows Heart

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. “I have been selling,” Mauti said Friday during the media availability before the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. “I have talked to most everyone on the team. We want them all

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Watch Your Coach Talk At Big Ten Media Day

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

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. This comes on the heels of a recent music video back-and-forth over the summer. Read all of the details over here. Also, way back in 2009, a few mascots mingled at the reception as only they

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti (42) in the second half against the Temple Owls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Temple 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Mailbag: Let's Dive Into Football

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 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. You have questions, I have answers in this week’s football heavy mailbag. Thanks for all of your help! Those who stay will be

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Big Ten Rewind: Relive Big Ten Media Day

BTN/BTN2Go aired five hours of live televised coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Media Day, including press conferences of all 12 head football coaches. Watch those conversations now and track all of the news in’s special Big Ten Media Day section. senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina filed reports all day, and we posted photos and more video, too. Dienhart and Yarina will report again from Friday’s media events. Follow them on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart & @BTNBrentYarina. Also Friday, BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by

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Dienhart: More Big Ten News, Notes & Tweets

I spent most of Thursday listening to Big Ten coaches and officials address the upcoming season among other topics, then I filed these reports throughout the day. Here are a few extra notes from my notebook of Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. Also, I posted Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s Q&A above. Here’s his opening statement, as well: Depends on the view: Last year, Michigan State won the Legends Division and then lost the Big Ten title game to Wisconsin. That led the Spartans to land an Outback Bowl bid while the Badgers headed to the Rose Bowl. But Michigan